As I happily mentioned a few days ago, I now live in Iowa, and have a concealed carry permit. One of the holsters that I ordered arrived, and I’ve been carrying. Some of my preliminary observations are below:
So far, I’ve been using the SmartCarry holster, with good results. I’ll save my in-depth thoughts on this and other holsters until I’ve carried longer and had an opportunity to compare several different holsters. However I will say that concealment has not been a problem at all, regardless of the clothing that I wear. It is quite nice to be armed for self defense, although I hope to never have occasion to use my subcompact XD-40 for anything but target practice.
Lack of shootouts
On Saturday, I lawfully carried all day while running a bunch of errands, and enjoying a beautifully sunny day with my fiancée. During the course of the day, I had an idiot recklessly or perhaps intentionally cut me off in traffic, very nearly causing a collision that would have damaged the car I just bought. Contrary to the beliefs of people like Coach Randy Shannon, I never had the urge to draw my pistol and open fire on that driver. Instead, I went about my day, just as I’ve done a thousand time before when cut off by idiot drivers. Later that day, I arrived home just as the postman was coming by with the mail. Contrary to the assertions of people like Chicago’s Mayor Daley, I did not open fire on the postman. Instead, I waved back at the postman after he waved “hi” to me, and then went about my business. Later on, I saw my neighbor and her child in the yard next door. Although Mayor Daley would also be alarmed in this situation, I’m happy to report that not once did I shoot that neighbor, her small child, or her cute-but-yippy dogs. Instead, I said hello, did some yard work, and then went inside for dinner. As the statistics show, concealed carry permit holders (including me) are many times more law abiding than your average citizen, and virtually never misuse firearms. Instead, we lawfully protect ourselves and society as a whole from violent criminals who will carry a gun – even when a half dozen laws tell them not to do so.