I debated whether to put this in Tactical Scenarios but decided it would be better fit here. While I would still like to hear some scenario "what would you do" type answers, I would like to also discuss how this could happen, what you could do to prevent it and the likelihood that it could happen to you (even though you are a good guy).
A week ago or so I posted a short story about our store manager who blew up after she got a glimpse of my carry gun while I was vacuuming the store. You can read that account here.
While at work on Friday, my manager encouraged me to share that story with some of my other coworkers and so I did.
To my enticed curiosity, one of my coworkers said, "Well, where was she the day you guys had those two idiots in your sights and Dave took that guy's gun?"
(names have been changed to protect the innocent)
I couldn't stand the suspense. I begged them to tell the story. Bob, Tom and Dave were all there when they incident took place and they were all present to tell the story so I got the whole story, in its entirety from the people who were actually there.
It was early on a Friday morning and business was very slow when two young men came into the store looking extremely suspicious.
Tom, a former police officer and SWAT trainer picked them out first, alerting both Bob and Dave to keep a special eye on them.
While Bob has no military or police training, he has taken extensive civilian training and Dave is merely a former Math teacher with a love for firearms.
The two individuals in question looked like nothing but trouble, on a comfortable spring day they were sweating profusely and wearing odd clothing.
They would come to the gun counter, ask to see something, leave the counter, talk amongst themselves in the aisles surrounding the counter, return to the counter and leave again, all while acting fidgety, their eyes darting from side to side and even shaking.
Tom decided to take some proactive action and circled around behind them out of their site, drawing his gun and keeping it trained on them while Bob casually did the same from the opposite direction. They left a fourth unidentified employee to "interact" with the two while Dave went to the front to watch over the rest of the store.
The two individuals approached the counter one last time and one of them said that he needed to go out to the car and get his wallet.
When he left the store, Dave kept his eye on him and saw that instead of a wallet the boy was getting, it was a gun. The boy put the gun in his pants, pulled his shirt over top of it and began to approach the store once more. When he entered the store, Dave grabbed his shirt pulling it up while also taking possession of the firearm with his other hand and saying, "I'll hold that for you."
At that moment both questionable individuals ran, ne'er to be seen again.
Of course the police were called and the weapon was turned over to them and a statement was given as to why they felt it was necessary to disarm the individual. Nothing further was made of the event.
While this is a success story of disarming a potential attacker or robber, the thoughts that began to swirl in my head were of how easy it is to disarm someone.
In less than a second, Dave had complete possession of a gun that could have been used against him. If a former math teacher can disarm someone, you can bet your life that a BG can also disarm you.
This story has several lessons in it.
1. It teaches about the element of surprise.
Had Dave never seen the gun being put in the young man's pants, he would have never disarmed him because he never would have known that the young man was carrying. The situation could have escalated and the later presentation of that weapon could have ended in deadly force by strategically placed Tom and Bob.
The less the perp (or anyone else for that matter) sees and knows the better. If you reach for something at Wal-Mart and your shirt rides up and you "get made" you may very well attract the attention of someone who can walk up behind you, lift your shirt and take your gun before you even know how to react (like the kid in our store).
(Open carry is another thing all together that will be addressed in point number 2)
2. It teaches the benefit of having a quality carry rig.
If the young man had been carrying in a decent holster instead of just sticking the gun in the front of his pants, would Dave have been able to disarm him as easily as he did? Perhaps, no.
I have often complained about my old carry holster and how it was a small step up from simply sticking my gun in my pants.
That should not be. Your holsters, and carry rigs should be well built and well made that make taking possession of your gun difficult for anyone but yourself, especially if open carry is in the picture.
I am not against open carry, however, were I to do so I would ONLY do it if my holster has some sort of retention device that made taking possession of my weapon near impossible by anyone but myself. The risk of having my gun out in the open is a risk of enticing someone to try to take it. It's not as hard as one may think, and who's to say what that individual will do with your gun once he has it.
And God knows we do not want the golden rule to be broken which states, "Never get shot with your own gun."
3. It teaches us to have a plan should someone, somehow, managed to get a hold of your weapon.
In the scenario listed above, the individual ran once possession was taken of his weapon. I doubt any of us would so readily give up a gun to a bad guy if they managed to get it from us.
I asked my husband what he would do if someone managed to take possession of his carry gun.
"That's why I carry a backup gun or a knife. I'm getting VERY close and personal so hopefully they can't shoot me first and I'm either beating him, stabbing him or shooting him with my backup gun, because if someone has taken my gun they have just become a threat to me and to everyone around me and I won't let that happen."
So, how about it?
1. Are you as careful with your concealment as you should be?
2. Does your holster provide enough retention or enough stability to ensure someone can't just come up and take it?
3. Do you have a plan for if you are disarmed?