posted on Oct, 23 2005 @ 10:35 PM
My "home defense" is built on the idea of zones. Zones in the house itself, as well as running a zone defense against assailants.
Near the front door, hidden behind some decor, is a can of Pepper Spray. It shoots a thin stream up to 30 ft. and is completely non-lethal.
In the Bedroom is:
44 special, (K-frame) 5 shot revolver. No round in the first chamber. It is in a safe-box bolted the frame under my side of the bed. It has a
combination lock I can activate without looking at, so that the kids can't get in. The empty first chamber is in case someone gets the gun from me.
I have about 2 seconds, while they look at the unfired pistol, to rearrange the situation.
In the laundry room:
12 ga. automatic shotgun, stored in a gunsafe hidden behind an ironing board in the laundry room. Keys are hidden in Frau Dr's. side of the bedroom.
5 shells loaded. Alternating slugs with double ought buckshot.
If we had a home invader, I get the pistol and take the point, with lights on me. Frau Dr. is my back up in the shadows; and covers what I can't.
Other than the gun in the safe bolted to the bed, we don't store weapons in the bedroom. It is the FIRST place thieves look. And you are much more
likely to be burgled than invaded in Texas. --Because of all those gun-crazed zealots, no one actually breaks into a home where a person might be.
In my area of TX, 7 out of 10 homes contain a firearm.
Also, I have a paddle-type holster in the bedside drawer, for the pistol. Other than that, there's no ammo in the bedroom, so thieves don't know
what to look for.
I also have some artillery in "the bunker," but that is strictly for the onset of "econo-hell." (the breakdown of law and order.)
Can the wife actually handle a shotgun? We'll see. Frau Dr. has asked to go pheasant hunting with me this year. Which is fine, since I have
trouble with the kids; they shy away from the thick underbrush, and refuse to retrieve into the water. Maybe she can get them to perform . . .
If you are serious about home defense, I STRONGLY recommend the "CRIMEWATCH" and "McGRUFF" books from neighborhood watch. They are really honest,
and although circulated by law enforcement, are refreshingly free of pro-police hype.
The old one I have tells you to consider hiding a gun in the kitchen, because a home invader will not look for valuables there. They willl not expect
you to flee toward the kitchen.
They also advise you to get a dog. Breakers-in are more afraid of that than of any gun, which is true.
I am trying to get a dog, but not an inside dog. Hoping for a lab or springer spaniel. Maybe a hun. something that will take to the tall cover
without flushing pheasant. The kiddoes just aren't cutting it.