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You are sleeping peacefully and at 2 am you hear glass break in your house. instantly you know someone is there that shouldn't be. Whats your plan? Not to compromise your OPSEC. But what is your basic response to the threat?

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First thing I'll do is crap the bed when the alarm sounds. Second thing is to grab shorts, gun and throw the phone to the wife who I'll have to peel off of the ceiling. Then , if it's the weekend, I'll probably open the bedroom door and make sure Stan is ok and didn't fall through the window during his search for a midnight snack. Stan is my step daughter's dad and comes down most weekends since she got sick. Long story, but it works for the family and he's become one of my best friends.

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First thing I'll do is crap the bed when the alarm sounds. Second thing is to grab shorts, gun and throw the phone to the wife who I'll have to peel off of the ceiling. Then , if it's the weekend, I'll probably open the bedroom door and make sure Stan is ok and didn't fall through the window during his search for a midnight snack. Stan is my step daughter's dad and comes down most weekends since she got sick. Long story, but it works for the family and he's become one of my best friends.

 

Hossfly,

maybe the use of a codeword that could be used among family members might be needed. In my situation the kids are out till god knows when. Whose down there? is answered " its me dad--codeword". We also have one that tells everyone that they are to go to their own defencive spot. Sounds a little rigid but communication is key.

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All uninvited guests that decide to show up during the darkened, early morning hours will be rudely greeted by the Judge that rests near my head every night. I believe that the greeting will be discourteous enough that any and all intruders will make haste toward the nearest exit. The noise and flame coupled with the Judge’s 410 delivered pellets. It would have to be a very brave or stupid burglar to continue their intrusion. And if that first ‘shout’ was not enough, there are four more blasts following the original blast going down the hallway towards the intruder. And, if the 410 wasn’t a good enough determent, there is an amazingly high probability that a round or two of the final rounds might contain a 45 Long Colt vice the 410 shot. Anything left in the hallway will be scraped up by the police or coroner that was called by the wife and the Judge read his verdict.

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Not bad. I have some things that have a bigger recoil. I mean, it's a lot more than a S&W 40 M&P. Once you get used to it, you can stay pretty close to on target and can regain target fast. But with the pellets, you only need to be close.

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I actually know what I'll do, or have a good idea, because I've done it....or so I thought.

 

I have an apartment that I stay in during the week to work out out of (cheap, very clean and awesome A/C) before going back home to the 'burbs when I'm off, and part of the lease is that we can't screw stuff into the walls. A college kid that lives nextdoor recommended 3M velcro strips so I stuck a flourescent light above the kitchen sink cabinet with them. About a month later I heard a pounding crash and what sounded like glass breakage INSIDE my apartment.

 

I reach over to the nightstand, grab my Glock 21 (.45) on which I have a Streamlight TLR-1 light mounted, got out of bed, sliced the pie around my bedroom corner towards the living room, cleared it, and pushed the fight all the way to the kitchen presumably the same way I was trained to. I know I didn't have all of my faculties yet when I made it to the kitchen because I found the light and kept looking at it wondering why it was laying in the sink. The velcro came loose, lol.

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We used a phrase for "danger" while working sally ports in Iraq. As we did our vehicle searches, we would carry on a normal conversation about anything and everything (myself and a fellow NCO) and when we seen something amiss, we would ask the other if "They went to Burger King with Reggie?". This was easily hid due to the fact there was a BK on the FOB and Reggie was a friend and fellow NCO but did NOT deploy with us due to an injury when we mobed.

That was the phrase that got the driver (and passengers) a free medical eval as they were taken down in a not so gentle and friendly manner. Yes, I was chewed out a few times but we came home.

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Heheh, usually with Stan it's a simple "hey, I was getting a cookie" and it usually comes after a flushing sound around 1am. Wish ya'll could see him too! Hunched shoulders, arms pulled in across his chest ( I like COLD A/C at night), and eyes squinted almost shut, headin for the kitchen in the dark.

I'm a really light sleeper, just like my Mom. That damned third step would creak every time I came home late at night and there she was in her old nightgown. Never worried about intruders there! That sight woulda scared em quick!

I have made the rounds a few times though, looking for "that sound". I always knew what it was before I found it but still made certain.

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My kids never touched my firearms without me around. They both were taught at 8 years old how to shoot the .22 rifle. We talked about the responsibilities and capabilities of guns all the time. They are young adults now and know the code words are there for their safety.

Dont forget to get someone to call 911. Remember that everything will be recorded. In my house that person also has a pistol in one hand and the phone in the other.

I do like the power of the 12 gauge/ the speed of a .40 cal/ and reliability of my .556. All are no farther than 10 feet max. Arms reach to the .40 and five steps to the other two. What happens downstairs is between you and the dogs. Come upstairs. not an option.

I will let LEO clear the downstairs when he arrives. I was not trained to clear an area and know my limits there.

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Anyone settling in (safest legal option in most locales) also needs to be aware of the location(s) of the other occupants in the home. Drywall does NOT make a good backstop for an indoor range.

I like loading frangibles (Glasner Safety rounds) for home defense as over penetration is reduced (never mitigated completely).

I know this is "Preaching to the choir", but redundancy and repetition make it reflex.

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First I have polycarbonate film on the windows both sides so that keeps the glass from falling out.

 

ahh just wait for them to stick their head through the window and black jack them shooting them brings DA LAW

and them dumb b@stards got a million questions and want to nose around.

after I hear a groan I turn out the dogs let them wake up the problem child and let them escort them over the fence with luck I will spot him limping into the local store the next day

 

Had a guy try to steal my ladder he got about 20 foot and the steel cable stopped him VIOLENTLY. I have a tendency to cable things.

 

killing idiots is to easy on them I like to be entertained I consider myself the road runner and they are the coyote.

 

I never turn on a light I like the dark.

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1. Reach out and put my hand on the pistol gripped extended tube pump shotgun that hangs over my bed.

 

2. Wake wife and she grabs the pistol from her night stand and slides off the bed on her side while I ease out on my side.

 

3. Ease to bedroom door and then peek out from low position.

 

4. If I see someone I shoot them until they stop moving. If I don't see them I rack the slide on the shotgun in hopes of flushing them.

 

5. If they don't flush I go hunting by first hopping back into the bedroom and killing the power. I WANT it dark and quiet;I KNOW my house they don't. I want to hear them if they move so I can shoot them a bunch.

 

6. If all else fails I go hunting and kill anyone that I find. I don't have to worry about harming a family member or friend. They all KNOW to stick their head in the door and yell until I respond before coming in at night. As far as anyone else...I'll kill them and let God sort them out.

 

By staying low if someone charges the door while I'm peeking, my wife has an unobstructed line of fire over my head. I see in the dark almost as well as a cat and always have. I can read by moonlight. I'll put my night vision up against anyone as long as they don't have night vision goggles on. If they do they most likely are not just burglars...I'll still do my best to send an escort ahead to pave my way to Valhalla and die without regrets. I would much rather go that way than like my Dad with cancer.

 

PS: My kids always had guns and shot. I was in the gun business and guns were always around so instead of kid proofing the guns I gun proofed the kids. My daughter was shooting a 357 mag by age 4 and by age 8 she could handle anything.

 

She embarrassed a guy at a gun range once. He was shooting a TC in 35 Remington and letting it kick his ass. He had it bore-sighted but couldn't get it on the paper to sight it in. She liked the big boom and wanted to shoot it so I asked. He told me if she dropped it I would buy it.

 

I laughed and after she had dinged the 100 yard gong three times she told him that he needed to relax more and let the gun ride up and the recoil wouldn't bother him so much. She was 8 or 9.

 

Kids LOVE big noises and things that bounce them around. Start them early and they never develop a fear of recoil. She even liked to shoot this damn little coach gun double barrel I had with12 ga 3" mags in it!! That thing kicked MY ass but she would just roll with it and never seemed to be bothered.

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Awake - I like the dog part. My Lab/Mastiff mix isn't as mean as she may look or sound, but she knows who isn't supposed to be here. My dog, my wife and I are all light sleepers. 9 times out of 10, my kids end up in our bedroom at night. I only leave one light on at night, on the other end of my house. I also always leave my bedroom door open (under normal circumstances) and my bedroom is very dark, so no one can see in from the doorway, but I have a very nice silhouette to put 3 bright green dots on. The way I see it, no one but my wife and I have keys to my home, and anyone who has ANY legitimate business here knows I'm armed and will call or announce theirselves and wait for a response before entering my house.

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We have multiple "roving slarm systems" plus a traditional alarm system. I am not terribly concerned with an idiot or plural attempting a violent and tumultuous entry into our home at oh-dark-thirty. I am far more concerned about the very real

threats to come more regularly during daylight hours. I believe in the power of gomer Pyle, "Surprise, surprise surprise!"

I firmly believe that if more people resisted attacks against themselves and their property with "enthusiasm", these pieces of human debris that like to prey upon the innocent would re-think their predation.(OK, some of the time they might)

We like being as invisible as we can be, but when it comes time to defend the family, we as a family decided to resist with all the enthusiasm we can muster as a group, individually, we will do all we can do to triumph over the evil. We like to be aware of our surroundings and stack the odds in OUR favor all the time. When it comes to our defense against evil, we choose to stand with God and play by HIS'rules, not the other side's. Seems to work for us.

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Multiple small roving alarms...makes it hard for someone to hide in the house.

 

12 gauge coach gun #4 shot next to me in the bed.

If I need more I have either a 1911 or a .40 by the bed.

 

Only two here are me and momma so I don't have to worry about collateral damage to family...kids have keys but know to sing out till I answer.

 

As a side note...I have noticed that a lot of people tend to keep a pistol in the drawer of their nightstand.

A better place may be in a holster that is attached to the back of the nightstand...or if you have a solid headboard attached to the back of it. Just a thought.

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I sleep with a .357 on my nightstand and the door locked (no kids). I'll be staying in the bedroom and if whomever is out rummaging around doesn't decide to attempt to come inside my bedroom everything will be o.k. until the cops arrive.

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I keep my handgun in my nightstand overnight and see no problem with doing that. I leave the drawer open about six inches for easy access. (Its on me or with me in the house during the day.) Before the glass breaks my small dog hopefully will have sounded the alarm that someone is around. She's downstairs. My very LARGE dog is in the bedroom with me and the wife. He is a protector. I'll respond by having my wife call 9-1-1 while I carefully look out the door. Probably won't go looking for anyone like some of you. I would be wondering how many intruders might be inside. Prefer to wait in a defensive position until the county deputies arrive.

 

At least that's how I will approach it. I've given it alot of thought previously and this is the best plan for me and mine.

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I sleep with a .357 on my nightstand and the door locked (no kids). I'll be staying in the bedroom and if whomever is out rummaging around doesn't decide to attempt to come inside my bedroom everything will be o.k. until the cops arrive.

 

Ah DUDE don't lock the door that is sort of unsporting...kinda like making a good kid go bad by leaving your keys in your car. I honestly don't know where a house key to my house IS. The sign over my door says it all.

 

Burglars welcome I need practice. Intruders will be shot and survivors will be shot again!

 

In my case it isn't totally a joke...

 

Besides, depending on the cops to protect you is like having a coroner for your family physician!!

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