This is a discussion on They looked and saw nothing! Conceal WIN within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; As I posted before, I received my CPL about two weeks ago and have been carrying ever sense. I work an a very interesting industry ...
As I posted before, I received my CPL about two weeks ago and have been carrying ever sense. I work an a very interesting industry where people have a tenancy to get very angry at me. I have been encouraged to get my CPL and to carry while I am working multiple times for my own protection.
Well today while out making rounds, I ran into someone that I know well who lives next door to someone that I needed to talk with. I commented that if they heard screaming, to come save me (as a joke). She commented that she will be right over with her gun... then she commented that she was surprised that I don't carry a gun.
I was in a tighter polo shirt with dress pants... and I carry a M&P Shield in a Crossbreed Holster at 3:30, and it still concealed well enough for someone to actually look for it and not be able to see anything. Even another employee who's husband is a CPL instructor asked if I had any idea when my CPL is going to show up... this was last week and I was wearing my gun at the time.
I know, I am just overly excited and most people will never notice... but it made me feel better because I have extremest liberal neighbors who would not hesitate to call the cops if they saw that I had a gun.
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Well done, OP. Concealed does indeed mean concealed.
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Nice! A CCW win, indeed.
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Congrats MJClark! If you've only been carrying for two weeks, I'll guess that you're still in that (natural) phase where you keep psyching yourself out worrying about a bulge or printing that is only visible to you because the pistol feels so conspicuous. Reinforcement of the kind you're getting is very important to finally getting "comfortable" with the whole thing.
I had a similar experience last weekend.... I'm working on updating a review of a holster I use for concealed carry and to make it relatable to the reader, I finally devised what I think might be the ultimate semi-objective concealment test: I went to the Sleep Number store and requested a "stress point analysis". The salesman has you lie down on the bed and spends about 10 minutes telling you about the bed's features as he inflates and deflates it to straighten or curve your spine--all the while staring at your midsection from only about a foot or two away as he "analyzes" your comfort posture to find your sleep number. In my lightest Georgia summer wear (shorts and polo), he never knew I was carrying (IWB appendix carry), and if there was ever a time for my tiny nine to print (a Sig P290RS), that would be it! :)
Also, in related news, I think the wife and I decided to buy a new bed!
You're right, 99% of people aren't going to notice.
I have been carrying a very short time (middle May) and no one has noticed me carrying family included .
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Keep your booger hook off the bang switch until you want to destroy something .
As it is, the City have a local ordinance that prohibits open carry... even though the State of MI prohibits local governments from regulating how/if a person can carry a gun.
Congrats on concealing well. My boss and I once had a discussion about it. He has his license, but was of the opinion that it's practically impossible to really conceal. I told him I had no such issues and informed him I was carrying right then, two feet away from him. His response was "What, where? That's pretty good."
What's your job, if I might ask?
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Funny you should mention not being "made" while CCing, I had my CC license for a year and had been CCing for a good deal of the time, my darling wife didn't know til one day while I was loading something in the car my shirt rode up a bit and exposed my Glock 27 she hadn't noticed anytime before that. Also when we took our daughter to the Philly zoo for her 25th birthday I was CCing as well, she had said something about CCing to which I said back, "I've been carrying all day". She never noticed.
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