I was trained extensively in Close Quaters Combat, so my choices may seem surprising to some, especially gun owners.
Day light hours...Grab something short and sharp and become a hole in space around a corner, the idiot came into my house either not knowing I am home or he's after me. Letting him know where I am is definately not in my favor...NO Noise!
Night Hours...Same as above, but now I can look for him. If better weapon options become available during the search, I'd take advantage. I would NEVER EVER chose a gun in CQB in this situation, I can disarm, maim, and worse far faster than the invader can draw a bead and fire...Surprise is on my side.
Last I would call 911 to have them clean up the mess.
I'm thinking that you mean someone in the house who's not supposed to be there...correct? If I'm correct, where am I? If I'm outside, 911. If I'm inside, my S&W .45 calibre, stainless steel semi-automatic has 1 in the chamber, is off safety and will without compunction, do my bidding. My training has taught me to shoot to kill. The middle of the chest will do fine especially with hollow point "glaziers" loaded with tiny shards of glass. The "unwanted" WILL meet his/her maker!
1 and 3 could be the same thing unless you're just planning to sit there with a bat waiting. I pick 4. I'd do all of the above probably. It really depends on the time of day or night, and whether I think there is any possible reasonable explanation, and what kind of noise made me realize it. Breaking glass is not good.
Get my gun and check it out. I wouldn't bother 911 unless I was pretty darned sure, and that would be after I got my gun and secured my children.
I'm not much into waiting around for the police to come save me. Besides which I live in a rural area. Plus I have four cats and a dog who tend to make alot of noise in our creaky house. It could also be one of the children getting some water or something.
I've been mobbed and robbed, all the police can do is take a report. I use a gun now. I have children to protect, and I damned well will.
I don't have kids in the house anymore but I know from experience that response time in my area is sketchy at best. I have my gun by my bed and if something disturbs me yep I'm gonna stand at the top of the stairs listening to identify what it was, if someone is in the house they are being fired upon because there is no reason for them to be there other than harm to me or my home.
I was instructed by the local sheriff that it is better to shoot them in the house than outside and if they crawl outside to drag their butts back in because the local magistrate will be more lenient with you if they were already inside.
Right Dogluver1 and the operators are just infuriating you have to take your time and explain exactly what's happening and who's hurt and how bad and where before they do anything,and by then someonecould be dead.
An effective yet safe technique is to purchase a starter pistol and blanks. If you hear a noise, don't say anything -- just take out the pistol and fire one shot. If it's a bad guy, he'll leave quickly. If it's a friendly, he/she'll not end up dead.
I am not sure what I would do if someone tried to break in while I was home. I used to have a 125 pound white sheppard but I had to put her down in December. Feeling safe was easy and taken for granted then. I do however always leave a $20 on the entry table. I can see it from the door. If it were to not be there before I unlock the door - I would not enter for sure. Holly
Thank you I was told this by a thief. He said a thief may pass up a buck or two but never a $20. And to place it where you can see it before you go inside. He also told me to always walk up to my car from behind. If it has been messed with or someone is in it - just keep on walking! Holly
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