Young man please don't be offended by the remarks of our colleague mattg, but he is quite right. These incidents to many are extremely traumatic and personal, and we all have issues with such experiences which are dealt with at an individual level. Life is not a movie and sometimes it does not play to the script.Each fire fight was pretty traumatic and I'd prefer not to have to relive each incident just to amuse you.
Wow. Don't stop to think that perhaps he was just curious. Perhaps he wished to learn from the experience of others so as not to repeat life-threatening mistakes.Each fire fight was pretty traumatic and I'd prefer not to have to relive each incident just to amuse you.
The old cliche that "curiosity killed the cat," proves true in this instance. I have never met one person that has killed, or nearly escaped a bad situation with their life intact that wants to regale people with the story. Generally those that do are lying.Wow. Don't stop to think that perhaps he was just curious. Perhaps he wished to learn from the experience of others so as not to repeat life-threatening mistakes. To respond in such a manner second-guessing the intent isn't very mod-like.
You were in the wrong. Did you check to see what was behind the berm or where your ricochets were going? Did you yell to see if there was anyone else in the area? Had your head not been in your *** in the first place, the whole situation would never have happened.My whole life I never heard stories about death from my military family members until I enlisted. Then they were almost lining up to give me their experiences. I saw grown-combat-hardened men cry and felt the sadness still in their hearts even after 10-50 years. It scares me.
When I was camping with my fiance once, I only had Mini 14 on me just for fun. I shot it at a berm a couple of times before a hike. While putting on my pack, I set my rifle down and I heard foot steps behind me. I turned around to see 2 shotgun weilding men obviously angry. They told me that I had been shooting at them and that if they saw me around this place again that I would learn my lesson. I had been shooting into a berm 20 feet away and obviously not at them, but I wasnt about to argue my case knowing that my rifel was 2 yards away while these men were 3 feet away. I apologized and told them I had no intentions of sparking an incident, and that we should all cool down and move along. Pushing and such followed, and eventually I had a shot gun pointed at my gut. I put my hands up and asked them if we could leave. I packed up under their supervision while my fiance (girlfriend at the time) stayed in the tent until we got into my old Dakota and sped off. I got to the road and called the police with the area that these men were in and told them the situation, making sure the police knew they were armed. I never found out what had happened to them but Ive been back to that area a couple of times and never saw them, so I assume its safe now.
It was honestly terrifying to be in that situation, not for my sake but just knowing my girlfriend was unarmed was very scary for me. Having a loaded .223 right by me but not being able to get it felt so stupid and scary. I thank god almighty that it was barely physical and nobody got hurt (other than my pride).
From this, I learned the importance speaking softly and carrying a big stick. Both my fiance and I carry .38spc revolvers on our hips anytime we enter the rocky mountains, and we both know how to use them. At the same time, Im a strong advocate of de-escalation of a volatile situation. Whenever possible, leave without anybody getting hurt, but if necessary, hurt someone so you may go home alive.
Still, this situation put alot of fear into me, and I am honestly paranoid in situations that feel like they could go bad, which may someday turn into a good thing.
My advice is just to remember diplomacy, but if that doesnt work then protect yourself however possible.
Oh almighty master, please enlighten me with your knowledge of surroundings of Sugar Loaf Mountain, Colorado. Please tell me about the fact that I camp and shoot there many times throughout the year, please enlighten me on the fact that the berm is against a steep mountain that no one can camp on . Please tell me about how my bullets went into the dirt and into the mountain while I was shooting downhill into a berm with nothing behind it but steep mountain face.You were in the wrong. Did you check to see what was behind the berm or where your ricochets were going? Did you yell to see if there was anyone else in the area? Had your head not been in your *** in the first place, the whole situation would never have happened.