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Ack
4/07/2005 12:11pm,
Our house was broken into the other day. We weren't home at the time, but it got me thinking about keeping some kind of weapon by the bed in case anyone ever breaks in at night while we're sleeping. I'd like to hear what everyone here thinks about what weapons are best for defending yourself in your home, and the pros and cons of using different weapons for home defense.

I'd rather not keep a gun in the house. I'd want to keep it safely locked up, and it would take too long to get it unlocked and ready to go if I ever needed it. I was thinking a small baseball bat might be best. With a bat, I could put someone out of comission before they got close enough to grab or stab me, but it could be difficult to swing in an enclosed area like a narrow hallway. Does anyone else have any ideas, comments, or suggestions?

Bizzaro Root
4/07/2005 12:16pm,
best line of defence is secure your house to make it really hard for people to break in. a gun in a poorly defended house will just get you killed when you walk in on the robber in your house.

Reikon
4/07/2005 12:24pm,
Our house was broken into the other day. We weren't home at the time, but it got me thinking about keeping some kind of weapon by the bed in case anyone ever breaks in at night while we're sleeping. I'd like to hear what everyone here thinks about what weapons are best for defending yourself in your home, and the pros and cons of using different weapons for home defense.

I'd rather not keep a gun in the house. I'd want to keep it safely locked up, and it would take too long to get it unlocked and ready to go if I ever needed it. I was thinking a small baseball bat might be best. With a bat, I could put someone out of comission before they got close enough to grab or stab me, but it could be difficult to swing in an enclosed area like a narrow hallway. Does anyone else have any ideas, comments, or suggestions?

Let's start with an alarm system? And if you already have one, start using it.

Otherwise most weapons people keep in their house end up being used against them rather than by them, however, how does a Taser sound?

Ack
4/07/2005 12:48pm,
A tazer sounds pretty good, along with anything else that'll put the hurt on those scumbags. What kind would you recommend? The kind that shoots out barbs, or the kind that you press into someone?

As far as securing the house, we're looking into getting an alarm system now. The asswipes kicked in my deadbolted metal front door (broke the doorframe where the deadbolt slider goes in) so I'm not sure what more I can do to prevent them from getting in that way again.

Feryk
4/07/2005 12:58pm,
I'm sure there are home security specialists out there that aren't affiliated with an alarm company. Start there.

As for a weapon, I would recommend whatever you are trained to use. Do you train any weapons? If not, maybe look into some knife/stick fighting. The Arnis/Kali stuff is pretty cool from what I've seen of it.

Reikon
4/07/2005 1:03pm,
A tazer sounds pretty good, along with anything else that'll put the hurt on those scumbags. What kind would you recommend? The kind that shoots out barbs, or the kind that you press into someone?

As far as securing the house, we're looking into getting an alarm system now. The asswipes kicked in my deadbolted metal front door (broke the doorframe where the deadbolt slider goes in) so I'm not sure what more I can do to prevent them from getting in that way again.
If you can get it I'd get the ones that shoots barbs. Not sure if they're LEO's only though.

VikingPower
4/07/2005 1:29pm,
A small bat would be OK, you can always saw one in half too if you're worried it might be too long.

And if that doesn't work, you can always use some of these:

http://groton.k12.ct.us/www/FSR/student/grenades-trip.jpg

http://groton.k12.ct.us/www/FSR/student/Pungi-Trap.jpg

http://groton.k12.ct.us/www/FSR/student/toepopper.jpg

http://www.sos-vietnam.com/800x600/images/Viet%20Cong%20trap.jpg

http://www.vietnamresearch.com/nvavc/vc_nva20.jpg

Just hope nobody tries to throw you a surprise party and you can remember where they're at when you're coming home drunk.

Mr. Mantis
4/07/2005 3:25pm,
The traps are funny Koto, but illegal to use.

First, I'll address the question of what weapon, if you can only have one weapon, should you have to repel the home invader? If you can kill the home invader in your State, or if you are willing to be judged by 12 rather than carried by 6, you want a 12 ga. shotgun with the shortest possible barrel permited under the laws of your State. In Ohio, it is 18". Load it with a game load or buck shot. If you don't want to kill anybody, load it with salt. Don't use slugs. You won't have to worry about killing your neighbor or some dude outside. The click of a pump shotgun should make your attacker beat feet. The area you can cover is wide, so you don't have to be a good shot, just shoot from the hip.

Now on protecting your house. The alarm is a great idea, but it is expensive, and if you get a service, you will have to keep paying.

Get a light on your doors that is always on at night. Use a solid core wood door Fashon your doorjamb so that you sink steel pins into it to fortify that side. Make it so your door swings out. Use two deadbolts. Fortify your door jamb.

_Mick_
4/07/2005 3:42pm,
i would go with getting that alarm first of all. and if you cant afford one, just steal atd signs from somebody's yard, so people think you have an alarm.

if you insist i might go old school and get a baseball bat. it has range over a knife, and it isn't really dangerous to keep around. or just get a big ass dog. a pit bull would be good. even if you aren't there, most people wont break into a house if there is a dog like that in it.

MEGA JESUS-SAMA
4/07/2005 4:09pm,
**** the alarm systems. Find some masons and get to work.

http://img184.exs.cx/img184/613/outsidebeynacetcazenaccastle3p.th.jpg (http://img184.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img184&image=outsidebeynacetcazenaccastle3p.jpg)

You could probably find enough people to garrison the castle at a local SCA event.

Ted Deadly
4/07/2005 4:19pm,
First choice.
www.metalstorm.com/04_videos/videos.html

Second choice, Glock .45 with nightsights and tactical flashlight. Gotta have that light so you don't shoot the cat(again). Shotguns are great but can be hard to use in a narrow hall for example.

Thaiboxerken
4/07/2005 4:22pm,
I keep a big can of whoopass next to me wherever I go.

Ack
4/07/2005 4:29pm,
Thanks for the great suggestions, everyone!

Koto, I actually did think about some kind of trap. I jokingly mentioned it to the police officer who was investigating, and he said the same thing as Mantis (that they're illegal.) The thieves went through all of the clothes in every drawer and threw them on the floor, so I was thinking of picking out one "trap drawer" in the house that we would know not to use. I'd fill it with a mixture of old clothes and rat traps. :laughing6:

I AM allowed to kill an intruder in my state (the Make My Day Law) but I wouldn't want to keep an unlocked gun around my house. I'd feel terrible if a kid got ahold of it. If I keep the gun locked, I don't think I'd be able to get to it fast enough when I needed it.

Nid
4/07/2005 4:40pm,
Here is an important point. An alarm system may stop a crime of convenience. It will not deal with a committed/crazy mofo.

I heard a poignant point from the breeder from whom I'll likely get my dog.

"[Regardless of whether or not the dog will bite] If someone has the balls to come through a barking german shepherd in the first place, you need a gun."

CMack11
4/07/2005 4:42pm,
I AM allowed to kill an intruder in my state (the Make My Day Law) but I wouldn't want to keep an unlocked gun around my house. I'd feel terrible if a kid got ahold of it. If I keep the gun locked, I don't think I'd be able to get to it fast enough when I needed it.

If you have extra money, you might want to look at a handgun safe. On Most, the buttons are raised so you can feel them in the dark, and you just press them in sequence to access the safe. Shouldn't take more than a few seconds to get into.

Here (http://www.safetysafeguards.com/site/402168/product/SWV1) is an example.

Thaiboxerken
4/07/2005 4:44pm,
Get a gun that will sense your DNA and only shoot if you are the one using it. The only other persons that could use your gun would be clones of yourself.