I am always learning and exploring different options with regards to weapons carry. I am interested in OC, however am concerned by the fact that I am "showing my cards" so to speak.
Although I am sure this is rare, I don't want to invite confrontation just because an antagonizer notices my weapon and decides to be a jerk about it. In some aspects, concealing the weapon would lower the odds of this happening, simply because no one knows that I am packing.
I would like to know:
1. What your thoughts are regarding my concerns, do you have any tips/suggestions?
2. If you have been antagonized by someone because they saw your weapon and if so, how did you handle it?
3. Have you had someone try and reach/take your visible weapon?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
You have some legitimate concerns. I will do my best to answer them.
1. Open versus Concealed carry is debated constantly amongst those who carry a firearm for protection. Really there is no cut and dry answer. Proponents of concealed carry argue that concealed gives you a tactical advantage because the bad guy doesn't know you are armed. Open carriers say that by displaying the weapon, bad guys are deterred from committing violent or criminal acts in their presence. CC people then argue that the OC'er will be the first to get shot/attacked by the bad guy. OC'ers say that carrying openly shows the public that good guys (other than law enforcement and military) carry weapons too and that by stimulating discussion they not only educate the public but normalize firearms in the community and thus further the gun owner's cause. Really the choice is yours and depends on what YOU think is most likely to happen and what you feel comfortable with.
2. No one has antagonized me about openly carrying. I have had a couple people ask if it was legal - because they thought it wasn't. This is where education and being an upstanding citizen has its advantages. I have had the opportunity to educate and share my feelings about carrying to many people, hopefully giving them the courage and fortitude to decide that they will not be victims either. This is very rewarding.
3. No! Never have I had someone try to disarm me. I don't put it past anyone though, so I recommend using a holster with a secure retention system if you decide to carry openly. Don't rely on the tension mechanisms that are common in concealed carry holsters. BlackHawk makes SERPA level 2 and 3 retention holsters that are excellent. Trying to disarm someone is a good way to find yourself with a muzzel pointed at you or worse yet, getting shot. Don't let someone disarm you, take appropriate measures - get a good retention holster and stay in condition yellow - that should help prevent the incident in the first place.