When to Begin Carrying?

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    When to Begin Carrying?

    I have had my permit for over a year now & have yet to carry. I know how to safely handle my firearm (XD40), unload, load the magazine, I have a C-TAC holster, I know how to draw it safely, I can shoot safely, I know the rules.

    I have passed the state's test & I have passed the most basic tests I can think of for common sense. Did you guys who are relatively new to firearms do anything else before you started carrying regularly?

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    Get in the habit of carrying around the house until you get comfortable.
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    Once you can safely handle your firearm, know your laws, have a good holster/belt, I'd say wait until the day you wake up and know that you'll need it that day. If you haven't got the ability to tell ahead of time when you might need it, I guess you'd better start packing tomorrow. FWIW, I think a basic CCW class taught by a reputable instructor is a fantastic investment if you haven't had one, even if your state doesn't require it.
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    Cupcake- what is FWIW?

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    Quote Originally Posted by McPatrickClan View Post
    Cupcake- what is FWIW?
    For what its worth.

    You will need to answer the question your self, cause it does make me wonder why you have chosen not to carry. As for me, I could hardly wait.


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    Quote Originally Posted by McPatrickClan View Post
    Did you guys who are relatively new to firearms do anything else before you started carrying regularly?
    Nope. I started carrying regularly the day I picked up my permit. I was already aware of the potential threats around me, and the possibility I would need something more than my physical abilities to end a threat favorably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billfromtx View Post
    Get in the habit of carrying around the house until you get comfortable.
    This is what I'm doing while waiting for my permit... have a S&W model 60, already looking at a SA EMP.

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    I started the same day I got my permit...

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    Quote Originally Posted by McPatrickClan View Post
    I have had my permit for over a year now & have yet to carry. I know how to safely handle my firearm (XD40), unload, load the magazine, I have a C-TAC holster, I know how to draw it safely, I can shoot safely, I know the rules.
    ...then carry your gun.
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    Sorry if this sounds like I'm probing, but, well, I am....

    Is there something that is keeping you from carrying in public? Is there something about the idea that makes you feel uneasy?
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    I to feel like Cakewalk...what's holding you back?

    My wife doesn't like the idea as of yet, although that doesn't stop me. Would rather have it and not need it then to need it and not have it. It does take a little while to get over the feeling that everyone is watching although unless you have a CCL, you don't think to stare at peoples waist line.
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    +1, Kenpo
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    I got my permit and had only had revolvers and thats what I carried.. I didn't even know how to break down a semi-auto. I got an XD40SC and it took me a while to get use to the fact that it was cocked and ready to go. I wore it around the house and got comfortable with it really quick. After just a few days, I was ready to head out to the great outdoors.

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    As a "starter" myself: Carry around the house. Make sure you are comfortable with it. My main "fear" is it getting exposed by mistake. I think carrying around the house helps with that.

    Another good mental exercise: Think about "what if" scenarios as you do your daily business. Would you draw if "x" happened right now. I think if you ever have to draw, it helps to have thought about a situation like that before.

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