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Just finished. I open carried my 1911, got some microwave meals for work plus some Gatorade. No one noticed, or even paid any attention. No one ran screaming or yelled they were calling 911. Everything went well and I'll likely open carry again :)
That's the norm. Good job, and congratulations!

You'll soon note that children notice quicker than adults too.
 

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That's the norm. Good job, and congratulations!

You'll soon note that children notice quicker than adults too.
Especially in the checkout line, when they're right at eye level with it. Suddenly their favorite candy bar isn't as interesting.
 

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Just finished. I open carried my 1911, got some microwave meals for work plus some Gatorade. No one noticed, or even paid any attention. No one ran screaming or yelled they were calling 911. Everything went well and I'll likely open carry again :)
This has been my experience openly carrying as well. I OC at Kroger quite a bit with no problems. One of the Krogers that I frequent has security up front (unarmed, except a flashlight & walkie-talkie). The security person is different every time I'm in there. He/ she is the only one who ever even acts like they notice it. I get the impression that they want to tell me I can't carry there, but they know Kroger policy allows it. The manager likes it also. In general, I've noticed that kids do notice long before adults.
 

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Just finished. I open carried my 1911, got some microwave meals for work plus some Gatorade. No one noticed, or even paid any attention. No one ran screaming or yelled they were calling 911. Everything went well and I'll likely open carry again :)
I kept watching the news in Ohio for blood flowing in the streets and general mayhem...and nothing.

Huh...imagine that. Antis were wrong again.

Awesome man...I may try it soon.

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Awesome. Glad it went well! My wife had to go to Kroger and was wearing a nice dress that day, so she decided to OC because the blouse she was wearing wouldn't cover the grip. She reported the same, zero issue. I might be trying OC soon!
 

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I've had 2 reactions to my open carrying, one was a simple "is that a GLOCK?" and one was "hey what kind of pistol is that....(5 minute conversation including he was thinking about getting something for protection).

Glad the world did not end on your O/C adventure.
 

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Well done! We need more good citizens like you!
 
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If you REALLY want to dent your ego, repeat the process naked. Folks are too busy twinkling on their cell phones and checking their "likes" on Facebook to notice...ANYthing. Even that nice (naked) man wearing a belt, a holster and A GUN! :biggrin2:
 

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I'm about to make a trip to Kroger all while OCing. Will let you all know how it goes. This will be my first in public open carry.
Kroger has no issues with OC people


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Glad it all went well for you. Really glad you didn't cause a massive panic in the streets by walking around with a gun in plain sight. :smile:
 
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This has been my experience openly carrying as well. I OC at Kroger quite a bit with no problems. One of the Krogers that I frequent has security up front (unarmed, except a flashlight & walkie-talkie). The security person is different every time I'm in there. He/ she is the only one who ever even acts like they notice it. I get the impression that they want to tell me I can't carry there, but they know Kroger policy allows it. The manager likes it also. In general, I've noticed that kids do notice long before adults.
I actually met my first open carry guy at 18 while doing security unarmed at a Kroger. I asked him if he was a cop and he said nope, he told me Ohio is an open carry state and I told him that's pretty cool and I hope he keeps doing it.

I usually have seen most of the open carry guys at Kroger too.
 

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I actually met my first open carry guy at 18 while doing security unarmed at a Kroger. I asked him if he was a cop and he said nope, he told me Ohio is an open carry state and I told him that's pretty cool and I hope he keeps doing it.

I usually have seen most of the open carry guys at Kroger too.
I have actually had some good conversations with some of them. Sometimes it is firearm related, but often it is just casual conversation about whatever random topic. The private security firm they work for does not allow them to be armed. Only one that I've talked to even carries at all (he does CC on duty too though). I've been able to share a little with them about Georgia's carry laws that they were not aware of.
 

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I'm about to make a trip to Kroger all while OCing. Will let you all know how it goes. This will be my first in public open carry.
Congrats for giving OC a chance. :wink:
Making the choice to carry is the main thing on which we should agree. How and what we carry are personal decisions. As with most things in life, it comes down to which risks we are willing to manage and which benefits matter most. We each have to do our own analysis.

I live in Texas. Since getting my license and first pistol in 2013, my preference is to carry openly. Works best for me. I've carried openly in AZ, CO, NM, OK, and Texas. Last weekend (12-13 AUG 16) I added KS and MO to the list. No incidents with the locals. Only friendly interaction.

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