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Old April 19th, 2021, 03:58 PM #1
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How prepared are you for a home invasion?

How prepared are you actually for a home invasion? Last night I had a scenario where the cold hard facts slapped me in the face. My wife and kids were asleep, I had just laid my head down for a few minutes and I was already in la la land. Suddenly I hear the front door shaking violently. "WTF is that!?" I sit up in my bed for a second and the sound continues and I think, "f&%k this is the real deal! I need my glasses!" I grab my glasses. "Which gun do I grab? What if it's one of the kids? Damnit the guns are locked up and it's dark!" So my instinct was to run towards the noise unarmed like a berserker and either football tackle someone or confirm it was a break in and retreat and unlock my safe.

It ended up being my dog having a seizure in his crate in the living room. I figured it out halfway when running into the room cuz he had had one a week ago and at the time I wondered what it would sound like if he had one while in his crate.

I give my performance a 3/10. One for actually finding my glasses and two for not being a total chicken shit.
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Old April 19th, 2021, 04:00 PM #2
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I have guns stashed in numerous places around my home. I have had a couple of instances where the door rattled (wrong house, drunk kid) and was up, armed and at the door in short order. The dog helps.
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More important question, how is your dog doing?
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I wake up enough to pee at night its muscle memory to roll out of bed into slippers while shucking off the cpap and grabbing glasses. Ambient glow from streetlights and a night light in living room.
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When I hear something outside at night, my alarm, cameras, a security-glass storm door and a reinforced door jam give me some assurance that no one is in the house and give me plenty of time if someone is trying to get in. So an invasion won't come with a zero-notice swift kick to the door and a quick sprint upstairs. But I don't feel covered if bad guys sneak up on my wife or me when one of us is coming into or leaving the house unarmed. When walking out the door half awake, there are lots of hidey places someone can squat behind then sprint to us. If aware, I'm confident I can hurt a slow dumb bad guy, but bullets are pretty fast. Maybe I watch too much ID channel.
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I have guns stashed in numerous places around my home. I have had a couple of instances where the door rattled (wrong house, drunk kid) and was up, armed and at the door in short order. The dog helps.
If I didn't have young ones....I need to invest in a better safe for sure.

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More important question, how is your dog doing?
We have an appt tomorrow. He's 7yo and I think it may be from medication he's on for an ear infection.
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How’s your dog?

My big girl has had three seizures in the past 2.5 months.

Our dogs are actually the biggest part of my response action plan. The newest member comes out of a deep sleep at full launch.
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How’s your dog?

My big girl has had three seizures in the past 2.5 months.

Our dogs are actually the biggest part of my response action plan. The newest member comes out of a deep sleep at full launch.
He's a vicious puggle, and I'm not joking, cranky ole bastard. He was part of my response plan too, but he started peeing in my daughters toy bins while we were asleep.
So now he's crated at night
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I think home defense/preparedness is all about simplicity and ease of use. Wash, rinse, repeat.
The handgun I carry is the one by the bed. In the kydex holster, grip up in the partially opened night stand drawer.
Shotgun in the corner at the ready. Flashlight on top of the night stand above the pistol.
I check the doors and alarm before bed.
My bedroom door is open a little to let me hear things in the house a little better.
I could do more, but that would complicate things for me.


More importantly...is doggo ok?
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