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Old August 13, 2010, 02:05 PM   #51
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There *are* a few other women here, sissygirl. I'm one. Vanya is another. One of the moderators, Pax (Kathy Jackson), is also female and responsible for the wonderful Cornered Cat web site (http://corneredcat.com). The guys seem to tolerate the estrogen quite well; for some reason, most men who like to shoot guns just *love* having women around who also like to shoot guns.
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Old August 13, 2010, 02:14 PM   #52
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It would be nice if the world wasn't uptight about seeing guns on citizens.

On other matters, yes keep you gun concealed, or open carry, one or the other. Me: I would prefer the open carry. But I live in Texas and I HAVE to CC my handgun. I am 22 and young, but I don't do what those other dudes did.
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Old August 13, 2010, 02:38 PM   #53
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Sakeneko, now if you were a dude and called me a sissy, I'd have to arm wrestle you. Or batter you with some kind of verbal assault But you get a pass. I have noticed that I mostly enjoy interacting with the men at the range. Everybody wants to teach me something. Everybody wants to know if I carry and then show me their CCW. I've learned to watch people shoot before I hand them my gun. And I don't let anyone take it apart anymore. Lots hand me their Glock they're shooting that day. Lotsa Glocks out here. And I'm not shy about my preferences. I've also learned not to disparage anyone's gun preferences. I'd like to run into more women that have a CCW so I can see what it is and how they're doing it. It's easy for these boys to carry IWB with 6 pack abs. I've made male friends out here exclusively around shooting. I expect I'll be meeting Kathy at some point. I'll probably go up there and take some classes. She's close by.
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Old August 13, 2010, 03:06 PM   #54
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It's easy for these boys to carry IWB with 6 pack abs
Not really. You kinda have to wear baggy clothing to conceal IWB. Given this is how I carry, but in my state, it gets very hot-107 at the moment-and despite your build, whether you're in excellent shape or not, it's hard. Actually I think bigger guys have an easier time with IWB. I am not big at all(6 foot 4, 200 lbs), and my XD can stick out quite well. Unless I am carrying SOB (small of back)
I like the shoulder holster carry, and IWB in the fall/winter. For summer, I just wear some baggy cargo shorts, and a t-shirt with a button down. This helps, but, not as comfortable as cooler temp carry.
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Old August 13, 2010, 06:01 PM   #55
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What I would have done...

If I were a uniformed sworn LE officer, state trooper or a state offical that processes or regulates the citizen CWPs/CC licenses, I'd take both of these yo-yos outside, give them "the talk" run them through the NCIC and explain to them that their statements/actions could lead to the loss of a state license or permit and/or criminal charges.

Concealed licenses mean CONCEALED!
If you want to be a weekend Rambo or Joe Cool save it for the gun shows, gun club meetings or your own home.
Now a strong wind, lifting up to grab an item, bending over etc, may expose your sidearm(s) but that is a minor mishap. To brandish a firearm or carelessly walk around armed(when CWP-license requirements say it must be fully concealed) shows that you are not a mature, responsible adult and should get it pulled.

As Ive wrote many times, "guns are not toys, props or accessories".
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Old August 14, 2010, 12:29 AM   #56
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The guys seem to tolerate the estrogen quite well; for some reason
Actually, most of us are married and the estrogen just scares the crap out of us...
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Old August 14, 2010, 12:47 AM   #57
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As I said before, I have been carrying 3 weeks...almost everywhere. I took my wife to a big fancy restaurant this evening...Captain D's...and wore my firearm in. Nothing was said, not even looks. I did however see the outline of a CC gun on a young fella. I just smiled at him.

I am not out to be Joe Cool or any of those other people you have mentioned. I'm almost 62 years old and decided to excersize my rights under the law of my state. (Colorado) I could go get a CCP for about $40 (last I checked). I don't even have to take the class as I am an older veteran. I chose not to.

As I said earlier, at my age I don't care what other people think. If they get nervous looking at my firearm, they can turn there heads. I do leave it in the truck when I visit my son because handguns make my daughter-in-law nervous. I also took it off when we went to a movie tonight. But, I have carried in all kinds of stores and gone many places on my scooter, I mean hog. BTW, I like pulling up to Harleys and gunning my engine. Some of those guys almost fall of their bikes with laughter.

There is nothing wrong with open carry and there should be no reason for the people on here to divide the ranks over their own personal opinions. We have enough frustration just fighting of the anti's without fighting amongst ourselves.

So I carry openly, who cares. I don't care if you carry concealed. I'm honest about what I do. I don't go out of my way to bother people and I don't expect them to bother me.
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Old August 14, 2010, 06:40 AM   #58
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in fact, you have a quicker draw time with open carry.
I'll disagree with this one. In classes I've attended, I've witnessed many who are faster from concealment than those who are OC'ing. It comes down to practice with your chosen system, and realistically, how many actually do that?

Random thoughts on open carry:

For those who choose to open carry, I would suggest some type of holster with good retention capability and take a class on gun retention. I would also recommend not carrying in any position where it is easier for your opponent to draw your gun than it is for you to. Many OC'ers I notice have their gun in a cheap nylon 'gun show special' ($5 Bagmaster nylon clipped to a Walmart belt) that will barely hold the gun in as it is, much less if you were to end up wrestling for it on the floor.

No OC civilian has ever had their gun snatched? I'll not volunteer to be the first.

There is tactical OC and political statement OC. The former almost nobody even notices. The other attracts everybody's attention. A man ought to be able to manage a pistol without the need for a flashing neon sign flashing over him. "Open carry" is often code for, "I'm gonna flex my 2nd amendment rights and screw anybody who doesn't like it".

I prefer concealed because I prefer to remain unnoticed in a crowd.

Perhaps no one has ever been shot first in a robbery because of OC. Again, personally, I'm not volunteering to be the first. If I were a BG, I'd shoot him to make an example.

I doubt there can be any confirmation that someone OC'ing made some robbers go elsewhere unless they get arrested and say so.

I feel that there are places and times where it is not appropriate to open carry. If you are going to do it, OC should be done with common sense. And that is very lacking these days.

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Old August 14, 2010, 09:51 AM   #59
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My copy of the Constitution along with its amendments state that we have the right to bear arms. So why is it so shocking that someone is bearing arms? If it is their right to carry a weapon and thats what the law allows them to do, then why question it. Just go about your business.

There are many reasons why someone might open carry such as to be ready against the danger of large bears such as in Alaska and Colorado. Many folks have been killed by bears. Another reason is to make yourself a hard target against thieves which is important if you are carrying a big deposit to the bank or escorting a jeweler who is carrying a load of diamonds. There are jewelers in most every major city in the nation who oftentimes are carrying a load of diamonds.

So why question someone carrying concealed or open? Why question if the concealed guy is showing it around?

If its legal, then its legal. Mind your own damned business...
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Old August 14, 2010, 10:19 AM   #60
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Open carry

I live in Northern California. It's virtually impossible to get a CCW here. Unloaded open carry is legal but as I see it the only purpose to do that is kind of a protest. Open loaded carry is legal on National Forest and BLM land.
Recently a good friend of mine who moved up to the Sierra foothills a few years ago posted to Facebook that she was out hiking in the hills and saw a man with a "Ginormous Pistol" on his hip. She was so glad that her cell phone had a signal (she didn't call anyone though). She took her dog and went home.
Many of her other friends expressed concern over her safety. A few of the long time residences told her that many of them pack, usually more discretely.
Some of us pointed out that the gentleman was not breaking the law and there was little need of fear.
My point is, open carry seams to frighten some people, concealed carry in the woods here is not legal but people don't freak out. I generally carry "discretely"

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Old August 14, 2010, 11:59 AM   #61
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To the OP,

"Brandish" means to display in a menacing and intimidating manner. To just show someone your firearm without intent to scare or intimidate it is NOT brandishing.
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Old August 14, 2010, 12:37 PM   #62
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ClydeFrog,

In some states, a concealed carry permit allows one to carry concealed in addition to carrying openly. Some states do not specify that the handgun must be concealed. There's a lot of variation from state to state.
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Old August 15, 2010, 01:02 PM   #63
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I would like to add something I thought would tickle you fellas. Our Sheriff for El Paso County (Terry Maketa) is a firearms advocate. He has advertised in the local newspaper telling people to get their CCW permit. He believes more guns, less crime.
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Old August 15, 2010, 10:28 PM   #64
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I doubt there can be any confirmation that someone OC'ing made some robbers go elsewhere unless they get arrested and say so.
If you watch any of the "locked up" type of shows they have on prison systems on the cable networks, you hear a lot of criminals saying that they moved on to an easier mark whenever they saw a gun or even a bulge they couldn't readily identify. I've yet to hear one say "I shot that guy first," though I shouldn't expect to hear that since so many claim to be "innocent" of murder.
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