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  1. Home defense question: Which would you use?

    I'm planning to buy a shotgun when I have the money, and have been looking at the Mossberg 500 Home Defense, which holds 8 shells. Until then, however, I'm limited to rifles and pistols. I was wondering the other day what the optimum choice would be if, God forbid, I heard someone break into my house and had to grab something for defense.

    I think the two most logical choices are the Baby Eagle .45 and the Mini-14. The BE currently holds 10 Remington Golden Sabers, and the Mini has generic varmint hollow points in either a 20- or 30-round mag. I'm a decent shot with either of them, and the longest distance inside my house is a little over 30 feet, down the staircase toward the front door. There are obvious trade-offs between range, capacity, accuracy, and penetration.

    Which would you grab if something went bump in the night?

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    I' d grab the mini 14 for a few reasons
    1 Long guns are tend to be easier to employ accurately under stress
    2 more rounds per mag
    3 can be used to parry a edged weapon attack as well as be used as a club if it jams or you run out of ammo

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    Depends if you are going to be staying in one room and doing all your fighting from it or is you are going to need to clear your house. If you have loved ones in other rooms you are not going to be staying in one room. If you have to move from room to room a long gun of any type is easier for someone to grab while moving through doors. A hand gun can be kept in the high ready position close to the body.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    A handgun... The following video provides very good advice;

    YouTube - Protecting yourself from a home invasion with Michael Bane

  6. is overpenetration an issue? Know what is beyond the drywall, a .223 will go right through it like paper. The mini is probably a better choice in a rural area, the .45 in a condo.

    As robbery is a property crime for profit, the risk reward factor changes a lot when there are guns present, most criminals will run at the sound of a slide being cycled (which is one of the great things about a pump shotgun!!!). However, the ones that don't are probably there for violence, not property, so shoot well.

    But the real answer to your question is: to quote Front Sight, "any gun will do if you will do". Which do you feel you can use better faster under stress in your home?
    You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.
    Robert A. Heinlein

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfling68 View Post
    But the real answer to your question is: to quote Front Sight, "any gun will do if you will do". Which do you feel you can use better faster under stress in your home?
    +1 to this.

    Also, it's a good idea to have a plan on how you will deal with a situation, as noted by HK4U. In my case, for example, no kids in the house, so I have no reason to leave my bedroom. I hear something "bump in the nite", I reach for the phone, grab weapon of choice and flashlight, and place myself and the wife so that bed is between us and door. While I wait for LE, I'm watching the bedroom door; anybody comes in...well, then...If you have kids, obviously, your plan would be different. For the record, as per weapons: shotgun first (old Wingmaster), then .45, then (wife's) 9 mm.

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    I agree! I keep the 870 under the bed it has a folding stock and pistol grip. easy to deploy. 38 S&W as backup. The wife will already be hiding behind me with her 9mm in hand. This would cause someone to have a real real bad day.
    "The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss, but that it is too low and we reach it" - Michelangelo

  9. I live on the second floor of a 2-story house with 5 other college-aged roommates. Four upstairs and two downstairs. One of the guys downstairs is also armed, but he only sleeps here about half the time. So to be honest, I'm not sure if I should leave my room or not.

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    In my house all of the bedrooms are at the end of a long hallway. So my plan would be to open my bedroom door and deploy halfway down the hallway with my Glock 21 while the wife checks on the kids. My kids have had it drilled into their heads that if anything goes down they are not to leave their bedrooms until me or the wife comes to get them.

    Of course that does not apply to a fire or other incidents where it is a must to exit the house as soon as possible. In that case we all leave through the windows and meet outside at a predetermined place.
    Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. - Ronald Reagan

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpaceFrank View Post
    I live on the second floor of a 2-story house with 5 other college-aged roommates. Four upstairs and two downstairs. One of the guys downstairs is also armed, but he only sleeps here about half the time. So to be honest, I'm not sure if I should leave my room or not.
    Only you can work that out, SF, but my advice is to put a plan together. You don't want to wait until the SHTF to devise a strategy. May never happen, Good Lord willing, but if it does...Gonna be tough cause you have lots of roommates to deal with, nevertheless...Good Luck.

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