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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Shooting Guns & Having Fun”