In VA, if you intend to CCW, and don’t succeed, it causes occasional citizen panic. If you carry openly, no one seems to call the police.
I conceal, but find IWB impossible to enjoy. Buying pants 2 inches too large makes the crotch fit and rise dimensions larger than required. OWB makes it so easy.
Trying to simplify my life...
I OWB a Glock 26 or HK VP9SK but hide it under a shirt. A sharp-eyed person might see the vague outline. The squeamish are not offended as they don’t notice the slight protrusion.
Once TX changed their rules on open carry I don't worry about printing anymore.
The will nourished tend to complain a lot concerning carry methods. For myself I am not a proponent of open carry. That's me but others see it differently, thus each to their own applies.
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IWB is as popular as it's ever been due to the fact that it work, and it works very well.
'I'm pretty fly for a white guy'.
I carry concealed as opposed to open carry. My view point is I do not want to draw attention to myself by open carry of a weapon.
In Florida open carry is generally illegal, which makes no never mind to me.I carry concealed, and probably always will.
I am headed to Texas for a few weeks, but, though I "think" I could carry openly there, I just don't want to do that. I hope not to need to use my firearm, but if I do, I want it to be as much of a surprise to the bad guy(s) as possible.
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I very seldom see anyone open carrying in Texas, other than a lawman.
In reaction to permit-less carry, more places in Texas are posting signs. Concealment has become more important than ever, as Texas shifts, politically, in some regions. To be clear, I am not advocating the breaking of any laws. A careful reading of the relevant laws will show that there are times/placing where one is technically legal to carry, but firearms would be extremely unwelcome, if noticed, and, of course, if the firearm IS noticed, and one is given notice to depart the premises, one MUST leave.
I am not a big fan of IWB, due to the long-term comfort factor, and/or my weapon becoming soaked with perspiration and/or condensation, but there are times/places where IWB becomes necessary.
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I normally go owb with a cover garment. I still use my iwb holsters at times. As Warhorse said, open carry is legal in Michigan but not common. I probably see it more often than him but I live in a rural area. When I do see it it seems no one notices or they don’t care. I also don’t want to draw attention to myself. Jim
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As said - In Michigan Open Carry is legal and has been for a long time. You rarely ever see anyone do it. And I mean rarely.
Myself I have always preferred OWB. Just more comfortable for me. I do my best to conceal and usually can do a really good job. I am sure I do print from time to time. I doubt anyone even notices these days though.
Einstein defines insanity as "Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results"
I still IWB and besides pocket carry don't see myself changing without some sort of shift. I can carry just about anywhere and I prefer people don't know I'm armed. YMMV of course.
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X2. Why draw attention?
Harken back to the days of the Kodak Instamatic Camera with the holiday advertisement “Open me first” aka shoot me first.
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I could not agree more.
I don't find either method any faster or slower.
I DO find concealment to have vast differences.
Who cares about reholstering.... You will have 10 minutes to get the gun back in the holster until the police arrive. You only need about 10 to 15 seconds.
If you have to draw (and god forbid, use, your weapon) then you need to draw with speed.
We train our officers (as a range instructor for the past 8 years) to keep the gun out and "look for more work."
Hurry to get it out, take ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD to put it away.
Strive to live your life so when you wake up in the morning and your feet hit the floor, the devil says "Oh crap, he's up."
I'm in the IWB 4:00 camp, and have been since I started carrying.
I've open carried a few times in S TX when we're down there for deer season.
Had to run in town & no one thought twice about it when we were in the auto parts store.
The Enemy's gate is down.
Type of carry is a very individual thing. I hate appendix, I just don’t have the body type for it.
( almost everyone I know who says appendix is great tends to be tall ,thin with a longer torso)and wears pants/ belt higher on the torso than I can.
But with the proper combo of belt gun and holster an owb holster works just fine concealed.
Carrying concealed seems smartest to me. If actually needed when confronted with a deadly force situation the surprise to the assailant is a big plus. That said there is something great to see in a small rural grocery store in rural Colorado when a woman pushing a grocery cart with a 2 year old in the kid seat has a Glock 17 OWB on her hip.
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