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View Poll Results: Have you ever used a gun for self defense?

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  • No, I have never felt I needed a firearm for self defense

    37 42.53%
  • No, but I would have drawn a gun if I had one accessible

    17 19.54%
  • Yes, I have brandished a gun for self defense, but not while carrying

    3 3.45%
  • Yes, I have drawn for self defense while carrying

    24 27.59%
  • Yes, and I fired one or more shots in self defense

    6 6.90%
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  1. #1
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    Question Ever had a self defense encounter?

    I'm curious: have you ever been involved in a self defense encounter when you felt the need to brandish or even fire a weapon to defend yourself? Please be honest.

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    Default Re: Ever had a self defense encounter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cooper2112 View Post
    I'm curious: have you ever been involved in a self defense encounter when you felt the need to brandish or even fire a weapon to defend yourself? Please be honest.
    I pepper sprayed an attacking dog once. Does that count?
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    Default Re: Ever had a self defense encounter?

    Yes. Did have to present, did not have to discharge.

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    Default Re: Ever had a self defense encounter?

    I have not, actually, I hope I never do - but when I must, I feel bad for whoever it is. I have to move to PA first.

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    Default Re: Ever had a self defense encounter?

    I once punted a rabid cat, does that count?
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    Default Re: Ever had a self defense encounter?

    Quote Originally Posted by streaker69 View Post
    I once punted a rabid cat, does that count?
    Oh absolutely.

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    Default Re: Ever had a self defense encounter?

    I've had to occasions, both in Tampa FL. ...and folks wonder why I wont live down there again.

    1. circa 1986-87 When I was home sick from school a guy road up to our back door under the carport on a bicycle and kicked it in. I retrieved dad's Stevens 16ga SxS from the den and met him in the kitchen as he opened the door from the utility room. I was was just in the process of closing the action as the door opened, which I immediately brought the gun to bear. He look directly at me and crapped himself as he took off back the way he came. Yep, he shit himself right there.

    2. circa 1993. I was sitting at the traffic light at 56th St and Hillsborough Ave by what used to be East Lake Square Mall. There were 2 lanes of north bound traffic and a inside turning lane. I was second in line in the fast lane. Well a car of hoodlums pulled up in the turning lane, then the passenger got out and tried carjacking the lady in front of me. I retrieved my 1911 from my glovebox, stepped out and took cover behind my 71' Plymouth Satellites door and aimed right at his melon. I ordered him to stop, he turned and looked, then dived head first in the car he launched his attack from. They ran the red light and was last seen heading over the bridge on Hillsborough Ave westward.
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    Default Re: Ever had a self defense encounter?

    Does using toxic gas count?

    I was being surrounded by a flash mob and I let loose a mighty fart, the likes of which have not been smelled since the great Mexican bean wars of 1837, and all but one fell. He had a head cold and was impervious to the stench, so I kicked him in the nads and stood tall in my victory.
    Some people just plain suck.
    If you're gonna be dumb ya gotta be tough.

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    Default Re: Ever had a self defense encounter?

    Quote Originally Posted by mpan72 View Post
    Does using toxic gas count?

    I was being surrounded by a flash mob and I let loose a mighty fart, the likes of which have not been smelled since the great Mexican bean wars of 1837, and all but one fell. He had a head cold and was impervious to the stench, so I kicked him in the nads and stood tall in my victory.

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    While many claim to support the right, precious few support the practice.

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    Default Re: Ever had a self defense encounter?

    Long ago in a dark parking lot in that Illinois area where it is prohibited. Very large individual of another ethnic group with a knife and a desire to have what was mine.
    One shot fired missed and a moment later was in the parking lot all by myself.
    Courage is being scared to death--but saddling up any way. John Wayne

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