This is a discussion on NEW Carriers - A Little Nervous???? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Not only is becoming a legal carrier a big responsibility, but we are putting loaded GUNS in our pants! Handling my beautiful new guns is ...
Not only is becoming a legal carrier a big responsibility, but we are putting loaded GUNS in our pants! Handling my beautiful new guns is one thing, but loading them up and holding a loaded weapon is a whole 'nother thang!I'm interested in hearing from other new carriers or veteran carriers regarding initial experiences and thoughts about putting a loaded weapon on your side, in your pants, purse or on your ankle. (I'm NOT interested in hearing, "If you're nervous about carrying, maybe it's not for you." Just had to say that because I know there's some yahoo out there who's going to feel compelled to say it.)
Never get too comfortable with a loaded gun. It does get easier. BTW, the sheeple can't tell you're carrying and most CCW people can't either. Don't cheap out on your belt.
Yes, it is a whole new experience, and you should feel a little nervous. But, use that nervousness to remind you to always apply the safe handling rules of your firearm(s). As time goes by, you will condition yourself to be safe and carry with confidence.
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I was a little nervous at first, but now I carry all the time and don't even think about it.
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Good holster and a gun belt. Trust your equipment, if you don't then change it. You will hesitate out of nature to grab your gun if you feel uneasy. A loaded gun should be the last of your concern, the first should be to remember your training and again, trust your gun. Second should be if your printing, if an emergency is about to unravel then you don't want to be a point of interest for a BG. I would practice with it more, draw, shooting, reloading etc. If you don't want one in the pipe then practice on racking it back. Either way the main key is more practice lol
Sure when I started a few months ago I thought "Whats the big deal?" But that was when I only had the LCP in a pocket. I took my XDM9C out today for its maiden voyage, and I had a bit of a different feeling. A little more on edge than normal when I first stepped into the store, but after I started the shopping I became pretty lax about it all. My carry setup has almost no printing even when bending at the waste so that helped a lot with putting me at ease.
I was nervous the first few times carrying but the more I carry the more my gun becomes an extension of my body. I also practice drawing my loaded pistol with my carry clothes on. To me it gives me more confidence and practice in handling a loaded weapon.
There will be a little 'new awkward feeling' about putting a gun on your person, that's fairly normal.
Soon you will just put on your watch, grab your wallet, phone, and put the gun inside the belt. You'll always be cognizant of the gun being there as that's part of being alert.
You will, however, soon forget that awkward feeling, especially if you get into a SD pistol class and practice what you learn.
It's a great journey of always learning. This site is a great place to learn and share.
Proverbs 27:12 says: “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.”
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Hey...if it makes you nervous...
After you carry awhile and get used to it, it'll make you nervous when you're NOT carrying it...
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I think we were all a little nervous at the beginning. I know I was at first. I always thought people were looking at me and knowing I was carrying, but as time went on I soon realized no one had a clue. It does get easier and easier, and as stated by HotGuns I am nervous when I cant carry. I think being nervous in my case at times keeps the senses more keen, just my opinion though.
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I felt uneasy at first while carrying; now I feel uneasy when I don't/can't, which is rare.
I had to go to Atlanta this week on business, and I did not enjoy being unarmed. (No reciprocity with Georgia)
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