By Josh Phillips
I had a thought recently. Well, more like an itch, and I need the Armed Intelligentsia’s help in scratching it. The other day, my wife tasked me with picking up take out from a local eatery. I dutifully headed out into the (not so) vast concrete jungle that is my little town to fulfill my hunter/gatherer duties, Springfield XDm 3.8″ .45 compact holstered and tucked into my waistband, shirt tucked over holster. Carrying this way, the only indication that I’m packing is the tell-tale small black metal holster clip behind my right hip . . .
This particular establishment has a line dedicated to take-out, and I was immediately greeted by a friendly young lady who asked for the name on my order before turning around to gather it up. As I paid for my (expertly) hunted and gathered meal, a small line developed behind me, waiting to complete their chow quests. Once I was handed my receipt, I turned around to leave and, as I made my way past the waiting customers, I saw him. Standing in the back of the line, was another concealed carrier.
He hadn’t done anything wrong to make himself stand out. He actually was doing a great job as he didn’t even have the holster clip to potentially give him away. But I knew he was carrying.
I’m sure many of you have had similar experiences. You “make” someone without their necessarily doing something that anyone who doesn’t carry would notice. In that moment, I knew that he had to have made me as well, since he had been standing behind me, and my holster clip would have been easy to spot for someone who notices that kind of thing.
Here’s my itch: we need a “Roll Tide.”
Here in the great state of Alabama, “Roll Tide” functions as our official greeting and term of affirmation. Kind of like “howdy” in Texas (you guys really do that, right?).
We, as People of the Gun, need a greeting that communicates greeting and goodwill to each other. Something that says “Hey, you too? Roll Tide”, without being so obvious. It should be something that non-gun people won’t pick up on, as the operative term in “concealed carry” is “concealed.” Nothing to blow your cover, just something that helps build a sense of unity within our community.
I now hereby open the floor to suggestions and nominations. Roll Tide.