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OC'd today for the first time - Kinda Funny

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by Willfulone, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. Willfulone

    Willfulone CCA Corvette

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    I always CC when I take my gun out in public. Really the only time I OC is when I am in the woods at the property or
    when I go hunting.

    I was going out with my 16 yo this morning and he asked me
    why I don't OC since it is legal in VA. Basically I told him I
    did not want the attention and that I was sensitive to the
    potion of the public that was not particularly fond of guns...

    But, I agreed to, mostly because he asked and I was curious.
    So I strapped my 19 to my hip and out we went.

    First stop was the 7-11 around the corner from my house. I have gone there pretty much every day for 11 years so
    everyone there knows me and my family. We walked in
    and I got a cup of coffee. There was a Police Officer
    getting a coffee. I was pouring my stuff in my cup and
    happened to notice he had stopped stirring his coffee. I
    looked up and he was looking directly at me. I smiled and
    said good morning, went back to finishing up my coffee.
    Went up and paid. The girl at the counter smiled and said
    good morning, then looked down, then up at me, then
    down again, then up at me, then over to the Officer. I
    paid and we walked out. The Officer paid and left behind
    us. We got on the same road, he followed me for about 3
    miles and then turned off.

    The second stop was at GNC to get my son some more
    Probolic. No one in the store seemed to notice or if they
    did, I could not tell.

    The third stop was was at ACE hardware. When we
    walked in, a kid at the door greeted us and saw the
    gun. He actually stopped talking in mid sentence. We
    just kept walking to the bolt isle. I go there several times
    a week, to get fasteners and other things I need for work
    so I was only in the bolt isle for about a minute. When we
    came back out to the main isle, the kid at the front has
    manager and I can see him pointing at us from the front
    of the store. We walked to the front of the store and I
    said hi to Kevin the manager and we chatted for a while.
    He asked what kind of gun I was carrying and joked if I
    was expecting trouble. Paid and left.

    The last stop we made was at the supermarket to pick
    up some stuff for the game tomorrow. No one seemed
    to notice while we were walking around the store. When
    we were in line to pay (long line) a little kid behind us
    said to his mother, "Mommy, look at that gun" She
    grabbed him and switched lines. The lady behind her
    stepped up, and then she switched lines too. Paid and
    left.

    So all in all, we had no trouble, but it was pretty much
    as I expected. It drew attention that I did not want and
    it clearly made people uncomfortable.


    I'll just go back to CC


    Will
     
  2. Hamrhed

    Hamrhed AKs & Glocks

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    I carried my new Glock today as well (CC). I forgot I had it after a few stops, and felt that I had done a good job not printing. I have noticed a few people OCing lately- I would venture a guess that there are a lot I people CCing around here lately as well... Just a feeling
     
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  3. The Fed

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    I'm jealous. We mainly don't have OC. Not that I would but I could dress a little differently and not worry about printing or displaying.
     
  4. xmanhockey7

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    Dang you got quite a few reactions. Normally the most I get is someone asking: "Why do you carry a gun? Are you a cop? Is it real? Is it loaded?"
     
  5. kenpoprofessor

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    And this is why it drew attention, no one cares to exercise their rights, and when they do, it's an irregular act. People would act just as weird if you drove a car that looked like a weapon simply because it's not something they see often.

    Around here, OC is really pretty common, I don't get a second look most times. The only time I've had those looks is when I've stopped in someplace along the I-10 where there are people from Nanny states driving through AZ. :shocked:

    Have a great gun carryin' Kenpo day

    Clyde
     
  6. SPIN2010

    SPIN2010 Searching ...

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    Removes people from the pay line at the store.

    I like it!

    Great post!
     
  7. PhotoFeller

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    Hey, Clyde, whats a Nanny state?
     
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  8. kenpoprofessor

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    Your house :rofl:
     
  9. PhotoFeller

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    Man, you were all over that one!!

    I tried to delete the smart ass remark about height during OC, but you're too quick on the draw. Guess thats an advantage of OC.

    My apologies for the poor humor. Envy is a terrible thing.
     
  10. Willfulone

    Willfulone CCA Corvette

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    Only the ones behind me...

    If it cleared people from in front of me, I might
    just do it every time I go to the market :supergrin:


    Will
     
  11. Jackalo626

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    Not exercising your rights because it makes some uncomfortable is telling them they are more important than you. I dress and act courteous in public and oc sometimes with no bad reactions and if it scared some people that I was protecting myself and wife then they can go to hell honestly. Criminals don't open carry and I won't be treated as one. If people are that ignorant of our rights then they need to be escorted to China where they don't have to worry about people exercising freedoms.
     
  12. RussP

    RussP Super Moderator Moderator

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    Where in VA are you?
     
  13. Willfulone

    Willfulone CCA Corvette

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    Will
     
  14. GIG4FUN

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    We play a bar that the owner walks around with a sidearm open carry. I think it's weird! I wish he concealed, It feels awkward for a reason that I can't put a handle on...
     
  15. HerrGlock

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    Because you've been inundated with the suggestion that guns are bad for so long it's settled into your brain. Reprogram yourself and get out from under that.
     
  16. RussP

    RussP Super Moderator Moderator

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    Thank you, that explains the looks, lane changes.

    Keep practicing, it gets easier and stop looking for reactions. Keep your situational awareness, just look for bad guys, not scared people.
     
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    RussP Super Moderator Moderator

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    Amen, HerrGlock...

    GIG, c'mon, you can say it. You're not afraid of guns, so it must be the guy weirds you out. Or do you believe a patron of the establishment will take the gun away to voice displeasure with the night's entertainment.:tongueout:
     
  18. Gunnut 45/454

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    Good deal OC on my friend, feel the freedom!:supergrin:
     
  19. robhic

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    Years ago I worked with a drummer who kept a loaded 1911 in his stick quiver. I guess I'd consider that a CCW because it was hidden. But I never worried much when working bars. :supergrin:

    Weddings? Just made me laugh thinking about it.
     
  20. SouthernBoyVA

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    You're kidding. I live about 6 miles from Manassas and go there a lot. I have never had a negative comment or reaction in Manassas in the over 5 1/2 years I have been OC'ing on a regular basis. Manassas is a no brainer, as is Virginia in general, to open carry. Just in the past two weeks I OC'd in Shoppers on Sudley Manor, Costco, Philadephia Tavern, Virginia Arms, Adams Pizza, Jute Box Diner, Office Depot.... those are the places that come to mind right away. I'm sure if I took the time, I could come up with a lot more.

    The area just outside of NOVA and in NOVA is very friendly to open carry.