This is a discussion on How often do you place your hand on your weapon? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Tzadik Twice yesterday First time when two of the girls in the store squeeled in excitement at the same time. ( the ...
I can only think of a few times that I've had my hand on my IWB/OWB gun both times I was in the car, once late leaving a bad area in town(sister in law lives there) and a car acting very erratically in my rear view had raised my hair. When I got to the stop light I got in the left lane(to give myself as many directions to drive as possible if they tried to block me in), and put my hand on my 45, while telling my wife to lay her seat down. They pulled up, car full of kids and took off, and I went home. I do quite often have my hand on my pocket carry while pumping gas etc because it's a fairly fast draw if my hand is on it.
Another thing I do though is rest my thumb on my rear pocket, which when I'm wearing a T-shirt is faster to clear the cover and draw. I know from practice that staging my hand there saves me about a third of a second on average on my draw but it's still very unlikely. Once while leaving Wal-Mart late near Houston with my wife there were several younger males that looked like they weren't up to much good and I happened to see them following a younger woman who happened to be parked near us. I staged my hand in case I needed to "help" or deal with them if they came towards us, if it weren't for the other gal I likely would have just gone back inside, however I had seen her shopping in the store, and the guys loitering around and they hadn't spoken or acknowledged each other etc. So I assumed that if anything did occur it wasn't likely a good encounter. Though like always I'd hate to have to intervene into someone else's situation because you never know what would happen. However my gut told me to keep an eye on them and her, so I took a little longer path to the car while watching the situation from 25ish feet. Then they walked past here and off out of the parking lot without an issue, so thankfully nothing happened. Would it have gone the same way if I wasn't there and she was the only person in the lot? Hard to say but something told me I should keep an eye out.
So to recap, like others said, very infrequently but sometimes just keeping your eye's open and watching whats going on and keeping prepared to draw if necessary that's usually enough.
Man my life is boring. I wish I had the life of some of you guys to where it's hard to go a day without having to skin the smoke wagon or getting pulled over by the police. I have become an old man.....
On my belt almost never, in my pocket sometimes, any other carry almost never.
I know not what this "overkill" means.
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I almost constently feel for my pistol and billfold. Reason? If I carry a small frame pistol/revolver it is easy to get use to it being there and I tend to forget it is on me. So I frequently check. Same for billfold. Those of us in the mechanical field are moving around on floors, up on lifts, or crawling around on a catwalk. It is easy to loose something. Thankfiully I have never done that. (KNOCK....)
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Most often I carry IWB and will sometimes will brush my pistol lightly with my forearm to double check location.
I carry in a SmartCarry 24/7. I draw the gun and put in in my front pant's pocket with my hand gripping it every time I answer the door. I also have done this without exposing what I'm doing a number of times in other places when "things just didn't feel right". So far it I haven't needed to draw it from my pocket - I hope I never do!
When things go back to condition yellow it surreptitiously goes back into the SmartCarry.
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About the only time my hand gets near my firearm is to pull my pants up...darn gut!
It doesn't really look like I'm touching my gun...just pulling my pants up.
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im on my 3rd day of CC, so I admit I touch it more than I should, but its just a little hard to get used to. Also, I'm very paranoid that people can see it. I guess its just because I'm new to CC
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As regards the original post, and many of the responses, there is a huge difference between subtly checking for your pistol and overtly putting your hand on it to get into street combat mode as a response to a perceived danger, is there not?
In sketchy situations I cant do that. I use a Smartcarry and as weird as I look I cant really have my hands down the front of clothes towards my crotch. I do hook my thumbs in my waist band quite a bit and that would probably be the closest I could get to that, but I've never felt the need to do that.
Whenever I leave places I double check for my keys, wallet, cell phone and gun but I can raise my thigh just a bit and assure myself the gun is there. Incidently, I've never come close to losing it or had it move anyone, just OCD I guess.
My other Kahr is a Kimber.