posted on Dec, 24 2009 @ 03:55 AM
My $0.02, from a daily CCer's perspective
Personally I think this one is totally false. Maybe if you're carrying a 10" K-frame Smith & Wesson.
UPPER BODY SHIFT
There is some truth to this one. For example, when seating at a restaurant, I will try to make sure my gun side is facing inside the booth, or away
from the crowd. Same thing when I'm at the store and need to bend over to get something, or reach up high on a shelf. Completely impossible, IMO,
to use this as an accurate way to determine whether someone is carrying, unless they are very blatantly trying to keep one side out of view.
I'd say this one is the best way to spot a person carrying. There's definitely some truth in the fact that your gun will shift occasionally, even
with a good holster. Not so sure about the examples given (descending stairs or stepping onto a curb) but definitely when squatting, bending over,
etc. I very seldom touch my gun to re-adjust, a good holster will prevent you from needing to do this frequently, but I will almost always tug at the
back of my shirt after making such movements to make sure it hasn't ridden up over the gun grip.
RUNNING FROM THE RAIN
Not an issue with a good holster. I played touch football over Thanksgiving wearing an XD45c the whole time. "Mexican carry" definitely no
running, you would have to grab onto it.
Definitely some truth here. I get suspicious when I see gangbangers wearing hoodies or sweatshirts in warm weather. Nowadays with so many people
carrying cell phones, PDA's, etc. it's hard to determine exactly what is a lump under someone's shirt at the beltline, or heavy item in a coat
I can see how nearly all of these things may apply to someone inexperienced at carrying a gun. For someone who does it every day, with proper gear
(IWB holster), they just don't apply.
I carried for over a year before my dad found out just a few weeks ago. He asked "How long have you been doing that?" I replied, "I've been
carrying a gun every time you've seen me for the last year."
Not long ago the subject of concealed carry came up with some co-workers over lunch, and one of them blabbed that I had taken the CCH course. Another
asked, "So do you have your gun on you now?"
My response was "Well, that's the great thing about it being concealed, you'll never know until you try to rob me!"