December 4th, 2008 02:04 PM
Hand went to gun
My fiance and I were leaving the CVS near my house. I love my neighborhood, but the area nearby with the CVS in it isn't so nice. My fiance was driving and I was sitting shotgun. We are stopped at the red light at the exit of the shopping center when a "strung out" looking WMA walks in front of our car, stops, turns around and starts saying something and approaches the drivers side. There were cars actively going through the intersection so she could not run it if she had to. When I noticed him walking back, I lifted my cover garment and my hand went to my gun just in case he kept approaching and tried to make entry. He eventually walked away without seeing my gun, and continued on down the road picking up cigarette butts as he went? So what do you guys think? Did I over-react or was I OK?
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December 4th, 2008 02:08 PM
I would have at least put my hand on my gun, if not drawn, depending on how close he was.
Good for you for carrying, seeing the potential threat before he was in your face, and being prepared to defend you and your fiance. Things could have gone bad in a moment. If you had waited until that moment, you might have been too late.
December 4th, 2008 02:13 PM
Don't think anyone would fault you for just reaching for you gun under the cover of your vehicle. You didn't draw or point it at the guy. Just being ready.
It's another thing to be standing out in public, sweeping your cover garment, grabbing your gun and clearing leather. Now that would be over-reacting
December 4th, 2008 02:15 PM
I would have reacted somewhat the same given the scenerio. I would have kept a close eye on his hands. I don't think my hand would have went to my firearm as soon as yours did, but on the other hand I wasn't there. Good Job
December 4th, 2008 02:19 PM
I think you did a good job. I would have probably done the same.
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December 4th, 2008 02:24 PM
I think you did a good job. Watch his eyes and hands. Bet the addrenaline was pumping huh?
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December 4th, 2008 02:26 PM
My vote is good job. You didn't scare anybody, your fiance included, by brandishing a weapon, good. You set yourself up for a much quicker reaction time if something happened, very good. You had situational awareness and preparation, you are awake and alert, very good.
Did you talk with the fiance about it afterward? Did she notice? Did she have a plan? Did she see you preparing to react if needed? Have you had a conversation with her about contingencies? Would you have told her to cover her ears and close her eyes so you were the only one deafened in the car when the gun went off and her vision wasn't damaged by the muzzle blast?
But if you are authorized to carry a weapon, and you walk outside without it, just take a deep breath, and say this to yourself...
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December 4th, 2008 02:31 PM
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Is this a trick question?
Did I over-react or was I OK?
You reacted correctly. Good S.A.
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Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
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December 4th, 2008 02:34 PM
I see no problems with what you did. I agree, it was good SA.
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December 4th, 2008 02:45 PM
Originally Posted by Rcher
I probably would have done the same thing in that situation.
I'm curious about this as well.
Originally Posted by bigiceman
December 4th, 2008 02:50 PM
You did a good job in a tight situation.
I'm curious about your fiancee's reaction, too.
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December 4th, 2008 05:44 PM
You did alright.
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December 4th, 2008 06:10 PM
When I'm downstate, I wear a coat in the winter that I've cut out the bottom of the pocket. This enables me to carry my Bug, a .357 mag, with my hand on it in bad areas if I want when I feel the need. Not out of the holster, but close.
I don't go in the summer.
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December 4th, 2008 06:27 PM
A good and wise move. On several occasions I have unsnapped the safety strap on my weapon but never had to draw.
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December 4th, 2008 06:30 PM
A man has to do what a man has to do...you had a plan.
You are able to sit here and type about the possible encounter, right?
I would say that you did what anyone in that situation would need to do.
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