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Old November 26, 2014, 08:17 PM   #76
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I just googled "homeowner shot in home invasion, I found one where the headline didn't read "suspect shot by homeowner", and that was a women and her husband sitting in the living room when to guys busted down the door and said they were police, she was grazed by 3 shots....

Find me some incidents where a armed home owner left his bedroom and was shot to death? I can not find any but may be looking in the wrong place...

I understand what you are saying {minus the "phooey" part, I had to look it up on websters it seems that is a little before my time, and it says "An example of phooey is what one might say upon hearing a lie.", there is not a single "lie" in my post, point one out, if you would, I will provide you with proof in one way or another}, in regard to hiding and waiting, I said it can work, but its not right for all situations...

There are a few things about that plan I don't like, for example, now I am not a pro like you guys by any means.. I have done a lot of shooting in my life, I have taken many classes, and I talk about this with a few "pros", I do not like the idea of bundling up my family in one room and waiting for an armed intruder to enter because there are a few problems with that plan...

1- I am the only line of defense, where me holding my ground outside the room gives me the high ground, the line of sight and in all cases I can think of the advantage.

2- if an intruder does make it past me my wife is inside the room and ready to fire {kind of like your plan}

3- If I were in there and ready to fire I would have to shoot someone in front of my kids, that would be the main 1 part plan, in my plan the intruder should be disabled outside the room, my family would just hear the shots and then me saying I was OK...

4-you wait for the cops in a closed room, while the "bad guys" can be lighting your house on fire, turning on the gas stove and oven, lighting their pipe bombs, doing any assortment of demented acts they can wrp their injured minds around...

My point is there is no right or wrong way to defend your home, as I have said a bunch of times, do what you think is going to work and what allows you to sleep at night, and I will do the same...

I am looking for an article where a family {I believe it was navada} was burnt to death hiding from intruders, it was a while back and it wasn't the Cheshire incident which I linked above {that was just a handful of miles from my home}, I don't know if they were armed or not, but I remember the intruders took gas from the mans garage, and poured it all over the house then lit it...

That doesn't sound like the plan worked out well for the homeowner, but hey I bet his insurance covered the damage...

PS- I think I am insulted with the "phooey" remark, lol can you explain what that means to me, I don't mind debating these things and I will keep an open mind on any subject, I feel strongly about my home invasion plan, obviously I am betting my families lives on it, so that being said I will put my money where my mouth is, you want to come on over and Ill supply the training weapons, $1500 everytime you shoot me, it may be fun, and $1500 every time I shoot you leaving my room after the alarm is sounded, you walk in my house after never being inside it before in the dark, we will stop at $15K

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Old November 26, 2014, 08:44 PM   #77
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Anyway, I have a full view, and as far as video systems I have plenty of cameras inside and out, I can look at them on my iphone, but that program take minutes to boot up, I don't know which one you use but both of mine {one is a lorex {they are owned by flir} and the other is night owl {its the zuess system if I remember correctly, it was one of the only hdmi enabled systems at the time}, I have cameras all around the house, at each entry way there is a full motion camera controlled by my Iphone, I can open garage doors, turn on the pool lights, inside lights, tv's, gas fireplace, hvac system, ect ect ect from my phone, I can even talk to the person at my front door when they ring my door bell as if I was home, so my security system isn't the issue, the issue is the time it takes to log that system on my phone...
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Your unsubstantiated belief that you are "secure" enough to do so does not mean that you can do it.

Phooey.
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Old November 26, 2014, 08:46 PM   #78
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...PS- I think I am insulted with the "phooey" remark, lol can you explain what that means to me,...
That essentially means that I can't take you seriously. I don't believe that you know what you are talking about, and I don't believe that you have any useful knowledge to pass along.

I've had some good training, including exercises in simulators and a bit of force-on-force. I've been taught by pros and taught with pros, and the things you are asserting do not ring true to me.
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Old November 26, 2014, 09:16 PM   #79
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OK, so find me some real life articles of guys getting shot leaving their bedrooms? Where is the proof fellas? I just searched {and did some good reading} and all of the headlines are "intruder killed, intruder shot 5 times, intruders shot 1 dead and 1 at large", there are few {if any, I have not seen one} showing an armed homeowner shot while hunting someone in his house}..

Where is the proof, and Frank I did not insult you or try to in anyway, you do it your way I'll do it mine, if you want to make assumptions about me from 3 internet posts, feel free, I know all I need to know about you, I know that if someone comes to your house they have how ever long it takes the cops there to pillage your belongings because you will be hiding in your bedroom, so if they call in a hostage situation across town and a man with a gun a little closer, they could have up to an hour before they got to you, by then you may need a new mattress... I wonder if the insurance would cover that...

I gave you a few reasons why I would not lock myself in my room with my family, and you have no reply to them? I asked for real life situations where people have been harmed, no replly, Just phooey really mature guys, good luck with that.

I live in an area where there is very low crime and the cost of housing is high enough to weed out most of the troubled, but that also makes us targets, they figure MONEY, JEWELRY, ELECTRONICS, ECT and in most cases they are right, they also think easy targets, high income, $200K of cars in the driveway, these people will lock themselves in their bedroom if we kick in that fancy door, well at my house they will be mistaken, PM me your address I'll send the ones that live your way, you can watch them light your house on fire from on your iphone...

I agree with your ideas {not really yours but the ones you have read} and had no interest in an argument or anything of the sort, just a conversation, I assure you if this was in person you would not be so disrespectful. This topic could help people to defend themselves better, and instead of being open to new ideas you say Phooey, you must be really fun to talk to in person..

PS I apologise to the OP for the ransack of your thread..

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Old November 26, 2014, 09:22 PM   #80
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Living right outside of New Orleans. From a dead sleep about 2 am, a loud bang wakes me up, girlfriend is holding my arm asking what it was. Grabbed the XDm and light and told her to stay in the room, cleared the house while working my way to the front door, got there and it was still locked and dead bolted. Big gust of wind had ripped the storm door open and smashed it against the side of the house, breaking the glass. It was over pretty quickly but very tense for those few minutes. I was surprised at how alert I was, though.
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Old November 26, 2014, 09:30 PM   #81
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Living right outside of New Orleans. From a dead sleep about 2 am, a loud bang wakes me up, girlfriend is holding my arm asking what it was. Grabbed the XDm and light and told her to stay in the room, cleared the house while working my way to the front door, got there and it was still locked and dead bolted. Big gust of wind had ripped the storm door open and smashed it against the side of the house, breaking the glass. It was over pretty quickly but very tense for those few minutes. I was surprised at how alert I was, though.
Bud, you MESSED UP, you should have called 911 locked your bedroom door and waited for the police to come and save you, New Orleans, they have a good track record for saving people...

LOL, you would still be there under your covers, get Franks number so he can talk you through it next time...


PS Frank thanks for the Friendly warning through PM, Ill try not to disagree with you anymore... You have a lot of cleaning up to do if spelling words with like the S word with a $ symbol substitute is profanity, I have seen it on this forum plenty of times...


Still waiting for proof that leaving your bedroom gets you killed...

I am super bored waiting for sausage to finish cooking so I can make my stuffing for tomorrow, so I have been looking through headlines and found one but he didnt leave his bedroom, he was shot in his bed, when he went for his gun!!!!
OH YEAH AND HE WAS IN A WHEEL CHAIR!!!! Thats the only one I can find...
http://www.cbs46.com/story/23598023/...-home-invasion

Guess what I did find, I started reading all these suspect shot by homeowner, and all the guys that shot the intruders, I have NOT FOUND ONE that stayed in his bedroom, I think your rule is really good, for the intruder, lol...

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Old November 26, 2014, 10:11 PM   #82
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....Where is the proof,...
Well for one thing, there used to be an annual event called the National Tactical Invitational at which some 130 of the top security people and firearm trainers gathered, by invitation only, to test skills and examine tactics. One of the events is a force-on-force exercise using simunitions in which the "Good Guy" must clear a house against a single "Bad Guy." During the first six of these annual events, only one "Good Guy", in one year "survived" the exercise and he was head of NASA security firearms training at the time. And one, and only one, made it through the seventh year. The tactical advantage of the ensconced adversary is just too great. And remember, these were highly skilled, highly trained instructors/operators.

Second, I can refer to my training at Gunsite, with Massad Ayoob and with Louis Awerbuck.

Third, I can refer to the posts I've linked to in post 12 and the comments in those who also had some training in clearing buildings.

Fourth, see
  • This story about a homeowner killed when he interrupted a burglar.

  • This article about a pastor shot with his own gun interrupting a burglar.

  • This article about a man shot confronting a burglar.

  • This article about a man shot interrupting a burglar.

  • This article about a police officer killed investigating an apparently on-going burglary at a neighbor's home.

  • This article about a homeowner shot investigating a noise.
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OK, so find me some real life articles of guys getting shot leaving their bedrooms? Where is the proof fellas?
As in analogous subjects in which the actual data are limited, we can , should, and do rely upon other data, such as simulation--just as we do in evaluating air combat, etc. The data have been provided, several times.

Here they are again: "One of the events is a force-on-force exercise using simunitions in which the "Good Guy" must clear a house against a single "Bad Guy." During the first six of these annual events, only one "Good Guy", in one year "survived" the exercise and he was head of NASA security firearms training at the time. And one, and only one, made it through the seventh year. The tactical advantage of the ensconced adversary is just too great".

For real incidents, see Frank's post just before this one.

The strategy that you have espoused has been tried and found wanting in realistic exercises, and it is universally considered a very bad idea.

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One more time: the proof has been presented. Your inability to recognize and comprehnd it is your problem.

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Old November 26, 2014, 10:22 PM   #84
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Them are all unarmed {with 2 exceptions} people coming home to a burglary in process, that is in no way what we are talking about Frank, c'mon you are reaching and it is embarrassingly obvious.

I am not talking about a stranger walking into a strange place and clearing an area already occupied by "bad guys", I am not talking about coming home unarmed to an intruder you don't know is there, your entire previous post is Phooey, its american chop phooey if you ask me......

So you did your research and that is what you came up with? "INTERRUPTING BURGLARS", this is a conversation about whether to hide in your room with your hd weapon pointed at the door or proceeding towards the threat at a safe pace in a familiar environment after training to do so, with practice and planning, give me a break, you have let me down, I thought this was going to be harder than that..

I enjoyed the one with the Pastor {obviously tried to talk the gentleman out of robbing the church while pointing a gun at him, most likely didn't have the heart to pull the trigger}, also interrupted a burglar... None of these apply.. try again, but don't hurt yourself


Keep bringing up the force on force, it is not the same as protecting your house, they are walking into a occupied area giving, in essence they are the intruder. I am talking about my house with my plan and my practice on my terms, I will see where they are before they know I am looking for them...

Force on force that you are talking about are excercises to show locals that they need more backup, more funding and more equipment before entering a building, I agree... It has nothing to do with home invasion, if anything you prove my point, everytime the invader gets shot, good job, in them situations where a cop is clearing a building they are the intruder...

there are holes in the hide and let them seek you technique, they can burn you out, they can pepper your bedroom door and walls with shots, they cankick down the door guns blazing and catch on of your kids with a shot, I want the chance to be between them and my family, you have not convinced me that hiding is the way to go...

I am not trying to ruffle your feathers, I see you guys have been on here for almost a decade, and I am sure you can gather as much opinion as you please, but as for your argument, it is poor at best..

You keep bringing up the force on force, where the cops intrude an area and get killed, do you realize that is proven my point..

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...You keep bringing up the force on force, where the cops intrude an area and get killed, do you realize that is proven my point.
Actually, it doesn't prove your point. If you are going through your house looking for a bad guy, you are effectively intruding on a space controlled by someone with hostile intentions. That it's your house means nothing. The bad guy doesn't need to know your house. All he needs to know is that you're coming. Unless you have secret passages, he'll know from where you'll be coming.
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Old November 26, 2014, 11:10 PM   #86
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I disagree, a stranger in a strange house won't even know where the light switches are, you will know where he is he {in my plan} will have no idea where I am... I will not be wearing cement shoes and a cow bell, the alarm will be blaring they wont hear my footsteps, under 2 minutes I can have my kids in the room with my wife, if I go to my oldest sons room {furthest from mine} first and send him to get his brother and then proceed to the stairway directly I am there at the bottom of the stairs in less than a minute!!!

If you think an intruder has the upper hand in your house, with alarm sirens blaring, that you do, then take your own advise and hide until they are done raping your security. Maybe you should stack up your valuables so they aren't there as long...

I am having trouble taking you guys seriously.. You seriously with a straight face think an intruder has control of my 2800square foot frist floor in under 60 seconds, they are still adjusting to the darkness, and as soon as I make out their shape I will be flashing my strobe confirming the threat and squeezing the trigger..

Again I will touch on the fact that leaving the room is not for everyone, but in my home I will be leaving the room, I told my reasons, you failed to sway me, so nothing changed... You are bringing unrelated material to the discussion and can't see past what you think you know..

We all have our own plan if we are smart and we practice it, yours is pretty easy to practice and I am not saying its wrong, but its just not the same as mine, I know my local troopers response time, I know what can happen when people are left alone in your home, and I am confident that leaving the room will end better than not..

This is getting no where, I am sad to say, thanks for trying, have a good holiday, no hard feelings, I hope, my intentions were not to make an enemy here, I already met a local member that I was able to help with a reloading issue, besides today I am impressed with the caliber of members here...

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Actually, it doesn't prove your point. If you are going through your house looking for a bad guy, you are effectively intruding on a space controlled by someone with hostile intentions. That it's your house means nothing. The bad guy doesn't need to know your house. All he needs to know is that you're coming. Unless you have secret passages, he'll know from where you'll be coming.
I'm going to disagree. If you're in my house in the dark, there's a good chance you're leaving in a bag. I know my house and the door was locked for your safety.
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I locked the door for your safety, I like that, I am definitely going to use that...
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...You seriously with a straight face think an intruder has control of my 2800square foot frist floor...
He doesn't have to. He just has to, and does, control the 10 square feet of space you're about to walk into.
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...I told my reasons, you failed to sway me,...
Let me be clear -- I don't have any interest in swaying you. You do whatever you want. Your fate is not my concern.

My concern is other readers of this thread, and for that reason I will not let misinformation go unchallenged. Once again, as another member of staff here, and a nationally known trainer has said:
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The mistake is more likely to be going to investigate, not whether the lights are on.
This. It bears repeating.

When a criminal breaks into your home, the smart thing to do is to get yourself and your loved ones into a locked room with your weapon out and ready to fire the moment the criminal comes through the door. Once your family is safe behind that locked door, don't go looking for trouble! Call the cops and let them find the intruder for you.

Waiting in a secure place while keeping your family behind your protective firearm is not cowardly. It is not an act of surrender, and it isn't even "hiding from the crooks!" It is simply setting up a well-planned tactical ambush.

This tactical ambush tilts the odds in your favor and puts you in the best position to directly protect the most valuable things in your house: your life, and the lives of the people you love.

Of course, you may surprise the intruder while you are moving to secure your family. That is why we train how to move through the house, how to "pie" corners, how to retain the firearm if attacked, etc. -- not because we will "clear the house" by ourselves, but because we may need to move through danger to protect family members....
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One thing that always fascinates me about this stuff is that those who have a higher level of training have much more robust understanding of how to do it safely... and also of how & when not to do it....
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Old November 26, 2014, 11:40 PM   #91
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I don't think I have a closet with only 10sq ft, the fact of the matter is I can see everything minus 2 small 2x2 spots that have items on the floor and a human couldn't hide and wouldn't know to, and both spots cna be cleared separately with out being in danger of the other, and there are no doors accessible from the outside ground near them 2 spots..

I am trying to end this conversation, not to be rude, but its over, there is no more talking about it, I have practiced my way and I have it as perfect as it can be, IMO {which in my house is all that matters when it comes to defending it} my family is safer with me outside the room guarding... If you think a intruder wont blow 30 rounds of 308 through your bedroom door and walls before entering, or will heitate to turn the gas stove on and light the first floor of your house to get rid of their finger prints, you are mistaken... Never mind if they have internet access and a piece of black pipe with some gun powder, you just stay in your bedroom nice and safe...

Since we started this conversation I have told 2 people about it, both laughed about the hiding in the bedroom idea, maybe its different on the west coast, but over here, you come in, you probably wont ever know the cops were called...

I would most likely wait at the top of my stairs for the intruder to get range but I promise I wont be in my bedroom hiding..

Again, good luck, its good to see you feel strongly about this, thats better than having no feelings. I pray neither of us or anyone else on this forum have to ever put our practice into action, but I think if anyone takes anything away from this conversation, its have a plan and practice it, what ever you are comfortable with...

I know you said you have to worry about the readers on this sight, and thats great, but how would you feel if someone stayed and hid and burnt alive in their home while an unarmed intruder set it a blaze? Swaying people with unreliable info is not responsible, you talk about the training for cops entering an occupied dwelling, you talk about getting your gun taken from you or getting shot "looking" for someone in your home, but I don't think it has ever happened, I looked for an hour and a half, didn't find one situation that we are talking about that went bad...

I also gave you a list of reasons waiting and hiding of a capable person with a plan is a bad idea, fire, explosions, the fact you will have to shoot someone in front of your kids and they will be put in denger vs you outside the door neutralizing the treat before they can even see the danger, shots going through walls and doors, all these things just off the top of my head that can go wrong, and the only thing that can go wrong with staying out of the room and protecting your family from outside it is, WHAT? an intruder takes my gun, or gets the drop on me and I get shot???

Again, good luck, I will take my chances with leaving the room... This is getting repetitive so I will be the bigger man and bow out, you did not address my concerns, not once, you just keep saying the same thing back and forth and none of it is good enough to convince me I am wrong...

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....I am trying to end this conversation, not to be rude, but its over, there is no more talking about it,...
Then do so.

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...Since we started this conversation I have told 2 people about it, both laughed about the hiding in the bedroom idea,...
So what? What do they know?

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...but I think if anyone takes anything away from this conversation, its have a plan and practice it, what ever you are comfortable with...
A plan is a good thing, but only if it is founded on valid principles and good training. It's not a question necessarily of comfort level. A lot of people are perfectly comfortable with very bad ideas. Consider the Dunning–Kruger effect:
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last reply I promise, lol...

what do they know, nothing I guess, no one knows as much as you, you know it all congrats on that, I am so impressed with everything you have come up with, you are soooo cool..

And you don't know what training I have, I have taken every class I could for the last 15 years, started because I own my own business and carried large amounts of money in bad neighborhoods, but I was hooked, I am retired {very well} before I was 35 and now have a lot of free time to attend seminars and shoot 500 rounds a weekend, enter competitions all over New England, and I have specialised in hand to hand combat in one way or another since I was in my early teens, golden gloves at 19 and I made a point of knowing how to defend my self, with or without firearms...

But I don't have to prove myself to you, like I said, you do it your way Ill do it mine, go back and read through the posts, you are getting upset, I could care less, just wanted to give a different opinion, which you are too closed minded to see, thats fine, not an issue, I pray your run and hide technique nver has to be put into action..

be safe, and again, have a great holiday, we have a lot to be thankful for...
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...And you don't know what training I have, I have taken every class I could for the last 15 years,...
Then I'm surprised -- especially considering the concepts that OldMarksman and I (and Kathy Jackson (pax) in abstentia) discussed are included in the home defense doctrine taught by every major instructor of whom I'm aware. The ensconced adversary always has the tactical advantage. It's good to know how to clear a house or to move through an area in which one or more hostiles might be, but it is something to be done only when absolutely necessary.
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...I just searched {and did some good reading} and all of the headlines are "intruder killed, intruder shot 5 times, intruders shot 1 dead and 1 at large", there are few {if any, I have not seen one} showing an armed homeowner shot while hunting someone in his house}...
I now have had a chance to do research to address this. No links were provided to any articles, so I also:
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...googled "homeowner shot in home invasion,...
Let's look at some of the articles:
  • There's this article:
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    ...According to Lt. Sheila Cole of the sheriff's office, a man attempted to break into a home and in doing so shot the 78-year-old homeowner in the abdomen. The homeowner managed to return fire and struck the suspect as he was fleeing the scene in a black SUV....
    That's not much information, but it sort of looks like the homeowner caught the intruder in the act of breaking in.

  • Or this article:
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    ..."They knocked on the door several times. There was no answer and at that time they obviously didn't think anyone was there and they broke a window and gained entry," said Walter Stensland with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office.

    But they didn't get very far. After the two made it through the doorway, the homeowner -- a 60-year-old man alone inside -- shot them once each in the chest....
    That seems pretty clear that the homeowner was able to surprise the intruders when they came to him.

  • Or this article:
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    ...a male subject entered a residence in the 7900 block of South County Road 700 East, Hardinsburg.

    ISP said upon entry, the homeowners, Barry Frost, 59, and Terah Frost, 61, ...went downstairs to attempt to locate the person that had entered the residence. Unable to locate an intruder, the brothers looked for tools to fix damage done to the door.

    As Barry Frost opened a cellar door, he encountered the intruder, 23-year-old Jacob Grimes of Paoli, ISP said. Grimes punched Barry Frost and engaged him in a physical altercation. Terah Frost, in an adjacent room, heard the dispute and upon entering the room observed Grimes, ...in possession of a knife, fighting with Barry Frost. Terah Frost shot Grimes with a handgun, police said....
    Here one of the homeowners went for a look-see and was in fact ambushed by the intruder, who had a significant age advantage and was armed. Fortunately the other homeowner came on the scene and was able to deal with the intruder. If Barry Frost had been alone, things might not have ended well for him.

  • Or this article:
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    ...The home invasion happened when a mother and her 8-month-old son were home alone. She says her family members came home just in time to help her, but both of them were hurt when they came face-to-face with the suspects....
  • Or this article:
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    ...Officers say two masked suspects approached the home, but the homeowner's nephew fired shots through the door, wounding one suspect. The other suspect ran away. Police believe he got into a car with two other suspects....
  • Or this article:
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    ...The men entered the home in a side window, went downstairs where some family members were playing video games and that's where the shots started flying before moving to the main floor and out the door and into the front yard....

In general, there's not a lot of information given. But it appears that in only one case did the homeowner go looking for the intruder, and that one worked out for the homeowner only because someone else promptly came to his aid.
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Old November 27, 2014, 01:44 AM   #96
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If I might interject once more, does anyone have any practical alternative to hunkering down and calling the cops every time you hear a strange noise in the night other than going to investigate the source of the noise? As I said in my previous post, if an alternative has been presented somewhere along the line, I've missed it.
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Old November 27, 2014, 02:22 AM   #97
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If I might interject once more, does anyone have any practical alternative to hunkering down and calling the cops every time you hear a strange noise in the night other than going to investigate the source of the noise?....
That's a tough question. On one hand, it really doesn't make sense to call the police for every noise. On the other hand, if the noise is an intruder, and if you don't have to go around the house to round up innocents, it's inadvisable to go for a look.

So the first thing I'd do is investigate the noise to the extent possible without leaving a place of safety (and without leaving my family alone in that place of safety). So perhaps start by waiting, listening, and thinking.

Does the sound repeat? Can you locate where it's coming from? Does it seem to be moving? Is it a single type of noise that repeats, or is it a series of different types of noise? From different locations? Can you see anything from the windows? Is it windy? Do you have animals, and where are they? Are there animals in the neighborhood? Have you seen signs of animals foraging on your property?
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Keep bringing up the force on force, it is not the same as protecting your house, they are walking into a occupied area giving, in essence they are the intruder.
What is that supposed to mean?

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I am talking about my house with my plan and my practice on my terms, I will see where they are before they know I am looking for them...
Famous last words.

In the exercises described by Frank, Ayoob, and others, the defenders knew every inch of the structures, and the intruders did not. But when the defenders ant looking for the intruders, they lost.

Try it. Use Airsoft guns. Try a dozen different simulations, each with two intruders. That should take you out of the world of fantasy.

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Force on force that you are talking about are excercises to show locals that they need more backup, more funding and more equipment before entering a building,....
That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

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I agree... It has nothing to do with home invasion, if anything you prove my point, everytime the invader gets shot, good job, in them situations where a cop is clearing a building they are the intruder...
You have misunderstood the point. It is the defender who loses, when the defender goes looking for intruders.

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You seriously with a straight face think an intruder has control of my 2800square foot frist floor in under 60 seconds, they are still adjusting to the darkness, and as soon as I make out their shape I will be flashing my strobe confirming the threat and squeezing the trigger..
Step into your 2800 square feet and look around. There is no place in the area in which intruders may not be. You have to find them, identify them, and shoot before they shoot you.. And from wherever they are, that can shoot at you in a crossfire at the same time without taking the time to first decide whether you are a a threat.

And why would they be adjusting to the darkness?

The participants in the FoF exercises would have a way of putting it: "been there, done that; bad idea; it doesn't work". Defenders who try to clear the house always lose.

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And you don't know what training I have, I have taken every class I could for the last 15 years,...
How did you possibly miss the parts where the instructors explained why you should always let the threat come to you?

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I am retired {very well} before I was 35 and now have a lot of free time to attend seminars and shoot 500 rounds a weekend, enter competitions all over New England, and I have specialised in hand to hand combat in one way or another since I was in my early teens, golden gloves at 19 and I made a point of knowing how to defend my self, with or without firearms...
Surely you understand that no amount of shooting, no martial arts, and no amateur boxing skills can stop a bullet.

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You keep bringing up the force on force, where the cops intrude an area and get killed, do you realize that is proven my point..
No, no, no. The defender goes looking for intruders, and loses.

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If I might interject once more, does anyone have any practical alternative to hunkering down and calling the cops every time you hear a strange noise in the night other than going to investigate the source of the noise? As I said in my previous post, if an alternative has been presented somewhere along the line, I've missed it.
Yep. See Post #70:
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Do not forget that there are safe strategies that do not involving calling the police in an uncertain situation; you can eliminate the uncertainty almost entirely. It wouldn't cost much at all to obtain the capability to see most of your house on your iPhone from anywhere you happen to be.
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You could put in one heck of a high-tech, redundant, smart-phone-based viewing system for what that cost.

You could even check things out from the end of your driveway. Two friends of mine have had occasions to do that.
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If I might interject once more, does anyone have any practical alternative to hunkering down and calling the cops every time you hear a strange noise in the night other than going to investigate the source of the noise? As I said in my previous post, if an alternative has been presented somewhere along the line, I've missed it.
IMO, you've got to play the odds. Calling the cops with every concern is not only ludicrous, but is tantamount to wasting precious time that can be better spent on real emergencies, and can also lead to the cops "knowing" you and that you cry wolf often. I clear my house often, but there is at least a 75% chance it is nothing when I do. When the odds get down to more like 50/50, I have a real problem and I am more apt to apply the barricade and energize the electronics. Of course, below that there is no question. No plan is perfect, no house layout is standard, no family's occupants are all trained the same, etc. If I heard a huge crash in my house, I would immediately investigate, as the windy unsettled area I live in has probably sent a tree through my living room. Others here would likely immediately barricade with a cell phone. Someone said on here that an intruder has a distinct tactical advantage. IMO, X10 lighting with a remote takes that advantage away. There are all kinds of ways to un-handicap yourself for those nervous moments when you are not going to be happy until you've proven to yourself your family is alone in the house. And I think riflemen's plan is actually better than most out there, and he's being unecessarily piled on. As I said, no plan is perfect, but this reminds me of the gun safe vs. RSC threads, where eventually it is implied that anybody that owns an RSC will likely have his guns stolen before he even buys them.
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