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    10-08-2012, 09:45 AM
After having lived in a few not so friendly places, I decided it was time to learn what was needed to defend myself.

A little back story:
My other half and I move almost annually for his work. Sometimes we end up living in some not so awesome places. I am a stay at home/student and he is gone long hours, often 8a-8p. I have a small dog but we all know how little she could do to protect me (though she is EXCELLENT at alerting me!).
Anyway our last "post" (we are not military) put us in a hurry to find a place to live and get settled in FAST. Unfortunately this left me no time to go and observe the apartments before we signed a lease and moved right in. Two days into life in the new place, a 14 year old STABBED and 12 year old over a bicycle in our parking lot. Needless to say I was terrified! Jon and I decided that since I would not be able to physically fend someone off (I have back injuries that prevent me from doing a lot of things) that we would go and learn everything we could about firearms. We got so lucky, because we ended up training at NRA headquarters. We spent a year going for weekly lessons, plus additional shooting time on the weekends. We got our CC's in VA, and now in PA.

We now reside in a nice farm house in the country in SE PA. I'll admit I BEGGED to rent the place when we got here, but once we moved in and he went off to work, I became so wigged about being home alone, way out in no wheres ville... that I started carrying CONSTANTLY. And I am glad I did...

Back in May, I was home (alone of course) on a super nice day. I had every window in the house wide open, the front door propped and fans going to air this old place out. Was dusting and cleaning and singing along with VH1, the dog was upstairs in the bed avoiding the noise lol (stupid on my part!). I bent over to flip up the edge of the living room rug and when I stood back up, there was a man STANDING in my doorway! This guy had come onto the property on foot, walked up and into the screened in porch and was standing mere feet from me before I even knew he was there! I jumped out of my skin! I screamed get out! He backed out onto the lawn and I followed him with my hand on my holster...
"I'm selling magazine subscriptions..." he said
"I don't care... what you're doing, that's MY home you just walked into without being allowed! I could have SHOT you!" My hand stayed on my holster (I have an inside the waistband setup, that sits on the back of my right side). "You need to leave."
He backed himself to the driveway and turned and walked on up the country road. He never saw my gun, but just my body posture had to have given away what I was prepared to do to keep myself safe.

This man was a BIG guy... I'm talking 6'2" 275lb with big beefy arms and stuff. (for reference, I am 5' nothing, 135 lbs) Later that day (after calling the non emergency # and reporting the weirdo), they put out a bulletin that there were fake door to door salesman reported in my county and the county south of me and in Philly!

The ONE time when being a bit paranoid may very well have saved me!

I lease a horse for trail riding with access to 1700 acres of state park. Because I am not working currently (and that is by choice I am not a bum nor do I receive any public assistance) I am able to ride almost any time. That's great and I love it, but it also means I am 90% of the time out there alone. There are always people out there, but sometimes you can ride for 2 hours without seeing a soul. I carry. My weapon, my ID and CC permits and copies of the local laws, along with my phone (with the "find lost phone" app activated) and other small things that will help me stay safe and happy.
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    10-08-2012, 10:11 AM
Welcome to the forum! I'm surprised about the incident, especially where you live (I lived in New Hope for nearly 17 years until moving to SC). I guess things have changed - goo you have your CWP and use it.
    10-08-2012, 10:14 AM
Originally Posted by Joe4d    
I need to vent, I am angry and appalled, and just really can't believe what happened, I came around the trail at a moderate gait, boout 6mph, saw some kids dragging what appeared to be large branches around. I am thinking I hope they don't wave them at Mr spook monster,, any way as I get closer I see the little snots are booby trapping the trail, they are running about a 1 inch thick grape vine across the trail. They jerk it up in front of me about 1 to 2 foot off the ground as I stop and start yelling at them. There is an adult woman (mom maybe) standing right there watching them. And these are little kids, say 6 ish ?... I can't believe it, she is laughing, telling them come on that's not nice,,,,,,I tell her , :Not NICE ? You're the adult you stupid b@#$ch. I get a bit farther down the trail and call 911 and report them, park ranger went looking but hadnt found them..... seriously I just can't believe an adult would just stand there and think that was something ok to do.
I wouldn't have waited to call and I wouldn't have let them out of my sight til the authorities were there.
    10-08-2012, 10:18 AM
LauraJo, Wow. I'm glad you were carrying.
    10-19-2012, 01:22 PM
I'm new to this forum and I am having problems with getting the forums where it all shows up, I will click on a topic but it won't go to the first page. Says it is but there is nothing there but can come to page 2.....I was trying to see the video you all were talking about.....
    10-19-2012, 02:59 PM
See if this works. I think you have to download it. This is from the first post of this thread.
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    10-21-2012, 04:28 PM
Great video! Thanks for sharing! I laughed so hard at the bit when he was trying to get her off by pushing her leg, and she just sat there like, "Yup." XD
Only today, while waiting for a friend by a field, a car randomly pulled up near where me and my horse were stood. It might have been nothing, but I'm not usually one to be caught off guard, so headed down one of the paths I would normally have cantered down, so if they came after me, I could bolt away.
Luckily, as I watched from behind a tree from a distance, the car left after a few moments.
    10-21-2012, 08:03 PM
LOL thanks, I got it.......can't say that I've ever come across someone trying to knock us off our horses but who's to say it couldn't happen!
    10-30-2012, 07:22 PM
That was great! Us girls are usually out by ourselves and you just never know!! Thank you for posting that video!!
    11-01-2012, 11:46 PM
Excellent information...thank you for sharing!

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