Should I OC until I get my CCL?

Should I OC until I get my CCL?

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    Should I OC until I get my CCL?

    I just purchased my first handgun a few weeks ago and that kind of depleted the gun budget for now. I know I do not plan on carrying at all (OC or CC) until I feel VERY comfortable with using my firearm. My question is, what are you thoughts on OCing until I get my CCL? I don't want to scare all the sheeple or PAINT A TARGET on my self for when i do CC. I live in a small town and see alot of the same people frequently. Just want to hear your thoughts.
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    Is there some reason you feel you need to carry now when you did not carry before? If not I'd suggest waiting for the CCW. Small towns can be sort of funny, and IME if you start OC then go to CCW everyone in town will either (A) know you are now CCW, or (B) bug you about "why don't you carry your gun any more?"
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    If your the only person in town that OC's then might night be the best idea. On the other hand if lots of people do then go for it. Anyway you can protect yourself and others then do it. Like you said though, make sure you know how to use it and when to use it.
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    I would recommend getting a god holster and learning some retention techniques as well as becoming confident in your firearms skills before OCing. Once you're at that point, go for it. It's a legal, safe, legitimate way to carry a handgun. Might also want to be prepared to answer questions about why you're OCing.

    Didn't Kansas expand their preemption laws this year to include OC?
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    Have you thought through OC thoroughly and are you comfortable with it? If you intend to switch back and forth between OC and CC (and many do), then I see no harm in it. If you only intend to CC once you have your CCL, then living in a small town will be a give away.

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    carry around the house for a bit first. Then maybe take her for a spin around the block OC
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    Quote Originally Posted by Qtip View Post
    I would recommend getting a god holster and learning some retention techniques as well as becoming confident in your firearms skills before OCing. Once you're at that point, go for it. It's a legal, safe, legitimate way to carry a handgun. Might also want to be prepared to answer questions about why you're OCing.

    Didn't Kansas expand their preemption laws this year to include OC?
    I don't have a god holster but I do have a Fobus PPS paddle holster. Yes KS did expand the preemption laws. 01 July 2014 OC is legal across the state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by techieccw View Post
    I don't have a god holster but I do have a Fobus PPS paddle holster. Yes KS did expand the preemption laws. 01 July 2014 OC is legal across the state.

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    Get yourself a better holster you will be happy you did. Fobus is junk :(
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    Quote Originally Posted by techieccw View Post
    I don't have a god holster but I do have a Fobus PPS paddle holster. Yes KS did expand the preemption laws. 01 July 2014 OC is legal across the state.

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    At minimum, I would get a Blackhawk SERPA (CQC, not the Sportster you find at WallyWorld). Most LEOs around my area us it as a plain clothes holster. Congrats to Kansas on the expanded preemption.

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    I found the Fobus on eBay for $25. And had read to many bad reviews about the Serpa, sand causing it to jam and such.

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    I know that your time with your Shield has been limited. Prior to carrying via any fashion, be sure to have enough range time to be competent with your gun.

    Also, be sure to have vetted the SD ammo, which you plan on using.
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    Do what you are comfortable with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by techieccw View Post
    I just purchased my first handgun a few weeks ago and that kind of depleted the gun budget for now. I know I do not plan on carrying at all (OC or CC) until I feel VERY comfortable with using my firearm. My question is, what are you thoughts on OCing until I get my CCL? I don't want to scare all the sheeple or PAINT A TARGET on my self for when i do CC. I live in a small town and see alot of the same people frequently. Just want to hear your thoughts.
    If you have a decent comfort level with carrying, and if you don't mind others knowing you carry, then I see no reason why visibly carrying shouldn't be one of your methods.

    Of course, not everyone wants to be "outed" in terms of their status as a carrier.

    And many simply aren't that knowledgeable about retention holsters, retention methods, and the risks of having neither.

    One of the common downsides to open carry is, in many states at least, that many municipalities are authorized by the state to have little chuckholes in the ordinances that the unwary can step in. For example, in Oregon, the legislature has state-wide preemption, but it has specifically authorized municipalities to regulate some venues for carrying if carrying without a CHL. Makes for a bit of a sticky situation when heading from town to town, if you're not aware of the differences in each place.
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    I OC and CC but i first got comfortable with CC then eased into OC .................but if you feel ready then do what makes you happy .
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    How about half and half? OC with a black IWB holster, black belt, and black shirts. Most people won't even notice you are carrying.

    Personally, I waited until I got my CHP, even though OC is legal here. OC just wasn't or me.

    Good luck!

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