October 10th, 2009 01:38 AM
Got made at work today... surprising reactions from all.
Well, I work as an aircraft mechanic. Right now I do the maintenance for a flight school in South Florida and at about 4pm we get a call that one of the flights that went on a cross country has issues. I called the pilot up to find out what happened and apparently the starter motor grenaded (case blew out and pieces were everywhere.)
They were safe and it happened when they went to start up their Cessna 172. So we looked in our inventory and had a replacement starter and the boss made the decision to send one of us up to the airport. The owner of the flight school actually made the call to fly us up (which is a rare thing). So I got asked if I wanted to go, and I said yes.
I gathered my tools (and holstered my Glock 23) and hopped in a flight up to the other airport. By the time we landed it was getting dark so I got right to work while I could see. It only took a few minutes to change out the starter, but putting the cowl back on took about 30 minutes due to pain in the butt hardware. At this time it was night and getting really dark where we were parked.
All 4 of the pilots there are from Norway and have served mandatory military terms. They were discussing a friends S&W and I chimed in when asked a question. Well, as soon as I turned off my flashlight, one of them asked why my belt was glowing green. I then realized that my Meprolight sights were shining brighter than hell thru my work shirt. One of them asked what kind of gun it was, and the others guessed. They must know me better than I think because they all guess Glock.
We took off into some bumpy weather and discussed military training and weapons, and agreed to go to the range soon. I asked them not to spread the word that I carried (even though she is locked up while at work.) They had no problem with it and understand the Concealed is concealed idea.
When we landed, I debriefed my boss who waited up for me and we closed up shop. On the way thru the dark hangar with only my flashlight leading the way...he chimed in... "Your baby is glowing thru your shirt...."
Its good to have a good boss...
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October 10th, 2009 01:43 AM
Some folks "print." Those of us with night sights might want to consider the "glow" factor. Thanks for the heads-up.
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October 10th, 2009 01:54 AM
That's actually pretty funny. I'm glad that it worked out ok , it doesn't seem to be a problem.
October 10th, 2009 07:11 AM
Cool story...nice to be with people who don't 'freak out' at the mention of a gun, not to mentions a gun-friendly work environment. Thanks for sharing.
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October 10th, 2009 07:49 AM
Very cool. Thanks for sharing.
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October 10th, 2009 08:41 AM
Now I'm going to have to do a "glow check."
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October 10th, 2009 08:47 AM
Went through USAF pilot training 14 years ago with several Norwegians. Good guys all...not surprised at the reactions you got.
October 10th, 2009 09:09 AM
Not to hijack the thread but since I have no experience with night sights I have a question.
Has anyone who wears glasses ever looked into a mirror while in a darkened room to see how bright the reflection from the sights would be?
October 10th, 2009 10:51 AM
Your Glock is just like another tool multi tool in the toll box. It can be used for protection and a flash light.
October 10th, 2009 11:49 AM
Never throught of the glow part.
October 10th, 2009 11:51 AM
Funny story, thanks for sharing!
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October 10th, 2009 11:58 AM
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October 10th, 2009 12:25 PM
Note to self: Comtinue to wear heavy cover shirts at night...
*whew* Good thing it turned out well! Lesson learned.
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October 10th, 2009 04:46 PM
That's just ONE reason why I never put night sights on a handgun (or any weapon for that matter). Another reason is that when it's THAT dark, you're going to be point-shooting anyway.
If it's that noticeable through a shirt, imagine how a BG can see you in the dark if he is beside or behind you and you don't know exactly where he is.
Personally, I think night sights are one of the biggest marketing ploys ever foisted upon the handgun public. Just my humble opinion after a VERY scary night one time long ago as an MP.
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October 10th, 2009 07:00 PM
And I thought I was the only one who felt that way.
Originally Posted by 9mm10mmamen
I wonder how may people with lasers on their guns realize the BG can see the beam emanating from their gun and then know exactly where to shoot back?
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