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March 20th, 2009   #1
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I have been thinking of painting my truck camo.

Now this gets kinda sticky. Let me explain-
I found that when I paint my truck camo (as I have done before), cops get nervous. Hell dude, it's just a steenking paint job! Olive drab is one of my favorite colors! Always has been since I was a little kid!

Well, I served, though no where near as long as I wish. I have a DD214, not like that means anything. But I have been pulled over before because of a truck I had back then that had a camo paint job. July 2001, for example. Held at gun point for an hour while the sheriff's deputy demanded that I let him search my truck. He found the camo pattern suspicious and asked literally "how do I know you're not a terrorist?" DUH!

Well, it seems that cops had me targeted because of the camo paint job, and people in general were nervous as hell when I was around. Even though I never id anything to ause this, other than a simple paint job.

A paint job, that I like, that I enjoyed doing myself.


Well, now I'm coming to you guys. What are your views on truck paint jobs? Is the public concern just? If so, please explain. Is law enforcement concern just? If so, please explain.

And the next time it happens, what should I do? What would you do?
I discussed this with a buddy that was a seal many many years back, and he said **** them and if all else fails tape a edited copy of my 214 to my back window with a "finger" icon next to it.

I don't know is my biggest problem.

Ideas? Advice?
 
March 20th, 2009   #2
BritinAfrica
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hmmm
I have been thinking of painting my truck camo.

Now this gets kinda sticky. Let me explain-
I found that when I paint my truck camo (as I have done before), cops get nervous. Hell dude, it's just a steenking paint job! Olive drab is one of my favorite colors! Always has been since I was a little kid!

Well, I served, though no where near as long as I wish. I have a DD214, not like that means anything. But I have been pulled over before because of a truck I had back then that had a camo paint job. July 2001, for example. Held at gun point for an hour while the sheriff's deputy demanded that I let him search my truck. He found the camo pattern suspicious and asked literally "how do I know you're not a terrorist?" DUH!

Well, it seems that cops had me targeted because of the camo paint job, and people in general were nervous as hell when I was around. Even though I never id anything to ause this, other than a simple paint job.

A paint job, that I like, that I enjoyed doing myself.


Well, now I'm coming to you guys. What are your views on truck paint jobs? Is the public concern just? If so, please explain. Is law enforcement concern just? If so, please explain.

And the next time it happens, what should I do? What would you do?
I discussed this with a buddy that was a seal many many years back, and he said **** them and if all else fails tape a edited copy of my 214 to my back window with a "finger" icon next to it.

I don't know is my biggest problem.

Ideas? Advice?
Personally I quite like some cammo paint jobs, especially the desert cammo. In UK and Germany we use to paint our Land Rovers and Bedford and AEC trucks matte green and matte black to break up the outline. The black which was supposedly an anti infra red paint, was sprayed all over the vehicle first then the matte green "stripes" added last. See the AEC 10 tonner on my avtar

As for law enforcement not liking cammo, a chap in the UK had an ex Pink Panther SAS Land Rover complete with deactivated GPMG's and dummy ammunition belts, he was forever being pulled over by the cops.

Civilians on the road use to give him a wide berth, where kids hanging out car windows usually shouted "WOWOWOWOW COOOOOOOL"

There are a few people who collect ex military vehicles in the UK, usually WW2, but some collect latter types such as the Pink Panther mentioned above.

A neighbour of mine here is South Africa has painted his old series 3 Land Rover 109 with black and white zebra stripes, which looks bloody rediculous.

If you like painting your truck cammo go for it.


I try to be the man my dog thinks I am.

Last edited by BritinAfrica; March 20th, 2009 at 08:23..
 
March 20th, 2009   #3
-- Dusty
 
 
I'm thinking I will. Not sure the pattern. My Nissan had grey primer, OD base, with black. Just OD & black. Hmmm. Wondering....

And since 9/11 & the current war I'm wondering how weird people are gonna get.
 
March 20th, 2009   #4
A Can of Man
 
 
You know what's totally gangster? A VW Beetle in cammo.
 
March 20th, 2009   #5
03USMC
 
 
Dunno where you live.......but in my area there are alot of camo trucks. From surplus CUCV's , to self painted jobs to custom painted real tree and mossy oak trucks.

I've never used it as reasonable suspicion to intiate a traffic stop. I have stopped them for violations and since most of the guys are hunters been aware that there might be weapons in the vehicle.

They only time I might use it as resonable suspicion for a stop is at night near anhydrous ammonia tanks (precursor for Meth and often stolen) or working a poaching call (our Convservation Agent can seldom be bothered). Maybe working a rash of burglaries in a rural area. Lets face it camo is made to blend in. These are are some scenerios where that might be helpful. But then again I'd contact a vehicle of any color.

Don't really see the issue. Camo it up if you want.


Sgt. Rafael Peralta ,United States Marine Corps
Company A, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regt, 3rd Marine Divison

We will never forget your valor and sacrifice.

Semper Fi !
 
March 22nd, 2009   #6
-- Dusty
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by 03USMC
Dunno where you live.......but in my area there are alot of camo trucks. From surplus CUCV's , to self painted jobs to custom painted real tree and mossy oak trucks.
Usually I had no problem in the past. But there were a few times I was wondering if it was worth the hassle. Mostly ign'ernt dickwads and most of the ign'ernt were cops.

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Originally Posted by 03USMC
I've never used it as reasonable suspicion to intiate a traffic stop. I have stopped them for violations and since most of the guys are hunters been aware that there might be weapons in the vehicle.
Safety concern is always a good idea in your line of work.

Quote:
Originally Posted by 03USMC
They only time I might use it as resonable suspicion for a stop is at night near anhydrous ammonia tanks (precursor for Meth and often stolen) or working a poaching call (our Convservation Agent can seldom be bothered).
You sure as heck best be concerned! Of course I was raised in a small farming community, and the deputies always knew who had what in their fields. Back when I owned land, some of the stupidest crap the sheriff's deputies pulled annoyed me to no end.

Quote:
Originally Posted by 03USMC
Maybe working a rash of burglaries in a rural area. Lets face it camo is made to blend in. These are are some scenerios where that might be helpful. But then again I'd contact a vehicle of any color.
Good!

Quote:
Originally Posted by 03USMC
Don't really see the issue. Camo it up if you want.
I am thinking pretty much that I will. I still have concerns, but, well, I dunno.
 
March 23rd, 2009   #7
FO Seaman
 
 
Here you go Hmmm, I found this on another forum. Not exactly camo, but it's an attention getter. This is the doing of a few Cav guys, for their Iraqi counterparts. This would certainly grab attention, there and here.






Last edited by FO Seaman; March 23rd, 2009 at 16:49..
 
March 23rd, 2009   #8
A Can of Man
 
 
hahahaha that's priceless.
 
March 24th, 2009   #9
AFSteliga
 
 
Epic win right there.


MCpl K. Steliga
Flight Advisor
408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron / Military Flight Advisory Unit
CFB Edmonton, Alberta
Royal Canadian Air Force

Per ardua ad astra
 
March 24th, 2009   #10
tomtom22
 
 
Oh No, not PINK!


"It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle." - Norman Schwarskopf, Commander of Desert Storm Operations
 



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