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  1. Heck, I had someone ask if I was a federal agent once because I had a cell phone headset in. (Back in the early days of cell phone headsets, it was a "single earpiece on a wire.") I've had a friend get asked "Are you a cop?" while he was open carrying at a fast food joint - he was dressed *NOTHING* like you would expect of a police officer. (Shorts and sandals, aloha shirt, "fishing" cap.)

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    I think you will be disappointed at the reactions you will not receive when you start to open carry. The sound of a plastic holster is very cool, and unique, and very recognizable. Which can be a good thing and a bad thing. I was in your shoes as well when I moved from my home state to my new present state. I had a waiting period for my new permit, open carried during that time...and haven't gone back to CC'ing! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Hurtley View Post
    Heck, I had someone ask if I was a federal agent once because I had a cell phone headset in. (Back in the early days of cell phone headsets, it was a "single earpiece on a wire.") I've had a friend get asked "Are you a cop?" while he was open carrying at a fast food joint - he was dressed *NOTHING* like you would expect of a police officer. (Shorts and sandals, aloha shirt, "fishing" cap.)
    Man...that's totally how I picture an off duty officer dress. Maybe because that's how my uncle dresses hahaha

  5. Quote Originally Posted by Firefighterchen View Post
    I think you will be disappointed at the reactions you will not receive when you start to open carry. The sound of a plastic holster is very cool, and unique, and very recognizable. Which can be a good thing and a bad thing. I was in your shoes as well when I moved from my home state to my new present state. I had a waiting period for my new permit, open carried during that time...and haven't gone back to CC'ing! :-)
    Yeah, those plastic holsters look better as well :)

    I'm sure most people that notice Open carriers are either nervous to talk to them or are frightened at the sight of the gun. What is your take on this matter?

    Even when I get my CCW permit, I think I'll continue to OC as a normal routine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Hurtley View Post
    What, are you kidding?

    To Joe Average, a Kel-Tec is a "Glock".

    To Joe Average, there are only four guns:
    1. Hunting Rifle (Anything without a pistol grip or removable magazine. Some may call them all "Twenty-two", some may call them all "shotgun".)
    2. Ay Kay 47 (Anything with a pistol grip and/or removable magazine, they're all fully automatic to them.)
    3. Glock (Any semi-automatic pistol.)
    4. Forty Four Magnum (Possibly "Smith and Wesson", aka: revolver.)

    Joe-Watches-Slightly-More-Movies Average *MIGHT* add "Uzi" or "Mack ten" to that list. (Older will call 'em Uzi, younger will call 'em Mack ten. Any pistol with a removable magazine that goes in front of the trigger, again, they're all fully automatic to them.)

    Show them something different (PS-90, Calico,) and they'll probably think it's a "Sci-Fi ray-gun toy".
    It's comments like that one that make me glad you are on the forum Ed. Dead on the money with that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lavaman:244003
    Quote Originally Posted by Firefighterchen View Post
    I think you will be disappointed at the reactions you will not receive when you start to open carry. The sound of a plastic holster is very cool, and unique, and very recognizable. Which can be a good thing and a bad thing. I was in your shoes as well when I moved from my home state to my new present state. I had a waiting period for my new permit, open carried during that time...and haven't gone back to CC'ing! :-)
    Yeah, those plastic holsters look better as well :)

    I'm sure most people that notice Open carriers are either nervous to talk to them or are frightened at the sight of the gun. What is your take on this matter?

    Even when I get my CCW permit, I think I'll continue to OC as a normal routine.
    Well I think the look is a personal matter. I like both leather and plastic holsters when it comes to looks.

    I have only seen a three people notice my gun (im sure there were others that I did not see notice)...but of those that I noticed only 1 looked suprised I was carrying, not scared. The others didn't give it a second look, they simply acknowledged it and kept going on their way. I have had a six people start up a conversation about the local ranges around here, and the local laws concerning gun ownership. They have always been a positive encounter. The Open Carriers around the tri cities get together frequently to clean up the local public ranges. I think you wlll enjoy the open carry lifestyle the more you do it. Now that it is winter, and getting pretty cold outside, I wear a coat and it conceals my handgun until I get into a warmer area.

  8. So you're saying open carrying a firearm is a lifestyle change? How so?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lavaman:244250
    So you're saying open carrying a firearm is a lifestyle change? How so?
    The freedom. It's so relaxing and comfortable. Not worrying if you are printing, or showing the item you wish to keep from anyone knowing about. I stopped checking the mirror before leaving to make sure nothing was out of place. My clothing fits nicely now, I tend to dress nicer than the average person in my area. All the positive education I have been able to give was something I never experienced as a conceal carrier. I used to be worried about what to say if I was caught concealing, luckily it never happened, it was just an added stressor. Open carrying forced me to really know my local laws and responses, and I feel much more comfortable carrying in general. My awareness and politeness have not changed, but that hasn't changed much since even before I carried in the first place. My lifestyle has changed for the better, in all aspects, that is why I decided to stick with it and not go back to CC'ing exclusively.

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    In most.states that allow open carry you still need a concealed carry permit to carry a gun that is not openly visable. To accomplish this while wearing buisness attire you would have to wear a suit jacket. To remain in the realm of open carry you would have your gun visible. Do you wear it as a belt buckle and leave you coat open? Are you wearing a shoulder rig on TOP of your coat? How does that work? I carry concealed and if somebody asks me if im a cop then I am doing wrong.

  11. Quote Originally Posted by agrippakc View Post
    In most.states that allow open carry you still need a concealed carry permit to carry a gun that is not openly visable. To accomplish this while wearing buisness attire you would have to wear a suit jacket. To remain in the realm of open carry you would have your gun visible. Do you wear it as a belt buckle and leave you coat open? Are you wearing a shoulder rig on TOP of your coat? How does that work? I carry concealed and if somebody asks me if im a cop then I am doing wrong.
    I appreciate the response. Please provide cites and detailed information proving most Open Carry states require a permit. The ambiguous response is puzzling.

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