First time OC for a gal - wasn't too bad

First time OC for a gal - wasn't too bad

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    First time OC for a gal - wasn't too bad

    I'm a 35 year old mom of three. This morning we jumped on our bikes and I took my three kids down to the sand pit at the end of our subdivision. I was thinking it would be a good time to try OC. So I threw on my best pair of skinny jeans, tank top, Navy Seal hat (runs in the family) and my Bodyguard .380 in my IWB remora at the 4:30 position. I did bring a cover garment but didn't use it since I didn't have my permit with me. We passed a couple guys working out of Cable TV vans. As far as I know, they didn't notice anything. Got to the sand pit and my kids piled out with their toys and played for a bit.

    After about 10 minutes, a kid came out of the nearest house, looked our way, disappeared inside and came out with a brother, bow and arrow and a bike. Right on their heels came grandpa who stood out there watching them. At first, I wasn't sure if they had noticed anything, but as we were getting ready to leave grandpa crossed his arms and stood watching me the entire time I was loading my youngest in the bike trailer and got the girls ready to go. He didn't say anything and I can't really hazard a guess as to what he was feeling. I was too far away to read his expression and quite frankly I didn't really want to try to. LOL

    As we rode away, I glanced back several times to check on my girls and noticed grandpa watching me the entire time to our turn. I was thinking the about what I would've said if he asked why I was carrying it. Several things went through my mind. The fire extinguisher/spare tire example or maybe something about how as a mom I would die for my kids, but I'd rather protect them and myself in order to keep our family together.

    Anyway, I stood straight and strong, kept confident and acted as a normal parent. I'd have to rate this first time as pretty good. Helped me with my confidence and allowed me a glimpse of what I might expect in the future. :)


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    Good for you.

    I'm sure you looked very threatening out there with your three kids.

    Grandpa will get over it.
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    Great job

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    I congratulate you for your courage. Not sure I could pull off OC, even though I can't leagally in Texas. I would say that sand box was well protected. Good job.
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    I'm glad to see that it went well for you. If you were far enough away that you couldn't see the expression on his face more than likely he couldn't see your gun. I bet it was the Navy Seal hat that had him looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    Good for you.

    I'm sure you looked very threatening out there with your three kids.

    Grandpa will get over it.
    ...or he'll have to get a laxative for that constipation...

    back to OP... Good job for keeping yourself together and keeping watch over the young ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OhioCatter View Post
    I bet it was the Navy Seal hat that had him looking.
    Yeah...I bet that was it...LMBO. Hey, he was a G'pa...not dead!!
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    The only thing I did differently, I realized, was that if I hadn't been wearing the gun I might have waved and said hi. I know why I didn't, of course. But still - a little disappointed in myself. But, on the other hand, I'm going to an open carry dinner tomorrow with a facebook group in the area and I'll have another chance to gain some experience.

    By the way, grandpa wasn't so far away he couldn't see my gun - I probably could've seen his expression; I just chose not to. The navy seal hat is actually pretty understated. Pretty old and faded, with the insignia on the front and small lettering "Navy Seal" along one side of the brim. I'm betting he wasn't looking at the hat. And yeah, okay, maybe it was my , but I'm betting the gun was a bit more riveting!! LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    I'm sure you looked very threatening out there with your three kids.
    Exactly my thought. Can't imagine what goes through people's minds when the see weaponry and 100% upstanding, loving, normal behavior of people. Particularly in this case, too, with the grandkids zipping inside to acquire their own weapons before heading out to play. And Grandpa stood there, on guard, as if something was wrong. Well, something was. Trouble is, he doesn't seem to have recognized what that was.
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    We (open carriers) make ourselves to feel like everyone is watching them or noticing their sidearms. In reality, very few people are looking at OCers enough to even tell what color shirt we have on. If a man was wearing a speedo or a lady was wearing a bikini while carrying, then peopel would notice. Until one gets accustomed to OCing, there is always that concern the world is watching us because of our gun. People seldom notice.

    I was in a barber shop, a CVS drug store, a WalMart, a gas station and a I-Hop today, all while open carrying and did not notice anyone giving me the once over. There were a couple of pretty college co-eds in the I-Hop that I was hoping they would check me out but they apparently did not notice me or my sidearm. I guess there is not much to look at when you are old, overweight and greyheaded. People do not pay me any attention. They are not paying OCers any attention either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PetiteProtector View Post
    I'm a 35 year old mom of three. This morning we jumped on our bikes and I took my three kids down to the sand pit at the end of our subdivision. I was thinking it would be a good time to try OC. So I threw on my best pair of skinny jeans, tank top, Navy Seal hat (runs in the family) and my Bodyguard .380 in my IWB remora at the 4:30 position. I did bring a cover garment but didn't use it since I didn't have my permit with me. We passed a couple guys working out of Cable TV vans. As far as I know, they didn't notice anything. Got to the sand pit and my kids piled out with their toys and played for a bit.

    After about 10 minutes, a kid came out of the nearest house, looked our way, disappeared inside and came out with a brother, bow and arrow and a bike. Right on their heels came grandpa who stood out there watching them. At first, I wasn't sure if they had noticed anything, but as we were getting ready to leave grandpa crossed his arms and stood watching me the entire time I was loading my youngest in the bike trailer and got the girls ready to go. He didn't say anything and I can't really hazard a guess as to what he was feeling. I was too far away to read his expression and quite frankly I didn't really want to try to. LOL

    As we rode away, I glanced back several times to check on my girls and noticed grandpa watching me the entire time to our turn. I was thinking the about what I would've said if he asked why I was carrying it. Several things went through my mind. The fire extinguisher/spare tire example or maybe something about how as a mom I would die for my kids, but I'd rather protect them and myself in order to keep our family together.

    Anyway, I stood straight and strong, kept confident and acted as a normal parent. I'd have to rate this first time as pretty good. Helped me with my confidence and allowed me a glimpse of what I might expect in the future. :)
    Maybe grandpa was admiring the skinny jeans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    Maybe grandpa was admiring the skinny jeans.
    That's my thought. Hot chicks with guns are on a higher plane of hotness. This is a universal and inescapable truth.
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    Good on ya!

    Best advice is to live your life while OC'ing just like you live your life otherwise. Only difference is your SA goes up a bit.

    The sheeple need to see more and more of this....

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    A few words for this. SWEET!!!!!! And be safe

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