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This may be premature since I haven't had CC training yet, but what the hell, talk is cheap. For those of you who carry every day, what are some of the things you face? For example, do you find yourself walking into a mall and seeing a NO WEAPONS sign? If you are a big guy (me) with a small car with bucket seats (me) is the fit IWB or OWB ever an issue? As in....whoops, now I don't fit. How often do you have to pull your holster off and leave it in the car? Does that affect your holster choice. Does your jacket or shirt hang up and expose your gun making liberals run screaming for the nearest government official?

Anyway, as you can imagine, EDC is still a bit of a mystery for me. Feel free to share your wisdom, experiences, challenges and horror stories if you have them. :)
 

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When carrying concealed I carry IWB "appendix" carry. I can put my iPhone nearby to take care of any "printing" issue just in case. After all everyone these days wears shirts untucked and everyone is used to seeing the cell bulge so I use it to my advantage.

I carry a Super Carry pro and have a 32" waist and have never been "caught" carrying.

I prefer appendix carry as I do not have to make unnatural movements when bending over to avoid printing like those that carry at 4 o clock. When I see people of good health, size etc squating and being careful to not lean to the off gun side or forward I start to suspect they are armed and trying not to project a bulge. Unnatural movements give you up every time. The more you carry the more it becomes more natural but there are giveaways or tells.

I have no issue driving or sitting to eat or at the movies etc with this carry position.

And yes. It is cocked and locked !
 

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I don't know about anyone else but sure its uncomfortable at times. but I would not leave home without it!!! after a while you won't know it's there. I'm in and out of various cars and trucks all day long (repair shop owner) and my waistline is a svelt 42" and sure it can get a little weird squeezing my big butt in a Ford Escape. but you learn to deal with it. I don't do the mall thing so I can't help you there...
 

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Inside the waist band is the easiest to use/deal with. Get an Alien, Cross Breed, Foxx or other quality hybrid. Adjust it so just enough of the grip is exposed to get a proper, firm grasp of the weapon to draw it. Use the "tuckable" feature. Wear a T-shirt under a light, but loose, sport shirt. "Tuck" the T-shirt over the grip and you are good to go. Bend and twist anyway you wish.
From my Miata, to the F-250, to the Harley, I have no issues with how I sit.
 
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This may be premature since I haven't had CC training yet, but what the hell, talk is cheap. For those of you who carry every day, what are some of the things you face? For example, do you find yourself walking into a mall and seeing a NO WEAPONS sign? If you are a big guy (me) with a small car with bucket seats (me) is the fit IWB or OWB ever an issue? As in....whoops, now I don't fit. How often do you have to pull your holster off and leave it in the car? Does that affect your holster choice. Does your jacket or shirt hang up and expose your gun making liberals run screaming for the nearest government official?

Anyway, as you can imagine, EDC is still a bit of a mystery for me. Feel free to share your wisdom, experiences, challenges and horror stories if you have them. :)
Since you are entering new territory you like most are unsure of what to expect. Don't over think it and you'll be fine. Holster selection is like buying a pair of shoes. You'll have to try a few until you find what's comfortable for you. Most of have a box full of "perfect" holsters. as far as printing goes, learn your states laws, here in Ohio, open carry is legal so I don't worry about it or accidental exposer. In time you'll find that most people are so caught up in their own world that you could carry a bazooka and no one will notice.
 

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This may be premature since I haven't had CC training yet, but what the hell, talk is cheap. For those of you who carry every day, what are some of the things you face? For example, do you find yourself walking into a mall and seeing a NO WEAPONS sign? If you are a big guy (me) with a small car with bucket seats (me) is the fit IWB or OWB ever an issue? As in....whoops, now I don't fit. How often do you have to pull your holster off and leave it in the car? Does that affect your holster choice. Does your jacket or shirt hang up and expose your gun making liberals run screaming for the nearest government official?

Anyway, as you can imagine, EDC is still a bit of a mystery for me. Feel free to share your wisdom, experiences, challenges and horror stories if you have them. :)
First I am what most consider big. About 5'11" and 250lb. Most of the time I am carrying OWB. If I have to disarm to enter a business I only remove my pistol from the holster never do I remove holster and pistol. Sometimes in my wife's Altima I get a pinch here and there but in my big SUV no problems. Mostly I wear jeans and T-shirt and now that it is hot here wearing cargo shorts and T-shirt. Biggest percentage of the places I go are not posted or at least do not have a legal sign. I was surprised to find the no firearm sign in my local post office buried on a cluttered billboard inside by the P.O. boxes. I try to keep it covered but if someone sees a barrel I don't sweat it.
 

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Since you are entering new territory you like most are unsure of what to expect. Don't over think it and you'll be fine. Holster selection is like buying a pair of shoes. You'll have to try a few until you find what's comfortable for you. Most of have a box full of "perfect" holsters. as far as printing goes, learn your states laws, here in Ohio, open carry is legal so I don't worry about it or accidental exposer. In time you'll find that most people are so caught up in their own world that you could carry a bazooka and no one will notice.
I agree with Steve's comments. There will be a few weeks of adjustment for you. I suggest wearing it all the time (except bed), even at home. It will hasten your comfort and you will stop thinking about it. I've gotten to the point where I don't care if it shows or prints. It's just there, under my shirt, but I don't go to extremes to hide it.
 
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Mike, what holster do you use for appendix carry? I carry at the 4 o'clock both IWB and OWB, but sometimes it feels like an awkward location to gain a good grip.
 

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I was surprised to find the no firearm sign in my local post office buried on a cluttered billboard inside by the P.O. boxes.
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This subject was brought up on another forum and a couple of guys from various states that teach concealed carry in their states all said the Post Office is government property and is not required to post a sign on the door. They may or may not put one inside on the bulletin board or something but it should be understood it's a government building and therefore posted.
 

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I actually asked the lady at the post office why there wasn't a sign and whether is was ok to carry in there. She said she didn't think so, but didn't care as long as I didn't shoot her. I chose not to carry in the PO.
 

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Thanks, Mike.
 

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So, I weigh 260. And this is what my car seats look like. The sport seat bolsters make it pretty tight at 4:00 and 7:00...without a gun. Wait! I know! THIN GRIPS! Problem solved. :D
 

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By the way, KY just made it legal to carry in a console or glove box without a CC permit.
 

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In my Dodge Ram truck, my drivers seat is separate from the rest of the front seat with a center console fold down.
I keep my holster on but tuck my firearm between the two seats which gives me quick access AND you can't see it from outside the window.
I simply unbuckle, lean to the left just a bit and place my firearm back in my holster when exiting the truck...
 

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So, I weigh 260. And this is what my car seats look like. The sport seat bolsters make it pretty tight at 4:00 and 7:00...without a gun. Wait! I know! THIN GRIPS! Problem solved. :D
Dang, P. You use two seats? You may want to buy a larger vehicle.

(just messing with ya)
 
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I was surprised to find the no firearm sign in my local post office buried on a cluttered billboard inside by the P.O. boxes.
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This subject was brought up on another forum and a couple of guys from various states that teach concealed carry in their states all said the Post Office is government property and is not required to post a sign on the door. They may or may not put one inside on the bulletin board or something but it should be understood it's a government building and therefore posted.
Hmmm, interesting! Well, I was concealed and when I didn't see the expected sign on the door I went on in and bought a roll of stamps and saw it on the billboard on my way out. Oops, OH well!
 

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When we took our ccw training, the instructor gave each of us paperwork of places that we could not carry our firearms into.
He told us to carry them with us in our vehicle and if we ever had a doubt to read them and to double check.
ALL federal,state and local buildings are on there...
 

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The laws vary from state to state, so make sure you understand them in the state you are in. They vary significantly.

Make sure you get a real gunbelt, a good one. It makes all the difference. It's part of a system, and is as important as the holster and the gun. I like thebeltman.net, but there are other good ones as well. Without a good gun belt, carry will be painful.
 
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