Strange Thing Last Night
I was out with some friends in a place that here in WV is legal to carry. Behaving and such, when someonen walks up and elbows me right in the side, right on top of my sidearm...
Now ok, I am wearing a jacket over it with junk in it but he went right through it and then turned and gave me the sorry pal pat with his fingers, which then landed right on it. His fingers sort of curled up under my shirt and I scratched my chin and put my elbow low over the grip, and that was enough to keep it in the holster if he made a grab. He said sorry man and walked off behind me, where he was talking to two other men and they were looking at me.
The hairs stood up on the back of my neck so I looked at my girlfriend and said, we're leaving, now and walked straight out without telling anyone what was up. I wanted to get back because I have had things happen where someone decide that they want to try to fight someone who's bigger, or armed, or may want the firearm, or whatever. None of it added up to good things for me. Once in the car and moving, I texted back to my freinds to let them know they were good, but that I felt that I was being cased, that I had been made, and that it spooked me.
Now, I know I am paranoid, but I consider it a healthy paranoia. I spent too much time in the great kingdom working in civvies and carrying a sidearm to not listen to my gut when it tells me something just aint right.
Anyway, just wondering what anyone else thought about the situation.
as you said, you might have been a bit paranoid, but better that then having something bad happen. he could have simply been explaining what he said to you when his friends asked him why he was talking to you... or something like that. i too, as a bodybuilder, get many people wanting to fight the big guy when at bars (that damned liquid courage)... i can usually avoid it but if i can't, it never ends good for them.
either way, you did what you felt was right and nothing bad happened.
Hummmm...sounds like he made you and was verifying with his buddies. Kudos on keeping your cool and walking away to defend another day.
I've never had an issue while out eating or whatever, but when at Wally World, a mall, or any retail store during a busy shopping day I get a little extra paranoid/defensive.
You may have overeacted, but maybe not.........
Gut feelings/instencts/Spidy Sense are to be listened to.
Mmmmm...he would have had a REAL problem when his hands actually touched me...:image035:
You are paranoid-welcome to the group! That is a healthy paranoid, in that it keeps you healthy. You done good.
You did the smartest thing possible in that situation.
You did the right thing. How well concealed was your gun? Maybe they saw it and arranged to "find out"?
Sounds like you did well leaving. Better safe than find out too late it could have been avoided.
You did the right thing. Good call to get out of there without further ado.
Just because you're paranoid, it doesn't mean that someone isn't out to get you :)
Tccch. No courage at all. You would've probably also chickened out with the motorcyclist driving away, too!
Paladin, I'm very impressed with your manner in dealing with this. You exhibited admirable restraint and clear thinking, and you're still with us today as a result. (Note: my guess is that your clear thinking has kept you out of other tight situations as well.) Bravo! I hope I respond as well if I'm ever in a similar situation.
Originally Posted by retsupt99
That you would engage in VIOLENCE against the poor little innocent guy who was just trying to apologize for accidentally bumping into the mean old pistol-packing gun nut?
....because that's how it'll play in the media.
Look, either this WAS just an accident, or this was a VERY clever bad guy, who engineered his actions in such a way to appear completely innocent. Either way, I believe the original poster did the best thing possible - removed himself from the situation.
i agree with Sgt. Mac. You reacted intelligently.
Best play possible, low profile, did not escalate the situation.