I carried for the first time today. I won't get my CCW until next week, but I was scheduled to go meet a guy off of craigslist to buy some ammo (never happened) from so I brought my handgun. I open carried my 1911 in an Uncle Mikes law enforcement kydex holster.
It's was really awkward to say the least. I'm sure I'll get over the feeling, as my plan is to open carry, but I'm sure you all went through the same thing.
My fear was I'd get questioned and not have a CCW permit (not required) but the cop wouldn't know open carry is legal without a permit.
When I got to the furniture store we asked for the woman who had been working with us. Waited a few minutes and she finally was able to stop by and help us. She was a little taken back asking "what's that on your hip?" I just raised my arm and then put my arm back in pocket.
She left for a min and when she returned she was pleasant but asked why I had a gun on me. I just replied that it's legal and my job is to protect my fiance here (who was with me). She smiled and we got down to couch business.
I got no dirty looks from any of the customers, I just felt most conscious around the employees who I don't think even noticed.
Oh well, it'll be a little less awkward when I get my card.