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July 24, 2011

Concealment is a Good Thing

One last item from the wedding we attended up in Pittsburg, NH over the Fourth of July weekend. Friends that had been camping there during the week informed us that there were bears around. Not only that, but they didn't seem to be afraid of people. The evidence of the non-fear was bear scat left just in front of their tent - a sight they were greeted with as they got up one morning.

WS and I decided that it might be prudent to be prepared, so I took my Sig. I had it physically on me at all times (except while sleeping), but I think I concealed it pretty well;

Front View
Front View 
So, you get to guess where it is at. There are a couple of tells, but they are subtle and unless you are looking for them, the average person would not even suspect that I was carrying. Of course, if any of the people from the 2A blogs show up here - they will probably get it right off. Fortunately for you lay-people, they don't frequent this site, so you get first crack at it.

As an aside - you can tell how much sun we hadn't had up to that point; I don't even have a tan yet in the pictures! My arms are much darker now.

Posted by Bogie on July 24, 2011 at 06:59 AM in 2nd Amendment Rights, Travel | Permalink


Stage left, front pocket?

Would you use the noise of firing the Sig to scare the bear off or would you need to harm the bear before trying the noise thing?

Posted by: Cop Car at Jul 24, 2011 11:05:43 AM

No, on both counts.

Those are my car and bike keys in my front left pocket.

The only reason for firing a gun, other than practice or competition, is because it is needed to stop an attack (animal or human).

Firing a gun in some random direction, especially in the dark, would be an invitation to hurt someone unintentionally. Even firing into the sky is not a safe bet as the bullet has to come down somewhere. No to mention that just "touching off a round" would violate at least 2 of the safe gun handling rules.

Posted by: bogie at Jul 24, 2011 2:53:37 PM

Torso, your left?

Posted by: Jay at Jul 24, 2011 6:35:05 PM

Heaven forbid that the bullet (for scaring anything off) be fired into the air. I'm thinking of firing into the ground - well away from one's feet, of course.

Yes, I should hope that if you are going to carry a firearm you know how to put an attacker off his/its stride; but, if it were my choice to make, and if I had the time and space, I should choose to scare a beast before resorting to lethal means.

Posted by: Cop Car at Jul 24, 2011 6:36:25 PM

I can't help but think what a cop said following the one gunfire incident in which I was involved. Mind you, two well-trained people (Marines) were firing at one another from close to point-blank range in the dark, eliciting the remark, "They did a good job of missing one another!"

Posted by: Cop Car at Jul 24, 2011 6:40:58 PM

Jay - That is cheating Somewhere on the left torso. Front? Back? Side? Anyway, any of those are incorrect. Next guesses need to be exact location, since a lot of my body has been eliminated.

Cop Car - Into the ground - good one, with all the rock around here. An attack means that you don't have space or time to do anything but defend.

Posted by: bogie at Jul 25, 2011 4:36:17 AM

Appendix carry on the right?

Posted by: crosswiredmind at Jul 27, 2011 2:11:34 PM

Ankle holster, but I just can't tell which leg.

Posted by: Brent at Jul 27, 2011 10:46:43 PM

Ankle holster, but I just can't tell which leg.

Posted by: Brent at Jul 27, 2011 10:46:43 PM

Brent - If I had on an ankle holster, I';m pretty sure I wouldn't have it on the right ankle as It would be right next to the hot exhaust of the motorcycle all day).

Crosswiredmind - You win the prize (hmm, now what did I do with that thing). Now, who can tell me how this particular responder knew (as I mentioned, there are 2 tells - one which is very easy to spot).

Posted by: bogie at Jul 28, 2011 4:33:56 AM

What I saw was the way you were holding your right arm, the way your shirt hangs between your right arm and your body, and there is a small black clip that looks like it goes to an IWB holster.

Posted by: crosswiredmind at Jul 28, 2011 10:54:30 AM