Just Drew Firearm On Someone, Let’s Analyze The Situation


If the day comes that you ever have to draw your firearm in self-defense, so many things will be happening in the moments after the incident. And sometimes, you could find yourself dissecting the situation to see –and make sure– that you did everything correctly.

In the heat of the moment, though, with the adrenaline storming through your system, we could potentially make bad decisions.

Reddit user ccwthrowaway11 posted his real-life scenario that seems to have played out sometime in the past few days. His story can be found here, as well as below. Let’s read it, analyze, and then share your thoughts in the comments section below.

How was the below situation handled, based on the information we have? Would you have done anything differently?

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Context: So I live in an apartment with my fiancee and happen to live directly above where my father lives with my two younger brothers. The middle brother (from now on: Doug) is a drug addict and is currently going through the court process, hopefully ending in some kind of rehab. Until that time arrives, his lifestyle choices have brought around many unsavorable characters and “friends.”

My dad is at work until later tonight, only my youngest brother (Charles) and my step mother were home.

I hear loud pounding on a door (not mine) from my apartment but don’t think much of it. About 3-4 min later I realize I’m still hearing the pounding.

I get up and throw my sig in my pocket holster and go check things out.

I walk downstairs to a stranger African-American (this is mostly a latino community, only reason I am mentioning race) that doesn’t appear to belong.


My youngest brother is at the door and the first thing he says when he sees me is “help!”

I ask the man what he wants. He claims Doug had apparently told him he would store his property for him and he could return at a later time to get it. He mentioned being homeless. At this point I let him know that Doug isn’t home and that if he truly had made such arrangements, he would have to come back at when Doug was home.

The man starts changing his body language into a more aggressive stance and asks “So you’re not going to let me get my property?”

At this point I am starting to feel uneasy about the situation. He had been holding a bicycle and had, at this point, put it down. He took a step towards me and got into what I consider my bubble.

I drew my (loaded but not one in the chamber, I had been home from work for a few hours already) weapon and reiterated my previous statement. His demeanor completely changed and he started begging. He continued this approach until I racked my sig and loaded one in the chamber.

He immediately turned around and got on his bike quick. I feel like I blacked out.

I walked back upstairs and was shaking for a little bit. Called my dad at work, called my fiancee, and went through the scenario in my head.

Blah. Comment what you will. Did I do wrong, did I do right? What would you have done? I’m genuinely interested. Did I just leave myself open to an attack later?

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There you have it. Chime in below with your thoughts.

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

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  • Kevin Riley

    I’m not sure why you mentioned that you had been home for a few hours after you mentioned that there was no round in the chamber. Do you carry without a round chambered everywhere except home?
    My comment would be that if you’re going to carry – carry ready for action. You weren’t ready. If he had jumped you or shoved the bike towards you, you would’ve had no way to fight back with an unchambered round.
    I would suggest that the yougest brother stay at YOUR apartment when your middle brother or dad isn’t home.

  • Louie Sears

    Maybe next time stay in your home, and when you do leave chamber a round before. You put yourself in the position. Right or wrong you where lucky. Don’t do that.

  • Garry Upton

    I am not a lawyer. If I’m ever in a situation where I am in fear of my life, but it’s not yet time to pull the trigger, my plan is to get loud. Shout at the guy (before, while, or after drawing), “YOU NEED TO LEAVE! DON’T COME ANY CLOSER! I AM ARMED AND WILL DEFEND MYSELF! SOMEONE CALL 911! STOP!” Of course, if you are in immediate danger, you shut up and start shooting. Shouting will draw attention to what’s going on, so anyone nearby will look and hopefully call the police. It makes anyone in earshot a witness that you gave verbal warning that you were afraid for your life and ready to use lethal force.

    In your case, you knew you were holding a paperweight, so getting it out and charged was a decision you had to make in advance. If it was ready to go while in your pocket, it’s possible you could have waited a bit longer to expose your weapon. You didn’t tell us: when you drew your weapon and he started begging (I’m assuming he was begging for his stuff), did he continue moving towards you or did he back out of your “bubble”? Did you move to put some more space between you and to clear whatever was behind him if you pulled the trigger?

    I don’t think you did anything wrong or that would incite him to come back for you later. I’d get the rest of the family in a room, tell your brother to not ever put you in that situation again, find out the rest of the story from him and make sure if you run across this guy again, you know what to tell him about “his stuff”. Also make sure the younger brother knows to never open the door like that again.

  • Buddy Alton

    He approached you in an aggressive manner. You did not know to what level he had been trained for combat, what weapons he might have had hidden, nor his intent in approaching you. You feared for your safety & drew a weapon to ensure your survival. I think you did no wrong.

  • Ray Houthuysen

    Keep a round chambered whenever the gun is in your control. Be prepared to bark orders

  • dragos111

    OK, you are at home after a long day at work. Your Sig does not have a round in the chamber. Sounds like a familiar scenario to me. Now you hear loud knocking on a door below. It goes on long enough to be alarming. You pick up the Sig in case you have to defend yourself and you shove it into your pocket.

    What could possibly be going through your head at that time? You feel threatened enough by sounds coming from below that you arm yourself. But, you do not chamber a round?

    What would you expect if you had to draw that weapon? “Excuse me, sir, while I cock this fine handgun.”?

    We know nothing about your proximity to the “bad guy”, so we cannot judge that. You know your brother is a potential source of danger and you are walking into that. The very first mistake made was to not cock and load the Sig.

  • Michael Fisher

    I only have a few suggestions. One: become comfortable enough to carry with one in the chamber all of the time. Those seconds to rack the slide could make a difference one day, not to mention the possibility of having to shoot 1 handed. 2: I would get a job lethal defensive option as I personally believe shooting an unarmed person is generally wrong. Non lethal options are good in case you need to use force to deescalate a threat but it has not reached a point where lethal force is justified

  • Charlie Carter

    Carry one in the chamber.

  • Bob Rogers

    Hmmm. Well, I’m sure you know what I would say about a round in the chamber. That being said, I’m not sure what I would have done if I were you, none of do unless we are put in situation ourselves.

    In hindsight, sitting here comfortably, playing armchair quarterback, I might have told Doug to close the door, go back inside, and call the police. Then I would ensure there was distance between me and the bad guy and tell him he should leave. If he doesn’t approach me, I would proceed to walk back to my apt. If he sits in common area and does nothing I’d let the police handle it. If he takes aggressive action where I feel my, or someone else’s life, was in great danger I would draw my weapon (with chambered round) and say, “I consider your actions aggressive, I feel I need to protect myself, don’t make me shoot you… Leave the premises immediately!”.

    My thoughts… Thanks for sharing your story and opening it up to the group.

  • Frank H Alford

    Having the awareness to bring your gun outside to check out the knocking was a good thing, I don’t understand not chambering a round before going outside. Never been in the situation so I can’t really say what I would have done. But from the outside looking in, I say you did the right thing. Once you felt threatened you responded. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jim Screws

    I carry at home. I also don’t open the door just because the doorbell rings. I always look over the transom to observe who is on the other side. Drives the wife nuts! LOL! To which I reply that there is no law that says I have to open our door to everyone!

  • CJ Minnesota

    Sounds like a lesson learned with the lack of condition 1 carry. Good that the learning situation turned out in your favor. That is a normal situation for a great deal of people who carry and didn’t jump out at me as the most important thing to discuss. As I was reading my mind had jumped ahead to the end, trying to predict what the ending would be. And you detail that you call a few people and talk through the situation. HOWEVER, the one call that you didn’t make, and SHOULD always make, especially when dealing with someone who is likely more personally familiar with the legal system; CALL 911! Keep it short, indicate that you were ATTACKED and that you drew your weapon in self defense and that no shots were fired and that the attacker has fled. Leave contact information in case you need to be contacted about the incident. Nothing more needs to be said. What you DON’T want to happen is have your attacker be the first to call 911 and claim that they were just visiting a friend and some crazy guy with a handgun chased him away, making you now the aggressor in the eyes of the law. While you may be able to more credible and clear things up, it is much easier if you were the first to report the incident.

    It isn’t always about what mistakes did I make DURING the incident. You walked away, so WIN. The mistakes we make AFTER clearing leather can be very costly and life ruining.

    Hopefully your story just ended before detailing that portion, though that was the part I was most interested in reading.

    • OneOfTheGoodGuys

      Always call 911 ASAP. If you don’t they might … then you could be screwed.