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First Time Carrying In Public: What To Expect

So you’re a concealed carry virgin. We’ve all been there, and many of us probably had an anxiety-filled first time out into the world as an armed citizen. What is it going to be like while carrying out and about? What should I look out for? Will anyone notice? Is my Glock showing?

It’s a concern for many who are venturing out into the world for the first time with a firearm on them. Sometimes there is a little paranoia, sometimes it’s a little scary. Other times, it’s a moot point.

Based on my many discussions with people on carrying for the first time, there are a few things that always come up. Let’s touch on the top two.

Everyone will know I’m carrying

This is one of the top concerns with new concealed carriers. The second they step foot outside their home, anyone and everyone they come into contact with will somehow know they’re carrying a firearm. But the truth is, they’ll have no idea… as long as you’re concealing properly.

Remember; this is sadly how most people walk around now:

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Get it? These young ladies are literally about to walk into each other because they’re buried in their phones. They have absolutely no idea what’s going on around them. And it’s not just the young people. Folks of all ages are consumed with their electronics while out and about, they can’t even focus on much else, let alone your firearm that’s (hopefully) properly concealed and not printing.

And even if you are printing, most won’t even notice.

The keys to success start at home. With your rig on, check yourself out in the mirror. That’s right, you’re looking good! Make sure that your firearm and holster are concealed correctly. Bend down, bend over, make movements that you would make while out and about. If you’re not printing and your firearm isn’t exposed while doing these normal moves, you’re good to go.

If you do this, no one will ever notice that you have a firearm.