Do you feel that CCW effects your "Lifestyle"?

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Thread: Do you feel that CCW effects your "Lifestyle"?

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    Been carrying for so long I don't feel properly dressed without it.

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    It has definitely changed my life style to some degree. JDLV nailed most of the highlights. I do see myself being 'nicer', trying harder to avoid confrontations. I have changed my dress as well. I do not tuck in my T-shirts, polos and even dress shirts, depending on venue. Do not frequent as many of the restaurants i used to due to Ohio laws in regards to alcohol. I also do not give my money to businesses that fear law abiding permit holders. If I do decide to drink, it is in the same mind thought as driving. Alcohol means no keys and no gun! Good thread!
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    I am new to ccw but it is amazing if you have a great carry weapon that is easily concealed that you can become very Comfortable. I have noticed myself forgetting I even have it on. Feels odd to be with out it.

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    I voted yes, but after thinking about it I'm not sure if the change came from obtaining my license or having my son. I didn't really think about getting it until I knew my son was on the way. I've always had guns in the house, but realizing how defenseless I was while out and about started to haunt me. I don't know what I'd do if my family got hurt and all I could do was stand there and watch. I know that having a gun is not a guarantee that nothing will happen, but at least I have the mindset and ability to do something to protect them. My clothes have not changed, and I still do everything I did before, but I am more aware of my surroundings and do what I can to avoid trouble. I never looked for trouble before, but I don't think I really thought things through as I do now.

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    I voted yes. I have only been carrying on a daily basis for about six months, but when I went back to the Peoples Republic of Maryland for a weekend I felt naked! I also noticed how many idiots were now patronizing my old hang outs. I now drink as much in a month as I used to on a typical friday night. I used to tuck, now I go untucked except for a few pairs of shorts, and then I use the fanny pack.

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    I voted yes but to be honest the main change is in the way I dress. Now my casual wear is 5.11 shorts with and underarmour tee shirt and either a vest or a size too large tee shirt or polo shirt with the tails out.

    I never did go to bars or to places that would get me in trouble and I generally watched my temper pretty well.

    The other change is taking my gun off to go into my kids school.

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    Other than how I dress to some extent, no. In reality I dress with more style than I did before.
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    Carrying fit the lifestyle I already had so well IT just blended in. I agree with a couple of the others, I feel incomplete when I don't have my gun on me. Course I had one gun or another on my right hip(or just behind it at the 3:30-4:00 position) for bout 15 years now.
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    Says It All...

    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Sure it affects my lifestyle but it does not define my lifestyle.
    My lifestyle has not really changed! Wearing a loose fitting shirt to cover the weapon effects my dress, but does not define any 'new' dress.

    Am I more cognizant of those around me? Yes, but I have never really trusted most people anyway...now I understand, more clearly, why...

    Has my temper 'cooled'?...yes, the weapon has created part of that, but so has age and experience...

    I believe that the 'older' CCW'ers here may view life experiences in a different way...my weapon has not really changed my lifestyle as much as 'life' has changed my lifestyle...the weapon is just added protection, awareness, and confidence...

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    I will make an honest list of what has changed;

    -It costs an extra $15 every trip to Walmart.
    -I look for XXL instead of XL shirts.
    -Spare time is spent in this forum.
    -When I stop at the magazine rack, its at the Gun section.
    -Any spare $$ I can scrounge goes into a secret "Next Gun Fund".
    -Its a topic of conversation at work almost daily.
    -In public, I find myself staring at men's waistline (looking for a print) more than before...which was never!

    Having said all of that, I put that much effort and research into everything I do at first (knives, bikes, painting, photography, etc), and when I have learned enough to be comfortable I naturally back off a bit. Life boils down to proirities...my #1, 2, & 3 cannot change, therefore there is only enough time and resources left over for few things.

    I guess thats the struggle, I probably resent the pressure to give more focus to gun / defense issues because I am unable to give it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdlv4_0;
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    Because when you find something-you stop looking-Mooch

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    CCW is a lifestyle.......just a concealed one

    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Sure it affects my lifestyle but it does not define my lifestyle.
    +1

    1. Clothing hasnt changed much with exception of looking for slightly larger (one size bigger) britches to accomadate an IWB holster and a
    quality belt......never realized good belts could cost so much.

    2. I review laws now....and not just CCW laws.

    3. I pay MUCH closer attention to the people and the area around me.

    4. Complete change in mindset....my biggest change.....avoide ALL confrentions if/when possiable....ego has been set aside more than once. That and I won't allow myself to get as mad at the little things that REALLY irked me before.....ie drive-thru fast food order never right, etc.

    5. This is serious business, carrying a sidearm,....and most people are oblivious to the obivious 99% of the time. I will NOT be one of those people anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0.02 View Post
    Sure it changed my lifestyle, now I walk with a limp as I have a Kel-Tec Sub 2000 on my left hip in a home made holster I made out of a small trashcan, and I can no longer afford breakfast as I spend upwards of $200 per day on gun magazines..
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    Good post.
    I consider the changes made are all for the good. Many weren't changes in anything more than mindset and attitude. There is a world of truth in the phrase "An armed society is a polite society." All in all I feel more secure and a better person. It makes you think instead of just react.

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    Sure it affects your lifestyle....clothing and such are a given, but mentally you put on the attitude as well. I think it's the exception rather than the rule, that those who CCW didn't have a marked lifestyle change.

    Anyway...polls are interesting but I don't give them much weight. I've changed, that's all I know for sure.

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