Your first day carrying concealed?

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    First time I carried was OC just after the incident that spurred me to it. I had seen plenty of people here in Arizona OC before and it never bothered me. The only problem I had initially was that I was paranoid people would try and grab for it. I practiced retention with friends for a week or so beforehand so I knew how to react. I got kinda jumpy with people touching me at all for awhile. hahaha Never had an issue, though. Just look like I wasn't one for conversation and kept my SA up.
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    Alarms

    When I first started carrying, I had an AMT Backup 380 in an ankle holster. The only other gun I had at the time and an AMT Longslide 1911 that was hard to conceal. I really didnt worry about anyone seeing the ankle gun but when I went in the bathroom of an Italian Restaurant the family and I were eating at, I could hear a beeping alarm and I thought "Oh crap, I went through a metal detector or something".

    I came out and was looking left and right for the cops or management to come and ask me to leave, but no one came. When I got back to the table, my wife kept looking at me funny for a few minutes then told me the alarm on my new watch was going off.


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    It wasnt so long ago for me at all, about 8 months. I, too, felt like my gun was printing so badly that the world knew I was carrying. It wasn't, I was careful to conceal my XD40 IWB. I felt very aware of the pistol for about two weeks. I was careful not to touch or adjust the pistol outside the house per the excellent advice on this and other sites. Now I am actually more aware of the fact that I don't have my gun on when I have to go without due to legal considerations. When the law permits, I am always armed now.

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    It's been so long, I honestly don't recall the first time. I do remember thinking, like most, that people could see and it was just a matter of time before someone screeched about it.
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    I felt like everyone could tell I was CCW with a Ruger Redhawk, 44 Mag, with a scope...(actually was a something a LOT smaller).

    Actually, like some to the others, I first started carrying around the house. My wife thought I was nuts...but I did not let her mumblings derail my efforts.

    When the permit arrived...back in 2001...my first time 'out' was in Naples, FL...
    The 'old' folks down there can't even see you when you're in a car...so I wasn't much concerned about someone spotting a gun. I was probably touching it (to make sure it was still there) too much, and EXTREMELY aware of that bump on my hip...I got over that pretty quickly.

    I wish I had found this forum back then...if it was 'running' at that time!

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    Like many others have said, I was very self-conscious about it, thought everybody would know, and touched, pulled at my cover garment way too much.

    I was carrying a Walther P99 in a Milt Sparks Executive's Companion.

    That was 6 years ago, and being self-conscious quickly faded.

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    Comforting; it has only been a couple of weeks now and the two times I have had to go without it I have felt naked. Find myself in those time hoping nothing happens while out.

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    Mine was yesterday. I picked up my permit and then had some errands to do. Went to Boston market, the car dealership for an oil change and the bike shop. Only bending down to grab a bike tube made me worry about printing. Other then that i was surprisingly calm. No trip to WW yet. Maybe today.

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    i was used to carrying mine around the house before hand as well.

    i have to admit i still haven't made the walmart trip. i didn't know that it was a tradition until i started reading these forums. where did that originate btw?

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    where did that originate btw?
    I am pretty sure we started it long ago - here! It was perhaps the archetypal ''first exposure'' where there are crowds and a need to not be adjusting etc ... ''baptism of fire'' maybe
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    I was a very junior police officer in the mid-70s.
    Felt perfectly at ease with it then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phaed View Post
    i was used to carrying mine around the house before hand as well.

    i have to admit i still haven't made the walmart trip. i didn't know that it was a tradition until i started reading these forums. where did that originate btw?

    I blame it on Chris, it's all his fault.
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    I blame it on Chris, it's all his fault.
    Haha - I am the forum scapegoat

    Of course Jack - purchases on THE important WW trip must include new socks and sandals of choice
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    I used to worry about it a lot and felt like everybody was staring and knew I had a gun. After carrying for a while and in some cases printing badly (poor choice of cover shirt that day) and no one even noticed. Since then I'm even more convinced that most people are so wrapped up in their own little world and oblivious to the things going on around them, that I believe I could just about walk around with a Glock duct taped to my forehead and half the people you see wouldn't even notice.
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    Ahh, the first time...always the best!

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    All common reactions that have been mentiioned: paranoid that people knew I was carrying, touching the grip with my elbow waay too much altho trying to be conscious not to, adjusting my cover shirt waay too much altho trying consciously not to.

    I worked hard to keep the situational awareness as sharp as possible and although I was only carrying a Bersa .380 in an Uncle Mikes' OWB holster, felt it was big enough that everybody knew.

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