Have You Ever Had To Draw Your Firearm In Self Defense? - Have You Had To Fire It?

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View Poll Results: Have you ever had to draw or shoot your weapon in self-defense?

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    as CHL--drew on dogs 2 times was about the pull the trigger once, drew in my car once--drove off before anything happened
    as LEO--drawn dozens and dozens of times in the few years I've been LEO, 5 times now I've been a split second from pulling trigger
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    Quote Originally Posted by kdangler View Post
    Did you have to go through any of legal hassles as a result of the shooting?
    None. The detectives said they'd contact me if they needed any further info. They contacted me two other times to try to identify the other guy, but it ended there. They were very cool about the whole thing and were extremely positive… everyone from the first officer to the robbery/homicide detectives seemed truly concerned for me and were reassuring me that I did the right thing. It quickly ended up on the floor of the car and out of sight.

    Quote Originally Posted by tokerblue View Post
    - Did you notice how loud the gunshot was?
    No. I was actually more affected by the smell than the sound. The sound was just a pop with no ringing afterwards, but there was alot of excitement and screaming going on and we were still hands on at that point. This was in an enclosed vehicle. I was more concerned with the fight, trying to maintain what little control of the gun I had and also trying to get the gun back in action which had malfunctioned during the fight.

    I don't want to go into much detail here, but there was a lot going on at the time of the shot. We were hands on for at least 30 seconds I'm guessing and it was an extremely violent encounter.
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    Drawn yes, fired no

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    On duty, more times than I can remember but never had to shoot. It was the 70's and we were not all that formal back then. As a CCW 'no' and 'no'.
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    No I never had to draw or fire, but I had a firm grasp on my S&W 649 one time. A local nut job came out of the bushes at me and my two dogs on a routine Sunday afternoon, swinging a tree branch as a club and screaming profanities. I ducked and stumbled back and tripped over the dog leashes. I think I shouted "hey, hey". I back peddled like crazy, putting some distance between me and him while controlling the dogs.

    I was carrying my 649 OWB that day, loaded with .357 mag, 135 grn Gold Dot hp. At some point I felt the grip in my hand and slowed down and found my footing. I would have drawn if he came any closer. He moved off as fast as he appeared and I never saw him again. I realized at that time how fast and totally unexpected you could be forced into a situation.

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    No/No, and I don't know anyone who has, but I only started carrying recently. It's my understanding from other forums that most of those who end up shooting have ZERO interest in this poll, and have no desire to further recount the event. It seems to remain an incredibly traumatic event in that person's life, as hinted at by jonconsiglio, who surprised me by providing as much detail as he did.

    Thus, I suspect the poll results are not reflective of the real accounts, but it is still interesting to those of us who've never been in the situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webbch View Post
    No/No, and I don't know anyone who has, but I only started carrying recently. It's my understanding from other forums that most of those who end up shooting have ZERO interest in this poll, and have no desire to further recount the event. It seems to remain an incredibly traumatic event in that person's life, as hinted at by jonconsiglio, who surprised me by providing as much detail as he did.

    Thus, I suspect the poll results are not reflective of the real accounts, but it is still interesting to those of us who've never been in the situation.
    I mention it when talking but don't go into much detail. This was 12 years ago now and I'm actually ok with the whole situation. I talk more about the things I did wrong and how I ended up in the situation more often especially when training as there are a number of valuable lessons to be learned and hopefully at least one person has learned something from it along the way.

    The fight itself was inevitable. I knew what was going to happen once they were done with me. What should never have happened was the situation itself. There were so many indicators of what was coming and I ignored them all. That's the real lesson and what I usually try to convey when talking about it. Often times I leave all details of the fight itself out and just say something to the effect of "I did what needed to be done so I could go home".

    It's amazing how quickly a beautiful Saturday afternoon in a nice area can go to a fight to survive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonconsiglio View Post
    None. The detectives said they'd contact me if they needed any further info. They contacted me two other times to try to identify the other guy, but it ended there. They were very cool about the whole thing and were extremely positive… everyone from the first officer to the robbery/homicide detectives seemed truly concerned for me and were reassuring me that I did the right thing. It quickly ended up on the floor of the car and out of sight.



    No. I was actually more affected by the smell than the sound. The sound was just a pop with no ringing afterwards, but there was alot of excitement and screaming going on and we were still hands on at that point. This was in an enclosed vehicle. I was more concerned with the fight, trying to maintain what little control of the gun I had and also trying to get the gun back in action which had malfunctioned during the fight.

    I don't want to go into much detail here, but there was a lot going on at the time of the shot. We were hands on for at least 30 seconds I'm guessing and it was an extremely violent encounter.
    The last sentence of my first paragraph should actually be the last sentence of my second paragraph. In case anyone was wondering what I meant....
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    My wife and I were walking back to our motel after leaving a casino in So. Lake Tahoe around 3:00 am, it was winter with streets deserted. We were being followed by three men at a distance of maybe forty feet. My wife had her gun in her purse. I told her to stop and hand me the gun and let the three men see her do it. When she did, I turned and looked them in the eye holding the gun. They gave a wave and a sheepish grin, turned and walked away.

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    Using it for real...

    How many of you have ever had to put your CC permit to use and had to pull your firearm for self defense in real life? Just wondering what percentage of us have actually had to use our rights? :)

    I apologize if this has already been asked, couldn't find it.

    Tommy in TN

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomhuskey View Post
    How many of you have ever had to put your CC permit to use and had to pull your firearm for self defense in real life? Just wondering what percentage of us have actually had to use our rights? :)

    I apologize if this has already been asked, couldn't find it.

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    been gone over & over every 3 months it seems

    basicly few are liking to speak of their events in a open forum..
    past references to long ago events im not going to repeat. other than to say--

    practice with the gun, take some classes and some martial arts also.
    the more you play the 'what-if' game the more likely you will not be suprised and confused if and when something actually happens.

    your mind is your best and strongest weapon
    using it properly may mean not having to use your gun
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    No and No.

    There has been one occasion where I had my hand on a concealed holstered weapon, and I have zero doubt that the action saved my day. (In retrospect, my SA was running just fine, but my wisdom was running slow because I didn't break off.)

    Anyway, I'm always glad when I'm armed. It has never hurt me to be armed, and once it probably saved me -- without the gun even being revealed.

    As for drawing and not firing, if I'm drawing it is because I'm in fear of my life, so there would be a very high chance that I would fire if I've drawn.

    Last thought -- as I get older (I'm still young, 24) I do everything I can to avoid situations that could be dangerous. No bars, avoid banks and pharmacies, no ATMs, not out much after dark, and usually with a group of armed and well trained friends. The 'four stupids' rule is my religion.

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    I"m shocked at the amount of people that voted that they did have to pull their gun. I was thinking a much lower number than that.
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