Drew entering my apartment yesterday...
Monday, May 30th.
Background: I moved into this apartment right at a month ago to begin preparing it for my then-fiance to move in after we got married. I left on the 19th to stay with my parents in the city we were getting married in. Got married on the 21st, went on our honeymoon and we both returned to the apartment on the 28th. We spent the larger part of the weekend back unpacking the rest of the things she brought back and organizing.
Our apartment is on the third floor and has only the front door as a viable entry point. It has a sturdy deadbolt and no lock in the door handle.
The story: Monday we decided the place was clean enough to go shopping for a dining room table. We went about 6 different places and finally found one we liked, but decided to wait to get it. We had made a Sonic run at some point during our shopping around so I had a drink in my left hand, keys in my right when we approached the door. There were no *obvious* signs of forced entry that would tip me off to anything unusual, as I didn't hesitate to insert my key. I put in my key and turned and the door opened. I did not manipulate the door handle in any way.
I'm quite proud of how both my wife and I reacted. I didn't think about what I did, my M&P .40c just found its way into my hand, finger alongside the frame, without snagging on my shirt or any other trouble unholstering. With my left hand (Sonic cup still firmly in place) I swung the door to the left slowly and entered slicing the pie to my right as I came in. Did the same when I swept the kitchen to the left, and the bathroom and bedroom straight ahead. My wife stood by the door until I motioned her in after holstering.
The cause of the problem: After a second or two to calm down, I grabbed my keys from the door and stepped outside. I secured the deadbolt and tested the door which did not open. I put my key in and opened the deadbolt and the door swung open. If I turn the handle to test the deadbolt and don't pull the door afterward, the handle's latch catches on the lip of the door frame and doesn't snap closed, though the deadbolt remains secure.
1. Know thy security features and their quirks intimately, lest ye be fooled into thinking what is not true is.
2. Train yourself. It turns into habit. I am not an LEO or military, nor do I wish to be. My own in-home training kicked in, however, and I didn't have a single conscious thought from the time the door swung unexpectedly until halfway through clearing the second room. I learned two things from that.
a. I now know I can successfully draw my sidearm from my CBST without thinking and without a hitch in a moderately stressful situation. No stuttering to grab it, no catching on the t-shirt, no mishandling during the draw. I've practiced this quite a bit and it's apparently paying off.
b. I now know that I can clear a room pie-slice style with a fair amount of skill and do it in a way that I think was safe and effective. This, I think, mostly comes from paintball... Yeah I know, but it apparently works.
3. Train your family. My wife does not yet have her license to carry, and so did the best thing she could. Stand out of harm's way ready to run and get whatever help she could should the worst happen.
4. Let go of the Sonic drink. It's not worth it man.