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Home defense stories.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by dbrown, May 15, 2012.

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  1. dbrown

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    I would like to hear some home defense stories. the time you heard something go bump in the night.
     
  2. jeepnik

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    Heard bumps. Never worried about it. Years of working odd ball shifts, with a wife and wee ones at home , have resulted in learning to make it difficult to darned near impossible for someone to enter uninvited. It's all about having layers of protection "outside" the house. In short, if someone gets inside, you have failed.
     
  3. Texan Scott

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    My wife and I have had a few 'incidents' over the years. The first was when I was 23 and living in ghetto apartments (E-3 salary) off post. Some random guy, stoned out of his mind, bug-eyed, incoherent, profane, and mostly naked, kicked my front door down at 1 in the afternoon. I was on night watches, so i'd been sleeping; thankfully, my wife and kids were out of the house. if i'd woken suddenly to my wife shrieking and a half-naked man in the house, i'd pobably have shot him without thinking. As it was, he evidently was not expecting to walk into the bedroom and find a skinny white kid in underpants and a high-n-tight haircut pointing a 9mil. He ran like a schoolgirl. I called the cops and threw up. We moved, and I've kept animals in the house ever since. Even my wife's CATS have alerted us to people sneaking up to the porch at night (but that's a different story). Bottom line, have animals (preferably dogs, even yappy little ones) so that your first warning isn't the door breaking in, and of course, have a gun you can get to and use under stress.
     
  4. JohnB

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    The kid across the street called and woke me up around midnight one night to tell me someone was messing with my boat that was in the side yard. I tried to slip out the back with my .45 but my pit bull ran out between my legs and got to the guy before I did...
     
  5. cor_man257

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    My fiance and i had some trouble with people breaking into our place while we weren't home. It happened frequently. Trouble was, they broke in and did nothing. Nothing was ever missing.

    I had changed the doorknob on the backdoor (the one we use most often). I changed it because the door didnt seem to be latching right. My fiance and I got home one afternoon from shopping and as I went to close the door behind me, I noticed that the new doorknob was no longer flush with the door. I knew I had made it flush. I looked at the outside and sure enough crowbar marks. Nobody was around it was 4 in the afternoon.

    This was freaking me out. One night in bed I thought I heard something so I got up. The dome light in my pickup truck was on. I got up, and got my little .22 Marlin (at the time it was 4 shells of 12guage target loads or ten shots from a .22). My girl got the more important item. The phone. I told her to wait in the house, and I went outside. I saw someones shadow under my truck. I walked around the truck to greet them and didnt see anyone. I started to walk back to the house and saw them from the corner of my eye, they snuck in some tall weeds around the driveway. I told my fiance to call 911. She did. I went to the part of the drive way and this guy crouched in the weeds and stared at me. I informed him that it was in his best interest to leave in a hurry. I blantely stated "I can see you". My blood was pumping and he was creeping me out being so still. I decided I had enough, and went right for him pointing at him with the Marlin. The whole time I yelled. He all the sudden ran off.

    The police arrived, I told them what happened. I told them if someone came into my house to hurt us, they would be left dead on the kitchen floor. The cop told me that would be best.

    It didnt stop people from breaking in. My fiance moved in with my parents while I deployed. She was afraid to be there alone. On my 2 week leave from deployment my fiance and me were laying in our bed when I heard something. We had no phone, because nobody was living there really. No cell service. Being home from Iraq I was already on high alert for no reason. It sounded like someone walking around outside and tapping lightly on windows in the kitchen. I got up, armed myself. Turned on everylight in the house and room cleared. I felt so stupid doing it. Couldnt sleep well but went back to bed. 15 minutes after the lights were out, someone hit the bedroom window so hard I cant believe it didnt break. I jumped out of bed and had a gun in my hands nearly before I realized why. Pointed my 12 gauge toward the door and my fiance dressed. Then she pointed to the door while I dressed. I opened the door to outside, and she got in the car. I walked slowly behind the car with the shotgun while she drove down the drive. At the end, I hopped in and we drove away. We slept at my parents. And went back in the morning. Window had crack lines. My 4th day of leave. The rest we slept at my folks.

    After I got home from deployment it kept up. We had company and went out to eat with them. I specifically said lets make sure the lights are off and lock the doors. We did. We got home at 11pm. Every light in the house was on, and the door was unlocked. Called the cops again. When the cop found out Im an MP he seemed to take us alot more seriously. I told him Im just making a paper trail.

    It kept happening at least once a week after I got home. Outside lights smashed, noises. Doors open when we got home... I know they got in the house. But they never took anything, or moved anything. I have no idea why they were doing it. And thats really unnerving. I got word from some people that my fiance's step mom (who didnt like me much) had some bums from the bar mess with us until I came at one with marlin. My landlord let it be known around town that screwing with us at night was a good way to wind up dead. Yet it still happened later. We eventually were on good terms with the mother-in-law and it still happened.

    We moved to go to college. No more issues. But I have got a new gun that I trust more than my .22lr.
     
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  6. MedWheeler

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    Shortly after moving into our current home, I was sitting up around 9PM one night watching the tube one night. Our storm door was closed and locked, but the inner hard door was open. A car occuppied by four subjects who were of a different race than am I pulled into the driveway. At least two of the subjects were male, and one was female. The gender of the fourth was not apparent. We were expecting no visitors. As the driver opened his door, I appeared at mine, holding a pistol alongside my thigh. It was most likely visible to them. He called out, without ever fully exiting the vehicle, that they might be at the wrong house, and went on to say that some friends of theirs had just moved onto the street. Indeed, a household of members of his race had moved into a home several lots down the road. I pointed that house out to them, and they pulled away. The car did stop near that house, but I didn't watch any further.
    So, is that a "home defense story"? Maybe... maybe not...
     
  7. Double Vision

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    Scary stuff.
    That's got to be a tense situation when you have to arm yourself to protect life & property.
    Be safe folks.
     
  8. StrutStopper

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    Last night at 3:00 AM my dog went ballistic. I was out like a light but my wife woke me up. I grabbed my .40 and went to check on what had my dog on alert. I saw and heard nothing but he never does this without a reason. I kept that .40 close.

    This morning I was heading to work and saw what had set the dog off. I asked my daughter to put out the recycling bin when she went out last night so I wouldn't forget this morning. There were empty cat food cans strewn about my lawn. There had to be a raccoon or something in that bin making noise. At least I know the dog is on the ball...
     
  9. Sambo82

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    A couple of years my wife and I (newly married) had a break in. I forget what time it was exactly, but it was in the middle of the night and my wife was asleep in bed. I was droning away on the internet. We were renting out two of our rooms to friends of mine who were due to get home from work soon, so the front door was unlocked. I didn't think much of it when I heard someone walking through the house. When the bedroom door cracked I turned around just in time to see it close right away.

    Curious, I got up and left the room in time to see my friends army camo assault pack on the back of a stranger heading out my front door. Without really thinking about it I just ran after the guy, I didn't grab my pistol or anything. He got just outside of my yard when my "HEY!" made him stop and slowly turned around. Turns out the guy was the local semi-homeless fellow that I had helped out before. I had given him money when he asked for it and offered to let him mow my yard etc for a few bucks. Being a Christian I had talked to him about God before and I sincearly thought we were something of friends. I suppose I was a little nieve.

    Needless to say was flabberghasted. He dropped the pack on the ground lowered his head and kind of paced back and forth. It seemed kind of like he was sort of weighing his fight or flight options. Really I was more shocked and dissapointed than angry or afraid. I told the guy that my friend who's pack and belongings he had just stolen had just got back from a year in Iraq. I basically laid a guilt trip on him and asked him what God whould think of his behavior before telling him to just leave.

    In hindsight that was a bad idea. I called the cops right afterward and found out that quite a bunch of other things were missing from my friend's rooms. DVD's, cartons of cigarettes etc. To this day I don't know how he got so much out so quickly. I think he hid most of it nearby and I simply caught him on his last trip out. Anyway the cops knew him pretty well. It turned out he was not only part of the local meth economy, but he was also one of those Islamic black nationalist types.

    It probably goes without saying I learned several lessons. Mainly of the door locking, trusting strangers type.
     
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    Not my home but a pair of missionaries, both young ladies, from my church (I'm LDS and there are missionaries everywhere) called one night saying there was someone around their apartment. I showed up and checked to make sure they were ok, then went to check for the prowler. A young man, late teens to early twenties, was trying to look into the windows. He took off as soon as I called out to him, but as far as I know never returned. The two ladies were moved to a different area shortly after and the apartment assigned to a pair of male missionaries.
     
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    When I was about 15 or 16yrs. old I happened to be at the house alone, right around 1:00am as I was watching TV. I heard a noise at the front door. I muted the TV. got up and saw the front door handle jiggling, knowing that it could not have been family or roommates that night I ran to my room and pulled out my .22lr pistol and butterfly knife slipped around back to catch whoever it was off guard and do what... don't know I was a stupid kid and forgot to call the police on the landline! (of course back then cell phones were about the size of your arm and too expensive to own.) Anyway the intruder decided not to break in, maybe he heard me or something I don't know... I was very lucky. On a positive note after that incident I decided that on my first tax return when I was old enough to legally own a gun, I felt that I needed something with a little more umph! than a .22lr pistol so I purchased my very first Colt "Python" .357 Mag. and boy was it well worth it.:D
     
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    Twice, at the same motel in Richmond, Virginia (during the same ten-day stay), I had incidents worthy of recollection. The first occurred my second night there. A whole crew of traveling paving contractors from Allentown, PA, had taken up residence in the rooms surrounding mine. Loud, wife-beater-wearin', beer-swiggin', gut-sportin', slobs made up the lot of them. My phone rings. Pick it up, and it's one of these guys yelling "hey, <removed>, I saw you checkin' out my wife; I'm gonna kick your @--!" Turns out he was trying to kid around with one of the others, but rang up the wrong room. Later that night, someone begins pounding on my door. I look out the hole, Taurus 66 in one hand, and see one of these buffoons, about 4 inches taller and 100 pounds heavier than I am, standing outside. I'd seen him in the lot earlier, and knew he was with this crew. He hits the door again. I moved to the window next to the door, made myself visible, and shouted "you've got the wrong room! If you come through that door, I will fire!" He apologized profusely, stumbled away, and moved further down to another room.
     
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    I had at least 2 guys try to break into my 8th floor apartment years ago. I've posted parts of this elsewhere on THR but here it is again in full. I was sitting at my computer one night around 11:30pm with my headphones on when I heard some noise outside my door. When I took my headphones off I could hear two guys talking back and forth. The first one asked the second one "Are you sure it's 806?" to which the other guy said "Yeah. I'm pretty sure he's home." I grabbed my shotgun and sat there waiting for them to go away. I watched the door move a little in the frame and figured that was that. A few seconds later they picked the lock as I was watching. At that point I jumped up and jacked a round into my shotgun. Their exact words were "OH <removed> HE'S GOT A GUN" and then the sound of their footsteps pounding down the hall. I never did figure out who they were or why they WANTED me to be home.
     
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    Experiences?... Yup. Post 'em on the internet forever and everyone?... Nope!
     
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    Some interesting stories. I like reading actual events sometimes because it kinds of reminds you in the back of your head that your safety bubble can burst at any time so always be prepared.
     
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    I lived with my parents while going to college and a few years after. Because I can't carry at my job, I had to wait until I got home to grab a carry piece.

    I came home one day and the alarm wasn't on, I would first go to my room and grab my handgun, and then go through the house. Everything always turned out to be okay, Mom just forgot.

    Another time, I came home, no cars in the driveway (we each have our own car, so no cars = no one home). I saw someone was using the shower when I went into my room. Grabbed my handgun, then went up to the door and said "HELLO!" Turns out it was my Dad, his car was at the shop.

    The only time I wish I had one was when my neighbor's dog jumped the fence and attacked my dog (neighbor rot, my lab).
     
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    I was woken up one night by a loud !CRACK! My gun was in my hand before I was 100% awake. My first conscious thought was to put on my glasses and I was already holding my gun at that point.

    I checked out my house, calling out that I was "armed and that they better leave!" No one was in my house.

    The next day I noticed the house next door had a broken window. It was vacant and for sale. I called the cops and told them I heard a noise the night before. They investigated and found that the house was broken into, but no damage and nothing taken (nothing in there anyway.)

    That's it, fortunately.
     
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    My sister-in-law survived the Detroit Riots with her Marlin 22 auto-loader. She shot two of approx seven men who broke in one evening. One was hit in the mouth: he lost most of his tongue, several teeth, and paralyzed left side of his face. The other man was struck in the chest. He ran out of the house with the others but died on the front lawn.

    Rioters burned down her house that night but she'd already left town on the advise of a wise Detective. Insurance paid off and she came out ahead.

    So it goes.

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    One day, me and my roommates were in the living room having a beer and hanging out. Nothing too wild. Suddenly, a guy proceeded to open the sliding glass door and let himself into the house. Everyone kinda looked at each other since random invitees were not that rare, but then we realized he grabbed some stuff and was letting himself out. We proceeded to tackle the guy and find 4 more outside with there pickup. They had drove thru the back fence and started packing up our stuff in the back yard.

    5 tweekers were no chance against 3 guys covered in tattoos... they got thumped a bit and drove off empty handed, and were caught a few hours later when we took down the Licence plate.
     
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    Kidnapped 4 times, 2 attemps to blow my car up, robbed more times than I can recall, physically beat and burned, I've had a gun shoved in my face at least 3 times and thought for sure I was going to die, had a serial killer living with me and didn't know it until after he had been convicted.

    I wear a gun every waking moment of every day. I sleep with my .357 under my pillow and a Charles Daley 18 1/2" barrel 12 ga. next to me. I don't travel to states that don't allow me to carry. I also wear my firearm in every business I shop with, including my bank, and I don't shop where my gun is not welcome.
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    Refering to Post #5, honestly, I'd almost think that your place was haunted... and I never say that sort of thing... creepy.
     
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    @ kb58, that's exactly what I was thinking. Thats just too strange that it never stopped and nothing was stolen or messed with. Good stories, I started a thread about the same thing about two weeks ago and only got about 3 replies :(
     
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    About 9 PM on a hot summer night, window wide open and all the lights on in our two story house, I heard the roll up door to my cube van work truck roll up in our back yard. I ran to the 2nd story window and saw someone about to climb in the back. I, in my deepest voice, yelled "Get the hell out of my truck." This scared the guy so bad that he ran into the side of my garage and ricocheted off the truck and into the side of the garage again. He looked like a pinball bouncing from garage to truck.
    I called the police and followed two guys a short ways about 2 blocks back. They rummaged around in another pickup in someones yard and then appeared to go into that house.
    The cops came and I told them what I saw.
    The next day I went to that house and confronted the person that came to the door. They didn't know anything about it and were very upset that someone had been in their truck too. The two from the night before must have walked around the house where I couldn't see them when I thought they went in.

    What amazes me is how stupid these guys were. With all the lights on and all the window open they tried to break into my truck 50 feet from my back door!
     
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