I wasn’t going to share this because in the end, there was no actual event, but after reading about someone else’s experience with a threat, I thought maybe I should, if nothing other than self-reflection for better preparation next time if needed. So, @Jeffrey26, thank for the inspiration.
My wife and I were up to our usual shenanigans as empty-nester’s at home on a Saturday night (which is going to bed early) when we heard a loud noise in our Lanai. It sounded like our screen door slammed shut, but I knew I had shut both doors and locked them. A minute later we heard it again. I had my wife get on the ground, grabbed my EDC, and got her cell phone off the table to give to her. We heard it again, so I told her to get into our safe area, gave her my EDC, and told her if she hears anything besides my voice to call 911.
I grabbed my AR and took a peak through the blinds to see if I could visual identity the source of the noise and then took up a defensive position. From here I have a vantage point at almost all entry ways of the house. After a couple of minutes of not hearing anything, I decided to venture out into the house and then eventually into the Lanai to see if I can find anything and luckily I could not. Fortunately for us, it was nothing more than the wind blowing one of our palm trees into the metal structure of the pool cage, creating a very loud noise. After reflecting on the event as I lay in bed afterwords, I realized what I did wrong and what I did pretty well.
What went well:
- Remained calm
- Got my wife into our safe space with communication and defensive tools (she is familiar with operating the firearm)
- Grabbed an appropriate defensive tool
- Took up my planned defensive position to ascertain what might be happening and where I should put my attention at
- Cleared the house to ensure there was no threat or event to take action on.
What didn’t go so well:
- I pulled my EDC which doesn’t have a light on it when my HD firearm has one.
- Left the flashlight on the table instead taking it with me or giving to my wife
- Grabbed my AR (which is still fairly new to me) when I should have grabbed my Pistol
- I completely forgot to load a round in the Chamber of the AR.
In the end it was a good, first “drill” for a home defensive scenario. I hope we don’t have to do that again, but that is why were are armed - to protect ourselves. Trimming the palms this coming weekend will be item 1 on this weekends to do list.