First carry experience

Discussion in 'Off-topic' started by Corbomite, Aug 11, 2007.

  1. Corbomite

    Corbomite New Member

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    I got my GFL this week and the next morning was my first CC experience. Nothing fancy, just stopped by Publix (Summit Point in Fayetteville) when they first opened so there weren't many people there. Nobody tackled me but I did seem to notice more employees intersecting my path. First employee that I passed looked to be management and I gave him the smile, good morning, etc. I noticed him look at my shirt (I print big time) and after that is when I noticed more employees around. They were all friendly though and I didn't feel uncomfortable at all.

    Now I have a question. I'm not a big guy, about 5'9'' 175lbs, and am typically dressed in jeans/t-shirts. I wouldn't mind trying open carry but I can not stand to have a t-shirt tucked in. In my mind if I try to open carry with my shirt un-tucked it's going to look like I'm just out for attention by letting my shirt tail sit behind the gun and the other side just hang down. Do you all get the same impression about this type of dress for OC?

    I carry a G23 in a Comp-tac OWB paddle FWIW.
     
  2. gsusnake

    gsusnake Token Liberal Hippie

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    Shirt tucked behind gun is how I always OC.

    And the Publix employees weren't tailing you, they were just being Publix employees. They're supposed to be super-friendly and offer help at every opportunity... I know because I sat through mandatory employee and manager training. They brainwash you into doing that crap.
     

  3. ptsmith24

    ptsmith24 New Member

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    G23 in a comp-tac paddle OWB? Whadda ya know, me too. That's why you were printing. Using OWB with a shirt over it, is how I'm reading it. Am I correct? Also, try one of comp-tac's IWB holsters. I recommend the Infidel. People can hardly tell it's there. :)
     
  4. foshizzle

    foshizzle New Member

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    Yeah, you'll get over that self-consciousness soon enough. I'm about to hit my one year mark carrying, (in Georgia, at least) and nobody has ever said anything to me about my pistol. I've stopped at wal-mart dozens of times on my way back from the gym with a S&W 642 clipped into my workout pants pocket for the whole world to see and nary a whisper.

    I think the general consensus is that people don't even pay attention enough to notice. With all the cellphones, blackberrys and crap people carry, unless you're wearing a sixgun, a good portion of people will subconsiously ignore it. If you're walking with purpose, look presentable and otherwise look law-abiding they'll probably think you're a cop or that is just what the law is.

    Congrats on getting your GFL btw.
     
  5. GAGunOwner

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  6. Corbomite

    Corbomite New Member

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    So you let a t-shirt tuck behind the gun with the other side un-tucked?

    I've been going to this Publix for a while and they are always friendly. This time seemed different though because it seemed like they just happened to walk by me a lot more than they normally do. Kind of like they were told "Hey, go check this guy out." Again, nothing uncomfortable about anything though.

    pt,

    I thought about going IWB but have read you have to up your pants size a little and I didn't want to have to buy new pants, I'm poor lol.

    Thanks for the comments. Off to Lowes tomorrow...might OC...
     
  7. ptsmith24

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    I've read that too, but I never changed pants sizes. Mine are fine either way. If I'm carrying IWB, I have to loosen up my belt, but that's it. OC is definitely more comfortable though, especially when it's warmer.
     
  8. Dan4010

    Dan4010 New Member

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    Corbomite

    Congratulations on your first carry, but do not be so paranoid. Just go about your business and enjoy yourself. You may be atttacting attention to yourself by acting abnormal. I cc all the time, and on occasions my weapon becomes visible. Especailly when wearing a t-shirt. But I do not let it bother me since I am not doing anything wrong. Keep cc and just be yourself :)
     
  9. Corbomite

    Corbomite New Member

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    I'm sure with time I'll be just fine carrying. Like most new things, once you get a little experience it begins to come second nature.

    On that note I went to Lowe's today to buy a compressor. I ended up OC'ing and it was nothing. Talked to a few employees, customers walked by, nothing was said, no swat team. All in all it was a good experience for me

    \:D/
     
  10. ptsmith24

    ptsmith24 New Member

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    Awesome.
     
  11. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member

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    I openly carry in there all the time. The manager just smiles and said "Hi." Either nobody notices or nobody really cares.

    My wife and I love that store.
     
  12. budder

    budder Moderator Staff Member

    He's probably smiling at your wife ;)
     
  13. ThetaReactor

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    I got the cops called on me at Publix once. I used to work at the one in Stockbridge, for the first couple years it was open.

    So one night, I pick up a buddy of mine as he gets off around 11pm. We drive around doing various stuff all night. Around four, we find ourselves back at the store. The whole town's closed up, so I pull into the parking lot and take my usual space- directly in front of the store, in the most distant spot. We sit and listen to the radio, BS a bit and have a smoke. At some point I decide to get a video game I had in the back. So I step outta the black car, stub out my cigarette, and close the door behind me, making sure my trench coat doesn't get caught in it. I walk around to the back, pop the trunk, and pull out a black duffel bag. About this time, the assistant store manager has just pulled into the lot and is unlocking the front doors to start opening up. Can anyone see where this is going?

    Not ten minutes later, two cruisers roll up. Luckily, my friend is still wearing his Publix shirt, and I'm showing ID and explaining that we both work there.

    The manager got a bit of teasing for the whole thing. Then again, I was voted "Most Likely to Flip Out and Massacre His Classmates" in high school. Something about a quiet guy with an interest in firearms and well-known exploits with amateur pyrotechnics...
     
  14. merlock

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