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Old July 9, 2012, 09:44 AM   #26
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Actually, my first walk was in Oregon at Clackamas Town Center (a mall). Wore a fanny pack and decided it was ridiculous. It has now been in the box of useless gun junk for all these years.

Bought ammo at Wally's the other day. Glock and gear under a floppy old shirt.
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Old July 9, 2012, 11:02 AM   #27
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Fanny Pack

Fanny packs don't work for everybody. Not for me anyway. Thought about a laptop bag, but nahh. Do have a side pack that I carry sometimes, but usually just carry the J-frame or LCP.
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Old July 9, 2012, 12:22 PM   #28
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I always open carry at Walmart as I do most places.
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Old July 9, 2012, 02:19 PM   #29
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I think when I did mine, . . . it was just where I was at the time, . . . didn't really give it any thought.

But Wally World was the first place, . . . thats an el facto.

A couple of days later in an auto parts store in Morehead, Ky, . . . I knew without a doubt that every eye in the place could see my full size 1911 hanging on my side, . . . but if they did, . . . no one said anything

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Old July 11, 2012, 12:13 PM   #30
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I've done the Wally Walk many times, carrying openly. Very few even notice I'm armed. Tom Servo is right! Those fat-wagons are deadly!
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Old July 11, 2012, 01:40 PM   #31
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Years ago before it was easy to get a carry permit I accidentally walked into a doughnut shop with a handgun strapped on. It was snowing hard and I had been out checking traps all morning and simply forgot I had it strapped on. Nobody said a word. I did not realize it until I went to take my coat of later. Maybe if it was just stuck in my belt instead of a holster it would have looked more menacing, I don't know.
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Old July 11, 2012, 06:05 PM   #32
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In the boonies of TX, we were eating a local dive. One friend took out his concealed gun for some reason and put it on the table. No one said a word. He flinched and put it away as we pointed this out to him.

I wouldn't do that eating a poached salmon and grilled Italian vegetables at a table in Whole Foods.
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Old July 11, 2012, 07:40 PM   #33
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I suggest a Whole Foods walk for the more sophisticated.
I actually would suggest a Target instead . That is where more of the preppy crowd go, at least in my area.

With that said, I didn't do the Wally Walk but went to Target instead when I first started carrying a few years back.
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Old July 12, 2012, 04:03 AM   #34
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I have to say, lifetime, I'm 0-for-Target.

And I've only been in Whole Foods once. I was trying to buy beer.
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Old July 12, 2012, 04:50 AM   #35
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I think people were doing Wally walks long before the phrase was coined. At some point every one realized that everyone did it.

Walmart is e every where and probably familiar to most people. I don't think many people would try it out in a business they have never been. Hate Walmart or not, it is the corner stone of many towns now and going to Walmart is necessity now. Odds are very high that the first place needed to go in public is Walmart.

Besides some gun owners, on a fluke, were given a sense of humor and it's funny.
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Old July 12, 2012, 11:01 AM   #36
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Well, I was concealed carrying before there was a Wal Mart (Yeah, I am that old), so I missed out on that one (although I've done it pretty regularly since they showed up).

I'm curious to know; has Wal Mart ever commented (officially or unofficially) on the idea that they are part of a gun-owner's rite of passage?

I did an interweb search, but came up empty.

Anybody out there know?



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Old July 12, 2012, 11:04 AM   #37
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I'm curious to know; has Wal Mart ever commented (officially or unofficially) on the idea that they are part of a gun-owner's rite of passage?

I did an interweb search, but came up empty.
I've never seen/heard the "Wally Walk" referenced outside of gun-specific web forums. Unless it goes more "mainstream", I wouldn't expect WM to say anything about it. And unless the Wally Walk shows up in a movie or TV show, or someone is either killed or saved by someone doing a WW, I don't think the story will spread much.
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Old July 12, 2012, 11:12 AM   #38
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Here is an "official" map of he walk,,,



I have three friends who recently obtained their CWL,,,
The Wal Mart Walk was a required ritual,,,
I went along to take pictures.

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Old July 12, 2012, 11:23 AM   #39
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I just submitted, for approval, a thread on the walmart "private" forums asking if any others are aware of this phenomenon...

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Old July 12, 2012, 12:17 PM   #40
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Oh, this should be good, hogdogs!

aarondhgraham, you made my day with that map - I'd seen it before but couldn't remember the details.
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Old July 12, 2012, 12:26 PM   #41
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Hello Mr. James,,,

Happy to help out a persons day.

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Old July 12, 2012, 01:30 PM   #42
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I think the reason everyone carries in Wal-Mart is it is common knowledge Wal-Mart respects local and state law. I OC exclusively in the summer, only cover when I need to wear a coat because it's cold...never had a word said to me in Wal-Mart, but then this Wal-Mart only opened 8 years ago.

Same goes for Starbucks and OC. It is known that OC is perfectly accepable in a Starbucks, and a lot of people that normally would not go to a place like a Starbucks, patronize it just because they follow state and local law.

It's 40+ miles to the nearest Wal-Mart for us, but it is where some things that are not commonly available in very small towns, are available. Have I OC'd in Wal-Mart...sure, but then I was OCing long before Wal-Mart existed.
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Old July 12, 2012, 03:05 PM   #43
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Gun folks in Starbucks? Horrors - next thing they will go to Whole Foods or wear a Glock to the sushi bar.

In Oregon, an indoor range had a coffee bar but I think it folded. Too bad.

You could get a latte and watch the shooters.
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Old July 12, 2012, 03:54 PM   #44
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Hello Glenn,,,

If you are ever up OK City way,,,
Go to H&H Gun Range.



It's a Heart Attack on a Bun,,,
But they taste great.

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