.An evening get together on the patio, combining good friends and good food. A young child and her father playing in the back yard, as the sun is beginning to touch the treetops.
"Whoa... what is that?" A visitor clears the weeds near the big tree and heads towards the house. A snake.... a very large snake. A very large and fearless snake.
As the child is brought back to the patio, and everyone clears the yard, I asked Princess to fetch my .45. While waiting, I block the snakes path to the house with a stick... only to watch it rear back in a strike pose and violently shake it's tail.
While it looked like nothing more dangerous that a very large Black Rat snake, it's posture and total lack of fear made it too dangerous to leave near the house.
With perfect handling skills, Princess brought me my carry pistol; A Glock 30 with a Lasermax guide rod laser installed. Finger clear of the trigger, and muzzle discipline intact, she handed me the pistol from the deck.
Mindful of the slight offset between the bore and the laser, I placed the pulsating red dot on the snakes lower jaw and squeezed off one round. The now 'mindless' snake collapsed in a quivering heap. A harmless snake? Most likely. Then again, with such a large snake who shows no fear at all, the possibility of getting bit still exists. Not poisonous, but still painful, scary, and rife with infection, such bites are not to be sneered at.
The Lasermax made precision sighting easy, and left no need for followup shots.