reply to post by jeenyus2008
Go out and buy a can of mace right now (not tomorrow, not in two hours....right now)
If you have a sword in one hand, and mace in the other.....suddenly your sword becomes a more viable weapon (when the intruder can no longer see
clearly since his eyes are burning).
Not sure where you live in Iowa, but in most of the midwest you will find lots of people who hunt/ target shoot.
Think for a while, do you know anyone who can teach you how to SAFELY and properly maintain and use a firearm?
Also you want a firearm that is large enough to "get the job done", but not so large you can not handle the recoil...etc.
A firearm is a big responsibility, if you miss your target, and hit little jimmy on his bicycle....thats a problem. (If you dont have friends that
shoot, see about possibly getting lessons from an instructor.)
Once you have your firearm, find an airsoft pistol that is a close copy of the real thing you have.
You can get a gel target for it, and practice IN YOUR HOUSE.
If another break in occurs, you are already comfortable with shooting .....at the front door, from down the hallway....what ever.
that experience and comfort is very well what might save your life. Its one thing to shoot at a target, but quite another to negotiate this piece of
furniture, that table....to get a good line of sight at the back porch, without putting yourself in THEIR line of fire.
Also, realistic training will greatly improve your odds. Some time (with safety glasses on), you and your room mate need to work on stalking each
other through the house.....its good practical exercise (and fun).
For what its worth...I bought my wife an airsoft pistol years ago. When she first had it, she could not hit a soda can from 10 feet, now she sits on
the patio with me, and we bounce around a bottle cap for fun.
After teaching her with the airsoft, we went to my parents house (away from the city)....and wow, with the 22, 38 special, and even my 10mm she is
accurate. (the practice pays off)