Episode 352: Open Carry, Good?

Topic: Open Carry, Good?

Today, Riley and Jacob discuss a sometimes controversial subject–the concept of open carry. There are many gun owners that prefer to practice this method of carrying a gun. Are they good ambassadors? Is it a sound tactic? What's the right approach?

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About Riley Bowman

Riley Bowman is the Director of Training at ConcealedCarry.com and the Host of the Concealed Carry Podcast. He came up in this world initially through his 8-year experience with a state-level law enforcement agency in Colorado. Riley has trained extensively under instructors such as: Rob Leatham, Mike Seeklander, Tim Herron, Scott Jedlinski, Matt Little, Kyle Lamb, Dave Spaulding, Jeff Gonzales, Bill Blowers, Chuck Pressburg, and others, amassing many hundreds of hours of formal shooting and tactics training. He is an NRA Pistol Instructor, a Colorado P.O.S.T. Handgun and Patrol Rifle Instructor, a graduate of Trident Concepts Concealed Carry Instructor course, and a Modern Samurai Project Endorsed Instructor. He also competes in USPSA and 3-gun competitions including numerous top-10 finishes at major matches and championships. He is the current USPSA Carry Optics Colorado State Champion and most recently won 3rd place in Master Class at the 2022 USPSA Carry Optics National Championship.


  1. David on September 27, 2019 at 9:21 am

    I live in an open carry state but carry concealed. Two reasons: 1 I don’t want a bad guy to know I’m armed and 2. It avoids hysterical confrontations with anti-gun liberals.

  2. MASTERMECH48 on September 29, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Remember!, Open/Concealed carry is NOT a concern to criminals. Having the experience to look down a scope and assess the threat condition and eliminate the obvious I will never open carry. Doing so immediately identifies you as a TARGET to a shooter. IF I need to do transactions with a business that will NOT allow weapons, they have then assume the total responsibility for my safety. An alternative is online business transactions.

  3. Oscar James on November 5, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Texas License To Carry (LTC).

    We must each decide for ourselves which risks we are willing to manage and which benefits matter most to us. What, why, and how anyone else carries is of no concern to me unless I am responsible for them.

    I carry my S&W M&P M2.0 9mm 5inch in a Safariland 7TS ALS. I have received more grief from my fellow carriers than I have from those who I know who support gun control.

    No one else knows my capabilities, my needs, or my situation. I prefer to base my self-defense choices on facts and not feelings, suppositions, or guesses. Your choices are yours. I will continue to manage my own risks in the manner I deem best.

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