The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
Perhaps I should carry a cup of coffee, too. 'Tis a pity, though. I don't drink coffee.
Well, he is short...
I roffled at that story. Too bad Caleb didn't have the chance to pop a .25 ACP bullet into the little prick's eye... but all's well that ends well.
Hold on now, KdT; why would he want to make the mugger angry after he'd already scared him off?
That post was made of awesome. I hope the little prick needed a change of underwear.
Probably they both did, but I hope the goblin definitely did.
Bet'cha it wasn't decaf!
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Boiling hot coffee is as good as pepper spray in many respects.
Me either, but I've made the mistake of taking a sip of fresh-brewed Earl Grey before I'd let it cool enough. That'd tend to serve, I think.
Nicely handled with the coffee. I think any hot beverage would've done as well, and probably most cold beverages as well, but he thought and acted quickly and that made the difference.
But a *.25*? He's lucky he didn't have to back up his coffee with a shot, cause if he'd hit the perp and the perp had noticed, he might've been pissed off. :/ A .25 beats nothing, but not by much.
Two lessons I take away from this. First, in a self-defense situation, don't limit yourself to the obvious weapons. Impromptu and improvised can work. Second, if you won't carry the gun you have everywhere, *get one you will*, preferably a .380 or highter, definitely no smaller than a .32.
I disagree with Sakeneko. I personally love the 1911, because I have huge hands and I like to be ready for a large PCP user or other Very Bad Things. However, your average knife armed mugger is not going to think "Hmm, that's only a .25, I don't mind digging one of those out of me if I can knife my target and get the 50 bucks he might have in his wallet."
Personally I think some of the fretting over carry caliber is unnecessary. The best gun is the one you have with you. Most criminals won't be killing you just for the hell of it. Most will want to take your money, and they will not risk getting shot, "small bullet" or not, for the contents of your wallet.
The issue is when you get into a serious multiple threat/non-rational attacker scenario. I think tucking a PPK or Chief's Special into your pocket before heading out for a late night Wawa/7-11 run is a perfectly acceptable risk, and certainly better the not having a gun at all.
I think too many in the CCW community focus on the threat of someone coming in at them without hesitation or calculation, when the far more likely threat is a mugger who wants to make easy money. Yeah, you could face an MS-13 crew mistaking your address for their rivals. That's why the claymores are wired into the siding of the house and the shed has a 300 pound ANFO charge buried under it :D.
Putting your bullets in his face, whatever caliber you're shooting, makes the whole thing academic.
Careful, the perp will probably bring a lawsuit against starbucks for allowing the coffee to get too hot. (and he'd probably win)
As for the size of the gun, it is better to carry anything than to have a monstrous manstopper sitting in a drawer at home.
Do you think the perp was looking at the gun and thinking "hey, that gun looks small, I can take it"? The coffee probably startled him out of him mind and left him unable to think properly. All he could think was "gun" and left it at that.
It's my sincerest hope that when said scumbag tells the story to his scumbag friends, that the "fish story" rules kick in. In his retelling, I probably pulled an M4 Carbine on him and fired 7 or 8 rounds.
"He Was Compensating for the Size of His Penis . . .
...with a .25?"
Maybe Brother Caleb just has a large dick.
He DID say the Jetfire was in a pocket holster, so there might not be much room left for anything larger.