Originally Posted by 45Auto
... if the criminal does not know you have a gun you are in a much better position to defend yourself. If a criminal or nut knows you have a revolver on your hip he might grab it from you when you are not looking. Such an embarassment to be mugged with your own handgun! I'd much rather be a concealed carry gentleman than let some nutjob know who he can get a gun from.
I can understand your position but I offer another for your consideration, which is ...
Experience has shown me that by far and by large most petty criminals are cowards and with that said I suggest that if the individual sees you're carrying a weapon, odds are they'll go away and leave you be - which as opposed to an actual confrontation with the goof is what I personally prefer.
That the individual would try to grab your weapon, I grant you that could happen but I suggest the odds of that happening are far less remote than even those of an individual intending to bother you when it's obvious you're engaged in OC. Consider for a moment, with close to two centuries of armed police in this nation, how many policemen have been attacked for the weapon they're carrying? I'm not saying this has never happened but what I am saying is that based on actual historical fact, the probability of that happening is very, very, very low.
Wtihout question concealed carrying (CC) does have it's benefits but in this day and age, I've opted for OC. For me OC is reasonable and quite practical.