First time carry


krmgator

New member
I've had my CC permit for just a few months and haven't found the right one to carry yet. I keep one in the car when I travel. So this evening I went running around and stuck a little New England Firearms 22LR revolver in my pocket; just to get the "feel".

Talk about being self-concious. How can you be doing something so legal, but feel like you're doing wrong at the same time?

Any one else have first time carry stories?
 

Cooter

Liberty or Death
I think everyone gets nervous at first. It will become natural after a little while. Just remember it's your God given right to protect yourself and family. Don't let the anti's force guilt on you, when you are totally in the right.
 
I Keeping have nightmare's of carring for the first time and being shot dead by the police. Or being pulled over with it on my hip and the cop shoots me dead. How do you feel about carrying when in a car? I feel i would feel safer with it locked up in the back? So the cops don't shoot me? I have had my permit for months and have not carried yet lol.
 

krmgator

New member
I my car, no worries. Usually in a holster under the seat or under a jacket in the front seat--loaded of course.

I figure the self concious thing will end after a while. I own two other revolvers right now: S&W 44 mag 4" which is my "vacation" gun; and now an old Colt US Army Special 38 that is going to be my everday carry gun.

Pushing the wife that I need a .357 Snubby.
 

HK4U

New member
When I first carried I felt like everyone could tell I had a gun on. After a while you get used to it. Now days I would feel almost naked without a gun or two.
 

2beararms

New member
Everyone goes through it. I well remember that first time out, I went to the grocery and I just knew EVERYONE was staring and saying... he's got a gun (and it was my .380 IN MY POCKET). I kept waiting for the law to arrive and question me (or shoot me dead in S&W's paranoia) after someone called it in. Of course it never happened, no one ever notices, and unless you are carrying a big gun badly, no one ever will.

Now my biggest problem is forgetting I am carrying especially going into airports. I have gotten part of the way to the terminal to pick someone up twice, when I realized I better go back and put the gun in the car (guns are not allowed anywhere in the terminal in Florida, except packed to fly).

You will get over it fast, so don't worry about it.
 

EdwardS

New member
I'm still new as well having started carrying only this February gone by. The first time I went out was to CostCo and Wal-Mart. I felt as though a huge stamp was on my forehead saying "WEAPON". I must have caught myself walking at double my normal pace a dozen or more times; having to tell myself to slow down each instance. Even though I kept my eyes scanning everyone (condition yellow, ha try paranoia fueled condition orange) no one seemed to notice my nervous state. None of that did anything to ease the discomfort radiating off my right hip where my weapon; which I swear had magically gained 10 pounds since leaving home, was hanging and causing my whole body to lean to the right like a sinking ship. Of course it was all in my head but you couldn't have told me different at the time. The second trip I made was with my daughter and I kept asking her if the weapon was printing and other nagging questions. She finally got tired and said "Look dad give me the darn weapon to carry if you have to but stop asking me over and over. You're driving me nuts!" Since then I have felt more confident and have settled into condition yellow when out and about.
 
Although I didn't feel like I was doing anything wrong I did have the feeling that everyone knew I was carrying. These feelings pass very quickly and it becomes second nature.
 

benzuncle

New member
krm, if you lived in Central Florida and wanted to feel more comfortable about carrying all you have to do is go into a pharmacy. There's been 27, or is that 29 pharmacy robberies so far this year. 2 BG's have been shot dead. I feel totally uncomfortable NOT carrying in a pharmacy anymore.

It is common to feel like everyone is "making you". You feel like you are walking around with your pants unzipped; it'll pass. But you will be more conscious of what you wear once you begin carrying. I bought 4 more pair of cargo shorts at K-Mart yesterday because the pockets have large openings and I can easily slide my Taurus PT-145 in a Nemesis pocket holster in and out of them easily. I tried them on in the dressing room before making my purchase, making sure the gun/holster fit and observing how I looked in the mirror. As for being made, I have a good friend that works at COSTCO. He asks me each time he sees me there if I'm carrying. That's becasue he can't tell. If someone knows you are carrying and can't see it, that's a good sign.
 

chroode

New member
Why don't you guys read the open carry posts. When you open carry nobody notices or cares. SO STOP WORRYING. :fie: You'll get use to it.
 
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wolfhunter

Guest
Why don't you guys read the open carry posts. When you open carry nobody notices or cares. SO STOP WORRYING. :fie: You'll get use to it.

OC in AZ or NV may not be noticed, but OC in FL is a good way to keep several LEOs busy, and you won't have to worry about how to legally carry anymore.
 

gjonesmech

New member
I got my permit last week. I put my Sig P232 in one pocket (full mag + 1 in chamber) and the spare mag in the other. After the first few minutes the first time, you forget about it as you carry on with daily life. all I need to do now is get a pocket holster as this best suits me. Just do it and it will be as natural as underwear.
 

EdwardS

New member
Why don't you guys read the open carry posts. When you open carry nobody notices or cares. SO STOP WORRYING. :fie: You'll get use to it.

:laugh: Thanks for the advice but I'll kindly pass. First off I would rather not be antagonized and risk being arrested by Tacoma's finest. Second I would rather not give up the element of surprise.
 

chroode

New member
:laugh: Thanks for the advice but I'll kindly pass. First off I would rather not be antagonized and risk being arrested by Tacoma's finest. Second I would rather not give up the element of surprise.

What i meant was that the original, and some of the other posters, were so worried about carrying concealed that they were losing sleep over being "discovered". The chances of them being detected are low and even if they are "made" that nobody would even say anything (as evidenced by people who legally open carry).
 

putmanphoto

S&W - M&P 40
What i meant was that the original, and some of the other posters, were so worried about carrying concealed that they were losing sleep over being "discovered". The chances of them being detected are low and even if they are "made" that nobody would even say anything (as evidenced by people who legally open carry).

Agreed, I am in TN we can OC or CC. I chose to partial CC - because I do not want to draw attention, and it is no ones business that I carry - I wear mine with an OWB belt holster.. my daily carry is a SW M&P40 - not easy to conceal, but I wear a long shirt - or jacket - I do not worry if my jacket falls open and reveals, it is a natural and normal "accessory" for me now. I get up in the morning, put on my rings, ear rings, watch other jewelry items, and my GUN... I do not leave home without it.... As you begin to "wear" it more often, it will become 2nd nature - and you will not worry about it...
don't sweat the small stuff
 

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