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Can you keep your strong side away from the road? Just a thought. Walk the other direction to do it if you have to, or if you can.
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you said your SA is alot more now... could this have been happening before and you didnt notice it?
:) you might just catch guys eyes. and now you notice it :)
Well it could be lots of reasons. I have a feeling that some of the gawking might have been happening before if you're easy on the eyes, but now you're noticing it more because your SA is higher. There's probably some truth that the guys are looking more too. For many men, ladies+guns=amazing.
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I'm thinking it was you they were looking at and you just didn't notice the gawking before unless it was up close and personal (creepy). I've had more than one woman tell me they do feel watched, one even used the name of a local pet adoption show, 'Pets on Parade'.
If you're attractive, and dress the part guys will notice. Trust me, I'm a preacher and a guy and I still notice. That's how we are wired. If you want to try an experiment just to satisfy your curiosity, try dressing down.
Not too far down, just get away from the form fitting clothing for a day or two. Wear something loose fitting that covers more of you up and see if the gawking slows down (chances are it will never stop).
If you're carrying an SP101 3" at 3:00 dark on dark, I'm thinking the pistol will go largely unnoticed.
Just my .02
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Same person/vehicle three times around the block? I'd be on the phone to the Police as soon as I saw him the third time.
He could be just admiring the scenery or he could be planning a confrontation. To quote Frank Readick Jr, the announcer for The Shadow ...
"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men ..."
An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. - Robert A. Heinlein
I think it's a combination of
A) You're just now noticing
B) The gun adds extra interest.
Either way, as long as you don't develop a stalker, I would just take it as a compliment.
Tonight I went for my walk in the same place I had been and I dressed with blue jeans, and a white hoodie type jacket but made of material more like nylon. I carried very well concealed my husbands Ruger LCR and I still got two or three more than casual looks. I had my 6 year old son walking with me.
Maybe it's just me and I've never notice til now. Since my SA is up more, now maybe I'm just now noticing the lookers.
When you're out walking with your S.O., I am assuming the added attention doesn't occur. There's your answer right there, about whether you should be concerned.
Guessing here: Strictly males ... strictly gawking, with occasional following ... getting worse when there are two or three of them together. If this is how it goes, imagine how far it could go if you take it to the logical conclusion.
Caution. Eyes open, when you're out like that.
If this were the reaction I got, I would ensure to never be out walking without another armed person, be it the S.O. or a friend or two. 25yrs ago, I might have thought differently, but the our culture has changed for the worse. Our culture has spawned a couple generations of largely amoral predators who believe in the mantra "Me First, At the Expense of Everyone Else."
It has become quite dangerous to be caught out and about, alone and apparently a worthy target. I realize that you're armed. But that isn't stopping the gawking and following. Stay on the path. Go in in groups of two or more. I'd stick to the neighborhoods, and I'd start making it a point of getting to know everyone along those streets.
Like you, I wouldn't give up my lifestyle, my walks, my enjoyment of life. But that means taking a few extra precautions in order to ensure security, such as one or two elements from the above list of possibilities.
Men like a certain degree of assertiveness and confidence in women. A pistol on display certainly gives that impression.
OC does draw peoples attention. It is out of the ordinary, especially for a woman. Anything out of the ordinary draws attention.
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It's spring time! Everybody is out and about more. I have the feeling that your an attractive woman. You mentioned your SA being higher now. You are now noticing peoples actions much more than you ever have. I bet you've been gawked at many times in the past, but you were oblivious to it. So now while carrying a firearm your watching everything around you and your seeing the horndogs that will stare at a pretty girl. Even if they are with their husbands /SO and child.
Actually, and a little more seriously than my earlier post, I think that perhaps YOU are just more Situationally Aware when you are carrying. You're awake now and paying attention to the wolves in the treeline/ Maybe?