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Did you wear you gun and holster around the house first to get used to the feeling? Had you had formal defensive handgun training? Or did you get your permit and just start carrying right off the bat?

I just got my CHP this week. I have an IWB holster on order and will be ordering a gun belt this week. Before this year I did not own a handgun.I had shot them many times and was very comfortable with using one, but never had one for myself. I now own a Gen 3 Glock 23 and plan to use this as my carry weapon, and am comfortable with using it. I haven't had any formal defensive handgun training and am curious how many people took a class, or just started carrying as soon as they got their permit.
 

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I was in Walmart being OCD about printing and thinking everyone was looking at my gun the very next day!

I had to get training for my permit but had never carried a gun, CC or OC, before I got the permit.
 

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Got mine on a weekday and started carrying that weekend (can't carry where I work).

I've not had any defensive training (got in a fistfight in 8th grade and won, if that counts for anything).
 

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I spent about 2yrs gaining handgun proficiency with my intended carry gun, taking training, and learning about the statutes related to firearms, carrying and use-of-force before applying. I wanted to ensure that before I even got to start carrying that I would be highly likely to avoid the proverbial 3yr old child across the street, if forced to fire to defend my life, and that I new the statutes and the pros/cons "cold." I'd started from scratch, with handgun knowledge and proficiency, and literally from scratch regarding the statutes. Once I received my CHL, I immediately began carrying.
 

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Right from the get go for me...weird at first, but after about a week it was all good/normal feeling. As I waited for my permit (about 4-5 weeks) I made sure to keep an eye out "no guns allowed" signs. I wanted to get my eye trained for that. Also had a some extensive hand gun training before getting my CCW helped a ton.
 

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I started carrying immediately.

I will say, however, that the decision to seek a CPL was a VERY long time in the making and I took a training class, read books, rented and tried out many different guns, and lurked on DC for months before I applied.

I am a careful sort that has to have everything settled in my mind before I will try something new. By the time I got to that point, carrying the first time felt as natural as if I had been doing it my whole life. I've been carrying almost everywhere I'm legally able since then. I am still actively seeking opportunities to train as I can afford them, and still hanging out here.
 

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I started carrying immediately, but eventually went through quite a few changes with holsters, guns, belts and clothing.
 

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I had a gun and a holster,way before i got my permit.I use to go hunting and shooting with my dad and brother.I don't hunt much,but,we still shoot.Even after i took the ccp class,i kept reading over the cc laws,and,then when i got the permit,it was the next day,or,day after,i went out to a mall ccing.
 

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I got mine last month. I went and got a holster a week later. I have carried a few times since. I don't carry during the week because I can't carry at work or in my work truck. I have to get in the habit of grabbing it when I go out on the weekends.
 

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I've had my CHP for just 17 months. I've had no official training but in this time I've have spent hundreds of hours in my off work spare time reading books, forums and various websites in addition to over 20 hours of training video. I realize that none of that compares to actual hands-on training from a pro but time and money is an issue. I started carrying 3 months after I began learning the basics.

For the first week of carrying my 9mm I didn't roll with one chambered. Silly me.
 

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I started carrying the day after receiving my CCW, I will say that this was one year after my wife received hers. I spent a long time thinking about the responsibilities of carrying before I took the training course and applied. Now, a little over a month later I won't go anywhere without carrying.

I did have all my holsters by the time I received the permit and I qualified for it with the gun I carry daily.
 

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As soon as I got my new holster to properly carry. Started with my LARGE SD40VE and now I easily carry my new Taurus TCP. Fits in my pocket....no imprinting....and very concealed.
 

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Just as soon as I could get back to my house and put it on.....even made my Wally World walk the first day. Other than the required training in SC for the permit, all my training came from being raised around a gun all my life and shooting since I can even remember. (And that's not saying I don't believe in formal gun training...please don't think I'm saying that)
 
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I'd had a sidearm for several years prior to reciving my first carry permit. I just started carrying. It was a longer road finding holsters, belts, quality training for me way back when..... there was no internet and information was hard to access if you had no real idea where in the yellow pages to start looking or who to ask.
 

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Every time I am reminded of my first CHL, I think about the collision I did just because I was so excited to get my CHL. THAT right there should qualify for being too careless to carry a gun.
 
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