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Open Carry Stories and Experiences, Vol. II

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by RussP, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. RussP

    RussP Moderator

    Jan 23, 2003
    Central Virginia
    Lets try this again.

    Just post about your open carry experiences, any problems you had, and positive encounters with others.

    If you want, describe your carry rig, how you dressed, time of day, frequency of carry in that location...any details that will help others decide whether open carry is for them.

    Remember, Open Carry is NOT for everyone.

    Laws restrict open carrying in certain jurisdictions.

    If you disagree with open carry, that's fine, but this thread is NOT for arguing pro/con open carry. Any posts in that vein will be deleted and the author will receive an infraction for trolling.

    If you want to debate Open Carry, express your negative views, please, we encourage you to start a new thread.

    Also, if you want to discuss a post, to ask questions, quote the post and start a new thread in the main Carry Issues Forum.

    Last, no bashing law enforcement.


    Last edited: Jul 26, 2010
  2. My most recent open carry experience was Monday when I openly carried to my fitness club and then to the local grocery store. As is normal, I had no comments and it didn't seem like anyone noticed. I've never had a negative comment when carrying openly, but have had some positive ones.

    I usually carry semi-openly to my fitness club three times a week. I carry my G19 in my Sidearmor IWB holster. When I have my motorcycle jacket on, it is concealed, but when I take it off, it is visible. Only comments I've had at the fitness club have been positive. Several of us older folks that go to the fitness club own firearms and several, including women, pack. So, it seems it is not unusual for them to see a firearm. Even one retired USPS letter carrier from NYC has his CCW permit and has taken several firearms classes. When I first met him last fall on one of our monthly hikes, when I and one or two others carry openly, he said he was not yet used to seeing someone without a uniform carrying a firearm.

  3. Warp


    Jul 31, 2005
    I've been carrying openly now and again this summer. I only posted the one time in the now closed thread. Other than that I have had nothing whatsoever to share, not even a crooked look as far as I could tell. Movie theater, grocery store, mall, a restaraunt, walking the dog....
  4. packsaddle


    Jan 15, 2009
    I live in Texas and open carried for a little while yesterday, mainly from the kitchen to the living room.

    I did receive one disapproving stare from a woman sitting on the couch, but I just ignored her (until she called me into the dining room for supper).
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2010
  5. dwalker84


    Jun 17, 2010
    Tucson, AZ
    About 25 minutes ago I was in the laundry room at my apartment, and a guy walks in and puts his basket down. I could see him staring at me through the corner of my eye. After about a minute he says in a very feminine voice "Hey I like that rig, what kinda gun is that sweetie?" and then "I just got my CCW last week in the mail, I didn't know you could carry all out-in-the-open like that, but I'll carry 'in the closet' :supergrin: until I get used to it." :aodnsb: He pulled up his shirt to show me a fullsize 1911 in an IWB. I was actually shocked that such a feminine guy was carrying such a "manly" pistol. I was so hoping he wasn't going to flash me or something, really relieved it was a firearm... ;x
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2010
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  6. dwalker84


    Jun 17, 2010
    Tucson, AZ
    I walked past an LEO today, he said "Hey, wait up." I kinda thought "awww, damn...." and turned around.

    He asked, "what model glock is that?"
    Me - "23 .40cal, I love it"
    Him - "Hows the recoil with the compacts? I heard it's snappy"
    Me - "I personally can't tell the difference, I don't like the subcompacts though.. don't like my pinky hanging off the grip"
    Him - "Yeah, same. I love my 22, but I have a 19 for off-duty, I was thinking about getting the 23, and MAYBE the 27, I'd have to get those special mags for the grip"
    Me - "I used to have a 22, it was hard to conceal though, otherwise I would have kept it, I loved that gun."
    Him - "I've got pretty big hands, hows the grip, are the finger grooves spaced the same as the full size?"
    Me - "Not sure, I can't tell the difference though"

    etc.. etc.. etc.

    He said that hes proud to see citizens carry, especially open. He said it makes his job easier and safer. He also said it keeps the 2A alive and strong.


    (We continued talking guns for like 5-10 minutes)

    We were standing out in the sun, at this point I was getting soaked in sweat, as it was atleast 105F today. I don't know how officers stand it in Tucson, wearing those dark blue/black uniforms. The motorcycle/bike cops get to atleast wear white. I was in a white T-shirt and I was frying.... I felt bad for the dude. :steamed::steamed::steamed:

    Told him it was nice chatting with him, and we went our separate ways. Super nice guy.
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2010
  7. I have been carrying openly everyday for the past three years now. As I mentioned in the closed thread, I do this primarily because of my knees. I have osteoarthritis in both of them and will require a knee replacement sometime down the road. For now, my knees do not allow me to run from a situation or to stay and fight someone as I was once capable of doing. And even though I do CC from time to time, OC'ing sends a message to anyone who might be of a mind to do me harm, that perhaps it is in his best interests to leave me alone.

    Two weeks ago today, I was grocery shopping and our county sheriff came right by me, turned around, then went back in the direction from which he had come. My guess is that someone may have said something to him and he just wanted to check things out. As those members on this site are fully aware, Virginia is VERY gun-lenient and gun-friendly which makes OC'ing a non-issue. The area in which I live is loaded with non-natives, many from northern states and some from foreign countries. It is also very affluent. One might think this combination would create problems for OC'ers but somehow it doesn't. It's weird, but they seem to learn quickly that guns are part of the culture of Virginians and they know we carry them at our pleasure.

    P.S. Thanks Russ for staring this back up with your admonishment. It never ceases to both amaze and irritate me that there are people who carry concealed firearms that are so biased against those who carry openly. Discussions are fine... arguments and name calling only serve those who would see our rights go in the trash.
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2010
  8. 1911austin

    1911austin Senior Member

    Sep 17, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    I agree and wish OC was an option in Texas
  9. RussP

    RussP Moderator

    Jan 23, 2003
    Central Virginia
    Oh, it is...

    I was in Lewisville a couple of years ago. Went shopping for a lightweight jacket at a small men's store in one of shopping centers.

    The lady there asked if she could help. We found a couple of jackets I liked. I asked her if I could use a changing room to try them on.

    She looked me in the eyes and said, "You're carrying, aren't you. Don't worry, I'm part-owner of the store. There's no need to use a changing room."

    So, I removed my suit coat and tried on the jackets.

    She told me both she and her husband (other owner) both had CHL's as did many of their customers. She said they had sold the store and did not know how the new owners were going to treat their carriers.

    Anyway, it was another good Texas experience for me.
  10. leif_g23


    Jan 9, 2005
    Seattle, Wa
    Ahh... this sounds just like my house:(
  11. handgun1


    Jul 24, 2010
    I have only had my Sig 226 for about 1 1/2 months now and I live in southern California. We all know that California is probably one of the least gun friendly states of them all. I have been "easing" into OCing and haven't really gone too far from my house. I was out walking my dog one night and passed a couple of 20-somethings tossing a football in the street and one said, "nice gat!" and then pointed it out to his friend. That has been the only interaction that I've experienced thus far. California restricts OCing to at least 1000' from any K-12 school and there are tons around where I live. If I pass through a school zone, the gun must be in a locked box or the trunk of a car. California makes it as difficult as possible to OC. I would apply for my CCW, but that is nearly impossible to get unless you have a threat against your life or you have some other extenuating circumstance.
  12. xenophon


    Aug 15, 2003
    open carried at a local walmart. In WI, open carry is our only option. It's constitutional open carry, no permit required :) Just can't have it loaded inside the car though, I have to put it into my holster when I got out of the car, and put it back in the trunk when I got back. Stupid eh?

    No one really noticed/cared, went without a hitch.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2010
  13. filthy infidel

    filthy infidel 100% Infidel

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Carolina
    I have carried concealed for years. For kicks during short trips to the gas station, etc, I carried openly. I am a creature of habit so I OC'd in different locations that those that I frequent.
    No odd stares, no police called. I still don't like it. Even instances where my concealment has been poor, such as while hiking and drenched with sweat, I feel 'better'.
  14. Daryl in Az

    Daryl in Az Enjoying life!

    Aug 31, 2007
    I've been open carrying off-and-on since the early 1980's. Concealed carry wasn't even a consideration here in Az 'till the mid-1990's.

    I tried concealed carry for a while, and still do conceal in some places, but mostly I open carry.

    Honestly, I see no reactional difference in others no matter how I carry. Few if any even seem to notice.

    I usually wear blue jeans, a western shirt, and a straw or felt stetson (see my avatar). For the last few months, I've mostly been carrying a G23 in a paddle type leather holster just behind my strong side hip. Before that, I carried a J-frame the same way, and before that it was a G27. I've also carried a S&W 686, Ruger GP-100, Blackhawk, Vaquero, or Single Six, and for a couple of years a Star Firestar in .40 S&W.

    Seriously, I don't completely understand what all the concern is about. If a person is armed, then they're armed. Any danger they may or may not present should not be determined by whether one can see the gun or not. In fact, I usually figure an OC'er is legal, since a prohibited possessor would hide it.

    I've open carried since I was in my mid-teen's, and I'm 44 years old. I've OC's at grocery stores, gas stations, hardware stores, on public streets, while riding a motorcycle, in the hills, in my yard, in my house, in restaurants, and about anywhere else one can imagine.

    I've never, not even once had an LEO question me about it unless there was some other reason for the encounter. In that case, they usually (not always) ask to remove the firearm until the enounter is finished. That said, I haven't been stopped for a traffic violation in 15+ years, so encounters are very few other then friends/relatives who are LEO's. The last LEO I remember asking me about it was just after the LA Riots in the 1990's. An Az DPS officer stopped me for not having a mirror on the passenger side of my truck, and said it was required with tinted windows. He'd just moved to Arizona from LA, and had been involved in the riots from what I've heard of him. He set the pistol on the roof of my vehicle until he finished writing a repair order, and then handed it back.

    Open carry isn't the great bru-ha-ha some would make it out to be, IMO. After all these years, it's not something I do to make a statement, and I'm not trying to get noticed. It's simply a matter of comfort and carry options.



    Jul 25, 2010
    I served in the USMC and now am going to E.K.U. for a degree in Police Studies. I have been open carrying for a few months now, and have had no negative encounters, except for some staring from some soccer moms. I carry a Glock 35 Gen 3 tactical tupperware, in a Blackhawk CQB holster, with it topped off at 16 rounds and two loaded spare mags on my weak side in a double mag open mouthed mag pouch. I live in KY. so one can conceal or open carry here. To conceal you have the Concealed Carry Deadly Weapons License, which I got due to getting reciprocity with 33 other states to carry by having one. My wife and I go to Tennessee a lot to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg and Dallas TX to visit friends, so it is a must.

    Open carry is being on the tip of the spear of supporting gun rights. When people see normal law abiding citizens carrying it sends a good message to everyone who might have stereotyped us the wrong way.

    I applaud everyone who joins me in this practice.
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  16. Diesel_Bomber


    Oct 25, 2008
    OC'D out to breakfast and then to Bimart this morning with my wife. A few strange looks. The waitress at the diner asked if I was carrying a 26 or a 27, and then made fun of me when I told her it was a 26. No issues, hell no one noticed. You could probably OC a 12gauge pump pistol and no one would care.
  17. Warp


    Jul 31, 2005
    The strange looks were probably people wondering why you open carried such a small pistol. Doesn't it just look funny?

    I used to do it with a G26 but quickly swithed to an A&G grip extension with a G17 mag.
  18. Brian Lee

    Brian Lee Drop those nuts

    Jul 28, 2008
    Up a tree.
    I don't know of a single entertaining story of OC here in AZ because if you do it, most people will just act like they don't even notice.
  19. Great post...:rofl:
  20. Daryl in Az

    Daryl in Az Enjoying life!

    Aug 31, 2007
    My wife and I went to town yesterday to pick up a few things. Along the way, we stopped at Fry's (grocery store) for a few items she needed to fix supper.

    On the way out to the truck, a Sierra Vista PD officer was stopped, waiting for traffic to clear before moving on. He waved for us to go ahead and cross in front of him, so we did.

    I'm pretty sure he saw my OC'd G23 on my right hip, but he didn't seem to. No comments, no looks, and he moved on after we passed.

    Just another day.