Does anyone carry a gun at inspections?

Be consistent and you will be fine. I did not remove a panel cover today because of sharp tipped screws and I did not crawl thru water in the crawl. I set those expectations, not them.

What are they going to do? Search for inspectors that will move furniture, crawl thru mud or put safety last? They won’t.


Take a look at a Snake Charmer 410. It’s a single shot, shorter barrel shotgun and holds 5 shells in the end of the stock. It was designed for it’s name and is good to have on hand for certain situations. Here in the South, Copperhead snakes are common starting this time of year. Scaring off Pit Bulls is year around.




I like my snake gun … … …


True, but Snake Charmer takes less shots and is a fraction of the cost… :stuck_out_tongue:

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The judge accepts 410 shotgun shells…so much fun!! But, I really like that charmer. It will be a nice addition to my truck!


In 2016 I was in North Carolina inspecting for Hurricane Matthew. On one property we had to walk in about a 1/4 mile due to the lane being washed out. The applicant pulls out a 45 and asks if I am okay around guns. After I said yes, he takes out every other round and changes them over to 410. He said that the 410 are for the snakes. The 45s were for the bears and looters.


I don’t know if anyone caught that “the hills have eyes” reference but that is so funny! Also the house kind of reminds me of “Wrong Turn” but they would have ate the dogs so none would be around. :rofl:

That actually makes a great picture on the cover page of the report and helps explain why you had to disclaim so much! :rofl:

I never carry a firearm on a persons property as there are way to many negatives that can go with it if it is discovered. The only time I do is only after permission when doing large properties where I walk the property as well and it is high grass/weeds.

What would be much better is to get a taser and have it for this type situation.



Hilarious…this home probably has every possible defect…a true house of horrors…I’ve done a few of them myself…plus the dog isn’t caged up…

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Yea, that makes sense. I certainly wouldn’t ever bring it into someone else’s home, occupied or not. It probably would be just for rural areas when I’m alone.

I really don’t want one. Ive never owned a gun before so Id want to take some classes and its tempting to think i’m just being paranoid. But inspectors and technicians have been mauled to death by dogs before. That’s a fact. Sometimes the chain breaks. Sometimes they get out of their collar.

Pepper spray’s an option too i guess.

Personally, I’d be more concerned with ‘squatters’ and ‘tweakers’!!


I’ve carried on occasion during inspections, mostly if I’m in a neighborhood that has a history of wild dogs or squatters.

I have had a few occasions where I’ve called the investor and said “I’m afraid to go in this house: the roof is caving in, the siding is rotten and there are flies everywhere” or “There’s a foot of water under the house, the food is all kept in tubs because of the rats and there appear to be bed bugs in every room”. And every time but one, the investor has said “Drive away, I’ll catch you on the next one”. The one that I actually had to go ahead and inspect, the investor was amused by my description of “bullet-shaped holes in the front walls and corresponding interior drywall”.

As far as loose dogs, I’ve gotten the reputation with some rural realtors as “the inspector that’s afraid of dogs”. I have to constantly explain to them that there is no such thing as a “friendly dog loose in the backyard”. There is either “a friendly dog secured in a crate” or “a dog that is friendly when the owners are around but turns into a territorial psychopath when a stranger goes into the back yard”. I tell them that I’ll come back and inspect the back yard when the dog is removed, and the listing agent will be billed a $150 trip charge. Amazing how a properly motivated listing agent can figure out how to solve the loose dog issue.

In case of a dog attack, a screwdriver is more helpful than a pistol. Unless things work out perfectly, you aren’t going to shoot the dog before he attaches himself to you. At that point, your pistol has become a poorly designed club. The screwdriver is used to wedge into the dogs mouth, causing him to release the body part he is attached to. You will then have control of the dog’s head and 3 out of 4 functioning limbs. This is the tricky part, and you will have to figure out how to neutralize the dog.

And this has to be said: If you shoot someone’s dog on their property, whatever the circumstances, it will probably cost about the same as paying to fly to Africa and shoot a lion. Knowing that pulling the trigger is going to cost about $10,000 really helps determine if you are in a life and death situation. A can of dog spray is a much cheaper option and has stopped every dog attack I’ve been involved in.

Only time I’ve been bitten was when a chihuahua jumped out its owners arms and attached itself to my inner thigh.


Thank mou for the well written response.

Yea, i was wondering about the legal realities of that. Thats one of the main reason why Id take a class, so i know when i can reasonably use it. I don’t think that would stop me in the situations where I would use it though. It would be reserved for the obvious murder machine dogs like yesterday. Ive never seen a dog so mad before.

Not to mention the ramifications of discharging a firearm in the city and where the stray bullets may go. I wouldn’t shoot someone’s pet unless your or someone else’s life is in imminent danger. And I don’t mean in danger of getting bit, I mean it has its jaws around your throat.


yea, and on that note; it would be one of the smallest guns I could find. ive considered getting a gas powered pellet hang gun and painting it neon orange, but i don’t think it would’ve done much to that pit yesterday.

there’s angry dogs, and then there’s angry dogs that have been abused and trained for violence. this one yesterday was without a doubt the later. i heard it make a high pitch squeal when they intiially chained it up. it had blood in its eyes.

Begin here to get into the right frame of mind!!..

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Be careful with that. Many jurisdictions consider that weapon as ‘leathal’ and by painting it orange you are declaring it to not be. Also, use of under powered weapons on an angry ‘target’ could just make them more aggressive.


A point of emphasis in every concealed handgun course I’ve taken is: If you pull the trigger, you are going to get sued, period. Right or wrong, justified or not, you are going to pay a lawyer a bunch of money. And the first thing the judge is going to ask you is “What could you have done differently so that you would not be in a situation that resulted in discharging your firearm?”.

I’ve shot competitively for many years and I firmly believe that I would have a 5% chance of stopping a charging pitbull with my little carry pistol. However, I can hit a dog square in his eyes with dog spray on a moving bicycle with a strong cross wind 100% of the time. And in about 30 minutes, the only one that knows you maced a dog is you.

For the record, I can’t think of a time that I have sprayed a dog during an inspection, but that’s because I work hard to not be in a situation where that is my only option. Making an uncomfortable phone call and sacrificing 30 minutes of your time will always be a better option than hurting someone’s dog, in my opinion.


Holy Smokies!
That place would need two coats of paint before it could be condemned.:flushed: