Guns in 5-Star Hotels

This post is a update to the Armory Chat Episode 5 I recorded the other day. You can watch it by clicking HERE.

The general gist of that video was the subject of rolling into nice hotels with firearms. Most of these photos were taken before the video was shot. My intention was to feature my truck-gun (Current Truck Gun Click Here) in it’s low-profile tennis bag actually being used as designed.

And I have landed! Did you notice the gun-bump (VP9) before I pointed it out?

And I have landed! Did you notice the gun-bump (VP9) before I pointed it out?

It was only late that night that I was made aware of the now notorious incident where someone was walked out of a hotel for having a pocket-rocket, Glock of some kind. So these photos were pure coincidence. The next day, I did take the final photo of my bags sitting next to a wall while waiting for my vehicle to be brought up by the valet.

I did that knowing full well this image would make it into this blog post. Otherwise, I stood there with the tennis bag slug over my shoulder and my luggage at my side. Nobody…and I mean…nobody ever gave any of my equipment a second look.

The luggage of a amateur. Which is what I want you to think.

The luggage of a amateur. Which is what I want you to think.

If you are interested in reading more about my “truck gun” and why it’s configured that way it is, you can click this link HERE. But know this: For professional reasons, I have been rolling heavy and deep since the early 1990’s. Over time I have developed ideas of what works and what doesn’t in attracting or avoiding attention.

Example: Back in the armory I have this fantastic military green, Eagle Products drag-bag that is so well designed it ooze’s quality and thoughtfulness: Pouches. Zippers. Compartments. Water resistant. Padded and hidden shoulder and waist straps. Double stitched everything. Hell! It even has space for one-piece cleaning rod! A freaking full length cleaning rod! Talk about a sweet bag!

Blaser Tactical 2. Cold Weather Zero Testing.

Military Green Eagle Drag Bag. Awesome bag. But practically useless in the real, civilian world.

And for anything outside of training, it is completely useless in the continental United States. Try walking up to a front desk with that thing on your back? Even better. Want to hike in someplace and camp for a few days? You’ll be the only hiker with a drag bag on. So might as well sling the rifle across your back. It might actually attract LESS attention slug up tight next to a regular backpack than in a big, military looking, rifle bag. Seriously. And don’t even get me started on how that looks stashed in your car.

In hotel. Just checked in. This rifle was literally on my shoulder the entire time at the front desk.

In hotel. Just checked in. This rifle was literally on my shoulder the entire time at the front desk.

So take this post as an opportunity to gaze in the mirror and reevaluate who and what you are. Assuming we both share the title of “gun guy/gal”, does it mean we are both soldiers? Or mercenaries? Competitive shooters? SWAT officers? Operators? No, of course not. But the problem is, 90% of what is being marketed and sold to civilians is way, way, way too military in form and function.

Computer bag. Clothing bag. Recreational bag.

Computer bag. Clothing bag. Recreational bag.

When you are NOT on the range or attending weekend tactical-fantasy-camp, is that really the message you want to send to strangers in a hotel environment? I would question if that is even useful or relevant to any US based civilian. But I’ll leave you, the civilian reader, with a quick and useful hotel checklist I have developed from over 20 years of world wide travel. Look for this in every new hotel room: BBDHCDDoGuCa.

Old habits die hard. Even in 5-star toilets you'll find guns and dope.

Old habits die hard. Even in 5-star toilets you’ll find guns and dope.

 

Bed Bugs — Dead Hookers — Connector Door — Dope — Guns — Cameras. Check your room for all 6. Every. Single. Time. To date, the only thing on the list I haven’t found is bed bugs, but I suspect my turn is coming.

 

 
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Areas of focus: Defense and National Security, Modern Light Weapons, Analysis of the Geo-political / Military Relationship in the Context of Strategic Goals.
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  • Mikial

    As long as we can carry in any given state legally and not get arrested for exercising our rights as law abiding Americans, my wife and I always carry no matter what hotel we’re staying in. And this ranges from $34.95/night Motel 6 to a several hundred dollar a night Hilton. That’s what the word “concealed” means, after all . . . concealed.

    • And….if you do get kicked out would you go on a youtube rant blasting the situation all over the net?

      It makes one wonder…if the guy in question is now on their PNG list? I bet you dollars to doughnuts their CRM system says “guns” by his name.

      People don’t think.

      Marky

      • Mikial

        Good point. The whole social media/I put my entire life on You Tube thing is just plain baffling to me. I think one of the best examples of just pure stupidity was the guy who posted a picture of himself siphoning gas out of a police on his FB page. Needless to say it wasn’t long before he got to ride in a police car too.

        One of those cases where all you can do is shake your head and say WTF?

  • Brennen Munro

    “Dead Hooker”… I almost spit out my coffee over that one! I can say that I have never had to report one of those down to the front desk!

    Munro

    • What can I say that Robert Frost hasn’t already,

      “I came to a fork in the road and I took the path less traveled by. And it has made all the difference”.

      Marky

      • Brennen Munro

        I like to think that my chosen path was less traveled as well… especially by “dead hookers”! That is funny, well, not for the hooker, but it is a funny story!

        Munro

        • Mikial

          Speaking of dead hookers, you should watch the film “Four Rooms.” Tarantino didn’t produce or direct it, but he’s in it along with Banderas and so many other B grade “Pulp Fiction” types that he might as well have. Trust me, it is counterculture at it’s best.

          • Brennen Munro

            I loved that flick… I just realized that we are truly a twisted collection of folks who find humor in the things we find entertaining! I loved that the Bellhop held out until he had just the amount of money “he” wanted, then whack-scoop up the cash-see ya!

            Munro

          • Mikial

            I know. Wasn’t that great? They made such a big deal about him being able to “flick his Bic” and the bellhop just chops his finger off and walks out with the $1000 while they’re running around trying to find his finger to take to the hospital. And i won;t even get into the witches who are pissed at one of their number for swallowing. 🙂

            And, Brennen, ‘twisted’ is just a value judgement by people who just don’t get it!

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