Why open carry, if you can carry concealed?

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    Why open carry, if you can carry concealed?

    I see a lot of people talking about "open" carry, as if it's something to brag about. I don't get it.

    In my opinion, the only reason to "open" carry is if that's the ONLY way you can carry. There are more disadvantages to open carry over concealed that I wouldn't open carry, unless that was the only way I could carry AND I needed to carry.

    With concealed carry I carry even I know there is no need. With concealed carry, you are not advertizing you have a gun for someone to steal. With concealed carry, you aren't scaring little old ladies (or liberals), unnecessarily. With concealed carry, the element of surprise is with the person carrying. You aren't notifying the bad guy to come up with a scenario to defeat your firearm.

    Why would someone open carry, if they could carry concealed?
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    Great topic, which I am surprised hasn't been discussed before.
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    1. It's more comfortable. IWB isn't happening for me.
    2. It's more accessible. Don't have to "dig out" a CW.
    3. OC is just as likely to steer BGs away as to attract. BGs are always attracted to the (apparently) unarmed. Any BG who willingly preys on an obviously armed victim certainly isn't going to hesitate with an unarmed victim.
    4. Maybe I just choose to.
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    Well can only carry concealed here in FL, but man sure would be more comfy with full size gun. I probably would not have given my 1911's to my sons if able to OC. They would have been bummed.:)
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    Why open carry, if you can carry concealed?
    The biggest advantage I see is you can carry any gun you want without making wardrobe adjustments.
    I believe some do it for that reason and some feel that it's a right that should be exercised or lost and some feel that it educates the public and accustoms people to the presence of legally carried guns. Others do it to educate some of the police who often seem fuzzy about the law. I choose concealed carry for myself preferring discretion and what I consider the tactical advantage of surprise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1956 View Post
    Great topic, which I am surprised hasn't been discussed before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1956 View Post
    Great topic, which I am surprised hasn't been discussed before.
    Someday we need to delve into a 9mm vs. .40 debate and also get into whether we should carry with one in the chamber as well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TX expat View Post
    Someday we need to delve into a 9mm vs. .40 debate and also get into whether we should carry with one in the chamber as well!
    Such a flair for the obvious. I'm going over to the CC thread and asking why CC when one can OC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Such a flair for the obvious. I'm going over to the CC thread and asking why CC when one can OC.
    Talk about obvious! You know darn well we should OCC or CCO, but never COC unless you are OCD.
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    I occasionally OC because my hip waders don't have a built-in, concealed holster & cotton mouths seem to generally enjoy the same neighborhoods as... large mouth bass!
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    Any BG who willingly preys on an obviously armed victim certainly isn't going to hesitate with an unarmed victim.
    True enough, but a BG doesn't know what the booty will be on someone unarmed. If when he has the element of surprise, he knows he will at least come up with a desirable and expensive gun.

    A BG with a gun, can walk right up to a GG with a gun on his hip and ALWAYS take it, if he wanted. The GG would never be able to use it in time, not knowing the attack was coming. Who knows if these would even be reported as such. The person robbed would probably be too embarrassed to report it happening that way.

    Granted there could be a deterrent but not to someone who wanted your gun.

    Old story but it goes like this

    Man robbed in the Centreville area

    About 4:10 a.m. Sunday, July 30, officers were called to the area of Newton Patent Drive and Newton Tavern Drive. A 21-year-old Centreville-area man was robbed while walking on Newton Patent Drive. Two suspects approached the victim from behind, and placed a metal object up to the victim’s head. The suspects took the victim’s hand gun which he was openly carrying. The suspect’s then fled the area. The victim was not injured.
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    I've never given OC much thought, even though it's completely legal without a license in Ohio.
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    Yep, seems the LEO etc. should give up on mostly OC - they're getting robbed, beaten and guns taken daily-

    Oh wait!!!

    Without clear and obvious real data that folks who OC - really ARE "targets" it's laughable to me to even hint of that- we KNOW there have been times where OC prevented major crimes. That being said I've OC many, many times, I now mostly CC because frankly I like the element of surprise "IF" - not because I have some unfounded fear some BG is going to target ME while I'm showing a C&L 1911- in fact I'd bet most would choose what they believe a soft target- I KNOW no one ever bothered me (much less tried to take my gun) I think it's an internet rumor likely started by some liberal who hates the reality of legal open carry

    YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1956 View Post
    Great topic, which I am surprised hasn't been discussed before.
    And after we finish this and 9MM vs. .40 cal discussion, we can talk about the best defensive handgun ammo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeSD View Post
    I see a lot of people talking about "open" carry, as if it's something to brag about. I don't get it.

    In my opinion, the only reason to "open" carry is if that's the ONLY way you can carry. There are more disadvantages to open carry over concealed that I wouldn't open carry, unless that was the only way I could carry AND I needed to carry.

    With concealed carry I carry even I know there is no need. With concealed carry, you are not advertizing you have a gun for someone to steal. With concealed carry, you aren't scaring little old ladies (or liberals), unnecessarily. With concealed carry, the element of surprise is with the person carrying. You aren't notifying the bad guy to come up with a scenario to defeat your firearm.

    Why would someone open carry, if they could carry concealed?
    ...four words...BECAUSE THEY WANT TO...
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