Discussion in 'Strategies, Tactics, and Training' started by 357smallbore, May 22, 2021.
Barks here, Bites down the street...
If it is comfortable enough to wear while running around all day, it should be comfortable enough to wear at home.
And so are you.
That goes for me, too.
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......
Not too smot.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
This one did.
Or so you hope.
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.
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.)
A very, very good one when that happened.
You can say that again.
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.
Neither did she, but some of us try to be better prepared just in case trouble shows up, no matter how unlikely that is.
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