Just curious WHY you want to OC?
This is a discussion on Really want to try open carrying but...... within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I'm only 22. I live and hang around the city where I went to high school in. I just have this feeling the first time ...
I'm only 22. I live and hang around the city where I went to high school in. I just have this feeling the first time I try it i'm going to run in to my high school teacher, a friends mom or a classmate that I graduated with. a lot of people would not even think of this, but I am not much of a person for confrontations like these ones. Im obviously not a cop so I don't even expect that question although I wouldn't doubt hearing it. any thoughts on it?
Last edited by Chazeman2; November 12th, 2010 at 04:22 PM. Reason: misspelled words
Just curious WHY you want to OC?
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Sounds like you need to figure out just why you want to OC. What do you hope to accomplish?
Why does anyone OC if that's a relevant question?
My true answer is because i never have and i'm curious to see what it feels like. I can't like it or knock it till i try it
Why is probably THE most relevant question to ask. Please don't take it as a slam but you sound like you really should put some more thought into it before you start carrying either open or concealed.
It's not a boxers or briefs kind of activity, you are opening yourself to a whole new massive liability and you need to be extremely sure of your actions. With firearms there rarely are do overs.
Get yourself a good retention holster and first your first run....oc while getting gas. It's an outside activity, where you will be back in your car shortly...gives you a kinda quick out just incase you feel too uncomfortable.
I carry OWB 100%. I'm OC'ing most of the time. If I feel it appropriate, I drape my tshirt over my gun. Problem solved.
And I like boxer briefs because they give comfortable support.
What liabilities am i opening myself to?(honest question)
im not trying to be a jerk, but im not going to get pushed around on the internet because of how easy it is.
Last edited by SIXTO; November 13th, 2010 at 02:49 AM.
Of course it's going to be an awkward feeling, just like CC can be...but I'd give the OC a chance...go for it, you'll be just fine.
Be sure to report back about your experiences.
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check out the Minnesota forum at OCDO They can give you some insights on OCing in your area....
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don't have to get defensive, this board is about sharing opinions....gotta be thick skinned here.to be honest it's really no ones business why i want to do anything.
I don't open carry and one of my main reasons is because I work in a very anti-2A atmosphere (employer), and I live in a small town. If I go to walmart, there is a better than one in five chance that I will see someone I work with, most of whom I would consider to be and if even one were to see me, then everyone at my job would know within a day or two that I carry. If I were seen by one of the 3 managers, and due to my employers outlook on weapons, especially firearms, the next day I was at work, I would probably be called into the managers office so they could have a chat with me reaffirming the companies no firearms policy (even though I don't carry on company property and even though when I was seen, I was off the clock and off of company property). I would then be subject to future search, or targeting for harassment.
Yeah of course I'm sure in some way this would violate my rights, and I could get a lawyer and sue, but why put myself into that situation and through that, for me it's just easier to CC and not stir up the hornets nest.
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If someone asks why you are carrying a gun you could tell them that you are going to the range for some target practice.
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I frequently OC'd while in Alaska, but it's much more common there than in the lower 48 and doesn't draw much attention. The revolver on the hip isn't as noticeable as the shortie slung over the shoulder.
I also OC'd on occasion in WA, but only out in the field. What you'll most likely feel is a lot of undesireable attention if OC'ing in an area where it's not commonly done. It might be "legal" to walk around in public wearing nothing but a thong--but I'm not doing because I can. Sometimes attention is not a good thing.
It's a judgement call. If you find no one cares, so be it. If you find you are alarming people, you might want to rethink, regardless of the legality.
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You can't really state it's no ones business why or how you carry when you put it out there and ask for opinions and thoughts on the subject. WHY is a very relevant question, especially when you come off as being so apprehensive about it. You are afraid someone you know will see you? This sounds strange to me in the context of what you are wanting to do.
Carrying a firearm IS serious business and you should have a specific goal or need to do so which is beneficial to your specific circumstances, not for show and tell. Like was stated, gotta have thick skin when you open it up, and be ready to articulate your thoughts.
If your state allows OC then go for it. It's like anything else, you'll get used to it. I don't OC often but have found that no one notices.
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