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    Well, it is starting to look very solid- our planned relocation to the countryside outside of Fallon is about 7 weeks off.

    Since we are getting acreage, will be pasturing animals, and have a police response time int he half hour range (on a good day. we're kinda out there) - I'm going to upgrade my "house carry" to a larger revolver from my pocket auto.

    But, since I'm moving to an OC friendly state, I guess I'm just wondering, how common, uncommon is it out away from the reno/carson or vegas corridors? I noticed one OC on various trips out to Fallon, at the local ranch supply store. I may have missed some, but a large frame smith with a 6 inch barrel (recognizable since I have one) on a slot/loop belt isn't something that slips by your eyes.

    I intend to OC rather an go concealed simply because I feel it's more socially responsible, but that's a whole other subject

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    I live in Fallon and am active in SFA (www.stillwaterfirearms.org)

    How common is OC? Well, depends on how one defines "common." It is somewhat common (I frequently OC), but I don't see tons of folks OCing.

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    Common I would say NO.

    I would think the question to ask is "What is the response to OC and how is it handled?"

    Most everywhere outside of the larger cities it is not unusual to see OC and it is not regarded as anything to be suspect of. Most won't give it a second glance unless it's something of interest to them or strikingly obvious. ie an original colt SA in a fancy gunslingers rig or Desert Eagle 50 in there Gold Tigerstripe finish. I was stopped in Virginia City by one of the local "gunfighters" because of the Bisley grip on my 44 Vaquero caught his eye. It was a pleasant converstion. Most people will not be carrying OC. It won't look like a Vegas Strip meet and greet at the local Walmart. You will still have the occasional run in with LE. My friend had one coming back from a cowboy action shoot while OCing. Nothing came of it but he had to deal with the officer. I would say just go about your business and enjoy life. I doubt you'll have any troubles.

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    When I was a teen in Scottsdale, back in the early to mid 80s, it wasn't common - in the majority sense- to see OC, but it wasn't comment-worthy (except to canadian snowbirds). People have ranches, people carry.

    And honestly, I'm not planning on walking around with an IPSC combat rig or anything.

    I've been debating which way I'm going to go on EDC, I have a VERY easy to carry mauser, but it's not very utilitarian in the sense of taking a coyote or feral dog off the pasture or getting a venomous snake near the house.

    I'm looking at either one of my 6 inch revolvers- granted, they are big enough that you don't skip over them with your eye, but they aren't "black guns". They are "cowboy" I guess.

    LE encounters would be the biggest prospective issue- I generally like to avoid police notice just because once they start hunting they dig and dig and dig and try to "work you" until they have some reason to do something. (this isn't universal, but happens often enough, at least in the coastal states I've lived in out west)

    I do plan to introduce myself professionally to the local LE agencies once we move- I make custom gear - some of which LEOs carry. That might help some at least in the sense that I won't be John Doe.



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    At your place, I figure it's going to be pretty common.

    Around town, common enough to not worry about it.

    I'm just outside a fairly new bedroom community north of Reno. I carry most of the time. It gets looks, but that isn't a problem for me.



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    yeah, around the house and the countryside it will be common enough. I don't figure it will be a huge problem running to harmon junction for eggs or anything. I don't know how often I'll even be going into Fallon proper. I prefer having people over to running around bars or whatever for socializing.

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    I live NW of town in a small county subdivision, and typically do yard work OC, and walk the dog carrying (open or concealed, depending upon the weather). I think I am the only one in my area doing so. The neighbor spoke to me several times, and he mentioned "if the SHTF, I am moving my family in with you!" :celebrate
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    In my neck of the woods (Stateline & Carson City) I haven't seen anyone OC in the past few years.

    Unless you count the folks who go shooting on 207 south of Genoa by the hot springs. I see people shooting right off of the road almost every weekend. Can't hear them at 55 MPH but there's anywhere from 5-15 people in different groups.

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    I spent some time this last spring up in the Fernley area and OC everywhere. The only comment was a guy at the bank who stopped me to talk about some upcoming anti 2A legislation. Other than that, no onegave meso much as a glance. We made a couple stops in Fallon and a few other places on the way back to Henderson and hadno problems.

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    I live 20mi. north of Sparks on 40 acres. Everyday I strap on my "Judge" to feed the chickens and pigs.....change sprinklers.....do tractor work....ride down to mail box....work in the shop.....etc. When I go to town I change my "Judge" for my "Kimber 1911" sometimes OC and sometimes CC . It's very nice here in Nevada. I strap on my "Judge" just like pullin on my boots. Enjoy the "FREEDOM".....We all know it came with a price !

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    I was in Fallon a couple of weeks ago, OC , got a haircut. No problems at all. I routinely OC in Winnemucca. I have done so around all manner of LEO, no problems. The same for Caliente. Ely, Tonopah, and Wells are some other places, no comments, no one seemed to care. I have been asked a time or two if I'm "off duty".

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    Soilent I believe you and I are neighbors. I live in the valley near the BLM Wild Horse facility. You have probibley seen me around and just didn't know it. It's not hard to miss my company truck. Yellow H1 Hummer.

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    This is actually more response than I was expecting! I mean, I know the 2nd district is big in area, but there's not really that many people (especially compared to the coastal areas of the nation)



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    Yes, Gunrunner1911......I see that yellow Hummer on the road ....Neighbors we are!! Good to know there are a few fellow PATRIOTS close by.

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    Hmmm, I just saw that yellow Hummer today for the first time and most certainly did a double take. I like it.



    OC isn't common in the sticks by my mortal observation. Most of the time I'll OC if I'm out 4x4ing in the desert and I have yet to run into another who wasn't simply target shooting on the BLM.



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    Greetings all ,
    I am new to the forum and live out on Pioneer rd area, I open carry when out and about my property mainly because I have to shoo away those that seem to think it is ok to hunt on private property out here.. So I either have my .45 or an AK near by.

    If you have to climb over 2 sets of barbed wire you would think that would be a tip off..

    But anyway...

    I have been thinking about OC here as of late as with the drug problem, rampant gun theft and the gangs now, it seems that the powers that be have applied the "Ignore the problem, or do not acknowledge it and it does not exist" approach.

    I have several friends on multiple departments here, and asked a former Deputy who is now working for a different agency about it.. he hesitated and said... well you can but we do not endorse it.

    I was like you can not endorse it all you want but it does not make it any more less legal to carry.... he laughed and said well you might get harassed about it lol...


    I often think about the concept of,

    Open carry is perfectly legal, but then you have to go get a permit to conceal which is illegal..... So you are deterred from doing the legal to asking permission and getting a paper to do that which is illegal...

    Bureaucratic trapping boggles the mind...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teufelhund View Post
    Greetings all ,
    I was like you can not endorse it all you want but it does not make it any more less legal to carry.... he laughed and said well you might get harassed about it lol...
    I know he's your buddy so you can do what you like, but if a police officer were to laugh and tell me that my lawful activity might get me harassed (by officers), I'd file an internal affairs complaint. And if I actually do get harassed, I'd file another one.

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    Welcome to fallon (well, welcome from Fallon to the forums).


    Carry On. If you do get harassed, file. If someone "threatens" that you may be harassed, file.


    If you want a TRUE eye-opener, speak to the SFA's head CCW instructor.



    Quote Originally Posted by Teufelhund View Post
    Greetings all ,
    I am new to the forum and live out on Pioneer rd area, I open carry when out and about my property mainly because I have to shoo away those that seem to think it is ok to hunt on private property out here.. So I either have my .45 or an AK near by.

    If you have to climb over 2 sets of barbed wire you would think that would be a tip off..

    But anyway...

    I have been thinking about OC here as of late as with the drug problem, rampant gun theft and the gangs now, it seems that the powers that be have applied the "Ignore the problem, or do not acknowledge it and it does not exist" approach.

    I have several friends on multiple departments here, and asked a former Deputy who is now working for a different agency about it.. he hesitated and said... well you can but we do not endorse it.

    I was like you can not endorse it all you want but it does not make it any more less legal to carry.... he laughed and said well you might get harassed about it lol...


    I often think about the concept of,

    Open carry is perfectly legal, but then you have to go get a permit to conceal which is illegal..... So you are deterred from doing the legal to asking permission and getting a paper to do that which is illegal...

    Bureaucratic trapping boggles the mind...
    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrightme View Post
    Welcome to fallon (well, welcome from Fallon to the forums).

    Carry On. If you do get harassed, file. If someone "threatens" that you may be harassed, file.

    If you want a TRUE eye-opener, speak to the SFA's head CCW instructor.

    Well said!

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    I never see anyone open carry

    I've gotten questions from some, a Californicator said "he doesn't know why people need AK47's" even though I carry a glock. The one comment from the local sheriff was "you know you need a ccw to conceal,right"? but that was it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CA_Coyote View Post
    Well, it is starting to look very solid- our planned relocation to the countryside outside of Fallon is about 7 weeks off.

    Since we are getting acreage, will be pasturing animals, and have a police response time int he half hour range (on a good day. we're kinda out there) - I'm going to upgrade my "house carry" to a larger revolver from my pocket auto.

    But, since I'm moving to an OC friendly state, I guess I'm just wondering, how common, uncommon is it out away from the reno/carson or vegas corridors? I noticed one OC on various trips out to Fallon, at the local ranch supply store. I may have missed some, but a large frame smith with a 6 inch barrel (recognizable since I have one) on a slot/loop belt isn't something that slips by your eyes.

    I intend to OC rather an go concealed simply because I feel it's more socially responsible, but that's a whole other subject
    I've open carried in Nevada a few times without incident. I carried in Vegas, no issues. I've carried on U.S. 395 up past Walker Lake, no issues at gas stations or pit stops. I've open carried in Douglas County and Washoe County with no issues. I open carried at Bruno's in Gerlach. I've open carried in Carson City, I got a couple of looks at the Best Buy at the base of U.S. 50, but no one said anything.

    Watch out in Nevada for Indian Reservations. According to Public Law 280, they are not a "mandatory" state like California or Wisconsin. I know that Pyramid Lake prohibits firearms without a tribal permit. Even though Indian Reservations are federal juristictions, I guess the 2nd amendment doesn't apply (not yet anyway).

    In all fairness, the Pyramid Lake PD were extremely friendly, but I did ask about firearms and they are a no go.

    You can now open carry in the State Park System (would have been WONDERFUL when I was in Lake Tahoe) over the summer, but it's a new change (and welcomed). I could be mistaken, but I think Clark County is still playing games over carry in their county parks. It's legal, but last I heard, the bureaucrats don't care.

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    I don't know about the Reno-Las Vegas areas. but I have open carried extensively in a few Nevada towns with no comments (except positive) and no problems with local law enforcement, Lovelock, Winnemucca (always) Fallon, Tonopah, Gabbs, Elko, Wells, Ely, Caliente, Paradise Valley, Middlegate, Carver's, (not sure if the last two qualify as towns, but they are the places I prefer) some I was just passing through, most though, I was there for several days working.

    Several times I was noticed by some flavor of Law Enforcement, none ever said anything. Except for one deputy sheriff who told me he would die for the 2nd amendment. He also cautioned me about "if the bad guy sees you are armed, he will shoot you first."

    I carried some in Mesquite but mostly I was creeped out by the place.

    For me,and I dislike the necessity, it is a political act as much as anything else. I would rather carry concealed but I can't bring myself to get permission. I concealed carried for years in Denver, especially when I was with my S.O. without a "permit". Of course here in Nevada it is, I understand, a felony to do so.

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