Lessons learned first time to carry

Discussion in 'Texas Concealed Handgun (CHL)' started by Kc5, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. Kc5

    Kc5 New Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    Kind of long, but amusing

    My license showed up on a Saturday and the next day we were going to Canton. Most of you in the central and eastern part of the state know what I'm talking about. It is a like a GIANT flea market that draws thousands of people. I thought like was a good time to try everything out.

    We made a restroom stop, just before we got there and I tucked my PF9 in my IWB holster at the 1:00 position. When I got back into the car the gun shifted a bit and thought I would re-adjust when we got out again. Wrong, we were now in a parking lot with hundreds of people walking around and no opportunity to make adjustments. So off we went and walked around for about an hour and it felt like the gun was about to fall out. By now most of you that have carried for a long time are laughing. I thought if I went to the restroom, I could get some privacy and re-adjust again. Wrong again. I must have picked the only restroom on the place with no doors on the stalls and people waiting in line to use them. I finally got the chance to pull the gun out and just stick it in my jacket pocket. I kept it there until we left. After about 5 hours we were cold and wet from rain.

    Off to Academy in Longview. No need to try a new carry position on this trip so I just left the gun in the pocket on the jacket I was wearing. Left there and stopped for Mexican food. At this point, the trial run for carrying this day is over. We got out of the car and just before closing the door on the locked car, I tossed the jacket and gun back into the back seat. Wouldn't you know, in the rain in this dark parking lot, there was a black man hiding behind the car next to us. He approached quickly and said he needed seven dollars for something or another. I said to myself; "you have got to be kidding me". He must have heard this, with the puzzled look, he had. He stood there for a second and then bolted out of sight. I didn't see a weapon and he may not have been a threat. If he was, being outnumbered 4 to 1 may have been enough. Who knows.

    $110 for CHL class, $140 for CHL, long wait for license.....leaving the gun in the car........

    The 2 hour ride home allowed time for reflection. Threats can present themselves quickly.
    Rules for me:
    If you're going to carry, carry always (when legal)
    If you're going to carry, find the best way for you, which I finally did
    If you're going to carry, keep gun quickly accessible
    If you're going to carry, keep a bullet in the chamber, if auto

  2. hkusp1

    hkusp1 TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Mar 25, 2009
    lol sounds like rules to live by, now if my license ever shows up i will implement those rules into action. :banghead:
  3. RPB

    RPB Active Member

    Dec 9, 2009
    Like the old John Prine song, The Accident (Things Could Be Worse) ...

    Good rules
  4. MadMo44Mag

    MadMo44Mag TGT Addict

    Jan 23, 2009
    Yep 1st days lesson sounds like a good one.
    Your rules are sound but you will find as seasons change so does the way you carry so be prepared for the upcoming summer.
  5. TXCleaver

    TXCleaver Member

    Dec 5, 2009
    When in Canton, I wonder if people bother with a CHL if they're carrying while sitting in those handi-scooters that are so popular there. :p
  6. Al Swearengen®

    Al Swearengen® Member

    Dec 1, 2009
    Tyler, TX
    Lesson learned.

    I actually prefer a Galco Cop Slide. It's an OWB holster that hugs my hip really well and my Glocks love it. I usually wear Hawaiian shirts and it works better than an IWB.

    Keep carrying my friend!
  7. Texican Scotty

    Texican Scotty Member

    Feb 13, 2009
    Humble, TX
    I think that one day all of us should wear Hawaiian shirts and just nod to one another.
  8. RPB

    RPB Active Member

    Dec 9, 2009
    I have a coup;e Hawaiian shirts, but I really like these ...
    Guyaberra shirt, big and tall
    Concealed Carry Clothing
    Guns Magazine, by Massad Ayoob
    "My fellow geezers and 1 can't say today's young people haven't done anything for us. They have made it fashionable to wear loose clothing. "Relaxed fit" pants and Docker's trousers might as well have been made for concealing compact handguns. in pocket holsters and ankle holsters.
    ....In the South, particularly Florida, the Cuban-style Guyaberra shirt is "in" for casual wear ... Old Cuba was an armed society; this shirt remains uniquely suitable for members of an armed society today."
    If not windy, leave bottom button unbuttoned ... not only is that the style (evidenced by this fasion model), but allows quicker access ...
  9. Buck Nekkid

    Buck Nekkid Member

    Sep 30, 2009
    San Antonio
    Here in San Antonio the Guyaberra shirt has been popular forever! They even come with long sleeves for more formal ocassions!
  10. carver

    carver New Member

    Dec 5, 2009
    Many years ago I owned some of these shirts. Where can you find them these days? I looked it up on line, and the only folks selling them were thru on line sales. Would like to shop for them locally, any sugestion? I to utilize the Hawaiian shirts, as well as extra large T shirts.

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