What not to do when you hear a gun shot


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CZ223
September 9, 2007, 09:32 AM
The other night as I returned home from the movies about 9:00 I, and my neighbors, heard a gun shot. I was already in the house at the time and I grabbed my gun and spare clip and put them on. I grabbed my flashlight as well and put it in my pocket. When I heard the shot I asked my wife if she had heard it and she said that she had not. I was busy making sure that I was ready "just in case" and I never heard the door open and shut. I did however hear it the second time when my wife came back in to tell me that all my neighbors were standing in there driveways talking about it.:banghead: I am sometimes amazed that we have survived as species for this long. So, I looked out my window and, sure enough, there they all were standing in there driveways most of them lit up by street lights. When I did go out it I turned off the outside floodlight and kept my flashlight at the ready but off. I only went out several minutes later and only to make sure that my vehicle and trailer were secure. I returned to the house and made sure to lock the doors. I have told my wife that the next time she hears a shot that she is not to go out and become a target like my neighbors. Nothing happened but it was a learning experience. By the way I am not saying that I did evything right. For starters I realized that while there were 2 Ars and a model 1100 in the house at the time I had no ammo readily available for them. I did however have two fully loaded Glocks and an S&W 36. My long gun of choice would have been the Mossberg 590 which was locked in the trailer unloaded. I have since rectified both problems.

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Rustynuts
September 9, 2007, 09:47 AM
umm, call the cops too so they can be on the way and patrol the area while you are getting the guns at ready?

ZeSpectre
September 9, 2007, 09:56 AM
Wow, sounds like we had a similar night.
See this thread (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=301536) for my own comments from last night.

MIL-DOT
September 9, 2007, 10:00 AM
i don't know what the fuss is about. like most folks here, my doors are already locked, and i have a "glocket in my pocket ". if i hear a gunshot, i'm gonna say " hhmmm, sounded like a gunshot" and then maybe change the channel or something.
but i do agree, what i AIN'T gonna do is run outside and stand under the street light !! LOL !

bsf
September 9, 2007, 10:20 AM
.....I was already in the house at the time and I grabbed my gun and spare clip and put them on.....
Is your personal defense weapon a Garand? :confused: :neener:

The Deer Hunter
September 9, 2007, 10:46 AM
umm, call the cops too so they can be on the way and patrol the area while you are getting the guns at ready?

Why bother? The guys who fired the shot are probably long gone before you even call the cops! Let alone the :30-1:00-never police response time in most places.

pax
September 9, 2007, 10:51 AM
Why bother?

Maybe so the cops can pick up the dead body the shooters left behind.

You know, little stuff like that.

pax

The Deer Hunter
September 9, 2007, 10:58 AM
I have a case of the mondays...

M2 Carbine
September 9, 2007, 11:04 AM
When I hear shooting at night I hope that someone shot a coyote.:)

CZ223
September 9, 2007, 02:33 PM
I should have known better, and yes, I do know the difference. Mil-Dot, I too keep my doors locked and my vehicles as well. When I went out I found the vehicles and the trailer secure. The only door that was not locked to that point was the one we had just entered through. Normally I would have had my G23 on me, I usually do but, it was 95 degrees and about 95% humidity. Trust me when I tell you that it was a matter of seconds, not minutes, before I was armed.

Ala Dan
September 9, 2007, 02:41 PM
Gunfire is so common place in these parts, we try to think nothing of it~! :eek:
If it gets to close, we call "5-0", and grab the "home defense"
tools; just in case a response is needed~! :uhoh:;)

Glockman17366
September 9, 2007, 02:48 PM
I'm with Ala Dan...we hear shots at night in this area, but it's rural enough not to be any cause for alarm.
I've shot my ported handguns out back to see how much flash I get with various types of ammunition.

elrod
September 9, 2007, 05:12 PM
CZ223

Okay so I said clip instead of magazine

That's allright, you realize that you have sinned. Just don't let it happen again!:neener::D:neener:

C-grunt
September 9, 2007, 07:18 PM
Why bother? The guys who fired the shot are probably long gone before you even call the cops! Let alone the :30-1:00-never police response time in most places.

Maybe for the guy who took a round in the gut and is bleeding out. I have only been a cop for a little while and sometimes it takes a bit to get to a call. But sometimes were right around the corner and there in a minute.

Shweboner
September 9, 2007, 08:37 PM
The first rule is, mind my own business.

Just because I hear something that resembles a gunshot, doesnt mean that I call 911 while I load every magazine in the house, shut off the lights and peer through my peephole waiting for Armageddon.

thats the same mentality that the antis have when they cry that the sky is falling the the 911 operator because they see you loading up your car for a trip to the range.

My .02

acdodd
September 10, 2007, 12:25 AM
I heard 2 shots one night at my folks house several years ago.
Mom said to not bother the sheriff they would find the dead guy next morning.
She said the drug gangs settle their disputes on the other side of the lake.
They did find a dead guy next day. It was in the paper a day later.
I called the sheriff and told them about the shots and they said they already had the shooter in jail.
It has been pretty quiet now that all the competition has left town and there is only 1 family selling drugs.
By the way this is all in a small, rural farming community in central Washington.
AC

Stretchman
September 10, 2007, 01:03 AM
When I lived in Miami we heard gunshots every single night. Sometimes, we heard firefights. It's a wonder more people didn't get shot down there than do. Or, maybe they do, and with the "define people" thing that was going on, they may have never been reported.

Was once the most dangerous city on earth. Ran out of crack and money at about the same time. Want to end the violence. End the drug trade, and take the money off the streets. The cops ain't as wrong as you think.

GlowinPontiac
September 10, 2007, 01:23 AM
i dont hear gunshots as much as random large explosions late at night or early in the morning. perhaps someone has a homebrew goldmine or got their hands on an rpg!

ReadyontheRight
September 10, 2007, 01:43 AM
my wife came back in to tell me that all my neighbors were standing in there driveways talking about it. I am sometimes amazed that we have survived as species for this long.

I personally think we have survivied as a species (and as Americans) this long is because we band together and kick butt when a problem arises.

In my driveway, I'm just a few dozen steps from my Garand. If my only instinct was to hunker down in the house, how would I ever know what's going on?

theken206
September 10, 2007, 02:15 AM
"By the way this is all in a small, rural farming community in central Washington.
AC"

where at if ya dont mind me askin??

Zoogster
September 10, 2007, 03:35 AM
I see nothing wrong with someone going out after hearing a gunshot. If they are willing to take the risks it is thier decision, and they may save an injured person by doing so if someone was shot and is lying wounded. They could give immediate first aid, and/or direct the emergency response to the individual so they spend the least amount of time dying without attention as possible. It could mean the difference of life and death for them.

Yes the safest thing in life is always to hole up someplace. That does not mean it is the best thing for everyone. If people choose to go out that does not make them stupid, it does not make them smart, it means they are making a decision as an individual.
I can respect either decision.

CZ223
September 10, 2007, 12:22 PM
I am not suggesting that we all should "hole up" "hunker down" or "barr the doors" even. The truth of the matter is that my neighbors as well as my wife made no decision at all, they just acted out of curiosity without considering the consequences of their actions. As I said in my original post I also went out but only after arming myself with the gun I would have had on me had it no been so hot. There was also enough ambient light that I did not need to light up my own location with a flaslight or the flood light that is over my door. You won't find me shuttering the windows and breaking out the shotgun every time I hear a noise. Unlike others that have commented on this board before I will not act like an ostrich if one of my neighbors is in trouble. The "it is not my problem" mentallity is not one that I can live with. I just don't think that the people I saw standing in their driveways that night even realized that they might be putting themselves in harms way. As for what I said about my personal state of readiness I did not mean to imply that I normally keep 2 Ars and 2 shotguns at the ready for home defense, I don't. In fact I don't feel comfortable enough with the Ars yet to employ them in that role and the 1100 is too long for that purpose. I just had them in the house at the time. The Mossberg 590 which is my long gun of choice for defense happened not be where it should have been and that is what bothered me more than anything. Lazyness strikes again.:rolleyes:
As for calling the cops, I did not and, as far as I know, neither did any of my neighbors. I think that the reason was probably the same for all of us, we didn't want to appear foolish if it turned out to be a backfire. In the future I will risk looking foolish and call the cops.:o Since I never heard any sirens or saw any news reports of trouble in the area I have to assume that it was a false alarm anyway. By the way, in talking to my wife afterwords, it was apparent by the look on her face and what she said that she realized going out the way she did was not the smartest thing.

gunsmith
September 10, 2007, 01:13 PM
once in a while, I figure they are ND's or someone shooting a yote, a coon a cat or ...who knows.
If rounds are incoming through windows and walls, then I'll get upset.

gregthehand
September 10, 2007, 01:50 PM
I make a mental note of what time I heard them at and go about my business. I'm not the police and I don't get paid to invesitgate. If I get shot investigating the bills will probably be on me. One time I heard what I could have SWORN were 5 spaced out shots. Turned out to be a construction crew throwing plywood sheets off the 3rd story of a building and them landing flat on one another. If it was a shot and somewhat did get shot more than likely a detective will knock on your door asking if you heard or saw anything. If they don't it's because someone else already told them about it. :)

ssfeldjager
September 10, 2007, 06:12 PM
"What not to do when you hear a gun shot"

Note to self: Don't run TOWARD the gun shot sound. Leave the dirty work to those who get paid for taking care of such for a living. Be alert, and move away from the sound, while keeping your wits about you.

.cheese.
September 10, 2007, 06:14 PM
it may have been covered, but I'd like to add as for something not to do when you hear a gunshot....

Don't get on THR and start posting about it right then and there.

This doesn't apply to the OP here, but I've seen several instances of it over the few months I've been a member, and before that the few months I read and didn't post here.

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