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Old February 22, 2013, 09:07 PM   #51
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I was in a grocery store line carrying my CBOB IWB @ 4:00, under a polo shirt. In the line behind me was a mother/son unit. The son was about 4 and was really wound up. He grabbed at a candy bar or the like from the rack and mother reached out to grab him. He dodged, leading with his head into my holstered pistol. He apparently stunned himself dropped onto the floor on his bottom and started wailing. Mom is mortified that her little dear had plowed into the big man in line and is apologizing profusely. I had to stifle a laugh once the child stood up you could start to see a checkering pattern emerge on his forehead. It was like a train wreck you couldn't help but watch....a red bruise or welt was getting more and more pronounced on the little terror's head...mom is oblivious apologizing all along...and I'm trying not to laugh. This little tableau was finally broken up by the cashier handing me my change. I felt sorry for the little fellow but was not about to explain what had happened. WHile VA is generally gun friendly this store and neighborhood are not particularly so.
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Old February 22, 2013, 10:42 PM   #52
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Some years ago I was helping to renovate the local community theatre, which consists mainly of people who would likely freak out over a firearm. I was carrying at 3:00 under a big sweatshirt.

I was maneuvering through a crowded room with my arms full of materials, unable to defend myself, when someone rather crashed into me from the right, and a big "THUNK" sounded as something hit the floor.

I froze, waiting for the screams, then managed to look down—to see my big yellow carpenter's tape on the floor where it had fallen.
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Old February 23, 2013, 03:47 PM   #53
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Two come mind right off.
In a DQ, wife said a lady was behind me talking to three LEO's and pointing at my waist. She said they all were turned and looking too. A few seconds later she starting giggling as the lady returned to her table.

I asked what happened. She said one of the officers said it looked like a S&W and she shouldn't worry since it was a good gun to carry and the others nodded and agreed and went back to eating.

Then:
A friend and I had missed connections for a few months. One day, on Westover Hills Blvd, 500 block for those who know the area in Richmond. we saw each other and stopped beside the road to talk.
I was having lots of trouble with my L-4. I was also carrying in the small of my back. I was standing outside his truck and we were catching up and his wife was fussing about the delay in getting to Mcdonalds. Over and over I might add. said she was hungry. :clap:

Well, all of a sudden she pipes up with "WOW! Look at that! WTH????"
I turned to my left and see three police cars coming down the wrong side of the road, and 4-5 on the other side as those came flying over the median.
I looked to my right and 4 or more were coming form the other direction and crossing the median. There we 2-4 cops in each car too!
I stood still as they were scrambling and pointing pistols across the hood, and through the windows of the truck. One was even covering the wife. Most were behind me and saying not to move, etc..... Two put their hands on my back and said hold still while one disarmed me. Harve looks at me and the 7-8 guns pointed at us through the windshield and over the hood and says "Whoowee! Those look big from this end! I've never looked at one from here before!" (About as many LEO's had guns drawn behind us too.) I agreed as the PD patted me down and I handed them my license. Most even had fingers on the trigger.
As the one in charge said he saw me and the gun, he didn't pay it any attention until he realized my hand appeared to be on it and he thought I was going to shoot the truck occupants. In truth, and I started to explain it, because I was using my knuckle to alieve(sp) some of my back pain. People with back pain will understand this.

The wife suddenly and plaintively says "I ain't even hungry now, let's go home." She was almost in tears. Well, that tore it and Harve and I were laughing so hard I was down to my knees and THIS REALLY ****** the PD off! Through our tears, Harve and I tried to explain it while 4-5 PD were lecturing us on how NOT funny the situation really was. We knew that, but the timing, facial expressions, etc. overrode common sense.
I'm giggling as I write this, btw.

If you get anything of use from this, it's to hold still, don't go into an aggressive mode, ie; chin out, chest puffed up, tense up and resist the PD. Just relax. They want to go home too and in tense situations, sudden moves can get somebody hurt.
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Old February 24, 2013, 03:14 PM   #54
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Old February 24, 2013, 06:11 PM   #55
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Well, not really weird, but it was very embarrassing. I was on escort duty one day while serving as a Marine embassy guard. This required me being in plain clothes (i.e. suit). While the delegates went onto their meeting, I waited outside and sat on a very plush couch, the type that sort of swallows you up. After they were done, I got up to escort them to where ever they were supposed to be next. Somehow, my jacket got raised while I was on that couch and the tail got hung over just behind the grip of my gun (SW Model 19 2 1/2"), basically exposing my weapon. I didn't even notice it until one of delegation group, an army officer in plains clothes, caught sight and quickly covered it up for me by fixing my jacket. Not sure how that happened, but I was completely red-faced and thanked the man. I don't think any of the other dignitaries saw it thankfully. They would have been thinking "Just another dumb Jarhead" and I wouldn't have blamed them.
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Old February 24, 2013, 07:12 PM   #56
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I am ashamed to admit it, but I've had a couple of these moments. I'm not too worried about the occasional strong gust of wind or awkward reach exposing my gun, it happens and nobody ever notices. On two occasions I managed to embarrass myself though.

The first was right after I began carrying concealed, I was carrying a S&W 459 SOB under my coat. I was in a hurry and didn't bother putting the gun in a holster and just tucked it into my waistband for a quick trip into Wal-Mart. I got out of my car and made sure everything felt secure, and figured it would be fine. I took about three steps away from the car and straight down my pants it goes, clattering across the blacktop parking lot. Took a quick look around, snatched it up and got back in the car. Never did get what I came for, I was so embarrassed I just took off.

The second time was a real doozy. I was carrying the same 459 OWB at about the 4:30 position under a light jacket while visiting a Renaissance Festival in NC. Had a great time, enjoyed my GIANT turkey leg and all the shops and shows. Finally, my wife talked me into trying one of those 'Ring the Bell' strongman games. Anyone who has been to one of these events knows they are always crowded, and the bell game always has a crowd all its own.

I figured it would at least be worth a giggle and paid for my three licks. I took my first swing and didn't do too badly, adjusted my stance and went for No. 2. I almost had it that time, and I KNEW I could hit that bell with a little more 'gumption' on the next swing. I set myself, swung for all I was worth, and sure enough that little bell rung. Unfortunately, during that first swing I had knocked my jacket back over my gun and hooked it there, hanging my gun out for a gawking crowd to point at and whisper about. I do believe I invented a new shade of red for faces at that moment.

I quickly fixed my jacket while scanning the crowd for any panicking faces, when I noticed two local Sheriff's Deputies watching me and grinning from ear to ear. I took my prize from the slightly shocked looking game attendant and went and had a nice little chat with those two deputies. They were very friendly and understanding about the whole thing, never even asked to see my CWP. I must also mention, that during the entire thing my loving wife was standing in the crowd watching. She never warned me I was exposed, never tried to help me, only stood there and laughed until she cried. I love my wife.
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Old March 23, 2013, 11:48 AM   #57
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"The Incident At the Hospital"

My daughter was born 2 1/2 months early. She is now an extremely healthy 9 year old, but her first 3 months were spent in the hospital's neonatal ICU. When she came home she was on oxygen and a heart monitor 24/7.

After about 3 months she started having trouble breathing and we took her to a doctor. I was carrying my 9mm SIG P239 in an Uncle Mike open nylon IWB holster, which had never given me any trouble while walking around, driving, etc.

The doctor could not get a good blood sample, not having a small enough needle to get into my daughter's vein, so we were sent a few miles away to the local hospital- all still routine. I waited in the car while my wife took our daughter inside.

When they came out, I pulled up to the curb, got out and came around to the back to help get our girl into her car seat when all hell broke loose. The monitor started screaming and every light went on at once. A quick check showed that every wire was still connected and we realized she was going into cardiac arrest. My wife was already holding her, so she laid her on the sidewalk and started CPR. I sprinted for the door to the hospital. As I ran I felt *something* bounce off my forearm, and somehow without breaking stride just grabbed it. I found myself holding my SIG, which had popped out of that cheap-ass piece-of-nylon IWB rig. Luckily I was wearing a jacket, so I was able to shove my hand into my lapel rather than run into the hospital brandishing a pistol. I ended up stowing gun & holster in my flap pocket, where it stayed while the magnificent EMTs and doctors at Herrick Hospital, Tecumseh MI (thanks again, guys & gals) kept my daughter alive while Life-Flight was enroute- they had to restart her heart 4 times and finally made the decision that they would just have to stabilize in flight on the way to Toledo Children's Hospital ICU. (Shout out to the docs and nurses there, too.) Once the helicopter finally took off, I felt like I was having my own heart attack. Suffice to say, the whole family recovered.

It took me 8 years before I was willing to trust an IWB holster again, luckily a friend introduced me to Galco's Triton Kydex holster- and then I discovered that there was a whole world of rigid IWB holsters out there that actually have retention and won't collapse on me or spit my gun out if I move the wrong way. But this will forever remain the single wierdest thing that ever happened to me in my life while carrying.
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Old March 23, 2013, 10:01 PM   #58
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Darth Paul, I am so glad your daughter made it out okay. What a terrifying story.
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Old March 23, 2013, 11:14 PM   #59
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My almost embarrassing moment carrying was with my LCP. I had just got a new leather pocket holster with the leather flap for carry in the back pocket. I decided to test out the back pocket carry. So there I was standing in line at Dick's, waiting to pay for whatever I was buying. When I reached for my wallet, I instead started pulling out my LCP. Fortunately there was no one behind me.
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Old March 24, 2013, 08:27 AM   #60
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^Oh thats funny!

"And in today's news a man was arrested for armed robbery despite immediately changing his mind. Security cameras show Mr Stein approach the cashier and draw a small pistol from his back pocket..."
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Old March 24, 2013, 11:36 AM   #61
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Thanks Gecko- in retrospect the gun thing was an hilarious element in an otherwise terrifying situation.

We (the wife and I) got what I considered the ultimate compliment from the hospital staff- they said they had not seen many parents who kept their composure the way we did & that as much as the ER staff was what saved our daughter's life that day. Of course, once Life Flight was in the air & there was nothing more I could possibly do, I had to go find a corner by myself and have a more or less 100% collapse for the next 5 minutes..... which is pretty much the same thing I have experienced in my work, when the feces interfere with the rotating blades, you do the job first and then get the shakes when the crisis is over and there's nothing to do but mop up.
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Old March 24, 2013, 12:33 PM   #62
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At a Little League BBQ .....

I found that:

1) standing next to the pool throwing coins in for kids to dive after is an invitation to practical jokers to give you a shove....

2) carrying a 5" Government Model and 2 8round magazines of 230gr .45ACP makes me negatively buoyant, and hightops were not meant to swim in .....

3) white cotton button shirts are near transluscent when wet......

4) if a muckety-muck at our local lake clubhouse sees you have a gun, she'll go into full blown PSH, call for the cops and ask you to leave all in one extended sentence ......
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Old March 24, 2013, 01:26 PM   #63
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What sort of weird thing has happened to you while carrying?

Windy day here in Miami. Leaving Costco, when a gust of wind picked up my shirt. Nicely revealing my Glock 17. Some people saw. I smiled and covered it. No big deal.
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Old March 24, 2013, 02:44 PM   #64
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First One: I was going through a haunted house that my wife works at each year. She took a break and went through with me, I got free admission for being family. We get put in the VIP line and move to the front and get lumped in with the group that's about to enter the front door. Somehow I wind up at the front of our little pack with my wife beside me... right behind me is another couple. But for some reason this lady feels the need to keep reaching for my waist and not her own man every time she get scared. It just so happens that my waist was adorned with a XD45 and I thought that someone was grabbing for my weapon. I sliced my arm down and connected onto her wrist. I wanted to apologize but it was too dark to see exactly which person it was in the group.

Second One: Most of the time when we go to eat at a restaurant we sit at a booth. You know the ones with the vinyl covered cushions? I always leave a mark... the imprint of the slide of my pistol.
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Old March 24, 2013, 06:55 PM   #65
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Ran across two topless women at a waterfall, pretty much heads my list.
Mighta been bottomless too, but they were partially behind a large boulder & I couldn't see.
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Old March 25, 2013, 09:29 PM   #66
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This past summer my wife accidently open-carried through a whole day of shopping in the urban/suburban parts of our city. Open carry is not really allowed here... She carries her LC9 in an IWB holster, and on this day, she tucked in her t-shirt and put on a windbreaker. But as the day warmed up, she ditched the windbreaker and went about her shopping and errands, completely forgetting that the butt of the pistol was completely exposed. No one noticed. or if they did, they didn't care. Lowes, Target, a Wine shop, and the Grocery store...

As she walks in the front door, I go out to help her unload the car... I said "your pistol is showing", she glances down, eyes big as saucers, and shouts "HOLY SH!!", loud enough for the neighbors to stop what they were doing and stare at us... She couldn't settle down that whole evening... she was certain the police were going to come knocking on the door, looking for "a female suspect carrying a firearm creating a public nuisance". I had to feed her some of that wine calm her down...
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Old March 26, 2013, 06:41 AM   #67
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Ran across two topless women at a waterfall, pretty much heads my list.
Mighta been bottomless too, but they were partially behind a large boulder & I couldn't see.
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So, was that a pistol in your pocket or were you enjoying the show?
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Old March 26, 2013, 01:54 PM   #68
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Actually, 1911 on the belt & the show was unfortunately over by the time I got closer.
They saw me walking up the trail about the same time I saw them.
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Old March 26, 2013, 03:33 PM   #69
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Not funny, not weird.

I worked a stretch as a security guard part time moonlighting my pitiful Army salary back in the mid 80's. They tried me at several spots and then moved me to work at a liquor Store, (Columbus, GA.).

I had done a couple of weeks at this place and always wondered why the guys there never really tried to warm up to me at all. Anyway, I knew they all had guns stashed close to hand behind their registers and I had a cute little podium with a stool, and moved around a lot to pass time and all. The podium, the stool, my Uniform, badge, GP100 and all that stuff on my hip.

I never had an issue till one night this dude walks in ... with his hand up in the air ... with a holstered gun in the hand. Turns out he was a local bar owner, was short some stock, and need a few bottles to make it through the night. He drove a convertible and didn't want to leave his gun in it so he brought it in.

What struck me was that even with his best of intentions, of making that gun visible for all to see, he was 4 or 5 steps inside before I could cognitively realize that he had a gun in his hand.

It was at that time I realized what my real job at the liquor store was. I was the pop up target. I was the one who was supposed to take the heat so the others could get to their guns in time.

I quit.
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Old March 30, 2013, 05:46 PM   #70
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Mine happened Tuesday as a matter of fact. At the hair salon, no less.
I wear my DB 9mm IWB around on the back hip area. Nicely concealed by my shirts and blouses.
Tuesday, however... I was in for my 5 week trim and color, and after leaving the wash bowl and getting back to the chair, it seems there was leftover color and water on the back of the cape they put on you.
My stylist, in taking off the cape, dumped water down the back of my shirt. It was sudden and cold, so naturally I jumped forward and was just going to let my shirt soak it up. At the same time she reaches out, yanks the back of my shirt straight up and starts drying the water from my back.
I figured there was no sense in me making a scene, since she was standing behind me, and the fact I was in the chair and she was the only person that could see that I was carrying. So I let her finish, and she did, never saying a word about my gun, I sat back and we resumed with my hair.....For about 30 seconds. She then leans down and whispers to me and asks what kind of big gun was I was carrying.. I told her a 9mm. She smiled and whispered back that is was big compared to the 22 she carried! lol Go figure
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My wife was self conscious about carrying in the salon she frequents until she got into a conversation with her stylist and learned that she and pretty much all the women in the salon carry as do a lot of the customers.
Hate to see what would happen if some jackwagon went in there intending to make trouble.
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Old March 30, 2013, 09:21 PM   #71
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My wife was self conscious about carrying in the salon she frequents until she got into a conversation with her stylist and learned that she and pretty much all the women in the salon carry as do a lot of the customers. Hate to see what would happen if some jackwagon went in there intending to make trouble.
lol Im sure the ladies would have it handled quick enough to be able to get their foils and color rinsed out before their time went over!
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Old March 31, 2013, 02:23 AM   #72
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Not me, a co-worker- used to hang out at the local LEO off-duty watering hole when he lived down south. Was present when suspect #1 walked in and was immediately 'made' as being there to stick the place up. 12 off-duty ATF agents introduced themselves. They told suspect #1 to come out to the parking lot with them and introduce them to his getaway driver. Guy hems and haws for a minute, then leads them out the back way to the parking lot, where sure enough suspect #2 is sitting in the car with the motor running, wondering what the hell is taking so long. 2 arrests, no shots fired, local PD shows up and picks the felons up- and the ATF guys go back inside to finish their drinks. Those were the days.

Reminds me of the story about the 2 guys in the '70s who tried to rob a bank in NYC. 2 blocks from the Justice Department's New York HQ office. At 4 o'clock. On FBI payday. Heard nothing but the sound of hammers cocking behind them.
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Old March 31, 2013, 12:15 PM   #73
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On a non-related note, years ago the "Whose turn is it to carry the gun today?" was a running joke among those of us who encountered members of a certain government bur...agency regularly.
It got added fuel when a bank robbery occurred right in front of two who had not worked out the daily gun carry, neither had their handguns on them, and both were forced to watch the show along with everybody else in the place as it progressed unhindered.

At my own department, when we'd do firearms training that involved drawing from the holster we normally carried the sidearm in, there was frequent pointed "joking" about requiring a couple of the detectives to draw from the briefcases they normally carried their guns in. In one case, even drawing from the car one guy carried his gun in, since he never had it with him outside of the car.
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