True Stories

Get inspired by true stories of armed self-defense and other real-life incidents involving the use of firearms.

Would-Be Robber Shot Dead
Sten Jackson — January 1, 2004

A 76-year-old Newberry Springs, California, man was awakened by the sounds of someone breaking into his home in the early morning hours. The resident retrieved a handgun and confronted the intruder. As he held the would-be robber at gunpoint and dialed 9-1-1, the interloper made a threatening move…

Drunken Man and Two Mechanics Mired in Standoff
Sten Jackson — January 1, 2004

The drunken man asked the clerk in an Anchorage, Alaska, gas station to call him a cab, then in a fit of agitation at being asked to wait for it outside, pulled a gun and attempted to rob the place. Alerted by the clerk, two mechanics, one of them armed…

Football Debt Turns Violent
Sten Jackson — January 1, 2004

Gunshots erupted in the evening tranquility of the Colorado Springs, Colorado, neighborhood after an argument over a football debt turned violent, leaving two men wounded. From opposite ends of the street, two armed homeowners, insurance salesman Vaughn Zimmerman and cable company manager Tony…

Thugs Arrested and Charged
Sten Jackson — January 1, 2004

The gun shoved in night manager Eric Golden’s face during a robbery two weeks before at the Nashville, Tennessee, restaurant where he worked was enough to prompt him to start carrying his own firearm. Ten days later, evidently emboldened by the easy pickings, the same two bandits returned to…

Robbers Pose as Customers
Sten Jackson — January 1, 2004

District Attorney Robert Schwarz refused to charge an Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dunkin’ Donuts employee with any wrongdoing after the armed store clerk killed one of two would be robbers. The two suspects had entered the store posing as customers. When the clerk turned to get their donuts they drew…

Armed Robber Arrested at Nearby Hospital
Sten Jackson — January 1, 2004

The bandit brazenly barged into the Rochester, New York, market, shoving a gun into the face of the owner’s wife, who was working behind the counter, and demanding cash. The owner witnessed the confrontation and quickly pulled his own handgun out, shooting the armed robber. Hit in the arm,…