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Have you ever used your sidearm in self defense?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by cowssurf, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. cowssurf

    cowssurf Well-Known Member

    It seems so hard to gauge how often firearm owners actually use their guns in self defense. I've never used my gun in self defense. If anyone has, and the story is not to personal or painful to relate, please share it, whether you fired your weapon, verbally threatened the use of a gun, or brandished the weapon.
  2. Titan6

    Titan6 member

    Piece of what?
  3. Winchester 73

    Winchester 73 member

    Yes.Twice since 1985.Never fired.Verbally threatened and brandished against potential attackers in both incidents.

    Sorry for the plagiarism Titan6!
  4. Werewolf

    Werewolf Well-Known Member

    Closest I ever came was in the parking lot of a large mall near 9PM. 2 guys came towards me as I was walking up on my car. At about 20 yards away they seperated from each other in what appeared to be an attempted flanking maneuver.

    It was summer and I was wearing an Hawiian type shirt. Lifted it up over my holstered gun, undid the safety and watched the two guys do a 180 and clear the lot.

    I hopped in my car and drove away. No I didn't call the cops. What good would it have done?
  5. siglite

    siglite Well-Known Member

    I've drawn twice. Both more than 10 years ago. Both times the attacker changed his mind before getting shot. Fairfax PD has reports on both events.
  6. R127

    R127 Well-Known Member

    Gun? Yes. Only needed to be displayed. Other weapon pre-cwl? Yes. Uglier situations. What's the point you're trying to get to? Some people live in safer than average environments others live in more dangerous than average environments but bad stuff can happen anywhere. Even at church. And the government and all its men cannot ensure your safety. So carry, hope you never have to use it but be ready in case you do.
  7. CWL

    CWL Well-Known Member

    'Bout 10 years ago, I chased a stranger out of my backyard. Had a pistol in right hand pressed flat against my thigh, don't think he ever saw it.

    Been in a few 'sketchy' situations where firearm was good to have, but the other guy backed-down before it was drawn or needed. I definitely feel that some of these were de-escalated because the other person saw my 'ready' body posture and decided to go away.
  8. cambeul41

    cambeul41 Well-Known Member

    Message deleted.
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2008
  9. axeman_g

    axeman_g Well-Known Member

    cambeu.... you dont have to respond to a thread you dont like the content of, the topic or the wording.

    It is an unfortunate choice of words but not one to act like your going to start a fist fight over. Check you sig and then maybe rethink your response.
  10. Elm Creek Smith

    Elm Creek Smith Well-Known Member

    Yes. About a quarter century ago. A mall parking lot at night during Christmas with my wife and (then) small children. Knife vs. S&W. I took damage but walked away under my own power. The police didn't even take my revolver. BTW, I only heard "pops" from a 3 inch .357 Magnum but the muzzle flashes were like strobes.

    In the dreams that wake me up, I can't seem to find my gun.

  11. jenrob

    jenrob Well-Known Member

    When I was around 14 or 15yrs. old my mom and I were woke by something that sounded like howling.

    The landlords boyfriend was beating her.

    My mom all of 5' 2" decided to go down and make sure she was alright.

    I grabbed my 22 rifle and out the door behind her.

    She knocked on the door and asked if everything was alright. He insisted it was and mom insisted she talk to the landlord.

    Boyfriend slammed the screen door open to find the end of that 22 about 10-15 feet away. I was standing out on the side walk but there was no way he was going to lay a hand on me ma. without eating a couple pieces of lead.

    I held a bead on him til the cops showed up and told me to take it back home.

    Now I'm afraid that if it was to happen again nowdays the cops wouldn't just tell me to take it on back home.
  12. cowssurf

    cowssurf Well-Known Member


    Relax. What are you, the king of England? I never said you talk that way. I talk that way. And why is it so offensive? And how in the world can it be interpreted as talking down? That's bizarre. Do rich people or intelligent people look down on poor people or stupid people and say, "Look at this new piece I bought." Piece is a slang term. Otherwise thought of as famiiar or colloquial. As such, I would say it's more of a peer to peer term, and not by any means a classist term. I didn't mean to offend anyone by using it. I like westerns a lot. When they call a gun a "smokewagon" or a "shooting iron." I certainly don't think of it as offensive. Can I call a football a pigskin? Can I call my car my ride? Can I call my house my pad? If I do these things, am I talking down to anyone. And why did you click on a thread who's title you found so supercilious to the point of being offensive. Furthermore, why did you answer me and then ask so indignantly why you should answer me? Loosen up. Relax. Have fun. Take your piece to the range and bust a cap in that silhouette. Tadow!
  13. guntotinguy

    guntotinguy Well-Known Member

    I have had to pull out of the holster twice in the last 4 months...didnt have to fire,but it sure came close the last time around.The last time was (oddly enough) outside the gun range...during the day time I was approached by 3 non-english speaking men who seemed to have some malice in mind.

    I tried to warn them..they didnt understand that I was armed and willing to use the .45 until my shouting at them turned into a 'pull'.Yes they ran quickly enough...good thing for them and me!

    To my knowledge of talking with a few LEO's that also so to the same range,this type of occurance is becoming much more commonplace than ever before.
  14. Flash!

    Flash! Well-Known Member

    a few years ago I heard a disturbance outside my house after midnight. A pickup was parked at the neighbors house across the street. A couple males in their late teens to early 20's were standing outside the truck yelling and throwing beer bottles down the street. I went out into my front yard where I could see the license plate number. Wrote down the number and started back into my house to call the police. Suddenly another man came running out from the neighbors front door running directly at and yelling at me that he "was going to f**k my a** up" I pulled my gun and it was amazing how fast he came to a stop. I told him to leave immediately because I was calling the police. He left and I immediately went inside and reported the incident to police....providing his license plate number.
  15. rainbowbob

    rainbowbob Well-Known Member

    That's the nightmare we are all trying to avoid, isn't it?
  16. TAB

    TAB Well-Known Member

    self defence no, to defend a guy being beatin by a tire iron, yes.
  17. monkeykevin

    monkeykevin Well-Known Member

    Almost 10min ago 2hr into my BORING birthday morning researching for a bicycle at 1:50am right after getting home from work I hear my garage open because the opener doesn't work and its unlock. Hearing the garage open I grabbed my G23 darted down the stair QUIETLY to the laundry room where the garage is connected and slowly opened the first door with my barrel pointing horizontally down range and suddenly the second door in front of me leading to the garage opens before me was my mom BF who just came back from Arizona with my barrel pointed at him....:banghead:

    Any how I didn't even have my trigger finger on the trigger but to the side of the frame, general safety practice in my opinion. I would of gone BANG BANG BANG if it was someone else in the middle of the night or EARLY morning. Didn't know he was coming, and its pretty damn late for anybody to make some rucces this early.
  18. nelson133

    nelson133 Well-Known Member

    Last spring 2 men came through the front door of my girlfriend's house. A Sig P220 in my hand convinced them they had urgent business elsewhere. No shots fired, no one hurt. I posted the full story on this board when it happened.
  19. Deanimator

    Deanimator Well-Known Member

    In '84, I used an HK93 to drive a guy off who was trying to run a friend and me off of the interstate, probably as part of a carjacking. He was unpleasantly surprised to find a rifle pointing at him through the windshield. He remembered important business elsewhere.
  20. sarge83

    sarge83 Well-Known Member

    Once, cleared leather and dropped the safety while at an ATM. The threat saw me do it and decided he didn't want to finish what he started, he stopped and didn't move a muscle. I concluded my transaction and left quickly.

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