.. I just had one of those eye-opening experiences that reminds me to always be aware of my surroundings.
I have a 6 foot privacy fence around my back yard. Due the geographic nature (unevern ground) there are a few places in the back yard where if standing I can see over the fence into the surrounding yards.
I went outside to play with the dawg, and I took him into the backyard. As we started playing with his soccer ball, the wife and baby came outside through the back door. I turned to say something to the wife when I hear an unmistakable popping sound coming at a rapid rate from just over my fence, and I hear the sounds of fast moving objects impacting a hard object.
My right hand immediately went to my 642 that was in my right front pocket and on pure instinct moved to a cover postion for the wife and baby. I really thought it was showtime for a second there. As I did so, I heard the door shutting and I new the wife and baby had gone back inside.
As all of this was happening I turned toward the fence and saw a white male with a biker bandana on his head walking in my general direction in a "duckwalk" with an item in his hands and two other similarly dressed white males behind him.
Only then did I realize the item was a paintball gun and the individual was shooting a target on his storage building on the other side of my fence.
Even when in a seemingly "safe" location under "safe" circumstances we can suddenly find ourselfs in one of "those" situations. A quick scan of the other yards would have revealed the individuals and their activity making the walk in the backyard uneventful. It was the sudden nature of the whole thing that got me.
If anybody needs me, I'll be trying to put to use some unexpected adrenaline that recently came into my possession.