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    I'm new to the world of conceal carry. Today was the first time I carried in public. The entire time at church I was worried that I was "flashing" the other saints. I could get it off my mind. Is that normal for concealing for the first time? Does the apprehension go away?

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    It is normal.

    It will go away.

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    I am kinda new at concealed carry (mid-May) so i understand . If you have some good equipment and clothing that covers well enough then you have no worries . I do think it is normal to have some concerns but it will go away just relax and most of all don't keep messing with your " Roscoe " Be safe .
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    Quote Originally Posted by WannabeaCPA View Post
    I'm new to the world of conceal carry. Today was the first time I carried in public. The entire time at church I was worried that I was "flashing" the other saints. I could get it off my mind. Is that normal for concealing for the first time? Does the apprehension go away?

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    Very normal. It's like being nervous as a new driver who just got your first license.

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    That's pretty darned normal. The fear will go away.

    For me, it helped to kind of casually glance at other people's pockets (I normally pocket carry and worried about printing). First, you'll find out it's surprisingly hard to guess what they might have on their person, unless you look really hard. Second, you'll probably find it a little awkward to look at people this way, and realize that you don't normally go around examining other people's waistbands and pockets - and that they don't do that, either. Even a gun in full view is fairly likely to go unnoticed by the majority of people.
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    It takes a while, some longer than others, but as you gain confidence and figure out what clothes are best for cover, you will feel much more comfortable carrying. The mark, or turning point here in the Las Vegas area, though some what corny, was referred to as the Wally World Walk. When you did your first shopping trip to Walmart while carrying. Most will ask you to leave, some will ask you to cover or leave. For me, as you mentioned above was carrying while attending Church and Bible. Finally felt good about it when I found the right holster, which for me which was a high riding OWB forward cant paddle. For the first several months, I'd leave the gun and holster under the seat of the car. Just a side note, my signature came from a Bible Study leader who was a 30 year retired LA police officer. He emphasized the verse as he was the only person in the church that spotted my carry.
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    Being a little "paranoid" is normal when you first start carrying. The worst thing you can do is to do anything to possibly give yourself away. Avoid adjusting your holster, pistol, clothing or constantly looking to see if you're printing. This may make someone take a second look and start taking notice.
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    Your ability to carry concealed is greatly enhanced if you purchase a high-quality gun belt and holster. These are not cheap items. Expect to pay big coin for them. But when you have quality carry gear, concealment is much easier. Cheap gear prints badly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WannabeaCPA View Post
    I'm new to the world of conceal carry. Today was the first time I carried in public. The entire time at church I was worried that I was "flashing" the other saints. I could get it off my mind. Is that normal for concealing for the first time? Does the apprehension go away?

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    I got over being self-conscience about it quickly. Being uncomfortable might draw attention to yourself.

    Anyway, I'm surprised you wore it to church. That's illegal in NE unless you're part of church security personnel.

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    I carry all the time and usually switch from my full-sized Sig in an IWB Remora holster to a .380 in an ankle holster for church. Just a few days ago, I finished construction of my CrossBreed-type IWB holster and wore it to church this morning because I can tuck in my shirt. Sure enough, it felt like the first day of concealed carry because I was a little concerned less about printing, which doesn't happen, but more about the belt clips that show. We survived. :-)
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    Don't sweat it. I had the same paranoia my first few days as well. A buddy of mind invited me to partake in an "experiment with him. We went several places in public over the span of a weekend. We wore clothing that, in the opinion of other CC'ers, clearly printed, but not to the point of spandex for example. We went to stores, a flea market, Wally World, fast food joints, the bank, and many other places. At the crowded flea market people even brushed up against the firearm on two instances. I was sweating bullets! (pun intended!) It was a great confidence builder and he proved his point to me that people are way too wrapped up in themselves and their own affairs to take any notice of you! The only thing that will draw attention to it is our own paranoid behavior, which will be perceived as "out of place" by others. Just do your thing and carry confidently.
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    As others have said, when you first start carrying you will feel you have a neon sign above you saying “I HAVE A GUN” just continue carrying and the feeling will go away.
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    Yup that nervousness about carrying is normal at first. It goes away. And not too long from now you will feel naked the first time you absolutely can't have your gun with you.
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    I've been CC for over 15 years and I still remember how paranoid I was when I first started carrying. Entirely normal. You'll get used to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WannabeaCPA View Post
    I'm new to the world of conceal carry. Today was the first time I carried in public. The entire time at church I was worried that I was "flashing" the other saints. I could get it off my mind. Is that normal for concealing for the first time? Does the apprehension go away?

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    I felt the same way when I started carrying over twenty years ago. Now when I can't carry, I feel like I have a neon flashing sign that says "This guy is not carrying".
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