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Lessons Learned

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by Minuteman, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Founding Member

    My wife keeps a 9mm in the nightstand by the bed. She is often home alone when I am off working out of state. I have taught her how to rack the slide (Micro Compact XD9) and how to sight and shoot it.

    The day before Christmas she calls me and there is a stray dog that has come up to the house. She had gone out and tried to chase it off and it attacked her. It was growling and snapping at her and she just barely got back inside the house. She was scared and I told her to just sit tight.
    I called a nieghbor and asked him if he would go up to the house and check on it for me.

    Meanwhile the dog got into the corral and was after the horses. My big gelding was rearing up and pawing at it and trying to kick it. Protecting his herd of mares, who were huddled in a corner wild eyed and panicked.

    She grabbed her pistol and racked the slide like I showed her, she went out the door and got about 20 yeards from the corral when the dog saw her and came running at her. She took her stance like I taught her, sighted down the barrel and pulled the trigger......CLICK!

    A couple of days before I left home last week we had some friends out and had been target shooting. We came back up to the house about dark and fired up the grill to cook some steaks.
    Before I left home I put all the guns up, returned hers to it's place beside the bed. But, I obviously had forgotten to reload it!

    She said she ran back to the house with the dog on her heels and once again just barely got the door closed before it got to her. Of course she called me, VERY upset and panicked. I got an earfull for sure.

    My nieghbor showed up and the dog went after him. He shot and killed it.
    My wife is fine, just shook up and none of our animals were bitten or injured.

    But I learned a good lesson. I will always make sure her weapon is loaded and ready for use before I leave the house again. But I told her that it should be a good lesson for her too. I told her to never assume a weapon is loaded, or unloaded. I told her to always check the magazine. She said "I cannot believe that you, as much of a gunnut as you are would make that kind of mistake." I told her that anyone can make a mistake and that ultimately your own safety is up to you.

    I think we both learned some good lessons from this incident. I am just glad it was a 4 legged threat and not a 2.
  2. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Rabid? Based on your report, seems more than likely. F&G should be interested.
  3. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Jeez... scary stuff indeed. Brave woman glad she didn't get bitten.. perhaps a simple revolver, 12or 20 single or double barrel?

    Auto pistols(redundant?) are complicated for someone not intimately familiar with them.
  4. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    That leaves a really big hole in one's stomach!
    You feel confident,... you have the knowledge,.... you have the tools,... and you have the need....
    Yeah I have had that same sinking feeling, hearing a "click", when it should have been a BANG!
    Luckily, some of us get a second chance.
    Mine was a snake, about 2 feet away, and I had not loaded my single shot shotgun.
    Baddddd feeling and really makes ya sick inside!
    It's good to have "someone" looking over our shoulders at times!
    Glad to hear no one was hurt/bitten.
    My son has had to shoot a number of dogs in his patrols out here, most were rabid, some were just bad dogs!
    Makes one take a step or two back, and rethink everything.....
  5. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    So if you need a place to stay for a day or two call me when you get to the house nobody is home I'll tell you where the key is.......you remember where the whiskey is.................LOL

    That is a very good reminder, very thankful she was not hurt. That would have been a good test for the Judge.
  6. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Founding Member

    If she had of got bittten I would be taking you up on that!! She would do more damage to me than the dog would have done to her. [smsh]
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