First Open Carry, Great Experience
My boyfriend and I open carried Monday night around Reno. We were a bit nervous because when he first moved here a local gun store employee said that he didn't recommend open carrying here because it freaks people out. It didn't turn out that way though. We ran into two types of people on our adventures Monday night: the curious and the oblivious.
The curious wanted to know: What's that on your hip? What type of gun is that? Is that legal? Can I do that? Most vocalized their questions, but a few people who walked by me had questions, I could tell by their facial expressions, but they didn't say anything. To these people, I nodded, smiled and said hello so they would know I am approachable. The rest seemed not to realize we were carrying at all.
I learned a lot from open carrying. First, my holster isn't very comfortable. Second, I need to move and sit differently with a gun on my hip than I do when I'm not carrying. Third, balancing on one foot while bent over to try on shoes when there isn't a place to sit down is even more difficult with a gun on your hip (at least with my holster).
I was excited that my first open carry experience was so fun and so positive. I will be open carrying more frequently. Any advice for me?
For any locals who might be interested in open carrying to the places we had good experiences with:
We went to the Starbucks on the corner of Arlington and Plumb, the AT&T store near McCarran and South Virginia, In-N-Out Burger at South Virginia and East Patriot and the Goodwill thrift store and the Fed-Ex Kinkos' both in the shopping center across from Whole Foods at South Virginia and Neil Road.