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Awkwardness of carrying a gun

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by boogerhook, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. boogerhook

    boogerhook Seattle Well-Known Member

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    I have been around firearms for ages. Grew up with them. Then had a 30 year pause - too busy with other things. Pretty active shooter for the last seven years or so. Also got a CPL 6 years ago, although I must admit I only carry when going into "red zones" - maybe once a week. I have done it many times by now but it still feels awkward. It just occurred to me that the reason it feels awkward is because I carry concealed. I am hiding something. Hiding things to me has a connotation of impropriety. Not suggesting to carry openly (which brings a whole new discussion) but just sharing a sentiment here.
     
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  2. Flopsweat

    Flopsweat Slightly right of center Well-Known Member

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    I don't think that's too odd. The one that gets me is the guys who think that the whole time they're carrying they're supposed to be hyperalert, hypervigilant, Condition Brown or whatever. :rolleyes:
     
  3. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    @ boogerhook I could sure have fun terrorizing you over your post but I am going to cut you some slack.:D
     
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  4. boogerhook

    boogerhook Seattle Well-Known Member

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    I am pretty resilient - give it a shot ;-)
     
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  5. Flopsweat

    Flopsweat Slightly right of center Well-Known Member

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    I'm pretty sure he's about to ask you what you're packin'. :D
     
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  6. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    I get that same awkward feeling when I have been all over everywhere I find my fly open.
     
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  7. boogerhook

    boogerhook Seattle Well-Known Member

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    to preempt that question I will list what I have been packin...: 1911, CZ75P07, SIG238, SW38SP, Ruger SP101 (357), Ruger SR22, Walther PPK
     
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  8. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    Was with a friend who had to rush me to emergency surgery. Met my daughter at the hospital and was passing out but still noticed daughter and friend looking for my pistol I carry. That was awkward.
     
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  9. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    Errr all at once, heck ya you should feel awkward.
     
  10. boogerhook

    boogerhook Seattle Well-Known Member

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    any one is better than nothing
     
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  11. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    I couldn't keep my pants up carrying all them guns at the same time, must have a heck of a belt.:D
     
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  12. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    LMAO.... ^^^This^^^
     
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  13. BoonDocks36

    BoonDocks36 Oregon, in the boondocks Christian. Conservative. Male.

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    Doesn't that Load out weigh you down a bit??? I mean I think just a 1911, plus to Magazines, and a back up piece is enoughg, Dude I would be uncomfortable carrying Half of those seven guns!!!

    Lets see, a Double shoulder holster, a cross carry, one small of your back, and one FBI Cant holster, nope, I think your problem of uncomfortable is all the Weight!!!!

    philip

    :s0022:
     
  14. ron

    ron Vancouver, Washington Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Whaaat? I have packed "Big" pieces of Iron they are a pain in the A**.
    I have moved on to small lightweight handguns for carry. That can
    always be with me. S&W shield in a Supertuck. And sometimes a
    S&W 340 pd Scandium/Titanium 357. Maybe too small? IMHO
    the best gun in the world is worthless if it is not with you when you
    need it. These little guns are comfortable and I don't feel so awkward.
    Now I want to be carrying a full size 45acp when the SHTF. But when
    do you know when the SHTF? Maybe my logic is flawed? What do you
    think?
     
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  15. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    There's no such thing as a "red zone".. evil happens everywhere and all the time. The only way to be prepared for it is to be prepared for it all the time.
    I'd daresay were you to carry more than occasionally.. meaning all the time, in short order you'd be more comfortable and at ease carrying your gun.
    Good luck.
     
  16. lazerblazer

    lazerblazer Portland Active Member

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    +1 the above is all there is to it. Nothing more nothing less.
     
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  17. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Seems to me with concealed carrying seven pieces of kit that you'd have no choice but to cavity carry, that's awkward. o_O :p
     
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  18. Deebow

    Deebow Portland Well-Known Member

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    If you carry long enough, it becomes like breathing.

    You will get used to it in time if you carry more. I carry everywhere because evil and crazy can show up anytime. In fact, I feel weird if I don't have my gun with me.

    Get a good gun & holster that is easy for you to conceal and carry all the time. You can't use it if you leave it home.

    And what is a "red zone" anyway?
     
  19. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    And also, if you only carry in these imaginary "red zones", of course you'll be apprehensive. I'd imagine Superman carrying a bible would be also.
    You have to have confidence while you're at ease before you can hope to have confidence under stress.
    Further, especially since you're a new guy, forget about that "rotation" business (you'll get dizzy). Choose one or two guns and carry that/those exclusively.. not the seven you now occasionally carry. Carrying a different/given gun 7 times a year (seven different guns once a week) is inferior, when it comes to confidence and sureness of handling, than carrying the same gun 48 times a year, in my opinion.
     
  20. Norm0931

    Norm0931 Hillsboro, OR Sgt. Sheep Silver Vendor 2016 Volunteer

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    100% of home invasions happen in the home.