Rite's of Passage (aka a trip to Wally World)

Rite's of Passage (aka a trip to Wally World)

This is a discussion on Rite's of Passage (aka a trip to Wally World) within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; CHL arrived and the day that I can carry-concealed is here. I've been daydreaming and planning this for some time and now I hesitate! According ...

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    Rite's of Passage (aka a trip to Wally World)

    CHL arrived and the day that I can carry-concealed is here. I've been daydreaming and planning this for some time and now I hesitate! According to the wife I've practically lived at the range, bought every magazine dealing with weapons, carry, and concealment, haunted every CCW forum, bought at least 4 different rigs and now I'm finding that I'm embarrassed about actually carrying, but Wally World awaits.

    I decide on the "Smart Carry" and my Colt Defender, now should I go condition 1, use the mag with range rounds or the hollow-points? The little voice in my head darkly chuckles and says "do you really think the family jewels will care what type of .45 caliber round hit them?" I chicken out an go "condition 3". (I know, I've read all the discussions). Tan cargo pants and a "long" black tee shirt fill out the wardrobe.

    Wally World parking lot...screwing-up my courage after listening to "Midnight Rider", I enter the mouth of the beast. It feels like every eye in the place is on me and the 911 call has already gone out to the police. Even thought I've cinched the cargo pant up tight they keep creeping down, the back of the "Smart Carry" band is now only hidden by my black tee. I stop in front of a cart and hitch up my pants.

    Heading for the sporting goods I purchase 100 rds of cci blazer 45 cal and 100 rds of 9mm. My cargo pants have now slipped down again, only this time it looks like I'm either on Viagra or have a gun in my pants, the black tee is still covering though as I pull at it to stretch it out more. The Sporting Goods clerk wants to talk about pistols, I want to run screaming from the building.

    Finally after what seems days I head for the "meat" section and buy a brisket to smoke (instead of nachos, it's an Atkins thing). Now I'm headed for the checkout counter and it feels like those cargo pants are down around my ankles now, so as the clerk scans my purchase out I once again hitch up my pants. The Viagra effects seems to diminish somewhat and I make it to the jeep without any further incident.

    I'm now back safely in my castle and have avoided embarrassment, a quick check of the news and I find no all points bulletins for my arrest, no police sketches, no warrent, I've made it....not bad, not bad at all.
    Note to self get a good belt for those cargo pants and go up a size on the tee's.
    A rite of passage is now behind me.
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    Well you made it, but sounds like just barely. Maybe, just maybe, you need to lighten up a bit. Embarrassed about carrying? Havne't heard it put that way before.
    Maybe you need a good side holster ( and a GOOD belt )to make you more comfortable. Sounds like your pants were falling down, thus adding to your paranoia. I have a smart carry that I use now and then, but its not my primary way of carrying.
    People aren't looking for guns on a person in Walmart or anywhere else. You'll get use to it after you carry a while.
    As far as the "range rounds or the hollow points" , that should not be a question or an option. ALWAYS self defense rounds.

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    Congrats!
    I think everybody remembers their first time.

    I realized also that I needed a good gunbelt after my first time out. Thankfully, the belt I was wearing (first time) held my paints and rig secure, but the holster tended to cant more than I wanted.
    It's not about the caliber you carry, it's about how you USE it.

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    lol, good story. thanks for sharing. sounds like ya shoulda bought a belt while you were in there :P

    also, if you ever find yourself hesitating again (natural at first), just re-read some of these news stories lately. like the subway incident, the grocery store, or view any of the 100's of videos of convenience store hold-ups. it will make you feel better about it.

    i also carry in condition 3. it's just how i've always trained, and is what i'm comfortable with. it does have disadvantages though!

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    Way to go! The more you do it the easier it gets. In my experience the key to comfort really is a good belt and holster. Once you find a system that is really comfortable for you it almost disappears. After a while you wont feel completely dressed without it

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    Congrats
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    too funny....that feeling of"everybody's watching me"will go away...with time and medication(paranoia,not just for schitzo's anymore)the more I carry,the more I realize I could probably carry a freakin' bazooka and no one would notice(besides other gunnies)most people are condition white(clueless)......oh yeah congrats BTW.I switched to pocket carry a while back and find it great...
    "Just because I'm paranoid,doesn't mean they're NOT after me...."

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    Wow, sounds like you need some valium before you try that again! Seriously - with practice, and experience you will be feeling like that when you don't carry the gun.

    Next time just relax, and try not to think about it so hard. Know its there, and take comfort in that it is there.
    "Gun Free Zones" is where only criminals carry guns.

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    Well the world has definately turned for you, man!

    Don't worry it will get easier everytime you carry until it becomes a non issue for you. Plus that little pony conceals nicely with its smaller dimensions.

    I'm a not a 1911 guy yet, but I have heard that if you are worried about C1, carry cocked and locked on an empty chamber for a few weeks. Once you see that the safety hasn't moved (and so what if it does, you still have the grip safety!) and the hammer hasn't fallen then you may become more comfortable with it. Don't put yourself at a disadvantage with an unloaded gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Holliday View Post
    Don't put yourself at a disadvantage with an unloaded gun.
    I was thinking the same thing in my previous post but didn't type it.

    That is one thing that I can't emphasize enough. An unloaded gun (not carrying one in the chamber) is like bringing a brick or a hammer to a gun fight. Remember, only you know the gun is there - and only you can make it discharge. The only safety you can depend on is your head, your education, and common sense. If the trigger isn't pulled, it won't discharge. Choose a holster that holds the gun snug, and secure and covers the trigger, keep your finger off the trigger at all times unless you plan on destroying what it is aimed at, and you will be okay.
    "Gun Free Zones" is where only criminals carry guns.

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    That was an interesting story and quite entertaining. I'm glad you made it out without incident.

    Though expensive Galco makes very good concealment holsters. The Fletch High Rides are really good. Before I switched over to my Ruger (much lighter) I carried a full size 1911 in the High Ride and it concealed extremely well. Note also that your belt is very important. Get the widest, thickest one you can find and it will help support the weight of your firearm. In other words it won't be canting outwards and will keep it tight up against the body.

    Good luck

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    OUTSTANDING! Carry on!
    ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumper View Post
    OUTSTANDING! Carry on!
    Thumper..............Love the drillsergeant..

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    Rite's of Passage (aka a trip to Wally World)

    you are a funny man

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    Welcome to the herd of sheepdogs!
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