February 13th, 2009 02:00 AM
Still getting used to carrying
so i've had my CCW since November and when i carry i still feel people know. i mean i really don't print just feel like people are making me even though i'm sure they're not. even my fiends who know i carry have never said that they are aware of it when they're with me. i guess i'm still not use to carrying. anyone else in this boat?
February 13th, 2009 02:32 AM
Me too. It's not so much that people are watching me, but that I'm aware it's there and I'm just worrying about it staying put in the holster. also I'm constantly thinking about the public gathering laws and just trying to mke sure I'm legal.
February 13th, 2009 02:33 AM
eveyone else feels that way for a while. I still feel that way some times after several years. Just give it time and it will feel weird when you don't have your weapon.
Bryan A Dreyer
Sgt USMC/US Army
February 13th, 2009 02:34 AM
Give it some time guys... everyone is a little different but it really is all in your mind. Just remember, you are not doing anything wrong so even if someone does out you, so what?
ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!
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February 13th, 2009 02:54 AM
As Thumper said, give it time. We have all went through it. To those of us who have been carrying for some time it is second nature to us, but we still know it is there.We've just been doing it long enough to realize the sheep around us aren't aware of it.
February 13th, 2009 03:28 AM
Carry at home whenever possible. It'll help get used to the feel.
Treat me good, I'll treat you better. Treat me bad, I'll treat you worse.
February 13th, 2009 08:13 AM
I now feel naked without my pistol. I take it everywhere I go except for the local Air Force base where carrying of weapons are prohibited. CCW holders are NOT exempt from the federal law.
Heavily Medicated For Your Protection
February 13th, 2009 08:42 AM
Well, you're perfectly legal to carry a firearm.
You're not doing anything wrong.
You are exercising your Constitutional right to do so.
I'm assuming that you are carrying in a high quality holster.
I'm certain that you practice safe firearm handling.
Strap it on and go about your daily business and to HECK with the rest of the world and what they may or may not be looking at.
People are busy. They have their own lives to be concerned with. They do not care about your waist-line.
People look but, they do not see and they remember nothing unless they have a specific reason to remember.
Trust me that the vast majority of the people that you will come in contact out in public know FAR LESS than you think they know and they care about far less than that.
Did you spend time with your best friend last week?
Was he wearing a belt at the time?
What color was that belt? Black or Brown?
What color was his belt buckle? - Gold or Silver?
Try this test.
How many stranger type people did you see out in public yesterday?
Perhaps a person standing in front of you in a store check out line.
What color were the shoes he or she was wearing?
Wearing Jeans? What Brand? Levis, Wranglers?, Guess Jeans Maybe?
Was that person standing in front of you wearing a wedding ring?
If Male did he reach for his wallet in his left or right rear pocket?
Unless that person standing in front of you was wearing "pink bunny ears" there is probably nothing about them that you really remember.
MAYBE you remember the color of their coat.
Was the sales clerk that rang him up wearing a necklace?
OK now what about the person in the OTHER check out line to your right?
And the big question is - would you even care or would you have even given that anonymous person a second thought had I not asked you to think back right now?
My advice is:
Don't tug at your clothing.
Don't keep checking the area of your firearm and just forget that it's there.
If you ever need it (trust me) you'll remember where it's located.
Liberty Over Tyranny Μολὼν λαβέ
February 13th, 2009 09:35 AM
Excellent points QKShooter! I don't think I can remember what my wife was wearing (exactly) when we checked out. I try to think that I'm relatively aware of my surroundings. I try to give everyone a once over, but details, I can't remember. Certainly others who don't even consider SA would never think that I might have a gun under my shirt.
I too sometimes feel paranoid, but at other times it is the most comfortable and normal thing in the world. I do miss it when I'm not carrying.
The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose.
James Earl Jones
February 13th, 2009 09:43 AM
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February 13th, 2009 09:45 AM
You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.
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February 13th, 2009 11:19 AM
When I went to the mall last weekend, I realized that I must have looked like I was casing the joint because I was constantly looking around at everyone else to see if they were looking at me. As I stood there, I thought that I was doing what jewelry store robbers do just before they pull and go to work. I was looking left, then right, then left. Every new person that came in the store got a look. When people passed me by, I stood if I was crouching, so they wouldn't see it.
Still not there yet...
February 13th, 2009 02:56 PM
give it some time. i have been carrying for over 40 years. Sometimes with an OWB, i think it sticks out. But, IWB is good to go.
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