I would check the Laundromat. He had to go wash his manties.
This is a discussion on Folks, it finally happened.....I pulled my gun this afternoon in self-defense!!! within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I would check the Laundromat. He had to go wash his manties....
I would check the Laundromat. He had to go wash his manties.
Bruce, how did you sleep last night? Any better?
CCW permit holder for Idaho, Utah, Pennsylvania, Maine and New Hampshire. I can carry in your country but not my own.
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thanks again for the support everyone.......
I called the EAP today and im just going to talk to a counselor....
and to the above poster who was concerned about my employer being "anti".........my employer is a "gun free zone", and that is the ONLY time i will ever be without a gun......several people at work actually have CCW permits, including some of our mangers :)
Glad to hear you were able to sucessfully defend your life. Sounds like you did a good job.
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With great power comes great responsibility.-Stan Lee
boy DID I GET AN EYE OPENER
i have standard Glock sights......on previous Glocks i have had night sights, but honestly i now prefer the STOCK sights to the night sigts...
my eyes pick up so much quicker with the white dot/bucket configuration....
and Glock has improved the front site now, its not a "crimped" sight but a screw-on type sight that seems more duarble
Bruce, "Thank You" for sharing this with us all on DC. It's tragic you had this experience, but the one good thing you can take from this is the many, many people that you have helped, and maybe even a life or 2 down road that may be saved from lessons learned from your story.
You did NOTHING wrong, you did NOT deserve this, you're the good guy in all this, please be easy on yourself.
I can tell you exactly where it came from & how it got there .... training, instinct, muscle memory. That's exactly why we train / practice so that when called upon, instinct / muscle memory takes over & operates the tactical mechanics on auto pilot as much as possible, allowing your mental & sensory capacities to stay focused on the threat, & not on the process of getting your hands on your gun.
Without training & practice, one has to direct some (if not most) of their attention for a few seconds to the process of drawing & putting muzzle on target. If you have to look for or at your gun, feel & fumble around to find it for a "Barney Fife" type draw, then you're in trouble in more ways than one.
Put yourself in the bad guy's shoes for that 5 second window. Not only did you're gun instantly appear out of no where in front of your face, it appeared in front of his face the exact same way, without hesitation, & without your eyes moving from his. That, in & of itself, spoke volumes to the BG as to your abilities & intent, & added a ton of weight to your verbal commands.
I firmly believe that the skill level & body language used in the presentation of your weapon speaks volumes of what will, or won't likely happen next. A "Barney Fife" draw may get laughed at as the BG continues his threat, vs. a "Jack Bauer" draw (as you did) that will greatly aid in ending the threat.
Bruce, you done good ... I can only hope, God forbid, that if faced with a similar situation for any of us, that our reactions are as swift, instinctive and automatic as yours were. Keep up the practice, I know I will.
Thank You and take care,
Asked by a CNN reporter "What do you feel when you shoot a terrorist"?, the Marine sniper simply shrugged & replied "recoil".
Now more than ever, we are at war on our home soil ... WAKE UP & arm our troops when they are on home soil!
There is no "handbook" for every scenario, but what you did was fine, it got you home, alive. Shaken, but alive. We could all hope that we do as good you did and come out unscathed.
I haven't had that "moment" and never wish it. I have had what I'd consider close calls during some pre-permit days when I was really stupid and didn't know I could get one. A few months before I got mine, some scruffy looking guy was fooling with my mail slot and turning the front door handle. The dog scared him and he ran around the neighbors house towards my back yard. I grabbed my pop gun and went looking out back. When he saw me and my "little friend" he scooted up the sidewalk in a real hurry.
I used to play music late at nights years ago in bars and had cash on me Saturday PM/Sunday AM when we got paid. There was no shortage of people who would want to relieve me of it so I packed the pop gun in my drum stick bag. I know, stupid and I've learned. Thank goodness I never had to use it.
The other was a friend of mine who eventually became a LEO in Florida who I insisted on taking my .25 pop-gun with him to Myrtle Beach many years ago. I got that "feeling" and he actually had to pull it out in a self-defense situation while returning to WV from the beach. When I get the ESP feelings, I really need to listen to them and so do others.
I hope you get through the trauma. I don't know how you believe, but prayer works for the situations that we encounter like this. Take it to the Supreme Commander and He will fix you up pronto!
Thanks for posting this story, we have all gained some valuable lessons.
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Glad you're ok, other than the stress. That will pass with time.
It was very interesting to me how you noticed your sights. I hear from many folks, even trainers, who say in a "real" situation you will never notice your sights. That was clearly not the case in your situation.
Now that you've seen first hand how quickly things can happen, you may wish to get a smaller gun that can be carried more discretely, for situations where more discretion is beneficial.
The more good folks carry guns, the fewer shots the crazies can get off.
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Well I didn't read the whole thread though I am very happy that your ok. The more I read experiences like this written from the person who actually had the encounter it really helps to put things into perspective. Glad your ok and take care of yourself, glad to see another 24/7 carrier.