Mommy, why does that fat man have a cannon on his belt?

Mommy, why does that fat man have a cannon on his belt?

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    Mommy, why does that fat man have a cannon on his belt?



    Was said by no one as I did my first and second Wally walk today!
    I was nervous as hell and was sure that everyone knew that I had this howitzer strapped on my hip....
    But thanks to my new FoxX IWB holster and the general inability of most folks to notice anything outside of the rising price of coffee, I strolled through not one, but TWO Walmarts today.
    At the second, I even went so far as to buy a new rifle (Nice Remington 597 .22 with a scope...$207) and a new knife (Gerber folder, assisted opening...my new EDC blade).
    After that, I was feeling so confident, I took the wife and kid out to dinner at Dakota's.
    This was a banner day!
    Feeling good. acting safe and being confident in the idea that I CAN protect my family.
    And no one but me knew....
    Where do I sign for my certificate?
    Thanks to all of you "old hat carriers" for the info and the confidence to make it happen.


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    Heh, congrats. I'm pretty new to CC also, and definitely had the "OMG somebody will SEE IT" phobia my first few times. Went away pretty quick, fortunately. Now it's on to "OMG five rounds just ISN'T ENOUGH," which will doubtless cost me the price of a new auto or two, plus some dubious glances from my honey-shmooky.

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    Welcome to the club! stay safe!
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    I think the "everyone is staring at my waist" syndrome happens to most CCers at the beginning. I'm still new to it and I remember carrying the first few times I was always nervous. As you mentioned, people simply don't notice.
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    I am new to the whole carrying concealed thing as well. I have a Sig p238 which is quite small. HOWEVER, I am very petite (5'1 and 100lbs). I swear everyone notices it and feels like (probably also looks like) I have a cannon on my side! Not sure if it's just because it's new or if maybe a different holster would help.
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    It would be more like oh my god guuuuunnnn if someone anti noticed.

    Sounds like you did fine. After a while it will feel weird when you don't have it.
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    I, too was in two Walmarts and a Steve Dakotas today. Nobody knew I was armed, either.
    "If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast."
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    Congrats! Becoming a new concealed carrier is exciting.

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    Congrats! It's a good feeling to know that you are protecting your family, others, and yourself legally and responsibly. Stay safe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bodhisatva View Post
    Mommy, why does that fat man have a cannon on his belt?

    And no one but me knew....
    Uh, I'm confused, Bodhi. Did the little kid call you out, or did you squeak by undetected? "Fat man," eh? Forthright little twerp.


    Congratulations on the new responsibilities, though. Be safe. Enjoy!
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    I've been carrying now for about a week, at work and around town. I haven't felt self-conscious at all nor have I felt particularly worried if anyone "catches" me carrying. I'm aware at all times that I have a loaded weapon on my hip, but that's comforting to me. It dawned on me today when I went to get my haircut that since open carry is legal in Nebraska, I really don't have to make excuses if someone sees my weapon. I have no intention of open carrying or any desire to let people know, but I certainly don't feel compelled to slink around like I'm getting away with something. The law allows me to carry open and my permit gives me the privilege of carrying concealed.
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    Congrats on your first time carrying. I am 53 years old and finally got my CCW permit. I have hunted all my life and been around guns for a long time. When I fist carried I felt that everyone was watching me too. I know why, because I have never carried a concealed weapon before. This is a normal feeling. It takes some time to get more comfortable. Yes it is a big responsibility. I don't know why I waited so long but I do feel much safer having my gun on my hip if the need ever arises. Statistics say I will probably never have to use it but I would rather be prepared than not. Be safe out there and always be aware of your surroundings.

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    Nah, all went well and undetected... The title was what I was AFRAID was gonna happen as I stepped out of the truck and walked into the store.
    By the end of the day, sitting and chilling with my Country fried steak, it was starting to feel almost "normal".
    I still am a little self conscious and feel a bit like everyone is staring at my pistol, but, I am committed to carry whenever I possibly can (still have it on now, sitting in the man cave) so I need to get over it.
    Funny, although it's the same gun I have had strapped to my hip all day, somehow, it feels a bit "smaller".
    Looking forward to when it becomes as natural as the knife I carry in my pocket every day.
    One thing I did have to change was my wallet pocket. I realized right away that my pistol is right underneath my right back pocket. I like where it's sitting and don't want to move it any farther forward, so, from here on out, the wallet rides "lefty". Did anyone else have to change their wallet carry to accommodate an IWB carry? Just curious....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1956 View Post
    I, too was in two Walmarts and a Steve Dakotas today. Nobody knew I was armed, either.
    Were you following the OP, or is that just a typical Ohioan Friday?
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    Congrats! Don't get complacent when holstering.

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