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

This is a discussion on What do you say when you think someone spots you? Or worse, asks? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I've only had a couple of occasions where I've had to tuck. 99.9% of the time I go untucked, even at work but unfortunately I ...

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    I've only had a couple of occasions where I've had to tuck. 99.9% of the time I go untucked, even at work but unfortunately I can't carry, at least not without risking the only job I've ever been happy working at.

    If I was spotted I will either say something simple like "it's for accessories" or blatantly tell them it's none of their business.


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    Quote Originally Posted by First Sgt View Post
    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"...
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    it all depends who spots you. most people in Kentucky are open to idea of people exercising their second amendment. i was once spotted in Starbucks by "rich" middle age white woman. she freaked out and called cops. Starbucks employes tried to calm women down. cops came i just showed them my ccw and cops were like you have a nice day.

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    I was in Walmart and had the 642 IWB with a patterned shirt worn outside. The family behind me was giggling , so I turned around. The were staring at my tactile folder clipped into the front right pocket. I said "The knife? I use it in my work setting up theater speakers" They shut up.
    Never been made in 40+ years of carrying.

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    Although the question has never came up my planned answer was to be "its my pain pump".
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    I got made once by an air Marshal in the Houston, TX airport between flights. He was whining about my pocket folder and said "Everyone will know you are a cop.", I looked at him and said " Look at me, am I fooling anyone?" He just shook his head and walked away........

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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 remember being paranoid my first couple of weeks. The worst case was when a LEO stepped into the checkout line behind me at the QuickStop. If he did notice (and I don't think he did because I use the Smart Carry) he didn't ask to see my HCP. After that I got over it pretty quick.

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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.
    This one gets my vote!

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    If I think someone spots me - I don't say anything.

    If someone asks - my answer would depend on who was asking.
    "Get away from me"
    "I'm not comfortable answering that question."
    "I don't want to lie to you, (change the subject)"
    "It's a gun."

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    I had a recent incident where a clerk tried to out me. We were staying at a hotel (in a gun friendly state) that we've stayed at probably 5 times in the last 6-7 years, so the clerks typically know me by sight (as I do chat with them). I'm coming down a staircase just above the front desk when a clerk speaks out (loudly) "Is that a gun you are carrying?" I raised my shirt to show her that it was my cell phone (in a large "Husky" tool case) and flashlight on my belt and laughed "you mean this?" That was the end of that conversation. [I have told a few clerks that I am LE and also a firearms instructor, not sure if I had told her that in the past or not.]
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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.
    I don't care who you are...that's funny!
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    I could care less if someone sees my extra magazines. I really don't care. I don't work that hard at concealing them.... they should be, but if the shirt comes up over them.... so what. Will they assume I'm carrying ... probably.... and I really don't care about that either, as it's an "assumption" and since the gun isn't showing, I could care less.

    A couple of times when my gun got exposed.... my response to them was "hi, how are you doing ? " .... as I covered it back up. Don't make a big deal out of it, typically neither will they. One woman and I got into quite a conversation as a matter of fact. ... all positive. If you act all nervous and squirrelly about it, then you make them nervous about it too. Act like it's a "given" .... it belongs there .... there's no big deal about it. Casually cover it and go on about your business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bootslxa View Post
    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).

    Disclaimer: This post is not meant to start a debate on how well tuckable holsters work or what you think I should use instead. Although helpful information regarding said topic is appreciated.

    Carry gun: Diamondback DB9
    Holster: Parker holsters IWB
    I say nothing unless they ask. Then I just say: "Whatever you thought you may have seen is legal". That way, whoever it is may be less likely to call 911 and give them a "man with a gun" alert. You don't want that.

    If a LEO asks, I say: "Yes, and I have Carry permit for it, just tell me how you want to handle this?" (This was for the one time a LEO spotted me.)

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    I've never been made in public by anyone that bothered to mention it or reacted visibly enough to notice. On the other hand, I've started trying to "spot the CCW" myself. I see some open carriers around here, but have never spotted a CCW that I was sure of.

    One thing I've noticed is that it's difficult to look at someone's belt line without feeling weird. One of the 'gun books' I've got said that there's a real taboo about looking in that area on a stranger that's working in favor of the armed citizen, and I can vouch for that.

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    What do you say when you think someone spots you?
    I've found great success with "DIE INFIDEL!"
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