Wearing a visible, empty belt holster

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Wearing a visible, empty belt holster

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Post by Unocat » Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:26 pm

I have open carried three days since 1 January and enjoyed the freedom of it - freedom in terms of rights and liberties and also just being free of hiding. It hasn't all been great, like standing in a long line to by a power ball ticket and constantly having to think about who was behind me and what were they doing... it kind of opens your eyes to what LEO must think about.

However, I have some nice OWB crossbreed holsters and a 5.11 leather belt and on one of these occasions I just didn't feel like taking everything off upon seeing the 30.07 sign. So I left the pistol in the car and left my holster on my belt since my other errands would allow OC. A couple of people took a look but nothing was said so they must have figured it out.

I guess I could still be asked to leave, no different than if I were wearing a red thong underwear on my head.
I realize that if someone can figure out which car is mine, they could go after my lonely pistol.

Has anyone else left their empty holster on?
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Post by casp625 » Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:36 pm

Do you always walk around shirtless :smilelol5:


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Post by parabelum » Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:50 pm

What if you have your nice OWB and you must go somewhere where they allow CC only, but you are already OC'ing....
Suppose you take your weapon out of the OWB (no OC), and walk in with an IWB backup...

I'm on the fence if that would be good distraction tactic that could definitely give you an element of surprise advantage potentially , or it could be a nonsense idea.

Hmm. ;-)
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Post by The Annoyed Man » Fri Jan 15, 2016 6:04 pm

I wear OWB holsters exclusively. My personal reaction would be to either untuck my shirt cover up the gun if there is a 30.07 sign, or give my dollars to another business that posts both 30.06 and 30.07 signs. They don't deserve my dollars, plain and simple. If you don't have a concealed backup gun hidden on your person, then your exposed empty holster serves two purposes only: 1) notify any bad guys that you are disarmed; and 2) notify any thieves that there is probably a gun stored in your car, while you're inside and can't see it.
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Post by Soccerdad1995 » Fri Jan 15, 2016 6:08 pm

I did this yesterday. Had to pick my son up from school in between errands.

I parked off school property and walked into the school with my exposed, but empty OWB holster. Didn't feel like untucking my shirt. Got a couple looks, but no comments.
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Post by The Wall » Fri Jan 15, 2016 6:20 pm

Make sure you lock it up in your vehicle. I have a small handgun safe bolted to the floor in my truck. Maybe you should carry a large handkerchief that you can whip out and cover it up when 30.07 are posted. :lol:


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Post by Unocat » Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:40 pm

casp625 wrote:Do you always walk around shirtless :smilelol5:
Only when I am showing off my guns... Get it? guns!
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Post by Unocat » Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:44 pm

parabelum wrote:What if you have your nice OWB and you must go somewhere where they allow CC only, but you are already OC'ing....
Suppose you take your weapon out of the OWB (no OC), and walk in with an IWB backup...

I'm on the fence if that would be good distraction tactic that could definitely give you an element of surprise advantage potentially , or it could be a nonsense idea.

Hmm. ;-)
Funny you mention that. I had a 5.11 carry shirt on with an LCP in it one day while OCing to show the shirt and carry method to a friend. He thought it was neat that I was OC and CC at the same time. I hadn't thought of it until he said it.
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Re: Wearing a visible, empty belt holster

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Post by Unocat » Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:45 pm

The Wall wrote:Make sure you lock it up in your vehicle. I have a small handgun safe bolted to the floor in my truck. Maybe you should carry a large handkerchief that you can whip out and cover it up when 30.07 are posted. :lol:
I was the one who did exactly that at HEB with a black shower cap... There is a pic somewhere on the forum of it.
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Post by oljames3 » Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:54 pm

The Annoyed Man wrote:I wear OWB holsters exclusively. My personal reaction would be to either untuck my shirt cover up the gun if there is a 30.07 sign, or give my dollars to another business that posts both 30.06 and 30.07 signs. They don't deserve my dollars, plain and simple. If you don't have a concealed backup gun hidden on your person, then your exposed empty holster serves two purposes only: 1) notify any bad guys that you are disarmed; and 2) notify any thieves that there is probably a gun stored in your car, while you're inside and can't see it.
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Post by The Annoyed Man » Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:00 pm

oljames3 wrote:
The Annoyed Man wrote:I wear OWB holsters exclusively. My personal reaction would be to either untuck my shirt cover up the gun if there is a 30.07 sign, or give my dollars to another business that posts both 30.06 and 30.07 signs. They don't deserve my dollars, plain and simple. If you don't have a concealed backup gun hidden on your person, then your exposed empty holster serves two purposes only: 1) notify any bad guys that you are disarmed; and 2) notify any thieves that there is probably a gun stored in your car, while you're inside and can't see it.
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I just realized, what I wrote came out wrong. :lol:

The second sentence should have read:
The Annoyed Man wrote:My personal reaction would be to either untuck my shirt cover up the gun if there is a 30.07 sign, or, if there are both 30.06 and 30.07 signs, give my dollars to another business that posts no signs.
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Re: Wearing a visible, empty belt holster

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Post by n5wd » Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:26 pm

Soccerdad1995 wrote:I did this yesterday. Had to pick my son up from school in between errands.

I parked off school property and walked into the school with my exposed, but empty OWB holster. Didn't feel like untucking my shirt. Got a couple looks, but no comments.

Why? Open carrying in your vehicle is perfectly legal in the parking lot or driveway. You only have a problem if you have to enter the school building to retrieve the offspring!
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Re: Wearing a visible, empty belt holster

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Post by Rvrrat14 » Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:10 am

The Annoyed Man wrote:
oljames3 wrote:
The Annoyed Man wrote:I wear OWB holsters exclusively. My personal reaction would be to either untuck my shirt cover up the gun if there is a 30.07 sign, or give my dollars to another business that posts both 30.06 and 30.07 signs. They don't deserve my dollars, plain and simple. If you don't have a concealed backup gun hidden on your person, then your exposed empty holster serves two purposes only: 1) notify any bad guys that you are disarmed; and 2) notify any thieves that there is probably a gun stored in your car, while you're inside and can't see it.
:iagree:
I just realized, what I wrote came out wrong. :lol:

The second sentence should have read:
The Annoyed Man wrote:My personal reaction would be to either untuck my shirt cover up the gun if there is a 30.07 sign, or, if there are both 30.06 and 30.07 signs, give my dollars to another business that posts no signs.
Whew! There was a tremor in the force! :thumbs2:

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Re: Wearing a visible, empty belt holster

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Post by Distinguished Rick » Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:33 am

I don't walk around with an empty holster. I have walked around with an empty wallet though thanks to the wife. :nono:
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Re: Wearing a visible, empty belt holster

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Post by TxRVer » Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:34 am

This time of year you could put on a trench coat when you get to the door. That shouldn't bother anyone. :mrgreen:
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