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Another reason to go armed

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Modeler, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    Hi all,

    I wanted to relate a quick story regarding a camping trip last weekend.

    A buddy and I were camping at aUSFS campground on the southern Oregon Coast Friday night. We were occupying one campsite with two cars and a boat on a trailer hitched to my car. We were both sleeping in our respective cars; I had my awesome Lab Tiller with me in my car.

    At around 3:30 Tiller woke up and started barking, itself not an unusual event while camping (raccoons, deer, etc). I sat up to see a flashlight bouncing around our campsite. I put on some shoes and grabbed my gun, then exited the car in time to see pickup taillights bouncing their way out of the campground.

    No one was hurt, no shots were fired, the perp wasn't even visualized. I have to give Tiller credit for the alert. I certainly felt comforted knowing I had a firearm in my pocket and an M1 Carbine in the car when I got out. Thankfully he/she left without confrontation.

    We were one of two occupied campsites. The other campsite was occupied by two hikers and their dog (no car) so it likely wasn't them. We had some of our coolers and campstoves out with the pop-up shelter folded down to avoid wind damage. With no tents set up I'm sure the campsite appeared as though we were using it for vehicle storage without actually camping.

    Just a quick story to show that it pays to be prepared (and to have a good watchdog).

    Greg
     
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  2. Chick Holsters

    Chick Holsters WA Member

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    :thumbup: It pays well indeed.
     
  3. longcolt

    longcolt Zephyrhills, FL Active Member

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    Yes sir, when in the woods it is up to you to defend yourself against all sorts of preditors.:thumbup:
     
  4. ZalesCreator

    ZalesCreator Fairview Oregon Member

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    So say you did catch them stealing your stuff and you drew down on them and they just kept stealing your stuff. What would you have done?
     
  5. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    just stealing stuff isn't enough to use deadly force, at least not in WA.


    The "Trade Rating" is low by 3
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    Deen
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  6. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    Yeah, what he said. Stealing stuff from a campsite doesn't justify deadly force. I'd probably verbally abuse him loudly and vehemently. I have lots of experience dealing with tweekers and criminals and am generally able to coerce them into doing what I want. Additionally, I likely wouldn't have drawn down on him unless I felt my life was threatened. Just rummaging through a campsite (by itself) doesn't justify brandishing a weapon. That's just me though, your results may vary.

    Greg
     
  7. usmc

    usmc oregon Active Member

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    death may not be necessary, but a stern beating and citizens arrest would suffice.i dont have the temperament for a live and let live situation. you steal my things, scare my family, bad things will happen.i work hard for the things i have and would expect people to have the same respect as i do. but that isnt the case with this world.glad you had a weapon though. what a relief.and cuddo's for the pup. i have a yellow lab who's very alert as well.lets me now when anything is going down.