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Man Open Carrying New Handgun Gets Robbed At Gunpoint And Gives Robber His Gun

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I’m sorry, but this completely defeats the purpose of carrying a firearm. Remember, people: SITUATIONAL AWARENESS!

While I am not 100% against open carry, it’s something that I’ll never do. The reason is simple; if it’s concealed, you maintain the element of surprise. No one knows you have a firearm on you. I like it that way.

21-year-old William Coleman III was walking with his cousin at 2am Saturday morning and was openly carrying his brand new Walther P22 that he had just purchased the day before.

The Portland, Oregon resident was then approached by a man who asked him for a cigarette, and then the man asked him about his gun.

That’s when he pulled a gun of his own on Coleman and said, “I like your gun. Give it to me.” Coleman listened to the armed robber and handed over his firearm.

The robber then took off with a new P22 that we image will be involved in some future crime.

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There are a few problems that I would like to address with this incident, and they are as follows:

Problem #1

The report shows that Coleman had just purchased this firearm new, and less than 24 hours before the incident. Why he was carrying a brand new firearm is beyond me. Any firearm that I plan to carry is taken to the range and tested first. If it doesn’t work flawlessly after a few hundred rounds, I shelve it. It’s a rather strict policy, but immediately carrying a new firearm is just asking for trouble, IMO. You could have malfunctions, or a whole other list of issues. You simply won’t know until you’ve fired it a few times.

I’d be willing to bet he didn’t fire a few hundred rounds through it because, well, I can’t find .22’s anywhere. Can you?

Problem #2

While I don’t know what Coleman and his cousin were doing at 2am, it is generally a time where I would personally avoid walking down the street in the city. Carrying a firearm does not make you invincible, and sketchy situations should typically be avoided, maybe even more so if you’re — openly — carrying a firearm.

Am I being too uptight?

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • Mitch Nichols

    This has more to do with situational awareness than open carry. A few years ago, while working as an armed security officer, our company hired a guy just out of the Army after he returned from the desert. He replaced me at a site I had worked for about 8 months, it was a fairly quiet apartment complex, only needing one officer for patrols and such. This guy trained at some of our worse sites for a week or so, and being fresh out of the military, seemed ready to go. He got the info he needed on the apartment complex and reported in when he got to his post. A few hours later he was robbed of all his gear; gun, holster, magazines, cuffs, everything. Because he hid inside his car, hiding next to the dumpster area where nobody could see him. Bad guy walked up from behind his car and stuck his pistol in his ear and said, “Gimme your sh!t.” Turns out this new guy had never had to deal with anything by himself in the Army, he was a follower. He quit that night, alive, but scared.