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.


  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:


      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?


    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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