Congratulations on OCing. In terms of stares and confrontations it usually just depends on where you go. Stores that sell guns, ammo, or gun accessories actually tend to have restrictions on carrying. I believe this is mainly due to their insurance policy and to avoid accidents where one might confuse a loaded and unloaded handgun while the person is looking at different guns. Every gun shop I've been to either requires you to case the weapon (and they provide temporary cases), carry without one in the chamber, or carry completely unloaded while in the store. I'm not sure what kind of stares you received but if you were in stores that sell guns, people were probably looking at your gun more out of interest than out of fear. I get some stares in restaurants and stores but only the occasional wacko reaction. The only place that tends to make me more uneasy about OCing is in banks because they do seem to be more "sensitive" environments. Anyway, good luck.