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Breakfast at Perkins: Revolver Down!

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  1. SharpsDressedMan

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    Three old "retired" cops getting together for reminiscing and food (with a brother of one as tag-a-long), met at Perkins Pancake House near I-71 and Rt. 250 at Ashland, Ohio this morning. Bob, the oldest of the bunch, walked in a few minutes later than the rest, and walked up patting himself with a frown on his face. He said, "I think I forgot something", and he was going to go back out and "check his car again". I looked at him and said, quietly, "What'd you do, lose your gun?", jokingly. He said, "Yeah" and was dead serious. I quickly walked out with him, and while heading for his car, we looked down, and about a foot and a half off the curb, right beyond the rear door of the building lobby entrance lays his S&W 638, with CT laser grips and pocket holster. Several people had come in the restaurant in between the time, but apparently, no one had seen it laying there (in broad daylight). Bob had thought he had placed it in an inside pocket of his jacket, but the "pocket" was just a recess BEHIND the pocket, and not stitched at the bottom. The whole pistol and holster had just fallen right between the fabric sections. No one even saw us retrieve the gun. Just thought I'd share this, just in case any of the rest of you have fallen victim to a runaway gun. You are welcome to tell your story and not feel alone. :D
     
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  2. 9mmepiphany

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    This brings up two points that I took into consideration when I first started carrying 30+ years ago

    1. guns fall out of pockets, even when there is a bottom to them
    2. a belt holster is more secure to carry and faster (more uniform placment) to draw from
     
  3. Creature

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    Would have been a shame if some malcontent found the weapon and used it in the commission of a felony or a murder...all because of negligence on the part of a retired cop.
     
  4. hermannr

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    Ugh! Panic City! Same here, hip holster, no pockets, too easy to loose. Thanks for the story.
     
  5. snorko

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    I have eaten at that exact Perkins many times, not far from my grandparents farm.
     
  6. SharpsDressedMan

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    I think the only reason it wasn't seen or found by others, was that overall appearance was rather non-descript: beadblasted finish on the gun (what little was showing between the grips and holster), and the holster was a charcoal color, dull, along with the black grips of the CT laser. Add to that most of the patrons at that time were silverhaired folks with failing eyesight. :D It didn't "jump out" at us when we started to look for it, although someone could have stepped on it. :banghead: I've known this guy for 37 years; he is fastidious about his guns. The kind of guy who would be in water over his head while crossing a stream and holding his gun out of the water. I'll bet he is fuming over the few slight scratches on the butt (I thought I noticed a few...everything else was protected). I'm sure he fetched the gun from the vehicle and quickly placed it in his "pocket" as he walked towards the building. Just unlucky enough to NOT have it bump his leg, etc, on the way out of his jacket. :uhoh:
     
  7. Jurist

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    Gone missing.

    Thanks for the story,glad you recovered it,most people old or young make mistakes.Enjoy your retirement.
     
  8. TonyB

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    That sucks.The closest I came was just recently actually...I pocket carry a 642 w/ holster. In our church parking lot a few weeks ago, while getting out of the car, it "popped" out and hit the ground. Luckily I was early and no one was around to see it. I've rediscovered the old habit of getting out of the car w/ my hand in my pocket now.
     
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    Yikes!
     
  10. Owen Sparks

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    A cop in my town had to do number two at a fast food place and forgot and left his holstered Glock on the back of the toilet. An employee found it while the officer was eating and returned it to him. This created a big stink that made the local paper.
     
  11. Ala Dan

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    Hope ole' Bob's firearm wasn't damaged~? I don't like dropping weapons;
    even on carpeted floors~! :scrutiny: :eek: :(
     
  12. xfyrfiter

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    This is a very good reason to NOT use pocket carry.
     
  13. ColtPythonElite

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    Not really....It all depends on the pocket and the carrier.
     
  14. Standing Wolf

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    I once dropped a pre-agreement model 60 out of a vest breast pocket in a parking lot. That added a little "decor" to the gun and persuaded me never—ever—to carry a gun that way again.
     
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    did the bullet fall out of his pocket too? I assume the names were changed to protect the innocent and that 'Bob' is actually Barney Fife :) (hey, I like the Andy Griffith show)
     
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    My wife pulled up in front of Costco to pick me and my hip holstered .40 cal up. I have never ridden in the passenger seat while carrying and as I dropped into our VW Passat, the handle of my gun snagged on the door frame and I heard the "clank, clunk" as I shut the door. She was already driving off, I told her to "stop stop stop!" and she bounced my face off the dash as I has trying to get out of the door. I scrambled out and scooped the gun up, just in front of the rear wheel. I was amazed nobody saw, it was a Saturday and there was about 30 people in front of the store. That is a very bad feeling, we have made a new rule; no driving until everyone has all of there guns.
     
  17. ColdChili

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    So your going to breakfast at perkins, and as your walking in you find a holstered pistol laying in the parking lot...since this is the high road, you would more than likely want to return it to its rightful owner (and of course that's what you would want someone to do for you).... how do you identify the rightful owner, let alone know the owner is still in the resturant (could have dropped on thier way out)?

    Maybe this is why it wasn't 'found' by anyone.
     
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    I retired a Don Hume IWB holster because it was not secure on my belt. I had it fall or nearly fall off my belt a couple times. Fool me once, shame on you - fool me twice...
     
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    Next time, he should either open the window or use an air freshener.
     
  20. GRIZ22

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    "What'd you do, lose your gun?", jokingly. He said, "Yeah" and was dead serious.

    The same thing has happened to Mr CCW countless times. I guess because this guy is a retired cop its amusing and if it happens to Mr CCW its not.
     
  21. Claude Clay

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    I'm not sure if any of you are still active or all retired leo, but if one of YOU had found a gun in the same location--LOADED-- and its owner came looking for it....

    would you have returned it to him cause he had a sheepish look about him or would you have called him in for
    --reckless endangerment
    --endangering the welfare of minors. cause unescorted children go into restaurants all the time.

    whats bothering me is that a cops ( or ex-cops) mistakes get laughed off but a citizen gets arrested, his permit revoked and lots of expensive legal bills.
    how about some equality; starting with him making a $3500 donation to a worthy cause, say, cancer research. and separate him from his guns for 18 months.

    i am not saying it is totally proper the manor in which a citizen's 'mistakes' are handled but i am saying that a retired leo is a citizen. and how phony is it that police spokespersons talk of a 'higher standard' and than protect each other.
     
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    After church service, my 3 year old managed to finagle (sp?) my spare magazine out of my cargo pocket and onto the floor during a conversation.

    Not sure if anyone noticed, but if they did, no one said anything. Half of them were carrying anyways.
     
  23. rogertc1

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    poo happens... no harm no foul..why bring it up. Post his email so we can humiliate him too..shartpdressedman
     
  24. Guardrail

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    Sure is a lot of over reactionary, panicky Petes here. Relax folks, it's a story you read on the internet. You don't even know if it's a real one.

    Guardrail
     
  25. 41magsnub

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    This is why I have the SN of my daily carry piece memorized. It helps that is is a nice round number...
     
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