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Find The Boots

Rantings from a few corporate types about life, technology, travel, guns, politics, and everything good in the world.

A Man and an Intruder

Thursday, May 10, 2007

I followed a link from Kim and found a very nice blog, with a great post on a home intrusion almost gone terribly wrong for the intruder. Read the whole thing, but in summary, for the lazy, the blogger was home when someone brought a U-Haul type truck up and walked though his front door.

This is what was waiting for the intruder, who decided to leave.
Smart move.

But it got me to thinking about how unsafe, generally, my house is.

Some of it is structural - we have a 30' wall of windows and sliding glass doors going out to our porch. Sure, we have locks and all that jazz, but you can't really secure an 8' tall window, can you? We also have a basement - and while we keep the top door locked, the fact is that the basement has a sliding glass door as well and is remote enough from the rest of the house that the elves could throw a party and we wouldn't know it at the time.

Most importantly, I am usually quite a few steps from a firearm. And while I, like the blogs author, sit looking out at my driveway during the day, I can't get to a gun nearly as quickly.

I can't really put a shotgun in my office for various reasons, but I'm gonna put a single gun safe within two steps of my desk - one of the biometric ones so you don't have to punch out a combination when your attention is elsewhere.

So, thanks for the thoughtful blog post, Mr. Machinedreams.


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  • At 2:03 PM, Blogger BoonDoggie said…

    Whatever weapon you're most comfortable with is what you should use, but I'm not a big fan of shotguns for home defense. Great for when you can make a stand, and the sound of racking a shell is quite intimidating, but unwieldy if you have to move around the house. And likely to be grabbed by a goblin if he catches you coming around the corner. Most hunting shotguns have too long a barrel for moving effectively.

    As for the intimidating sound of racking a shell, if this is your primary home defense weapon, why isn't it already loaded?

    This is why God has provided us with the 1911 .45 ACP.


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