I Carry a Gun Because a Frying Pan is Not Always Available

[Brandon Arnold and Tessa Gerdes and seven of their Chino Valley friends, including three children] were getting ready to make breakfast at about 6:45 a.m. when a large animal jumped out of the bushes onto the back of Arnold’s dog Apollo, a 90-pound lab-pit bull mix,” prescottaz.com reports. “‘It was hard to tell what it was when it jumped out of there covered with grass and smelling like a skunk,’ Arnold’s friend Donald Jones said. ‘I thought it was somebody’s dog, so I was just pissed off somebody brought a mean dog to camp.’ Jones grabbed the neck of both the animals to try to pull them apart. That’s when they all figured out the other animal wasn’t a dog . . .

Jones let go real fast.

“I started screaming at the top of my lungs, ‘Holy (bleep), it’s a mountain lion!'” Arnold recalled.

The lion ran into the mesquite bushes and Apollo ran after it while the men frantically looked for the nearest weapon. Jones grabbed a camping table and Arnold grabbed a 14-inch cast-iron skillet heating up on the propane stove. Arnold got to the lion and dog fight first and did what he had to do to save Apollo.

“The first time I had a clear shot I just swung the pan and hit him right on the head,” Arnold said. “It was like a cartoon – he just kind of stopped and I hit him again. He got stiff and fell over.”

He hit it several more times, then another friend shot it a couple of times just to make sure it was dead.”

In case you missed it, nature is red in tooth in claw. How about the chick who ran a mile with a rabid fox locked on her arm a few years back? (Got her on Letterman.) A rabid fox attacked a friend of mine a few years back. He ended up killing it with a rock. He carries a .45 now in the woods.

Anyway, hiking all day tomorrow. Armed.

comments

  1. avatar Ralph says:

    When all you have is a frying pan, everything looks like an egg.

    1. avatar Graybeard says:

      Dunno about this editor. My reply is supposed to say:

      “ouch”

      Good pun. Wish I’d thought of it.

    2. avatar Phydeaux says:

      When I have a frying pan, everything looks like BACON!

  2. avatar Phil says:

    Is that cameraman in that picture a ghost? That dude looks scared.

    1. avatar bontai Joe says:

      I think just about anyone that had to kill an attacking mountain lion with a frying pan would look like that.

  3. avatar Charlie says:

    Only 14-inches? Did he have a tax stamp?

    Buh-dum-tiss

    1. avatar Sanchanim says:

      Don’t forget to tip your waitress.

  4. avatar Tom says:

    Internet is just crap.
    Did he have a skillet permit? Skillets are incredibly dangerous. Only qualified LEO and Military personnel should carry them.

  5. avatar racer88 says:

    Did the pan have a silencer? Or did it go, “PING!”??

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Great weapons all go “PING”

  6. avatar Sanchanim says:

    LMAO He has that look on his face like OMG!!! I killed an f**ing mountain lion with a frying pan!

  7. avatar Jim March says:

    I have to pan this story, clearly written by somebody fried and unable to bring home the bacon. The people involved should be grilled properly to see if those pot-heads really stove that thing’s head in. If it’s true I’ll have egg on my face, but right now it looks like no particular skill(et) was involved.

    🙂

    1. avatar racer88 says:

      We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy! 😉

      Now see if you can work in the “pot… kettle…” phrase. 😉

      1. avatar R says:

        Heater + double tap = win!

  8. avatar Joseph says:

    And people ask me why I carry a gun to take out the garbage…75 feet fron the front door.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Everybody knows that garbage can be really dangerous.

  9. avatar 101abn says:

    Prime example of using what you got. On wild ferocious animals, or humans.

  10. avatar Wiebelhaus says:

    Now this is freaking awesome.

  11. avatar Jay W. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the title of this story!

  12. avatar bruce says:

    I’ve got a chocolate lab-pit bull mix about that same size…they are great breeds, the best of both worlds, I bet it was a good fight.

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  14. The people involved should be grilled properly to see if those pot-heads really stove that thing’s head in

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