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Special Interest => Guns and Gear => Topic started by: mutti on September 22, 2009, 02:53:52 pm

Title: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: mutti on September 22, 2009, 02:53:52 pm
Although I do not know the specifics involved, this story caught my attention this morning. Perhaps it should be on another thread, but didn't see the question asked elsewhere:

5 family members found slain in central Illinois (http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9ASGRH80&show_article=1)

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A couple and three children were found slain in their central Illinois home, and detectives were trying to identify possible suspects, authorities said Tuesday.

Authorities discovered the bodies late Monday afternoon after responding to a 911 call about possible shots fired at the address, Logan County Sheriff Steven Nichols said at a news conference.

This is why I believe it is imperative for parents to ensure that the tools they have (holster, self-defense items, etc.) be available, functional and tested in advance of needing them.

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Nichols warned area residents to lock their doors at night as a precaution.

I am not sure how the above applies as this happened in the afternoon, however it seems to go without saying that the additional caution of keeping your doors locked at all times (we do if we are not milking/gardening) is not an over reaction.

If I can figure out how to add a "poll", I'd be curious how many others" carry".

mutti
(edited to include 1 week poll)
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: Rudy Kearney on September 22, 2009, 03:28:06 pm
If I'm awake and clothed, I'm carrying.  If I'm not, then I'm not too far from a home defense tool.

Even though I live in a "good neighborhood" that doesn't seem to matter as much as it once did when it comes to these things.
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: bull on September 22, 2009, 04:13:23 pm
my guns are all over the house and i have 2 little girls, and i lock my doors at night now.
to intrude on my house uninvited would be someones last dumb mistake.
i may have to try the kids out on this ? i better unload everthing first!!!!!
the 7 year old is a shooter,
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: amagi on September 22, 2009, 09:26:38 pm
I carried in my dads house when I was staying there after he got beaten senseless by his roommates.  He was in the hospital.  Someone did pound on the door in the middle of the night once.  I didn't open it (duh) and he went away.  But I was ready at the top of the stairs if he broke in. 
I didn't stay there until the locks had been changed.
I was impressed with my step brother.  He lent me a gun with no questions when I asked.

I don't carry at my house.  I do keep the doors locked unless it is REALLY inconvenient.  But I know all my neighbors and we watch out for each other.
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: Carl Bussjaeger on September 22, 2009, 09:45:34 pm
Inside? Yes, no, maybe. I have enough tools placed to make it a moot point.

Outside? Dam' betcha. Two-leg predators aren't much of a problem out here, but I've spotted 3 bears (on a single occasion) just going to check my mail. So far, they haven't been trouble, but I respect bears.
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: synchro on September 22, 2009, 09:53:05 pm
Layers upon layers upon layers.
Do not enter my space uninvited, you were detected
a half mile ago.
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: Who...me? on September 22, 2009, 10:08:05 pm
While I am not necessarily packing at home all the time, like others have mentioned, there is never  12 gauge far from reach.
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: snakekhawk_54 on September 22, 2009, 10:50:56 pm
   D### skippy I carry from the time I get up until I go to bed. When I am in bed I have my tools next to my bed.
 snakekhawk_54(Semper Fi)
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: Bear on September 23, 2009, 05:43:58 pm
I don't carry at home now, but am thinking there may come a time when I do.
I've given some thought to where I will keep my carbine when I'm about the house.
I don't think it will be a problem, but we're not there yet (around here).

Bear
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: Jimbo on September 23, 2009, 09:39:14 pm
 At the house, usually have a Browning .22 Camper on my hip all day & 2 mags in my shirt pocket because when working on the property, often encounter pests that need elimination. When I put the .22 away, the .38 442 goes in my pocket. When I go beddy bye, the Glock & Sure fire light are by the bed side. I CCW everywhere I can go, when not at work. I have a pistol safe in the car in case I have to do business in a "disarmed victim zone."
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: mgwood on September 26, 2009, 01:06:26 pm
We both carry when awake at home.  We lock doors and hit the alarm if out back.  If hubby is on the job, he can't carry.  If he's gone, I have my choice of several fine friends to tuck under the pillow.  He just bought me a new toy this am.  I'm having trouble packing the new Tarus 9mm.  It is a bit too long on me from waist to hip bend.  And it was flopping over in some positions.  So, this am he brought home a 380.........I think I'm going to like this for ease of movement at home.  It's no bigger than my snub nosed 38.  I can't even tell I have it on. 

Now, don't get me wrong, I love my 9mm's.  And they stay loaded and within handy reach.  As soon as he changes the trigger on my 357, I'll be packing it again, but not for around the house.........much too heavy.......but packs a wallop.  He put a hair trigger on it years ago and forbid me to use it since.  He recently said he'd have it changed so I can use it again.  Now, I'd love to have The Judge.
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: bull on September 26, 2009, 02:33:22 pm
i know a blind man who just got DA judge. he sees very little but at 20 yards on the draw he's within an inch off center.
oh sweet choices,410 shoot, 410 slug, 45 long colt.  is that blind mans bluff?
went by a farm house 2 weeks ago the drive way was 200 yards ? long and out by the road was a target on both sides of the board
yep holes in the middle, what a welcoming sight. i laughed for 2 miles
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: gaurdduck on September 26, 2009, 07:36:00 pm
I've always wanted an M1911.

I carry two or three knives indoors, have the four guns strategically placed, a rope dart and a knife by one of the doors,
and will post my AQT WTSHTF.(on the front door)



Edit in red.
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: mgwood on September 27, 2009, 04:52:22 am
I was talking to a lady the other day and she said, yes I have a pistol and keep it within reach at all times.  But, I have the bullets locked up in a box in the closet.......and I keep that locked................DUH!!!!!!!   I asked her what she would do if someone broke in.  She said surely she'd have time to go and get the bullets. 

Now, maybe if you were already IN the closet looking for something else at the moment........what about during the night or when you were on the other side of the house.  That left her speechless.  She hadn't thought of that.  She said maybe she should rethink this!

My mom and dad always said, "An empty gun is a deadly gun!", "Don't point it, unless you intend to use it!"
An old LEO told me years ago, "You don't keep the gun IN the car, and the bullets IN the trunk!"

I carry from the time I get dressed in the am........3a to 3:30a, until I go to bed at night.  We are raising our youngest Autistic grandson.......almost 4 now.  We've had him since 5months old.  At night a weapon is within milisecond's reach.  He is on my lap, you name it........It stays on my hip.  Husband carries when not on the road with the big Rig......dang DOT!  A local ATF said they aren't worried a bit about the legal gun owners carrying.  The are worried about a dirty bomb ending up in Houston and aleast 1million people heading our way and demanding or just breaking in and taking what they need................Yes, I stay locked and loaded..........ready to protect and defend. 
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: Dealsmaker on October 26, 2009, 12:00:17 pm
I don't carry in the house but My Glock is with my when I'm in my truck or outside!!!  You never know if you might need it.  I do have a pistol safe on my night stand with my Walter P22 locked and loaded... i can use that to get me into my man room where the 12 gauge is ready!
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: tex703 on October 26, 2009, 01:19:10 pm
Yes!
You don't have time to go get your handgun or say your shotgun to defend yourself or your family.  If you have a simple front door that is not furthered strengthened then it only take a home invasion person(s) only 4 seconds to gain entry into your home (learned that in my concealed carry class). 
You also have to make sure your firearm is already loaded with one in the chamber and know how to use your safety.  It doesn't do you any good to have an unloaded firearm in the house.  What, are you going to ask the home invasion person to wait while you load?
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: hangman on October 28, 2009, 02:27:08 pm
Absolutely. Why would I let my guard down at my most personal place? Also have 2 shotguns and an AK stashed in easy to reach spots around the house.
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: OLD TIRED RN on October 28, 2009, 03:57:11 pm
Handguns at the ready at the only door in or out.  Outside ALWAYS armed. More later.

                                             RN
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: Rarick on October 29, 2009, 06:25:07 am
If there is an Immediate Threat, yes.  Otherwise there are enough improvised/real weapons around that look "normal" but would get the job done.
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: mutti on October 29, 2009, 07:01:19 am
Thanks all for the responses. The more I carry, the more comfortable I am with the situation. More like putting on a watch - habit I suppose.

I've noticed that Home Invasion radius from the biggest city (about 45 - 1 hour away) has extended another 20 miles or so from the mid spring time frame. And so have the injuries/casualties of the homeowners.

True we are further out, not on a main highway where "crash and grab" would work well, observant with the traffic patterns, etc. - never hurts to at least prepare a bit.

mutti
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: MamaLiberty on October 29, 2009, 09:29:44 am
Managed to miss this thread before...

Yes, I carry most of the time inside my home - and have more than one firearm available in most areas inside. Outside, I don't even go to the trash can unarmed.

People tell me all the time that they "have a gun" or that they would carry it if "they thought they needed it." An attack can come at any time, place and probably will at the time and place you least expect it. Criminals look for opportunity, and they want easy helpless victims.  A gun in the truck/car/closet is as useless as a glass nail if you are not close enough to grab it in time. Carry it on your body where it belongs.

Other vital requirements (for anyone who wants to defend themselves):
1. ATTITUDE! Know, without question, that you could pull the trigger if you must. This confidence is a visible beacon discouraging attack. If you have not already decided that your life (or that of your children, etc.) is worth the trauma of killing another human being, having a gun won't do you much good.
2. Situational awareness.  All the time, everywhere. You stand down somewhat behind locked doors, of course, but you can't ever truly "zone out." Teach situational awareness to even young children. They can be taken hostage very easily otherwise.
3. Take other security measures! Locked doors, many other things to make attacking you far more difficult... make it more risky to the criminal.
4. A gun (or several) that you can truly control and hit something with. A .357M cannon is useless and dangerous if you can't hit what you aim at. A .22 can be deadly with proper shot placement. Get the tools that actually work for you.
5. Train, practice and train some more. Not just shooting, but all the parts of self defense planning and action.

Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: mgwood on October 29, 2009, 12:36:24 pm
The first thing I do after I dress in the am, is put my friend on.  If I'm awake I'm packing unless we must go in a place clearly marked X.  And if I'm out of the door on our property, I have my friend clearly visable to anyone driving by or coming onto the property.  I figure they have fair warning as to whether they want to consider anything or not.  I told our Sheriff and his answer was........GOOD FOR YOU......keep it up!  I won't chance being caught, in need and without.  Keep it loaded, and keep it in the safest place possible.........ON YOUR PERSON..........  We are raising one of our grandchildren.  He has never paid any attention to our friends.  And he has had ample opportunities to see it on us.  We don't worry about him jumping on us or roughing around with either of us.  Our friends are secure, snug, and can't move.  I could stand on my head........if I could still do that, LOL..........and it will stay right where it is supposed to be.  I tried several IWB holsters.  What I have found to work best for me is a web hunting belt that has a plastic insert snap catch.  I find the holster made of similar material is perfect for my 9mm's, 380, and even my 38 special.  Tho I usually use the IWB for the 38.  I carry it less than the automatics because I'm not as comfortable with a hammer and a jumping little one.  But, it lays next to my 9mm at night if Mike is gone. 

What are your thoughts on The Judge, 1911, Derringer 410, 18" 20g shotgun, and/or riot gun 20g........  The 1911 is a given, probably in 45.  Still working on the old reliable for home security for middle of the night and possibly not as quick and clear headed in the dark and being surprised........We've been tossing it around.
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: Rarick on October 29, 2009, 07:16:17 pm
Managed to miss this thread before...

Yes, I carry most of the time inside my home - and have more than one firearm available in most areas inside. Outside, I don't even go to the trash can unarmed.

People tell me all the time that they "have a gun" or that they would carry it if "they thought they needed it." An attack can come at any time, place and probably will at the time and place you least expect it. Criminals look for opportunity, and they want easy helpless victims.  A gun in the truck/car/closet is as useless as a glass nail if you are not close enough to grab it in time. Carry it on your body where it belongs.

Other vital requirements (for anyone who wants to defend themselves):
1. ATTITUDE! Know, without question, that you could pull the trigger if you must. This confidence is a visible beacon discouraging attack. If you have not already decided that your life (or that of your children, etc.) is worth the trauma of killing another human being, having a gun won't do you much good.
2. Situational awareness.  All the time, everywhere. You stand down somewhat behind locked doors, of course, but you can't ever truly "zone out." Teach situational awareness to even young children. They can be taken hostage very easily otherwise.
3. Take other security measures! Locked doors, many other things to make attacking you far more difficult... make it more risky to the criminal.
4. A gun (or several) that you can truly control and hit something with. A .357M cannon is useless and dangerous if you can't hit what you aim at. A .22 can be deadly with proper shot placement. Get the tools that actually work for you.
5. Train, practice and train some more. Not just shooting, but all the parts of self defense planning and action.



1. check- I am a war veteran, I survived.
2. check- I am better than most, but still human.
3. check- I have wonderful throw rugs on my floor, they wake me up when I go "white" and will ruin an attackers day if he chases me.   :threvil:
4. check- plus a bokken, edged weapons hanging decoratively on the wall, a 4d maglite tucked in a handy place for lights out........ETC.
5. check- I hit instinctively given a modern 2 hand stance, I rarely think about the sights anymore, but do use them (I check by maintaining sights after I shoot when practicing.)  I also recently got laser grips attached, it gives a whole new world of flexibility!

I am at my most dangerous when at home, period.  Any house breakers are entering a roach hotel situation as far as I am concerned.
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: BuckBall on November 01, 2009, 12:30:07 am
I too pack in the house...carrying a 45 colt loaded with JHP's and since I live alone in a log home, over penetration is not an issue. However, if I am unarmed, than my two pits will do the defense work. It's always nice to have backup with teeth :)
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: mgwood on November 01, 2009, 10:56:30 am
We are now down to just 2 Australian Shepherds.  When actively competing, training and breeding, we usually had 15.  But, the 2 that are left are a dream.  Our male, *GW*, looks like a sweetheart, just a big ole 65lb teddy bear......don't let that beautiful face fool you.  He doesn't like anyone near me and the baby if Mike is not home, especially men.  Our female, *LoLa*, is only 30+ lbs, but she is the one to watch out for.  At only 18 1/2" at the withers, she can and has taken full grown bulls down by their LIP.........yes, beloved, she is dynamite and damn good at it.  She is the one that cleared the patio fence from the backyard months ago and nailed someone's butt as she chased them over the fence leaving the yard during the night.  When I got to the patio all I saw was a bit of blood on her bib........and it wasn't her's.  LOL  She is my first line of outside defense.  GW is the backup.  She lives up to her name........Judge Judy and she is a real bitch to anyone wanting to access our property.  If you are invited by Mike or me, she is a loveable sweetheart as is GW.  So, yes having a set of backup TEETH is nice.  Loyality to the death for sure.  Oh, Mike brought home a new toy for me............The Judge.  :-0   He got the full weight, not the feather light.  And it is the one with the 3" cylinder/barrel, so I guess you would call it the middle sized one.  And loaded it with 5pellet buckshot and 45lc.  I think I got that right.  Anyway, I'm excited to ck it out, hopefully that will be soon.

Have a lock and load safe Sunday.
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: BuckBall on November 03, 2009, 12:35:04 pm
Thing with my boy (jake) and girl (jamby) is that I never trained them outside of simple commands of sit and lay down. Pit Bulls and other aggressive style guard dogs don't need to be trained to be more mean, as long as they know you love them, treat them right, they will protect you until their last breath.
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: MamaLiberty on November 03, 2009, 02:03:38 pm
I hate to be a wet blanket here, but what do dogs have to do with carrying in the home? A bit of topic drift? :)
Title: Re: Do you carry in your home?
Post by: BuckBall on November 03, 2009, 02:54:25 pm
Sowie about that :) Okay, back on topic lol