This is a discussion on Questions from a new guy within the New Members Introduce Yourself forums, part of the Welcome To DefensiveCarry.com category; Welcome to the board. I've been shooting for 40 years and I still learn something new here every day. BTW, your home state is our ...
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First of all, Welcome from South Carolina. Now to answer:
1) I was never uncomfortable carrying. Perhaps initially self conscious of my decision. Never uncomfortable with my weapon and equipment.
2) I made my decision to "carry concealed" because of my increased awareness of things going on in society, my community, etc of which I had no control over, but now am taking the steps to hopefully control my little space and the little space that my family occupies, in hopes of remaining as safe and secure as possible.
3) I thank God that he has made available my choice to carry. Luckily I have never "needed" due to any particular situation. But, you can't control what happens when you least expect it. Better to be prepared and not need than need and not have.
4) I've NEVER been in a situation to wish I wasn't carrying. I've been in some "gun free zones" that I wished I could/was carrying.
Again..welcome to this site and a wealth of information from many experienced folks.
Sometimes in life you have to stand your ground. It's a hard lesson to learn and even most adults don't get it, but in the end only I can be responsible for my life. If faced with any type of adversity, only I can overcome it. Waiting for someone else to take responsibility is a long fruitless wait.
Well I sure appreciate all the folks who have taken time to respond.
I own an old Charter Undercover .38 special, got it sometimes in the late 80s I think for the wife. If I were to carry, I would probably start with it.
Would I be better off starting with a pocket or IWB holster for it?
WELCOME. Much great info here. Many great people as well.The realization that bad stuff is going to happen. I looked at my life, family, friends, city, home, daily routine... and recognized the situations I may have to face one day. There is a risk I will be put into a violent situation and I want control over the response I can give. A concealed pistol gives me additional options.What made you decide to carry concealed?Yup. Never had to use it. It has to be ready when you need it. Not in your trunk, not locked up, not at home. Ready...Have you ever been in a situation where you thought "Thank God I have my gun"?Not really.Have you ever been in a situation where you wished that you weren't carrying?Looking forward to your thoughts. I will take them seriously as I try to decide what I'll do.
It is a personal decision and one that I am glad you are taking it seriously. If you are responsible, have a cool personality (cool=calm), and a lot of respect for following the law, I say go for it!
Welcome from Michigan!Maybe just a very little. Didn't take long at all to get over it.When you first carried, did it seem uncomfortable? If so, how long does it take to get used to that feeling?Always seemed like a prudent thing to do. Never wanted to be a victim, and realized this is one of the best ways to prevent that. (Always lived in a "major" city, that may have a bearing on it?)What made you decide to carry concealed?Yep.Have you ever been in a situation where you thought "Thank God I have my gun"?Not carrying legally, no.Have you ever been in a situation where you wished that you weren't carrying?
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I felt uncomfortable maybe the first 2 times, after that, I now feel naked without one on. I even hate going to places that serve alcohol and have to leave my gun in the van.
Never been in a situation where I said Oh-Crap I wish I had my gun and thank G-d for that, I never want to be in that situation.
I started carrying because there are just bad/evil ruthless people without a conscience for other people's life or property .
I wish I can always carry. It is just not right that I am limited not being able to carry is eating places that serve alcohol. Just think of what is required of me in AZ.
Can never been convicted of DWI/DUI
Can never been busted for drugs, including pot.
Can never have a conviction for Domestic Assault.
Can never be convicted of any type of Felony, violent or non-violent.
There are also a handful of Misdemeanors that I could never been convicted of.
To Get my CCW, I had to get a background NICS check and had my finger-prints taken and had an additional federal background check.
That means I have to be "Squeaky Clean" just to obtain a CCW and I can't be trusted to CC in a Restaurant where alcohol is served.
"When the people fear the government you have tyranny...when the government fears the people you have liberty."
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Welcome from Alabama.
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Welcome from N. Florida
I've always carried a gun in my car. After a couple of times when the "officers discretion" caused me a lot of time and money. I decided not to leave it up to them any longer. After a while I started CC all time.
Yes several times. Nothing happened but it gave me a real feeling of safety knowing I had it.
'A government big enough to give you everything you want,
is big enough to take away everything you have.
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