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What do you say when you think someone spots you? Or worse, asks?

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    I break it down into those that I know and those I don't know. If I know you, the answer is straight forward. If I don't know you, I assess the attitude. Friendly: they might ask: "is that a gun?"... Answer: "Could be" and I change the subject...if less than friendly: "could be" and look straight at them. The attitude is then going to be friendly or otherwise. Act accordingly.
    It usually doesn't come up.


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    Hey Max. What are you carrying?

    According to my cardiologist about 30 pounds more than I should...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenGoodLuck View Post
    As you gain more experience carrying, you'll get over the "is everyone staring at me" stage. Most people could care less about you (or me). It's most likely a small dose of paranoia on your part. If someone does actually ask, you can choose to ignore the question. You don't have to even respond. You can also try to just change the subject.
    I think this is more what I'm dealing with. I'm still a little paranoid about carrying at work sometimes but I hate leaving it in my car and neither of my employers have protocols about carrying. One of my jobs I'm a manager and I have to close up late at night frequently. An occurrence at the latter is what prompted me to start carrying in the first place.

    Thank you all for the responses, you all have been a great resource for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by _Hawkeye_ View Post
    I had a couple kids ask once. Seems like it is always kids doesn't it? They said, "is that a gun?" and I said yes it is. They said "what kind?" and I said a Beretta 92. They said cool I use that on (some video game I have forgotten the name of)
    Unfortunately my second job is almost solely with children (an inflatable party place), hopefully they'll be too concerned with the impending birthday party and not notice

    Also, I'm jealous you can carry your 92. I simply cannot find a way to hide it on my frame at the moment. I'd carry mine in a heartbeat if I could.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxwell47 View Post
    Hey Max. What are you carrying?

    According to my cardiologist about 30 pounds more than I should...
    After being out of college for a little over a year now I'm starting that trend. I fear it will only get worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OD* View Post
    Tell them it's your colostomy bag, they'll leave you alone right quick.
    wins thread.
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    I'm going with OD*'s post as well though in all my years of carrying I've never been asked. I'm sure I must have been made at some point -- just never asked.

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    Never been asked about it. That doesn't mean some people haven't figured it out, they have just kept it to themselves ,which is OK by me. If I am ever asked, as long as it feels like a positive situation, I'll just be straightforward and honest.

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    I can't say exactly what I'd say. It'd all depend on the situation and such. As much as I'd want to respond with something witty or smart ass, I wouldn't since I know that people like to stereotype and my behavior would reflect on all of us who do carry.
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    I wear a tuckable holster, and I carry at work. Normally I don't use it tucked but yesterday I had to. Whenever I've worn it before in the tucked fashion it has never been a problem but yesterday I caught a customer eyeing it. My question is, has anybody ever had someone (that doesn't need to know) ask what the clips are for? If so, what should you/I say? I am relatively new to carrying at all (since May of this year).<br />
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    Ha, ArmyMan made me laugh out loud with that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jollymann View Post
    You guys may not realize this, but some people are going to profile you and they are going to suppose youíre more the type to be packing a pistol. If they see you again and again (Like at the Supermarket.) itís more likely. Once they start profiling you theyíre going to look for where youíd be more likely to carry something and notice things. Some of those people are going to tell right away and some of those people are going to tell after a few times seeing you. If youíre like me where you wear just a shirt over an outside the belt holster, sometimes opened(unbuttoned) and sometimes not, itís going to take less time. I donít do a lot of really deep concealing, especially in the summer.

    The fact is youíre being foolish if you think no oneís going to make you out ever. Itís a certainty that someone here and there is going to make you.

    My idea is that if someone looks carefully enough to make you out, reward them. Own up to it. Itís only fair. Maybe find out what they saw that made it clear to them. To stand there and try to deny it to an observant smart person is extremely insulting and beneath you.

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    I am blessed and cursed with a healthy dose of "military swagger". Folks have been asking me if I was in the military since before I was out of highscool. I am easy to profile, there's no hiding it, so I just roll with it.



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    I have a hard time giving regular everyday people enough credit to take notice. I don't yet own a crossbreed holster, but I feel like somebody would make reference to the crosses as an antagonistic statement before even recognizing them as being clips for something.

    LP profiles me in certain stores due to my appearance (a few visible tats) so I make sure not to pocket carry there. Any noticeable bulge in my pocket would sure grab unneeded attention.

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    I've been asked a couple of times. Every upstanding adult citizen can do so, and more good folk are doing so every day. Far better than having only the criminals be the ones who are armed.

    It's not really anyone's business why I do carry. But when a person has legitimate interest, it's really an opportunity to help further the cause, to salve the ruffled "sheep" feathers, and to lay a good foundation for sane and rational behavior on their part in future. The last thing I want to do is to get my back up and appear the ugly one, which will only leave a bad taste and ruin any goodwill that might otherwise have been created.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bootslxa View Post
    If so, what should you/I say?
    Tell them how damned sorry you are for not getting a Remora holster or else tell them its special jewelry attached to your cockring and would they like to see it.

    Concealed means concealed and your concern demonstrates that you're not concealed and you know it.

    Those clips on your belt are a dead giveaway the ones with crosses on them are practically a neon sign.

    Don't show. Don't tell. Don't take advice from fools that do.

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    Well, when you are tall, tanned and handsome, with an athletic build, silver hair, and the demeanor and walk of a MAN with confidence, who only laughs when offered Viagra samples, you just get used to the prying eyes, the full body scan, and the possibility that you just might be "outed"... In that event, a response of "I'm active security for many local celebrities and must be prepared wherever I go (then just smile, and if it's an attractive lady, give that little wink that melts them)...

    It always works for me!!!!!

    On the other hand, you could perhaps respond with "I think that's getting a bit personal, don't you" and just go on about your business.

    I really don't concern myself with those that "suspect" they know....JMO
    Sometimes in life you have to stand your ground. It's a hard lesson to learn and even most adults don't get it, but in the end only I can be responsible for my life. If faced with any type of adversity, only I can overcome it. Waiting for someone else to take responsibility is a long fruitless wait.

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