The virtues of a heavy wallet

This is a discussion on The virtues of a heavy wallet within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; So I had a uneventful but annoyingly simple mishap today. Changed my shorts before going hiking with a friend at Great Falls National Park. As ...

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    The virtues of a heavy wallet

    So I had a uneventful but annoyingly simple mishap today.

    Changed my shorts before going hiking with a friend at Great Falls National Park. As I was on the trail with my s&w on my belt I realized that my wallet with drivers license and carry permit were not in my pocket but in my other shorts half an hour away

    Fortunately VA is an oc state and I was carrying owb so I just stuffed my shirt behind my holster and carried on enjoying the hike (and drove carefully on the way back ) but I was definitely nervous for a minute and a bit embarrassed by the mistake. In my defense I did just replace the wallet that I've been using for the last ~11 years to one significantly lighter and less noticeable in my pocket...

    Anybody else ever forgotten their permit/wallet a long way from home while carrying, experienced a moment of concern/terror, and had to disarm, oc, etc?
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    Yup. Left my wallet at the house once. Luckily its perfectly legal to carry in your car here, so when I realized it I didn't have to go back to the house right away. I just couldn't get out of my car with it on.
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    I have a front and back color copy of both my DL and carry permit in my glove box for this exact reason.


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    Yes, a couple of times. But, like you, being in an OC state makes it simpler to run afoul of the statues. (I, too, have a puny version of a "wallet," in addition to my customary "beast.") Though, it's simple enough to do the routine pat-down each and every time I suit up, verifying I have the keys, wallet, CHL, gun, spare mags, light ...


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    I have a front and back color copy of both my DL and carry permit in my glove box for this exact reason.
    Since my DL and CHL both have my home address on them, I don't leave such things in my car's glove box for this reason.
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    If I sit too long, my wallet makes my bum tilt, and it's bad for my back. So, I sometimes take it out and put it on my desk. The problem is that my security e-pass is in my wallet and that the bathroom is on the other side of a security door. So, last Saturday, I found myself calling security (embarrassed) having locked myself out of my office area by leaving my wallet on my desk when I needed to pee
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    When I was living in a tipi with friends in Idaho we had a gallon sized milk jug we used as a chamber pot so it was unnecessary to go outside after dark. A quart sized empty would do fine in an office setting I should think.
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    I haven't done it in a while, but anyone who carries for any length of time will eventually do it. Being VA, and OC'ing most of the time I don't really sweat it. Now if you live where OC is with a permit only, then it could be a big problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post

    Since my DL and CHL both have my home address on them, I don't leave such things in my car's glove box for this reason.
    Doesn't your registration and insurance card also have that information? Or do you take those in the house each day?

    Where I live I don't know if a photocopy of my pistol permit constitutes a legal document. It would be interesting to check it out.
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    I hate carrying a wallet, especially a fat one, and try to avoid it as much as possible. I probably have left mine a few times, but never had any issues. BTW the NRA Store has some nice wallets, I needed a new one and bought one of theirs recently.

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    Ohio requires two forms of ID, including ones's CHL at all times while carrying concealed. Yes, I have forgotten my wallet several times while carrying. I have photocopies of my DL and CHL in my truck and in the seat bag on my bicycle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Since my DL and CHL both have my home address on them, I don't leave such things in my car's glove box for this reason.
    Doesn't your registration and insurance card also have that information? Or do you take those in the house each day?
    I don't leave identifying information inside the car, no; certainly not when it carries my home address on it. That includes the registration, insurance, my DL (of course), my CHL and anything else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    I don't leave identifying information inside the car, no; certainly not when it carries my home address on it. That includes the registration, insurance, my DL (of course), my CHL and anything else.
    Here we are required to have registration and proof of insurance inside the vehicle. Being as I am married, and we have 2 cars and 2 bikes, we would have to BOTH carry copies of all the doc required, and photocopies of some are not acceptable. I must leave my reg and proof of ins in the car. I just lock the car and lock the glove box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanuckQue View Post
    If I sit too long, my wallet makes my bum tilt, and it's bad for my back. So, I sometimes take it out and put it on my desk. The problem is that my security e-pass is in my wallet and that the bathroom is on the other side of a security door. So, last Saturday, I found myself calling security (embarrassed) having locked myself out of my office area by leaving my wallet on my desk when I needed to pee
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    I don't carry a wallet. I have a card holder with my DL and CWL and some other cards in it I carry in a front pocket.

    I have left it at home at least twice in the last two years in the summer when changing from work pants to shorts.

    Wisconsin has legal OC, but we also have 48 hours to produce a concealed carry license. I am not sure what would happen to my fire arm if stopped without the licenses, but it probably wouldn't be great.

    I wasn't really worried about it, as it wasn't any more likely than any other day to become an issue (other than Murphy's influence).
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    I would have gladly helped you lighten your wallet. Anything for a buddy.
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