Question: Why Wal-Mart as Rite-of-Passage?

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    Question: Why Wal-Mart as Rite-of-Passage?

    Hi All-

    I was just curious, why so many people use Wal-Mart as a starting point for their CCW? I think that just going out in public, anywhere for the first time, should earn you bragging rights for that first CCW walk.

    Is it because Wal-Mart is so ubiquitous, and such a universal symbol? The same could be said for Starbucks, MacDonalds, or K-Mart.

    Anyway, just interested in other opinions on why the "Wal-Mart Walk" gets the publicity over other public areas?

    Looking forward to the responses!
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    Probably because it's one of the few places of its kind that has firearms products and accessories always available. I don't think it's any more of a "war zone" than, say, a mall. (I can't recall any news stories of some crazy person busting open fire in a Wal Mart.)

    Personally I like shopping at Sports Authority for cleaning accessories and such. I think they have a better selection and their target ammo prices are competitive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonInNY View Post
    Hi All-

    I was just curious, why so many people use Wal-Mart as a starting point for their CCW? I think that just going out in public, anywhere for the first time, should earn you bragging rights for that first CCW walk.
    Large public place with lots of sheeple. I think Wal-Mart is so ingrained into America's psyche and has promulgated throughout the country that it just became. K-mart and Target rarely sell ammo and guns, although Wal0Mart is going in that direction.
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    Originally for it's cheap price of WWB ammo. That has changed and I never buy any ammo at WalMart anymore.

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    I thought is was because so many customers in Walmart seem to walk with a limp....and a first time CWP adventure always "walks funny"....so it made it EZ not to be noticed....

    Don't believe me....check the Walmarts in SW Flo-DUH...or better yet, up towards Tally...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoFloAuthor View Post
    ....check the Walmarts in SW Flo-DUH...or better yet, up towards Tally...

    Everybody in Tally walks with a limp. We get it from our neighbors in GA...
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    I love Walmart..any place you can buy ammo,underwear and a canned ham at 2am.....count me in.
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    Wal-Mart should become a sticky.

    And there needs to be a proper checklist for people to make sure they get the full experience:

    The checklist should contain:
    Proper Tactics (escape plan, nachos, ammo, sheep avoidance)
    Route planning -Include a Miggy's store Map
    Your first public restroom experience could be at such a glorious store also, if you dare.

    I'm sure someone with more time on their hands can come up with a proper checklist. (if they haven't already)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cakewalk View Post
    Everybody in Tally walks with a limp. We get it from our neighbors in GA...


    thats funny, because people ask me why am I limping. Im not, and its not a "cool"walk...its just the way I walk....

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    Been dieing to ask this.... whats with the nachos??
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    It's a place as full of oblivious people as there is, and likely one is near you. It's a good place to start, for a first-time outing, in that sense. The last thing you want to do, if concerned about "printing" or uncertain about your comfort level, is to begin carrying at a place with higher levels of security and monitoring.

    Plus, some folks seem to really dig the faux-nachos, though I don't see the draw. They're relatively anti-gun, post "No Guns" signs at many stores, and the budget help they hire aren't generally known for their friendly assistance. Frankly, I'd rather go to the town square or the library.
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    and whoever does the checklist needs to add an alternative to the Nachos - a lot of Wally Worlds do not sell nachos...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MR D View Post
    and whoever does the checklist needs to add an alternative to the Nachos - a lot of Wally Worlds do not sell nachos...

    I would prefer a flow chart personally...

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    Wally world is an American icon, and just about every town has one.

    It’s easy, laidback, non-threatening atmosphere makes it easy for a newbie to gain some carry experience.

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