I found your forum just last month and let me say how impressed I am with the wealth of information I've found here. I would like to not only introduce myself, but ask a few questions.
I grew up in a small town in Texas where it was normal for kids to take shotguns in their trucks so they could hunt together after school. I've owned firearms and hunted nearly all of my 52 years, but have never considered CC until a couple of years ago. And the main reason I started considering getting a CCW license is so that I wouldn't have to worry about keeping my revolver in my car or hotel room when I travel.
I live in Wyoming now, so I didn't need to take a CCW course to get a license, but I took one anyway and now I'm waiting for my application to be approved. Since I live in a "shall issue" state, it's just a matter of time. The course I took made me think about whether or not I will carry on my person. I'm still undecided. I guess I'm still not comfortable in being able to always follow the three safety rules for firearms if I do carry. And honestly, in all my years I can't think of one instance where I really wish I had been carrying a gun (except for one time with a really curious black bear). Lucky to have lived in some pretty good places I guess.
So I was wondering if those of you who have been carrying for a while would mind giving me your thoughts on these questions:
When you first carried, did it seem uncomfortable? If so, how long does it take to get used to that feeling?
What made you decide to carry concealed?
Have you ever been in a situation where you thought "Thank God I have my gun"?
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.