Numerous people have criticized homeowners  for having a gun in their hand or on their person when answering a door.  I have always maintained that it is only prudent to do so.   Home security systems can be very useful, of course. A standoff barrier, such as my old friend, Tex Ferguson, the highly decorated combat vet and intelligence operative used, works very well, as do surveillance cameras.  Not everyone has such a system in place, or working, all the time.   In any case, surveillance and standoff systems work best when backed up by armed force.  I have reported numerous cases where armed homeowners prevailed against criminal attackers; and even a few cases where armed homeowners prevailed in court against police invaders.   There are even a couple of rare cases where police officers have shot and killed homeowners, simply because the homeowner was armed . . .

The following incident resulted in the death of a criminal home invader.  From the pottsmerc.com:

The incident occurred around 1:27 a.m. July 28, when Daryl Marquis Evans, 22, knocked on the door of the home and displayed a handgun when the front door was opened by a 29-year-old resident, according to the press release. Police later determined Evans was carrying a Taurus PT 911 9mm handgun. The resident was also armed, with a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson in his waistband, which he brought with him to answer the door due to the late hour, the district attorney’s office said.

The homeowner made the evaluation that defense instructors suggest.  “Does this attacker intend to kill or severely injure me, even if I comply?”

“Based on Evans’ appearance and actions, the resident feared that Evans was going to kill him. The resident pulled his .40 caliber, Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun from beneath his shirt and fired (6) shots striking Evans in the chest, pelvis and the leg,” the press release states.

Action beats reaction.  Evans already had a long criminal history at age 22.  One has to wonder how many crimes the homeowner  prevented by acting to preserve his own life.

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100 Responses to This is Why People Carry a Gun When Answering the Door

  1. Good ‘ol home carry with a .40 Smith, no less. Bad guy down, and good guy lives. Looks like a happy ending to me.

        • Yeah – I mean a .40 won’t kill you NEARLY as dead as a .45. That bad guy is only “mostly dead”. Is this going to be a kissing story?

        • Most rounds like 9X19mm,.357SIG and .40S&W will just kill your body. .45ACP will kill your soul.

        • As long as we are telling tall tales…

          Boys, the mere action of drawing my .500S&W Magnum alone will cause the perp’s children to be retroactively aborted and his mama’s womb to crumble to dust. If I actually shoot him with it, a small singularity is formed sending him through a wormhole into the past, where his flaming corpse will land on his own Neanderthal ancestor, killing all of the genetic progeny that would have been produced in the next 40K years. ‘Nuff said, bitches.

    • If I truly felt the need to go to the door at that time of the night and it is not someone I know. 911 so they can send someone and I keep them on the phone till the cops show to deal as this also keeps the 911 system tape running as a nice proof of my actions and time line should it really be a bad guy. Glad I didn’t call 911 the last time it happened to me. The last time it was my next door neighbors very drunk older sister and how she reacted funny as hell:

      “My God, your white! Oh my God, my baby sisters sleeping with a white guy!”
      “No Mam, your sister lives next door in the gray house.”
      “Thank God, don’t you go sleeping with my sister!”
      “No Mam, I don’t think her husband would like that. Would you like me to walk you over?”
      “No, you stay there. And stop moving around so much you making me dizzy!”

  2. I love it when a bad guy goes down. That means that a few more good guys might live. I’m fortunate that I have a plate glass window adjacent to my front door. I can turn on the porch light and make an observation. I also have my hand around a gun in my pocket, which if I open the door, it is out of my pocket and resting in grip on the door frame, a couple of inches out of sight.

    • I never stand right in front of the door; always balded to the side, behind the frame, gun hand away from the door with enough space to evade the door flying open.

  3. If someone I dont know knocks on my door at 1:27am there is no way in hell Im opening that door. What was the homeowner thinking? The ending this time was a good one, but why put yourself in that predicament in the first place…

    • I wont open the door at 1:27pm unless its the PoPo or a freight company delivering those heavy cardboard boxes
      that we all know and love. Anyone else is an uninvited tresspasser and treated as such.

        • That includes the po po as far as I’m concerned, they have no business calling at 1:30 am, either. We can yell through the door at each other while I’m calling 911 to find out WTF. A uniform is not ID, and I’m not opening the door, and I am armed. 911 says he is a cop and has business in my area, I can ditch the gun and be all the assistance I can. Including backup, which I have done before.

    • He may have had older kids, a housemate or the thug kept banging on the door. There’s not a lot of room to second-guess this situation.

  4. People answer the door why? If someone you do not know knocks on door just call 911 and ask them to leave the property. No need for gun if you don’t open the door.

      • Not that many people have knocked down a door and know how to do it properly. Even less would choose to do that instead of just going to the next door down and an easier mark.

    • You need the gun to deal with the problem if it winds up on the same side of the door as you are. I agree, no need to open the door and invite that problem in, especially at that time of night, but if the perp insists you’d better have the tools to deal with the problem.

      Good shoot to the home owner though… too bad we cant extrapolate how many peoples lives he saved and how many thousands of dollars in thefts he prevented, but it is probably not insignificant.

    • Yea call 911 because you know the police will show up right away…..pfff like when they are done with the coffee break. You posted your comment like a true Sheeple.

    • Your basic residential door has a couple of strike plates for the knob and deadbolt attached by a pair each of dinky half inch screws affixed just to flimsy soft wood door trim. Closed or not, locked or not, your front door for all practical security purposes is already wide open all the time. You need a self defense firearm.

      • Any barrier can be breached. The purpose of barriers is to slow the guy down which buys you time to get ready.

        When seconds count buy more seconds.

      • A standard front door isn’t much of a barrier. If you are conversing with someone on the other side you can find yourself getting smashed in the face with a flying door. Look it up on Youtube or other sites like it. All it takes is a couple of seconds and a swift kick.

        There is a bar you can buy at Home Depot or Lowes for around $20 that wedges between your door knob and the floor it doesn’t completely secure the door, but it does make it significantly more difficult to just “kick in”. Much cheaper than reinforced door/frame..

        • Meh. Kick in is only necessary to prove intent. After kicking, he will not get in, but will start gaining weight rapidly, around 200 grains at a time. Both of my front doors have enough glass you could step through them after a bit of work with a rock from the yard. You “could” does not mean it would be a good idea.

  5. Come on now people be serious. You’re going to ask who’s there and turn on the porch light and then go from there….more than likely it wouldn’t be a threat in my neighborhood so I would still be cautious and see what they want especially if they’re a neighbor which is who it will be more than likely

    • Cell phones: we all have em. My neighbors and I call during the day. Night is no different. 1:30AM emergency? Calling me is quicker than running across or down the street. But I get your point.

      • What if they locked themselves out? Neighbours of mine did that week or so. Wearing just his boxers, poor dude. Called him a locksmith,

        Granted it wasn’t at 1 am, but this notion that everyone who knocks on your door is a criminal is ridiculous. I don’t want my neighbours calling me, just knock if you need something,

        As others said, exterior lights, CCTV, peephole, security screen door. Lots of options. Not saying don’t home carry, but if your area is that bad, then maybe moving is prudent.

        • Maybe the neighborhood isn’t bad. Maybe it’s great and perfectly peaceful and a knowing criminal specifically exploits that situation to take advantage of someone’s lowered guard.

        • Good observation-I’ve been in similar situations multiple times. I’ve always tried to back away from the door and remain visible through a window. What ‘bg’ said is right-turn the lights on, try and get a look and evaluate before you proceed or open any doors.

          There’s bad folks in the world, especially at 2am, but we all still need to be civil to each other until it’s apparent we shouldn’t.

        • My observation is that if you’re in a good neighborhood, you’re not being robbed by a neighbor. You’re being robbed by a person from a bad neighborhood or apartment complex. So, location (in this case) doesn’t really matter. I get your point, and I agree about being helpful to neighbors. But everything changes after dark, and rather than opening the door we should wait to recognize our neighbor’s voice.

        • I resent and reject the implication here that answering my door at 1:30 in the morning with a loaded gun in my hand is in any way less than civil. If I had to knock on a neighbor’s door at that kind of hour, I would expect no less, and if the only action they would agree to was to call 911, I would welcome that. Because I would need serious help before I ever did that.

        • “if you’re in a good neighborhood, you’re not being robbed by a neighbor. You’re being robbed by a person from a bad neighborhood or apartment complex.”

          Wow, way to hate on the poor. That’s kinda a dick move, dude.

          Of course, you’re right, if you live around rich people they’re not going to try and rob you in the middle of the night. Chances are they’re robbing you from nine to five. And they’ll probably get you for more than some two bit thug ever will.

          But you all need to chill out. Violent crime is at a 40 year low. If you’re not a crack dealer, home invasion robberies that start with a knock at the door after midnight are really, really rare. Even if you are a crack dealer it’s not too likely.

          If you wanna answer the door strapped, do it. But there are a literally a million other bad things that are more likely to affect you that you’re probably not doing anything about.

          PCBs are showing up in yellow dye used in hundreds of everyday houshold products, apparently as an inadvertant side effect of how companies make the yellow pigment. Those things are nasty, and so far no one knows how to reformulate the dye to eliminate them. That’s about 10x more likely to kill you than a home invasion.

          Of course, carry all day. I do. Just don’t stress out thinking you’re likely to need it.

        • I don’t know. There have been innocent people harmed or killed by predators because neighbors were too scared to answer the door. I’d rather discard with hard-and-fast rules and just be prepared to deal with the situation as it presents itself.

  6. No need to think about it. I keep my OC gun on me until I go to bed; whether I’m outside or hanging out in my house. So when I answer the door; I already have a gun on me with easy access and no clothing to get in the way of my drawing the weapon if needed.

    • Exactly.

      I cary my XDs45 in a Remora holster inside my waistband at about 4:00 position all day every day. Take it out of the safe when I get dressed and put it away when I go to bed. If you find a comfortable holster, it is very easy to forget you even have your weapon on you.

      The very best weapon you can ever own is one that is light and comfortable enough that you will cary it at all times.

      • Yep; I CC’d IWB a Glock 30 for over 10 years before OC’ing. It got to be where I would have to consciously think of the gun to know it was still there. I could wear a T-shirt and jeans and no one would know I had a gun unless I told them. Still have that gun for when I CC.

    • I get your point, but this – “no clothing to get in the way of my drawing the weapon if needed” makes me wonder what the best rig to wear naked is… LOL

  7. Gotta’ love a happy ending. Did the bad guy die, though? And if not, hopefully he finally learned his lesson this time around.

  8. Home security systems are great but they only tell you that someone has breached your home. My dogs are my primary warning system. They tell me when someone is on the property. So if someone is nosing around my house in the middle of night they will and have let me know. Your dog doesn’t have to be a killer just territorial. A border collie is just as effective as rottweiler for purposes of letting you know something is amiss.. A couple of years ago my dogs lit off at 3:00AM and I got ready. Turned out that a medical transport was outside of my next door neighbor’s house.

    I never answer the door after 8:00PM or so unless I am expecting someone. I have let people know that they should call first and not just drop in. Solicitors are greeted by two very aggressive sounding dogs and they generally leave right away.

  9. Living in the country one does answer the door with a firearm. We know the Sheriff and he has often said that unless he just happens to be driving by a 911 response time would be in the 10’s of minutes.

    • +1

      The house here is so far back on the property that it is most likely a dear friend in real need or a potential criminal. The house can’t be seen from the road and the driveway is long and winding. Friends, regular delivery drivers, etc all know that I always answer the door with a firearm in my hand, regardless of the hour. If I’m answering it, I’m armed.

  10. Glad he stopped the guy instead of scaring him off.
    Most people don’t think about the numerous other crimes he would have done before being killed. There is a high chance that criminals won’t learn from their jail time and end up robbing people again. It’s only when they kill someone and get a life sentence that they are truly stopped (or get shot, as in this case).

  11. 300blk sbr w/supers for answering the door, it’s actually quite handy. They don’t need to see it. Mag full of subs and can are on the dresser if the dogs are barking towards the henhouse. Dang coons.

    • I am so equipped, but have to ask, why supers? My ready mag is 220 subs, only a 20-rd mag, I am pretty sure that’ll do it, with less possibility of puncturing my neighbors’ walls.

    • A standoff barrier is a barrier that puts distance between you and the person desiring your attention. My friend Tex had a porch that extended across the front of his house, to about 15 feet out. The porch was screened and had sturdy metal mesh that made it time consuming to break into. The door to the porch was a steel mesh security door. On the door frame was a door bell to the house. To get in, you rang the door bell. Tex could then look you over from 15 feet away, and you could not be sure where he was at. If he wanted to let you in, he let you in. If not, you never had access to his door. The other doors and windows had a solid wall that you have to go over, surrounding the side and back yards, and I think they had steel grates over them as well.

      So, you see he had a standoff barrier that gave him distance from the person desiring entrance. I have also seen this done with sturdy fences and a doorbell at the locked gate.

  12. good that the bad guy is taking a dirt nap, HOWEVER, don’t open the door.

    I am fortunate to live in an area in which the codes require doors to open outward for hurricane resistance, which makes them much harder to break down. But even if that weren’t true, you are better off forcing the bad guy to try to break in and then shooting him as necessary.

  13. I celebrate successful and legal self/home defense. This seems to fit both and for that I rejoice. I have zero sympathy for home invaders.

    BUT!

    We are the most dangerous to criminals inside our own doors.

    Knock at the door? Any doubt about the visitor? Don’t answer! Take up an armed defensive position coving the best angle on front and back/side doors, then call out through the door if you must.

    A 911 call at 1:37am about a suspicious person is absolutely justifiable. Cell phone and gun!

    But don’t open the door! In the time you’re fumbling with the lock he could draw and take aim.

    Home defense is just that; defense. Not offense. Cover that door, make a 911 call and give yourself the best odds at survival. Then if they do come in you’re already 1 minute into the average 10-20 minute response time, and the police will already know you’ve taken a defensive position. That could come in handy in court.

    But thanks for saving the tax payers a fortune. RIP and spread the word.

    • +1

      Home defense is all about preparation and warning. Preparation is just having a plan and making sure everyone in the house knows what to do if you have “uninvited guests” paying you a late night/early morning call.

      Warning is about time. The more time you have, the more prepared you will be if someone come through the door. As I said above nothing beats a dog with a strong sense of territory for early warning. My two hounds let us know when anyone is within 100 yards of the property. A home security system only warns you when someone has already broken in. It serves a purpose but generally will not give you sufficient warning to get in the best defensive position possible.

  14. I home carry all the time in the house.
    When sleeping very hidden but accessible.
    No kids, no wife, no problems………….

  15. “Police later determined Evans was carrying a Taurus PT 911 9mm handgun. The resident was also armed, with a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson in his waistband”

    1. Let the caliber wars commence!

    2. Mess with the bull, get the horns…

  16. Does the homeowner get to keep the violent criminal’s Taurus PT 911 9mm handgun to offset his/her mental anguish and physical damage to his/her door?

  17. Daryl Evans was trying to get his life straightened out. He wanted to start his own business, but it’s hard to get a bank loan when you don’t have a good education, and your business is imported pharmaceutical products. He was the apple of his mother’s eye.
    That long rap sheet? Just a couple of misunderstandings. Deep down, he’s a good guy. Make the grave fifteen feet deep.

  18. How the hell do any of you jerks revelling in a “bad guys” death get off with your stupid judgements based on the scant information here. I’m pro self-defense but without more details than are revealed here how can you come to the conclusion that this was justifiable much less the pompous gloating about another bad guy dead.

    Are some of you people really that black and white and simplistic in your thinking when discussing a human life? The irony is that any of you could become the bad guy yourself for your aggressive “defensive” tendencies. And pay with a life sentence too. Just like the verdict that came down today of a late night macho door opener that got all scared and blew a drunk disoriented young lady to bits. Yeah, I’m sure she deserved it too by being young, drunk, DUI and stupid.

    Some of you guys are losers.

    • I haven’t seen anyone here say opening the door was a great idea. However, what further nuance are you looking for in this case? The guy pounds on the door at 1:27 am and displays a handgun. What do you think is going on? He’s a door-to-door Taurus salesman working the night shift?

      • Problem is that there are always two sides to a story, and only one is alive to tell it.

        Maybe the guy at the door had a CCW and the guy blew him away and put the gun in his hand.

        There is a reason why first person accounts are the best accounts, and a similar reason why people don’t like to leave any witnesses.

        • Apparently the deceased has prior convictions for aggravated assault, and there was an active warrant for his arrest for possession, intent to distribute, and robbery. Probably did not have a CCW Marlin. But nice try.

        • Can’t reply to Jerry because of this new format so I will reply to myself.

          If you weren’t there then you don’t have all the facts necessary to claim that its a good shoot or a bad shoot. To your prior convictions point, I have many priors and have a CCW, people make mistakes. Aggravated Assault is a surprisingly easy charge to pick up, especially at bars when you are in your late teens and early twenties, and not many kids have the resources to fight the case, so pleading out is all too common.

          I’m not defending the deceased or the homeowner.

        • There is a presumption of innocence on the part of the living. There has to be enough evidence that the firearm was planted to overcome reasonable doubt. Prior criminal record, AFAIK, would be circumstantial for the survivor. Sure, someone could shoot an unarmed person and then plant a firearm on them. But, unless there is solid evidence that it occurred then the presumption is that it did not happen.

        • Like, it would be nice if there were the slightest reason why the homeowner lured the scum to his house in order to whack him at 1:30 am. This is just silly. We all know why the guy was there, pretending thee is some excuse is juvenile.

        • FWIW, agg assault is a really easy to get charged with. I got jumped when I was 18 — over a girl I didn’t even sleep with, and didn’t want to! I won.

          Next thing you know, I’m in cuffs charged with the California equivalent of agg assault.

          I beat the case, rightly, but it was a very near thing. Despite being totally innocent, it cost me almost $5000. If I hadn’t had the money to spend I could have easily wound up convicted.

          The moral is: I shoulda slept with her.

      • “I’m pro self-defense but…”

        Carlos, it’s a trap. Troll poster, no use in even addressing that nonsense.

    • “Are some of you people really that black and white and simplistic in your thinking when discussing a human life?”

      Yes, I really am that black-and-white and simplistic when a stranger pounds on my door at 1:27 a.m. and then displays a handgun to me when (if) I open the door.

      There are no innocent scenarios that cover those facts. Period.

      • Exactly.

        You, the homeowner, have scant seconds to make a determination in this situation whether the the person at the door is a threat. This isn’t a game of 20 questions or “What’s My Line?”

        0127, handgun in possession, appears out of the blue without calling first. Sorry, right there is enough to convince me if I’m on a jury that there was a “reasonable fear,” because the facts establish method and opportunity. The only thing missing is motive, and we can guess from the hour of the night that he’s not selling Girl Scout Cookies.

        But wait! There’s more! Apparently, the deceased pushed his way into the house, waved his gun around and started demanding that the owner show him his stuff:

        http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140804/montco-da-homeowner-justified-in-shooting-killing-during-home-invasion

        Sorry, a guy who displays a gun and pushes his way into my house? He’s gone full stupid and will get the results of same. The owner did what any right-thinking person should do: shoot the intruder. The owner used six rounds, meaning that this wasn’t a joke.

      • I agree. Doing the “maybe he’s a nice guy, I need more info” dance equals hesitation equals perforated homeowner. I have a 6 foot fence, sensors and cameras and live in the country with no neighbors. At 130am, I don’t have much doubt what’s up.

  19. I just bought a house and we have a few security issues I’d like to work out so thanks for the ideas Dean. I can’t make a standoff barrier like the one in the article but now I’ve got a few ideas. That being said, my pet chicken goes insane when someone he doesn’t know comes to the house. Although he was locked in his cage today, he thrashed around and got so violent the plumber kept asking if the chicken could get out. Makes me wonder if they can be trained.

  20. Nothing wrong with having it when answering the door. It’s knowing when to use it that comes into play. Recently a guy was convicted for shooting and killing someone at his front door. I don’t know the details but he’s going to jail. Turns out an intoxicated woman crashed her car and came to his door banging historically trying to get help. It’s a tough one. Something to consider. You should probably stand back and aim until the person attempts to break in. . This also happened in another story and the homeowner was not convicted. In this case the intoxicated neighbor attempted to break in. He thought he was breaking into his own house.
    I still think it’s better to have it than to have to run and get it if you really need it.

    • 20 years ago a friend’s wife was home alone is remote area in CA after hubby left for work in the morning. Naked guy banging on the door, she calls 911, yells at the guy that she has done so. Cops eventually show up, one carries the guy off, another comes to tell her the guy got shitfaced and passed out at his bachelor’s party, his buds thought it would be fun to strip him and drop him in the woods far from home. Everybody ended up happy (tho I suspect he had some ex-friends by that evening), he did not threaten, did not attempt to enter, and she did not shoot him. That is the way it should work (other than the stupid/dangerous prank).

  21. I believe it’s best to never be more than an arm’s reach away from a firearm. I’d be happy for that to be true for myself for the rest of my life. So I’m no hoplophobe and I’d don’t enjoy flinging accusations at fellow members of the gun culture here. But you guys reading your weapon to fire at the sound of the doorbell are most likely either extremely misguided, paranoid, or nuts. Unless you can reasonably expect a death squad coming to murder you, keep your handgun holstered unless you see a threat. Don’t open the door brandishing a gun unless someone’s behavior warrants it. If you want to know who it is, look through a side window, a security camera, a cleverly angled mirror, a tinted window, a peephole, or one of many other ways to safely ascertain who’s at your door. If you’re suspicious, don’t open the door and shout (or speak over the intercom) asking who it is. This is common sense. If someone unexpected is at the door in my neighborhood, it’s likely a delivery man, a volunteer with a clipboard, or a neighbor, and that’s typical of America. If it was a suspicious man in the middle of the night I’d ask what he wanted without opening the door or letting him see me. If I didn’t like what I heard, I’d tell him to go away or I’d call the police. I’m not about to jump out, gun in hand. The best way to survive a gunfight is to not be in the gunfight. As Sun Tzu would say, to win without fighting is best. I’m a firm supporter of answering the door—and performing every other activity—with a gun holstered or in reach, but answering every doorbell ring of your life with a gun in hand seems to me tactically, legally, and morally inadvisable and more likely to cause rather than avert trouble.

    Not to mention that I don’t like living in a land where grouchy paranoid jerks greet me with with a shotgun aimed at my face when I approach their house with honest and good intent for a legitimate purpose. I’m just a nice guy who wanted to ask directions, or maybe I was going to offer to hunt destructive hogs on your property and bring you a bundle of meat and a case of beer at the end of the season. Hell, I’ve had landowners approach me with aggressive suspicion just for walking along a few feet off the side of the road picking dandelions for a girl.

    • Earlier this year a woman in Alexandria Virginia opened the door in the middle of the day and was shot and killed. She the third victim of what appears to be serial killer. There are many more cases of people robbed, raped and/or murdered when they open the door to an unknown person than a mistake like the one you cite. I don’t think anybody is suggesting that you answer the door gun in hand, we are just saying answer the door with gun available. And don’t open the door at zero dark thirty when someone knocks.

    • I agree with most of it. Except we’re all referencing 1:30am and after dark instances. In those scenarios, people have historically answered armed, even back to pre-firearm days. Why? Nothing good happens after midnight. So yes, be prepared but and holstered during daylight unexpected visits. Be armed and don’t answer nighttime unexpected visits.

    • I agree that it’s best to never be more than an arm’s reach away from a firearm and my life, thankfully, has allowed that to be true. However, I think you are making some assumptions and applying them to everyone. I didn’t see any genuine comments indicating anyone is “reading” their “weapon to fire at the sound of the doorbell.” My handgun is in my hand behind the door and aimed down. Nothing is brandished and nobody has a firearm needlessly aimed at them. Granted, the sidearm most often isn’t in the holster but, truthfully, it sometimes is, especially when someone I know is expected. Although I do ask who it is through the door, we have a large property here with many buildings, several houses, equipment, and a lot of material. I don’t have the luxury of just not answering my door if I’m suspicious of someone. The house that I live in is only a small part of the farm. If a meth-head, heroin junkie, or plain thief (we have a lot of those in these parts) comes a calling and they don’t get an answer, they are likely to go through the barns and buildings to take things. If they don’t on the first visit, they will mark you for later pickings. Poachers here follow a similar pattern. Although my handgun is most often in my hand, as opposed to in my holster, it is behind the door. They don’t see it and it wasn’t aimed at them. Friends, regular delivery people, etc have to figure there was a sidearm in my hand because they have been on my side of the door when I’ve answered previously and/or they can see my shoulder as I re-holster when they have been on the outside.

      I am a very friendly person and go out of my way to help a stranger. Hospitality is important to me. Although, I do get tired of other hunters beating a path to my door asking if they can hunt. After all of these years I am a little jaded when many times the same people coming to my door with hat in hand asking to hunt will be same people I have to confront for poaching deep into the property in the coming months. Of course, not all hunters are poachers. I used to hunt so I know that. But, in our location, most of those who have come to my door unexpectedly were. I’ve never encountered an honestly poor many poaching on the property. If I did then I’d simply remind him not to leave any gates open and to stop by the house for hot soup and cocoa when he was done for the day. My environment necessitates my method of answering my own door. If you don’t like it, don’t travel all that way into posted private property to knock on my door.

  22. another reason to carry when answering the door. We have door-to-door salesmen stop by from time to time. Or this time of year, people campaigning for candidates up for elections this November. It may be unsettling to some, but it does send a very clear message to someone who may just be casing a house and posing as a salesman…. the message…. move along to the next house/softer target.

    • But the obvious display of a gun notifies the person that you have something valuable to steal. OPSEC dictates that you be ready but don’t display unless you think something is up.

    • This is true. I don’t get solicitations and the only candidates that come to my door are Liberty minded ones and they are also armed. 🙂 Come to think of it, I only got one visit from a census taker and he left disappointed. I didn’t hear another word from them.

  23. Wow make & model indentifed. Except what the hell is a Taurus pt911 9mm? 1911? 111? Oh well GOOD SHOOT. Don’t open your door at 1:27…

  24. It’s good to answer the door in the early morn’s! It gives you a chance to cancel a bad guy or two! One or two less bad guys increases the good guys! Hmmm, good for some thought though. Always watch your flank, no telling what may be comming.

  25. Gun-grabbers take note.

    Gun Free Zones Kill.

    Therefor, lawmakers are killing us.

    Therefor the gun-grabbers who knowingly vote for them, kill.

    Is there more than that? YOU gun-grabbers are the problem!

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