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Old December 5, 2012, 09:45 AM   #105
OldMarksman
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Posted by Dwight55: The fact that the bg is ascending the stairs means he is coming after you, and your family.
Not necessarily, if his motive is to take valuables...but if he sees you, he may well decide to shoot you.

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Waiting until he is on your level, . . . exposes the whole family to his gunfire.
Only if he sees them.

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Basic battle tactics never change from the battlefield to the house, . . . from the kitchen to the church, . . . engage them from cover, . . . with as much concealment as possible, . . . engage them when they are vulnerable, . . . engage them when non combatants are at the least risk, . . .
Your objective is not to win a battle, but to avoid it if possible, while keeping the family safe.

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Waiting till they enter the bedroom, . . . may as well voted for Obama. Makes about as much sense.
Yet the experts are virtually unanimous in recommending going to a saferoom.

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FWIW: those are the tactics learned as an 11B40, . . . light infantry platoon sergeant, . . . they work for our men in the sandbox, . . . they'll work for us at home.
They might be advisable if your objective were to engage the intruder while putting yourself at risk to do so, but that is not the objective of home defense.
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