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You Never Know…

Rev. Paul  posted about how he keeps his .38 +P in his pocket, so he can get to his briefcase 1911, so he can get to his rifle in his truck…
Reminded me of a friend’s incident in the past…
Bob, my immediate supervisor @ Tom Ezell & Associates (and later my favorite gun store) went home one day in the middle of the afternoon.  (In the 80’s)
If memory serves, he was carrying an H&K P7-8 at the time.  No one was expected to be home.
He keyed his way in the front door, as was his custom, and something didn’t appear right.
His TV was missing, and where the stereo equipment was, there were cut cables.

He reflexively cleared leather, and heard noises down the hall, in the bedrooms.
So he sliced-the-pie to head down the hallway, opened the hall closet, and accessed his H&K .308 rifle.  He holstered the pistol and quietly checked the chamber of the rifle, advancing.
From there, he continued to clear the hallway and rooms, advancing toward the sounds.
(Bob knows the ‘technique’ taught in the self-defense schools is to exit quietly and call the police from a neighbor’s house.  He didn’t.  I’ve been there, too, and I didn’t.  There’s something about intruders present in one’s own home that arouses ones hackles!  – Guffaw)
He advanced down the hall, clearing each room quietly, until he got to the back bedroom.  There were three unauthorized occupants illegal aliens burglars – two inside the house, the other outside the window, they were transferring the swag outside.
He covered them from the hallway and announced his presence.  Funny, even though they didn’t appear to speak English, they knew to remain still, very still.  The miscreant outside took this opportunity to exit stage left, perambulating all the way. 
Bob let him go, rather than shoot him in the back in his retreat.
As he’d pickup up his cordless phone en route, he called the PD.  They arrived forthwith, first on the scene was a plainclothes female detective.  Her advice to Bob was he should have shot them all (!)
Ultimately, the two were prosecuted and deported.  You just know they were back in the United States before the paperwork cooled.
Justice served.
Yeah, right.

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


6 thoughts on “You Never Know…

  1. Having someone come into your house…uninvited…feels like a violation.

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | February 27, 2012, 8:21 am
  2. It IS a violation, and 'castle doctrine' applies. Yet another reason never to go unarmed (and thanks for the link!).

    Posted by Rev. Paul | February 27, 2012, 8:30 am
  3. I've 'cleared' my home 3x (after the fact).It IS a violation!

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | February 27, 2012, 8:32 am
  4. No problem, Rev. Paul! And thanks for the inspiration!

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | February 27, 2012, 8:33 am
  5. HK91? How do you check the chamber *quietly*?

    Posted by Joel | February 27, 2012, 10:26 am
  6. I've wondered that myself, Joel!

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | February 27, 2012, 11:30 am

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