Open carry is a fad these days... I guess the gun rags have been writing it up, since pretty much all the decent states to live in now have concealed carry. Heck, they gotta write about something... And, frankly, in any states open carry is far more of a political statement than a personal safety choice. Now, the way I see it, if you wanna play that game, there's an easy way, and there's a hard way... The easy way: You wear a nice 1911, glock, whatever, in a nice brown retention holster, maybe black, but brown is friendlier, and smile at folks and be pleasant. If you want an extra magazine or two, well, you've got a pocket. You're a nice -normal- example of a smiling -normal- person. The hard way: You strap on that tacticool thing you bought outta the cheap pages of Shotgun News, and cram in a desert eagle, or something else huge. Extra points if the thing has an extra belt that goes around your shoulder or your thigh. More extra points if it won't stretch around your thigh without pain. Now, you stuff all the magazine holders that you bought at the same tacticool joint. Hang them off various webbing points. Put on your "Kill 'em all, then kill 'em again" t-shirt, your sunglasses, and make sure you've practiced your scowl in the mirror, because you gotta look mean the whole time. If it takes more than 10 minutes for the police to show after you make your public appearance, you're doing it wrong. But it's still your right. Yup. Scare the heck outta those folks, make sure they vote to take all those guns away from you. But that's still your right. Now... Which method is going to win the hearts and minds of the general population? If all you're looking to do is irritate the local constabulary, strap your crap on, and go stand in front of the police station. But if you wanna go to the mall, sheesh, folks, we're in a war of public relations, and some of y'all seem to be determined to lose it for all of us.