I've had my permit for a month and I already had to draw! Not like I was expecting though.
I'd figure my pizza delivery job is the most dangerous thing I do. Perhaps not?
My chickens live at my in-law's place which is a couple miles from me. There's a bit of theft around there, especially since no one actually LIVES on the property. I had a live trap stolen from there not long ago and I didn't even consider it that valuable. Obviously, I don't leave anything of value laying around. Generally there's not much violent crime though. I feel safe enough going there with my dogs and my gun.
Tonight while I was getting eggs from the coop, my dogs started growling. They don't usually growl when they find a stray cat or somethin. I figured they had found an aggressive raccoon or skunk or somethin. I came to investigate with my LED Maglight and drew my gun. They were growling at a large iron tank that my father in law bought from a scrap yard to cut into sections for giant burn barrels. Great, I was thinking I wish I had the .22 if I had to shoot some critter and thinking about the logistics of shooting near that metal tank.
Turns out, I brought the right gun afterall. There was a strange guy crouched down hiding behind the end of the tank, which is on the other side of a storage shed from where my chicken coop is. Too close for comfort. I lit him up with the Maglight and said "hey what you doin?" and he said he was takin a dump - not likely because he was wearing overalls that were up. I let the dogs cover him and went back out to the street where I could see all around me, and called 911.
While I was on the phone, we heard him run off through the woods and the neighboring dogs behind our property started barking at him. I told the dispatcher as much. Since he took off, I re-holstered my gun and kept a wary watch, as did the dogs.
Probably 3-5 minutes later (good response time) the first cop showed up. It was one that I've had contact with before and he recognized me. I put the dogs in the back of the truck and told the officer what had happened. I did tell him I had a CC permit and had drawn my weapon when I was expecting a raccoon. (he didn't bat an eye at this) A second cop showed up a minute or two later and they said that one would check on foot and the other had some kind of night vision equipment that he would drive around and use. They searched for a bit and didn't find anyone. I told the officer about my live trap being stolen and figured the prowler was just looking for tools to steal. Since they had cleared the place and I was confident the guy was gone, I went back for my eggs and left right after the cops did.
I have OC'd out there when I was there alone, being our property and all. Nobody has ever asked me about it. I guess if anyone does I'll have a darn good reason to give them.