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Posted: 12/22/2002 11:12:30 PM EDT
I was just stopping by the grocery store for some snackfood on my way home from the sister in laws place, and as usual I was carrying my T51 Tokarev in a holster in the small of my back as its the best place to hide it. Of course I have my CCW card (just renewed last month).

As I'm walking down the isle of a store amazingly busy for nearly midnight, a sharp-eyed officer who was on his coffee break comes up from behind me and puts his hand on the small of my back and says very calmly and very professionaly "hold up a moment guy, you're 'slip' is showing."

One of the straps on my elderly Galco had broken and my Tok and holster were peeking out from under my jacket. The officer helped me situate the holster so it'd stay upright until I could get out to my car and fix it with a minimum of fuss. He then asked if I had a permit and gave it a once over when I produced it. Instead of taking off he chatted with me all the way through the checkout line about guns and shooting and I found out he was an AR15.com member too. He came out to the parking lot with me and fetched some 100mph tape from his crusier and helped me fix my rig a little better.  

I thanked him profusely and went on my way. I feel kind of stupid now because I didnt get his name or even his screen name. I was so embarrased about the whole thing and so greatful that I didnt even see if he was a Mountlake Terrace cop or a State Trooper.

Anyhow, if you're out there and you're reading this Mr.Officer, thanks a bunch, you're a credit to your profession. I've had a couple of unnerving run-ins with LEOs in the past, but you've done quite a bit to restore my faith in the knowledge that most cops are on OUR side...
Link Posted: 12/22/2002 11:36:32 PM EDT
Yes, I would also like to thank the officer. We need more LEO's out there like you!

I know the majority of officers are great guys, but if that were to happen in my part of the USA I know I would have gotten a Boot Sandwich.
Link Posted: 12/23/2002 12:54:47 AM EDT
yes.  thank you very much, officer, for leading by example as a public servant.  we sorely need officers with that mindset in this country.
Link Posted: 12/23/2002 1:41:18 AM EDT
One of the straps on my elderly Galco had broken and my Tok and holster were peeking out from under my jacket.
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Time to spring for a new holster!

...most cops are on OUR side...
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Darn right, we sure are...contrary to what some posters would have you believe.
Link Posted: 12/23/2002 5:47:40 PM EDT
I wish you had gotten his name.  I'm an LEO who works very close to Mountlake Terrace.  It's good to know that someone like that could have or has backed me up before.

SeMPer Fi
Link Posted: 12/23/2002 5:52:01 PM EDT
Good job officer whoever you are[^]
Link Posted: 12/23/2002 6:09:57 PM EDT
that was great,i would not have expected an officer to act that way
Link Posted: 12/23/2002 6:33:34 PM EDT
It is too bad we DON'T expect them to be helpful and professional.  A few rotten apples...

Whoever this guy is, he deserves to be applauded for doing a good job and bringing honor upon fellow officers.
Link Posted: 12/23/2002 6:56:32 PM EDT
Way to be a quality LEO!! We could use a bunch more PRO civilian Officers out there.

That kind of action would have put a real smile on my face:)
Link Posted: 12/23/2002 7:14:34 PM EDT
Your story brought a smile to my face.

Very nice way of handleling it. "Your slip is showing." That's classic.

If every LEO was as high-caliber as this one, this would be a much greater country.
Link Posted: 12/23/2002 7:30:29 PM EDT
I dunno.  Maybe I go through life wearing rose colored glasses.  All I can say is, if I were in the same situation and a cop spotted me carrying I would EXPECT the same reaction.

This isn't to say - thank you isn't appropriate.  because doing the job right should earn a thank you.  But my experiences with police lead me to expect more help than hassle.

Maybe I'm just a lucky SOB.

Link Posted: 12/25/2002 11:28:17 AM EDT
How dare that facist pig touch your weapon! You were just minding your own business, and he snuck up on you like that. I woulda...

Ooops, I thought I was Imbroglio for a minute.
Link Posted: 12/25/2002 11:39:37 AM EDT
You should put this in the hometown, maybe the officer will see it.
Link Posted: 12/28/2002 2:47:40 AM EDT
I had a similar thing happen to me...

I was buying a new car last week, and during the test drive I guess that my jacket rose up a little to far ( I carry in the small of my back also) anyway when we got back to the dealer I was walking inside...as I went to the door some guy behind me says in a real quiet voice " I did not know firemen pack" ( I was wearing my fire Dept. hat) I turned around and it was a Lynwood P.D. officer, We talked about where I worked, did the old "Do you know so and so?" and that was that....No muss No fuss...

I'm glad We do have some good Cop's out there!
Link Posted: 12/30/2002 1:36:43 AM EDT
Fortunately in Virginia, you simply go from concealed to open carry. Open carry is not "brandishing". Brandishing is when you actually point the firearm in a threatening way.....


Link Posted: 12/30/2002 1:42:42 AM EDT
Wow! I am impressed at the officers professionalism, and am pleasantly not surprised at the same time.  A great job on your part Officer X!
Link Posted: 12/30/2002 1:05:34 PM EDT
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Not quite true.  You can be charged with "brandishing" in Virginia without even removing the gun from it's holster.
Just the act of lifting a shirt or jacket to show someone that you are armed can be considered brandishing if it "reasonably induces fear" in the mind of the other person(s).  There is a self defense exemption to this of course (just another reason I love this great state!)

Originally Posted By DScottHewitt:
Fortunately in Virginia, you simply go from concealed to open carry. Open carry is not "brandishing". Brandishing is when you actually point the firearm in a threatening way.....


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Link Posted: 12/30/2002 4:44:41 PM EDT
Run into this situation fairly often, especially in the summer.  Usually a quiet "Nice Glock you have there" is usually all that's needed.

People do carry a lot around here,  I just wish they'd understand that the holster, gun, and clothes need to complement each other to work well. It's the old 800$ gun in a 9$ holster on a 4$ belt syndrome. Your Galco is worlds above what most people use.

Ever hear and see a 1911 hit the floor of a Church's Chicken?  Very embarrassing. Especially since he was NOT the person that picked it up.

BTW: Why a Tok?
Link Posted: 12/30/2002 5:28:43 PM EDT
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