Stanton and Melissa Watkins were sent to the scorpion gulch to fight the radscorpions there as part of a training exercise outside of the bunker. They apparently realized the scorpions were too much for them to handle so they fled back to the bunker. Unaware that he did, Stanton dropped his laser pistol while fighting the scorpions. He was the last person to check out the laser pistol but returned it back after, which really is false. Stanton risks being exiled from the bunker or worse, assigned to the latrine-cleaning duty if the missing laser pistol is not returned. Unfortunately, he cannot return to the scorpion gulch to recover the laser pistol because entering and exiting the bunker is not possible due to the lockdown.