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    So I am open carrying for the first time and I am not going to lie I do feel strange. It is like the butterfly's in the hit feeling. Is that a normal thing? I think after I do it a couple time I won't feel strange. I hate to say it I am almost waiting for some idiot to call the cops on me because of it.


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    I have nothing against people who OC, but I choose not to do it myself. Just as you mention I don't want the hassle of going through a MWAG incident because someone had an allergic reaction to it and have the police show up.
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    I'll admit, when I first started OC'ing I had the butterflies, and that's in a very OC friendly state. Didn't take long for it to become a non-issue. I've been doing it for about 10 years now and have never had a MWAG call on me. Of course the police here will tell you outright that it is legal and unless the person is doing something to cause trouble, they don't do a thing about it.
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    I bet the first time you had sex, you felt strange. With time you get used to it.

    OC is the best way to go. Apologies to the CC folks but I do both and have for over 40 yrs. I have experienced the addred wear on clothing, the difficulty in reaching the sidearm, the bulges in the clothes and all the other issues one must overcome.

    With time, OC becomes second nature. However, be sure to get a really good belt. Go to a local police supply business and buy a comfortable, nice fitting gun belt. A WalMart belt is not going to feel comfortable or work well. Expect to pay about $80 for one. I gave this advice to a nurse that recently began OCing and he thought I was nuts. Well...I am but that is for another thread. Yet he did go buy a good belt and said it made all the difference in the world and he is much more comfortable and does not have the gun leaning outward or pulling the pants down on the strang side.
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    I got my side arm from my local lawinforcement store and got a holster at the same time. I got a retired glock 22 from one of my local police departments. And with me being in security they cute a nice deal on it and a lvl 1 duty wear holster. I was expecting to have the gun dig into my hip all night specially in the car. But nothing, it felt like it has not even there. After about 2 hours the felling went away. *oldman45* I am getting all my paperwork done so I can OC and CC. I was expecting alot of people to make a big deal and have the police called on me atleast once. But no there one only one person who even batted an eye at me and then said somthing to her boyfriend/husband. He looked at her and said what he is fine, he is not waving it around, his hand is not one it like he is going to start shooting everyone. He is just using his right to bare arms. I give him props for not making a big deal with it like she was.

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    The nervous feeling is normal, it will pass in time.

    The first time I OC'd was in VA before I had my permits, Went into a Staples store for some ink and got one kinda hairy eyeball look from an old lady who was on the way out. The clerk at the register actually asked me if I was carrying a Glock, what caliber, etc... had a real nice chat.

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    The first time I open carried was in rural California back in the 1960s when it didn't raise an eyebrow because it was accepted. I occasionally open carry in rural Oregon where it is accepted and when I am carrying a big bore revolver. No butterflies. If I open carried in the Whole Foods Market in downtown Portland, I would likely have butterflies due to all of the people fainting around me.
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    I have not gone into any big stores yet. Just a wawa and a couple mom and pop shops. I am not sure if i would be able to do a department store or food market yet. Some of the people that live around me make comments about the people force having them half the time. That is one thing i could never understand. I work at a local mall doing security and you would not believe the comments i hear when we have local PD helping us with something. One customer even said there is no reason he should has his gun in here. I looked at them and said, just think what if someone had you at gun point and PD did not have there gun or anything to help defend you. What would you say or do then. The look i got from my boss and the customer was priceless. The customer called me an a**hole then walked away.
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    I don't have a problem about open carry. I don't do it, IMHO it draws to much unwanted attention and can cause some people to go all psycho on you, and call the police. Gun people are usually very comfortable around other gun people, so we don't give it a second thought. However, most of the people we encounter out in public are not gun people, and are not comfortable and capable of causing undeserved trouble.
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    The first couple of times do feel strange. I have OC'ed some but mainly CC. As long as it's not a SS gun and a real blingy holster no one will hardly notice except for the kids, kids see everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exacto View Post
    I don't have a problem about open carry. I don't do it, IMHO it draws to much unwanted attention and can cause some people to go all psycho on you, and call the police. Gun people are usually very comfortable around other gun people, so we don't give it a second thought. However, most of the people we encounter out in public are not gun people, and are not comfortable and capable of causing undeserved trouble.
    Well, not sure what the laws are around there but I have carried OC without a uniform on or shield showing for about 45 years. Not once has the police been called to me. Not once have I been asked to leave a place of business. Not once have I had anyone be rude, condesending or such to me. Not once has anyone attempted to take my gun but several have offered to buy my gun. Many have inquired about the make, caliber and my satisfaction with it.

    If it were not for open carry, concealed carry would not be allowed today.

    I understand you are not against OC but just not in favor of it. Yet if one gets accustomed to OC, it becomes their method of choice.
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    I think the number of stories of people being harassed for OCing are exaggerated. You hear about them more because of YouTube, online forums, etc, but the overall numbers are actually very low. I have never been harassed or had a MWAG call made about me because of OCing. Statistically, the probability is next to nill. Of course I realize that where you live has a lot to do with it as well.
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    The state i live in is open carry but has a-lot of spot that you cant. I live in the nice old small state of Delaware. I have only seen a couple people OC. I am doing research on other states because me and the wife are looking to move out of state. We are looking at the TN area. I know when i finish getting my CC license i will be good there for ether of the two. I never realized that the lays were so different from state to state. It is kinda sad that you have to learn them all just so you don't get into trouble. It would be nice if you could file for a license that has the same rules for each state to make all this a lot easier.

    I just started to OC because i have made a lot of enemies with my carrier. There has been more then once i have been in a store and they have tried to attack me out of uniform. I even had one start chucking items of a shelf at me. It has gotten to the point my wife will not even step out side of her work with out a security or police escort. It is really sad that the would has gotten to this point.

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