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Although I have been shooting for 42 years, I only carried for the first few years when I lived in Texas and then not until 3 years ago. Contrary to what some believe, the world is not as dangerous as it seems if you do not focus on what happens to a small percentage of the population every day. :) However, I do carry now that I am a senior citizen as I cannot run or fight anymore.

It was a learning experience for me and I can remember three embarrassing moments during my first few months of carry and would like to hear yours. It is a learning experience and perhaps we can all learn from each other.

1. I was at a pellet gun range with my cousin who shoots pellet guns in competition. I was helping him sight in a new gun. A strange came over to inquire about the new gun and while I do not recall the specifics, I bent over and my gun in a cheap nylon holster fell out of it and onto the ground in the middle of our conversation. I just kept on talking, picked it up and holstered it again without missing a beat. Luckily most of the guys at the pellet range are also into real guns so nothing was said.

2. I was at a movie theater with my full sized gun in a belt slide holster with the muzzle exposed. When I went to sit down the muzzle hit the arm of the chair and the gun popped out and onto the dark and sticky floor. I tried to feel around for it but could not locate it so I had to get on my hands and knees to find it. From then on my holsters are molded to my gun and cover the muzzle.

3. My last embarrassing moment was when I started pocket carrying for short trips around the immediate area like going to the dentist. I have my gun in a pocket holster as I sat down on the dentist chair. Before I knew it they were reclining the chair until my feet were higher than my head and the gun and holster slide out of my pocket and I had to grab it and put it back. Luckily the dental assistant was a gun owner and into shooting so nothing was said. Now I use only Mika holsters and never pocket carry when I will be laying down.

After these three embarrassing moments I had learned enough to prevent things like that from happening again. The do not teach you this stuff so I had to learn it myself through trial and error. Now when I teach new shooters or mentor gun owners who never carried before like me, I know what to teach them to prevent these type of problems from occurring to them.
 

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Thanks for those. I got the call today that my permit is available to pick up tomorrow! Hopefully I won't have incidents, but I am far from perfect lol.

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I am 62 and just started shooting last Nov 2012 (What took me so long?) .I use a Deep Conceal holster 3 Speed Holster
I either position it just below the beltline or just above it (I am still experimenting with ease of draw Vs conceal) . So far i have had it a week without any awkward glances. But i stopped to talk to a neighbor who is a POSTAL WORKER. he kinda had a funny look and his eyes were at the area i wear my EDC. (OK, Postal Worker .... maybe at his PO he is in charge of Guns & Ammo?). I hope not to have any embarrassing moments, that could esclaate into something more than just being a little red in the face.
 

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I have had two so far over the years.

The first time was about 3-4 months after I started regularly carrying and went into a gas station to pick up a lotto ticket. Personally I find it the most comfortable to carry in the 7-8 oclock postion with my IWB holster, problem (if you can say that) is that it is the same side I carry my wallet. I went to pay the cashier, reached back to grab the wallet and the cashier gets a very wide eyed look on him. Made the mistake of flipping my shirt up a little, force of habbit really and it exposed my gun. Realizing what I did, I quickly flipped it back down, paid the guy and left. This is when I figured out that although some may like the holsters that sit above your belt line, I do not and promptly adjusted the holster and eventually made a new one for it that would tuck it low enough that it was hardly visible yet easy to get to in case of an emergency.

The second time was right after I got my sr40c (I know some have had issues with this gun, I have not had any in the last 2000+ rounds). I picked up a semi cheap IWB holster for it, cant recall the brand, to use until I made one for it for EDC. This one was the type that snapped over my belt with a couple thin leather straps. My wife and I went out to dinner one evening maybe a week or two after I had started carrying it in that holster, and when we sat down at our table, I heard something snap, not loud but just a "what was that". Didnt think much of it until I stood up to go to the restroom and I felt my pistol slide down my pant leg. The snap was the cheap leather strips that held the gun on my belt breaking in the middle. Luckily it was a dark restaruant we were at and we were almost finished so I was able to get another empty "to go box" and just slipped in there as I really did not want to walk out with it in my hand or visible through 25-30 people waiting to be seated up front.

Because of those two semi embaressing moments I have learned what type of holster I like to use, you get what you pay for when it comes to a quality holster and I learned the process for making holsters as what I wanted either did not exist and if it did I did not want to pay the cost for it.
 

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I was using the restroom at a local restaurant. When I came out, as I was walking through the door I hit my G19 on the metal door frame and made a very loud metal on metal *CLINK* noise. As I looked up directly in front of me, there was an entire family staring at me. Lol!
 

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I have had two so far over the years.

Luckily it was a dark restaruant we were at and we were almost finished so I was able to get another empty "to go box" and just slipped in there as I really did not want to walk out with it in my hand or visible through 25-30 people waiting to be seated up front.
A gun in a "to go box". Now that's a classic. It may be the first styrofoam holster. Quick thinking though.
 

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gotta do what you gotta do. wife didn't have her purse and I was in dress pants, not a whole lot of options.
 

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I hear so many people that have problems with holsters an most of the time its because they try to get away cheap. I never understood how anyone can pay for a quality gun good ammo an than try to buy a holster for 20 to 30 bucks. They are the ones who end up with a drawer full of useless nylon, kydex, clip ons. Buy a quality belt an stick with known holster makers. Mitch Rosen, Milt Sparks, Kramer Leather, Hayes Leather to name a few its cheaper in the long run not to mention very comfortable.
 

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Only one when I first started carrying. bent over in a bathroom and gun fell out of a cheap appendix carry and dropped on the floor. Hence,no more cheap holsters
 

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I hear so many people that have problems with holsters an most of the time its because they try to get away cheap. I never understood how anyone can pay for a quality gun good ammo an than try to buy a holster for 20 to 30 bucks. They are the ones who end up with a drawer full of useless nylon, kydex, clip ons. Buy a quality belt an stick with known holster makers. Mitch Rosen, Milt Sparks, Kramer Leather, Hayes Leather to name a few its cheaper in the long run not to mention very comfortable.
In a perfect world, yes everyone should start with a good high quality holster, most however either do not want to spend $80-$200 for a holster or don't know what they like or dislike in a holster and do not want to spend that much more than once. You can't tell someone new to carrying that holster x is the end all be all of holsters because they may not like what you like or what the other 50 people prefer.
 

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In a perfect world, yes everyone should start with a good high quality holster, most however either do not want to spend $80-$200 for a holster or don't know what they like or dislike in a holster and do not want to spend that much more than once. You can't tell someone new to carrying that holster x is the end all be all of holsters because they may not like what you like or what the other 50 people prefer.
While I agree, you won't get any benefit from buying the super cheap holsters that won't even retain your gun properly. It's hard to tell what to like or dislike when your holster is a total piece of junk. IMO, you can't even make a simple determination like IWB vs. OWB if your holster is craptastic. I junk IWB holster is not anything like carrying in a quality IWB.

Unfortunately I think you do just have to step up and try something out and see. An hour spent looking at holster reviews, while it may end up giving you many choices, will ultimately lead you to several well known brands that have a lot of positive reviews. Plus, the benefit of a quality holster is you can always sell it and minimize your loss if you decide that you want to try something else. So that well known brand that set you back $100 will return a significant percentage if you sell it.

Ultimately the best reasons for starting out right is the original post itself. A quality holster won't allow those things to happen and IMO that's worth the cost of ownership right there.
 

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Those cheap holsters to get by with at first do have another good use after you have selected a quality holster. I use my cheapo nylon holsters to store my guns in the safe with.
 
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Thanks for those. I got the call today that my permit is available to pick up tomorrow! Hopefully I won't have incidents, but I am far from perfect lol.

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I am 62 and just started shooting last Nov 2012 (What took me so long?) .I use a Deep Conceal holster 3 Speed Holster
I either position it just below the beltline or just above it (I am still experimenting with ease of draw Vs conceal) . So far i have had it a week without any awkward glances. But i stopped to talk to a neighbor who is a POSTAL WORKER. he kinda had a funny look and his eyes were at the area i wear my EDC. (OK, Postal Worker .... maybe at his PO he is in charge of Guns & Ammo?). I hope not to have any embarrassing moments, that could esclaate into something more than just being a little red in the face.
With so many people carrying phones and other gadgets on their belts, no one thinks gun when they see a bulge. That feeling you had will go away and you will stop worrying about it. Here in Florida they amended the law last year so that a brief (not legally defined yet) exposure of a concealed carry gun in a non threatening or reckless manner is legal. This is supposed to cover accidental exposure of a concealed carry gun and allows for simple things like removing you gun from its holster to place in a car gun safe in case someone walks buy and see is, etc.. Here there is no law that prohibits having a bulge under your shirt. As long as no one can see the gun it is legal so I stopped worrying about that a while ago.
 

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I was using the restroom at a local restaurant. When I came out, as I was walking through the door I hit my G19 on the metal door frame and made a very loud metal on metal *CLINK* noise. As I looked up directly in front of me, there was an entire family staring at me. Lol!
You shoulda just smiled and winked!
 

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Those cheap holsters to get by with at first do have another good use after you have selected a quality holster. I use my cheapo nylon holsters to store my guns in the safe with.
I no longer do that due to the humidity in Florida. It traps in moisture and affects the finish of the gun. However, I have a lot of guns and they can sit in my safe for a year without being taken out so my situation may be different than yours. Nonetheless be aware of the fact that storing guns in leather or nylon holsters is generally not recommended for long periods of time due to the moisture issue.

I do use my old holsters for when I have a gun that I put in my car glove box or lay on a coffee table late at night if I heard a noise outside. I always keep my trigger covered by placing my guns in a holster. I have found the Remora and Sticky holsters are great for this as you can also just tuck the gun under your pants if you need to carry it outside to inspect a suspicious noise. :) Even good for answering the door late at night when you do not want to scare the life out of your neighbor who needs your help with a water leak. I live in a retirement community so a lot of people need medical attention and have problems that they are too fragile to handle. A lot of stuff goes down late a night so someone ringing my doorbell after midnight is not cause for allow and I have small guns that I either wear in a neck holster or in my pocket or against my skin under a pair of pajamas for such occasions.
 
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