reply to post by Maddogkull
thisguyrighthere is correct... go back and reread his advice over and over then make a plan with everyone in the house...
As for my advice, your not Rambo... If you know someone is in your residence, call the police (if possible), take cover, and let them come to you. If
a gunfight develops, you will have a tactical advantage.
If a fire fight does break out...Take cover first, and then return fire if necessary. Don't stand out in the open and shoot it out with a bad guy if
there is cover available. At the very least, present the smallest target possible by crouching or going prone, as a soldier would in a fire-fight.
windows and doors are kill zones never stand in one to just peek...
The benefits of using a flashlight are mixed. You can use it to identify your target, which is absolutely necessary, but it also tells your
opponent(s) exactly where you are. If there are multiple adversaries you can expect to immediately draw fire from all of them if you turn on a
flashlight. Personally, I'd rather turn on the room lights than a flashlight. better still leave it dark, if your like me you know your own house
better than they do.
As for weapons like most I recommend a handgun with a 4 inch barrel, not longer not shorter... the why is if your opponents(s) get close enough you
don't want to point a nice long barrel they can use as a handle to wrestle said firearm away from you...The why not shorter is small barreled guns
can be hard to control well.... Long-guns, rifles and shotguns tend to be poor choices. Barrels to long to swing in a confined space and I'm pretty
sure my old hunting 30-06 will punch through maybe three of my neighbours homes before stopping.
I will say this, if you cant devote the time and money toward becoming more than proficient with a handgun, buy a shotgun and 2 3/4 00 buck for
up close its the equivalent of taking nine rounds from a submachinegun
My last bit of advice is if you really do shoot someone, keep your mouth shut! say the wrong thing to an investigating officer and you might not only
end up locked up, but line yourself up to be sued as well...
If they insist you Politely but firmly state only that you fired in self-defense and in fear of your life, and that you intend to assist the police
investigation as soon as your lawyer allows you to make a coherent statement.
[edit on 18-4-2010 by DaddyBare]