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Glad I was carrying...Even if it was for all the wrong reasons.

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by glock_ME, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. glock_ME


    Oct 7, 2008
    My wife and I have a place we bike and run through the woods quite often. There is hardly ever anyone there and it is in a very rural and unpopulated part of northern Maine.

    I tend to carry my Ruger Alaskan chambered in .454 Casull in a chest holster under a partially unzipped fleece when I bike or hike through the woods. Call me crazy but I'd never want to meet a bear or moose with their young or in a bad mood without some sort of plan B. If you live in bear/moose country most likely you understand.

    So i set off on my bike in one direction on this 4 mile loop and my wife takes off jogging the other direction. I soon meet up with her and figure I have enough time to complete 2 loops and some singletrack before she finishes one loop and we meet back at the truck.

    About 1200' feet from my truck on my second loop I meet up with her on the trail. She is headed toward me and visibly upset.

    She had made it back to the truck and was about to open it when a man approached her and asked for a ride. Now keep in mind we are not even remotely within walking distance of anything - it's miles to the nearest house. She politely declines and immediately but nonchalantly starts putting some safe distance and the truck between her and the guy. He continues asking for a ride, asking where she lives, asking if she's alone, if she's cold, how old she is. She wisely dismisses herself in polite northern Maine fashion and quickly heads in the direction she knows I'll be approaching from.

    Upon hearing all this I of course am on tilt because her intuition is usually spot on but in the back of my mind I'm really thinking this guy is just mentally challenged or socially awkward.

    We exit the woods and he's standing there by my truck. A million scenarios are running through my mind as to how to handle this situation and I just approach him cautiously paying careful attention to his demeanor and his hands. I know my draw from my chest holster is a bit awkward and isn't as quick as my waistband holster draw.

    It really wouldn't have taken much hostility on his part at that moment to convince me to draw and shoot. Taking the entire situation into account - our remoteness, his previous interaction with my wife, the amount of time it would take the state police to respond (no local police up there), my slow draw - I figure I have very little room for error if his intentions are bad and I need to be very proactive.

    Let me take a moment to frame for you what this guy is seeing. He sees a guy and his wife - whom he had just spoken with and she had taken off like a whitetail deer when he tried to talk to her - approaching him. I am by no means a small guy and I probably had a very inquisitive if not grumpy look on my face.

    The guy opens his mouth to speak and - I can only assume - he notices the hunk of Ruger on my chest. Even having a somewhat large chest that thing still looks huge on me and the six rounds of .454 casull in the ammo band don't help matters.

    Now it's his turn to politely dismiss himself from the situation and head god-only-knows-where in very quick fashion. I never even got more than a "hi, how's it going?" out of my mouth and he was halfway down the road.

    I never will know what his intentions were, maybe he did just need a ride. I guess he didn't need one that badly after all.
  2. silvrevo


    Jul 21, 2007
    Time for wifey to start carrying somthing!!! Mace, stun gun,, get her own gun.

    And I for one would have Had that Gun exposed walking up to him,,, you knew he was no good. He wasnt in a postion to report you.

    I was looking for one important thing in your story,,, and Im happy to have seen it.

    YOU WERE WATCHING HIS HANDS !!!!!! I do that alot dealing with the general public at my place of work.

  3. toshbar

    toshbar Timber Baron

    Oct 20, 2009
    Eastern NC
    I'm glad you didn't fire, both eardrums would have been sonically dissolved.
  4. AA#5


    Nov 26, 2008
    "So i set off on my bike in one direction on this 4 mile loop and my wife takes off jogging the other direction."

    Not how I would have done it with a significant other - especially in a secluded area.
  5. glock_ME


    Oct 7, 2008

    My wife wants all the perks of carrying without all the pesky hard work associated with it. She knows when she is ready to devote the time and training she can have whatever carry gun she wants.

    As for the gun being exposed...I wondered afterword if that holster would be considered just an open-carry situation (which is 100% legal and smiled upon here) or if it borders on brandishing. It's pretty blatant and ridiculous looking but it is holstered.
  6. glock_ME


    Oct 7, 2008

    Agreed. I've only shot .454 casull a handful of times due to the expense/thrashing and I have worn muffs over plugs and still had it be loud.

    It ain't right, but it sure is fun!
  7. Better to have it and not need it...
  8. AggieGlock


    May 31, 2010
    Cypress, TX
    Yikes. Glad the story ended the way it did.

    LASTRESORT20 LongTerm-Guy

    Aug 10, 2010
    Great read..glad it turned out well for All...
  10. Damn, from your headline, I thought it was going to a tantalizing story, maybe about how you made friends with some hot woman because she noticed the gat in your pocket.

    ** wink, wink ***

    Glad you and wife are OK. Good lesson and hope it was learned.
  11. dcc12


    Nov 30, 2010
    I think I might have drawn gun and hid it under jacket over arm if I thought the draw would be awkard.
  12. H&K 4 LIFE

    H&K 4 LIFE Leonum A Ignis

    Jan 27, 2009
    Thanks for sharing.

    If your gut tells you something is wrong, chances are there is in fact something wrong. People who are legitimate typically do not flee. By your presence alone, you may very well have foiled an insidious plot.

    At least yourself and everyone you care about is safe. :)
  13. GlockinNJ


    Apr 24, 2011
    Good story telling. Could have gone very bad. Definitely a reminder that one never knows when and where SHTF might happen and to be vigilant.
  14. alfred10


    May 18, 2008
    Get the wife a Glock 19. I would carry somethinmg in addition to the 454 for two legged critters.
  15. wrenrj1


    May 22, 2002
    Just another story where having a CCW weapon prevented something from happening. Unfortunately statistics are not tracked regarding these incidents. Glad it worked for you.
  16. redbaron007

    redbaron007 Some Dude Lifetime Member

    Jan 26, 2009
    Glad to hear things turned out in your best interest.


  17. AA#5


    Nov 26, 2008
    Actually, with a short-barreled gun, it can be held in the shooting hand, tucked under the opposite arm, with the other arm folder over too, like a casual arms folded posture. Done that for years process serving.
  18. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    You're counting on a defensive firearm you've only shot "a handful of times"??? Esp. one you seem to have some reservations about regarding controllability and loudness?

    More range time!
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2011
  19. NMG26


    Jul 24, 2010
    Glad you where carrying!

    Interesting scene, I would have liked to have been able to read his mind in those few seconds.
  20. bmylesk


    Jul 2, 2010
    SLC, UT
    my only concern now is hoping this creep doesn't find someone else. some innocent lady.
    i hope you turned in his description to the authorities.