Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Standing Post Edition

Fred Ricciutti’s a Korean War vet who got through the ordeal carrying a WWII German Luger. That ol’ Nazi heater’s still serving him well and may have saved his life last night when a burglar broke into his home in Elizabeth Township, Pennsylvania through a kitchen window. And to hear the 84-year-old Fred tell the tale, it sounds like he did his share of sentry duty during his time in the service . . .

We get the story from

According to police, Raymond Hills, 25, fled from the Elizabeth Township home just after 4:30 a.m. when 84-year-old Fred Ricciutti shot him with the German Luger he used in the Korean War.

“I said ‘Halt, who’s there?'” said Ricciutti. “I’m thinking, friend or foe, he shouldn’t be there that time of day.”

Hills headed for the hills after he felt Ricciutti’s 9mm of GTFO graze the back of his neck. That’s when Ricciutti dialed 5-o who tackled him a few blocks away. All’s well that ends well, nein?


  1. avatar Thomas Paine says:

    seems like when defensive gun users use C&R firearms, they get
    a lot better press.

    1. avatar Pascal says:

      I believe its when its elderly person doing the shooting versus the
      C&R firearm. Nobody want to say anything bad about grand
      pappy…..but if it was a young whipper snapper, all would be lost
      in context and the rush to hang him.

      1. avatar Rich Keagy says:

        Of course. It’s called ‘respecting your elders’.

  2. avatar ready,fire,aim says:

    stand your ground pop’s……(too soon??)

  3. avatar Pro.0s says:

    Was the ammo from WWII or Korea too? Because that would just be

  4. avatar KA-BAR-A-RANG says:

    I hope he got to keep his piece it’d be a shame to lose that to a
    evidence room.

  5. avatar Sanchanim says:

    Good for him!!! You know I say we ban all old people, I mean they seem to be shooting up our towns and what about the young innocent criminals??? Ok sarcasm off now.. Here is another one too. You may not like cops, but his parents see dollar signs I think.. Very biased reporting indeed..

    1. avatar Moonshine7102 says:

      Okay; I’ll bite. How’d the pistol end up 30′ away from him? It is hard to imagine that one’s instict when shot is to toss your weapon as far as possible.

      1. avatar 101abn says:

        I suspect the “suspect” threw it to get rid of it. I could be wrong. If you just tried to break into a house, and got shot at, having the police catch you with the firearm might be more of a problem. The guy having to make noise breaking in gave the man enough time to have a little surprise of his own waiting. A professional might have “stood his ground” and killed the man. Not too many pros do small time stuff.

        1. avatar Moonshine7102 says:

          Read the story San posted. Different shooting.

  6. avatar Tom says:

    The Goblin can now boast that he was shot with an authentic WWII Lugar while snuggling next to Bubba.

  7. avatar Jay Dunn says:

    The “Nazi” gun was the Walther P38 for the military. The Gestapo used the PPK.

  8. avatar tdiinva says:

    Was this a real DGU? After all the perp is still breathing. We need the usual suspect to adjudicate this.

    1. avatar rosignol says:

      Yes. Tango down is a bonus, not a requirement.

      1. avatar Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

        We could use some more bonuses…

  9. avatar sdog says:

    hardcore old dude, awesome.

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