I haven't been carrying very long, only about 3 months, but I now understand what people mean when they say they feel "naked" without their gun. It's not so much a feeling of helplessness or defenselessness, because I'm neither helpless nor defenseless without a pistol. It's simpler than that...I just don't...feel right. My pants fit funny. I'm so used to having that lump in my waist that when it's gone, something doesn't seem quite right. My pants sag a little bit, even with my belt tighter. When I bend over, I have a momentary panic- something's missing! Wait, wait...no it isn't, I'm not carrying today. When I walk, I don't feel that now-familiar sway in my step. It's all around funny. I now understand what people mean when they say they feel naked-It's how I used to feel without wearing a belt. It's now become "normal" for me to carry, and to not be carrying is strange. It's very intriguing.