I carry all day, every day except where I am prohibited by law to do so.
I carry a full sized 1911, .45ACP or 10mm, loaded with 7+1 (or 8+1 in the 10), and two additional 8 or 9 round magazines depending on caliber.
Now that it's "normal" I don't find it a pain, troublesome, or anything. The hardest part was finding a good holster that keeps it close to my body, and the one I use someone from this site pointed out to me, a good belly band holster.
Gun doesn't print, doesn't show, isn't uncomfortable, and is always there.
I don't carry it hoping to use it, I carry it so that it's there for the last resort.
Just two weeks ago I had someone road rage at me who followed me (and my wife) to a parking lot and approached my car on foot. Never reached for my gun, just made sure the door was locked and drove away from him, then waited to see if he was going to escalate it further or not. He gave up (while we were on the phone with police) and my gun stayed in my holster as I was not in immediate danger or fear for my life. Had he opened my door, situations would have been potentially different, but I keep my wits about me, and it didn't go that far.
I feel a lot of otherwise "good" law abiding citizens think the permit is "permission" to shoot first, think never. I disagree with that. You have to think about every action, how it may be seen in a court of law, how it would be used against you, etc. I don't modify my guns except for functional things (grippier grips for example). Trigger is stock, no punisher/personalized grips, nothing to make the gun look like a toy, or make me look like I'm planning on shooting someone. I keep my eyes open, and am prepared to walk away should something happen. I have nothing to prove to anyone, and shooting someone is a last resort, period.
I feel anyone who carries expecting to use it or hoping to use it has the wrong idea. I feel someone should do everything they can to de-escalate things before guns are drawn. That said, point a gun at me and my life IS in immediate danger, and thus the rules change. But, up to that point, de-escalation is key.
I was raised around guns, never saw them as a "toy". Never, ever pointed one at anyone, would never do so unless things were VERY bad. People need to keep their wits about them and realize they don't have to escalate things. The guy who was road raging at me, no idea what was going through his head, and I don't really care. At that point, he's beyond discussion, so I left the immediate area, but kept him within eyesight so I could figure out what to do next. That apparently was enough for him to cool down enough to know that this wouldn't end well, so he left.
I may not always be that lucky, but I can do my best to not be there for any upcoming gun fights. If not, I've failed at something.
woodman: achieving the impossible since 1967. 1973? 1980? 1985? 1976? whatever, you get my point
ford's advertising slogan was literally "you can pay for all of it today or you can go fuck yourself"