Ok, I'm done bandit hunting in cherno now, I'm too trusting
Went into the southern church and saw another survivor. They didn't respond and just kind of looked at me when I entered, so I lowered my weapon to show I wasn't intending to shoot them. They walked towards me a little, then opened up with the revolver. Thought I was done for, but I had just enough energy to stumble back out the door and take the **** out with a .45 to the head as he came to finish me off
So end result is my bandit hunt was technically successful: encountered my first bandit but despite having the drop on them I let them get off the first shot. Dumb luck I survived and turned the tables, and I'm pretty handicapped at the moment with limited vision and aim due to loss of blood.
Currently hiding out in another coffee shop. Think I'll stay there overnight in the hopes I recover some blood for when I log back on (I'm realistically safe there anyway). FINALLY got myself an ALICE pack and have some decent supplies and enough firepower to make any bandit that approaches my next hidey hole think twice before approaching. Still don't have a map or torch which are the last things I need for my planned treck into the wilderness, but it's clear that without a group I'm in over my head in cherno, so I think I'll head back towards elek, chat indicates more friendlies tend to be around there.