I'm not a fan of open carry, personally. I don't need others knowing what I have.
I love the NSA. It's like having a secret fan-base you will never see, but they're there, watching everything you write and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that I may be some person's only form of unconstitutional entertainment one night.
I would think many people who see someone who open carries assume that person is a cop. If I were in the city I would likely conceal. I don’t want to draw undue attention and you might actually draw the attention of someone who wants to steal the gun.
In a more rural environment I might open carry, particularly if it is a gun friendly area.
When I worked as a courier I would always be armed with a concealed firearm.
I think that if I went to make a big money drop with a hand cannon strapped on my hip that would simply make potential robbers wonder why I was packing heat and what's in the bag. That would instantly blow my cover and make me a target.
Last edited by Muhammed; 07-25-12 at 02:37 AM.
Being a barbarian, I am not all that into the courtesy thing when it comes to my firearms. If people get nervous around my firearm, then good they should be. Normally I carry concealed as I live in California, and its the prefered way I carry. I prefer the tactical advantage. However when I am in my intimidating mood, I will open carry my twin 50 cal cap and ball revolvers. Funny as hell the reactions I get. There is downside though, law enforcement doesnt like it when I wear them though. Theres a loophole in the law for cap and ball weapons (consided antiques) as I can carry fully loaded openly, were if I had cartridge I'd have to carry unloaded. Cap and ball black powder will do just as much damage as smokeless.
Last edited by PirateMk1; 07-25-12 at 03:14 AM. Reason: I can.
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Stolen fair and square from the Capt. Courtesey himself.I spit at lots of people through my computer screen. Not only does it "teach them a lesson" but it keeps the screen clean and shiny.
I haven't carried unless it's open and on duty. that being said, i will get a CCW license upon return to the land of the big wal-mart,and likely a nice little glock to carry that way.
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I agree with what Goshin said. If I am involved in some kind of altercation where someone else has a gun as well, I don't want to be targeted first because my gun is visible. And a lot of people aren't aware that open carry is legal and don't approve, and will freak out if you are walking around open carrying.
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If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
Different strokes. That's what makes it a great country.
Each classification has a certain type of individual that best fits the scenario. I like open carry myself, but you have to be alert at all times that someone else might just go for your gun.
As far as being limited to where I can live - that doesn't really matter to me.
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