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Home Defense (Living Alone)

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by rugerman07, Mar 16, 2012.

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  1. rugerman07

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    If you're single, living alone or married with no children and an intruder breaks into your home would you arm yourself and search your house for the intruder or arm yourself, take up a defensive position and let the intruder come to you?
     
  2. TxSteve713

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    Oh old football coach always said the best offense is a good defense.
     
  3. Redlg155

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    Never leave a place where you have the tactical advantage.


    #2, get a dog. If that isn't feasible, a cheap door stop alarm will serve as an early warning system. It helps to have other ears in the house.
     
  4. macadore

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    If I didn't know where the intruder was, I would stay put. If I did, and could gain a tactical advantage by moving, I would attack. I know the layout of the house better than he does.
     
  5. hermannr

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    Dog, doesn't matter the size...they are all eyes, ears and nose. Stay put, let the dog do the work. You will know exactly where the intruder is, and can work from there. Personally I love Dobie's, my wife love's Dachshunds/they both work in their own way.
     
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    What he said ^....and a dog is a great idea too mine is an excellent intruder/fire alarm !
     
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    If you don't know exactly how many people are in your house and the location of each one of them, stay put in a good defensive position (end of a fatal funnel like a doorway or even better, a long hallway or stairway) and be ready to take action if they come towards you (also when you're there, don't be shining flashlights or lasers all over the place giving away your position). Think of it as an ambush. The best way to win a fight is if your opponent doesn't even know he's in a fight until its too late.

    It is a really bad idea to try to clear a house by yourself when you know there's a bad guy somewhere in there.

    Dogs are also a good idea (even though they're not always feasible depending on your living arrangements), they should give you a bit of warning while also giving the bad guy something to think about.
     
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    Generally, regardless of the physical parameters- if there is no extended reasonable duty to reach out and defend areas or persons of interest in an assault away from a defensible position....stay put, and load up.

    All of the variations on home defense usually involve trying to secure "a" or "b" ahead of the intentions of intruder "x"
     
  9. pbearperry

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    I would either stay where I was or maybe even leave if I had the chance.Nothing that I own is worth dying over.
     
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    Covering old ground one more time. See this.
     
  11. rugerman07

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    No way would I take up a defensive position in a closet...BAD IDEA! I might stay in the bedroom or move out into a hallway or another position I know the intruder hasn't infiltrated. I think a good defensive position is your best bet. Let him (they) come to you.
     
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    My place is fairly tiny, just more than a studio apartment, with the rooms roughly in-line. If there's someone in my place the best cover available to them will be back out the door they came in, i can cover the rest of the apartment from concealment at my bedroom door. Combine that fact with the fact that the only feasible exit, for me, IS said front door, and the fact that this is a castle-doctrine state, and the answer is, if someone is in my apartment uninvited, they will have about 2-5 seconds to vacate the premises, or make peace with any higher power they may believe in.
     
  13. gym

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    Break a few bottles on the floor "toss from distance, and stay put. As soon as he moves lay down some lines of fire 1 1/2 ft off the ground. in the direction of the noise while mintaining cover. My interior is plasterboard, exterior walls are concrete. bb's or marbels also work well, or just sit still and wait for the police unless he moves or shows himself. As mentioned you don't know how many there are. you may think you have it under control only to find two more guys behind you. I would try to get in a corner at the end of the house like my bedroom, it's the last and furthest spot from the front door. But again it works both ways, the walls that seperate the bedroom from the family room are sheetrock,you probablly could punch through them with the butt of a strong stock. Luckilly I have solid wood furniture that would stop most handgun loads, and a dresser that runs along that wall. so staying low would solve most problems.Also tile floors in that entire area would make moving around a dead giveaway.I sure would hate to punch holes in my LCD tv's though, lol. My AR is also in the bedroom, they would be in trouble, Oh and almost forgot my Lab, she hears things a mile away, good for letting me know if there is a new threat behind or in front of the walls.
     
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    Dead bolt locks kept locked, Dog any size will do, Good handgun and shotgun. The 20 gauge youth model is a great all around choice. It carrys a good load and won't beat you to death.
     
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    If you have some empty beer bottles next to your bed to throw then yep, you are definitely a single man.....
     
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    Dig in and wait. Shoot anything unfriendly on the horizon.
     
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    Excellent advice! If there is a home invasion/burglary in progress you will definitely know the difference between it and a bump in the night. While closets won't work for my home's floor plan, staying in the master bedroom with the bed mattress upright will.

    I've been part of two/four man teams that have cleared homes, warehouses and even apartment complexes, kinda dumb to place oneself in harm's way when all that's needed is a patient mindset.

    In the military, being part of a small ambush team was always better than being part of a large "looking" team; there is no "I" in team.

    Living alone in an isolated rural area, my partner is a 95# West German German Shepherd and we've trained through thousands and thousands of ammunition rounds; but he also knows how to stay put. :)
     
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    I have a small apartment that would essentially force me into a fight. I'm prepared if it ever comes to that. I'm in a third floor apartment in a really nice complex. A break in on my apartment is extremely unlikely. In fact I haven't heard of one break in at my complex. Honestly an apartment fire would be more likely in my case. Like say, some layouts don't really give you the option of playing offense or defense in that situation.
     
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    Stay put. Shooting from ambush is generally a better tactic in a gun fight. Tis better if "they never hear the one that gets them".
     
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    Ever clear a house or apartment? ;)

    IF there is no one else to worry about, let the BG come to you. That's a big IF by the way. If you have someone else to worry about, make sure they're safe and get out with them if possible. If you can't get out, hunker down and wait with your weapon.
     
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    We have three dogs, one that likes no one but us. I gaurantee they would have to be a bad ass to get past him. We have a small house so depending on the intruder(s) disposition a confrontation at that point would most likely happen. The problem would be keeping my wife out of the way if a dog was hurt. 19 years yrs here have had dogs all the time with usualy at least one extremly protective male.
     
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    I'm with joeq.... well sort of.

    single, live alone, small, 1bdr apartment, 1st floor.
    only way in is thru the front door.
    bdr window is blocked with dresser and bicycle. dining room window is mostly blocked with a saltwater fishtank (no way someone could move that and would need to be a child to squeeze thru the opening, I can barely get the window open)
    sliding glass door is mostly blocked with a bicycle on a trainer. during good fishing/cycling months there is also the frame of my personal pontoon boat. if they come in that way they will make a HELL of a lot of noise.
    that just leaves the door.

    so I'll just grab my shotty (or pistol depending on my mood when I turn in for the night)
    and hunker down. the refugium in my saltwater tank is on reverse 12hr and it provides a lot of light in that half of the apartment. I really dont need a flashlight altho I intend to add one eventually.

    Renters insurance is a must. All my goods can be replace, my life cannot.
     
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    Stay put, listen, pretend to be patient, .
    Make trouble come to you without knowing you're laying in wait for it prepared for it.

    Then roll over and go back to sleep promising yourself not to eat Reubens after 10pm.
     
  24. Hocka Louis

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    I never heard of anyone going INTO the closet, I'm not sure what good holding a matress up in front of you does, and although I'd prefer to "wait n see" I also realize that eventually you have to move, so, it may be a game of who blinks first.

    A reuben after 10 PM -- yummy. And funny.
     
  25. shiftyer1

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    They say find a good defenseive postion and call 911 is the smartest approach. A 911 call out here is at least a 30 minute wait if they don't get lost. I have a family but I would probably search. I have a good dog outside and he lets me know if someone turns up so I generally have the advantage of early warning. Even as a single guy alone in the house......I don't know how long I could sit and listen to someone digging thru my house?

    Although I count on my dog, it may be foolish. I had an aquiantence who had 3 large dogs, his house was robbed 2 or 3 times and I know in one case his wife was home. They tyed her up and robbed the house, dogs never did a thing but bark. Don't put all your eggs in one basket!
     
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