I think I almost got mugged the other night..

I think I almost got mugged the other night..

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    Unhappy I think I almost got mugged the other night..

    I decided to walk up to the local Sheetz to grab one of their 2 for .99 cent hot dog deals and a drink. I don't live in an area that is considered "bad", but the thugs do come over here on occasion. I've never had an issue walking at night.

    On my way back I had a feeling someone or a some group of people was following me in the shadows. It was about 9:30-10:00 at night... and there were a few yellow street lights illuminated, so I could see, but not clearly. I've walked in this area many times at no with no issues. I had always assumed it was an OK part of town. I was open carrying as many of you know I do and which is perfectly legal in Pennsylvania.

    Well as I came around a corner a group of thugs (about 3 of them) began to follow me at a distance. They were quiet, about 30 yards back and gaining on me, but not running. It clearly seemed that they were following me. I went to condition orange real quick.

    I looked back and I could clearly see one of them had something shiny hidden in his hand... at which point I turned fully to face them and make them aware that I was aware of them all while making sure my 1911 was facing them with my hand on it, but not drawn. They stopped immediately because at this point I was standing right under a street light so they could clearly see I was armed.

    After I did that they quickly made their way in another direction and I quickly made my way in another direction.

    Who knows what their intentions were, but I know your intuition doesn't lie to you. My gut was telling me something was not right. I got home and called the police non-emergency number and filed a report to keep a look out and gave them a description of the 3 guys... Never heard anything after that.

    That was basically it... Open carry potentially saved my butt again


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    Wow, that's scary and crazy.

    Glad you were prepared for whatever those "scamps" had in mind.

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    Good SA. Glad you made it home safe. Stay safe.
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    Sounds as if your intuition was on track that the guys were up to no good. Sounds like you handled it great waiting until under a light to turn around. What would you have done differently if you had been carrying concealed? Move your cover garment to reveal your sidearm? Just curious. Thanks.
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    If I was CCing chances are I may have verbally told them to back off while reaching for my 1911.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pro2A View Post
    I decided to walk up to the local Sheetz to grab one of their 2 for .99 cent hot dog deals and a drink. I don't live in an area that is considered "bad", but the thugs do come over here on occasion. I've never had an issue walking at night.

    On my way back I had a feeling someone or a some group of people was following me in the shadows. It was about 9:30-10:00 at night... and there were a few yellow street lights illuminated, so I could see, but not clearly. I've walked in this area many times at no with no issues. I had always assumed it was an OK part of town. I was open carrying as many of you know I do and which is perfectly legal in Pennsylvania.

    Well as I came around a corner a group of thugs (about 3 of them) began to follow me at a distance. They were quiet, about 30 yards back and gaining on me, but not running. It clearly seemed that they were following me. I went to condition orange real quick.

    I looked back and I could clearly see one of them had something shiny hidden in his hand... at which point I turned fully to face them and make them aware that I was aware of them all while making sure my 1911 was facing them with my hand on it, but not drawn. They stopped immediately because at this point I was standing right under a street light so they could clearly see I was armed.

    After I did that they quickly made their way in another direction and I quickly made my way in another direction.

    Who knows what their intentions were, but I know your intuition doesn't lie to you. My gut was telling me something was not right. I got home and called the police non-emergency number and filed a report to keep a look out and gave them a description of the 3 guys... Never heard anything after that.

    That was basically it... Open carry potentially saved my butt again
    - Good self awareness
    - Good that you were armed
    - Bad that you were walking alone at night
    - Very bad that you stopped in the light. You made yourself and easy target to see
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    Glad that everything ended well. Stay safe.
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    There's a book called "The Gift Of Fear" by Gavin de Becker. It deals w/ situational awareness and listening to your gut. Highly reccomended reading , although somewhat anti gun

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    Glad to hear you're safe and sound. Good to know your gut instincts are "on target".

    My wife hears me say it nearly every day.."I live and die by my guts instincts. It's yet to fail me in all my years." And I've lived in some rough neighborhoods in my time.

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    Where in PA?

    Funny, I was just at Sheetz in Harrisburg tonight. As I walked in a guy got out of his car and followed extremely closely to me, I might as well have just given him a piggy back ride. I picked up the pace towards the door as did he, I got a little nervous at this point because he was kind of "thug-ish". I put my hand in my pocket on my MK40 but never drew. I got inside, held the door open for him and got out of his way. He went to the bathroom in a hurry. I think he just really had to pee :P He came right back out and left.

    Your story is way better though :)

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    I'm in Chambersburg.

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    excellent situational awareness. Glad it turned ok
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    You were aware, your were armed, and you stayed safe.
    I probably would have done exactly the same thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pro2A View Post
    ... came around a corner a group of thugs (3) began to follow me at ... 30 yards ... gaining ...

    ... one of them had something shiny hidden in his hand

    ... at which point I turned fully to face them ... while making sure my 1911 was facing them with my hand on it, but not drawn.

    They stopped immediately ... [making] their way in another direction
    Sounds fairly straightforward. You sensed what was happening. They didn't think you would until it was too late. Their stopping immediately and altering trajectory proves your intuition was correct.

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    Good job. Buy yourself a beer, V8 or whatever.

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