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Old August 23, 2011, 09:02 AM   #51
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CC doesn't bother me, and doesn't get much thought. I open carried for a lot of years before CCW became popular and acceptable again (maybe longer'n some of you have been alive), so CCW is just another way to carry.

I still carry openly at times, and concealed at other times. Either way, it doesn't bother me at all.

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Old August 23, 2011, 04:43 PM   #52
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Until I got a good belt, felt like me pants were coming off
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Old August 23, 2011, 05:28 PM   #53
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I haven't figured out a good CC method yet. I have no butt, and have a hard time holding my pants up these days even without the weight of my preferred handgun, A Colt Detective Special. I've had to resort to suspenders to hold my pants up. Years of taking prednisone has caused all of my leg muscles to atrophy to a ridiculous degree. It's getting frustrating.
I'm also a little paranoid. A full carry permit in WNY is still a pretty rare thing, and I'm sure if I ever printed, somebody would be phoning it in, probably in a matter of seconds.
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Old August 23, 2011, 07:56 PM   #54
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I agree with all when they simply state that you get used to it and quick.

But the one comment about feeling very uncomfortable "absent" a piece is a better feeling as it means you have necessarily become fully accustomed to its seemingly mandatory presence in my view.
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Old August 23, 2011, 08:03 PM   #55
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I feel more at ease than I do without the SIG. I am confident I would be able to defend myself under most circumstances.

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Old August 23, 2011, 08:54 PM   #56
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My answer is "safe"
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Old August 23, 2011, 08:58 PM   #57
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Safe, Comfortable, Ready and Able. It feels awesome to have my piece on me . My 3913NL is awesome and with 25 rounds I feel pretty prepared for what comes my way.
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Old August 23, 2011, 09:04 PM   #58
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It's like biting into a York Peppermint Patty. I'm standing on top of a tall mountain, the crisp wind blowing through my hair, wearing frilly silk panties, and holding a stick of dynamite.

So, um...pretty much normal.
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Old August 23, 2011, 09:37 PM   #59
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I feel quietly responsible. I don't know any other way to describe it.
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Old August 24, 2011, 03:29 AM   #60
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I'm standing on top of a tall mountain, the crisp wind blowing through my hair, wearing frilly silk panties, and holding a stick of dynamite.

So, um...pretty much normal.
Was that Peppermint Patty sealed in its' original wrapper?

To the OP:
Awake.
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Old August 24, 2011, 04:42 PM   #61
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"It's actually normal to feel that way at first. It quickly passes however. The more you carry, the more you'll see that no even will give you a second look."


Agree; remember we really live in a Condition White world here in the US. All those folks out there have no clue what's going on around them and aren't focused on you. You are aware you're carrying, but nobody else is. I just started carrying a few weeks ago, and already there are times I almost forget I'm carrying! Make it a natural state for you. Just remember, Concealed means Concealed if that's what you're supposed to be doing. Nobody knows and most people are totally unaware and in Condition White.
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Old August 25, 2011, 03:30 PM   #62
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When a guy got in my face, I kinda wished I hadent brought the thing, then I coulda opened up a can O whoop azz on him. With it, I had to back down and l let him go with his arms and legs intact

Other time the drunk neighbor whos dog had my cat cornered for like 3 hours, I wish i didnt have it then same reason, I would hate to have it fall out and the guy take it and shoot me with it...... so I usually just keep it in the truck.
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Old August 25, 2011, 04:29 PM   #63
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On very rare occasions, I feel stressed out,,,

But one must first define stress.

"Definition of Stress"

The confusion created when one's mind must override the body's desire to choke the living crap out of someone who truly deserves it.

This sounds like a frivolous post but it's really not.

Just a few months ago I was in the WalMart parking lot,,,
Some young punk was barking (like a dog) at a proverbial "little old lady".

I really wanted to walk over and slap the punk senseless,,,
But I was carrying my handgun so I felt it wasn't wise.

Instead I walked over and offered to help her load her groceries into her car.

I gave the punk (high school senior or university freshman),,,
My most fierce eat feces and die look,,,
He got the message and left.

I know I did the right, correct, & smart thing,,,
But it was definitely very "stressful",,,
I wanted very much to slap him,,,
He truly deserved it.

The purpose of this post is not to tell a cool story,,,
But to relate a necessary shift in mindset when carrying a gun.

One can not succumb to the urge to be a street avenger,,,
There lies madness, as well as prison time.

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Old August 25, 2011, 05:24 PM   #64
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When I started carrying, I felt the same way. Now, on the rare occasion that I'm not carrying, that's when I feel like everybody is watching me.
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Old August 25, 2011, 05:37 PM   #65
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How do I feel when Carrying?

More comfortable, as my pants fit me right with my gun IWB.

When I have to go into a GFZ (kid's school, Post Office, Courthouse), I get a case of droopy drawers.....
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Old August 25, 2011, 08:23 PM   #66
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Was that Peppermint Patty sealed in its' original wrapper?
Yep, I keep it next to my tactical Mars bar. I figure there's a good chance that an adversary may have an allergy to chocolate or nuts, thus making it a good fallback. Nougat can be a powerful ally.
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Old August 25, 2011, 10:56 PM   #67
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my tactical Mars bar
Mars being the god of war and all...

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Nougat can be a powerful ally
Would that be "Uncle Ted"?
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Old August 26, 2011, 01:02 AM   #68
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This sounds like a frivolous post but it's really not.
Even without the gun you couldn't go up and slap the kid. It would still be assault since he had not done anything to physically endanger another person. You would still be looking at an arrest record and possibly a criminal record.

You are not allowed to be a street avenger at any time.
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Old August 26, 2011, 01:23 AM   #69
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@aarondhgraham
--But one must first define stress.

"Definition of Stress"

The confusion created when one's mind must override the body's desire to choke the living crap out of someone who truly deserves it.

LMAO Honestly I am with you brother and sometimes its hard to restrain yourself. Especially when you know they deserve it. I have that problem mostly on the road because no one can drive anymore.

--Back to the topic though, carrying is as natural as breathing air. I love the feel of steel in a good IWB holster on my belt .
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Old August 26, 2011, 01:23 AM   #70
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I'm new to CC but I got to say I was nervous and felt like everyone knew I was carrying. I actually went to the vehicle and took it off.
Normal.

You have been conditioned for YEARS by society to view carrying a firearm as out of the ordinary. It will take some time to counter-condition yourself, but rest assured, it will seem as normal as carrying a wallet soon enough.
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Old August 26, 2011, 09:03 AM   #71
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Everyone worrys about printing. With cel phones, I-Pods, etc everyone is printing.
+1

You bet, with all the modern day electronic gizmos that people are carrying everybody’s printing. Also, no one notices because everybody’s caught-up in their own lives, wear your pistol and forget about what total strangers are thinking, because they’re think about work, kids, do I need milk etc…
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Old August 26, 2011, 01:20 PM   #72
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When I'm carrying I feel like I'm 6'3" 200 lbs and mean as a rattlesnake. Oh crap, I am 6'3" weigh 200 lbs and I'm meaner than a rattlesnake. So never mind!
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Old August 26, 2011, 02:14 PM   #73
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The first time you carry concealed is a lot like the first time you ever got out on a dance floor. You think everyone is staring at you, and seeing all the mistakes you make, when in reality they couldn't care less.

After a while, you get used to it.

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Old August 26, 2011, 02:30 PM   #74
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Since I've been carring concealed for about 16 years.
I wear very baggy clothing. And one size larger than normal.

My pancake style belt holster is my choice, it formed to my body.

Works for me. So use to it, I feel naked with out it in public.
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Old August 26, 2011, 02:35 PM   #75
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The only thing I worry about is if I'm printing or not. Sometimes I'm wearing nice clothes and have my shirt tucked in. If I'm in casual clothes, I make sure my shirt isn't caught on my gun when I get up from sitting down.
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