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Dwight55
June 18, 2006, 08:14 PM
Ddelange posed a good question:

What do you grab when you hear glass break, . . . a bump in the night, . . . a "Noise" that is not normal?

I take my CCW / nightstand handgun, a full sized 1911 with a total of 9 rounds of FMJ, and a flashlight (turned off), if it is something inside the house that I am more or less certain is benign, . . . but want to check out anyway.

I take my Beretta shotgun: 3 loads of #4 buck, 2 loads of 00 buck, 2 slugs if I have to go outside (again, checking some benign sound).

Any serious sounds will get the sheriff on his way while I hole up in the br.

Now, . . . how about the rest of you good folks?

May God bless,
Dwight

skeeter1
June 18, 2006, 08:30 PM
But truth be told, when I first hear "that sound" I usually grab for the big maglight, but that wasn't a voting option. It's big, bright, and would be a great Shillelah. The .38 Special wouldn't be far behind.

Twycross
June 18, 2006, 08:31 PM
I voted semiauto pistol, because that's what I have. I would have voted HD shotgun, but I still need to get one of those.

I have only so much of a gun budget, and I just spent it on a varmint rifle. But a HD shotgun is next on the waitlist. :)

pumpkinheaver
June 18, 2006, 09:04 PM
Kimber 1911

Trip20
June 18, 2006, 09:11 PM
For inside: Semi-auto pistol in .45, & and a bright LED flashlight.

Outside: Haven't had to go outside and probably will not. If I suspect something is (truly) going on outside, I have enough time to call the cops and take up a safe position inside protecting my family.

garryc
June 18, 2006, 09:30 PM
GP100 at my bedside, 870 in the closet. I have night lights in every room so I don't need the flashlight. I put the lights in when I got up to go to the can and stubbed my toe breaking it

kozak6
June 18, 2006, 09:38 PM
I would go for a semiautomatic pistol.

But, that's only because I don't have a suitable shotgun for home defense. If I did, that would be my first choice.

BobK
June 18, 2006, 09:45 PM
XD 45ACP with Streamlight M3 attached. 870 12 guage not too far away however.

kjeff50cal
June 18, 2006, 09:54 PM
I voted for Semi-Auto Pistol but I also have my cell phone & LED light.

BTW, I have a "new" puppy so I use the light first and formost because he is still getting used to the yard and he barks at everything at night. (He is usually giving the neighborhood cats the blues):rolleyes:

Walter
June 18, 2006, 10:23 PM
It's amazing how just the sightest "bump" in the night can cause that
.40 RAMI to jump into my right hand, and that LED flashlight into my left. :mad:

I've been a light sleeper since my military days, but lately it seems like
any little noise startles me awake. :confused:

Capt Charlie
June 18, 2006, 10:45 PM
Depends on what room I'm in when I hear the noise. Every room has a different gun ;) .

Blackwater OPS
June 18, 2006, 10:56 PM
I've been a light sleeper since my military days, but lately it seems like
any little noise startles me awake

You're not alone.

If I'm not really sure I heard anything I just take my beretta 96 and maglight, since I often have other people staying with me and I don't want to freak them out. Breaking glass or a forsurethereissoneinthehouse noise gets the 870 with streamlight.

stevelyn
June 18, 2006, 11:17 PM
Depends. Normally a Glock and a flashlight. However, there are snuffling and scratching noises which occurr from time to time on the outside walls that mandate a shotgun response w/spotlight illumination.

Jeepmark2005
June 18, 2006, 11:36 PM
The only guns I own are tactical weapons. They include a AR15 tricked out with Eotech and surefire light, A Mossberg 590, A Kimber dessert warrior and my wifes SP101.

Most of the guns stay locked in the safe but the Kimber is always at my bed side. A shotgun is AWSOME but it limited in tight quarters. My AR is a little more handy and with the weapon light it is well suited to check out the thing that goes bump in the night. But like I said it is usually locked in the safe and by the time I got it out and all of the gadgits turned on the bad guys would have already made off with everything down stairs.

My .45 is my go gun as a wepon of convienance.

fmjgordo
June 18, 2006, 11:45 PM
if its an inside noise i grab my 870. only holds five shells, but i dont think i'll need more than that inside. if i gotta go outside i grab the sks. hopefully i never have to drain 40+ rounds outside my house,but if i have to id rather be switching mags as opposed to reloading a shotgun.

CWO4USCGRET
June 18, 2006, 11:46 PM
I take Pounce:

http://iwantthatknife.com/Gallery/albums/custom-knives-added-4-16-2006/pounce.jpg

20 months old, 103#; anyone want to enter uninvited?

If the "noise" happens? Pounce will be on the job, 911 will be called, and I will defend where I am. Come to me....GLOCK 17 and PARAORD Warthog in .45 awaits...that is if Pounce leaves me anything...

WhyteP38
June 19, 2006, 12:07 AM
I take Pounce:

20 months old, 103#; anyone want to enter uninvited?

+1. Only mine is "Gipper," a 2-year-old female GSD, 85 pounds of solid muscle (she gets 30 minutes of continuous exercise 3-4 times per week).

Actually, I don't take her; she takes me. And I take Mr. Milspec and the nine dwarves.

dawg23
June 19, 2006, 01:08 AM
Posted by Dwight55: "I take my CCW / nightstand handgun, a full sized 1911 with a total of 9 rounds of FMJ..........."

Why would you use FMJ ammo (inside or anywhere else) ??

stratus
June 19, 2006, 01:46 AM
If I hear something, the P2000 9mm on the bedside is what gets picked up because it's all I've got at the moment. Next on the list is an 870P or a Mossy 590, but only after I buy the M3X to attach to the P2000 (having to grab a separate light as is the current arrangement is rather inefficient).

hsim
June 19, 2006, 05:44 AM
Sig 229 in 40S&W, with night sights and surefire flash light.

Tim Burke
June 19, 2006, 06:25 AM
The dog is probably a better force multiplier than a gun. Better eyes, better ears, & better reflexes. Given the choice between a 1911 with a tac rail light & a laser, or a Ruger Single Six & Pounce, I'd go with the dog and the 22.

308Enfield
June 19, 2006, 06:42 AM
The XD-45 is what stays on the nightstand, so it goes with me if I need something. I do need to add a Surefire to it soon, that would make it much better for investigating things that go bump in the night.

Big Calhoun
June 19, 2006, 08:13 AM
I take my Beretta 96 and my PDA. I can turn on the lights in my place with my PDA...so that nixes the flashlight and it's smaller.

Samurai
June 19, 2006, 08:38 AM
I keep a carbon-steel, live katana in the window sill above my bed, and I train regularly at opening eyes, snatching sword, sitting up, drawing, and clearing the entire room. I can do it in less than a second...

The gun safe is on the opposite side of the room, so the next thing to do is to jam the door (chair nearby). Hit the gun safe (everything up to this point can be done silently), open it, and take out the Springfield 1911-A1 Mil Spec, along with two Wilson Combat 8-round single stack magazines. (Upon seeing weapon, have Chuck-Norris-based martial arts fantasy..., keep going...) *click* ... *cha-chunk!* Unjam door. Let's go look around...

Maser
June 19, 2006, 08:39 AM
I take a picture of my girlfriend's ugly annoying friends and that will usually scare anyone or anything away. Seriously, I take my heavy bladed machete. I'm not allowed to keep ammo in my room so taking a firearm is out of the question.

Rangefinder
June 19, 2006, 09:19 AM
I generally don't worry too much--there's only one way in or out of my place. If the stairs alone don't take care of 'em, I have a choice of weaponry that spans 800 years to finish them off with. :D Viking bearded axe would handle things well, but the clean-up could be scary. It's a little tight for the nodachi or naginata, on of the rapiers would be good, but the claymores, lochabers, and halbergs are out... LOL

Seriously though... S&W .40VE with Glazer SS's and maglite. Shotguns are too unmanagable for tight quarters and have too much penetration.

Syntax360
June 19, 2006, 09:26 AM
First I grab my Steyr M9A1 sporting Ranger 127gr. +P+ and an M6X. I figure I could comfortably shoot that while laying down and it would be better for checking things out. If I'm sure something is admist and I have time, I go for my Mossberg 590 by the door with 4 rounds of #1 buck in the tube and 4 Brenneke slugs in the speed feed.

VeT|Us
June 19, 2006, 10:02 AM
Marlin 1894C in .357 if investigating a strange noise,
12g pump if there is no doubt about whats going on.

Ares45
June 19, 2006, 04:41 PM
A BIG +1 for the family pet.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y113/Ares45/bullmastiff.jpg

And, yes, I sleep quite well at night, thank you. :D

leadcounsel
June 19, 2006, 05:20 PM
+1 for the alert k9.

The Glock .40 and the tactical light and cell phone will be the first line of defense for investigating benign noises...

For any certain threats I'll barricade with the 12 gauge 870 and/or the HD semi auto rifle.

If I can't figure out what gun to chose, his reactions will let me know.

Here's what he does to ducks...

defib360
June 19, 2006, 05:25 PM
There are a few options laying around, mostly 1911's. To be honest however, I generally let George and Martha, my English mastiff's, handle the problem.
They arent the most aggressive dogs, however they will keep you [intruder] in one spot while making quite a vocal ruckus. George is about 180, and Martha 145....both still puppies @ about 9-18mo.

Twycross
June 19, 2006, 05:36 PM
Ah, good. I see I'm not the only one who keeps a blade nearby. I wouldn't clear the house with it though.

Tdog201
June 19, 2006, 06:08 PM
walther P99QA .40S&W with a lazer is what I use.

Capt Charlie
June 19, 2006, 06:47 PM
To be honest however, I generally let George and Martha, my English mastiff's, handle the problem.
Hmmm.... my 206 pound English Mastiff tells me to go sic 'em while she tries to hide under the bed! (if only she could fit!) :o :D

http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=13366&d=111845004
(this was her at 10 months, she's almost 3 now. She's the one on the right, by the way :D )

(Cannot post pictures... anyone else get REALLY frustrated with posting pictures on TFL??? I always have problems and the pics are ALWAYS to big!)
Only temporary Lead. We've been having problems with the uploads ever since the server crash, but our resident guru Tyme is working on it.

Edit: 8:50 EDT, try it again, Lead; it should be fixed now.

ddelange
June 19, 2006, 07:00 PM
I think this question/poll can be divided into what type of noise your hear. As several posters have mentioned: if it's just an odd sound or "bump" in the night that is probably nothing, I take my handgun; but if I'm sure someone's breaking in the house/invading, I take SG/rifle, et. al. Also, it's different for those who may have kids to protect, and those who only have to protect the lives of those in their bedroom.

For me, if it's just that odd bump, I take my Glock 17 w/ attached M3 tac light. However, if it's the noise of breaking glass, or an attempt to batter my front door in, I have to grab the M4 and protect the entry to the stairs that lead upstairs to our children. If I was alone in my room, I would call 911 and bunker down with my M4 and Mossberg 590A1. If you have the budget, making a room that you and/or family members can get to a hardened saferoom, it surely is better than trying to clear your house alone or intervene alone. Like I said, I have to go out of my room; but if I didn't, I'd hunker down after calling 911 on my landline or cell (you should have both on your nightstand because it is easy for a determined burglar/invader to disable your landline). I know some out there want to go protect their property, but in my opinion it's not worth getting shot over; plus, that's what insurance is for.

Finally, I also love my German Sheppard who can patrol inside and out via his doggie door.

chemist308
June 20, 2006, 12:46 AM
First item: Ryobi 18V flashlight--that sucker is brighter than a car headlight and would blind anyone.

Second item--this is recent for me, and only if my dogs are alerting me that I need it: Ruger 357 mag in single action with the hammer down. I'd rather risk my life leaving the hammer down, forcing that extra split second to be sure of what I'm shooting. Probably wouldn't even go for that if someone hadn't threatened me...

exprt9
June 20, 2006, 03:58 AM
I grab my home defense weapon Hard Chromed Colt 1911 Series 70 MKIV Govenment with Laser sight loaded alternately with Golden Sabers and FMJ. My Mag lite and my cell phone.

My wife will grab her 22 caliber 9 shot Taurus Model 94 with a 4" barrel

skeeter1
June 20, 2006, 05:15 PM
CWO4USCGRET--

Pounce is indeed a handsome animal, and would scare the bejeebers out of me. Given that big German Shepherd, I think a .22 is all you would need for backup.

Ares45
June 21, 2006, 01:39 PM
def & Capt Good to see other Mastiff owners around. They're not too common around these parts. By the way beautiful dog you got there Capt, love the pic. I do see a bit of family resemblance though.:D

On a side note, I don't worry too much about my Bully cowering under the bed. She once jumped slap thru a double pane window (my bedroom/3am). Scared the crap out of me. The next day I found half a pair of blue jeans hanging on the backyard fence.

kymasabe
June 21, 2006, 02:49 PM
Sig P226 with 15 rounds of Federal Hydra-Shoks and my SureFire light. My wife stays in the bedroom with my P32 back-up gun. Same rig for inside or outside. I can't exactly shoulder my AK and hold a flashlight at the same time without hanging all kinds of tactical crap on the gun so it's me and my trusty SIG everywhere I have to go. If I'm headed outside though, I bring an extra mag and the AK is ready in the house...just in case.

Rem1187
June 21, 2006, 04:50 PM
rem 1187 with 30 inch barell loaded with 00 buck:)

Edward429451
June 21, 2006, 05:49 PM
870 or a 45.

sparkysteve
June 21, 2006, 05:49 PM
I bring a few things:

1. Ruger GP100 4" Stainless .357 Mag
2. A full speedloader
3. Bowning Xenon flashlight
4. Cell Phone
4. My 90lb. furry four-legged friend.

brj
June 21, 2006, 05:56 PM
G19 and a maglite...Make sure the family is where they are supposed to be..I do not open the door/go outside.

Blammer
June 21, 2006, 06:44 PM
Sword & a pistol ( shortsword & my little .22RF CCW slipped into the pocket of my robe ) = Don't use a maglight, got motion detectors poin ting inward from the 'Perimeter' which would backlight anything outside, inside I want something without a safety or a need to load, and the ability to skewer/slash/chop quietly. Fireing a gun in the burbs is a last resort since the neighbors & their #@^&* celphones tend to complicate matters:mad:
OK if there's a justifiable shoot inside the house, but not for poping a racoon on the back patio:p

ddelange
June 21, 2006, 09:58 PM
Blammer:
shortsword & my little .22RF CCW slipped into the pocket of my robe ) = Don't use a maglight

How do you think that would do against a home invader with a 12ga loaded with 00 Buck? :D

M14fan
June 21, 2006, 10:59 PM
Either full sized 1911 loaded with 230gr Starfire or DW .44 mag with 8" heavy bbl loaded with 44 special 200 gr lead wadcutters. Very familiar with both, the DW can do double duty as a very heavy billett. No flashlight usually as unoccupied rooms are lit with soft flurescent bulbs while I am concealed in the darkness.

VUPDblue
June 22, 2006, 10:57 AM
Generally for me it is the Glock 22 with light attached. The only time I did get alerted by my attack dog, I happened to have been doing a grip change on the AR, so I used that to check outside. I found someone smashing the patio door in back of my neighbor's house. From a position of concealment, I phoned the local PD who were there in short-order and did their business. Perp never saw me, or heard me, but did see and ignore the barking of my dog...


...gratuitous pic of my vicious attack dog...
http://www.oldfarmmarket.com/Outside Media/sweet dexter 003.jpg

mete
June 22, 2006, 07:28 PM
A 40 pistol and a Surefire light ! But what noise ?? Ones I remember ? Early morning knock on the door -a bear ! Thump on the roof - racoon fell from a tree. Blood curdling scream which woke me up and scared me half to death - apparently a rabbit as he died in the talons of an owl ! City sounds are in my past .:D

Ozzieman
June 22, 2006, 08:15 PM
I picked HD shotgun, not sure what HD means but I am half asleep right now any way.
I would pick my pistol griped 870 with mag extension and a flash light attached for several reasons.
1 makes a good club
2 makes a BIG hole
3 makes a great sound when you pump one into the chamber and every one knows that sound.
4 looking into a 12 gage hole will scare any one
5 you don’t have to be that accurate.

VUPDblue
June 22, 2006, 09:29 PM
Usually it means Harley Davidson, but around here it means Home Defense:p

tINY
June 23, 2006, 01:12 AM
Nothing is as good as a pump action, 18" 12 gauge for that chore.




-tINY

Limeyfellow
June 23, 2006, 01:12 AM
Usually the dogs are there and they tend to warn at the first sound. I have the trusty shotgun or rifle. This house is built like a bunker and theres not much chance of penetrating the walls, though the shotgun is perferrable because of windows.

The only time I had a problem is when someone was peering in the window and I caught someone trying to break into my mother in law's house. Usually though most of our problems come from animals, so outside I perfer a rifle for better penetration.

38splfan
June 23, 2006, 02:03 AM
My HD shotty is not very tacti-"cool", but it gets the job done.

Ithaca 37 12 ga.
Standard (5rd) capacity tube with 20" barrel.
Cheap slip-on shell holder with a foam cheek pad underneath.

It's ugly, but it works.

VirgilCaine
June 23, 2006, 10:01 AM
My 18" Winchester Defender 12g.

My county sherfiff told me that I'd have to handle whatever happens at my house for 17-22 minutes average, and even longer in the winter. My dog will alert me, but she would'nt bite a biscuit..unless its a upland bird. One thing I do have that I highly recommend is one of these http://www.dakotaalert.com/catalog/ It lets me know if someone/something is wandering around.

Trip20
June 23, 2006, 12:10 PM
5 you don’t have to be that accurate.

What type of HD shotshells do you use which are capable of creating an inescapable cone-of-death at typical indoor distances? :p

tINY
June 23, 2006, 12:32 PM
The base of the cone isn't very big. You still have to aim a shotgun. It is easier to aim than a pistol.

Mine's the 1300 Defender - I love that rotary bolt.



-tINY

springmom
June 23, 2006, 05:03 PM
I take the Springfield XD with me. I use it instead of my revolver because I don't miss with it. Can't say the same for the revolver, at least not within the tolerances I'd want for using it in my home.

Springmom

revjen45
June 25, 2006, 12:25 PM
10-shot 9mm auto with 2 extra mags + 100k candlepower light. SKS if it's outside. Since we rent we are unable to have a dog, unfortunately.

ddelange
June 25, 2006, 08:54 PM
Pistols seem to get a lot of votes; I wonder how many of us carry a handgun on our person while inside our house.

Look for poll in General Discussion Forum. . . .

joab
June 25, 2006, 09:18 PM
For night time bumps I take my 870 HD only because it already has a flashlight mounted on it.

But like others I have a four legged early warning system an 83 lps APBT, not much good as an attack dog but I have learned his different barks and attitudes in response to what is outside.
If it's an animal he wants to go out and engage, if it's a person he comes and gets me.
But he did warn me about a boy trying to climb in the neighbor girls window last month

riverrat66
June 25, 2006, 09:40 PM
I've been a light sleeper since my military days, but lately it seems like
any little noise startles me awake.
You're not alone.
I wonder how many guys on this board are just like that. I'm such a light sleeper I've been awaken by the clock in the living room ticking!

I've always kept some sort of firearm within a arms reach but recently it's been my XD45. I might be keeping one of these on my nightstand soon. http://www.sigarms.com/Products/ShowCatalogProductDetails.aspx?categoryid=37&productid=148

My two 95# Labs bark at someone just walking by the house so they compliment my security system very well. Actually they are very friendly dogs but they have a very scary bark and alert me.

riverrat66...out

tINY
June 26, 2006, 04:06 AM
I wouldn't underestimate that 83 pound Terrier as an attack dog if someone is in his yard uninvited or poses a threat to you.

Working breeds like that are protective when the rubber hits the road (or is that the bull comes around the corner?).



-tINY

riverrat66
June 26, 2006, 08:33 AM
That's an outstanding suggestion that VirgilCaine made. I forgot to mention in my earlier post that I have outside lights and some motion lights but the deer and rabbits keeps setting them off. The police said keeping bushes and shrubs away from your windows and lighting the outside around the house is one of the best determents.

riverrat66...out

joab
June 26, 2006, 11:08 AM
I wouldn't underestimate that 83 pound Terrier as an attack dog if someone is in his yard uninvited or poses a threat to you.He's been tested and failed on both accounts.
But he's fun to watch catching flies or barking at the wind

tINY
June 26, 2006, 02:42 PM
Ah well - mine only weighs 65 pounds. At 13 years, he decides if a sound is worth getting up for or not.....



-tINY

NDIrishjr
June 26, 2006, 05:04 PM
Where is the option for samurai sword? Followed by the .44 mag!

drifts1
June 27, 2006, 11:48 PM
This is a hard one. I used to be a lighter sleeper and live in a more violent area, all bumps were checked out with my pistol and a shotgun hung on the wall next to my bed. But now I live in a very nice area which is much safer and my boys are now teenagers that get up at all times of the night so bumps in the night occur every night. A few years ago my older son was getting water in the wee hours of the morning when we startled each other (gun in hand). After that I longer (try to)check out bumps in the night with gun in hand unless I know its not my boys causing the bumps. So to answer the question the Maglite gets the call first, usually.

OSU_good_ol_boy_33
June 28, 2006, 12:17 AM
I like Ozzieman's response, my father keeps a short barrelled 870 w/ pistol grips by the bedside at his home, loaded w/ buckshot, i am in college so the glock 22 is on my night stand along w/ a surefire light, cell phone, wallet and benchmade knife. The knife isn't really there for a tactical purpose just the place where i tend to set it when its time to pass out. If i were to only have one gun for HD (Home Defense) i would definately go w/ an 870 w/ extended mag. and buckshot and slugs if i'm alone in the house.

riverrat66
June 28, 2006, 01:49 AM
Check out this AD 12.GA shotgun into this guys ankle. HERE (http://community.webshots.com/photo/551758151/2323274550055762686npLwFa) I think a shotgun is the way to go for home defense.

dfaugh
June 28, 2006, 09:05 AM
I have a big house, so it depends where I am in the house. In the back (family room) is a Mossberg 7+1, loaded with 3" 15 pellet 00 buck...Front closet has 9mm carbine...Bedroom has most of my other guns, but I'd grab the SKS-M, with a 30 round mag. None may be ideal, in itself, but will let me (hopefully) get to the more appropriate one.

Have 4 German Shepherds, which will give early warning(but they are all kenneled, in the house at night, because they fight with each other)...They know the sounds of all family cars (and my sons girlfriends!) as well as all our footsteps. Kinda amazing, they may bark when a family member comes in, but not usually. But, for something out of the ordinary, they have an "alarm bark" that's totally different. I'm a very sound sleeper (insomniac, take drugs to sleep), but if I hear an "alarm bark" I'll come awake REAL quick. Funny how you can be conditioned that way.

Preferred weapon would be the shotgun. With the loads I use (Sellior and Belliot, no shot cup) they spread out fast, about a 24" pattern at 40 ft. (which would be likely in my house). So I've got 120 .32 caliber projectiles on hand.

P.S. if the noise is outside, I'll send my BIG male GSD to investigate, take the SG with me. He's trained to "search", and you REALLY don't want him to find you hiding in the bushes!

DBOUNCE1
June 28, 2006, 10:25 AM
right next to the bed is S&W sigma in .40 with a spare mag next to it behing the door is the mossberg 88 made for HD gun then in the closet is Ar-15 with sure fire light and 2 coupled 30rnd mags

autopsytech
June 28, 2006, 11:20 AM
I too have been a very lite sleeper since my Paramedic days. I would take what I cusually cary, Ruger P345 w/ 185gr. Hydrashoks. My wife keeps the Ruger Security Six .357 revolver on her side, loaded with +P sjhp .38 spl rounds. Thats what we keep upstairs loaded. Downstairs we have 5 dogs, and a Hi-Power stratejectly placed. I feel sorry for whoever encounters the dogs first. And yes they are indoor dogs, but don't let that fool you.:D

Rick R
June 28, 2006, 11:39 AM
I'm not a hugh fan of his, but Mas Ayoob's suggestion of carrying the family house cat in one hand and flashlight in the other is not too bad. Find burglar, toss cat. Cat does what cats do, latches on with 20 claws and climbs to the top of what (who) ever it lands on. ;)

I investigate bump in the night noises with my off duty/bedstand gun, a 70 series Colt Commander in .45 in one hand and a Surefire 6z in the other.

mack59
June 28, 2006, 12:59 PM
I've always felt a dog is the best first line of defense - it can alert you, help locate a threat, and depending - possibly defend you and drive the threat away. Lost my dog/friend of 14 years last year - new wife and kids have bad allergies - so that rules out a new friend. Suppose I could use the wife and kids in place of the dog ;)

I have five kids - ages 6 through 12 - there are a lot of noises at night - even in the country. I really want to shoot that blankity blank coon that keeps getting into the trash - (hasn't tried again since I put a mix of hot sauce and hot ground peppers in the trash and on the lid). But I digress. With so many noise makers in my house and outside - coons, coyotes, wandering dogs and cats. If I grabbed a gun everytime I heard a noise (being old and grumpy and mean - according to my kids) I'd be getting up purty near every night. So I usually just lie in bed and listen for a minute or two - I've lived in my old house for about a decade now and I know all the sounds it makes and can tell where someone is in the house just by listening - I also can usually tell from the footsteps which kid it is or if it's my wife. So mostly I don't get out of bed except to get up for work.

However, if I heard alarming noises - breaking glass, splintering wood, unknown footsteps in places they shouldn't be - then I would get up - put on my bathrobe - (always handy since farmhouses from the 20's don't have master bathrooms and four of my five are girls) - and then grab my one of three small flashlights I keep on a shelf on my nightstand, then I would hit the electronic combination on my nightstand gun safe and remove the 1911 45acp - rack the slide and push the safety on and grab the two extra mags - I would drop the two mags into one pocket of my robe, then I would quietly go investigate - staying in the dark and using the flashlight should I identify a potential threat while keeping my pistol pointed in a safe direction- hidden by my side. I'm not a big fan of gun mounted flashlights - primarily because I don't want to have to point a gun at something before I've been able to positively identify it. I don't use a shotgun since with young kids and their various friends,who often stay over, a shotgun is just harder to store safely.

The nightstand safe has a glock 17 and the extra flashlights for my wife. If it were a serious threat I would protect the kids first and all of them would run to mom/stepmom anyway. I do have a Savage bolt gun in 308 and a Springfield M1A NM with three loaded 20 round mags in the bedroom in a gun safe that are easily accessible to me - but they are there primarliy because I reload and my loading bench is in the bedroom - (and having been married before gentlemen - it was a condition I stipulated with the wife before we got hitched).

Also, remember to forward your home protection plans to local law enforcement or swat so they may properly plan in case they ever need to serve a no-knock warrant at your home. ;)

PaulBk
June 28, 2006, 04:03 PM
It is kind of funny that this is being discussed right now. Around 10:30 pm last night I heard a loud crash out in front of our house, followed immediately by the sound of breaking glass. I immediately grabbed my Surefire and G26 to investigate.

It ended up being a couple of the neighborhood kids riding bikes and one of them rode his bike into the recycling on the curb, causing the can to hit the glass recycling bin creating quite a commotion. He was fine, just a little shaken up. I was fine, just a little concerned. The semi-auto provided a discreet way to investigate without causing undue alarm.

-PB

wolfdog45
July 8, 2006, 10:16 PM
I would take my Mossberg 590 loaded with 8 rounds of "000" buck and my 1911A1 to investigate.

revjen45
July 9, 2006, 10:58 AM
Answer to post #60: I don't know about anyone else, but I DO carry a 10-shot 9mm in a holster all the time at home. When leaving the homestead I carry it or something else concealed.

OJ
July 9, 2006, 12:46 PM
My friends go with me.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y25/kmastf/P2240001.jpg

Charley & Katie

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y25/kmastf/P3130001A.jpg

Colt's MKIV/Series 70 Government Model 45 ACP manufactured in late 1970.

Works for me though, the thought has accurred to me I may be using the same reasoning Charley does about driving thunder away - he has proved beyoind doubt if he barks at it long enough, he drives it away!;)

:D :D

ruger101
July 11, 2006, 10:24 AM
a ithacha 37 getting racked,usually stops the second sound, if it don't ,proceed.:D