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Just did the dumbest thing I've ever done with a gun

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Correia, Sep 26, 2007.

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  1. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

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    So last night, I finish teaching a CCW class, and get home around 9:30 at night. My wife, who must really love me, surprised me with Halo 3. Now I love video games. I enjoyed Halo 1 & 2 immensely, and since I’m a sucker for hype, I was really excited for the final chapter. This was a great surprise.

    One problem, the batteries were dead in my X-Box controller, and I couldn’t seem to find any double As anywhere in the house. (D, N, 123, A, but none of those darn AA) So I decided to run down to the local store. Now keep in mind, if I’m outside of my house, I’m always armed. Since I had already gotten comfy, and had put on a t-shirt and a pair of sweats, my usual methods of carrying wouldn’t work.

    Normally I carry on the belt, or on a bellyband that fits under loose clothing. I was too lazy to change, and figured it would only take a minute. Now some people would go out unarmed, but I’m a man of principle. Snort… Nah, seriously, I’m just one of the most unlucky people I’ve ever met, and that means that the very first time I go out unarmed, I’m going to blunder into the finale of Heat.

    So I borrowed one of my wife’s concealed carry rigs. She sometimes uses a fanny pack with a Makarov in it. The fanny pack is a fashion no-no, but Master Chief is waiting for me to save the earth from the evil forces of the Covenant, so there was no time for pants. I lengthened out the straps, (a lot), strapped on the pack, and ran out the door.

    I made it to the store, walked inside, in a hurry, thoughts of Halo dancing in my little brain, asked a sales person to point me toward the batteries, and then…

    CLANK

    I look down, and see a Bulgarian Makarov sitting there on the white linoleum floor of my local grocery store.

    See, this is my wife’s rig. I don’t normally use a fanny pack since on a big, normally fully-dressed man that looks kind of like a young Tony Soprano, it just screams I HAVE A GUN, SHOOT ME FIRST. In seven years of carrying a gun every day, I had never dropped one.

    See, my wife unzips the fanny pack when she gets done using it. She leaves it open inside the safe, and she is in the habit of doing a chamber check, and zipping it shut when she leaves the house. I didn’t even think that the pack might be unzipped. And while in a hurry, it looked closed, since she zips it across the top, and shoves her hand in through the side. The side was open, and that evil little gun just waited until it had witnesses before jumping out, while screaming “Hey World! Look at me!” with a Bulgarian accent.

    So back to our adventure. I scoop up the gun, and shove it back into the pack. The clerk looks at me, having seen the gun, and says “What was that?”

    Being really clever, I answer, “I dropped my gun.”

    His response? “Oh, that kind of thing happens. I’ve got a .380 on right now… Batteries are over here.”

    God bless Utah.

    I felt like such an idiot. What a horrible, ignorant, newbie mistake. The fact that I had just gotten done teaching 25 strangers how to legally carry a gun was painfully ironic.

    Moral of the story? Never assume. Know your gear, especially when you borrow your wife’s stuff. No matter how cool Halo 3 is in HD with surround sound, you still need to pay attention to real life. And most importantly, be friendly to your local grocery store staff.
     
  2. ilcylic

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    Man, knowing the business you run, I got really scared for a minute. All kinds of exciting "dumb things" could happen with some of the toys you have. :) I'm glad it wasn't anything fatal, and instead just embarassing.
     
  3. Hoppy590

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    well its a learning experience and you can teach 25 more people with this experience
     
  4. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

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    The next machine gun shoot is on October 27th. I'm not allowed to touch the Tannerite. :)
     
  5. TallPine

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    That's what you get for POing the fashion god :p
     
  6. rdrancher

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    Correia - Well, yeah, it might be dumb...but in a no harm no foul & we all mighta learned something kinda way it is pretty humorous. :D

    Thanks for sharing.

    rd
     
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    Thanks for the laughs!
     
  8. Black Adder LXX

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    Whoa! God bless UTAH!

    Good luck against the FLOOD!
     
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    Man, if I had a dollar for every time I said that...

    Seriously, glad it was just embarrassing. That's a pretty good object lesson in making sure of your gear in high-stress situations, though.
     
  10. Old Fuff

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    ENOUGH OF THIS FOOLISHNESS...

    Hereafter send your wife out to get the batteries - she knows where the pack's zipper is for gosh sakes... :evil: :D
     
  11. strat81

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    Indeed, this was God's way of saying "No" to fanny packs. Glad everyone is ok!

    (I had my G26 flop out of a cheap IWB holster onto the bathroom floor at work. Luckily it's a solo bathroom and that it didn't happen in a staff meeting! But yes, a VMII is on the way.)
     
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    After the image of that ran through my head, I laughed my a** off. Funny stuff.


    -T.
     
  13. Monkeyleg

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    I've known a couple of guys over the years who wore their wives accessories, but this takes the practice to a whole new level. ;)
     
  14. CDignition

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    Thats not the dumbest thing you could do with a gun...I'm sure you can beat it if u try,lol. I have had the same thing happen, except I was walking into work, and a 45 fell to the ground.

    Fanny pack is the ONLY way I carry. I always wear pull on shirts, so no belt or anything.. Fannypack works good.
     
  15. George Hill

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    Just be glad it wasn't a CZ-52... I've seen one go bang when it dropped on to gravel.

    When Master Chief calls - you gotta go.
     
  16. springmom

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    First thing I thought was "he did something with Tannerite...." :neener:

    I wanna come play with Tannerite, but I think Archerandshooter's about out of patience with me and road trips for the year. :rolleyes:

    Springmom
     
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    For your controller, get the rechargeable battery pack instead of using AA batteries. I have 2 battery packs, and a charger than can do both at the same time. It's right next to my 360, so when the green circle flashes, I just swap the battery packs. It'll cost about 30$, but it's better than having to keep buying AA batteries.
     
  18. ArfinGreebly

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    Fanny Pack

    I carry (but don't wear) a fanny pack regularly.

    It contains all kinds of geek stuff (compass, leatherman, picnic knife, flash drive, GPS RX puck, USB extender, blah, blah, blah, blah) but NOT a gun.

    Yet.

    I have done the "get up to leave from work" thing, with the zipper open.

    Left a trail of high-tech gadgets in my wake.

    One of the hardware designers caught up with me: "Dude! You're leavin' a trail of gadgets!"

    Yeah.

    I guess I'll have to watch it once the, uh, hardware gets added to my load out.

    Sorry, Larry, I chuckled and hooted and snorted through yer post.

    That's just too funny.

    :D
     
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    Larry. Burn some frequently flyer miles or something, and come to Knob Creek. We'll have a tent and a sleeping bag for you.

    And some duct tape.
     
  20. CountGlockula

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    Four words and three digits: XBOX 360 controller with wire.

    [​IMG]

    Glad you made a friend with the cashier.
     
  21. Sylvan-Forge

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    Another successful Makarov drop test :p

    Thanks for the funny story, Correia :D
     
  22. pax

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    Tallpine wins. :D

    I call my fanny pack "my PURSE." It's not a purse, (and I rarely carry the gun in it in any case) but my thinking is that if I call it a purse there's no chance at all that my darling husband will ever be tempted to borrow it.

    Even if it is a no-pants Halo 3 emergency.

    pax
     
  23. ArfinGreebly

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    Emergency

    Oh, boy.

    Somehow I think this is not the last we've seen of that phrase.
     
  24. zoom6zoom

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    Glad everything worked out OK... but you wouldn't have been the first guy to get in trouble because he didn't watch his zipper.
     
  25. Nolo

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    Master Chief never drops his gun! You should be ashamed!
    :D
    Good luck with Halo 3, tell us how it plays.
     
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