I do believe you couldn't be more correct
This is a discussion on Gas Station incident within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I'm new here but how better to start off than with a personal story. I've had my CCW license for 6 years and the story ...
I'm new here but how better to start off than with a personal story. I've had my CCW license for 6 years and the story below was from one time I didn't carry.
This happened a couple of months ago. I go over to my grandpa's 2 to 3 times a week to visit with him since my grandma passed. One night I went alone because my wife and son were not feeling well. Upon leaving his house, I needed to stop and get gas because a winter storm was moving in the next day. I pulled up to the gas station pump and got out of the truck. As soon as I shut the door to the truck, somebody roughly 30ft away was talking loudly and walking towards me. This person approached quickly and stood next to the gas pump I was parked at. He gave me a sob story of how he was stranded out here from California and needed money for food.
I was the only person parked on that side of the gas station, at night, standing in front of a built man that was possibly about to rob me. The first thought in my head was my 1911 was sitting at home and not on my person. I had gotten lax with carrying it for whatever reason during that time and didn't think to grab it for a trip to my grandpa's. I blame the cold.
I stood my ground and stared directly into his eyes, as to not show fear and informed him I had no cash and only a card to get gas. He kept standing there looking at me. I slowly pulled out my wallet while never looking away from him. His eyes shifted to my wallet as I opened it up and pulled the card out. Maybe he was hoping to call my bluff if he saw some green bills. I just knew he was going to grab it and run. Better than to get stabbed or shot I suppose. He just stood there watching my every move.
I put my wallet back in my pocket with my card still in hand. The guy then asked me if he could get a smoke. I gave him a cig from my pack and he walked off. I pumped my gas and left, followed by a big sigh of relief.
I've carried every day since then.
Don't get lax when you can CC, the one time you don't have it might be the only time you wish you did.
I do believe you couldn't be more correct
+1 on not showing any fear. BG's thrive on it. They look for weak victims, not someone who is going to put up a fight. If you had enough gas, I would have said, "Hold on, while I look for some cash", got in my vehicle, locked it, and left. I try not to live my life in fear, but I will try to avoid any confrontation.
One thing I would have not done was given him a cigarette. Unless you literally tossed it to him, you had to get close enough to hand it to him. Distance is key. Keep as much as you can.
I think of that every time I want to run out without my gun. I always go back to the table and pick it up. Good story and nice to "meet" ya. :)
Good advice. Quit smoking though.
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When I run through the gas pump scenario... If smoking at the pump is not recommended, surely shooting near the pump would be equally bad for one's health.
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Gas stations at night strike me as one of the most dangerous places that a 'regular person*' goes. This is what really irratates me about employers who try to deny citizens the right to keep their weapon in their car during their work shift. It usually not at work that is dangerous, it is the trip to and from.
* person who doesn't go looking for trouble and avoids troublesome places.
If you carry everywhere,even in your house then you never go out without your gun
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Thanks for sharing Mike. I hate gas stations at night myself.
I've often wondered about the 21 foot rule at those places.... if someone is pumping next to you they are well within the danger zone, guess you just have to be at level orange during those times, ehh?
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Never underestimate the defensive capability of a well aimed fuel nozzle! Don't think I'm not above hosing some BG down with a few dollars worth of gas to prove my point. And I have told my wife the same. I work late and generally find myself at the gas station around 12-2am ish. I'm always armed though.
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Your story reinforces two points for me:
1) always carry
2) plan ahead and get gas during the dayliht hours.
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So if it wasn't going to snow, would you have not needed gas?
i've thought about just this scenario if unarmed.
-show no fear
-say, "sorry, no."
-keep my eyes on him
-if he persists, and especially if he approaches, pull the pump handle out of your car, point it at him and calmly say, "i said no; you can go away now."
this could be effective if there were several BGs moving in, too. gasoline from a pump will spray quite a distance. of course, i would have to think twice about pulling the trigger, so to speak, if someone is smoking (but if someone is smoking, just having a gas nozzel pointed at them would probably be effective enough.