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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by Treo View Post
    This story occurred several years ago. Iím posting it as an object lesson on not opening the door for people you donít know.

    I was working for a carpet cleaning company and I got called to my last client of the day. It was a small apartment attached to a larger house W/ a screened in porch. The customer met me at the door and showed me the job, three rooms W/ blood everywhere and I mean literally everywhere. It was on the floor, the sofa, the walls, his stereo (not my job but it was there) it was all over his bathroom and all over his TV. I honestly thought someone had died in that house.

    The customer told me that he had gone to a bar a few nights before, gotten a little too drunk and had apparently flashed some cash. After the bar closed he walked home came into the house a short time passed and some one knocked on the screened porch door. The customer (told me later he) thought he recognized the guy so he opened the door. As soon as he opened the door the guy attacked him and stabbed him 14 times (customer had the scars to back his story up) while attempting to rob him. The customer claimed he was able to fight the guy off and chase him out of the house (baaad dude). I have no way of knowing if this story is true but the evidence certainly suggested that it was.

    Obviously there are other lessons her beside don't open the door for strangers but all the other tactical errors could have been overcome had the guy followed that one rule
    Even superficial knife wounds have a tendency to bleed a lot, and blood has a way of getting everywhere. I'd rather get shot.
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  3. #22
    Yes, with it held behind me. First look through a window for a car in the driveway, then ask who it is behind closed door. Then I decide whether to open the door or not.
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    Any time I might need to open my door to a stranger, I have a firearm at hand.

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    S. Florida is where home-invasion was practically invented. If I don't know them I'll have a pistol in my back waistband or pocket.

    Both exterior doors on my house are steel with steel frames and here's the most important part.....they open outward, making it pretty much humanly impossible to kick in. It was like that when I bought the house. In order to force their way into my home an intruder would have to grab the open door, yank it towards them, and then try to push their way in. The extra action required would negate any surprise an intruder might have and give me enough time to react and bring my pistol to bear on them.
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by B2Tall View Post
    Both exterior doors on my house are steel with steel frames and here's the most important part.....they open outward, making it pretty much humanly impossible to kick in.
    If they open outwards, doesn't that put the hinges on the outside, where someone with time could remove them?

    I've always understood that doors (the main one, anyway), needed to open inward, in order to keep the hinges inside, where a burglar can't get to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mistergus75 View Post
    If they open outwards, doesn't that put the hinges on the outside, where someone with time could remove them?

    I've always understood that doors (the main one, anyway), needed to open inward, in order to keep the hinges inside, where a burglar can't get to them.

    mistergus75
    http://www.stainlesssteelstuff.com/C...0door%20hinges

    They make recessed hinges now. Most cabinets have them standard and doors can also. Really neat till the one time your knob lock jacks up and you can't remove it to get the door open and you try to get to the hinges
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    Quote Originally Posted by mistergus75 View Post
    If they open outwards, doesn't that put the hinges on the outside, where someone with time could remove them?

    I've always understood that doors (the main one, anyway), needed to open inward, in order to keep the hinges inside, where a burglar can't get to them.

    mistergus75
    The hinges are on the outside but the middle hinge on each door has a small, thick steel shroud over the top that bolts through the door. It makes removing the pin impossible w/o first removing the shroud. It can be forced but not without making a lot of noise banging away at it with a hammer and/or pry bar. You might as well just attack the door itself. In any case there will be no element of surprise if I'm home, and if I'm not home my alarm system will go off when they get 2 steps into my house.

    Like I said....the advantage is that the door can't be forced inwards (i.e. kicked in).
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    Quote Originally Posted by doublebarr View Post
    stainlesssteelstuff.com: Concealed Hinges

    They make recessed hinges now. Most cabinets have them standard and doors can also. Really neat till the one time your knob lock jacks up and you can't remove it to get the door open and you try to get to the hinges
    We have recessed hinges on the exterior doors at one of the places I work at. Highly effective. I've considered going to these at home.
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  10. #29
    642 goes in my pocket in morning and stays there all day,so it is with me when I answer the door. When my pants come off, my bathrobe goes on with 642 migrating to robe pocket. Double doors with very strong storm door and video camera outside to check out who is at door. Most elderly folks killed around here are killed during home invasions. Answer: Yes I have my gun with me (in pocket) when I answer door.

    The real beauty of pocket carry. Gun is not an extra. Put on pants, keys on link, ID in right rear pocket, wallet in rear left pocket, Bianchi speed strips (2) in left front pocket, S&W in holster in right front pocket. Stays that way all day.

  11. #30
    Quote Originally Posted by paramedic70002 View Post
    Even superficial knife wounds have a tendency to bleed a lot, and blood has a way of getting everywhere. I'd rather get shot.
    I'd rather not be stabbed or shot, if I can help it.

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