So yesterday morning I had to have a blood draw at Mayo Clinic. Since this event doesn't involve a Doc's exam with stethoscope pokes around my abdomen, I generally carry concealed as I do daily.
Well, I was wearing a new Army pullover windshirt I just bought yesterday. I've got several other windshirts and they all have a short zipper on the left side from the waist up about 10" or so. This one doesn't, so I found that it's a bit harder to slip into.
When wearing a shirt like this, rather than try to slide the sleeve up, I slide my right arm out of the sleeve inside of the shirt. I then raise the shirt up to expose my right arm for the poke.
I know, long setup to the story here, but I've had literally hundreds of blood draws and that's my routine with any pullover garment.
As I struggled to do this move with this "non zipper" windshirt, I thought about simply taking the shirt off. But this would put me in an open carry situation--legal in MN, but in my mind I visualized the possibility of a sheep stampede at conservative stodgy Mayo!
Rather than continue the gyrations, I decided to take the windshirt off, putting me in OC mode. As I did that I was chatting with two fellows there after they had complimented the new shirt. Neither even moved their gaze to my waist area...I'm positive they never saw the pistol then, during, or after the blood draw.
I've had similar experiences in other settings, and am totally convinced I could be carrying an RPG launcher and nobody would notice!
This encourages me in a direction I've been considering, and that is occasional open carry. I'd first be prepared with responses I'd use depending on the type of comment folks may make if they do notice, with the thought of educating and not alienating.
Please don't start up a debate about CC vs. OC--I post this to suggest that sometimes we may need to reveal our carry status, and when we do it likely will not be the dreadful event that could be playing in our heads!