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Is it me or am I parinoid?

I started CCWing Monday night when I carried (.38 in a pocket holster) taking the kids to ballet. At first I was nervous, trying not to be like new CC's that I read about on this site (always touching your set-up every 10 seconds to make sure it's still there…I thinks it's also partial shock that u have a legal weapon on you). But the thought of the gun just going off kept going thru my mind. But I continued to remind myself that it will only discharge if I put finger off the trigger! Remind you when i was checking my set-up, I was just checking to see if the handle was not sticking out the top of the large cargo pocket. PARINOID

Well today, I'm at a kiddie birthday party with the fam and I got my new friend in the large pocket in my cargo shorts. Nobody knows a thing (unfortunately the wife knows I have weapons but there's a
"don't ask don't tell rule" when it comes to CCing. So were at the party and I'm watching college football with another dad then all of a sudden the ENTIRE party comes inside to open gifts. Since this was not my house, I could not argue with everybody bombarding the room (I was pissed at the mom who just walked in front of the tv to take pictures. So I got like 100 kids sitting in front of me and all I can think about is the revolver discharging…WHY??? why am I so parinoid?

I have read the post inwhich a person had a ND and God forbid that happen to me! I try to be very alert when handeling loaded weapons especially with children in the house. I don't want to put negative vibes and thoughts out into the universe. Maybe writing this post will help this parinoid feeling go away!

Is it me or has anyone else ever had these feelings?
 

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If you don't feel confident in your gun get a different gun. Perhaps something with a manual safety is for you.
 

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Keep "practicing" and you'll get used to it. Just make sure the gun is in it's holster with the trigger properly covered. After a few days carrying, it'll feel like a pocket knife - nothing to it.:yup:
 

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I couldn't tell from your post, but are you using a pocket holster or is that .38 just flopping around in there? A good holster that covers the trigger will ease your concerns.
 

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Now that you've lost your CC virginity, it will get easier in time.

The paranoia will wear off.

Oh....be sure to invest in a quality holster that covers the trigger.
 

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Thanks for the reply. Maybe talking this situation out will help me interally by listening to other valid opinions.

Confidence in the new carry piece (Ruger LCR) is not a factor. My initial carry piece was a HK 45c but struggled with the reality of taking the safety off in a stressfull SD situation. I know…I know practice pistol withdrawl from holster (still waiting on my Galco Summer Comfort which was order a few months ago) but it's a known fact that in stressful situations like a SD, taking the safety off can be forgotten (the video of the jeweler) and it is a proven fact that stress can make the mightest of men buckle!

So I went with the LCR. Yes I am confident in this revolver as I am confident in myself, for if I wasn't then I would not even carry at all. I guess I have to work thru this hurdle. I'm sure every CC'er has had to jump a hurdle at least once during thier initial carry stages.

Ps…as I was typing this on my iPhone in the pizza joint sitting next to 3 Deputies eating and I had my Ruger on me…didn't even flinch. So the confidence is there!
 

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Just for clarification, I'm using a Bianchi pocket change hosted which covers everything on the revolver except the handle
 

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WHY??? why am I so parinoid?
Because of a lack of knowledge about your weapon. No slam here, it's true for all of us at first. If you really understood it, you would know it isn't going to fire until the trigger is deliberately pressed.

Get some more time "behind the trigger", get VERY familiar with the owners manual and the parts of the gun and how they all relate. Then go shooting some more. You'll find in time you'll become very comfortable with your weapon and stop worrying. :wink:

Relax, a revolver is one of the safest of all guns!
 

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Definitely paranoid.
 

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You're new at this, It's Normal. At first it's new and very different. For me it was weight. It took a while for me to get used to one hip being heavier that the other one, about 2 weeks later I found that if I didn't have it with me, it felt funny. I've never pocket carried, my pockets aren't big enough, and if the holster has room to move around in the pocket, say going from sitting to standing or vice-versa, it would be normal to make sure nothing is showing.
I started carrying every day at home before I got my permit and that really helped with getting accustomed to carrying. By the time I got the permit 3 months later I was used to carrying concealed at home and I didn't feel like everybody was watching, just 50% of the people. After a while and watching other people in public I found out that we who carry tend to watch others way more than those who don't carry ever watch us.
Welcome to the group, we're glad you're here.:wave:
 

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So I got like 100 kids sitting in front of me and all I can think about is the revolver discharging…WHY??? why am I so parinoid?
I can't help you with the "why" of it, but I can point something out to you.....

Your LCR is a double-action revolver. There is no way physically possible that a round can fire with the hammer down. It cannot happen. The only way it can fire is if the trigger is pulled. As long as that doesn't happen, you're good.
 

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New carriers run a gambit of feelings, from "everybody is looking and knows" to your worry of "what if it goes off by itself". Similar thoughts as to when you first start driving. Remember the feeling of "every cop is looking at me"? Well they weren't and as long as your concealed nobody knows your carrying. Since your carrying a DAO revolver in a holster, there is no way it is going to go off, unless the trigger is pulled. Quit worrying, give it a little time and you'll get comfortable with it.
 

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Yes, you're paranoid.

Obviously, you just don't have much experience with firearms. It would benefit you greatly to invest in some decent training, then spend some time actually familiarizing yourself with firearms in general, and specifically your own handgun. Put in enough range time to understand how it operates and get comfortable with it.
 

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The only thing I can add is carry only your gun and holster in that pocket. Nothing else.
 

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KOB- Today was my second day of CCing (twice in a grocery store...twice in a gas station...a trip to camp). (I carry a Glock 22 in a supertuck).

I had the same feeling, "What if it goes off by itself?"

It's really kind of funny if you think about it. My Glock has NEVER gone off without me pulling the trigger. The trigger can't get pulled in the holster, so the gun won't go off. Just have to wrap my brain around it for a few days I guess.

After reading on this forum for a while I convinced myself to not worry about people knowing I was CCing.

I have to really make myself look at people's belt area....but it's not natural, so I'm doing my best to not worry about it. This last trip out, I just put a hoodie on and was good to go. (My only problem was that I was cold because it was only about 30 degrees out! They also had to plow the field b4 the MI TECH game today! That's right....snow....):santaclaus:

Just some thoughts,
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Is it me or am I parinoid?

So I got like 100 kids sitting in front of me and all I can think about is the revolver discharging…WHY?
A holstered revolver that's sitting deep in a pocket, inside a quality holster, is about the least-likely thing to spontaneously combust (ie, unintentionally discharge). So long as it's securely held in place, so long as you're not fussing with it and fooling with your fingers on the grip and around the trigger area, it's about as close to impossible to firing as you can get (IMO).

Why are you uncomfortable with it? Don't know. Familiarity with the gun, perhaps? Lack of "saddle" time with the gun, shooting and carrying it frequently on a range and around the home, so that you'll feel and know what can and cannot do.

I would suggest acquiring a "blue" gun, then practicing draw, reholstering, and carrying in the holster every evening for a month. Add in a few trips to the range. I would think that much time with the gun would help to boost your comfort level with this gun in standard holstered situations.
 

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I didn't carry with one in the chamber for a while to get used to how safe my gun is. Also, I disassembled my gun so that I could look and play with the safety mechanisms to better understand how they work.

For you, I'd suggest not loading the chamber that is directly under the hammer. That way you KNOW that you can't have an AD/ND without the trigger being pulled and the cylinder cycling.

Good luck. It will take a little time, but it will come.
 

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Replaying a weird thought loop over and over is not right. Do you have similar thoughts with other things? For example do you think your car may do something deadly or dangerous? Will the stove suddenly turn on and burn down your house? No sarcasm intended. These kinds of thoughts can be real and devastating to every day life.
 

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I think I know where this feeling comes from, and I think it goes back to the "just getting used to carrying". I sometimes pocket carry and when you site down at dinner you technically are covering you family across the table? Again, I know my LCP will not go off but, don't cover anything you don't intend to destroy. I think that is where the concern comes from. I just got used to it.
 
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