Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Night Rider, Mar 21, 2022.
Yep. You’re right
Anyway, long way to get to this point but since I started making shooting and guns a substantial part of my extra curricular and significant area of interest, she starts buying me very bold gun T shirts and decals and stuff and I basically had to tell her not to waste her money because even if it's something I'm into, it's not something I'm going to wear on my shirt or advertise on my vehicle and that it may seem like part of my "whole thing", it's not a "lifestyle" that one should advertise unless your a sponsored competitor.
I know that certain brands might try to promote carrying and shooting as a "lifestyle" but I think it's sort of tacky and kitsch. I've seen some pretty horrible gun advertising where the man or woman is all decked out in tactical boots and pants, glock tee and hat or something like that, or the entire Texan family who is walking around the mall and all are wearing OWB full size guns for all to see and dad is wearing "these colors don't run" American flag shirt...... not my thing....
I always carry, have for many years and am proud to say that carrying is NOT my lifestyle.
I can’t even imagine a life so pathetic.
life·style | \ ˈlīf-ˈstī(-ə)l
: the typical way of life of an individual, group, or culture
It doesn't define me but I'm adamant about having it. And in the majority of cases if I can't carry it I don't go there.
Yup. When I was in the dating world, I never told any dates about it. It's called concealed for a reason
I still carry a pocket comb too, even though every day there's getting to be less of a chance I'll "need" it.
I don't pick clothing to conceal my firearm, I go where I want and if the law prohibits carry there, I don't carry there. I don't travel very much, but that's got nothing to do with carrying--I just don't like traveling.
Oddly enough, I think there would be more people carrying. I think a lot of people don't carry for reasons that have nothing to do with rational decision making. They worry about what people will think if they find out, they feel like carrying is some kind of a burden, they don't want to "live their life that way", whatever that means, etc. I see people actually getting emotionally exercised about the idea of carrying--in the same way I had someone get very angry at me when I suggested that they might want to close their rear-entry garage door for security purposes. It was as if they felt that by ignoring the issue, they were safer and they became emotional when I brought it up. In reality, it was really very easy for them to simply close the door when there was no reason to have it open.
I find it very easy to carry, I don't care what people think about my decisions, it's no burden to me and it fits in with my general philosophy of preparing for things that I can easily prepare for. I guess you could say I have a preparedness lifestyle, but even that isn't really right. It's more a philosophy than a lifestyle.
Carrying a firearm is just a symptom of that.
I just thought it strange to see this large poster after seeing this thread a few days ago. Looked at the poster, looked at the kid, told him have a nice day and my choice is a .45 ACP I know to be reliable on my hip at 4:00 O'Clock. I smiled, he smiled and I left.
That being said, carring concealed has certainly altered the my life in several ways. It has influenced my wardrobe, stores I choose to patronize, some purchasing habits, etc.. Although it isn't solely responsible, carrying concealed in conjunction with working in corrections has definitely led to me to be at "condition yellow" when in public. Really, anywhere other than my own house at that. Just much more aware of my surroundings than I was before either.
You have to be situationally aware at all times, a very stressful mode. I adapt to situations.
What? I'm just curious how that conversation begins...…………………..
What? No. Being situationally aware has nothing to do with wanting to get into a gun fight and everything to do with being aware of what is going on around you. Know where the exits are, identify possible issues, and don't knowingly put yourself in a position of disadvantage. That's just good situational awareness. Doesn't matter if I'm at my kids school or a massive public gathering. I always make sure to know what is going on around me, armed or not.
That is your choice. But I'm not letting another person's feeling dictate my safety.
Agree. I had a 12 year career in the woods. Had to watch out for weather, animals, tripping hazards, road obstacles, dead trees falling unexpectedly (nearly killed twice), rednecks, tourists wearing flip flops needing help, roaming dogs, dear and elk in the rut...………………..
The list goes on, but situational awareness doesn't really have anything to do with carrying a gun, it's just a state of mind, and sometimes there's a gun on your person to help get you out of a bad situation. Two separate things completely.
Yup. If they consider me so irresponsible and incapable of carrying a gun safely, then they don't actually know or care about me, and aren't people I need to be around.
Is wearing boots vs shoes two different “lifestyles” or just a choice of footwear?
Wearing boots vs shoes does not involve training, mindset, knowledge of law, being prohibited from going places that think you should not be allowed to protect yourself, additional responsibility, etc... it's hard to compare carrying other objects with carrying a gun.
My first wedding ring shrunk so badly I had to quit wearing it. Once I finally got it off my finger, I bought a larger one that still fits. So I guess my first wedding ring was symbolic of my rather sedentary and gluttonous "lifestyle."
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