Saturday, July 20, 2013

ACEs...

ACE: Always Carry Everywhere. FarmDad sent in this story to warm my black little heart...

Motorcyclist turns tables on would-be robbers near Colorado Springs
They say never to bring a knife to a gunfight.

Such was the case Wednesday night in unincorporated El Paso County.

Three men who reportedly tried to rob a motorcyclist at knifepoint got a big surprise when the motorcyclist hit one of the men and then pulled out a gun.

The motorcyclist is damn lucky they didn't just hit him and take his wallet while he was laying on the ground. You're quite vulnerable on a motorcycle - even the largest touring monstrosity weighs several times less than the smallest car, plus there's that whole balance thing. (Watch this video, sent in by Tango, about an idiot biker apparently brake-checking a car. And losing. Badly). The biker pulled over to put on more gear - something most of us have done at one point or another when riding - and got mugged when he stopped.

I can't tell you the number of times I've stopped to put on my helmet at the MA border, or to retrieve rain gear, or to stow my jacket on a really hot day. Generally I can find a gas station parking lot or convenience store to pull into, but in more rural areas it's not hard to find a big empty patch of roadside. It seems like this motorcyclist was aware of his surroundings, because he sure didn't waste any time drawing down.

Now, here's another thing to think about. Outside of that local paper, who do you think would have heard about this incident, say, 20 years ago? Certainly not some guy living in Massachusetts. It used to be a lot harder to find instances of positive DGUs (Defensive Gun Uses) - and even today, with all the access we have, I saw on Facebook just yesterday someone accusing the FBI of lying about DGUs. The figure of up to 2 million DGUs a year was called bogus - they couldn't believe that many successful uses of firearms could actually occur.

Personally, I think that number is far too low - and I mean in how DGUs are reported. Think about it - if the biker hadn't gone to the police (which, BTW, he was VERY smart to do), what record would there have been? It's unlikely that the three guys in the Honda would have gone to the local police station and admitted to attempting to rob someone, only to be thwarted by a firearm. The odds are pretty great that this would never have been reported. Heck, I've had more than one DGU that was never reported to any authority - in all cases, simply *having* the firearm on my person was sufficient to stop the threat.

Be careful out there, and carry your damn guns, people...

That is all.

6 comments:

LCB said...

So...any opinion on the best way to carry on a bike? I've done inside the waistband and in my vest. I'm thinking the vest may prove to be better, only because a typical thief may not expect me to draw from there. "Just give me a sec to grab my wallet..."

Jay G said...

I've found that either back pocket carry of the Bodyguard 380 or OWB for the Officer's 1911 / S&W Model 13 work fine. One of the great things about motorcycle jackets/gear is that it's all black, so a black holster with a black gun is virtually invisible even if the jacket rides up.

And the pocket holster in the back pocket has two things going for it:

1. You're sitting on it when riding, so it's invisible; and
2. If someone does try to mug you, what do they want? Your wallet. Where do most men keep their wallets? Their back pockets... It's the most natural thing in the world to say "Yeah, sure thing, just don't hurt me man" while you reach for what looks like your wallet but is in fact your CCW...

Old NFO said...

Attention to surroundings is another key... And they also make a chest harness/holster for motorcycle riders...

Anonymous said...

I've motorcycle-carried with a shoulder holster for decades. Works well, although I have to find an isolated corner of the parking lot to switch between motorcycle jacket to the shoot-me-first vest I keep in the saddlebag.

LCB said...

My vest has a concealed carry pocket in it on both sides. Carrying an extra mag on the opposite side tends to balance out the weight.

Geodkyt said...

Jay, that's why I really like my behind the right hip IWB carry. It puts the grip right where my hand has to go to fetch my wallet anyway.