gun at the ready while home

Discussion in 'Strategies, Tactics, and Training' started by 357smallbore, May 22, 2021.

  1. gyp_c2

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    Always at least one dog with me. Currently, "Fido".
    Barks here, Bites down the street...
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  2. Kleanbore

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    If it is comfortable enough to wear while running around all day, it should be comfortable enough to wear at home.
     
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    The locks on my doors are to protect those outside...if someone comes thru that door they are in danger.
     
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  4. Kleanbore

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    And so are you.
     
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  5. bullseye308

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    I only carry when I’m dressed. I get dressed when I wake up and undressed when I go to bed. I carry all day, every day, except for the few rare times I go to the hospital, cancer clinic, or the school. There are also a couple where I spend most of my time while in the house, within arms reach. It’s not paranoid, it is being prepared just like I learned as a scout.
     
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  6. Kleanbore

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    That goes for me, too.
     
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  7. plainsdrifter

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    Call me paranoid but I even carry in the bathroom when doing my business after watching John Travolta gettin killed by Bruce Willis with the sub he left outside the door.

     
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  8. Barry the Bear

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    A mossberg maverick with a side saddle full of 00 buck is always within reach in the living room. Wife has her EZ shield with her but her main focus is always getting kids to safety. I also keep my m and p 2.0 compact close by
     
  9. Armored farmer

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    I like having a couple of "hardened" rooms or areas of my house.
    We don't have a basement, so the interior stairwell closet is our storm shelter/safe room. It has a sturdy door with a lock, and a wall safe with two loaded revolvers.

    Upstairs bedroom has a underbed spring door Hornady safe with an 870 and an AR. The bedroom door has a lock?

    After reading this thread, I realized that my guns are locked up for my grandkids safety, not necessarily to prevent theft.
    After read @gyp_c2 experiences , I am rethinking some of my strategies. Such as, the wristband that unlocks my Hornady safe is on the bedpost in plain sight....the code that unlocks the wallsafe with guns and a substantial amount of cash...is the same code as our back door digital lock... right now, the batteries are dead in my nightstand safe with my 1911cmd and 5 mags....so the key is stuck in the lock.....:thumbdown:.
    Not too smot.
     
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  10. FAS1

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    ^^^ HaHa. Your plan has created a higher risk. Unfortunately, you’re probably not alone at doing these things. At least you recognize the shortcoming in your plan and can fix them.
     
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  11. Stefan A

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    I usually carry at home. But, I live near the PA/Md border and I have to go to MD often. Like today, I wore my MD pants (the ones without the holster) to go to the dentist. When I got home I just didn't feel like changing to my Pa pants. But if I am not going to MD, I am always carrying.
     
  12. AlexanderA
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    I honestly don't comprehend the threat level that most of you seem to be experiencing.
     
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  13. Kleanbore

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    "Comprehend"?

    Perhaps this will help.

    We may well assess the likelihood of a violent home invasion as very low. I know I do--even though it has happened to me three times since 1964.

    But what about the potential consequences? Do not underestimate their severity.

    What can we do to avoid their occurrence?
    • Keep the doors locked
    • Do not open the door to strangers
    • Do not put packaging from things of value out for collection
    • Prevent workmen and their helpers from seeing items of value in your house
    • Pay attention to cars passing slowly when your attractive young daughter is playing outside
    The list could go on.

    But what we are discussing here is this: in the event, what would you do?
     
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  14. Stefan A

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    My threat level at home is 1 on a scale of 1-10. Yet I still carry. While I don't feel threatened, it just takes one time for disaster.
     
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  15. BigAlShooter

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    I live is a pretty safe area, but I keep 5 loaded handguns strategically hidden around the house. Yeah, I should have one on my person, but the guns are close enough for me to get in a few seconds. Most are close to the doors. If someone strange is knocking on the door, I might just answer it with one of those guns drawn...
     
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    The threat level is what it is, at any given moment. You really have no control over that, and that just is what it is. The question is, are you actually prepared at any given moment? Thats all this is about.

    Carrying a gun is no different than carrying a pocket knife, flashlight, lighter, etc. Its just something you have on you on a daily basis. All are there for when you might need them. When you carry them all the time, you really don't even notice they are there, until you might need them.

    Unless you're actually wearing the gun, you don't have a gun, period, no matter how close you might think it is, or how fast you might be able to access it. Having to go get it, just adds another level of complication to things.

    If and when you need it, you need it. If you don't have it on you and arent familiar with shooting it from the holster, you only complicate things, and at a time when your attention is going to be focused on other things, and you don't want complicated.
     
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    These are the kinds of things that I do consistently. I might add that, by design, I live in a "safe" area, and one that has excellent police coverage.

    And I have guns, out the kazoo. It's just that I don't feel the need to carry them around. In fact, keeping them inaccessible is part of my security plan, since, paradoxically, the guns are by far the most valuable things that someone would want to steal. Not to mention the fact that, in a worst-case situation, they could be used against me.

    I'm old enough to know that security is a multifaceted thing, including the lifestyle you choose, the friends you have, and even your financial planning. Focusing on a gun as an all-purpose crutch could lead you to overlook the other, more important things.
     
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  18. Kleanbore

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    So do I, and I did when we were threatened with murder within our house.

    QUOTE="AlexanderA, post: 12008330, member: 146007"]And I have guns, out the kazoo...keeping them inaccessible is part of my security plan,[/QUOTE]So, what will you do when the door is breeched?

    Protection of property is secondary at best on my priority lost.

    Sure. It cannot put out fires, call for help, obtain weather information, be used to treat injuries....
     
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    I don't want to pry, but what prompted the threat of murder? These things don't come out of the blue. A certain predicate has to exist. I make it a point to keep from creating enemies, or giving someone an excuse to come after me for whatever reason.
    I've taken great pains to harden my perimeter. At the very least this will give me time to retrieve a gun and then call the police. My worry is what happens when I'm not home.

    When it comes to battering down doors, I think that's more likely to be done by the police themselves (by mistake) than by wrongdoers. What criminal is going to break down a door knowing that the occupants are inside (given that a high percentage of people are armed)? That's why it's wise to be known by the local police as a "good guy."

    What happens when, in spite of all this, the police start to break down your door at 3:00 a.m., and, roused from sleep, you pull out a gun to defend yourself? It's not going to end well.
     
  20. Kleanbore

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    This one did.
    Wrong assumption.
    Good.
    Good.
    Or so you hope.
    Alrighty then.
    I've had three such persons enter tumultuously and with force, when there were cars in the driveway.
    What good might that do?
    It's up to you.
     
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    Good grief. What kind of neighborhood are you living in?

    I have to say this is not a typical occurrence. It's totally outside my realm of experience, and I've been around -- not on a sheltered island by any means -- for 76 years. In my one major experience as a victim of crime, a gun wouldn't have been relevant anyway (swarmed by a gang of 5 or 6 pickpockets on the Athens, Greece, subway). (I grudgingly respect these pickpockets for being true artistes at what they did. But undoubtedly they're going to burn in Hell.)
     
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  22. Kleanbore

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    A very, very good one when that happened.
    You can say that again.
     
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    I'm just gonna throw out a name of someone that, to the best of the knowledge of anyone, did not "create enemies", lived in a "good neighborhood", and still faced dire circumstances that came "out of the blue."

    Dr. William Petit.

    He, his wife Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and their two daughters, 17-year-old Hayley Petit and 11-year-old Michaela Petit, paid dearly, the latter three with their lives.
     
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  24. FAS1

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    Neither did she, but some of us try to be better prepared just in case trouble shows up, no matter how unlikely that is.

    https://www.fox4news.com/news/suspects-wanted-for-murdering-60-year-old-woman-in-garland-home
     
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  25. Choctaw

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    I'm a home invader. I have served warrants for years and many of the offenders were armed when we breached. Not one offender, not one, was able to overcome the shock of our entry and put up a meaningful fight. Bear in mind, fellow gunslingers, there is much more to keeping safe than packing heat and many of you have alluded to several options that are every bit as important as carrying a weapon. :thumbup:
     
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