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Old 05-25-2013, 01:50   #1
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testing the new neighbors.

understand that i don't usually handle firearms while drinking. it's one of those things i try to not do.

unfortunately living out in the country sometimes mother nature dosen"t care if i've clocked out for the day or not.

my new neighbors just drove off the last u-haul truck around 2pm today. i haven't spoken to them yet or even made eye contact yet.

now here it is right around 2;20am and my dogs are going ape****, as in their barks and growls are the real deal and i need to check this out. they don't see a raccoon in a tree a few yards away, something is in their yard and they want it and want it bad!

i grab the .22 and the flashlight and head out to see what the commotion is all about. there's a possum pacing along the fence about 10 feet away from the actual fence. considering there are 4 dogs in the pen losing their minds wanting to get at this critter and he/she is just casually pacing back and forth i make the assumption something is horribly wrong with this critter and it should be eliminated.

i maneuver around until i have a clear shot and i put a round through it's skull. then i figure it's close to 3am and i've already fired a round i might as well function check my neglected 10/22 and pump another 9 rounds into the critter.

the possum is dealt with and now i get to see if the new neighbors are going to complain tomorrow or not.

i've got a decent backstop, and this is the country so i hope these are country folk and they're used to gunfire because i shoot out here semi-regulalry. if they're city folk and they have a problem with gunfire things are gonna get tense.
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Old 05-25-2013, 04:25   #2
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I bet they are real glad to have moved in. I can understand the (1) shot. Was the other (9) just to make SURE you woke them up?
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Old 05-25-2013, 04:33   #3
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1 shot solved the problem. The remaining 9 were inconsiderate. There are better times to "function check".
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Old 05-25-2013, 04:48   #4
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I hope the new neighbors won't be upset my friend
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Old 05-25-2013, 05:07   #6
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Their only proper response is "What the hell is wrong with you?"

They've probably already started a new thread about their jackass new neighbor...
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Old 05-25-2013, 05:16   #7
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If it weren't for your address I would have thought you were my neighbor. Gunfire at 3am is not uncommon where I live. Nor is it ever welcome. Perhaps, after you sober up, you should go explain to your new neighbors why you felt it necessary to fire those 9 extra rounds. That way they might get the idea that they haven't just moved next to a trigger happy drunk. I bet your barking dogs just add to the ambiance.

Perhaps you could pick a day on the calendar and go visit them BEFORE you start drinking. Otherwise, the next time it happens you might have more to worry about than your neighbors. I don't think that even in Texas things would go too well for you if the cops came knocking on your door at 3am because of a shooting complaint, and answering the door drunk would only make things worse. A baseball bat, axe, or shovel would have served just as well.

Your decision to start drinking again is a good thing because?

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Old 05-25-2013, 05:56   #8
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Nothing I hate worse than 9 rounds left in a .22 magazine. Do you remove the mag, load 1 and wait patiently until another distempered marsupial wanders into the yard? Duh, of course not--rotate that ammo and shoot that thing to gel.

I agree with another poster. Speak with the neighbors the next day and explain the situation, but don't mention the alcohol.
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:01   #9
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I use to function test ammo or a pistol at all hours of the nite. Didn't bother me and I could care less about the few people close enough to hear it.
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:15   #11
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Aww, come on Beer, I thought you had kicked the drinking. Not my place to care, but if your neighbors are close by, the shooting is not going to fare well for you. Same as loud music and such, very inconsiderate.
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I bet they are real glad to have moved in. I can understand the (1) shot. Was the other (9) just to make SURE you woke them up?
1 shot for every beer he had in the last hour?
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For little critters in the middle of the night like country rats or racoons , nothing beats a nice high powered air rifle . Keeps the neighbors happy and doesn't matter if you are fallin' down drunk. They won't hear you , and your projectile won't be going through stuff on someone else's property if you stagger a bit . My opinion every gun safe should have a decent Air rifle (or 6 lol) in it, even out in the sticks ... I have an old RWS/Diana in .177 that has put down enough country rats to fertilize several acres of land !!! a .22 would be even better, but I stuck with one caliber.

You could always load up a CB or something like that I guess, but at night i'd give just enough trigger time to get the job done, even if the neighbors are cool with it .
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:08   #14
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Shooting unnecessarily in the middle of the night doesn't seem any different to me than blasting a stereo in the middle of the night in an apartment complex.
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Not an expert on all things possum - but have been around enough of them to know - they don't back down like most animals.

Most animals will run away as soon as they see a person - or a pack of dogs - possum not so much.

I use to think it was because they are dumb - but now believe they just don't give a crap - sort of like a neighbor that function tests a gun in the middle of the night.
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Decisions made when drunk are usually bad decisions. Your "function check" one is no exception.
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Not an expert on all things possum - but have been around enough of them to know - they don't back down like most animals.

Most animals will run away as soon as they see a person - or a pack of dogs - possum not so much.

I use to think it was because they are dumb - but now believe they just don't give a crap - sort of like a neighbor that function tests a gun in the middle of the night.
They can be pretty ornery. Possums that is.
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When you go their house after a nice hot shower and clean up to get the smell that will likely permeate your pores off, please make eye contact as you explain the need for a 3am 'function check' I've lived in the country a good bit but wouldn't accept that from my neighbors.
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understand that i don't usually handle firearms while drinking. it's one of those things i try to not do.

unfortunately living out in the country sometimes mother nature dosen"t care if i've clocked out for the day or not.



the possum is dealt with and now i get to see if the new neighbors are going to complain tomorrow or not.

i've got a decent backstop, and this is the country so i hope these are country folk and they're used to gunfire because i shoot out here semi-regulalry. if they're city folk and they have a problem with gunfire things are gonna get tense.
I'm just curious... What are you testing the neighbors for? And, if things do get tense, will you consider it then, to be your neighbor's fault? Finally, is it possible that your neighbors might be "country folk," and somehow, still have a problem with the situation?
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Why did you shoot the possum?...

Do you shoot all animals that wander on to your property?
Do you have any more "tests" for your neighbors?

Instead of "testing" your neighbors, why not just give them a list of standards that you expect them to meet and be done with it?

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Why did you shoot the possum?...

Do you shoot all animals that wander on to your property?
Do you have any more "tests" for your neighbors?

Instead of "testing" your neighbors, why not just give them a list of standards that you expect them to meet and be done with it?

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Their only proper response is "What the hell is wrong with you?"

They've probably already started a new thread about their jackass new neighbor...
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I am with JBnTX on this one. if the critter was not doing any damage, or attacking you or a loved one, why shoot it? and why shoot it in the wee morn hours?

I certainly don't go around killin' stuff, just cause I have guns, ammo and opportunity. that 'possum wanted to live just as much as you do.

and seriously......unless you are mighty hungry, well, they are not very good eatin'. [yes I have tried it, I have relatives in Arkansas that will eat anything that walks, crawls, swims, or flies.]
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