Somewhat embarrassing stop by LEO

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    Somewhat embarrassing stop by LEO

    A couple of years ago I was hurrying back home after picking up my brother & SIL from the Austin airport. Had just dropped them off at their house in Balcones Village after midnight, and was going about 10mph "over" on Lake Creek Parkway to 620 on the way back to my Brushy Creek neighborhood.

    Two APD cruisers pulled me over in the gas station (now closed) on 620. The LEO who approached my car was very courteous and asked the usual questions (I admitted I was probably going too fast, but explained why the hurry - it was waaay past my bedtime after the late night airport run), while I kept my hands in plain sight on the steering wheel with both IDs (DL & CHL) ready.

    While examining the cards, he asked me if I was armed... to which I said yes, but that weapon was in the car console. He did not ask to see it, but did inquire as to what kind it was. When I told him "A Keltec .32", he just kind of looked at me...and I swear his eyes teared up a bit & his lips were quivering like he was gonna bust out laughing. I felt about as small as a .22 short.

    He just gave me a verbal warning & sent me on my way.

    Not long after that, I bought a Kahr PM9.
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    Well, you coulda felt as small as a cb cap or a bb cap... You had a .32... still a capable, deadly weapon... for those who doubt

    But, if the LEO's giggles got you out of a ticket... good for ya. And glad you can get a spendy Kahr... there are many who might disparage that as well...
    All that said....
    It could be worse.
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    Perhaps, he was embarrased as well to admit that his BUG was a Keltek .32 also?!?
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    Absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about...you carry what you carry, and it may just save your life one day.
    The Kahr 9mm is a better choice, but either gun would work.

    Nice cop stop, and no ticket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Armybrat View Post
    He just gave me a verbal warning & sent me on my way.
    The warning was to carry something more substantial, right?
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    If I was the cop, I would have said "I'm just giving you a warning, now take the $200 you're saving and get yourself a REAL gun!"
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    Well, did you get a more powerful gun?

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    Somewhere outthere in an alternate cyber universe there is an Austin PD cop posting this same story under a "The funniest armed traffic stop you ever had" thread

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    One of the most important things in the caliber argument is using your brain and the training to effectively use a fire arm. With good training I can presume any one of us can shoot well no matter what caliber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnK87 View Post
    If I was the cop, I would have said "I'm just giving you a warning, now take the $200 you're saving and get yourself a REAL gun!"
    I hope you don't mind if I steal that the next time I stop a CHP holder carrying a POS gun. I carry a .32 H&R Magnum, so I can't knock the .32, but if said CHP holder has a junk gun, I'll use it.
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    Thats like saying to a woman, "It ain't what you got; it's what you can do with it.....
    My very first pistol was a .32 in a Lama small frame. I fired it into a wet phone book and the rear of the bullet was flush with the outside of the book. It gave me the impression that if I used the gun, it would just P.O. the BG. That 40 years ago. The ammo was weak by todays standards, as they had to protect themselves against lawsuits from very weak guns (AKA saturday night specials). However, I sold it and bought a model 36 smith. The 38 went all the way thru the wet phone book and left a big exit hole. Only problem was Concealment: I was 5'6" and weighed 130#. Finally settled of SOB IWB with a baggy shirt. That was 50# ago......

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    He just gave me a verbal warning & sent me on my way.
    "I'm gonna let you go this time, but don't ever let me catch you with a Kel-Tek again !"

    Hope you learned your lesson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treo View Post
    Somewhere outthere in an alternate cyber universe there is an Austin PD cop posting this same story under a "The funniest armed traffic stop you ever had" thread
    Exactly !!
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    I wouldn't care if he rolled on the ground laughing, if it got me out of a couple hundred dollar ducket.

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