Contest Entry: Need Another Reason to Home Carry?


By Coffee Adict

At age 25 I found myself out of a job, sitting in my one-bedroom apartment in San Diego, contemplating my options. I had come from Arizona five years earlier with my books and my clothes, in a beat up truck following a sales management position. The first place I landed was in Los Angeles, about five blocks from the Colosseum. It was the summer of ’84, the Olympics and traffic in full swing. I stayed for about a year until Richard Ramirez killed two people in one day . . .

The news media started calling him the “Night Stalker”, warning everyone to lock their doors and windows. It was the only thing on TV. I remember calling my dad and telling him I was buying a gun and moving to San Diego. I opted for the SIG P226, in 9mm and I packed my truck.

A couple of years went by, a couple thousand rounds went through the SIG. I did everything wrong by today’s standards; Weaver stance, tea-cupping, closing one eye…. I was cross-eye dominant so Weaver stance allowed me to cock my head over so I could sight with my left eye. I didn’t have a holster for it, just a small pistol bag with the spare mag. I loaded ball ammo for defense, not knowing the difference.

Still, I had fun and despite my numerous mistakes, I was pretty good. I practiced at “apartment distances” as my buddy suggested. I never had more than an extra box of ammo. The SIG lived under my headboard, within comforting reach of my hand. I had started waking up nights, listening to the dark and thinking about Ramirez. He was in the news again, his trial having ended with the death penalty.

It was a Wednesday, the day after I got fired. I wasn’t supposed to be home. I sat in my living room feeling sorry for myself, watching the TV on the kitchen counter. From the couch I could see past the TV into the bedroom where the curtains were blowing in the wind. I got up, irritated at myself for leaving the window open and letting the heat out.

As I came through the doorway, time slowed down to a crawl. I had time to notice the screen missing from the window. I had time to see the dirty hand prints on the sill. I saw the mess he had made from tossing my room. I wondered how he had climbed into a second story room without me hearing him.

I watched as he picked up a dumbbell from the floor and raised it over his head as he stepped towards me. I don’t remember being afraid as I charged him and hit him in the face. He must have dropped the dumbbell because we started trading blows. I gouged at his eye and kneed him in the groin. He hit me in the nose and it only made me madder.

I screamed with rage at him, head-butted him and choked him. I yelled for my neighbor to call the cops. He grabbed me by the shirt, but I couldn’t get any grip on him, he was only wearing shorts and he was bleeding from the face. I finally grabbed him by the hair and the throat and I dragged him to the front door.

But I couldn’t open the door.

I was unwilling to let go of him with either hand. He reached for the door handle about the same time as I wondered why I was letting him go. Could I get him to dial 911?

We tumbled out onto the front porch and struggled to get on top of each other. He ripped away from me and leaped over the balcony to the street below, landed running (!), leaving me with a clump of greasy black hair in my hand.

I threw up. I shook from adrenaline. I couldn’t unclench my victorious fist full of scalp. I sat slumped on the front porch, in shock, head between my knees, until the police arrived. Twenty minutes later.

I gave as good as I got. Later on I would find out he was seriously high on PCP. He never felt a thing. I don’t know how long the fight lasted, maybe three minutes, maybe less. It took everything I had just to end in a tie. It’s a fight I have seared into my memory and one I never want to have again. It’s been 26 years and I can still see the hand prints on the sill.

The SIG?

It was under the headboard where it always was, an angel dust junkie between it and me.


  1. avatar Edward says:

    Awesome story. Thanks for the reminder of how quickly bad s**t can happen to any of us.

    Just two days ago I was sitting in my friend’s garage with him installing sights on my new Walther PPQ and he was telling me about his next door neighbor fighting off a home invasion with a little Kel-Tec, killing one of the invaders with a single shot.

    I’ve been called paranoid and made fun of before for carrying at home. Stories like yours make me even more determined to be prepared at all times.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      “I’ve been called paranoid and made fun of before for carrying at home.”

      Those people that call you paranoid are probably trying to quell their own inner turmoil for failing to have the capability to handle a home invader. Rather than implement measures to mitigate the risk, they instead deride you to soothe their conscience.

      Here is another way to look at the situation. While the risk of a home invasion is small (assuming you live in a “nice” neighborhood), it is far from zero. What is at stake if someone invades your home? … everything from your personal property to your life. When the risk of something is small and consequences are enormous, a prudent person takes measures to put themselves in the best position possible.

      Of course taking some measure (such as being armed at home) to reduce the potential negative outcome of a home invasion carries some level of risk as well. How much risk is there in being armed at home? Not much: there are but a handful of incidents each year in the entire United States where something bad happens because a person was armed in their home. Given that a lot more home invasions have bad consequences for the homeowner, I’ll opt to be armed at home.

      1. avatar Joe R. says:

        ““I’ve been called paranoid and made fun of before for carrying at home.”

        Those people that call you paranoid are probably trying to quell their own inner turmoil for failing to have the capability to handle a home invader. Rather than implement measures to mitigate the risk, they instead deride you to soothe their conscience.”

        ^ This (these) your carrying doesn’t make other unsafe, their not-carrying raises the chances of you being considered one of them.

        1. avatar Gunr says:

          My wife’s friends call me paranoid, just because I own guns. I call them stupid, because they refuse to accept the responsibility of owning a weapon for self defense.
          I always have a little mouse gun in my pocket, and heavier artillery close by. I would not want to shoot someone, but would not hesitate in the least, if I thought my wife, or myself was in great danger.

  2. avatar AllAmerican says:

    Hand to hand fighting sucks, and is scary. Having been in two full blown fights as a young adult I can agree it’s something that changes your perspective and you never want to be unarmed again. Physical fighting skills are WAY over blown not just on TV but in fighting classes as well. It doesn’t matter how strong or skilled you are it’s going to f***ing hurt and there’s always someone stronger out there.

    1. avatar gsnyder says:

      Agreed. My father told me, “there is no such thing as a fair fight.” Trying to impress upon me the delusion of Hollywood fist fights and the honorable clean contest. When confronted the only thing which should be on the mind is to win at all cost. The progressive stance misses the reality of all this deluding themselves. This is how you end up fast dead.

      1. avatar Delta2actual says:

        What’s that rule again? If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck…

        1. avatar Bandaid Bandit says:

          I thought it was ” The only fair fight is the one you’ve lost”.

        2. avatar Ing says:

          Yeah, I gave up on the idea of a fair fight a long time ago. If it’s worth fighting for, it’s worth cheating for.

          Another aphorism: Gentlemen don’t start fights, but they know how to finish them.

        3. avatar Rambeast says:

          If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’.

  3. avatar Jim says:

    100% of home invasions occur in the home. Keep a knife handy as well.

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      Honest question: If I have a gun, what good is a knife? If the thug closes the distance between him and me before I can draw a gun, it would seem like bringing a knife into that situation is likely to get me hurt.

      1. avatar Chrispy says:

        While what you say is true, my response to that would simply be that not having an answer for that scenario is likely going to hurt worse. Also, I don’t always home carry a firearm, in fact I frequently don’t because it’s uncomfortable and I’m lazy. But I carry a knife 100% of the time. Usually more than one. It’s still an effective force multiplier, in a smaller, more convenient, more easily concealed package.

        To top all of that off, they are much much more handy in every day situations around the house than a gun. There’s about a million and one uses for a knife, and I can only think of two reasons to carry a firearm: man and beast.

        1. avatar MarkPA says:

          Carry. “. . . it’s uncomfortable and I’m lazy . . . ” True that. I’m the prince of comfort speakers and laziness. My solution is to carry just-about-the-lightest .380 I can find in my pocket. My EDC rig is light enough that I’m barely aware of the additional weight in my pocket. This rig is comfortable and doesn’t tax my policy of conservation of energy.

          Now, neither home nor street carry is any material problem at all. No excuses. It just doesn’t make sense not to carry. I can not appeal to any excuse of comfort or laziness for not bothering to put my gat in my pocket.

          To all you who value your critter-comforts, try my solution.

        2. avatar Chrispy says:

          ^ Exactly why I will add either a .38 LCR or maybe a Glock 42 to my collection (probably both at some point), though currently funds are tight and I don’t think I can purchase a firearm with Amazon points.

      2. avatar Marcus (Aurelius) Payne says:

        I imagine it’s hard to deploy a folding pocket knife during the jostling of combat. My thinking is that I would keep the knife closed at first, using it like a roll of quarters in the fist. The ends protruding from the sides of the fist could be slammed into elbows, temples, or wrists also.

        1. avatar Chrispy says:

          Depends on the knife. A folder that is meant as a defensive weapon might be spring assisted, or even more simply just have a very easy deployment. I practice with my folder all the time, and I can carry it at work which is also nice. With the right knife choice, and with practice, you’d likely find that you can deploy it one handed with ease.

          Better yet, it’s perfectly legal most places to carry a fixed blade.

      3. avatar Accur81 says:

        Well that depends if you’ve got a little Swiss Army knife clone loaded with sporks and tweezers or something like a Cold Steel Magnum Warcraft Tanto. There are some seriously badass short swords that can chop off the head of a pig carcass with a single swing or two – provided the wielded has strength, skill and technique.

        At bad breath distances a short sword is just as deadly as a handgun – possibly more so. A lot of people have been murdered even with flimsy machetes.

        1. avatar Chrispy says:

          Spot on. The damage a heavy edged weapon can do is… well put simply it’s ghastly. It’s F’king scary.

          As far as Cold Steel is concerned, ignoring all the hype and mall ninja sales strategies, I like the actual products. I daily carry a Mini Recon 1 (3″ folder) and a Peace Keeper III, (4″ fixed blade). The Recon is basically a beater, I use it all the time, and don’t keep a shaving sharp edge. The Peace Keeper I weak side carry, and that one is always maintained to a freaky sharp edge.

        2. avatar Ralph says:

          Edged weapons, especially ones that can crash through bone, are scary as hell. That’s why my own tactical tomahawk is scarier to me than a BG’s pistol. I’ve been shot at and wasn’t frightened (I was pissed). I’ve been threatened by a guy with a BFK and that scared the crap out of me. Go figure.

        3. avatar Mr Pierogie says:

          @ Ralph
          Shot at and threatened with a knife? Was it because of one of your movie reviews?

        4. avatar Geoff PR says:

          “Shot at and threatened with a knife? Was it because of one of your movie reviews?”

          Likely one of his ex-wifes…

        5. avatar Grindstone says:

          Ralph, you should probably stop going to Tijuana.

        6. avatar Avid Reader says:

          “At bad breath distances a short sword is just as deadly as a handgun – possibly more so. A lot of people have been murdered even with flimsy machetes.”

          Given your vocation, A81, I don’t think I want to know how you came by this bit of knowledge.

        7. avatar Muchas Mujeres says:

          Haha my wife is from Central America, it is so not uncomon for locals to use a machete as a universal tool. Oh yea also for jealous spouses to settle issues 1. In the street 2.With Machtes and for capital offences murder, child rape etc 3. With old tires and gasoline. Yes sir no bullshitin round down there. For all to witness.

      4. avatar Tex300BLK says:

        A knife, if you know what your are doing with it, is a good way to create space if the criminal gets too close, space that may give you enough time to then draw your gun.

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      5. avatar Geoff PR says:

        “Honest question: If I have a gun, what good is a knife?”

        At some point in the combat you may have a free hand, verdantly or inadvertently.

        For a while I carried both a strong hand – weak hand pistol.

        I’ve been carrying a Spyderco clip-it of some type daily for over 25 years at this point, a knife is a just a natural extension of my hand. It’s a handy tool I can use…

        1. avatar Gunr says:

          A knife would come reeeeeeeal handy, if you gun jammed!

      6. avatar Wade says:

        I’ve heard a knife called a great “get the hell off me” tool. Get knocked on your back and find yourself the victim of a high mount, you might not be able to get to your gun. Deploying a knife might be possible. That is when a stabbing or slashing motion to the glutes, groin and thigh might make the guy that has mounted you decide that it is a bad position. When the mount is broken, the gun is accessible. Carry a knife, preferably a fixed blade.

  4. avatar AJ187 says:

    You seemed so ill prepared and obviously were ambushed which resulted in a close quarters battle. I don’t think having your gun on you that day would of helped. Probably would of stripped it from you in that context and got it used against you. Glad you made it out alive and are better prepared now.

    1. avatar Mike says:


      He charged the intruder, which meant he was originally beyond hand-to-hand distance. If he had his gun on him, perhaps he would have backed up and drawn, providing a few extra steps of distance.

      The author mentioned that he wasn’t “tactical” in many aspects of his training, but the idea of having superior firepower against an adversary always remains. I would rather risk someone else already intent on robbing or killing me on getting my weapon from me, then me having to fight them off unprepared.

      But again, that’s just me. YMMV.

      1. avatar Muchas Mujeres says:

        I thought he charged him cause the pos had a barbell over his head and was gona give him a headache ?

    2. avatar Marcus (Aurelius) Payne says:

      If he had drawn upping seeing the signs of the forced entry that would have been plenty of time. Still, PCP is a helluva drug im told.

    3. avatar Accur81 says:

      Ever fight anybody on PCP? It sucks. Drunks can be bad, but PCP is the worst. I’ve never fought anyone on PCP by myself, and would dread having to do so.

      One of my former trainees fought someone on PCP. The initial fight was the bad guy and two graveyard officers. The BG took multiple Taser X26 deployments. Soon the BG was fighting 8 officers – half the graveyard shift. The BG finally died due to a mixture of excited delirium and Taser deployments. He continued to fight even after his heart stopped beating – until he collapsed. Dead.

      1. avatar CA.Ben says:

        My dad was a cop in San Jose, CA, during the 80s and 90s when PCP was huge. The stories he has of fighting PCPers are downright terrifying. The particular one that comes to mind is a guy who now has to pee in a bag because it took a beanbag to the gut from 15 feet to take him down.

    4. avatar TTACer says:

      This is one of the dumbest comments I have ever seen on this site.

      “Probably would of stripped it from you in that context and got it used against you. ”

      Go peddle that crap to the moms demanding victims.

    5. avatar Matt in TX says:

      @AJ187 The old “you’re too stupid to use a gun, he’ll just take it away from you and kill you with it.” argument. Your an anti-gun troll or just projecting your insecurities.

    6. avatar Aaron says:

      “probably” would have stripped it? I disagree. It’s hard to strip someone of a gun when you are getting shot.

  5. avatar Eyjafjallajokull says:

    Oh man. Good story to share. A wise man learns from other’s experiences. Guess that’s a big +1 for home carry, huh? Also reinforces what has been said many times – that most home robberies happen during the day. Glad you made it out of that ok.

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      It’s also a +1 for locking your windows.

      A lock won’t stop criminals, but it will slow them down and prevent them from invading silently.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        “It’s also a +1 for locking your windows.”

        There are lots of places where A/C simply isn’t needed (San Fran bay area as one example).

        He also mentioned it was a second story window.

        Windows open are how you ventilate the building.

        That said, having screens installed with conductive thread loomed into the screen material connected to your alarm system is a good thing to have.

  6. avatar Kyle in CT says:

    As I say in every similar story, your best response is not a gun per se, but layered security. First, locked windows and doors. It sounds like you didn’t have an option but to have a window open (and let’s be honest, everyone leaves windows open), but as a general rule it still applies. Second, an alarm system of some kind. I prefer the canine variety for a few reasons. For one, they are a solid deterrent for someone who is scoping out possible burglary targets. Unlike a system from Brinks, you can’t forget to turn them on, and pretty much every dog is going to go nuts if someone comes in a window. At least some dogs will also kick it up a notch and do their best impression of the wood chipper from Fargo on the intruder. Third, a weapon you can comfortably carry with you all the time. Pocket knives are great for this, assuming you get something that can be quickly opened one-handed. A gun will also work well, but for some people that isn’t an option, or is impractical.

    The key point here is that layered security gives you options and time. Relying solely on a gun (to the exclusion of anything else) means you will still be playing from behind in a situation such as this. It is a part of a solution, not a solution in and of itself.

    1. avatar Marcus (Aurelius) Payne says:

      Ad I’ve told anti friends before: a gun is Jay one more last resort. It helps to have resorts before it.

    2. avatar Ken G says:

      I want to make a point that one needs to have the *right* dog and train it, if part of the reason is for security. I don’t agree that any dog will do. For example, my roommate’s dog wouldn’t go nuts, but would wag her tail furiously and want to be petted. It *may* be possible to train her to have some function for security, but I don’t think the personality is right for it.

      So to conclude, if you want a dog for personal security, then just as if you were buiying a gun, do the research into what it takes.

      1. avatar Kyle in CT says:

        This is a solid point, some dogs just are not at all territorial and therefore won’t do anything for you. I would argue this is the exception rather than the rule. Most breeds will at least bark if someone comes to the door. Striking a balance between barking at everything that moves near the house and not caring if someone breaks in is not necessarily straightforward. And yes, expecting a golden retriever to be a good guard dog is probably not your best bet, just like a pomeranian won’t do much good if you want to go duck hunting. It is worth noting that half the battle is just knowing that “something is up” because the dog is barking. You don’t need Hooch or Rin Tin Tin for that, the little pomeranian can do just fine in that role.

        Another consideration is that a trained guard/personal security dog is a very different thing than a dog that just so happens to have guarding tendencies. The former will be able to tell the difference between friend and foe, the latter will need more direction and may not respond predictably to unexpected scenarios. In either case, it is solely your responsibility to provide direction for your dog, and failing to do that (especially if you want a guarding dog) can have serious negative consequences.

        1. avatar Ralph says:

          I used to train dogs for attack work and perimeter security (among other things). The one part of training that most people forget is “poison proofing.” A drug-laced piece of beef liver can take a dog out of the fight in two minutes, and might kill him in less than five.

          Poison proof your dogs, people. Not just guard dogs, but all family dogs should be poison proofed.

        2. avatar Gunr says:

          I go to bed earlier than my wife, and I like to have all doors closed and locked when I do. My wife likes to keep the back door open, which is within sight, with the screen slide closed. A real deterrence, sarc.
          She says the family dog (Big black lab) will protect us. I say, probably, but if a rapist or someone hell bent to do real harm, will probably shoot the dog first, then us.

    3. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “Second, an alarm system of some kind. I prefer the canine variety for a few reasons.”

      There are a few reasons a dog isn’t practical.

      A number of years my job was rotating shift work that had no set end time. A shift could be anywhere from 8-16 hours or anywhere in between. A full 16 hours if my relief decided not to show up, or if the oncoming shift needed a hand. And that did happen.

      Dogs like to have some sort of a regular schedule unless you don’t mind them pissing and crapping inside your home. Eliminating inside stresses the hell out them when you’ve trained to go outside.

      After all, you were the one that trained them what to expect if they leave you a ‘present’.

  7. avatar Sock Monkey says:

    I keep trying to figure out who among us does not practice “home carry.” If you carry a gun, you put it on along with your clothes; so are they all nudists?

    Or are they the same bozos that divest themselves of keys and wallet and phone, etc, every time they return home, and then complain that they can’t find them later?

    This is dumb. When you get dressed, put everything in your pockets, and leave it there until you undress. This saves you from frantically looking for your keys, or your gun.

    Free life advice. No charge.

    1. avatar Danny Griffin says:

      I keep trying to figure out who among us does not practice “home carry.”

      There are TTAG readers who don’t even carry outside the home.

      1. avatar Ken G says:

        Or can’t.

    2. avatar Matt Richardson says:

      This is dumb. When you get dressed, put everything in your pockets, and leave it there until you undress. This saves you from frantically looking for your keys, or your gun.

      My wife always wonders how I know where all my shit is… I know where my everydays are because they’re almost never off my person. I also put shoes that lace on first thing and only take them off to shower or to undress for bed. That weirds her out too.

      1. avatar Gunr says:

        Weirds me out a little too! You put your shoes on, before your pants? Not knocking it, just wondering if you have small feet, or awfully big pant legs.
        I wear jeans most all the time, and can’t begin to get them on over my shoes.

        1. avatar Ken says:

          I’m lazy so it’s normal for me. I dress from the inside out so don’t have to move or redo anything. Underwear, socks, shoes, pants before shirt only if I’m going to tuck the shirt in. I also add cream or sugar to my coffee before I pour it into the cup to save stirring and getting a spoon dirty. Efficiency

        2. avatar Danny Griffin says:

          Sir, if God had intended coffee to be drank that way, He would have put the sugar and dairy into the coffee bean!

        3. avatar Gunr says:

          Ken, I do the same thing with my coffee, cream and sugar, then pour and stir!
          I suppose if I had started drinking coffee without C&S, I might have gotten used to it that way.

    3. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      I don’t home carry, generally. At home, my tendency is to wear as little clothing as possible (maybe light shorts and a t-shirt). Am I choosing comfort over safety? Maybe. I worked hard to earn enough money so I don’t have to live in the ghetto. I will indulge in whatever comforts that affords me. I may be taking a risk. So be it.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        A neighbor’s home was invaded and the poor guy beaten to a pulp — in the richest town on Cape Cod, where famous millionaires and billionaires have their little 8,000 square foot summer cottages.

        I ran two guys off my property in the same town — in broad daylight. I didn’t need to pull my piece. I carried a baseball bat and asked them if they wanted to play. They declined.

        if you live in a ghetto, you are a target because of proximity to bad people. If you live in a “good” neighborhood, you’re a target of bad people because you have money.

        1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

          Ralph, I won’t deny that bad things happen in good neighborhoods. I read the news.
          Life is a series of calculated risks. The odds of me getting T-boned in my car on my way home from work are many times higher than my house being invaded tonight. Still, I get in my car and drive. Sometimes I drive places just because I want to. Knowing the risks, I still go to places that are fun and enjoyable, just because I can.

          Risk vs. reward. If our lifestyles are hampered by the ways we prepare for bad things, who wins? I’ll sit around my house in my skivvies if I damn well please. And if I live to regret it, you can say “I told you so.”

      2. avatar GenghisQuan says:

        Thus, Ruger LCP. I know from personal experience that it can be supported IWB merely by the tensile strength of boxer short waistbands.

  8. avatar Accur81 says:

    Excellent story, sir, and a harrowing reminder of the need to home carry. I’m glad you made it out alright. Glad to hear the police caught your attacker, even though a 20 minute response time to a home robbery in progress with felony assault and battery is completely unsatisfactory.

    I’m assuming that beautiful Sig 226 Tac Ops, with the curiously small gun light, isn’t your gun. My Sig is currently in an old Amsec speed safe on top of my nightstand. I home carry and “safe carry.”

    1. avatar Coffee Addict says:

      Correct, not mine. I ( regrettably ) sold the P226 some years later.

      1. avatar Accur81 says:

        You’re more than welcome to shoot mine, sir. I’ll get a hold of you of TTAG.

        1. avatar Coffee Addict says:

          You’re on!

  9. avatar Salvatore says:

    Really excellent story. People get fooled into feeling very secure in the confines of their own home. With a small gun like a snub nose revolver or tine 380 in your pocket you are so much more prepared for any fast breaking situation like this. When taken completely by surprise with no warning, which CAN happen in the house as your story attests to, a small gun in your pocket sure beats the ar15 or shotgun upstairs in the safe, or even the full size handgun on the other side of the invader, as your story so well illustrates. To think this guy even came in through a second story window. Thanks for sharing.

    1. avatar Eyjafjallajokull says:

      “a small gun in your pocket sure beats the ar15 or shotgun upstairs in the safe, or even the full size handgun on the other side of the invader”

      – Well said… and has me re-thinking things a bit, honestly.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        “At home we like to say the house is protected by Mossberg, but the Mossberg is protected by H&K.”

        — Alton Brown

        1. avatar Danny Griffin says:

          Alton Brown can cook AND shoot?

    2. avatar Geoff PR says:

      ” People get fooled into feeling very secure in the confines of their own home.”

      Someone said to the effect of:

      “Where you feel safest is where you’re most vulnerable…”

  10. avatar Coffee Addict says:

    Thanks for all the positive comments and advice. Some addendums:

    The second story window lock was broken. It slid shut but wouldn’t engage. Who climbs up a fence and a sheer stucco wall to get into a second story apartment? This guy, apparently. Lesson learned.

    I carry every day. From the time I get up till the time I go to bed. I home carry. I shower carry ( seriously, in a ziplock bag ) I’m one of the blessed few with a California CCW. I have an XD sub compact 9mm, in a Cooks AIWB kydex holster. I also carry a spare mag in a Horizontal Magholder™. I carry 2 more mags in my day bag, with an IFAK. I also carry a ZT 0560BW on me all day every day. Since the event I’ve added Krav Maga and ongoing shooting training to my skills.

    I got lucky once. I don’t plan on relying on luck if it ever happens again.

  11. avatar Joseph says:

    I have home carried ever since I move home. I don’t know, after I got out of the navy (14 years) I just didn’t feel as safe. My house was broken into while I was in school in Seattle, Wa. and my pistol which was locked up in the basement was stolen along with all of my tools. I have never seen that pistol again and don’t expect to, the Seattle pd was more concerned with the sks I’d sold 5 years earlier, they didn’t care about my tools or even my pistol. To this day I call and ask after my report and they give me the generic haven’t come across anything. As if the even looked. Anyway, now that I have retired and replaced that pistol I don’t go anywhere at home without it, in fact since I now live in an open carry state I don’t go anywhere at all with out it. Being violated in your own home changes ones out look on the false world of t.v. that most of us live in…

  12. avatar No One says:

    Reminds me of my younger days, when I was woken up in the middle of the night by the sounds made by burglar already in my apartment. I didn’t carry then, and won’t go into the details here, but suffice it to say he wasn’t expecting to encounter an enraged naked man (I slept in the nude) roaring at him in the dark. Ahhh…fun times!

  13. avatar M9A1MAN says:

    That’s why I always close windows to rooms if I’m not in them.

  14. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Good post…I live on a major busy street. While it is convenient and the fire & po-leece respond literally sometimes in seconds(really) there is also a procession of weirdos and shady folk roaming around. So at I am always armed with something. I’ve already had a few harrowing scrapes in my 60 some years and have no wish to engage in hand-to-hand combat. Situational awareness always…and old guys are dangerous.

  15. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Good entry. I live on a main street that is very busy with autos and pedestrians. Great po-leece and fire response but still breakins and weirdos abound. I’m always armed in some way. I’ve been in some harrowing scrapes in my life and now in my 60’s I’m not getting in a hand-to-hand combat scenario. 00 buck for the win!

  16. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    This is a cautionary tale more in favor of hardening the home’s perimeter, than for home carry. I’d rather the bad guy not gain entry, than go hand to hand with a PCP fiend who may not even feel his bullet wound(s). Yes, precise shot placement can end an ncounter instantly, but I’d rather not rely on that.

    Great story, though, and your point is well taken. Hardened perimeter or not, there will always be some points when you’re exposed, and home carry offers additional options.

    1. avatar MarkPA says:

      I think it is both: a call to harden one’s perimeter; and, to home-carry.

      The most important thing any of us can do is raise the barriers to entry. However, that said, it soon becomes prohibitively expensive to make most homes really difficult to penetrate. We could maintain aesthetics with bullet-resistant glass; but that’s too expensive. We can afford bars on windows; but bars don’t fit most neighborhoods.

      I think it best to do what you can do with reasonable economy. Nevertheless, the best you might be able to accomplish along these lines is to buy yourself another 30 to 90 seconds to respond. Accordingly, there remains the absolute necessity to remain prepared to respond when your parameter is finally breached.

      A big can of bear spray is the minimum for those not prepared to keep arms. A good-calibre gun; preferably a couple such guns, is a much more effective plan.

      1. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

        Of course, it’s both. I only said it was more one than the other.

        That aside, a home need not be impenetrable, just substantially less penetrable than your neighbor’s.

        1. avatar MarkPA says:

          At first I rejected your proposition of “it was more one than the other”. But the more I thought about it, the more I came around to accept the wisdom in your statement.

          Whether someone is armed/not-armed is rather more a binary condition. You have a gun; or, you don’t. You may have a larger-calibre or smaller-caliber gun. You may have one or two or many guns, or no gun at all. But, in the main, you are adequately armed or not adequately armed. Taking the decision to be adequately armed is pretty much a binary decision; you have made this decision or you haven’t yet made this decision.

          The impenetrability of your perimeter is not the least bit binary. You can always do more and more to armor-up each door or window or other point of entry. You can do more up to the limit of your financial resources and ingenuity. You should do more to each of your weakest points of defense until they they are all roughly as high as you can afford to make them.

          The decisions to armor-up your perimeter is “more one than the other” where the other is the decision to be adequately armed with a gun or other weapon. Yes, you are right. One’s overall plan of defense of hearth and home is more-so a plan about perimeter defense. The decision to be adequately armed must be made; but it calls for far less study.

          Thank you. You have enriched my thinking in this matter.

  17. avatar anaxis says:

    And I thought I was weird for taking my pistol with me into the shower (ziplock bagged…. or my tactical tomahawk at least if I’m in a hurry), and keep another next to the toilet in a drawer.

  18. avatar Aaron says:

    I don’t usually home carry. but there is a loaded weapon close by in a hand safe pretty much everywhere.

    but more fundamentally, i dont leave doors and windows unlocked, and set the alarm before bed every night.

  19. avatar Rambeast says:

    Right handed, left eye dominant, and I train to shoot left handed. Pistol on my left side, and knife in my right. I’ve scared the shit out of friends and neighbors that thought they heard me say “come in” on a couple of occasions. I quickly realized how fast one can draw both simultaneously and give reason for the BG to keep distance and run at the first opportunity.

  20. avatar Ing says:

    I learned three things from these comments:
    1. I need a tactical tomahawk.
    2. Shower carry.
    3. I’m not nearly paranoid enough (yet).

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