View Full Version : What is is your noise-in-the-backyard gear?

August 16, 2002, 08:39 AM
What stuff do you usually bring when you hear a noise in your backyard or something like that? How do you carry it?

August 16, 2002, 09:03 AM
it is called you sit tight check your doors and call 911. never go looking

August 16, 2002, 09:07 AM
Large German Shephard. Scares off the racoons, 'possum and draws fire from the skunks.

August 16, 2002, 09:13 AM
I live in the country, and have no land-line phone...

cell service is sporadic at my place... (almost useless)

BUT, the truck (with keyless entry) is only a couple feet from the door (and protected)

grab a shotgun (shorty 870 or Stoeger coachgun)

enter truck, start it, on go all 7 overhead lights, and the headlights and driving lights...

drive around house... (can always drive away if necessary)

All this assuming it is a human problem. (good eyes, and a quick look through the window will confirm this!)

USUALLY it is coyotes... so, the tools are my Marlin .44 mag levergun or the 12 Ga. pump, and a maglite... (6 cell)

open door slow, jacklight offending vermin, take quick but thourough look to make sure it's a coyote, place sights between eyes, and shoot... (haul the carcass to the pit in the am...)

August 16, 2002, 02:04 PM
.45 or shotgun, streamlight flashlight.

Sit inside near phone, light up backyard with lights. If it is racoons, stupid kids or burglar, they'll probably run.

If some sort of death squad/home invader unit, easier to nail them coming thru the door.

August 16, 2002, 02:13 PM
120lb saint bernard , 50 lb pitbull. go back to sleep.:D let dogs in in the morning.

August 16, 2002, 04:05 PM
USP .45 and surefire E2e. No 911 for bumps in the night for me - guess it's a death wish? Must have read too much Hagakure.

August 16, 2002, 07:31 PM
Surefire flashlight, S&W 686 revolver, two large dogs, maybe a vest. But they've got to get over the fence first.

August 16, 2002, 08:38 PM
I hand my girlfriend a bat and a flashlight and have her go take a peek.

August 16, 2002, 10:40 PM
I try to protect myself my loved ones and my property. I usually prescribe to the theory that a man should take care of his own problems.

August 16, 2002, 11:10 PM
I usually prescribe to the theory that a man should take care of his own problems.

Not even a trained LEO would want to go out alone in a scenerio like this. You gotta be alive to take care of your problems. If you go outside, looking for an unknown threat (unless not feasible, like Hermi), you are taking unneeded risks. Call the cops and let them handle the outside problems. If the BG tries to enter the house, then you're there to defend your family until the cops arrive.

Put flood lights around your house, facing AWAY from the house. Using motion sensors or even flipping them on yourself will deter most nighttime prowlers.

MP Freeman
August 16, 2002, 11:50 PM
A pair tactical (black) miniture weiner dogs! Loud bark and nothing else. But they can snoop and poop in the backyard exquisitly!


August 16, 2002, 11:57 PM
If you go outside, looking for an unknown threat (unless not feasible, like Hermi), you are taking unneeded risks.Well sir, you might be right. Of course on the other hand, my dad, my grandfather and most of my other role models have prescribed to this theory and not only am I still alive and kicking, so are they. So far I have managed to do a pretty bang up job of taking care of myself my loved ones and my property and as yet I haven’t needed to call in any help when things go bump. Don’t worry, I will if I need to though. ‘Preciate your concern for my well-being however.

MP Freeman
August 17, 2002, 12:02 AM
HTML = gun shop commando on

I will load up a DCTEC9 with the 32 rd mag. Install beret on melon, don the SOF tactical T-shirt, camo pants, jump boots, and tanto blade in teeth. Have Desert Eagle (Gold) as back up gun, mexican carry. Jump out of second story window, do a double flip while using covering fire from tactical Theresa in camo thong underwear from bedroom window. Close eyes, because the DCTEC9 is so accurate, and dump 32 rds, reload, dump another 32 rounds into the general direction of sound. New York reload with Desert Eagle (gold) and run in to finish off the 14year old toilet papering my beloved tree. After my dogs finish eating the carcass, they need this for their attack training, I might call the county meat wagon to clean up the mess. Go back inside, make love to tactical Theresa in her tactical teddy and live happily ever after. That's what your supposed to do in my state!

HTML = gun shop commando off


August 17, 2002, 12:08 AM

No sweat. :) You have one advantage many of us do not. Being in Texas, you can use deadly force on your property with more leeway than most of us. I'd just assume let the cops handle it because I don't want to fork out $50k for lawyers.

August 17, 2002, 12:09 AM
make love to tactical Theresa

What, normal love? Should be at least semi-tactical love for all of that effort.:)

August 17, 2002, 12:14 AM
Being in Texas, you can use deadly force on your property with more leeway than most of us. I'd just assume let the cops handle it because I don't want to fork out $50k for lawyers. Neither do I. However, investigating a “bump” does not a shooting make.

August 17, 2002, 01:56 AM
Actually, I tend to check front yard noises with a SIG .45 in my front pocket. Backyard noises the pistol is in my hand, unless I decide the 20 gauge Winchest 1300 is appropriate.

I've only had one occasion where I seriously though someone was actually back there, and then I did call 911. Phoenix's finest were on the scene within about 2 minutes, and I had told the 911 operator that my pistol would laying on the couch, empty, with the slide locked back & no magazine. The 911 call was more for legal CYA than anything.

When I do midnight yardwork I carry in a military bianchi holster, usually under my shirt, unless I think display is appropriate.

August 17, 2002, 05:50 AM
I have a quick crisis belt I put together based on tips I got from Denny Hansen. It consists of one of those 2" ballistic nylon belts with the quick deploy buckle so you can snap it on over athletic shorts and the like in a hurry and still be well prepared. It contains a holster for my .40 with a spare mag pouch, Surefire M-2 light on weak side in polymer holster, (8) 12g 2 3/4 00 buckshot, and a C.R.K.T. Kasper Pro clip on folder ( large) I may add a couple of large tie straps. The shotgun shells are cause in MY H.D. situation where I live the Mossy 590 would be the first long arm reached for. Granted this is for the bigger back yard comotion, I also have a CS9 and Streamlight Scorpion REAL handy for the little woman to back me up with. In Fl you can't use deadly force to save property so I'd be staying inside if I felt the need to send an investigator out to the back yard my Rottie will get that detail and he is quite effective.

August 17, 2002, 04:22 PM
Matt, you failed to mention your laser sight on your TEC9. As well, how about your NVGs that you used in SEEL Team 37.5?

Why not do as your brother would do and use cannister in the 106mm reckless or, of course, the claymores in the trees (or foo gas depending on your location [foo gas not good for hairy-chested Western States in drought conditions])?

Whatever you do, remember, only sissies like KSFreeman worry about Problem #2 and you looking like gun shoppe commando in front of jury.

August 17, 2002, 04:40 PM
I hand my girlfriend a bat and a flashlight and have her go take a peek.

I darn near coughed soda through my nose on that post...

P.S. dont forget to tell her to make sure the cars are locked before she comes back in....:)

August 17, 2002, 11:07 PM
I call my neighbor (airforce jet jockey). Send him out first to draw fire and then I'll attack from the flank! Poor Jet Jock falls for it everytime. He must be reading TFL though because last night he sent his wife out with a baseball bat! LOL


August 18, 2002, 12:20 AM
Don't really have a yard, but i do have a front and back patio, that are both fenced in. I will agree with those that say let the police handle the house clearing.

If i manage to hear a person breaking in, then i will go to the stair well, so that i can defend the 2nd floor of my townhouse, but i am not descending the stairs looking for an intruder. To me that just doesn't seem very smart. But i will protect the upstairs, while my wife is on the phone with the cops. Ill let them take care of the ground floor.


Don Rac
August 18, 2002, 03:28 AM
MP Freeman, remember, when you make semi-tactical love to tactical Theresa, most tactical operators are high speed low drag individuals that get in and out of there in a hurry!:D

MP Freeman
August 19, 2002, 09:40 PM
Yeah, like a flash-bang grenade!

August 21, 2002, 02:39 PM
Well, the house has motion detector lights all around, and the barn is well lit. So for the most part I can see far enough out into the yard to tell if someone is in the immediate vicinity of the house or in front of the barn, from a window.
If I see someone, I call the cops.
Its far more likely to be a varmint of some sort, so I usually grab a 3 D- Cell maglight and go check things out. Light stays off, and I move quietly through the yard looking for anything unusual. If necessary the light comes on to spotlight stuff. Should I find the varmint I do my best not to disturb it while I go get the old 12 gauge, or a .22 depending on whats handier. The dog occasionally comes along, she's good at treeing things :)

If the sound is a dead give away that somethings going on, I'd take the gun on the first trip out (again provided I don't see anyone from inside the house). Usually something upsets the dog, and we go check it out though.