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Old 06-19-2017, 05:42 AM   #1
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I had to draw and fire in self defense

My wife and I walk our 2 german shepherds every weekend together... We live on a gravel country road... Sunday morning walk, a raccoon attacked us.... It was to say the least a fight to the death. I had to draw and fire from 10 ft at a moving target trying to kill my dogs... On command my dogs stood down for a second, i fired 4 rounds and killed the raccoon.
The reason i post this, I never saw my sights, I never saw my dogs, I saw the threat and fired till it stopped....
I had 3 hits, last one thru the face that ended the fight.
The adrenline dump was much for an old guy like me, 48 not 28 anymore...
I do not have any recall other than my wife screaming, dogs barking, and ending the fight.
My dogs are fine, my wife said Im her hero... I can only think about what if I wasnt carrying my gun.... How fulking helpless id have been.....
2nd thing, dont waste money on fancy sights, u never see em when it matters.
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:51 AM   #2
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good job
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:53 AM   #3
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Thank God, your wife, yourself, and your pets are safe. What an experience!
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Glad you were able to handle the situation and everyone is ok. Thanks for the after-action evaluation and experience with the sights.
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You did what was necessary, glad to hear all is well.
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I'm glad everything turned out in your favor!

It's not only human predators we have to guard against. Urbanization has created wildlife that are unafraid of humans.
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Wow, even on a wild animal, it must have been very intense to use your weapon to protect your family. Glad it turned out for the best. Would you share what you were carrying?
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Amazing. The last fight I had a fight with a raccoon I had a no canine backup and was armed only with a broom. I won (of course, still here to tell the tale), however, I was 28 at the time and in great shape. I was in California at the time visiting family, so packing wouldn't have been an option. Now that I've gotten older, I am scared to go back and visit because I can't pack there and fear a similar incident.
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Being that i have some medical training in advanced combat wounds I had to go back and disect the critter... Last bullet entered forhead and lodged in rectum. Broke the sturnum, exploded the heart, and killed everything in between. First 3 shots 2 lung hits and a miss. But it was still moving towards us. Been outa the game for a long time, first time in many years ive gone red.... And it was just an animal! Had many bourbons last night, took today off.
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Weapon was my P227 230gr hst
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Glad it wasn't a BG you had to shoot.
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"Terminate, with extreme prejudice." Rabid possibly? Bravo!
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First item, Congratulations. While others are not aware, Raccoons are the most likely to carry the Rabies virus of the Semi Domesticated animals. SO when you encounter one that is very aggressive like that, they are either ill, Or defending a Litter nearby.

I say "Semi Domesticated" because like others I have raised them as a Very Young kid. They are intelligent (More then dogs or cats) and easily domesticated in a home. They will use a Litter box exclusively once they see the cats do it.

The two problems with them are
1. They are nocturnal. So unless you are a night owl, they will usually keep you up most of the night. (They love and thrive on Dry Cat food.)
2. They are natural climbers. So much worse then Cats. You will find them in the house always climbing up to the highest point. Which is bad on Drapes. (Past experience)

Second Item. You have encountered the famous "Combat Freeze" and "Tunnel Vision" that troops have to train to avoid. We humans are Binocular omnivore and as such have a tendency to get "Target Focused". and after a conflict, you have to let the adrenaline bleed off.

Better you encounter this with a animal then humans. Humans are usually slower and larger so they easier to hit. But they bleed a lot longer.
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"Terminate, with extreme prejudice." Rabid possibly? Bravo!
Both dogs get a rabbies booster this morning... I wore gloves and was not exposed to fluids.
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Good job. Glad everyone is safe.
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