By William W.
So, I’m a normal guy. I have an average build, average height, average weight…just an average 44 year old. The only thing that changed about me today is that I received my concealed carry permit. I did a lot of research before taking the CCW class, including my state’s laws and what firearm I think best suits my needs. I went with a Smith & Wesson M&P shield 9 mm as my intended daily carry gun. I’ve been around firearms most of my life so I’m comfortable around them but, as I found out, it just felt different wearing one IWB outside my house . . .
Coming home from a jam session, my brother asked me to drop him off at a bar. Not a problem, since I wasn’t planning on going in, but on the way, a police car pulled in behind me and I suddenly got a little nervous.
I’m a law-abiding citizen, I pay my taxes, my car is inspected and in good condition and I hadn’t been drinking…what did I have to worry about? Even so, I prepared. I had my driver’s license and permit together in their own wallet on the opposite side of my firearm.
If you hang around the Internet at all, you too have read plenty of stories aboutLEOs and CCW holders interacting. And most of them aren’t that great. (My own experience with law enforcement in the past has been quite positive).
Anyway, I dropped my brother off at the bar and the cruiser went on past. I drove home, wrote the babysitter a check and sat down and enjoyed the rest of my evening by reading some updates on TTAG and watching a few hickock45 videos. Finally, my wife made it home and we went over the normal married couple things. All the while I was still carrying my pistol IWB. When it was time for bed the Shield went in the DeSantis pocket holster and was put to bed where I know I can find it in the dark.
It was just another normal day for me. Only not really.