Threatened with a breach of security, how would you react? Well, I personally found out on Friday night. The wife and I were relaxing and talking downstairs in what I have often referred to as our ‘bunker,’ when our dogs began barking excitedly upstairs. As many of you may know, dogs do have different barks and exhibit different levels of excitement depending on what they see or hear – the perfect alarm system if you ask me – and they were losing their little minds. Nothing was showing on the camera monitor, and at first I couldn’t see the source of their excitement. To set the stage for you, I live 200 yards off the end of a dead end road that only has 2 other houses. The area is extremely rural and at night it’s dark, really dark; walking at night without some sort of light is not only dangerous but next to impossible. I kick on the outside lights and grabbed my Glock 19 which was staged near the door, I had run through this scenario a hundred times always questioning which would be my go to gun in a crisis, now I knew. I stepped on the deck and was now able to see someone in the driveway approximately 20 yards away – no sign of a car, or any type of light – adrenaline went through the roof.
“2 seconds before I shoot,” as I aim for center mass.
No response; continues to approach.
“Stop! Final warning! 2 seconds and I shoot you!”
Person stopped and began to go back up the drive. Never said a word.
What this individual had up their sleeve remains a mystery, but their actions clearly indicate they weren’t collecting for the Red Cross. I remained attentive for most of the night, as you can imagine sleep simply wasn’t an option. I never heard a car or car door or saw lights of any kind; only some dogs barking in the distance. Reports were filed, but it’s likely we’ll never know why it happened, only that it did. This incident has brought me to the conclusion that you simply cannot train or practice enough. Would you be ready if it happened to you?
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.