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Old 07-24-2013, 06:20 PM   #1
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Was anybody else nervous the first time you carried your gun openly or concealed?

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Yes. But I did my best to cover.

I practiced around the house first to see if there were any chance of it being seen.
Then came the endless line of holsters,
Then the trying of different handguns.

And I am still looking to find the best way to carry concealed.

And I still get a little worried today.

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Yes I was but the more I carried the more comfortable I got with it.I'm so comfortable with it now that it's become part of my routine in fact I am more likely to leave my house without my phone than I am to forget my carry pistol and my wallet.

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See i dont have my ccw yet and im worried that if i walk down the street open carry ill get stopped and harassed. In this city not to many people open carry. you see it maybe once every few months or so. And i have been practicing at home for when i get my ccw the holster i have is a inside and outside the pants holster and is ambidextrious. Cept i cant seem to find the right spot to put my gun where its concealed. I thought i picked a small enough gun to be easy to conceal buts its proving challenging. And i have a Sig P238. I believe its a sub compact. I have the standard mag with 6+1 rnds and the extended 7+1 with the plate on the bottom that adds enough room for your pinky to fit on the gun.

EDIT: I also live in a rather bad part of town hence why i bought the gun and why i feel the need to carry it.

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Nope to then and nope to now twenty one years later. Some things just start easy.

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I did... it quickly passed

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I was nervous at first. But after a while you realize that if you leave it alone no one will notice it. It is when you are always messing with it that people notice. Most people are oblivious to everything around them. Many people wouldn't notice if you were open carrying.

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Oh yeah!

I was nervous, because the state I was carrying in considered me a felon.

It was during the Christmas season & I was carrying thousands of dollars in cash daily!

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Being prior service, it wasn't a new thing for me to carry a gun. The new thing was that everyone else wasn't!

I carried around the house for two days I think, when I lived in Mississippi, just to see if I was effectively concealing.

When I moved to Louisiana in the midst of a nasty divorce, I couldn't afford the concealed carry permit. I still can't, but I DID just recently find out that it's priced closer to within my reach because I don't have to take the class (because of veteran status). That alone saves me a hundred bucks, the cheapest going rate for the class (they can vary, but they're not supposed to. The instructor may charge extra for snacks or meals)

Because of this, I open carry here. Now THAT makes things feel a bit different. Back in MS, I was among mostly other rednecks like me, but they were unarmed (most of them), and I could hide it. Now, I'm among those unarmed, and can't LEGALLY hide mine.

Almost feels like walking around with my tallywhacker hanging out, but not quite. Where I'm at is pretty pro gun, so people actually act like they've seen one before and no one has shown any concern.

It also helped a lot that a good friend of mine is a plainclothes cop and we've gone to the store together, errands running, and what not, while both of us open carrying, one of us with a badge next to his. Real confidence booster.

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No, not at all, but I grew up in a different ERA and community (ranching family), guns were really not villainized. It was ok to have a gun rack in your pick up, with a rifle, a shotgun and a lariat held in place. When you drove to town etc.

Open carry in AZ has always been on the books, you just had to make sure if you were wearing a jacket (cold weather) that enough of your holster was exposed to easily identified as such.

After the ARMY, I became a Deputy Sheriff, and spent the next 30 years in the LEO field. So carrying has been a daily deal for me, even now that I'm retired. Since my disability I hardly open carry anymore except for my fighting cane.

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