I'm with EVO80.
This is a discussion on Situation with Neighbors House within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I'm with EVO80....
You risked everything, your son's everything for what?
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Not trying to hammer you, just get you take an outsiders view of the situation and make some suggestions for future events. Maybe next time get the son to call 911 and tell them what's going on and give them a description of you (the good guy) if they did roll up while you were armed and there.
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For those who say I put my son in danger I told him to stay in the driveway just in case. He had just as much chance of a drive-by as a criminal shooting him from inside the house.
I really wanted the emphasize to be on the scenario of getting caught in the house with the gun because I am a very cautious and careful person but I did ask for criticism so I guess I have learned a good lesson!
Why were you going to the store yourself, without your gun or cell phone? Your gun and cell phone are like an American Express Card. Don't leave home without it!
I also would not have taken my son along. He's unarmed and something else to worry about if it is a dangerous situation.
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I would have called the house, if the kids were there they may have answered. If not I would have called LE and told them the situation, and stayed in a safe place and made a good living witness if somebody that shouldn't have came out of the house. If there were any strange vehicles parked nearby I might have been prepared to follow at a reasonable distance and call LE again with the plate info and direction of travel.
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Call the cops. I've done so on a few occasions where an empty house near mine had its door open. Didn't even poke my head in, just called the cops and let them know I knew it was vacant but that the door was open. After an hour or so they came by, and spent about another hour trying to track down the guy who owned the house. Then locked the door and left.
No reason to risk your life for other people's property.
The only way that I'm going to clear a house is with properly placed Claymore's and some type of distant trigger mechanism. Other than that, I'll let the PD handle it.
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Personally, I would have reported the situation to the Police. You could have asked that the responding officers contact you after they checked the residence and then you could have offered to lock it up. Bottom line, clearing a house is a dangerous scenario even for those trained (and wearing body armor) to do so. Just me!
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While I recognize that your question was posted to ask for recommendations specifically about the CCW permit-pending aspect of the situation, I feel compelled to post my entire opinion, as have others. Please note that I am unleashing my entire opinion because you have stated that you are a "big boy" and can take it.
1. Seeing the house door open when the family is known to be out of town would be my first instinct to call the police. The fact that it may have happened before, on however many occasions, is in my eyes obviated by the fact that the folks are out of town, and this fact is known to you and who knows how many other people. I would anticipate that even kids, who can be idiotic, would be significantly less likely to leave the door open or ajar when no one lives in the house at that time than they would when folks are home and inhabiting the house. Question: Why did you merely walk past fairly unconcerned that first time that you noticed the door was open? Knowing that the kids may, with dog responsibilities, be in the house at that time would put me *more* on alert, not less, that someone could get hurt by an intruder. What if they went out to walk the/chase after the dog, left the door ajar, then came home with/without the dog to be attacked by an intruder? Did this thought occur to you?
2. Why did you leave home without your phone? anywhere in this scenario - on the way to the store or on the way to the vacant-but-being-burgled home? Why would you not, noticing this fact, go and remedy it *first* before getting yourself and your child into a dangerous potentially deadly situation?
3. If you were the sort who truly believed that since "i go outside everyday and nothing happens" so therefore "this time when I go outside nothing will happen" you would not be the sort who owns both a Glock and an MK9. Why does this logic apply in this scenario when it does not make sense as regards arming yourself for everyday carry? Knowing certain specific facts that make *this* instance materially different than the "everyday" scenario, why would you choose to ignore them and risk both your own life and that of your son?
4. Thinking that, because he is not clearing the house with you, your son is essentially safe when a gunfight is a potential outcome of you entering the house is just plain dumb. I hate to make a statement like that which you could interpret as an attack (its not), but I don't know any clearer way to put it. That man you expected you *might actually* find when you entered that house, may have had superior firepower and/or superior skill to your own, done away with you, and then hunted down anyone visible through all those glass windows who may have witnessed his misdeed either visually or aurally. Thinking otherwise being an active gun owner seems completely contrary to all the thoughts that go through people's minds when they pick up the idea of arming themselves. Do you worry about your wife not being armed, if you are attacked and downed? How about your children? You don't have your CCW yet, but have you pursued instruction of any kind?
5. Having chosen to bring a gun along for the ride, and having chosen a larger magazine gun option than the other gun you might have chosen, you *did* demonstrate thinking actively, not passively, about the possible outcome of an actual gunfight. Nowhere did you demonstrate (either as per the pending permit when choosing to and selecting a gun to pick up or the choices you made after having chosen to carry a gun with you) what I would call appropriate "good guy gunman" thinking.
6. You have confirmed the door is still open. You have confirmed that you have no phone. You have included your son in your misguided (in my opinion) attempt to go clear the house -- even though he will "only be a witness" and "is safe being outside". And you have assumedly already called the police. At this point, you make the decision to actually enter the house. My question: You could put off the threat to the neighbor's house long enough to not call the police in the beginning. You have put it off long enough to equip yourself for a gun fight. You have put it off long enough to engage and instruct your son in how he ought to behave. Why, exactly, can't you put it off long enough to just let the police arrive and perform this dangerous act in your stead -- aka their job?
Where was the sense of urgency coming from? Was it your own desire to have an experience with your gun? A story to tell?
7. You have posted here, and insist that you only care about what people say with regards to the permit. Here's what I think about the permit: Your demonstrable lack of clear thinking when faced with a clearly non-emergency situation that is also clearly and absolutely not an *immediate* threat to your, your son's (before you involved him), or anyone else's life for that matter would tend to indicate that your pending permit should maybe be denied.
Just my humble opinion.
8. As per clear thinking ability: The entire time you are inside the house, armed and holding your gun in a ready position (even if concealed), and supposedly actively "clearing the house" you report that you were occupied not in thinking about defensive/offensive positions or concerns, but with the pending status of your permit. If you had found an intruder and that intruder had been armed, your ability to control your own adrenaline rush and utilize that Glock you were holding in a manner suited to a self-defense purpose would have been severely compromised. You not only put your pending permit at risk, but your own continued freedom. What if you did find a BG? What if you *did* succeed at "defending yourself" -- whether he ends up DRT or not, a criminal suit aimed not at him but you by those police is virtually inevitable. How would you have been able to explain yourself in court in a way that would keep you out of jail and able to continue raising your son? The pending permit should *absolutely* have been the *last* think you were concerned about at that time. The permit concern is, in my eyes, the lowest common denominator of the issues presented by your post. The fact that the permit issue raised is the only thing you are concerned about is troubling.
9. You are lucky, plain and simple, not to have been caught in that scenario with your gun. By anyone - police (pending permit application denied), homeowners or homeowner's children (potential misfire), by the ethereal BG (unlikely successful gunfight), or by the courts (assuming a successful gunfight).
I do hope you take the feedback from this thread and rethink your thinking strategy overall. You may be fortunate not to have had this event impact the approval situation on your CCW. If you plan to keep guns whether in violation of or in accordance with a permit to carry, your safety and that of others depends on you being able to think and reflect more clearly on what you're doing with those guns.
sorry Pete but Merischino is right. It looked to me that your trying to play cop and could have gotten hurt bad. Your not protecting someone, not even your property.The idea that you had to do something is ludicrous, beyond calling the police you had no business doing anything else. Your lucky nothing happened.
I am not going to add to it as it seems NOW you don't really want to hear the real thoughts of the group that don't suit you.
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