Originally Posted by monkeyfist
...It may be something as stupid as my hot water heater making an odd sound, but I don't feel I should hide in my bedroom waiting for something to manifest itself.
I'd find it extremely hard to go back to sleep until I found out where the noise came from, and a quick check would solve that....
That's fine. But it doesn't change the simple reality that if there is someone there willing to do you harm, the result will probably not be good for you or your family, even if you do have your gun with you. Your choice.
And by the way, how much training have you had in how to go armed through a building in which there may be one of more intruders?