Summer Carry Oops situation
Hello all. I am an Entomologist and run a pest control company. Currently we're short handed so I have been running a route, and during the day have my golf or button up shirt tucked in to look professional- so the gun has stayed in my vehicle during the work day.
Wednesday of this week I was working in a upscale neighborhood and did not have my gun on me. I checked in with the homeowner who said he was glad for the service because he had a large ant problem and asked me to be thorough on the rear of the house.
I entered the gated back yard and worked my way around the deck when a full grown Pit Bull came out of the house and rushed me. I pivoted 90 degrees and bolted for the gate. :gah: I heard the dog closing and knew I had a tactical knife, but I was better off just getting out. I cleared the gate and slammed it into the dogs face physically pushing him back into the yard to get it closed. I imediately had the shakes from adreniline (never experienced that before) I pulled my G23 from the truck and waited to see if he was going to get over the fence (he was lunging and trying to get to me.)
I seriously concidered shooting the dog on the spot, but my mind kept playing the legal or P.R. mess that would create. So I holstered my gun and had a serious heart to heart with the homeowner about his neglegence.:rant:
If I had my weapon on- the dog would have died. I didn't, so I ran. All in all it worked out, but If I would have slipped or if it was another 10feet- I would have been bit- maybe seriously, without a gun.
I write and share this experience for a few reasons:
1. Be armed and aware. I am a hunter and very aware of my surroundings. That was the farthest thing from my mind- but it happened, and I was unarmed.
2. Carry with one in the pipe. "Cocked & Locked"- The adrenal shakes had me so bad- I don't know if I could have racked the slide to chamber a round.
3. I seriously need a way to carry concealed even in the hot weather. Maybe a pocket gun, maybe a different rig to carry with shirt tucked in.
Thanks for reading- sorry for the long post.
Kylebec had the owners permission to be in the back yard.
He has a right to expect it to be safe from land mines, booby traps, and predatory pets even if they are doing what they were trained to do. If a stray bear were to wander into the yard and attack him that would be a different story. True the dog does not know right from wrong but the owner does and is expected to act accordingly on behalf of the dog. You cannot argue, "but your owner says you are really nice" with an attacking dog.
Originally Posted by jpdeuce