An interesting broad daylight situation I had.
This is certainly not an experience I would have expected to have in broad daylight.....In front of a sporting goods store of all places! This story happened a while ago--last spring, but that shoulden't matter too much.
I was at work, when I got a call from my buddy letting me know he'd just picked up a new kahr .40 from Sportsman's Warehouse. I said "sweet, I'll be down there in 5 mins to check it out." (Nothing at work was more important then checking out a new firearm). It was chilly, and I was OWB carrying my ruger p89 with a jacket over it. I met with my buddy, his roomate who was with him, and we stood there and shot the breeze for a while and talked about guns. We were parked towards the back of the lot and I noticed a black buick, with limo tint windows driving around. It was not anything to be concerned about other than the fact that it was very much out of place with every other car being a lifted truck. Eventually the Buick begins creeping by us. I raised up a little bit in alertness, and scooted a bit towards the back of my jeep. Still not really concerned, but preparing myself to take evasive action. My friends took notice and I casually glanced towards the Buick but didn't slow up the conversation any. The car finally stopped in front of us, and the window rolled down. A young black gentleman was in the car alone, and asked us if we'd like to buy a bottle of jack danials. We declined and politely requested that he move along. What he did really shocked me. He simply let loose with a string of cuss words, then ducked down and put his hands below my eyesight. This put me on full alert and I quickly moved behind my jeep and put my hand on my gun. Luckily, the man came up empty handed and simply drove away.
After he was gone, my one friend said, "Why'd you run like that?" I responed that I couldent see the guys hands, and after the cursing he just gave us, I had no idea what to expect.
Then it occured to me, that I had acted in the interests of my own safety with little regard to my friends'. This disappointed me a bit, as I had always assumed I would act in the best interests of whoever I was with. When I reflect on it now, I admit that I would probably do the same thing. The threat went from being "not there" to "there" so quick that I didn't have time to issue instructions or advise. I simply provided for my own safety as quickly as possible. I later told my friends, "Guys, I love ya to death, but you gotta pay attention to what's going on, and be prepared to react. I'll do my best to help you, but when it comes down to the line, I'm looking out for myself first."
That's the first time in my life I've been in a situation where another individual has really made me fear for my safety. I feel confident in what I did, but also guilty that I left my buddies standing there with their mouth's open getting cursed at.