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Re: Do you ever open carry?

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Post by Soccerdad1995 » Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:44 pm

I OC when I leave my office for lunch, or if I need to exit the vehicle while going to or from my house. Reason being that I usually wear a tucked in dress shirt at work. Today I am wearing a sweater, so I'll CC when I pump gas on the drive home, I guess. On the weekends, I'm usually wearing a T-shirt, so CC is the norm. Note that the bottom of my holster is usually visible when I "CC".

Add me to the list of those who have had no issues. Most people don't seem to notice, and those who do usually ask what gun I'm carrying or ask where I got my holster.

I did choose to go into a 30.06 / 30.07 posted location once back before the VESP exception was passed (there were some extenuating circumstances). I made sure to OC my empty holster in that store.
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Re: Do you ever open carry?

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Post by The Annoyed Man » Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:37 pm

When Open Carry first went into effect, I had lost a lot of weight, and I would occasionally wear my shirt tucked in while open-carrying. About half the time, I OC’d, and about half the time not. Whether or not I did depended in some part on where I was going and why. For instance, my church is posted 30.07, so I don’t OC there.

But about a year and a half ago, I suffered an injury which really set back my activity level, and my weight went up. Purely out of vanity, I wear my shirts untucked, which necessarily means that my firearm is concealed.

For me, open carry is largely a matter of convenience rather than a preference of one way of carrying over another. It’s good to know that I am not at risk if I expose my gun while removing a jacket, or if it just gets too hot and I remove my cover garment....whatever. Also, OC makes sense to me while hunting ... but I haven’t had that opportunity in a while.

But I’m back on the weight loss train now - having dropped 15 lbs in the past 6 weeks. When I’m down enough that I don’t look like a fat slob with my shirts tucked in, maybe I’ll OC more then.
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Re: Do you ever open carry?

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Post by CoffeeNut » Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:43 pm

I do occasionally and it's almost always when I decide to carry my 1911 since I've found no good way to conceal it comfortably. I still don't OC in San Antonio as there is a much higher likelihood of me running into someone that is vehemently against guns that has the time to ruin my day.

The few times a year I OC no one really notices and no one cares which is more than fine with me.
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Re: Do you ever open carry?

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Post by KLB » Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:49 pm

CoffeeNut wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:43 pm
I still don't OC in San Antonio as there is a much higher likelihood of me running into someone that is vehemently against guns that has the time to ruin my day.
Interesting point. I live in San Antonio, and I've never open carried, though I concealed carry most of the time. I've seen someone open carry only once, and that was at a GOP precinct chair meeting.


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Re: Do you ever open carry?

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Post by CoffeeNut » Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:45 pm

KLB wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:49 pm
CoffeeNut wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:43 pm
I still don't OC in San Antonio as there is a much higher likelihood of me running into someone that is vehemently against guns that has the time to ruin my day.
Interesting point. I live in San Antonio, and I've never open carried, though I concealed carry most of the time. I've seen someone open carry only once, and that was at a GOP precinct chair meeting.
I've seen a couple OC in San Antonio; including one that was leaving an un-posted Whataburger, and they weren't being harassed but it's just a little outside my comfort zone. 2 million people in a city that likes to vote Democrat means I'm much more likely to run into an anti-gun person there than Comfort or Bandera.

I'd OC at the Alamo and that's about it.
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Re: Do you ever open carry?

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Post by twomillenium » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:20 pm

Jusme wrote:
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I OC the majority of time. I CC when at church,or if I have to enter a 30.07 posted location. In the winter, my jacket covers my gun so I guess that would be CC, but once inside I remove my coat. I have had several people thank me for carrying, one clerk at a Home Depot said it made her feel safer knowing people carried in her store. I would say 90-95% of the people never notice. But I don't wear clothes, that draw a lot of attention. To each their own, to me it's more important, that you carry, rather than the method. JMHO
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Re: Do you ever open carry?

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Post by surprise_i'm_armed » Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:39 pm

On my work days, where I'm not supposed to carry, I CC 2 handguns and the boss has never "made" me. Haha.
I CC when at church, which is the day I carry 3 handguns on me, since the sport/suit jacket gives concealment to the hip holster, and the jacket inside breast pocket is where my LCR rides. Only about 3 church friends know that I'm strapped, and that's the number I'd like to keep it at.

When I have a day off, though, I OC everywhere. Most people don't even notice, I've had a few positive comments, and a few comical reactions.

I also openly carry a Smith and Wesson HRT (Hostage Rescue Team) fixed blade dagger on my left hip.
The other day a customer surprised me by asking, out of the blue, "Is that a Smith and Wesson?".

I said yes, it's an HRT. He told me that he carried the same knife when he was overseas. I thought it was awesome that he nailed the brand right off, and he used the same knife when he was in much more danger than my stateside self.

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Re: Do you ever open carry?

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Post by DynamicDan » Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:42 pm

I'm cool with both

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Re: Do you ever open carry?

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Post by Liberty » Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:14 am

I have one holster that is suitable for Open Carry. It takes a big old Beretta P92 I don't pack it much. My EDC is My little Beretta PX4 SC. I carry it IWB wrapped in a inexpensive DeSantis nylon Taco. I've been carrying the same package long before open carry became law. It works and I've seen no reason to change. Some day I might buy another holster, but I'm not looking that hard.
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Re: Do you ever open carry?

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Post by Beiruty » Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:49 am

Sorry, I cannot conceal a 2011 with 6" slide.
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Re: Do you ever open carry?

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Post by gamboolman » Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:45 pm

PBR wrote:
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I still conceal but just makes it so nice no worry of if it gets shown or seen. I'm a big guy and that was always a worry or hassle to deal with.
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Re: Do you ever open carry?

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Post by JustSomeOldGuy » Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:48 pm

Beiruty wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:49 am
Sorry, I cannot conceal a 2011 with 6" slide.
2011's are sexy, sexy guns. Why would you WANT to?! :evil2:
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Re: Do you ever open carry?

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Post by LucasMcCain » Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:16 am

longtooth wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:45 pm
You will get several that say they conceal so they have a tactical advantage of surprise. :banghead:
Surprise has never been considered a defensive strategy. If you have to SURPRISE someone they already have you covered w/ a deadly weapon. :fire
Surprise is offensive. Surprise the enemy in ambush. Surprise them with first assault. Surprise is offensive.
Open Carry is a deterrent to any crime of opportunity.
I am a retired Instructor. Before Open Carry I taught and still do that any evident means of self defense is a deterrent to crime. I never had any LEO to disagree with that. Why anyone wants to hide their evident means of personal defense so after a gun or knife is pointed at you and ordered to "gimme your keys and wallet" then you can SURPRISE them with your gun and shoot them is beyond my reasoning. :banghead: :banghead:
You will still get those who wills say All of the above may be true but they still want the element of surprise for defense. Again beyond my reasoning. Just say I am not really comfortable w/ OC.
Had my say one more time I wont argue it w/ anyone.
This fine gentleman saved me a bunch of typing by expressing, more eloquently than I would probably manage, my feelings on the subject.

I've been open carrying the majority of the time since about spring of 2016. I've had a lot of good interactions and conversations, and nothing particularly negative. It has acted as a deterrent to criminals a couple times that I know of. I am comfortable carrying openly most of the time, and I view it as an opportunity to be a good ambassador for gun rights in a largely liberal area. It is the only way that we are going to normalize the carrying of guns and change public perception of those that carry. Being friendly and polite while carrying concealed just can't accomplish that. Still, some people are not comfortable carrying openly, and that's okay.

Another fellow on these boards often says something quite wise which I have committed to memory and have said many times in person:
oljames3 wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:50 pm
We must each do our own risk analysis. Hardly anyone knows my limitations and capabilities. What works for others may or may not work for me. As with most things in life, it comes down to which risks we are willing to manage and which benefits matter most to us.
I think that sums up in the best way possible the decision of how to carry, or even whether to carry. It's a personal choice. I can't choose for you, and you can't choose for me. We can share our personal perspectives, but we all must decide for ourselves.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Do you ever open carry?

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Post by longtooth » Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:02 pm

Thank you LucasMcCain. I :tiphat: to you.
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Post by Russell » Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:27 pm

OC is my default mode as it's more comfortable. It has also acted as a deterrent to scoundrels several times. For some reason panhandlers and scammers don't want to talk to me anymore.... :roll:

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