"Made" a guy today...

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    "Made" a guy today...

    I was in Wally-World picking up some ammo. The counter was pretty crowded with several people getting fishing licences and such. There was a guy in front of me looking at a rifle and a scope. He had a stainless 1911 peeking out pretty good from under the bottom of his shirt. We finished our business at about the same time, so as we were walking away from the counter I tapped him on the shoulder, smiled, and quietly told him that he was printing pretty good. He smiled back and said "Yeah, that happens sometimes." He was nice, but I got the impression that he really didn't care if he was concealed or not. AZ IS an open-carry state BTW.
    What's the "normal" protocol here? Am I supposed to let someone know if their gun is showing, (If they appear to be carrying concealed) or am I supposed to just be quiet? I'd WANT someone to tell me if I was no longer concealed.
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    You were courteous, quiet, and tried to do the guy a favor. Thats all you could do. Beyond that, it is that guy's decision with what he wants to do.
    I will support gun control when you can guarantee all guns are removed from this planet. That includes military and law enforcement. When you can accomplish that, then I will be the last person to lay down my gun. Then I will carry the weapon that replaces the gun.

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    If my gun was showing I would appriciate some one who took the time to let me know. Some little old lady might see it and start a big fuss about it.

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    Yeah i would like to know also, as MI is not an open-carry state but truth be told even if it were i would still conceal it as the element of surprise is what will help u survive. It sounds to me as if u did what u could some people just dont care, maybe he feels like billy bad butt with his gun showing. who knows...

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    Maybe he was just taken by suprise and didnt know what to say himself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom G View Post
    If my gun was showing I would appriciate some one who took the time to let me know. Some little old lady might see it and start a big fuss about it.
    Me too.
    In fact I'd shake that GG citizens hand in appreciation.
    Had he been an alarmist anti type one could find themselves in a legal mess.

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    I'd want to know and would thank anyone for telling me.

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    I try to keep my gun concealed.

    I can think of two times it became unconcealed; once due to wind when I had an armfull of packages, another time my shirt tail rode up and wedged itself behind the stock of my handgun. I probably walked around exposed and unaware for 20 or 30 minutes. If anyone noticed, nothing was said.

    I didn't fret about it too much. Like the guy said; it does happen sometimes.

    P.S. In my State, concealment is not recquired, which no doubt influences my attitude.

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    Michigan is an open carry state.

    Quote Originally Posted by packin_glock View Post
    Yeah i would like to know also, as MI is not an open-carry state but truth be told even if it were i would still conceal it as the element of surprise is what will help u survive. It sounds to me as if u did what u could some people just dont care, maybe he feels like billy bad butt with his gun showing. who knows...
    Sorry to disagree with you but, Michigan is an open carry state. Check out opencarry.org. You also should have received this information when you took your concealed pistol license class.

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    I know here in KY open carry is open carry. That does not mean that it can be peeking out or partially covered. If it is concealed it needs to be concealed.

    We will all have moments where we find ourselves exposed. I would appreciate someone letting me know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecbaatz View Post
    Sorry to disagree with you but, Michigan is an open carry state. Check out opencarry.org. You also should have received this information when you took your concealed pistol license class.
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    I would want to be told too. Some folks care if their gun shows, others don't. I think you did well informing him.
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    I must agree with the crowed here. If any of you here spot me printing please let me know. I will be forever grateful.
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    Sounds like you did just fine . Kinda akin to telling a fella his fly is down there is no strict protocol , discretion is the word of the day . In an open carry state it is not that big a deal , tho IMHO not really the sign of a well thought out defense plan . Also he may have been an off duty officer since the commission card and living as officers normaly do ( associating and socializing primarily in a fully armed society ... to wit Le flocks to other Le for a lot of reasons ) they seem to be the first of us to say " yea its a pistol " and walk off lol .
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    Thumbs up

    I don't think he was a cop. He was a BIG guy. I'm 5'11" and 200#, and this guy was about the same height and EASILY had 75# on me.
    Like I said, nice guy. I told him that I was a relative "newbie" to CC, so I noticed it right away. We had a chuckle and went on our way.
    The previous analogy to telling a guy his fly's down...that's very close to how I felt.
    Thanks for letting me know I was OK in telling him about it.
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