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dubya450
May 11, 2012, 12:56 AM
Hey guys i, probably like most of you, enjoy reading my monthly gun mags. One of my favorite columns is the "it happened to me". I really enjoy reading about good guys defending themselves and their loved ones. I don't personally have any of my own stories but how about you guys? It'd be cool to hear stories from when 'it happened to you'...

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Ryanxia
May 11, 2012, 10:17 AM
http://gunssavelives.net/ is a good place to read up on some good stories. Just because they're current on this site though doesn't mean they happened recently, I posted a new article from there and it turned out it happened almost a year prior and had already been posted on THR.

CountryUgly
May 11, 2012, 12:54 PM
DELETED for reasons posted below ......thanks mods for the heads up

Kleanbore
May 11, 2012, 02:26 PM
It is extremely important to understand three things:


Everything posted here is public and permanent and discoverable, and if relevant, it can be introduced as evidence in a civil or criminal proceeding--or it may lead investigators to other evidence.
The use of deadly force, the threat thereof, or even the display of a firearm is a serious matter that can result in investigations, criminal charges, civil lawsuits, and/or criminal trials. Even when lawful justification is established, effecting same can involve a lengthy and expensive process.
The phrase "no charges were filed" has little meaning; in a criminal case, one remains subject to legal procedings until the statute of limitations has run out, one has been tried and acquitted, or one has been pardoned. Civil liability can sometimes continue after that. There is no statute of limitations if murder is suspected.


An Internet posting can even lead to the reopening of the investigation of an incident that had been thought to have been closed out years ago.

For these reasons, we strongly recommend against the posting of "this happened to me" stories that involve self defense. While we're on the subject, I'll point put that talking to the media is a poor idea also.

dubya450
May 11, 2012, 02:50 PM
Understandable ..

PT92
May 11, 2012, 03:06 PM
I have been lucky in that I have never had to remove my gun from my holster since the inception of CCW here in MO.

Honestly, and while there countless real, inspiring and motivational stories concerning SD, I have heard my share of 'bar-stool' tales as well which are sad and really diminish the seriousness of the tens of dozens of legitimate SD stories we read and hear about all the time.

-Cheers

dubya450
May 11, 2012, 04:35 PM
I've never had to draw my pistol but there was a girl I dated once and while I was waiting for her in my truck outside of her house her ex and 3 of his buddies decided to stop by and confront me. I was locked in my truck with the four of them surrounding it and trying to get me out. I kept telling them they'd be best off to leave me alone and beat it (never showed my pistol or said I had one) but of course they wanted me out to TRY and beat me up. I ended up calling the police and explained the situation and the four guys that want to beat me, said I have a CCW and pistol on me and I need cops fast before they break my window and get me out and I'm forced to use the gun. In the end two cops showed up, arrested the guys and the other cop told me I made the best possible decision. The cop also explained to the guys how lucky they were they didn't get me out, I don't think they had a clue I had a CCW otherwise they'd have left me alone. That proves the fact that women are trouble lol.

wannabeagunsmith
May 11, 2012, 04:41 PM
I've never had to draw my pistol but there was a girl I dated once and while I was waiting for her in my truck outside of her house her ex and 3 of his buddies decided to stop by and confront me. I was locked in my truck with the four of them surrounding it and trying to get me out. I kept telling them they'd be best off to leave me alone and beat it (never showed my pistol or said I had one) but of course they wanted me out to TRY and beat me up. I ended up calling the police and explained the situation and the four guys that want to beat me, said I have a CCW and pistol on me and I need cops fast before they break my window and get me out and I'm forced to use the gun. In the end two cops showed up, arrested the guys and the other cop told me I made the best possible decision. The cop also explained to the guys how lucky they were they didn't get me out, I don't think they had a clue I had a CCW otherwise they'd have left me alone. That proves the fact that women are trouble lol.Stories like that make me feel all good inside for some reason lol

Skribs
May 11, 2012, 06:45 PM
Kleanbore, I wonder if this is part of the reason why the media has a lot more ammunition for guns used in crimes as opposed to guns used to prevent crimes.

I'm not disagreeing with what you say, but no solution is ever perfect unless you're talking about elementary school math.

hammerklavier
May 11, 2012, 08:49 PM
For these reasons, we strongly recommend against the posting of "this happened to me" stories that involve self defense.

Time for a "This happened to a friend of a friend of a friend of mine." thread!

Ryanxia
May 11, 2012, 10:52 PM
+1 hammerklavier.

Time for 'my buddy johny rebb' stories :D

FROGO207
May 12, 2012, 09:56 AM
Well 30 some years ago I was driving down a road heading to see my current girlfriend at that time. On a long straight stretch of road I happen along an old beat up pickup truck with the hood up and a bikini clad rear end sticking out of the engine compartment. I stop and back up, get out, and walk back to offer assistance. She says yeah just a minute then climbs down and heads to the drivers door and opens it. The next thing I know I have a 12 GA double pointing at ME and she says to get the H*** OUTTA HERE NOW. Needless to say I vacated the area fast. Later talking to the GF about it she told me the girl was "a little off" and this had happened to several others in the past. So much for trying to help a stranded motorist.:banghead: This was before cell phones were available in that area and the nearest house was about 1/2 mile away.

dubya450
May 13, 2012, 01:09 AM
FROGO207, that's quite a strange story. I wonder if she was raped at some point in her life. Was she trying to rob you or what? What a weird woman!

SimplyChad
May 13, 2012, 08:53 AM
^^^^Could have just been the wrong time of the month lol.^^^^
I drew my CHL soon after I started to carry after a guy ran up on my car with a tireiron while I was stuck in a choke point. I was for a lack of better term stuck between 2 cars and a very busy intersection. In retrosect I prolly could have backed out of the area but once the gun was seen he froze. So I drove on when the cross street opened. I called the local PD about it and found out that there were several robberies in local area with a very similar MO.

FROGO207
May 13, 2012, 01:00 PM
As you all know a human can't outrun a shotgun so I didn't stop long enough to ask.:what: When I asked the GF all she said was that the girl was not all there as they say and was always in trouble for something or other.

gamestalker
May 13, 2012, 10:25 PM
I would share my "It happened to me" stories, but in all honesty it would have to be in multiple posts due to the extreme number of deadly circumstances I've encountered over the last 45 yrs. of carrying a firearm. I'm in that .001% of society that just seems to always be the victim of choice. It's for this primary reason that I prefer to carry open, in hope it will serve as a deterent to those hunting for their next victim. But even so, this method has not worked out real well for me either.

Fortunately, my choice to take responsibility for my own safety and welfare has very likely saved my life, and that of loved one's who were with me on several of those occasions.

"When seconds count, the police are only minutes away"
GS

RedHeadHunter
May 14, 2012, 04:09 AM
Luckily until a few years ago the only incidents I had were to fire a shotgun in the air to scare off some kid smashing mail boxes and stealing stuff from peoples yards.

I moved to town about 20 years ago and hated it until my wife and I moved to her grandparents old house with 7 acres of land with a pond on it in town! Shortly after moving in, construction started on some subsidized apartments very near the back of the property. Shortly after the apartments were completed, a Walmart opened less than a mile away.

There was a bad set of curves with roads coming off in both directions, so it was not uncommon for me to get knocks in the middle of the night from someone who had a wreck or ran over my mail box. I always brought a firearm to the door when answering these knocks but kept it out of sight, because most times it was someone who just had an accident and was already pretty shaken up.

One night around 2 am. I got a knock at the door, so I picked up my Ruger Redhawk 44 mag and answered the door. A man was frantically knocking and yelling for us to let him in. When I looked through the peep hole, the man looked sweaty and nervous. I had him back from the door and I opened it (maybe not the best move in hind site). He said that someone was trying to kill him and he ran all the way here from the apartments. As I stepped onto my porch, I could hear a man yelling and cussing in our direction. I could not see him between the dark and the landscaping. He was calling to the man on my porch to meet him so he could kill him. The scared man was pleading with me to bring him to Walmart so he could use the ATM to get a cab. I refused to leave my wife and daughter alone in the house with a mad man in the yard. I also refused to bring them with us because I didn't know this man either.

By this time my wife was awake and she handed me the phone through the door. I gave the phone to the man, and had him call 911. They said they would send someone right out. After a little over 15 minutes :eek:, we saw the police car at the stop sigh at the corner of my yard. After a brief pause, he turned and headed the other direction. :banghead: After another few minutes (less than 20 total), the cop pulled into my driveway and stopped by my mail box. I sent the scared man to talk to the cop while I stayed with my family. After a little while I saw the search light come on and sweep across my yard. A few seconds later the man came back hanging his head and the cop drove away. The man told me the cop said he didn't see anyone and refused to bring the guy to Walmart because he was not a taxi service. The guy was still too scared to leave my porch, so I was stuck with a mad man running around my property and a stranger on my porch, my family in the house a serious lack of sleep and the cop just left him here for me to deal with!!:fire:

I had the guy sit on the bench on my porch while I retrieved my rifle. At this time he caught a glimpse of the 44 I had with me the whole time and said "Thank God, I didn't know what you would do if he came for me!" I told him I would watch him until he made it past the second curve in the road at which point he was nearly at Walmart. I don't know if he knew that there was nothing I could do from that distance in town with a (empty) high power rifle (270 Win), but it seamed to make him feel more comfortable about walking down the road. Every now and then he would look back to make sure I was still on the porch watching him, then continue walking.

I have many more stories from when we lived there, but this is the only one that anyone ever saw a weapon. I am so glad we moved out of town. I feel more comfortable with my kids in the yard. I don't have strangers walking through my yard to get to Walmart.

Sorry a lot long winded. Hope you enjoy.

CountryUgly
May 14, 2012, 01:29 PM
I would share my "It happened to me" stories, but in all honesty it would have to be in multiple posts due to the extreme number of deadly circumstances I've encountered over the last 45 yrs. of carrying a firearm. I'm in that .001% of society that just seems to always be the victim of choice. It's for this primary reason that I prefer to carry open, in hope it will serve as a deterent to those hunting for their next victim. But even so, this method has not worked out real well for me either.

Fortunately, my choice to take responsibility for my own safety and welfare has very likely saved my life, and that of loved one's who were with me on several of those occasions.

"When seconds count, the police are only minutes away"
GS
My father is a member of that club. I think he has had to endure more armed robberies and GSWs than anyone alive. He had spent most of his adult life owning and running small in and out mom and pop type reataurants in the not so great part of towns. Well my wife's uncle has been shot on 9 different occassions but that had more to do with his demeanor and attitude not to mention nefarious practices than it did being a victim so the theroy of BG's running if fear after seeing a gun doesn't always apply. But still it seems some people have all the luck. Hope your luck improves or you may have to share a nickname with my pops "SnakeBite"....

gamestalker
May 14, 2012, 05:21 PM
My Wife and I moved out of town to a nice quiet rural area to get away from the crime ridden city. But now we have headless bodies being found in close proximity to our home. Just can't seem to escape the criminal element.
GS

84B20
May 15, 2012, 06:10 PM
Since I already sent this to American Rifleman for their Armed Citizen column I guess I can post it here as well. I could be good information for new CCW holders.

The evening of Friday, December 30, 2011, my wife and I had attended a book signing and lecture by John R. Lott, Jr., the author of More Guns Less Crime at a bookstore in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After the lecture, we were to meet some friends at a local restaurant for dinner. We had parked in a downtown parking lot and as we crossed the street we were approached by two men, one I remember had a hooded sweatshirt. They had been walking in the street next to the parked cars and began to separate and one of them started to walk behind us. My wife had been walking a couple of feet behind me as we had learned to do so as not to make us a better target. I was in my normal mental awareness state of yellow so I was immediately aware of these two individuals. As the one who had been walking towards me started to talk, I immediately put up both of my hands and shouted back off! It seemed to surprise him and he instantly changed direction, walked away and said “Ok, brother.” I feel very lucky that all turned out well, without injury to anyone, other than to my nerves. Now, I don’t know for sure that they were planning on anything but I feel thanks to my quick action I never have to know.

I credit the professional firearms training my wife and I received that helped keep us in the right frame of mind as well as the actions I took to avoid a serious incident.

I did make three mistakes that evening, though. One, we should not have walked across the street in the middle of the block, instead go to the corner and cross. Two, I should have had my flashlight in my hand until we had reached our car and three, I should have immediately called the police to report the incident. The first one reporting the event would most likely believed by the police. I can imagine that if these two had been just innocent individuals or ones that had no police record and had decided to call the police and say I had been brandishing a weapon, which by the way I never had to do, I could have been is some trouble. Anyway, all turned out well and I now have a bit more experience to add to the training I have received.

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