Yup, your friend is right. Pretty soon you will feel naked without it.
This is a discussion on Got my permit and did the walk (sort of) within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I received my permit in the mail a few days ago. I had to work the next couple of days so didn't get to carry. ...
I received my permit in the mail a few days ago. I had to work the next couple of days so didn't get to carry. Yesterday I was off and was the first chance I have had to carry in public. I got flagged down at my neighbors to help him with something, went to the hardware store, dump and local feed/seed/gun store. Felt pretty confident until I got to the feed store. There were a lot of people in there and I just felt like I was wearing a big sign that said gun. LOL. I walked back to the gun counter to check on ammo and talk to my buddy that works in there and hosts carry classes at the store. Told him my permit had finally come and expressed my nervousness over it. He assured me he had no idea I had a gun and told me the feeling would go away. I hung out a while, while he was looking up the value on an oddball gun someone had brought in. After several people had come to the counter and left I kinda started feeling a little more confident.
As time goes on you will be amazed at how little people do notice!
You on the other hand will notice everything!
Pretty soon you'll be wearing it to the beach
That feeling will go away faster than you realize, and you'll be wearing it everywhere you go...or don't go. I have mine on me as I'm typing this.
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How are you carrying? And what are you carrying? I am new at CC also (carry Ruger LCR 357 with IWB holster)
It will pass and become a normal thing. If you think people are looking at you get a large tape measure and wear that around to see if people are paying any attention to you. They are not and soon you won't be paying any attention to them.
Congrats on the permit. As to the nervousness, consider it the same way as when you first got your drivers license. New drivers are nervous at first, then quickly get over it. The same will happen with carrying.
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So long as you take basic care to remain concealed, and have made good clothing, belt, holster and gun choices with respect to concealment, then you'll find that 99.8% of folks (more or less) won't ever have a clue, and most who do won't say a thing. It'll remain your "little secret," allowing you to retain the element of surprise should a situation arise.
You'll get through the feeling that everyone's eye-balling you. Unless you're "printing" horribly, nearly nobody will notice. Just don't start fidgeting with it, continually seeking to readjust the holster or position, etc. Just ignore it, and rest assured they'll all ignore you.
Congrats on the new CHL and "the walk."
Carry always. Carry everywhere it's lawful.
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It does feel like a glowing neon sign is above you saying gun hidden here. After awhile the feeling does go away.
I was more self concious when I went into the Dairy Queen rather than Wal-Mart. The zombies at Wal-Mart are too wrapped up in themselves to know what's going on around them.
I like all kinds of foreign guns.
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