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Old February 8th, 2017, 07:49 AM   #16
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If you find yourself trying to decide which weapon to take you're over thinking it. If you look at videos of robbers being shot at by whomever, they all haul @ss when the first round is fired. You would probably never get through half a magazine in an ar15. That is if you're not in a complete panic...


I disagree and that's why this was so interesting at least to me. I have weapons secured all over the house and truck but the split second, mental clarity on this was a new one. No commando stuff here, just assessing what tool was needed.

NOW, if someone broke down my front door, that would be a diff scenario completely.

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Old February 8th, 2017, 08:27 AM   #17
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If in a neighborhood like it sounds like you are then it's my Glock 19 and a phone call to local PD. If your neighbors alarm doesn't contact the policw automatically the they should look into that service knstead of relying on a neighbor. When you do respond it puts you at risk with a run-in with the police. That being said, a concealed hip cart Glock is protection enough for a quick walk/drive by to tel PD what you see. That being said, if I was in the middle of nowhere and it's my home or outbuildings then I'll arm up and investigate which my AR and Glock 19. We've had noises in the home here in town and I've had to clear the house with my 19. It's just my go-to.

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Old February 8th, 2017, 09:03 AM   #18
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Last year my next door neighbors were on vacation and their monitored alarm went off one afternoon. I grabbed my camera and moved to where I could see out of a window without making myself a target. No need to grab a gun because they are all over the house, and I don't intend to risk my life to save some big insurance company some money. No bad guys to document, cops were there in under ten minutes.

Turns out their housekeeper hadn't gotten the front door completely closed and the Texas winds blew it open.

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Old February 8th, 2017, 11:20 AM   #19
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I disagree and that's why this was so interesting at least to me. I have weapons secured all over the house and truck but the split second, mental clarity on this was a new one. No commando stuff here, just assessing what tool was needed.

NOW, if someone broke down my front door, that would be a diff scenario completely.

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Probably so, but +1 for vigilance. We have two German Shepherds that share a collective 214 lbs. of first responder muscled tendencies between them which easily exceed my own. Our only worry is they can't shoot back, and that to them, it probably wouldn't matter anyway.

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Old February 8th, 2017, 07:13 PM   #20
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Probably so, but +1 for vigilance. We have two German Shepherds that share a collective 214 lbs. of first responder muscled tendencies between them which easily exceed my own. Our only worry is they can't shoot back, and that to them, it probably wouldn't matter anyway.
yes indeed . Our G.S. dog sleeps at the foot of our bed and nothing moves she dont know about . She is the best security feature I have on the farm . I back her up with a springfield xd-m 5.25 45 acp with a stream light . The gun has no purpose other than an emergency in the middle of the night . I train with it in the configuration mentioned and since I live in a very rural area I shoot sometimes at night for practice . 911 will get me help if im lucky within the hour.

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Old February 9th, 2017, 05:04 AM   #21
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911 will get me help if im lucky within the hour.
After calling 911 you should also call Dominoes Pizza and see who gets there first.

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Old February 9th, 2017, 08:22 AM   #22
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I had a "bump in the night" situation about 6 months ago in our new house. One night my wife and I were asleep and were awoken by a noise in the kitchen. We both sat up and looked at each other and a few moments later we heard it again but louder. It sounded like two pot/pans knocking together like someone was maybe looking through cupboard in the kitchen. At this point I jumped out of bed and opened my small safe by the bed (with simple light up keypad that requires just a few button presses to open) and the lid popped open (spring activated) with the light inside of the safe shining on my Glock 19. Now I had in theory setup the gun the way I thought I would want it for such a situation.... TLR4 flashlight/laser combo mounted on front pic rail below barrel and night sights while being loaded with a good HP 9mm 124gr ammo and when I grabbed it and headed out into the dark house I found I had set it up exactly the way it should be for my intended use. A reliable handgun with a flashlight is CRITICAL, in my opinion, for those "bump in the night" moments INSIDE of your own home. Using the Glock as both a flashlight and firepower in just one hand I was able to manipulate door handles, flip on light switches, and have a free hand to open the baby-gate we have at the bottom of our stairs. Overall I'm glad I wasn't fumbling around with a AR decked out "tacti-cool" or anything else that'd take up two hands.

In my situation it turned out to be nothing, maybe just some pots/pans settling in the middle of the night? But it was a good exercise for how the "real deal" would go. I'm very satisfied with my setup now and don't second guess it at all.

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Old February 9th, 2017, 10:12 AM   #23
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My go to is a Mossberg 590A1 and I'll call the cops afterwards.

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Old February 9th, 2017, 10:38 AM   #24
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After calling 911 you should also call Dominoes Pizza and see who gets there first.
At least you won't be hungry waiting.........and waiting...........and waiting


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Hey, Josh, . . . glad that worked out well for you, . . . hope you call the cavalry next time, . . .

I've had a total of 2 "bump in the night" thingy's since I came home from 'Nam in 68.

In the first one, . . . noise indicated someone was trying to steal my motor cycle, . . . and fortunately it turned out to be just the wind, . . . I took my wife's Colt Det Spec, . . . 38 on that one, . . . and if anything would have gone down it would have been at bad breath distance, . . . it could have been bad.

The second one was a middle of the night call for "Help, help, . . . help me someone". I woke up on the first "Help", . . . and was fully awake for the rest of it, . . . sitting on the edge of my bed.

My son and I loaded up (AR in my hands, . . . 12 ga in his, . . . 1911 in my waistband, . . . told my wife to call 911, . . . and we went out to the front 8 acres at 1 in the morning to take a look.

Never did find out what it was, . . . figured it was just kids, . . . as there was a drunken party up around the corner.

BUT, . . . I was so perfectly thrilled that my son fell right in with the training I'd passed on to him, . . . it made the wake up and loss of sleep well worth the reward. He'd make a 5 star wing man in my book.

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i just keep a 33 round mag in my glock 17 right by my head. in the words of my mentor,
the king of shoe sales,al bundy,"lets rock".

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