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Old January 5th, 2014, 08:47 AM   #1
 
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The story of a Ruger that saved two lives

This happened in 1993. sorry this is long winded, but it is a good story...

I was renting a house with my wife that was owned by her step-great grandmother. The house behind us (about 30 yards away) was owned by the step-great grandmother's brother (Floyd).
The brother next door had installed a single wide trailer for his grand-daughter (and her unemployed husband) to live in so she could be close and help take care of her aging grandparents.

This granddaughter's husband was a weasel, thief, lowlife, wife abusing dirt bag. While looking for money to score drugs, he came upon Floyd's Ruger Speed Six .38 revolver. He liberated the gun and sold it for drug money.

Floyd at the time did not know who had stolen his gun, but he reported it to the police and his insurance.

Floyd knew that I was into guns and asked for assistance in finding another Speed Six.

I was able to find one at the gun show and arranged for Floyd to meet the guy and buy the gun. So far so good.

A few days, while high on meth, the husband beats the crap out of the grand-daughter. She calls cops, he goes to jail, a protection order is issued.

A week or two later, the county released him from jail and notifies the grand-daughter that he was out on bail.

The grand-daughter calls my wife, who was at home (30 yards away) to tell her that her husband had been released from jail and to keep a look out. While the conversation was going on my German Shepard chased a man (the grand-daughter's husband) out from a tree in our backyard. My wife watched him run for the back door of Floyd's house. She told them to be prepared for him to break down the door (he was kicking on it).
My wife then hung up and dialed 911, before the operator could get any information my wife heard two quick gun shots, followed by a 3rd one.

Floyd was given just enough warning to get his Speed Six (that I found for him) and shot the husband twice in the chest, when he looked like he might take another step, Floyd hit him again.

The gun was a .38 special model, loaded with +P hollow points

here is a link to the news story

Local News | Estranged Husband Killed In Shooting | Seattle Times Newspaper



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Old January 5th, 2014, 08:52 AM   #2
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Sad you had to take a life but sometimes it is necessary.
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Great story TCB. And, as far as I'm concerned, one with a happy ending.
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Did Floyd have any issues after taking a life? The NRA says it's not to be taken lightly, counseling is generally recommended for the shooter.
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Wow! What a story! Thanks for sharing!
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Not sad at all. A bad person taken off the streets and out of the world. It would be a much better place if we could get rid of more scumbags like this. I think like Ted Nugent. THe best criminals are dead ones. Period.
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Good old .38 does the job again
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Did Floyd have any issues after taking a life? The NRA says it's not to be taken lightly, counseling is generally recommended for the shooter.
no not at all, he was 87 at the time, a tough old buzzard. His biggest complaint was the cops held onto his gun for 2 weeks....
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...His biggest complaint was the cops held onto his gun for 2 weeks....
That's why you need to own at least two guns...
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That's why you need to own at least two guns...
at least 2, LOL.
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I added the story to my blog if anyone is interested....

24th anniversary today

TINCANBANDIT's Gunsmithing: The Story of a Gun that Saved Two Lives
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Ah, I'm sure he was just trying to get enough money to return to Bug Tussle. Were his dying words, "Welllll doggies"?

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