When a Cooma pair answered a knock at the door on a weeknight, they were faced with a teenager allegedly brandishing a pistol.
The 22-year-old man and 29-year-old woman were in their North Street home when there was a knock on the door around 8.30pm on Wednesday night, police say.
When they answered the door, police allege, a teenager tried to push his way into the house, threatening the pair with a pistol.
The man and woman managed to overpower the intruder and disarm him before he wrestled free and ran away from the house.
It turns out the pistol was a gas pellet gun.
Police were called a short time after and investigations began, leading to the arrest of a 17-year-old at the weekend.
The youth was arrested in a Massie Street, Cooma park on Saturday afternoon.
He was then charged with two counts of common assault and one each of specially aggravated break and enter with intent and possessing an unregistered firearm.
He was granted conditional bail and will appear before a children's court on June 17.