Praise or support in public?

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by Nate882004, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. Nate882004

    Nate882004 New Member

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    Have you ever been out and had some stranger praise you for wearing your weapon and exercising your rights?
     
  2. Nate882004

    Nate882004 New Member

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    I was just at the Tamrack in Beckley, WV when I was given free ice cream in appreciation for having my firearm on my side and standing for what I believe in and exercising my right. Thank you "dude at the ice cream stand".
     

  3. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    We (Canadians) aren't allowed to carry, open or concealed, but I do like to thank people in the military in odd ways. Think the funniest way I've thanked a serving member was when the debit machine wouldn't work for what ever reason and I told him not to worry about it and I would pay for it. He had the strangest look on his face......must of been use to people buying him a beer and not pizza. Haha
     
  4. NC1760

    NC1760 New Member

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    Open carry....

    Nope. Even though we have legal open carry throughout most of N.C. ... The town I live in doesn't allow open displays of any weapons (the town's name is, oddly enough, "Cary" :confused: ).
    One time in Winter I forgot at the Barbour shop and took off my coat... there it was at 4:00 on my waist (John Wayne style :D)... I looked at them and apologized and offered to take it out to the car. The guys all looked at me and laughed... They said "First off... you've been coming here for 10 years now... Second, If you were going to do anything criminal you wouldn't have shown it!" I then sat down to wait for my turn next to a women who was there with her 12 year old son. We looked at each other & smiled... Said "Hello"... Then she asked "So.. You're a police officer?"... I answered back "No mam.".... Puzzled she then said "So you're just an ordinary citizen?".... I said "No mam.... I am an ARMED citizen." ...She chuckled and replied "Not paranoid are you?" ... I replied "That's silly. I carry a gun. What have I got to be paranoid about?"

    Besides, I'm not a big fan of open carry anyhow... (and yes, I have posted this before)...1) It takes away the element of surprise (especially when you might need it the most)... 2) A potential bad guy can SEE you're armed and might try and take it... 3) LEO's are only human. A situation can easily be misread and I can be either drawn down on, or worse, SHOT.... and 4) It scares people. My advice is get a CCW permit if you can... Put on your gun and carry everywhere, every day with the few exceptions where it is not legal... and then be quiet. Sit back and enjoy the feeling of being prepared for WCS (Worse Case Scenario)..... AND we recognize any other carry permit issued by any other state in the U.S. :cool: I only wish the other states would extend that same courtesy to us...
     
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  5. trip286

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    Was in Jackson, MS just about a week ago. I had to go the the DOSafety, where the reinstate DLs, issue CC permits, and vehicle inspections (In MS, you used to be able to put a full clear title on a salvage vehicle if you could prove it was repaired to or better than factory condition).

    A young lady walked in while I was standing in line, and asked where to go to get a handgun permit.

    I turned around, shook her hand, and told her "congratulations".
     
  6. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    If someone does that, they are telling you that your concealed carry is not concealed too well.

    That is the time to look at your set up. If a stranger can see it, you can bet that others see it as well. And bad guys like to know who carries.
     
  7. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Nope. I did however while standing in line at the grocery store the other day have a woman look at me and say 'Like I don't know you have a gun under your jacket' and then she promptly found another line. I laughed and continued to put my items on the conveyor.
    At the time, due to circumstances, I did not have my gun on me. Just an empty holster. Of course I did have 2 knives and mace. Lol
     
  8. WebleyFosbery38

    WebleyFosbery38 New Member

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    I dont carry but when folks see my Military retiree ID card, they often thank me. Cant hate that
     
  9. 95sniper

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    That's hilarious
     
  10. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Yeah I thought so too. While it's possible she got a glimps of my holster (doubtful) I think she just recognized me from the news paper.
     
  11. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    Nope cuz concealed is a huge almost 100% winning advantage of surprise. I think its pretty stupid to give that advantage away by showing my hogleg, so ive never been praised or ridiculed for carrying.

    I dont carry a gun to make public display of myself or make a political statement. The only statement i intend to make is putting rounds center mass on an goblin looking to create a body count, rob me, or in the act of rape.

    Now i get "awesome hat!!" "Too cool!!" "Can i touch it??" All the time when im wearing my skunk skin hat around.
     
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  12. blindshooter

    blindshooter New Member

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    I don't see an advantage to open carry vs. concealed, other than wanting to show your gun off .
     
  13. rickster

    rickster New Member

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    I totally agree.
     
  14. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Oh, man!! Please don't be wearing that thing when I come up to go shooting with you. ;)
     
  15. JimRau

    JimRau Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I spent 30+ in uniform. It happened all the time!!!;)
    Off duty I don't want the attention!:( I want to 'surprise' the public if the need should arise!:cool:
     
  16. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    If and when I ever carry, I hope no one knows I'm carrying.
     
  17. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    Were you open carrying?

    Either way that would just be weird. Like getting a free sandwich just because I'm exercising my right to breathe.
     
  18. phildenton

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    Faster draw, way faster. There is a time and place for everything, in libtard seattle 100% concealed, near my house, on the trail, camping, etc than open is just fine.

    Now if absolutely everyone had a gun and oc'd than we woild have a rather polite and safe society.
     
  19. 95sniper

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    I agree with you, there are times for concealment then there are times that it is not needed.
     
  20. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    My neck of the woods...state wise....West Virginians enjoy firearms and there are a surprising number of folks that OC here...while I might not buy you an ice cream for carrying....I might for stopping by and enjoying our beautiful state.

    As for my preference, I understand both sides of the argument. I would prefer open carry but there are still folks that are uncomfortable with it. it makes better sense to conceal socially that is