Why is everyone looking at me?

Why is everyone looking at me?

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    Why is everyone looking at me?

    As a new permit-holder, today was the first day I actually had anywhere to go where I could carry. What's that, you ask? Why don't you carry at work? I can't. I'm in the military. They don't trust us with firearms on base! Unless, of course, your some 19-year-old "security" officer. But I digress.

    I hit the grocery store today with my LCP sitting at about 4:00 in my Remora. I couldn't help thinking everyone was staring at it. It was so far back there, I couldn't tell what my shirt-tale was doing. I think I'll be trying appendix carry. I know what's going on up there in front.

    Am I using the wrong holster, or is this something you get used to?


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    I would say that it is in your head. You were probably looking at people to judge if they were looking at you and they just noticed the eye contact. I doubt they saw that little thing on your belt. It is something you will get used to. When you realize it is normal, they will know no better. Welcome aboard to the "using your 2A rights" crowd!
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    You get used to it. Years ago,first time my wife and I carried,I almost tripped over her at Wal Mart because I was looking around like everyone was watching me. Now,I don't give it a thought.
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    Relax, most people won’t even notice if you open carried
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    I'm assuming you were OC (open carrying) if you were getting so many questions. Obviously, most people are instantly paranoid, uncomfortable and even fearful of the possible "crazy person with a gun" when they see non-uniformed person open carrying.

    If you were concealed carrying, you're experiencing the normal "first carry paranoia" that almost everyone goes through during their first few weeks of carrying even though the weapon is well concealed. You know it's there, and feel that everyone around is doing a "trophy inspection" on you to look for any signs of a bulge, slight print, or whatever - when, in reality, only other CC or LE people would ever possibly do such on occasion.

    If you were CC and getting a lot of actual attention from those around you, it was probably because your fly was open or you had a big piece of spinach hanging from a front tooth instead of a tiny buldge somewhere
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    My Remora conceals my 3" Kimber ultra eclipse nicely at about 3:00. I find that if I move it back much I can't bend over with out the butt
    of the gun printing. Appendix conceals well when walking around but I find it uncomfortable when sitting. I cant the gun forward so the grip
    straddles the 3:00 line. Works for me.

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    I guess I'll keep fiddling with it then until I find what works best. To tell the truth, I'm less and less in love with the LCP. I originally bought it because I thought I'd be more likely to carry it than my G26, but the more I shoot it, the less I like it. I guess once it gets really hot and I'm wearing looser fitting clothes, it'll be nice to be able to slip it into a pocket. Either way I think I'll start looking around for a good holster for the Glock.

    Any suggestions?

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    It's all in your head. It will pass. Don't fiddle with your holster, that IS a giveaway to a keen eye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    It's all in your head. It will pass. Don't fiddle with your holster, that IS a giveaway to a keen eye.
    Well, no, I didn't mean fiddle with it in public. I just meant, you know, in general.

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    Relax, the first few times you carry you will feel like you have a billboard hovering above your head saying “I have a gun”. You will quickly notice most people have such tunnel vision that unless something bumps them on the nose they will never notice it. Generally people are so wrapped up with what is happening in their little corner of the world they wonder aimlessly about clueless as to whether sun is shining or if it is dark outside.
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    I bought a Remora holster a month ago now and have not had any issues with it. Go test your CCW at home with someone else watching you to see how things fit. Your wife will let you know before going out in public!!! Take time to learn to use the CCW holster you bought before going out in public with it. This may take a day or 4 to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moops View Post
    Well, no, I didn't mean fiddle with it in public. I just meant, you know, in general.
    OK, cool. I do see people checking and double checking their shirt tale all of the time and it's a dead giveaway. I check my shirt one time when I get up from sitting down and then I leave it alone.

    As far as holsters go I suggest: 1st for OWB I like UBG holsters. They are top shelf and Nate is a former jar head and all around good guy.

    2nd for IWB many people love the Cross Breed Super Tuck. It is very well liked.

    For AIWB carry that you mentioned you could look at Don Hume.

    There are lots of good holsters out there. Take a look at UBG's website first though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    OK, cool. I do see people checking and double checking their shirt tale all of the time and it's a dead giveaway. I check my shirt one time when I get up from sitting down and then I leave it alone.

    As far as holsters go I suggest: 1st for OWB I like UBG holsters. They are top shelf and Nate is a former jar head and all around good guy.

    2nd for IWB many people love the Cross Breed Super Tuck. It is very well liked.

    For AIWB carry that you mentioned you could look at Don Hume.

    There are lots of good holsters out there. Take a look at UBG's website first though.
    I think I might check out one of those UBG's. I'm thinking OWB might be a bit more comfortable.

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    Before you know it, it will be as normal as wearing your socks. Check out the Pure Kustom Black Ops Pro, you can carry it either IWB or OWB in several different cants. About 23 different positions with the same holster.
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    The first time I carried in public was with a Sig P226 at a hippie co-op on the way to a camping trip. It felt like an anchor welded to my hip and I thought that I was obvious to everyone. Nobody noticed a thing. It's like a first date - complete over analysis...
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