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    Lightbulb Where Do You Sit? Interesting Article On Where We Sit In Public....

    Link: http://uscca.us/ccr/view_post.php?postId=646

    Snip: "Just wondering how many of us actually strategically pick a "good safe spot" when seated in a public place? What constitutes a good one? What do you look for?

    Personally, I always sit with my back to the wall, I keep an entrance or exit in plain sight, and always monitor what is going on around me. I am very particular that my body is positioned in such a way that I can draw unrestricted if need be, typically meaning that my strong side is opposite any potential threat area. I'm interested in what others do."

    I agree.
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    I always have sat facing the entrance and with a wall at my back if possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herr Heckler Koch View Post
    I always have sat facing the entrance and with a wall at my back if possible.

    Yep...don't want to go out like Wild Bill Hickok!
    “The Constitution shall never be construed... to prevent the People of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.” -- Samuel Adams

    “Today, we need a nation of Minutemen. Citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.”

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    yup, no aces and 8s for me.

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    Total plant awareness.

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    I always sit in the corners furthest from the doors with my back to the wall and positioned in such a way as to be able see as much of the place as possible.

    I don't like having people behind me at restaurants. I don't know why, but that is how it has always been for me.

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    if by myself i try to sit so im looking at the door. if possible with nobody behind me. if with other people ill usually try to do the same but cant always get to the seat first.

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    I don't know if it is the military training, the fact I have been in 3 wars, or that I'm just super paroniod but I have and will always sit with my back to the wall or in a cornor both with the least amount of people behind me. So I can see the entrance and exits and so nobody gets behind me.

    I went to a truck stop and all the boths and tables were full and the waitress told me to sit at the counter..I laughed and told her I would wait, she couldn't understand why I didn't want to sit at the counter as to let everyone walk behind me the entire time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocWalker View Post
    I don't know if it is the military training, ...
    Of the folks posted here so far, I only know that Cawdor and I are veterans, but we can't tell about our 'wars' - Silent Service and all that.

    Everyone takes similar precautions. So maybe it has little to with military or 'wars'. But thanks.

    I trained in Idaho at NRTS/INEL, lived in Pocatello, got faced in Mud Lake and at Chancy's in IF. I'm called Mister in Priest River where I visit frequently (it'll be less so when Bro., Pastor Dave, slips away).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herr Heckler Koch View Post
    Of the folks posted here so far, I only know that Cawdor and I are veterans, but we can't tell about our 'wars' - Silent Service and all that.

    Everyone takes similar precautions. So maybe it has little to with military or 'wars'. But thanks.

    I trained in Idaho at NRTS/INEL, lived in Pocatello, got faced in Mud Lake and at Chancy's in IF. I'm called Mister in Priest River where I visit frequently (it'll be less so when Bro., Pastor Dave, slips away).
    The only reason I brought up the military training is because they stress "situational awarness", they even went as far as to tell you what seats you should be in on a plane or bus. Things like don't sit on the isle seats or in the front or back as you would be closer and a easier target for a terrorist.

    I can understand anyone that OC/CC's would have a greater sense of what was going on with their surroundings. It is one of those things that we carry as to protect our family and our self so we would be hyper sensitive more so than someone that doesn't give a dam.

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    8 years turning wrenches in the Air Force. It wasn't that dangerous for me even though our aircraft took a pounding (bullet holes, engines destroyed by RPGS, etc...)

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    I always sat so I could see the entrance/cash register area close to a wall, typically away from the street side of the business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nutczak View Post
    I always sat so I could see the entrance/cash register area close to a wall, typically away from the street side of the business.
    Same for me.
    Although, I also try and sit where cover is nearby as well.
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    Exclamation Semper Vigilans

    Inside: I sit back to the wall with few if any persons behind me. I will have already assessed the opportunities for both cover and concealment.

    Outside: I assess cover and concealment options as I walk along. I often scan rooftops (old habit) and ally openings. I am always assessing potential threats as others pass by. I avoid large public gatherings whenever possible.

    Approaching home: I scan the windows for signs of break in before approaching my door.

    Although I enjoy a good beer or brandy in the evening before bed as much as any red-blooded Wisconsinite (even though I now live in UT), I do not drink in public places as it takes away my edge.

    Semper Vigilans is Latin for always vigilant. It is all about situational awareness.
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    I typically am like ya'll. I sit with my back to a wall or in a corner, within sight of the doors and where i can see whats going on. If it's summer and i'm on a motorcycle I will pretty much always insist on sitting somewhere I can see the bike.

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    Same as the OP.... waitress gets a weird look when i tell her "i don't want to sit here, i want to sit over their".
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    I don't need to be in a corner, or back against a wall, but I prefer to be toward the back , facing the door, and strong side away from the aisle or passing customers.
    Last edited by FallonJeeper; 02-18-2012 at 12:42 PM.

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    Now I know why it's so hard find a place to sit.You guys took all the good spots.lol

    You can't be aware of your surroundings if you can't see your surroundings

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    My wife thinks I'm nuts for always taking the "tactical" seat and maintaining awareness.
    Does anyone here actually believe that the Founders were sitting around in John Adams' tavern UNARMED because they believed a bar should be a gun free zone?

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    A friend of mine was shot at while in his own restaurant many years ago , the shooter was outside and shot thru the big front window . luckily the window took enough out of the slug and it didn't hit him (shooter had been "asked" to leave the restaurant earlier that night), he never sat with his back to the window again. when we would go out to eat together we had specific places we would sit , and if a window was the only option usually it had set of blinds that could be turned so that no one saw in well

    i had always preferred the back , or quite part of a restaurant, never liked crowds , so as i learned more about situational awareness it just made even more sense.

    my wife knows i want to sit in the back against a wall when we go to a restaurant i also like fire exits , the kind that only open out near by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcawdor57 View Post
    Yep...don't want to go out like Wild Bill Hickok!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TyGuy View Post
    yup, no aces and 8s for me.
    Heh. Think about the dudes he was playing with.

    "Aw man. That sucks. Say....what did he have? Ooooh. Aces & 8s. My lucky day."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nutczak View Post
    typically away from the street side of the business.
    This reminds me that I like to see my car at all times from where I am sitting as well as the other criteria I mentioned.


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    Ive always been one to want to see the door...even before CC/OC was a consideratoin in WI... When i got married i had to fight HER for the view-of-the-door seat.

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    Yup. My wife even looks to give me the correct side of the table/booth now.

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