Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Vance West

Vance West is a 92-year-old cattle rancher who lives alone on a 100 acre spread outside Bois D’Arc, Missouri in the southwest corner of the state. The area’s had some trouble lately with a number of thefts and break-ins. West himself has lost $3,000 in equipment to thieves recently. And you don’t get to be a 92-year-old rancher by being a shrinking violet. So when he caught three of dudes with larceny in their hearts jumping his fence again last week, he was armed . . .


‘He started climbing over the gate, and I told him not to climb over.  He climbed over anyway, so I pulled a gun on him,’ West told a reporter from

I told him, “Do you see where it’s cocked?”  He says, “I can see,”‘ West said. ‘He was sassy. He told me he wasn’t going to do it.’

‘See, there’s where they left,’ he told a reporter, pointing out tire tracks.  ‘They will be back.  I think they will be back.’

They may have gotten away this time, but Mr. West figures three’s the charm. He wants another crack at them.

‘I hope I could catch them one more time – one! I have no respect for a thief. I have no respect for them. They work harder at that than they would a job,’ the farmer said.

Now, what was that about old guys and their guns?