How do you conceal carry and still have a night out?
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  1. How do you conceal carry and still have a night out?

    Hello, Iím new to concealed carrying, the most Iíve carried is in the center counsel of my Jeep. I want to carry on my person once I find a comfortable holster and good sized pistol. My question is, once I do start carrying, how is it that you find the fine line of being able to carry and still go out with your loved one while knowing you are protected. I like to have a beer with my meals or randomly stop at a bar I think is interesting. I plan on carrying daily and know that the laws are very strict about alcohol usage. Michigan is I think a .02 while carrying and Iím not sure what Washington is where I currently live. How do you still enjoy yourself/ wife while carrying for protection.

    Thanks


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    Depends on your state laws about carry while consuming alcohol. My state (NC) does not allow carry if you are consuming alcohol, though I can carry into a restaurant that serves alcohol, as long as I don't consume alcohol.

    How do I handle it, I leave the gun at home, and we go out and enjoy ourselves, as we are doing shortly as we meet up with about 10 other friends at a local brewery. I know of at least 3 other people in the group that have carry permits, or at least have them secured in their vehicle.

    If the gun is secured in the vehicle, meaning it cannot readily be accessed by a driver or passenger, it is not an issue with alcohol, though the driving may be if you consumed too much. If we are out and either of us are carrying, and stop for an adult beverage, I just lock the guns in the trunk, or locked glove box.

    Mileage under your state's laws may vary.... and life is way too short not to enjoy it.
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  4. I carry a Kimber Custom Pro CDP2 in a Galco leather fletch holster and find it extremely comfortable with a good thick belt for the support , I must say please DO NOT drink while armed and carrying as if ANYTHING goes wrong and god forbid have to use your sidearm they will do a blood test and it may go against you in a court case . Carry responsible and more importantly carry SAFE .

  5. I would say start with any single stack and see which you like to shoot. Get a good holster from vedders and start from there. After that. You will buy and sell many things in order to get what you truly want. Without knowing your body type etc. Some single stacks I would start out with are Glock 43. Smith Wesson shield. Walther pps m2. And there are plenty others to choose from.


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    If I have to decide between carrying while out or having a drink with dinner, I will go with carrying almost everytime.
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    Ron

  7. Quote Originally Posted by RonM0710 View Post
    If I have to decide between carrying while out or having a drink with dinner, I will go with carrying almost everytime.
    My feelings also. I usually have a soft drink if I am out with friends. I carry almost 100% of the time. You should not need alcohol to make you feel happy and have fun.
    I have had wine at dinner with my wife at a restaurant about a 3 minute drive from home, or at a neighbor's house, and still carried. Those are the only exceptions.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by Michael48632 View Post
    I carry a Kimber Custom Pro CDP2 in a Galco leather fletch holster and find it extremely comfortable with a good thick belt for the support , I must say please DO NOT drink while armed and carrying as if ANYTHING goes wrong and god forbid have to use your sidearm they will do a blood test and it may go against you in a court case . Carry responsible and more importantly carry SAFE .
    This.

    Quote Originally Posted by RonM0710 View Post
    If I have to decide between carrying while out or having a drink with dinner, I will go with carrying almost everytime.
    This +1.

    As you get more accustomed to EDC, you will feel "naked" without your choice of EDC weapon. The only place I do not carry is explicitly restricted places, like United States Post Offices, Federal property, and other prohibited places. If I go to a business that has a "no weapons" policy, then I have to decide if want to patronize a place that won't let me protect myself and loved ones. I leave a secure small gun safe in the trunk of the car with a metal shielded cable attached to the frame of the interior of the trunk. But I live in the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts so our laws are much more restrictive than "Free States"

    Now, for me, because I do not drink anymore, I'm always the designated driver and also the designated "weapon" person. I'm no sheppard and no expert with firearms, but if we are out drinking, the ones drinking aren't driving and are definitively not carrying.

    YMMV

    Quote Originally Posted by crenchy17 View Post
    ..........My question is, once I do start carrying, how is it that you find the fine line of being able to carry and still go out with your loved one while knowing you are protected....... [/url]
    OP, I'm not saying this to be a jerk or a DB, I'm really not. I'll say this as if I was talking to my son/daughter or grandchildren if they asked the same question. I would try and get across the fact that you have a God given right to self protection. That you and you alone are responsible for the protection of yourself and loved ones. There is "no Fine Line" between having a drink with loved ones and protecting yourself and them. The number one responsibility of a person, male or female, is the protection of their loved ones. They count on you and expect you to be around for a very long time. You can't be around for the future experiances and memories if you're killed because you did not have your side arm.

    Take the gun ownership and EDC responsibility seriously and you will be rewarded with the piece of mind that comes with it.


    Jay

  9. Quote Originally Posted by a73elkyss View Post
    This.



    This +1.

    As you get more accustomed to EDC, you will feel "naked" without your choice of EDC weapon. The only place I do not carry is explicitly restricted places, like United States Post Offices, Federal property, and other prohibited places. If I go to a business that has a "no weapons" policy, then I have to decide if want to patronize a place that won't let me protect myself and loved ones. I leave a secure small gun safe in the trunk of the car with a metal shielded cable attached to the frame of the interior of the trunk. But I live in the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts so our laws are much more restrictive than "Free States"

    Now, for me, because I do not drink anymore, I'm always the designated driver and also the designated "weapon" person. I'm no sheppard and no expert with firearms, but if we are out drinking, the ones drinking aren't driving and are definitively not carrying.

    YMMV



    OP, I'm not saying this to be a jerk or a DB, I'm really not. I'll say this as if I was talking to my son/daughter or grandchildren if they asked the same question. I would try and get across the fact that you have a God given right to self protection. That you and you alone are responsible for the protection of yourself and loved ones. There is "no Fine Line" between having a drink with loved ones and protecting yourself and them. The number one responsibility of a person, male or female, is the protection of their loved ones. They count on you and expect you to be around for a very long time. You can't be around for the future experiances and memories if you're killed because you did not have your side arm.

    Take the gun ownership and EDC responsibility seriously and you will be rewarded with the piece of mind that comes with it.


    Jay
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    Iíll have one drink and thatís it if Iím out OR no drink at all. If you know youíre going out and thereíll be drinking leave it home (I Never leave it in the vehicle). Iíll get the, ď have another one...Ē. I simply say, ďIím all set I got to drive ď. They donít need to know Iím carrying.

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