Personal Space while OCing

Personal Space while OCing

This is a discussion on Personal Space while OCing within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I live in Nevada and I CC or OC depending on weather and clothing. I was in Walmart in the check out lane OCing wear ...

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    Personal Space while OCing

    I live in Nevada and I CC or OC depending on weather and clothing. I was in Walmart in the check out lane OCing wear dress shirt and slacks. Another customer was standing behind me within arms reach of my handgun, totally violating any sense of personal space. I notice this and continue to shift my body position to gain distance and also to place my body between him and my handgun. He neevr said a word to me and I never said a word to him. Have anybody experience this issue and how did you resolve it?


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    Anytime your in crowds it is going to be almost impossible to maintain personal space. I keep my weak side to the person behind me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    Anytime your in crowds it is going to be almost impossible to maintain personal space. I keep my weak side to the person behind me.
    I'm left-handed, so this would be near impossible.. I guess another possible solution is to always have a cart and just stand in front of it in the check-out lane?

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    You're assuming it's your personal space. Everyone else doesn't. Want your space protected? Shop when no one else does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by landers81 View Post
    I live in Nevada and I CC or OC depending on weather and clothing. I was in Walmart in the check out lane OCing wear dress shirt and slacks. Another customer was standing behind me within arms reach of my handgun, totally violating any sense of personal space. I notice this and continue to shift my body position to gain distance and also to place my body between him and my handgun. He neevr said a word to me and I never said a word to him. Have anybody experience this issue and how did you resolve it?
    The customer has as much right to be there as do you. If you are paranoid to that extent, you may want to avoid OC and only carry CC, or just don't carry a gun at all.

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    What makes you think that anyone near you would try to grab your gun? Would you also think that someone near you would try to take your glasses, your hat, or anything else that is easily removed ?
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    I usually cary about 3:30-4:00 when I have my shirt over my gun. If I OC then I slide it up to 3:00 and keep my weak side towards people I dont know.
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    I never said the other shopper didn't have the right to be shopping at Walmart. I understand there isn't anything I can do about personal space if I am in a crowded area. Every time I shift my body to so he was on my weak side he would shift his stance to get closer to my strong side. I am not paranoid he was going to grab my handgun but it is important to stay aware of your surrounding.
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    Walmart and personal space? I think you are lucky if you have any personal space in the aisles much less the crowded checkout area.
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    Not so much to protect a firearm but ive been known to accidentally on purpose step on someones foot. At 6 3 250 that normally gets me some space.
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    I have done that too Ghost. I works well.
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    A few times, I've been in a queue of sorts when someone crowded the "personal space" barriers a bit. Turning the body and keeping the arm in a "protective" spot alongside the area helps keep things "guarded." No need to bring awareness/visibility to my carry status, just a bit of turning and keeping distance. Of course, in a queue, there's only so much distance one can obtain when someone else seems intent on crowding. At which point, a simple friendly engagement of the other often puts things at ease, helps to subtly "interview" the other, keeps the other at "speaking" distance (which can be outside the "crowding" distance some seem to have). Has worked well, for me, mostly.

    At something less than 6'3", myself, my stepping on someone's foot isn't likely to get the same response, sadly. More's the pity.
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    You could always flatulate if someone is too close for comfort.
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    You do have to be aware of your surroundings, but realistically there will be times when people will be within arm's reach of your weapon. Though it may not be common to have one snatched, it IS different than other personal items, in that it can be worth a great deal of money on the street, and can also be used to shoot the owner.

    A retention holster might be a good idea.
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    Best solution is just don't go to WM.
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