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Old 07-12-2011, 14:59   #1
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"Desensitization Drill" (1st Carry)

I Carried Today!
With a Restricted NYS carry license, I don’t get a lot of opportunity to strap on a sidearm and go out in public. But today, I had a couple errands to run on the way to the range, tucked my holstered G22 into my shorts, and went out for a “desensitization drill”.
The holster is one of those generic Wal Mart nylon & velcro IWB/OWB jobs with a metal belt clip and mag pouch on the front.. I started with about a 2:00 carry, but it felt weird sticking into my groin so I shifted it around to 3:00. At first it looked like it was printing pretty badly under my untucked squaretail shirt, but the belt clip gave me a little play and canting it forward made it a whole lot more comfortable and less visible.
Being kinda barrel shaped (5’6” -200#) I was concerned that riding out on my hip like that, it would really show, but checking the mirror, all I could notice was that my right side was a bit wider than my left, and the shirt hung straight on both sides.
The real test was walking into the Pharmacy across the street from the Prison while I picked up my wife’s prescription. I was certain someone would see the bulge and challenge me, but I was in and out unnoticed – or at least unchallenged.
I think you all are right, NOBODY NOTICES!! But it will take a few more “desensitization drills” before I’m comfortable carrying in public!
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Old 07-12-2011, 15:02   #2
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congratulations and keep it up
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Old 07-12-2011, 15:08   #3
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Way to go! I got to do the same thing this weekend as well. With the proper shirt and good body position, nobody notices. I even went to a zoo and was around thousands of people. Its easy stuff. Good luck!
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Old 07-12-2011, 15:14   #4
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After carrying for over a year now, it has become routine to either keep it in my car, or holster a weapon as I am getting dressed. I would get yourself a better holster though.
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Old 07-12-2011, 15:25   #5
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Ditto, on the quality holster.
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Old 07-12-2011, 15:27   #6
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You will, indeed, become less and less self conscious about it. But you need a better holster. Get a decent leather (my preference) or Kydex holster molded to the particular gun and you will be much more comfortable and the handgun will be much more secure and safe.
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Old 07-12-2011, 15:27   #7
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After carrying for over a year now, it has become routine to either keep it in my car, or holster a weapon as I am getting dressed. I would get yourself a better holster though.
What's the name of one of the Serpa Models? Blackhawk? It might have had that name on the box, but I don't think it was a Serpa. (Bought it at a WalMart downstate and trashed the box down there) It was described as an ambidexterous IWB/OWB, had belt loops on both sides, the mag pouch on the front, velcro UNDER the belt loops for the retainer straps, and a metal belt clip that fit on either side (also under a belt loop) for IWB carry. It came with a little black "ruler" you could loosen the velcro with to adjust the retention straps.

Only problem I found with it was that being nylon, it collapsed under the belt pressure when the Glock was removed, making it a bit scary trying to reholster a loaded gun.

If I had an Unrestricted license and could carry everywhere I'd invest in a better holster, probably a Crossbreed. But I was surprised the G22 was so comfortable for the couple hours I had it on.
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Old 07-12-2011, 21:48   #8
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Walmart and quality are two words that shouldn't be in the same sentence. Check out a few other holsters. I personally wear a Crossbreed Supertuck everyday and mostly forget it is even there.
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:28   #9
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I'm also new to concealed carry, but finding I'm getting more comfortable with it every day. I'm using a crossbreed super tuck with either a G19 or G26, it's a nice comfortable holster and no one has noticed that I'm carrying. A friend told me that a good holster will add to my confidence and stealth easing my thinking that everyone will notice my weapon. Good luck carrying hope we never need to use our weapons.
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:31   #10
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Way to go! I got to do the same thing this weekend as well. With the proper shirt and good body position, nobody notices. I even went to a zoo and was around thousands of people. Its easy stuff. Good luck!
Wow! both zoos near me here in Charlotte, have BIG signs saying no guns. In addition, state law prohibits them anywhere admission is charged for an event or gathering.
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:17   #11
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With a Restricted NYS carry license
My condolences.

And I thought the law was directly to & from the range with no stops on that type of license?
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Wow! both zoos near me here in Charlotte, have BIG signs saying no guns. In addition, state law prohibits them anywhere admission is charged for an event or gathering.
Luckily in Texas that isn't the case. Effective 30.06 notice must be given here, and in this case it wasn't.
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My condolences.

And I thought the law was directly to & from the range with no stops on that type of license?
It might depend on county. I know my county lets me carry to and from the allowed activites and I could stop for gas, snacks, etc. The whole restriction thing is actually not a law. You can't go to jail for carrying outside of restrictions. (Well, I suppose you could if a police officer didn't know the law. You wouldn't stay in.) However, if you are caught carrying outside of restrictions, the officer could report it back to the issuing judge who could then yank your permit. The unfortunate thing is that even though a restricted permit is not law, the state supreme court has upheld a judge's right to impose restrictions.
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It is a Blackhawk but not a Serpa. WalMart doesn't carry Serpa holsters.
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Old 07-13-2011, 18:12   #15
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Now go and get yourself a good holster like a CB Supertuck or MTAC and you will be amazed at the difference from a clip thingy.
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Old 07-13-2011, 18:16   #16
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It might depend on county. I know my county lets me carry to and from the allowed activites and I could stop for gas, snacks, etc.
That was MY understanding, too, but I have no idea where it's written.
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Old 07-13-2011, 18:30   #17
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It is a Blackhawk but not a Serpa. WalMart doesn't carry Serpa holsters.
Exactly! "Serpa" was the first thing I thought when I saw "Blackhawk" so that's how I remembered the brand after trashing the packaging.

This is it: http://www.opticsplanet.net/ambid-hl...d-lg-auto.html I wonder how long they'll get away with using that brand name>

Actually, not too bad for the price. Although the first time I took the holster out of my waistband, my pants fell down!
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Old 07-13-2011, 18:32   #18
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I just think about baseball.
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I just think about baseball.
Sorry, it's been a long day......

BASEBALL???

Isn't there a hockey team by that name?
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Old 07-13-2011, 23:35   #20
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Yeah, really. Get a decent holster. One that is made to fit your gun. And definitely not a nylon collapsible one. I do confess to owning one for a couple weeks BEFORE I was anywhere near getting my CCDW license. I called it a "glasses case" because it reminded me of a cheapo case an optomotrist might give you. Practically worthless, but it does at least cover the trigger which is worth something.

So. Decent holster. AND a decent gun belt.

Yes, you'll soon find nobody notices, even if there is a slight lump in your shirt. And there usually isn't. I've played 1 on 1 basketball in a public park, carrying IWB, wearing just a T shirt and shorts. No problem. You should be able to do the same. Walking down the street or into a store. Really, absolutely no problem. But having the right tools (holster, belt) does help your confidence. A bit of experience is the finishing touch.

Happy Carrying....
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