So here's the deal: I'm knocking out some National Guard training in Anchorage. Since I'm up here a fair amount, I rent a room from a fellow national guardsman in a not so great neighborhood in Anchorage (boundary/Muldoon). I was wanting to run to the store real quick to grab a bottle of wine (I know, I know), but my friend worked a long shift, and was parked behind me... I didn't want to wake him up.
I went ahead and walked the short distance to the brown jug, and was only accosted once for a cigarette on the way- some foul language was thrown my way by a kid, but whatever. On the way back, there were a few (4) individuals hanging around the tailgate of a pickup who wanted to know "what I had in the bag? Anything I [they] want?"
I just kept my eyes forward, and as one individual started to walk into the middle of the sidewalk, blocking my way, I started scanning the group for threats, and reached my hand into my 5.11 Concealed Carry shirt towards my 1911. I did not brandish, nor did I think that using my pistol (in my hand) at that point as a deterrent was a good idea. Nevertheless, simply reaching in the direction of a pistol to prepare for a bad situation, was enough for the main guy to put his hands up and say "Yo Yo man, ***" and back away. I was genuinely concerned for my safety at the time.
I continued walking, saying nothing and went into the house a short distance away.
That being said, I can't help but think if I was open carrying, I would have been left alone to begin with. I don't want to have to shoot someone, I don't want to be in that situation... ever. Is it worth it to open carry, and NOT look like a potential victim to begin with? (I'm sure these thugs would have given me a wide birth from the getgo if they knew I was carrying). Is Anchorage the kind of town where I would garner undo attention from the Police?
As an outsider to Anchorage and the city for the most part, I'm just curious on some of your thoughts.