Was doing some work in my basement last night (it finished into an office/ spare room) when I heard what sounded like the bulk head opening and then SLAMMING shut. My dog jumped a mile and I jumped for my Kahr 9mm. I inserted a magazine of hollow points and charged the weapon, and reached for my flashlight. Snapped the door open that leads to the bulkhead with light and gun pointed. Nothing there. My dog was alert and had his tail pointed straight out.
Ran upstairs and exited my house from the porch, approaching the bulkhead from the rear, quietly, with the light out. I stopped and listened. Nothing. Flipped the light on and did a perimeter check of the property, light and gun pointed, finger off trigger. Nothing there. Apparently the wind had blown our plastic kiddie pool (that the dog uses) into the bulkhead resulting in a loud "CRASH".
In anycase, it is sometimes good for these kind of things to occur to test you under pressure and with the addition of adrenaline.
I asked myself when I got back inside:
*Why didn't a bring my second magazine of hollow points? It was sitting right next to the first? I would have had 14rds of ammo compared to 7.
*My shot gun may have been more useful at range in a large area...but the handheld light was great tool and provided an edge. Perhaps I should look into a shotgun light since the handheld would not be option with the shottie.
*All in all a good unexpected training exercise.