This isn't as exciting as most posts here but I'm certain that having a firearm saved me. I was metal detecting in a park that I hadn't been to before. It was getting dark, but the park was well lighted. Also, it finally cooled off enough that it was comfortable. Even so, I planned on leaving soon.
A man on a porch, of his house, yelled: "Look at that white boy trying to find gold!" I heard him even though I had headphones covering
my ears. I decided that I should leave soon.
A few minutes later, I noticed rapid movement and I looked up to see three teenagers, who were on bicycles, rapidly approaching me from three directions. They stopped 3 feet from me and had me surrounded.
One said: "What's that medal detector worth?". His tone of voice and the fact that he asked what it was worth, not what did it cost - alarmed me even more.
I was carrying a 1911 .45, with two 10 round extra magazines in a Thunder Wear holster. I was wearing shorts and a untucked T-shirt. I told them how it cost and I hoped I could pay off the credit card since I was living on a disability income. I then asked them if they wanted to see how it worked.
I moved it to my left arm and that forced them to gather around on my left side. I would point out things with my right hand and then I would put my hand at my waistline with my thumb hooked over the waist band of my shorts, touching my pistol.
They thanked me and peddled away. I'm convinced that how I handled the incident saved me. But I would not have been so calm if I wasn't armed. I think my calmness and the position of my right hand made them think twice.
I left after I watched them ride off in the opposite direction of where my vehicle was parked. I'm absolutely convinced that they had planned to rob me, at the least.