Time to stop being lazy

Time to stop being lazy

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    Time to stop being lazy

    I have been reading this forum for a while but this is my first true post about anything so I hope i don't sound to ignorant.The reason my title reads what it does is because the other night there was an incident at my apartment building and I have yet to take my CHL classes after my 21st bday earlier this year. Anyways the other night My wife and I were home, she was showering I was playing a little xbox before I went to bed. I was playing Call of Duty so the sound of shots is a common thing. However what I heard this night sounded too real, I took my headphones off almost immediately after hearing what I thought to be fireworks at first, I stepped to my balcony sliding door/window and looked out through the blinds (I live on the first floor, the window I am referring too faces the only entrances to the apartment and the street) I see nothing and hear nothing for about 45 seconds then I hear another "pop" it wasn't coming from the street but was actually coming from an apartment about 100 ft away from my front door. I realize what I am hearing is not fireworks but in fact gun shots, I run to my room and get my pistol off my desk and turn off the lights in the apartment. I go to the front door to look out of the peep hole and I still see nothing, but at this point I am on the phone with 911 reporting the sound of gunfire. I keep looking out the peep hole and answering all the questions I could for the 911 operator, then as I'm looking out my neighbors step out of their front door cautiously and start looking around. Not sure whether to warn them or keep myself safe I crack the door and whisper to get back inside. No sooner do they close their door I hear to more shots and what I thought to be a door slam then a car started and screeched off, I step back from my front door and move to my balcony door to see if I can see anyone leaving in a hurry to at least try and get a license plate. When I look out however I see police all over the street (no lights or sirens for some reason) and blocking both gates, so I go to my bedroom and sit with my wife for about 20 minutes. Not sure what to do at this point and too awake/nervous to go to bed I call the 911 operator back and ask what the status of my call was. All she could tell me was they arrested 2 men as they were trying to leave my apartments.

    That was the end of my night, my question is did I handle this well? What could I have done different? It also makes me want to stop being lazy and go take my classes so if something else ever does happen I will be prepared, also I am aware that I can legally carry inside my residence but the next time I might not be at home.


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    I think you did ok. You armed yourself and hunkered down.

    A lot of inexperienced people would've ventured out too far, and got themselves in trouble.

    don't waste any time getting your permit, then get some good training from a reputable instructor. You never know when trouble will find you, even if you're at home minding your own business.

    Oh, and be sure to take your wife with you
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    Sounds like you did fine. Hazards of apartment living. By all means get the CWP for in case you need to bug out or something happens while you're already out.
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    In Texas you can carry a concealed handgun in your vehicle without a CHL and concealed from car to apartment and vice versa,the reason you didn't hear sirens or see any flashing lights is because when LEO's respond to crimes in progress they turn lights and sirens off several blocks away from the scene so the BG's don't know they are coming,get your CHL and keep yer head on a swivel.

    One more thing I realise that headphones may allow you to be quiet,but they may prevent you from hearing something like breaking glass until it's too late,
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    Where I live, it is not at all uncommon to hear gunshots. I don't live in apartments either.
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    I think you did fine, especially if 911 did not receive any other calls but yours. It hurts nothing to be prepared.
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    Yeah you did fine. Turned off lights, called 911, armed yourself and didn't venture out. Sounds like what I would have done. I have a scanner that I turn on whenever something is going on around my house and hear sirens. Don't have to call 911 back and tie up a line that way.
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    Sounds like you handled it very well. Especially by hunkering down instead of venturing out. Curiosity killed the cat. I give you an atta boy!
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    You did great! I won't give any advice other than what I may have done, and made the wife do. I probably would have grabbed the gun, cell phone and hunkered down in the bath tub and called 911. Not beyond the possibility for bullets to penetrate several apartment walls and then some. Good job!

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    Thanks for the responses, I'm glad I had the right idea. Will be doubly prepared if something happens again. Also already signed up for my class.
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    Sounds like you did well by hunkering down for safety. Its good you didn't go outside with your gun to be a hero.

    Remember, when you get your permit, its to protect yourself and not to act like a cop or try to save the world.

    And good luck on getting your wife to get her permit as well. Hopefully an incident like this will be all it takes to convince her.
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    Sounds like you did good; especially telling your neighbor to get back inside since they apparently didn't have the sense to.
    I can't really make any recommendations, except maybe looking into a good pump 12ga. Handgun is great, but 12ga beats handgun every time- not to mention that a good buckshot would probably penetrate your door better if someone were to try kicking it in, instead of letting them get it open and trying to get a good hit with the handgun.

    Just my .02.
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    You did a good job man. Hard to say what would have happened had you not made that call to 911 and alerted your neighbor to get back inside. The outcome was uneventful and that's a good thing I think!

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    Yeah I agree man, you did exactly the right thing. Defensive carry is just that: defensive. The only excuse for possibly engaging someone offensively would be if it was clear that a bad guy was shooting innocent people or going "berserk". All too often its hard to tell when looking at a situation from afar who the BG is in the first place. Plus if the police show up and you're some dude out there with a gun, they will assume you're a bad guy so its always a good idea to let the police do their jobs and protect yourself and your loved ones first and foremost.

    It sounds like your call caused the shooters to possibly be nabbed, and thats awesome. All without having to shoot anybody or get into any legal hassles yourself. :)

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    You did fine. You armed yourself, you called 911 and most important, you stayed inside your apartment.
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