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Carried for the first time today

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by JC9995, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. JC9995

    JC9995 Greater "Clackamas" Active Member

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    Please chime in and let me know if this is typical.....

    So I spent a day out today with the family. Took the opportunity to CCW for the first time today. I have had my permit for a few weeks now and have been building up the courage since then.
    Carrying a G27 IWB in a Com-Tac Mtac. VERY concealed. Almost no printing at all even under a T-Shirt. My wife couldn't even tell. In fact, I didn't tell her until we were in the store. She knows I have been building the courage to carry so its not I was trying to hide it from her. I didn't tell her mostly to see if she would be able to tell. I carried all morning before leaving.
    Well, were in the store and I said: "Either you havent noticed, or your not saying". She asked what I was talking about and I rubbed the G27 against her. You should have seen how big her eyes got. :eek:
    She said she couldn't even tell.
    Never the less. I was FREAKED! I had this sudden realization, while in the store, that I had a gun!!! I had a short panic attack, then calmed down.

    Please tell me this goes away. I just felt like I was walking around naked in the store and everyone was looking.:paranoid:
    Thought I would share and see what you guys thought.

    On a seperate topic, The MTAC is VERY confortable. I was blown away. Highly reccomended.
     
  2. oldkim

    oldkim Kent, WA New Member

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    Will that feeling of everyone is watching you because you are the only one that knows you are carrying a concealed pistol? Yes, but it will take time to get comfortable.

    Everyone settles in differently. Just do your part in concealing and no one should know. Once you get over that feeling you'll get more relaxed. It may take more than a few weeks for you to adjust to it.

    I do hope you have done some research into what it really means to carry. Do you have Dave Workman's book?

    "Washington State Gun Rights and Responsibilities"

    If not I would strongly recommend it to you and everyone else.

    Good job!

    "An armed society is a polite society" unknown author
     
  3. BigBull 301

    BigBull 301 PDX almost Well-Known Member

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    Chill dude. Like anything else, with repetition it will become more familiar and comfortable. No reason to panic you're not doing anything wrong!!
     
  4. JC9995

    JC9995 Greater "Clackamas" Active Member

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    LOL... ya I know. I guess ABC and 60 minutes have gotten to me. :)
     
  5. JC9995

    JC9995 Greater "Clackamas" Active Member

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    I have read several books on what it means to CCW. But I haven't heard of the one you referenced. Thanks for the tip.
    I have no problem with the idea of what it means to CCW, and I get that you have to take the safety of yourself and your loved one into your own hands. However, putting it into practice has proven an exercise in courage for me. I'm a self conscious guy anyhow.
    Thanks for listening guys.:thumbup:
     
  6. 284guy

    284guy Woodburn Member

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    .....Like a virgin, packin for the very first time, like a virgin, can you see me, with my 9...... :laugh: I crack myself up or at least the margaritas do
     
  7. KENOC

    KENOC Portland area Member

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    It appears he lives in Oregon...
     
  8. KENOC

    KENOC Portland area Member

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    he lives in Oregon though,,,,
     
  9. KENOC

    KENOC Portland area Member

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    ooops moron alert....how do you delete a post?
     
  10. ZeroRing

    ZeroRing 26th District, WA Active Member

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    So in this case it really WAS a gun you were packin' :bluelaugh:
     
  11. JC9995

    JC9995 Greater "Clackamas" Active Member

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    You know, her eyes never got that big when I rubbed her before. :(:laugh:
     
  12. PDXGS

    PDXGS Aloha... yes, Aloha, Oregon Member

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    It's an awesome responsibility...your nerves will calm down in a while but you're keyed into your new responsibility for carrying and ,if necessary, using your firearm correctly and within the law. Some people get a bit more testosterone poisoned and agressive when they start to carry...thankfully you dont appear to be one of those.
     
  13. JC9995

    JC9995 Greater "Clackamas" Active Member

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    Testosterone and ego shouldn't exist when carrying in my opinion. If anything, to M. Ayoob's theory, you should be more apt to avoid and digress when carrying.
     
  14. PDXGS

    PDXGS Aloha... yes, Aloha, Oregon Member

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    Absolutely the best advice - Ayoob has a way of cutting through the BS
     
  15. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    Where do you guys read Ayoob articles? I've only heard of him since I got a subscription to backwoods home magazine last winter. Just curious. I like his articles.
    Erik
     
  16. CharlesAFerg

    CharlesAFerg Beaverton Active Member

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    While the MTAC was comfortable, it didn't fit my athletic frame. It was too thick, so I purchased the all-kydex Infidel with the standard clip instead. I don't have problems with shifting, so I don't really need the MTAC. It's a perfect match for a medium frame handgun if you have an athletic frame, and more or less wear predominantly fitted clothing.

    On a seperate topic, yes, Massad Ayoob is an absolute genius when it comes to self-defense. I don't know where we would be as a community without his ingenious articles.

    From the summer carry thread, the Infidel.
    IMG_3407.jpg
     
  17. PDXGS

    PDXGS Aloha... yes, Aloha, Oregon Member

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    go to Amazon.com and enter his name. He has written a few books about pistol craft and self defense.
     
  18. ORBrit

    ORBrit Eugene Member

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    Congrats on taking the step towards protecting yourself and your loved ones. Carry wherever it is legal to do so.
    So my question for the JC9995 is, what state do you carry in?
    If you are new to carrying I'm going to assume you didn't make the jump right away to one in the chamber. If you already did, well done!
    That will be another milestone on the journey to being completely comfortable with concealed carry.
    Being a Glock carrier myself (G19) I can say that carrying with a round chambered took some getting used to initially.
    5 years later, I have 100% trust in the safety mechanisms of the Glock and the only time it is not chambered is when I'm cleaning it after range trips.

    Depending on how often I shoot, my first magazine down range is normally my carry mag, and then when I'm done with the range ammo, my second magazine goes in and a round is chambered. I do this to cycle magazines, make sure my Glock feeds flawlessly with carry ammo, and to avoid issues with repeated re-chambering of the top round in the magazine.
     
  19. JC9995

    JC9995 Greater "Clackamas" Active Member

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    I currently only carry in Oregon since we seem to not trust any other state with reciprocity.... however I am waiting for my Utah permit, 45 days and counting.
    And your quite right... nothing in the chamber today. That may be a bit down the road. I have been carrying it around the house, and check to see if the "Glock Safety" has been compromised. So far so good.
    Thats a good tip on cycling the mags. Dont think I would have thought of that.

    Separate topic.... anyone used the expanding FMJ from Federal for self defense? I have some, and like what Ive read, but you can only beleive so much. Would like to hear from some of you guys.
    Thanks again guys.
     
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    JC9995 Greater "Clackamas" Active Member

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