To Conceal or Not to Conceal

That is the question. For sure one of the under the rug talking discussions when interacting with pro-gun and anti-gun individuals. Yes, it is your constitutional right to bear arms but there is a time to be open and a time to be concealed. I know I open at Wally World(Walmart) because you never know what is going to happen. Walmart is just a huge cesspool for all
Things bad. I carry there even after a woman was screaming at a manager saying it was unsafe when she saw a man walking about with an open carry.

(Blackhawk Serpa Level 3 Duty Holster, Featuring Auto-Lock Technology)

That is everyone who carries worst nightmare. That unwanted hoopla creates by uneducated individuals. Concealed carry gets the same dumb stuff too especially if you wear the wrong article of clothing and your shirt comes up revealing your weapon. Can’t really win in the situation. Another thing to consider is when you open you are presenting to the whole world that you have a weapon. The criminals included. While holsters have come a long way, not many of them have an actual “lock”. At the moment I know Blackhawk makes that specific spec but not very many other companies have ventured over.

Retention is a great system but the biggest flaw with open carry is the fact that any crazy person could come up if you’re not paying attention and snag your sidearm. While that doesn’t exactly happen, you can never be too cautious when it comes to firearm safety. The benefit of concealed carry is that you are required to take s course. The course means more training for the instructors who already probably ask a million and one questions. More training means better “equipped” passerby’s that are trained in gun safety since a license is required to be shown for an address.

This won’t always mean safer situations but the more training the better. Would you rather have a formally trained CCW holder or a sell trained open carry, passerby? I know I’d rather have someone who is trained. While they still won’t be great in many situations those trained tend to prevail with cooler heads. Do you think one is better than the other? Or is nothing really different and we should just do what we want?

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Angelo Pisa

Angelo grew up in California before enlisting in the United States Army in the summer of 2013. After an unfortunate injury, he left the Army in December of 2014. He now spends his time running two growing businesses and is in the process of starting another. His hobbies include sports, anything automotive and firearms.
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  1. Wouldn’t the ultimate arbitrator in this debate be the laws of your state regarding concealed and open carry? However, assuming that you live in a state that allows for both, I am a bit more in favor of concealed carry–provided that you are not sacrificing sight picture, magazine capacity, and overall ergonomics just to have a truly concealable pistol.

    Open carry definitely allows you much more freedom in your choice of defensive firearm, but it also has some notable downsides–like the experience that you mentioned. I’m glad to hear that nothing more came of that incident, but given how on-edge many Americans–and law enforcement–are these days, that situation could have escalated quite quickly if the police were called! Not all law enforcement officers are well-trained in approaching and defusing such situations without unnecessary escalation.

    Moreover, if law-abiding citizens can easily notice your open-carry firearm, so can criminals. And if they see you are openly carrying a firearm, they may choose to try to take you out first, most likely from behind.

    I personally believe that BOTH concealed and open carry should require proficiency classes to prove that you are reasonably capable of using your firearm to defend yourself and possibly others if the need arises. If you are not capable of doing this, then you have no business carrying a firearm outside your property. If I’m not mistaken, the gun laws in the Czech Republic work along those lines–you can buy firearms (with even fewer restrictions than in the U.S. regarding fully automatic weapons) relatively freely, but you can only carry if you can pass a proficiency class. Such a law, if brought to the U.S., wouldn’t infringe upon anyone’s 2nd Amendment Rights, but would make ALL of us safer.

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