First day CCW, not so good.

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by 11Handicap, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. 11Handicap

    11Handicap New Member

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    Today was my first day of concealed carry. It was very odd, I felt like I was breaking the law driving down the road. I have been practicing a lot and felt I was ready to give it a go. Aside from feeling like everyone was looking at me like I was carrying a bazooka. How long will it take for the feeling that everyone I look at I feel they know I am carrying?
    I was wrapping my day up and popped into Chipotle to pick up dinner for the family. When I got back into my truck to my surprise, sitting on my seat was a fully loaded pistol magazine. When I undid my seat belt to get out I must have hit the mag release. Has anyone else had this problem? Do you where your seat belt overtop of your pistol or kind of wrap it around? I want to be able to get at it.
    But more importantly if that one in a million kazillion happed in chipotle I would have pulled out a pistol with no magazine in it. Does anyone kind of do a check as they enter and exit there vehicle of their pistol? It really bothered me; I felt I had failed terribly for my first day. Leaving my damn magazine on my truck seat my first day what a blunder.
    Let’s hear it please.
     
  2. md1911

    md1911 New Member

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    The feeling of being watched or doing something wrong. Will go away with time. As far as loosing your mag that's never happened to me personaly. I'm sure it was a fluke. How do you carry. I carry mine in the small of my back.
     

  3. LandMonster

    LandMonster New Member

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    Sounds like you already learned a valuable lesson.
     
  4. 11Handicap

    11Handicap New Member

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    I carry a SR9C in an outside the waistband holster, a fobus paddle holster. It covers the trigger guard entirely and has great retention, that’s why I chose it. I carry it about 3:30 or so with 15 degree tilt forward.
    I did learn a valuable lesson today, but at 44 years old I still feel like a dumbass
     
  5. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    Thats why its critical to carry one in the chamber. Sometimes it happens. If a gun does that repeatedly i dont use it for ccw. Its also why i detest ambi mag relaeses and extended mag releases. The xdm mag release is kinda reccessed and difficult to depress with a full loaded mag so i dont mind it being ambi.

    Witha revolver if the cylinder catch is pressed wrong it can dump all its rounds or just jam right up. Semi auto least you get one shot no matter if the mag autoejects by accident.
     
  6. 11Handicap

    11Handicap New Member

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    Having read your post JohM, I bet it was the right side mag release. As I undid my seat belt I bet I clipped it and it and did not notice. Very much my fault, sounds like this happens with some pistols than correct. I will defiantly not carry this one if it continues. But what is a fair amount of tries? One time, two time or what??
     
  7. Jon12312

    Jon12312 New Member

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    Dont be so hard on yourself! For your first day it could have been much much worse. You realized your mistake and are asking how to improve it. The best advice I can give you is get a good nights sleep, have a nice big cup of joe in the AM, and strap your holster back on and remember that you arent breaking the law. You are someone who (in the right circumstance) can save a life and protect the good guys... As far as the mag falling out of your gun... Get a revolver. Just kidding. Practice getting in and out of your vehicle and just give your gun a quick tap on the bottom of the mag just to make sure its still there. After a while it will just be part of your routine. Good luck. Im sure you will do just fine.
     
  8. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I do not conceal carry but I would imagine as you do it more and more it will become natural and you will figure out what works best for you. The first time for anything is a learning experience and trial and error will be the way to learn for a short while. Keep at it.
     
  9. shootah45

    shootah45 New Member

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    I carry A S&W 1911PD in The small of my back,You should feel like it's part yourself soon.If I am not carrying I feel naked.Give yourself a break and learn from it.Good Luck & Carry safe & Proud 
     
  10. The_Kid

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    With my 9mm I made my own holster and found that when I sat down the magazine release button would have pressure on it. I simply made a hole in my holster so that wouldn't happen.

    I'm not sure if that is your problem, but I thought I'd throw that out there.
     
  11. USMC-03

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    Just give it some time. Eventually it will be second nature to you. I carry iwb mostly and have never had an issue with a mag releasing on me. May need to fine tune your setup a little. Just keep at it and you'll do fine.
     
  12. cybor_2099

    cybor_2099 New Member

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    Same gun i use. My mag release is actually a little stiff so i have not had it fall out for me. I use a IWB holster which for me works very good. Everything is covered up by kydex and i couldnt hit the mag release. Just practice carrying and withdrawing it. Alot, then it will start to feel apart of you.

    I believe the SR9C will not shoot if the mag is not in the firearm. Even if one is chambered. So it is important that the mag be there. Its the one thing i would like to change. Otherwise i love the gun and it shoots great.
     
  13. Zodiac131911

    Zodiac131911 New Member

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    I recently changed carry positions and felt the same way all over again. Its something you get used to after a while.
     
  14. vincent

    vincent New Member

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    ^^^THIS^^^

    I knew if i waited long enough someone would say it better than me...:D

    I've found OWB and a seatbelt don't get along too well, like the man said, fine tune the setup...:cool:
     
  15. Tackleberry1

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    11handicap

    No need to beat yourself up. Think back to your first cell phone. How many times did you leave it "somewhere" by mistake? True, it's a bit more distressing to do this with your guns magazine but as with anything new, there is a learning curve.

    I began CCW 16 years and on that day began a process of learning what worked and what didn't.

    From your description of the event it sounds like you carry strong side and decided to run your seatbelt between your gun and your body so you could access the gun if needed while driving.

    To quote Clint Smith, either drive or shoot, Trying to do both is folly.

    There is the real concern of being car jacked while stopped. I can tell you that trying to draw a gun holstered strong side while seated in a car is extremely difficult.

    Personally, if traveling through a bad area, I will unholster and put my gun in easy reach or if on a long trip, bring a second "truck gun" that rides in a seat mounted holster.

    Hope that helped and remember, the one unforgivable lapse would be to get home and leave you gun within reach of a child. Practice positive retention 100% if kids are ever present. That means it's either on your hip or under lock and key.

    Tack
     
  16. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I don't CC but here is a thought. When driving, I keep my cell phone either on my person or I shove it under a thigh. If you lay a cell phone (or gun) on the seat next to you and you get in an accident. Your cell phone (or gun) will not be anywhere that you could find easily. A seat mounted holster sounds like a great idea.
     
  17. Wilder

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    Keep doing what your doing, I talk to other ccw's about the holsters they use, carry position etc. all the time. Learning from the experience of others is always cheaper. I find the self consciousness subsides for most people after a couple weeks, but the paranoia never goes away; learn to use it. Look at the people around you, do threat assessments on everyone you see. Pay more attention to people who seem agitated or nervous. If you have a good comfortable holster you will forget you have a gun on you, any more I feel weird when unarmed. When I carried a 1911 I had the safety turn to fire a few times from my body movements ( nylon iwb small of back) so I made a habit of checking the safety (and later the mag well also) when I would stand up. Take note of who is around you first, touching your carry to do this can be construed as brandishing depending on wording of local laws. As far as your magazine/belt issue, make a habit of looking down at your seat before closing the car door. I started doing that after locking my keys in the car. Just as we have developed habits and routines for safe handling at the range, now you must do the same for carrying. Best advice I've received is that concealed carry is exactly that, concealed. If your messing with it, adjusting the holster, or if it is uncomfortable (your body language can give away that you are carrying) it isn't concealed. Glad you started carrying, hope you never need it.
     
  18. Mason609

    Mason609 New Member

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    As far as dropping the mag, everyone else has pretty much covered it. I wouldn't really be of any use as I'm a south paw.

    As far as feeling like people are watching you, or looking at you, it's natural to feel that way. It's nerves. Give it time, and you'll be fine. Just don't overthink it and act like you did before (for the most part).
     
  19. unclebear

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    I carry with a shoulder holster, my first day my sister gave me a hug and my mag fell out. I still carry the same and the same gun I'm just a little more careful about what I do. About the seat belt just before you get out of the car after you unbuckle check your mag you don't have to take the gun out of the holster just a little press check. Also worse comes to worse if something like that does happen and I just don't realize it I carry three extra mag along with the one in the gun.
     
  20. mayscat44

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    I'm also a lefty but from reading your problem I would strongly suggest IWB. The longer you carry the more you'll realize that it's very comfortable with the right holster selection. The feeling of "everyone knows" will be less with the IWB. I've been carrying for 4 yrs and I experimented around at first and quickly realized that carrying IWB quickly solved most of my issues...good luck
     
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