Went and picked up my boat today and stopped by the store on our way back from Pullman. I was open carrying cause it was freaking hot. As I walked through the checkout line the clerk asked me if I was an off off duty cop. I chuckled and said, “No, I just believe in being prepared to defend myself and in the process exercise my rights.” It is especially nice to carry it today considering what it is.
Overall he was actually quite happy with it and was interested in what I was carrying. He was even further surprised to hear the wife normally carries as well. Sadly there were people behind us in line so the conversation ended up getting rushed. Ultimately though yet again I have carried my firearm, as so many times before, and it hasn’t just magically jumped out of it’s holster and shot someone. CSGV and the Brady Bunch keep saying that it will result in blood in the streets or that it will alarm citizens. The only real behavior I’ve personally seen is curiosity like the above.
Something even more curious is trying wearing a HT ham radio with a hand microphone. While wearing a paddle holstered 1911. All the questions you will have will be about the radio, absolutely no one notices the firearm, or if they do they dismiss it as “normal” since the radio is more abnormal. If my thoughts regarding that are correct, it means that slowly we’re winning the normalization fight.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.