I felt .... lost!

I felt .... lost!

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    I felt .... lost!

    Well, today I had several errands to do. Go to the bank, the grocery, and get a haircut in preparation for an interview tomorrow. While at the bank, my right hand happened to hit my right pocket, and I felt- nothing. I had left my Glock 26 at home. I've been carrying now for over 3 years, and I haven't left the house without a gun during that time. Suddenly finding myself without a gun made me feel lost. It was horrible. I couldn't just go home and get it, and I had to complete my errands. Sheesh, I never want to do that again!


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    Welcome to the human race.

    I've left home without my creds, wallet, phone and even my vest, but I don't think I've forgotten my gun yet. Don't worry, it'll probably happen tomorrow.

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    Funny you should post this precise subject today. When I left the house today I wore my G26 on my right hip. I thought it was going to be another normal day. This was until I arrived at work.

    When I arrived at work I removed my holster & stashed it in my backpack. I went to put my G26 & spare magazine in my Smartholster. That's when I realized that I had forgotten to put it on before I left the house! Now I felt vulnerable again. This was the first time since I didn't have my G26 with me for protection. It is definitely an odd feeling of suddenly not being able to protect yourself in a "worst case" scenario. Especially in my line of work as a security guard.

    But I survived for 8 hours without my trusty G26 on me tonight! I definitely won't forget my Smartcarry holster tomorrow!
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    Must be the Vegas heat.
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    I havent been carrying that long and hadnt forgotten it yet. But ive noticed that since i got the permit i feel guilty if i dont carry EVERY TIME i leave the house. Im talking about going to the mailbox. I feel like if something happened that one time i would never forgive myself.

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    Welcome to the club. Once I put on my holster and mag carrier and was half way to Denver before I realized I had left the gun and mags on the dresser. You only do it once.

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    I forgot mine this past Sunday, felt naked.
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    Work in DC

    I work in DC, so I spend the majority of my waking hours "unarmed".
    Or at least not carrying a firearm.
    I still carry my brain, so I'm not totally defenseless.

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    I've only been carrying for 4 months and feel naked when I don't have it, which is usually only Sunday AM at church b/c I have to be tucked in.
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    The likelihood of being attacked was millions to one, so your feelings of emptiness and loss were misplaced and were signs of living your life by the gun. You need help and need to rethink how your gun has overrun your daily life.

    ... or something like that. The logic eludes me.


    Time to renew the "exit" procedures: keys, wallet, license, firearm/ammo/holster, covering garment, list of things to do. Check. Double-check, to be sure. Then leave.

    Forgot it, myself, a couple weeks back. (That's been a long while, since the last time.) Was heading to a seedier side of town that's known for its share of situations. Turned around and corrected the error.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdinnie View Post
    I work in DC, so I spend the majority of my waking hours "unarmed".
    Or at least not carrying a firearm.
    I still carry my brain, so I'm not totally defenseless.
    DC is also a problem for me. Luckily, I don't have to go there very often. I avoid it whenever I can.

    The few times I have gone there, having to leave the pistol at home felt a little strange. At least when I go to school (in VA) I am allowed to leave it in the car...in DC all I can do is run and pray.

    Another reason for national reciprocity. In DC only bigshots are allowed to carry. Peons are not.
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    Since carrying, I've noticed that I've started forgetting my cell. I realize it when I slide into the car because it taps the car door jam as I slide in. I wear my pistol at 4 o clock and my phone at 9.
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    I've not forgotten my gun (outside of school days), but I have had to drive back 15 miles to get my wallet. I had been inside the bank...armed (perfectly legal in FL)...and went to get my wallet, oh-oh...gun w/o permit and in the bank?
    Fortunately, one of the tellers said, "It's OK, I know him...", and I was able to care of business.
    Definitely not a good feeling though.
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    With a supertuck, I cannot feel whether or not the gun is in. The kydex pushes against me, and that is all. A month or two ago I left without placing the 642 in it's place. Halfway to my destination I realized it, horrible feeling that is. But, I had my brain, my Spyderco, my Fenix, and was completely fine.
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    I carry my wallet in my left rear pocket. I have one (ONE) pair of shorts that doesn't HAVE a left rear pocket, so wearing them means the wallet goes right-rear. I had NO idea how often I apparently tap my wallet to make sure it's there, until I realized a split-second of panic EVERYTIME my tap didn't confirm its presence. Then, I would remember which pants I was wearing & relax. I wonder if we pistol-packers don't also unconsciously (subconsciously?) do the same thing. I don't mean fondle, just a tiny tap-confirmation. And yes, I've also become completely accustomed to having a CCW...and feel uncomfortable when the habit (by circumstance or neglect) is broken. Maybe it's the downside of buying really good (comfortable) holsters & belts? Remember, bald guys know it raining waaaay before people with hair!
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