I am posting this for one reason.
I have kids older than the OP and do not want to see any young man get hurt or killed doing something stupid. That goes for drinking and driving or getting plugged carrying a BLUE GUN.. Oh it's blue,,SO WHAT ???? Did you ever see a Duracoat? They come in Blue and every other darned color including pretty bright pink....
If I catch a glimpse of a blue gun in a holster being worn in walmart by an adult and not a five-year old with a cowboy hat I think "GUN".
IT IS JUST A BAD IDEA... Break in a holster and get used to feeling something on your belt at home with anything you want including a brick. But if you're going anywhere in public (especially with a "bulge" or an "NRA" hat as the OP stated) the odds, no matter how slim that something screwy happens ( sadly something screwy when it comes to firearms can mean deadlly ) aren't worth betting against.
Followed with: "but couldn't that happen without a weapon? And if the BG saw me I could still get shot."
After reading this young man's comments over a three year span of time I have observed the following:
He has shown interest in armed as well as other forms of self defense and has asked and commented on just about everything else including:
Non-lethal defensive tools
Full automatic firearms
And on and on...
He has discussed choices for employment from:
(No Marines--- I remember the OOORAAH comment)
Security guard, armed and unarmed
Armored car transport
Local police departments...
Even "going to Japan to take the Senshusei course."
Nothing wrong with all the curiosity, many of us have little or no knowledge on some of those things, and they can be interesting topics to discuss, and I was till making choices about my future when I was in my early twenties.
Wouldn't some of the money he's spent on all the specialized training, blue gun, holster, black powder firearm and all the other stuff that goes along with re-enacting, been better used in the purchase of a quality used firearm. If I was strapped for cash and wanted a handgun I'd greet shoppers or push carts at Walmart for a few hours a week and buy one. Wouldn't some of his questions be better asked of his instructors, since they seem to teach our own military. Did they think this was a good idea.
The board is an open door, in and out. Many of the posters have responded with negativity while others say that practicing for the real thing with a BLUE gun is fine. After all, SWAT does it, the military does it..... YES, they do, but in a closed environment. (analogous to practicing with a BLUE gun AT HOME.)
I think that for anyone to give a blanket approval of this whole BLUE gun thing is foolish. There could be serious consequences should anything go wrong, and I would hate to have not at least pointed out some of the dangers of doing what he is doing..
ENOUGH from me.... I know you can drag a horse to water but you can't make him drink, but come on and at least see if he'll take a taste of what's being offered by a lot of sensible and experienced guys.
TO QUOTE TACMA605 "To the OP I understand why you are doing it just be careful in public brother. Whether it is blue, pink, digital camo or whatever color if you act like you are carrying a gun, make a movement like you are carrying a gun folks will consider you carrying a gun. Just be careful."