Story time! CCW at home!


May 15, 2003, 01:25 PM
I'd like to share a story of why I try and carry at all times when I'm at home, alone or not. This happened when I first moved out when I turned 18. My parents actually helped me out, because they were just plain sick of me, and because I was still in High school, and only had a part time job at the time. It was real close to my dad's work, so every once in a while he would pop in to make sure I had food in my fridge before he headed in for his grave yard shift. Well, one night around 12pm, I'm in my room with the lights out, and under the covers on the phone with a GF and I hear my apartment door open. I assumed it was just my dad dropping off some left overs so I ignore it and keep talking on the phone. At that time, when I moved out when I turned 18 my dad recommened that I pick up a rifle for some sort of protection since I was going to be on my own. So I bought an SKS for $75. Well, 10 minutes go by, and I hear a knock on my door. I think, who the hell is that?? In the back of my mind, I don't bother to get up to answer it, thinking my dad should answer the door. Well, the knocking proceeded. And I'm still waiting for my dad to answer the door. After a while, I get up, open the door of my room and notice all of the lights in my apartment are off. I'm still not suspecting anything. I answer the door and it's my next door neighbor. She asks if I'm okay. With a puzzled look on my face I say ' uh... Yeah, okay from what? " She says there was a man trying to force his way into her apartment a couple minutes ago and that she yelled at him that she had called the police, and that the man appeared to have ran into my apartment. At that moment, her eye's got big and started focusing on something behind me. I turned around, and you have to understand, when I was in HS I thought I was tuff ?????, I swear, I damn near ????? my pants when I saw this 6' indian guy standing behind me! I ran out of my apartment like a little girl and into the lady's apartment with her and slammed the door shut. He ran down the hall and into the arms of police officers that were in the lobby down stairs. After the whole fiasco, I go to meet the LEO's down stairs to explain my story. And go back upstairs with them to my apartment. I turn on the lights and realize this guy was in the process of robbing me blind! My TV was on the floor, with a bunch of other things like my VCR and stereo stacked on top of it. He even had a grocery bag full of groceries from my half empty fridgerator! The guy was armed with a knife and a cap gun painted black and was apparently on PCP! God only knows what would have happened if he would have walked into my room with me in the dark under my blanket talking on the phone! I would have never been able to get to my un-loaded SKS that was in the closet next to my bed room door. That neighbor, quite litterally saved my life.

Lesson learned...
15 shot S&W auto on the night stand cocked and locked, and a 16" AR-15 with dual 30rds right next to it and a cheap door alarm for my bedroom door = an easy night of sleep. Never EVER again.

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May 15, 2003, 01:36 PM
Excellent testimony man! And a great lesson to be learned!

All the guns in the world ain't gonna help you if trouble catches you with your pants down!


May 15, 2003, 01:43 PM
Scary. Tell your neighbor she needs a gun also. You can getting a shooting partner for the range. :)

pale horse
May 15, 2003, 01:43 PM
Chalk it up as a lesson learned and the important thing is that it all went well. Nobody was hurt and you did not have to hurt anyone.

I have my .45 C&L in a holster near my head, a nagant behind the door, a .38 near my bed and my mark II in a case under my bed. In all honesty I hope nobody comes into the house looking for problems. I also keep a phone near by as well, it may take the police a few minutes to get to my apartment, but they will be on the way.

You came out learning a few things. I would offer the gal next door some range time and see if she is looking to get a firearm.

May 15, 2003, 01:48 PM
Everybody needs luck like that.

May 15, 2003, 01:54 PM
A few years ago, I was in the process of getting dressed (and armed) when I heard a loud thud. I lived in an upstairs apartment that shared a staircase with the neighbor. Since I lived upstairs in cheap apartments, I assumed that the nice old guy next door had fallen and I had heard it. I opened my door to investigate, and a large not-so-gentleman was trying to force the door to the neighbor's apartment. He got rather large eyes and made off down the stairs like Jesse Owens. I wondered how little ole' me had scared him so bad and then realized that I was in the process of holstering up when I heard the noise, and had opened the door with my gun in my hand.

Must... carry... gun... always...

May 15, 2003, 02:55 PM
that was many apartments ago and I now have my own house with my wife! Plus she was an older lady that didn't look like she got out of her apartment much. She had a rather interesting apartment crowded with a couple of cats and a very large collection of Elvis commemorative plates on the wall. :what: I never really cared for her before that as she would always stare at me through her chain locked door as I passed by to get to my apartment. After that, I always said hi to her and even helped her bring some groceries up a couple of times. Besides teaching me to always keep a gun handy, it has also taught me to be good to my neighbors.

Standing Wolf
May 15, 2003, 06:23 PM
Point well taken.

Standing Wolf
May 15, 2003, 06:23 PM
Point well taken.

May 15, 2003, 06:38 PM
I totally, agree, that you should always be armed with something at all times. I'm never around the house without my knife, at least.

My reasons why:

My house has been robbed/burgled(I can't remember the difference betwen the 2) twice, with me at home in broad daylight. The first time they got an air compressor. Caught the guy in the act, but did not want to go after unknown number of assailants with only a T-Shirt and shorts. The second time, they got a laptop.

Third reason, just happened recently. Went outside to retrieve the mail. My mailbox is on the street at the end of the driveway. I get all the way back to my porch, open the storm door, when I hear heavy breathing behind me. I spin around quick to see what it is, and there is a HUGE dog, foaming at the mouth(I don't know if it's rabid or just drooling from lack of water or what). When I spun around and stared straight at him, he stopped dead in his tracks. I opened the main door and jumped inside. If I know my dogs correctly it was a mastiff of some kind.

I don't live in the worst of neighborhoods, but all this happened over the coarse of 2 years.

Always be prepared and never let your guard down, because that will be the day that you will need to have had it up.

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