Scary situation. Thank goodness that you didn't need any rounds.Two weeks ago I went to a local Academy Sports store on Sunday afternoon to pick up some ammo. While there I had my Ruger SR9c and S & W 642 as my BUG. I'm browsing ammo and keeping aware of surroundings. Within a few seconds there are at least 15 young teen, gang types flooding in the front door and spreading throughout the store. None of them looked even 18 years old. I turned my back to the shelf to keep my eyes on my surroundings with my back protected by the solid shelving. Many of these kids with hand signals flying and colors and tatoos galore are swarming the ammo area. A couple of them were standing near the front door seemingly guarding the exit and entrance. All the employees are wide eyed and taking defensive positions ... getting behind counters, getting on the phone, etc. These kids are picking up boxes and boxes of ammo that I know they are not old enough to purchase. Others are taking t-shirts off the racks, others are in other departments picking up items and carrying them toward the exit. The store alarm goes off, I suppose a shoplifting alert when someone has exited with an item that has not been paid for when exiting. One employee goes from behind the gun counter to the entrance/exit in a run. My mind is in high gear and watching for any weapon to become visible and to stay in a position as protected as possible and still with back covered and clear view of situation. The ammo area was swarmed with what I felt were gang members taking what they wanted. Then, as if someone gave some secret signal, every one of them headed for the exit at the same moment. They left with their stolen items as quickly as they arrived. Nobody was hurt, no weapons were seen. It took a bit of time for me to get my heart rate down to normal!
I don't go to stupid places at stupid times. I mistakenly thought Academy Sports on a Sunday afternoon was not a high risk situation of that magnitude.
I have always felt confident in my S & W 642 even if it is all I have. My Ruger SR9c with total of 2 mags and 27 rounds seemed very unlikely to ever be needed. However, on that Sunday, in that situation, I felt I didn't have enough in the worst case scenario even having both. Thankfully, I didn't need any. I still feel fine with my 642 and even better with my SR9c (if something like this ever happens again) ... and am more actively avoiding gangs and going to LGS more often where every employee is visibly armed, rather than Academy.
Probably 40% of the time I have only my S & W 642. 40% of the time I have my Ruger SR9c. 20% of the time I have both. 100% of the time I attempt to stay situationally aware and I'm always hoping there are other concealed carriers nearby.