We always sit facing the door, not paranoid, just cautious.
I’m almost always IWB appendix carry.All great points KLGunner and I’m exactly like you. The only thing I can add to that is with my gun on my right hip I sit in a bench seat with my gun to the inside so It can’t be easily seen and if I need to draw it I can keep it concealed until I need to use it.
"Funny, but I was doing this long before I started to carry."Sit where I can watch the door, locate exits on entrance and if given the chance I will suggest to the person seating us my table of preference. I do my best to not sit in a booth. My wife is getting pretty good at picking tables. Funny, but I was doing this long before I started to carry.
Where I live I know I'm not the only one.Sorry TSiWRX I don't have the blue prints of the building. Most certainly danger can come from any direction. For all I know someone could drop in through the air vents. I'm covering entrance and exits inside the main seating area. That's pretty much the extent I am concerned with. I'm not R2D2 and can't spin my head in circles, however if a crazy cook would come from the kitchen I'm sure I could respond appropriately. There is no way at all times to keep your eyes on all entrances, exit's, emergency exits in the back that you don't have access to. And can't make any guarantees, but would bet I'm not the only on packing heat.
I am in total agreement with your idea. I will protect my family, my church, and those caught in between. The paramedic side of me makes certain to save everyone possible!We all enjoy lovely family dinners at a nice restaurant but how much thought goes into seating placement? Let’s say you and your family go out to Olive Garden. Do you tell them I want a seat facing the door close to an exit? Any time I go into a restaurant I try to make sure I am always in full view of the door and I don’t have my back to a window. As I am walking to my seat I am constantly looking for the exit points and formulating an exit plan for my family. I keep an eye out for the watchers. Gibbs rule always watch the watchers. I always make sure that in the event of someone coming into a restaurant with malicious intent that I’m in a spot where I can appropriately react. Let’s also say this event does happen do you just save your family or do you get as many people out as you can? For me I try to get as many out as possible. So tell me where do you sit? What do you look for? What’s your plans? Who do you save?
Interesting post. I believe Bill Hickok is often referenced as an example of what can happen if you sit with your back to the door. For some reason, this thought always runs through my mind when we're following the hostess to our table in a restaurant. I make sure to seat myself in the seat with the best overall visibility, all doors/exits included. My wife, on the other hand, is always watching to make sure we don't get seated near the restroom.
Regarding what I would do if something bad did go down, I would obviously make sure to save those I care about first. After that, I honestly don't know. I'm pretty sure my wife would tackle me if I had a thought of going back in.