Suddenly Vulnerable

My wife and I made a trip several years ago…

My wife and I made a trip several years ago to Montana. We had a brand new car and we’re going to visit her mom and dad, whom we had not seen in several years. The trip up from Colorado Springs in the summer was a pleasant one, stopping half way for an overnight made it an easy trip. We stayed several days with them and decided we would leave Saturday afternoon go home the scenic way through Wyoming, stop half way, see something other than the interstate highway.

My intention was to get to Wyoming and stay there the night, but we arrived there around 10 PM. There was not a motel to be had. So we decided to go on. We took a highway that I’m sure is a beautiful drive in the daytime, but at night it is very dark and desolate long isolated stretch of road. About 1:00 AM my wife was asleep, I’m not sure where we were, and I saw in the mirror a car coming up from behind. This is the first car I’ve seen in a long time. The car was a big pickup truck, and it came right up on my bumper, and it stayed right there. I begin to feel uneasy. Here we were in the middle of nowhere, with no cell phone, no gun, and what does this truck on my bumper want, and why is he following me like this. What am I going to do if they run me off the road out here, how can I protect my wife? What if there are three or four of them. This went on for 30 minutes or more, and he would not pass me, I’d speed up and so would he, and always stayed four feet off my rear end. She was asleep and I was scared, this is a bad situation.

I have at home an S&W M19 .357MAG. I sure wish I had that gun with me. When we got to Rawlins and the turn-off to the main highway the big pick-up went left and we went right, I slowed down, gave a very big sigh of relief as I watched the big pickup speed off into the early morning on the lighted ramp and wondered what could have come of this. I have since got my concealed carry permit, gone to the range several times a week, shoot in a bullseye pistol league, and I never will go on a trip in the car without a handgun to protect myself and my wife. I will be prepared next time, I hope you will be too.
—SL, CO

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