Stories of Armed Self Defense

courtesy of American Rifleman

Sitting at home, a couple was in the living room when they heard loud banging on their kitchen door. Going to investigate, the woman’s husband went to the other room and saw a young man hitting the door while demanding to see a girlfriend.

The homeowner ordered the man to leave. Refusing, the man reached his arm through the pet door to grab the doorknob and unlock it. However, the homeowner knocked away the man’s arm. Then the man began throwing rocks at the door before breaking a window.

The homeowner warned the man repeatedly that he had a gun and would shoot in defense. Undeterred, the man eventually unlocked the back door, and yelled as he entered. The armed citizen fired his pistol once, striking the man in the leg in an apparent effort to stop him.

As the man fell to the floor, the homeowner subdued him until police arrived. Criminal charges were pending against the intruder, who was treated at a hospital for his leg wound. (, Oro Valley, Ariz., 3/31/19)

Armed Citizen Extra
In yet another story from the streets of Chicago, a concealed-carry holder managed to fend off an assailant in the city's southwest side one Monday. While walking into the alleyway of an apartment complex, a man with a drawn handgun approached the would-be victim.

Determined to not become a victim, however, the man drew his pistol and shot the mugger in the head. He was taken to a nearby hospital, in critical condition. (Chicago Sun Times, Chicago, Ill., 5/27/19)

From the Armed Citizen® Archives
June 1972

When two would-be robbers entered Charles Calinis' New Haven, Conn., grocery store, one immediately drew a pistol and placed it at the owner's head. Calinis managed to reach his own .22 pistol and wound one intruder. The other fled. (Bridgeport Post, Bridgeport, Conn.)