NRA's Conceal Carry Attache case with pistol

Fairfax, Virginia - Those who choose to employ their right to keep and bear arms have a number of options. Depending on the individuals state of residence, they are allowed to keep a firearm in the home, carried openly in public or carried concealed. For those who go the concealed carry route, has a more businesslike option.

What we're talking about is the NRA Conceal Carry Attache case.

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Hobo Handbag carries almost everything a female firearms enthusiast needs ... especially if it's concealed

Fairfax, Virginia - After all the hubbub raised from the NRA Bug Out Bag, we thought it might be best to head back into the accessory department for this post-Thanksgiving Membership Monday.

All of you should love this particular product as there is a conceal carry feature involved. But it's probably only going to work for the female population. After all, I am talking about a Concealed Carry Handbag.

Dubbed the American Hobo Concealed Carry Handbag, this antiqued leathered bag provides a stellar look and feel. So where does the Hobo moniker come into play? Simple.

Hobo styled handbags are large, flexible and are usually designed in a U-shape. Carried over the shoulder, they tend to flop when placed on the ground (desk, sofa, etc ...) and pack a great deal of material.

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Finding warmth and security with NRA's Woolrich Elite Discreet Twill CCW Jacket

Fairfax, Virginia - As the first rush of frigid air dances through the outlying neighborhoods of Washington, DC, an inspiration of need populates this edition of NRA's Membership Monday. And to give it a touch of the personal touch ... I actually own this product. It's what refers to as the Woolrich Elite Discreet Twill Conceal Carry (CCW) Jacket.

Available in either tan or green, the Elite Discreet jacket starts with a wash cotton twill exterior and a polyester sherpa interior (confession here ... I've told friends that the lining as sheepskin at times. It's not sheepskin, but it feels awful close). The sleeves come insulated with "diamond-quilted 60-gram Arctic Insulation™, which keeps you toasty and your shirt sleeves from riding up." Now to the CCW side of the sheath.

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NRA Concealed Carry Hooded Sweatshirt from the NRAstore With everyone heading out to SHOT Show next week, we thought we'd bring you the usual "Membership Monday" post a bit earlier. So here's a look at another great option for those who carry concealed from our friends at the NRAstore™.

We want concealed carry to fit around your lifestyle – not the other way around. That’s why we developed the NRAstore™ exclusive Concealed Carry Hooded Sweatshirt. It’s the only garment of its kind we know of! Made from a pre-shrunk, heavyweight 50% cotton / 50% polyester blend, we’ve taken a standard 9 oz. fleece sweatshirt design and added a full-body polyester lining for added warmth, durability, wind resistance and weight distribution. Inside the sweatshirt you’ll find left and right concealment pockets. The included Velcro®-backed holster and double mag pouch can be repositioned inside the pockets for optimum draw. Ideal for carrying your favorite compact to mid-size pistol, the NRA Concealed Carry Hooded Sweatshirt gives you an extra tactical edge, because its unstructured, casual design appears incapable of concealing a heavy firearm – but it does so with ease! Includes drawstring hood, cotton/spandex ribbed cuffs and waistband, two front pouch pockets and a discreet black zipper. Includes one Velcro® holster and one Velcro® mag pouch. Colors: Black, Navy. Made in USA.

The Concealed Carry Hooded Sweatshirt is available at the NRAstore™ for $59.95. For more information visit or call 1-888-607-6007. Be sure to request a free copy of our new Winter Catalog!

The Total Concealment Holster from the NRA Store even works on a shirtless summer

Fairfax, Virginia - Do you have a concealed carry permit? If so, consider the NRA Total Concealment Holster, one of the many great products offered by the NRAstore™. Here's a more info from Merchandise Buyer Brian Evans on this holster that provides comfort without printing: 

NRA Total Concealment Holster from the NRAstore on NRAblog Like you, we’ve tried just about every concealed carry holster available. We haven’t found the perfect concealment holster for every situation…until now! The NRA Total Concealment Holster is cleverly contoured to fit – without printing – BETWEEN your tucked shirt and pants. It even works on shirtless summer days! Designed without downward facing seams to prevent front sight snagging, it’s made of heavy, durable black denim. To keep you cool while protecting your firearm, we’ve lined the rear panel with 100% waterproof Cushmax® fabric. With moderate practice, drawing a firearm is intuitive and lightning-fast – even while sitting down.

Since the NRA Total Concealment Holster's patented design makes repositioning for restroom visits easy, it never needs to be removed. This means you stay protected all day, every day! This is our new daily carry holster of choice! Right hand draw only. Adjustable hook-and-loop belt fits waists from 32”- 42”. Accepts one semi-auto pistol with maximum 4¼” barrel, or one revolver with maximum 2¼” barrel. Includes slot for one standard auto magazine. Made in USA.

The Total Concealment Holster is available at the NRAstore™ for $55.95. For more information and a product demo video, visit or call 1-888-607-6007. Be sure to request a free copy of our latest catalog!

Learn the methods of concealed carry from firearm expert Tom Marx

Conceal Carry expert Tom Marx Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - NRA's 140th Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will be filled with plenty of activity. The National Firearms Museum's Antique Guns & Gold Showcase, Ted Nugent's "I Still Believe" symposium, and Law Enforcement's Concealed Carry Seminar.

Taught by Retired Chicago Police Officer Tom Marx, the lecture and demonstration program deals with the overall concepts of Conceal Carry. Everything from clothing and conditioning to choices of firearms and holsters, this program will help the audience members better understand how to be more critical in equipment selection and more comprehensive with their training.

"We're lucky to have Tom lead the program again this year," said NRA Law Enforcement Director Glen Hoyer. "The lessons he learned on the streets of Chicago, heading up Smith & Wesson's Domestic Law Enforcement activities, and now serving as the Intellectual Property Director for Blackhawk Products Group makes him uniquely qualified to lead this seminar for the NRA."

The Methods of Concealed Carry Seminar has been put on the calendar for Friday and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in rooms 219/320/321 of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. And if history is any guide, you might want to get there early — this event has a way of filling up fast.

NRA staffers Bill Poole and Sean Thornton attended the NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home course

Staff from NRA’s Education & Training Division recently stepped out from behind the desk and took to the range at the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA) Arlington-Fairfax Chapter for the NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home course. While this course is not new to Bill Poole, Director of the Education & Training Division, and Sean Thornton of the Training Department, the pair decided to view the course from a student’s perspective.

Under the guidance of the incredible training team from the Arlington-Fairfax, Poole, Thornton, and nine other students participated in the nine-hour course that includes both classroom learning and live-fire exercises. Designed to prepare a student to carry a concealed pistol and win a lethal encounter if necessary, the Personal Protection Outside the Home course has been one of NRA’s most popular defensive firearm training programs.

Poole believes that this course is essential for those with concealed carry permits as it provides the necessary training for self-defense with a firearms including drawing from a strong-side holster or purse holster. From concealment, to presentation of the firearm, and the required mindset, this training provides the essential techniques and skills for surviving a life-threatening situation.

“If you carry a concealed firearm for personal protection, this training is invaluable. Drawing a pistol from a holster requires knowledgeable instructors teaching a course resulting in the highest quality training. The NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home course and the Arlington-Fairfax IWLA training team meet the requirements of both,” said Poole, pictured at left with Instructor Dr. Dave Myers and Thorton.

Thorton agrees with Poole and believes that carrying a concealed firearm is just one of many important ways to exercise his Second Amendment rights.

"I can think of no other right that carries such importance as the Second Amendment, and I can think of no other right that also carries such individual responsibility. I am a big believer that if you wish to exercise that right, you should do so in an informed, responsible manner, and being a concealed carry permit holder and lifelong gun enthusiast, taking part in the NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home course was a must for me," said Thornton.

To learn more about the NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside the Home course or to find a course in your area, visit or call 703-267-1391.

Thanks to NRAStore™ Merchandise Buyer Brian Evans for the following report on the Concealed Carry Denim Jacket:

Fall is here. And the cooler weather brings more options for concealed carry. This year, don’t carry without our best selling Concealed Carry Denim Jacket.

The NRAstore Staff has taken the classic denim jacket design added improvements to conceal your firearm and gear. Our Concealed Carry Denim Jacket is 100% denim cotton jackets have been stone washed, pre-shrunk, constructed with 141/2 oz. denim and feature welted side pockets. The interior lining is made of polyester and denim reinforcement is located around the concealed pockets to add an extra layer of strength. The left and right concealed pockets have a hook and loop lining with a removable holster and double magazine pouch to support your favorite carry gun. Four interior heavy-duty pockets allow for the carry of extra magazines, flashlights, or any other gear you may need.
This All-American jacket is made in USA, available in black or blue denim, and machine washable.
The Concealed Carry Denim Jacket is available exclusively at the NRAstore™ for $79.95. For more information, visit or call 1-888-607-6007. Request our newly released Holiday Catalog and get started on all your holiday shopping! 

Seminar: Concealed Carry Issues and Equipment
Date: Friday, May 14, 2010 & Saturday, May 15, 2010
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Charlotte Convention Center, 217A-B
Guest Speaker: Tom Marx, Blackhawk
Moderator: Glen Hoyer, Director, NRA Law Enforcement Division

This is an illustrated lecture and demonstration program, directed at both officers and civilians who carry handguns concealed during the course of their daily activities.

Traditionally, little if any time has been spent on the subject of Concealed Carry.

In the past, it was often assumed that proficiency on the range transfers to the ability to successfully carry, conceal and ultimately produce a firearm under the stress of a life-threatening situation.

Thankfully, for the last several decades, the flaws in such thinking have become more obvious, and people (both civilians and law enforcement officials) have recognized the need to be more critical in their equipment selection and more comprehensive in their training with it.

This program will deal with overall concepts as well as the building block-like components that must be considered in order to successfully carry and produce a firearm from a concealed location on and (in some cases) off the body.

From gun and holster selection to carrying environments and activities; from clothing to physical shape and conditioning; from women's issues to accessories; we will look at this subject from these prospectives and more, in order to come up with basic guidelines to serve the audience in both studying and selecting equipment and employment methods with a more critical (and informed) eye in the future.

See the preliminary schedule of events for more information about what’s going on at the NRA Annual Meetings.

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