Grab Your Towel, and Don't Panic

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Grab Your Towel, and Don't Panic

Postby threoh8 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:21 am

A recent post in which trespassers apparently saw the poster retrieving his handgun from his car reminded me of one of my habits: I keep a towel in each car. Generally, the towels are old and worn out, and preferably very bland in color/pattern. Something the wife won't miss. My old GI-issue brown towels are about perfect.

One of the many applications is to obscure what I am doing. If I need to move something from the car that might upset onlookers, or something I'd just rather they not notice, I just drape the towel over, wad up the extra for camouflage if necessary, and go about my business. For example, sometimes one needs to disarm before entering a 30.06-posted area, or re-arm afterwards. In a busy parking lot, there are many eyes. A towel can obscure the lines of sight, allowing a degree of privacy.

Oh, and I can also use the towels to mop dew off the windows, clean up soda spills, kill reflections, make a neck pillow for passengers, etc. It's a multitasker!

As a transport technique, this is a variation of my grandfather's technique: When travelling (way before Texas had CHL), he carried a revolver in an old, greasy, wrinkled paper bag under the seat. It stayed put, fit right into the decor of his old car, and wouldn't likely grab a thief's attention.
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Re: Grab Your Towel, and Don't Panic

Postby longtooth » Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:32 am

Mom is 81 & she does the very same thing. Only her towel is "Lady White" nice & clean. :thumbs2:
'coarse, her car is always spotless too.
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Re: Grab Your Towel, and Don't Panic

Postby Commander Cody » Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:48 am

I keep a towel in my auto as well. My car is black so my towel is black as well. Just looks good to me. I keep it mostly to wipe off my dash and other parts of my car that seem to collect lint. Works good for other things as well.
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Re: Grab Your Towel, and Don't Panic

Postby speedsix » Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:42 pm

...been doing that for 30 years...without realizing it...great tip...

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Re: Grab Your Towel, and Don't Panic

Postby Thomas » Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:28 pm

Title reference to the Hitchhiker's Guide?
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Re: Grab Your Towel, and Don't Panic

Postby The Annoyed Man » Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:44 pm

I keep towels in the car to wipe the dog off when he's been playing in the mud at the dog park before he jumps back in.
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Re: Grab Your Towel, and Don't Panic

Postby puma guy » Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:25 pm

Mine are white, but maybe I'll switch to black or dark brown. Or.......look at Cabela's to see if they've got camo! :smilelol5:
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Re: Grab Your Towel, and Don't Panic

Postby strider67 » Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:52 am

speedsix wrote:...been doing that for 30 years...without realizing it...great tip...


:iagree: (Although I am not quite yet up to 30). I traverse the DFW area for work, and it definately helps to hide arming/disarming.
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Re: Grab Your Towel, and Don't Panic

Postby rtschl » Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:54 pm

I do the same. Picked up a couple of cheap ones from Wally world that come close to matching my tan interior.

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Re: Grab Your Towel, and Don't Panic

Postby PBratton » Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:21 pm

I also keep my Peril Sensitive Sunglasses nearby.
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Re: Grab Your Towel, and Don't Panic

Postby threoh8 » Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:38 pm

Thomas wrote:Title reference to the Hitchhiker's Guide?


Yep! I was hoping someone would pick up on that.

Sorry for the delayed response. I missed your post somehow.
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Re: Grab Your Towel, and Don't Panic

Postby RPBrown » Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:51 pm

I keep a couple in the tour pack of my bike to wipe the bike off before a Patriot Guard Mission. I like a spotless bike when we are on a mission for a hero. :patriot: :patriot:

AND it works well for concealment as well.
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Re: Grab Your Towel, and Don't Panic

Postby terryg » Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:12 am

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Re: Grab Your Towel, and Don't Panic

Postby Ameer » Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:27 pm

Or I will rend thee in the gobberwarts with my blurglecruncheon, see if I don't!
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Re: Grab Your Towel, and Don't Panic

Postby Pawpaw » Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:49 am

Ameer wrote:Or I will rend thee in the gobberwarts with my blurglecruncheon, see if I don't!


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