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Old 06-10-2013, 11:19 AM   #1
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So, lemme tell ya 'bout MY morning...

Well, let me tell you about MY "scary" morning--not giving a lot of detail since I expect and ongoing investigation and don't want to jeopardize the prosecution's chances.

So, my wake-up call was the noise of glass breaking and metal groaning... someone smashing in a window at my house, then tearing the doors off my storage shed. I haul ass, still in skivvies, and immediately call 911, and see a strange vehicle parked by my shed and hear the intruders' voices, but can't make out what they're saying.

Lucky thing: the station's just two blocks away, and it's RIGHT at shift change, so... one minute, the dirtbags are pulling out of my driveway, a minute later I see three cruisers in hot pursuit, two minutes later a deputy's at my door taking my statement, joining me on a walkaround and collecting info for the case, and a few minutes later they have the perps and their ride, largely assisted by the business next door's employees who saw the whole thing.

Final score: two arrests. Bad guys won the coin toss, but WE made the real yardage today.

Just glad they were mere burglars... it went down so fast I didn't even have time to finish getting my .45 reassembled.
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Glad to hear you are ok and no one was hurt. Score 1 for the good guys.
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Thanks, Ed. I'm still dreading the adrenaline crash I know is coming... this was four hours ago, so I know it's only a matter of time before I faceplant into my keyboard.

For the record, I was assembling my sidearm because I had been cleaning it the night before (and usually prefer to store it fieldstripped anyway unless it's strapped on--trigger locks can be defeated, but it takes some knowledge to reassemble a 1911--hell, half the time *I* fumble a few steps, like "insert slide-stop aligned below final position then ROTATE into takedown notch and finish pressing into place" or "barrel bushing goes in BEFORE spring and cap"), and had no idea what was going on--I wasn't looking for trouble, but wanted to be ready in case IT came to me.

Seems these dirtbags have done several others in my area, too...
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Glad no one was hurt and that the BGs got busted and that you'll (evenutally) get your stuff back.

That being said, perhaps you may wish to reconsider the manner of your ready storage.
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Glad no one was hurt and that the BGs got busted and that you'll (evenutally) get your stuff back.

That being said, perhaps you may wish to reconsider the manner of your ready storage.
Good news indeed! Glad it all worked out without personal injury or loss to you. I keep a loaded side arm in every room. Although living in Oregon is much lower-keyed than Kalifornia,republic of..
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Glad to hear all is OK.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:50 PM   #7
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Thanks, amigos--think I'm gonna be on toast and ginger ale a few days... any of you BTDT's have advice for settling nerves in the aftermath? (There've been other break-ins over the years, but this one was the "holy crap if they'd had hostile intent you'd be playing Toe Tag" moment.)

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Glad no one was hurt and that the BGs got busted and that you'll (evenutally) get your stuff back.

That being said, perhaps you may wish to reconsider the manner of your ready storage.
Yep, Old Slabsides now sits in a locked mini fire-safe, assembled so all I have to do is unlock case and rack slide.
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:59 AM   #8
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I got a few spread around for a just-in-case like you experienced.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:28 AM   #9
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Glad it worked out well for you, Diamondback! Now you get to experience the justice system first hand.

Try not to get discouraged if it seems to take forever. Can't speak for your local courts, but here it can take a year to a year and a half for simple felony cases to make it to trial. Hope your home field is a little more streamlined.
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Yep, Old Slabsides now sits in a locked mini fire-safe, assembled so all I have to do is unlock case and rack slide.
Good call, when thinks happen, they happen in seconds, not minutes.

I remember my “education” about keeping my gun not readily accessible. Had just moved back from Hawaii and I’m living with mom for a few weeks until I find a house. Gun safe was in my room next to the bed, and I was content to keep the guns in the safe. At the time I had a ton of handguns (like 20 or more…that’s a LOT for me).

Hear the sound of someone jumping the fence and the forcing open the side door to the garage. The door from the garage to the house is typically unlocked because that’s where the beer refridge is.

I wake VERY easily, so I’m up and spinning the dial on the safe…crap, try again….crap, try again…C R A P!! Okay, slow down and get it right. Fling open the safe and I’m met with a wall of handguns, none of which were loaded. Below is a stack of loaded magazines and speedloaders in various configurations. It just so happened that at that moment ALL of my auto’s were 1911’s, so I grabbed two 1911 mags and blindly grabbed a 1911 and started for the door. I was proud of the fact that before stepping outside my room, I had the presence of mind to stop, take a deep breath and say to myself “Now, let’s not shoot anyone”…in that short second, my pulse dropped half its rate and it was like my training kicked in, and I had complete confidence (that was the one part that went right that night).

Switched on many lights to basically announce that they had been made. I approached the door to the garage and called out in a loud voice “Hey, I’m armed in here and you’re about to get shot if you don’t leave in the next 5 seconds”…or something to that effect (not that I’d shoot anyone over anything in the garage, but they didn’t know that. In less than 5 seconds I hear someone jumping over the fence and doing the Nike-kwan-do the hell out of Dodge.

Lesson learned…have a designated hitter (pistol) in a very accessible place; I’m talking 5-10 seconds at the most. Shoulda known better…just got complacent and comfortable in our “nice” neighborhood.
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Diamondback,

Your "experience" is WHY my Sig P225 is ALWAYS within reach & loaded. = In the last 60 days there have been well over a dozen "reported incidents" on WOAI, where a homeowner SHOT an armed intruder in Bexar County.
(You'd think that the "criminal underclass" would LEARN that we "wild Texicans" are generally armed. - I'd bet that there aren't TWO homeowners in Government Hill district that do NOT have firearms.)

Last Sunday night, a "would be intruder" tried, W/O success, to "kick-in" my front door (It's solid wood & I have GOOD locks) about 2300. - I called 911 & the SAPD came out & apprehended the suspect, while he was trying to get into my next door neighbor's cottage. - Turns out that he was "drugged up" & looking for something to steal "to feed his habit".

ARMED IS PREPARED for "untoward" incidents.
(It turns out that "Neighbor Jeff" was "sitting patiently" with his Mossberg 500 shotgun on his lap about 10 feet from the door, so the SAPD likely saved the doper's LIFE.)

yours, sw
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When I'm home, gun safe is unlocked...... I keep it simple Velcro pouches on the door hold me pistols ... mags are full in each... just grab and go...
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and the reason there's ALWAYS a back-up-in my case,a second 1911- my service weapon- if i'm maintaining 1, the other is gtg - lord help the sob that tries something here- and no warning- just boom- being a civilian( now) there is no "need" to give away your position
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Glad it worked out well for you, Diamondback! Now you get to experience the justice system first hand.

Try not to get discouraged if it seems to take forever. Can't speak for your local courts, but here it can take a year to a year and a half for simple felony cases to make it to trial. Hope your home field is a little more streamlined.
And depending on the 12 rocks in the box, you maybe surprised by "our system", Sad to say...
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Yeah, I half expect Defense Counsel to try to paint me as "vigilante," even though I observed to the supervisor while we were doing the writeup that I wouldn't want to take the job for all the compensation in the world. I'm starting to think that, if they insist on fighting it out at a full trial instead of a plea bargain, maybe I should spring for a copy of Mas' "Cute Lawyer Tricks" DVD for the prosecutor to use helping me with trial-prep.

Either that or, because my mother (who I live with, and have drawn Domestic Engineer duties because of her extreme workaholism) makes the kind of salary you'd expect after thirty years of white-collar work and being one of the more skilled people on her employer's payroll, they'll try to throw the Class Warfare card even though we live in a doublewide. (Which I've been trying to point out is NOT a good place to keep anything you care about losing, but her position is "it's paid off, and I'm not moving--you can do whatever you like after I'm gone.")
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I wouldn't lose any sleep over the whole thing. They have your statement and they were somewhat caught in the act. Prosecution probably has a pretty tight case, I strongly doubt you’ll ever see the inside of a court room. If you do, I doubt the defense will come at you too hard because there’s so little there; it would likely backfire. My guess is you’ll never be called in.

BUT, just in case. Ask the police for a copy of your statement. The only thing a defense attorney can attack you on is inconsistencies. If they call you in for a deposition and your deposition is a mirror image of your statement; you’ll never see the inside of a court.
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Diamondback, glad all came through OK. God Bless!
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Diamondback,

We are REALLY glad that you're OK.

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Diamondback,

Yeah, what they said…just glad nothing happened to YOU.

In most political discussions around here, I’m usually the odd man out. But even though we don’t always agree on issues, I REALLY have a cyber-connection to all of my GunHub brethren. And we are all pretty much in lock step on gun control issues.

Every last guy on this forum is a darned nice guy. I’d be honored to share a meal or a cold beer with each and every one of you gents.

You’re a good man Diamondback, glad you and your family are safe.
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Yeah, I half expect Defense Counsel to try to paint me as "vigilante," even though I observed to the supervisor while we were doing the writeup that I wouldn't want to take the job for all the compensation in the world. I'm starting to think that, if they insist on fighting it out at a full trial instead of a plea bargain, maybe I should spring for a copy of Mas' "Cute Lawyer Tricks" DVD for the prosecutor to use helping me with trial-prep.

Either that or, because my mother (who I live with, and have drawn Domestic Engineer duties because of her extreme workaholism) makes the kind of salary you'd expect after thirty years of white-collar work and being one of the more skilled people on her employer's payroll, they'll try to throw the Class Warfare card even though we live in a doublewide. (Which I've been trying to point out is NOT a good place to keep anything you care about losing, but her position is "it's paid off, and I'm not moving--you can do whatever you like after I'm gone.")
I wouldn't sweat that too much, Diamondback. A high percentage of our cases end in plea bargains, 97% or so. We do try to make good cases, but a bigger reason I think is that we don't have a "public defender's office" per se. There is a pool of attorneys appointed by the court to act as defense attorneys for those that cannot afford to hire them. They are compensated, of course, but most will do their best to talk a defendant into taking an offered plea IF the case against them is solid.

And hey! I live in Casa de Double Wide myself. Yeah, they ain't hard to get into, but to tell you the truth, just about ANY house can be entered by someone who wants in. And a Rott and surprisingly aggressive Chocolate Lab are pretty good deterrents too.
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