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    i am just not that comfortable OC do you ever get used to it only been doing it short time

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    Quote Originally Posted by charleysbad View Post
    i am just not that comfortable OC do you ever get used to it only been doing it short time
    charleysbad- I am relatively new to OC as well. Last night I ended up in a situation that I believe had I been OCing I likely wouldn't have been in; of course I was in Denver and OC wasn't an option for me, but that's not the point. I posted it last night on the Colorado forum. I just starting carrying a firearm months ago and still am somewhat shocked that I found myself really close to drawing on someone; but like I said, I was in down town Denver and Denver has a recent and long history of it's share of problems. So I probably shouldn't be too shocked. The point is, if you know you're abiding by the law you'll quickly get past your discomfort; spending time on this forum reading old post is very helpful, too. It seems like just about everything has been discussed and it's likely someone has already gone through and posted about a situation you might find yourself in. There is a wealth of information around here; so stick around and soak up all you can!

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    Every time you carry it gets easier. When I first started OCing I have to admit I was pretty nervous but now it's not a big deal at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by entartet17 View Post
    Every time you carry it gets easier. When I first started OCing I have to admit I was pretty nervous but now it's not a big deal at all.
    I agree with entartet17 it becomes less of an issue.

    You should read Lokster’s story, my personal thoughts are that open carry will in most cases prevent crime simply because of the obvious deterrent.

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    It most definitely does get easier the more you do it.

    When I first started carrying I CC'd for 6 days and after the discomfort and constantly trying to keep the gun hidden I said screw it and bought an OC holster on day 7. I have not looked back since.

    Keep your wits about you and act like it belongs on your side and it will be no big deal in no time. OCing with others is a good way of gaining confidence also.

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    As said above, it will become natural to you eventually here in CO or other states where lawful. Keeping an edge while doing it and good SA comes along with it.

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    IME, the discomfort can be a good thing. Learn to focus it into situational awareness rather than distraction. I often carry solely BECAUSE it reminds me not to be too "comfortable" with my surroundings.

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    Always a little uncomfortable when going someplace I have not been before when OC, What will someone think or say. Was in Wendy's recently with a full contigent of folks from Douglas County Sherrif's office. Got a couple funny stares but they seemed to be fine with it. Other places are more comfortable, like Wally World, Hope Depot. Takes some time, and as others have said, it brings your situational awareness to a new level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charleysbad View Post
    i am just not that comfortable OC do you ever get used to it...
    Absolutely. I've only been OCing for a year, yet these days the only difference between OC and NoC is that I need to maintain my vigilance due to the responsibility of carrying a firearm.
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    I've hit the point where I feel weird when I CC. OC does definately require one to pay closer attention to their surroundings.
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    Speaking from experience and feeling just like you, YES you do get used to it. Although I still notice I'm a bit more polite & outgoing when I OC. I think it may just be that I don't want anyone to mistake my intentions.

    Quote Originally Posted by charleysbad View Post
    i am just not that comfortable OC do you ever get used to it only been doing it short time

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogidu View Post
    Although I still notice I'm a bit more polite & outgoing when I OC. I think it may just be that I don't want anyone to mistake my intentions.
    How insightful! That's it exactly.
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    I really don't think about it anymore unless someone brushes against me, then my hands twitch.

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    I've been carrying for about 2 years now in WI. Every time I get in and out of my vehicle, I have to load and unload. Other than that, I'm very comfortable with OC. I usually don't get noticed by people, and if I do, they just look and then go about their business as I go about mine.
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    I have now been carrying for nine years, and it does get more comfortable. To me its now part of my daily wardrobe, and I think about it only slightly more than I do about my socks. I am consious of when I put on, but then it just fades into background consiousness. During the day I know I am wearing socks, but I'm not consiously aware of them.

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    yes you will get use to it, I drive a truck around the nation (except for few states ..if I can't carry a gun in that state they don't need my freight) I don't bring up gun carry subjects to others they bring it up to me when they see me ocing, and thats when all the other that wanted to ask me about ocing start asking questions ,cause they want to oc too but never seen one doing it even tho they heard about it. So don't think about the discomforts of ocing,instead look at it as a great oppertunity to open the mind and eyes of others to exercising their rights. it just benifits us all, after all this is one of many rights that I volenteered time in the service for, as well as our men and women that are injured and dying over. I can't even begin to tell you the feeling you get if and when a serviceman comes up and says thank you for exercising the rights that he/she went to war for.

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