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Here's another "armed citizen to the rescue" story. But this guy really ought to think seriously about carrying one in the pipe. What if the robber shot first? "Ruh roh!" as Scooby Doo would say. In this case, the dumb crook had an unloaded .380, but if it had been loaded, this story probably would not have ended well.

Armed customer thwarts grocery robbery
A 51-year-old man stopped a masked man from robbing a Southside grocery store and held him at gunpoint until police arrived.

Charlie Merrell was in checkout line at Bucks IGA Supermarket, 3015 S. Meridian St., when a masked man jumped a nearby counter and held a gun on a store employee at 5:17 p.m. Monday, according to a police report made public today.

While the suspect was demanding cash from the workers, the police report states that Merrell pulled his own handgun, pointed it at the robber and ordered him to put down his weapon.

When the suspect hesitated, Merrell racked the slide on his gun to load a round in the chamber, Officer Jason Bockting wrote in the report.

The suspect placed his gun and a bag of cash on the counter, dropping some of the money, police said. The suspect removed his mask and lay on the floor. Merrell held the suspect at gunpoint until officers arrived and took him away in handcuffs.

Merrell had a valid permit to carry the handgun, police said. Police recovered an unloaded .380-caliber handgun from the suspect and $779 in cash, according to the report.

Dwain Smith, 19, was arrested on initial charges of robbery, criminal confinement, pointing a firearm, battery and carrying a handgun without a license. Smith remained held this morning in the Marion County Jail with bond set at $30,000, records show.
He should have also been charged with felony stupid, sticking up a store with an empty .380. :twisted:

P.S. Extra points for old geezers like moi on the Scooby Doo reference above: What TV show was Scooby Doo patterened after with each of its main characters?

If you answered The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis you get ... nothing but a reminder how old you are. :mrgreen:
 

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When the suspect hesitated, Merrell racked the slide on his gun to load a round in the chamber, Officer Jason Bockting wrote in the report.
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He better be glad that .380 was unloaded... :shock:

And I don't mean to offend anyone, but is it just me or does it seem like a lot of the older CCWers are the ones carrying pistols without a round in the chamber? Most of the older folks I meet subscribe to this method of carry, but I can't think of a single person in or around my age group that does not carry a pistol that is ready to go...

Whatever works for ya, I suppose...
 

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I told the story to my son today and he said, "What's the purpose of carrying if you don't have it loaded and ready to go?" Exactly.

If I've got a gun with me, pocket pistol, in holster or laying on my car seat, it's condition one. When the SHTF, there most likely will not be time to rack the slide. Delay could be fatal.
 

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“ … is it just me or does it seem like a lot of the older CCWers are the ones carrying pistols without a round in the chamber? Most of the older folks I meet subscribe to this method of carry.”
Most of the older CCWers I know carry a gun that is ready to go BANG when they pull the trigger. Not a whole lot of sense doing otherwise. ‘Course, I’m in a military town with “old guys” all around who have actually been shot at, and have shot at folks in return. In my age range, over 50 (I’m 66), more than 65% of the guys have served in the military. Below the age of 40, less than 15% have served. Which group do you think is more likely to be serious minded about such things?

I’ve got an Arisaka battle rifle that I bought from a bent over, shuffling step, fiery-eyed old Marine. When I asked the geezer whether a story went with the gun, he nailed me with his eyes, and said “I didn’t like the sunnabitch that was pointing it at me.” It is in my safe right now, waiting to be passed on to one of my sons. If the shooting starts, who would you rather have covering your back: old Mr. Eagle Eye, or your friendly neighborhood Mall Ninja?

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DocChronos said:
I’ve got an Arisaka battle rifle that I bought from a bent over, shuffling step, fiery-eyed old Marine. When I asked the geezer whether a story went with the gun, he nailed me with his eyes, and said “I didn’t like the sunnabitch that was pointing it at me.” It is in my safe right now, waiting to be passed on to one of my sons. If the shooting starts, who would you rather have covering your back: old Mr. Eagle Eye, or your friendly neighborhood Mall Ninja?

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I'll take Old Eagle Eye anytime, Doc. Great story. Thanks for sharing it with us. :mrgreen:
P.S. And this old geezer always carries Condition One. Is there any other way to stay alive?
 
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