When does being alert and ready cross over to being paranoid and jumpy? Is there such a thing as being too quick? Let me relate two incidents that have happened to me in the last few months. The first was one in the middle of the night I was sound asleep, but I heard a noise that was out of place and it woke me up, with no conscious thought on my part or at least none that I remember, I came fully awake and realized I was standing next to my bed with my weapon in my hand at a low ready. I knew my wife was asleep in our bed and my infant son was next to her. I then proceeded to check our home and insure it was secure. I never found the source of the noise.
The second, I had just came home from work, it was late a little after midnight, my wife who does not like to be home alone was at her parents house and was due home shortly. I walked into the house and laid my keys and phone on the couch, then heard something fall it sounded like it came from the bedroom, I moved to a low crouch position and drew all in one motion, again no conscious thought on my part just pure reaction. Again I found nothing; my best guess was something in the garage fell over.
The second incident got me thinking; both times I was armed with a Kimber CDP, the first time a full size, the second time an ultra. Neither time did the safety come off nor did my finger touch the trigger. Both incidents the weapons were cocked and locked. Are my reactions fully justified or are they being paranoid? The thought did cross my mind, what happens in a few years when my son is old enough to try to sneak in and out of the house, when he tries to do all those things we did when we were kids.