pdb has a new-ish post, in which he pontificates about Open Carry. I was fine agreeing to disagree with him on the subject until I read this:
If you want to do Open Carry right, don’t be a dick, put the rifle and MOLLE away, put on a decent pistol in a retention holster (ie, not an XD in a Serpa), dress up neatly, obey the law, don’t be a dick, and go about your business.(emphasis mine)
Hey, asshole! What prezactly would meet your minimum standard? Would a Les Baer 1911 in a custom alligator skin thumb break holster attached to a belt made from three layers of buffalo hide be acceptable to his highness? Nah, that’d almost certainly be too “ghetto”.
This strikes a nerve with me for several reasons. First of all, as mentioned in a recent post, I have carried many pistols in Serpa holsters for more than a decade. Not once did any of these holsters fail to perform as expected.
Second, although I have never owned an XD, I own quite a few Glocks. Most consider the two in the same class, with similar numbers of proponents and detractors on each side. The only time any of my Glocks had malfunctions that were not related to ammunition was when I had a Ghost trigger connector installed in my G20. It worked fine until the weather got cold. Then I started having multiple failure-to-fire malfunctions on every magazine due to light primer strikes. I yanked the Ghost out, and haven’t had any problems since.
Third, I have an issue with his whole idea of the only way to properly Open Carry. Granted, one is less likely to attract attention, either positive or negative, if one is well-dressed, well-groomed, and excessively polite. However, if I haven’t shaved in a week or showered within the last three days, and I want to put on my White Power t-shirt and OC into the McDonalds in the roughest and blackest part of town, there isn’t a fucking thing wrong with that. Stupid as shit, but not wrong.
The elitist attitude is what galls me the most, though. If someone only has a HiPoint, a Galco Matrix holster and a Dickies work belt, why should they not Open Carry? I did with that very ensemble. Fortunately, I have other options that I feel are more suitable. The same can’t be said about everyone.