One thing, if you carry a gun for defense and you are not confident in it's application, you haven't practiced enough. The bold portion of your post strikes me as a little um... off. I know that something will possibly happen? Not to pick nits here, but that screams of indecisiveness. Either you practice enough to know your capabilities or you shrug it off as "Murphy's Law". Might as well not even carry a gun if you're always expecting Murphy to show up. I mean, why bother... Murphy's just gonna screw you over, regardless of your carry method.
I train a lot, and by training, I mean professional training. I go to two or three 3-day classes a year and shoot every other week and I can tell you without a doubt that even under stress, your body will do what it is trained to do as long as you've put the appropriate amount of smart training into it. (by smart I mean not just blazing thru ammo like a lot of people do on Youtube and call it training)
I carry IWB all the time with my shirt untucked over it and have no problems drawing under stress, even while moving off the X. It wasn't always that way, but after years of carrying this way, I can confidently state that Murphy has no room in my training regimen.
I prefer concealed carry, but I would like to point out a potential flaw in your scenario:
IMO, it's a psychological guess at what you think your average bad guy is going to do, and there's no right answer tactically. Is he a cowardly mugger looking for easy cash? Is he a druggie willing to do anything for his next high? Is he an experienced shoplifter who knows a fight would be too high profile? Is he a wanna be gangbanger with something to prove? You'll never know for sure.
I prefer to carry concealed. My reasons for doing so stem almost entirely from living in one of the more liberal cities in my state: I do not wish to start a fuss, nor have a conversation with the cops on any given day, so I choose to carry concealed and leave the general public in the dark to the fact that I am armed.
Kind of like swinging a bat. Like I mentioned before I play men's softball. It isn't nothing for us to go and hit 1000-2000 balls a weekend. I work 3rd so I even though I am only 33 I get to "play" (which is really just them practicing with each other). If you have never hit that much it is amazing at even something that is pitched underhand you can miss hit rather easily. Even with taking all those cuts. Now factor in stress and adrenaline and you have a mess.
I am not saying that concealed carry doesn't work or isn't effective. I am saying that for the average person who goes to the range shoots 100-200 rounds of ammo never drawing from a holster will not be able to successfully complete the steps to draw from concealed the majority of the time. I carry concealed a bunch. I still feel that with all my practicing that there maybe a time that I make a mistake and get tangled up or something. After all I am only human. That is why I keep practicing. But open carry still allows for a faster and cleaner draw under stressful situations.
But, it is just like I said earlier. It all depends on the scenario. I mean could the bad guy be jumpy that any movement and he shoots. Which means you reach for your gun and you get shot. Or could he be one of those guys that you could make the gun shape with your index and thumb hide it under your shirt and say I will shoot and he run off (not likely).
I would say that 99% any of us run into will be someone who is looking for an easy target that can get what they want and go, and that no one will get hurt. I would also put money on the fact that the guy will be very nervous and even a knife alone will deter him. That seems to be 100% of the stories I hear about and read. Unless it is someone that kills the person and the person that died is unarmed.
Personally, unless I'm at a range or on a firing line, I usually don't open carry. (There have been rare exceptions like when I've removed a jacket while sitting inside a stuffy restaurant, or while I'm out of the vehicle pumping gas at a late night station.)
I'm reminded of Lance Thomas who is, perhaps, the most: celebrated, skillful, and just plain lucky CQB pistol gunfighter in modern times! One of jeweler/gunfighter Thomas' self-defense techniques against sudden attack was to, 'salt' numerous pistols away behind the counter of his jewelry store. During his gunfighting years, Thomas might not have appeared to be armed; but he continued to survive multiple attempts on his life by never being too far away from a hidden, but readily available, pistol.
LiveLeak.com - Lance Thomas track record; 4 robberies 5 kills
I (personally) am neither concerned about, nor care about, a fool who carries a concealed weapon but doesn't practice being effective with it.
My only concern about such a person is whether or not his imbecility and incompetence will directly affect me or my family. To guard against that, I rely upon my normal watchful awareness of my surroundings, and upon my experience.
I tend to avoid confrontations, and I also do my best to avoid people who appear to be uncomfortable carrying a concealed weapon.
Given sufficient experience, both tasks are pretty easily accomplished.
At the same time I was just addressing how you carry. I know for me open carry or concealed I am going to be alot more tolerable and calm knowing I have a gun on my person as to when I am not armed and I can tend to be more hot headed and open mouthed. I was just talking baout the fact on whether the odds of you getting attacked more because you are targeted for carrying a gun or not. Personally I feel that you will avoid more situations if people know you are armed. of course I also think this is not for everyone. Some people are just to ditzy and yes would run a good risk of having their gun taken from them. I am like Tedd though open or concealed I am aware of what goes on around me. And probably even more so when carrying open.
Besides trying my best to be aware of my surroundings...this is why I carry in my front pocket...it goes in easy, and it comes out easy, and I can keep my hands in my front pocket or pockets, and no one is the wiser, because I do it all the time.....as far as open carry, i say, if you can do it without getting thrown around by the local police, do it....if thats how you are comfortable carrying, do it....
OpenCarry.org - A Right Unexercised is a Right Lost! ... and clicking on the maps for your state... it will give you a butt ton of information and postings from people who oc in your area.
i am glad you walked away from the confrontation unscathed.
If you believe that the conversations on this forum are some sort of game, with winners and losers, then you have very little understanding of the arts of polite conversation and how to learn from others.
If you believe that what we post should make each other feel bad, or look bad, then you are acting very foolishly indeed.
OHHH EMMM GEEEE Steve... you got OWNED... or something. (sarcasm)
Steve is well respected around here as being pretty damn level headed, so I will give him the benefit of the doubt over a new poster. NO OFFENSE new poster, but I can already tell that you will take offense as you are obviously a troll. Welcome PAWPAUL to handgunforum.net.
Might be best to listen first... front later. Just sayin'. (btw... is that how the punks "tho down" now days or do we need to drop some shivs and go dirty?
Good Lord... you try to give good advice and they just want to argue of minutia. Welcome to Paris Hilton's interwebs!
Steve has the respect of a great deal of the folks here. It's for good reason. I'm confident that it will take more than infantile prattle to rile him.
Here's to hoping you can find something worthwhile to contribute.
Thanks for your votes of confidence, guys.
To quote Bugs Bunny: "Ah, me public...my fans."
But please remember: Do not feed the troll.