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    How nervous were you the first time?

    In all honesty, how nervous were you the first time you concealed carried a loaded weapon? I have been around guns (mainly shotguns and rifles) my whole life, but still makes me nervous to carry with one in the pipe?

    Honest answers please

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    Very nervous, but learn to trust your gun (as long as its a modern design from a reputable maker) to not go off. Guns are drop safe and depending on the model have several safety systems built in to ensure that a gun will not go off unless the trigger is pulled.

    You will stop being nervous eventually and will feel naked without a gun.

    And, IMO, if you're not ready to carry chambered, you're not ready to carry.
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    I don't carry chambered, so I don't have that problem. And before the 'wars' start, I CHOOSE to carry that way. I've been carrying for about 10 years the same way.

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    I was a little nervous, and foolishly carried the 1911 in Condition 2 (hammer down on a live round) because I thought it was safer! But the more I carried, and the more exposure to different places and situations, the more normal it seemed. Formal training accelerated the comfort level.

    If you ever spent any time hunting with a shotgun, did you carry that enormously powerful weapon with an empty chamber? Few people think about that, but a shotgun is a lot more powerful than most defensive handguns, and commonly their safeties only block trigger motion and not the sear. Practically speaking, that should be far scarier than carrying a handgun with one in the chamber.
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    Nervous, no, self-conscious, yes. For about 2-3 times.... Most don't carry without a round in the chamber, but you could choose not to if it helps you "get over the hump".

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    I wasnt. Shrug.

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    Just a little nervous. My first time was in a dollar store. Easy walk. :) Took me a while to get the nerve to carry with a round in the chamber. That made me a bit more nervous at first. But, I have been carrying that way over two years and the gun has never fired itself. Now I don't even think about it.
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    I was a little nervous, but it goes away quickly. My first conceal carry gun was a Gen2 Glock19. I also didn't carry with a round chambered the first couple times I went out with it. Now it is second nature :)
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    I'm embarrassed to say that I can't remember the first time I carried concealed.
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    I was more self conscious than nervous. I knew my weapon was safe with a round in the chamber so no worries there. It was more a feeling like having a huge sign floating above me screaming HEY LOOK AT ME IM CARRYING!

    After a few days it subsides. After open carrying a few times you realize no one pays any attention to a full size strapped to your hip never mind the little ruffle in your shirt.


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    I have alway had weapons around the house, for decades, but I still felt 'different' when I was able to arm myself out in public.
    I certainly was aware of crime, I liked the idea of being armed, but I probably felt like other people might point me out. That feeling soon disappeared, and I got on with life.
    Taking various courses also helped calm the self-consciounce feeling...it has been a pleasant journey.
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    Like others have mentioned, I wasn't nervous about it, just self conscious about others noticing. That quickly subsided though. I've always been a confident and informed guy, so I knew my weapon was safe as long as I did my part and followed the basic but ever so important rules.
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    Not at all.
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    I never carried a handgun before 2010, did shoot .22s in my youth at frogs and cans, was a good shot with a pellet gun, yet never had any nerves or fears or self-consciousness CC, ever.

    I must say I did feel nervous going to an indoor range with a bunch of people I didn't know and whose ability to handle a firearm was unknown. I always took the right-most booth and after about 5-6 visits (thankfully) now only shoot at an outdoor range, just me and my partner. No idea why some people are afraid or self-conscious.
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    Nervous? Not especially. As with poster Daffy above, I was a bit self conscious. As my experience grows, and as my carry methods evolve, it all becomes second nature.

    I did not carry with a loaded chamber the first few times; now, my carry piece is always with a round in battery. I do double check the safety each time I holster.

    IIRC, someone in my CCW class said words to the effect that concealed carrying makes one extra polite. It is true with me, whether on the road or in a store. (And, I'm a polite kind of guy, anyhoo.)

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