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Unread 07-26-2008, 02:42 PM   #31
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While a shotty wouldn't be my home defense choice, that is another argument.
Shotgun is mine, just curious whats yours?

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Unread 07-26-2008, 02:45 PM   #32
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The 1st rule to owning a gun for self defense is, are you prepared mentally to take someones life...If not I you might put a gun in an unarmed intuders hands...Just my 2 cents
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Unread 07-26-2008, 06:32 PM   #33
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Unread 07-26-2008, 06:38 PM   #34
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Never been in the situation but I think I would fire a warning shot first, get em motivated to GTFO that way I replace some drywall and no one dies.
What happens if your warning shot over-penetrates the drywall and exits your house endangering passers-by or neighbors? If you are justified in firing your firearm it needs to be at the justification for such a shot.
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Unread 07-26-2008, 09:09 PM   #35
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What happens if your warning shot over-penetrates the drywall and exits your house endangering passers-by or neighbors? If you are justified in firing your firearm it needs to be at the justification for such a shot.
I would shoot into the basement, either way I have no neighbors.

I dont feel the need to kill the guy who breaks into my house, just get him out. The warning shot would also make sure I didnt shoot a friend or my brother who likes to play jokes. Too many kids/innocents die from trigger happy homeowner.
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Unread 07-26-2008, 09:21 PM   #36
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I would shoot into the basement, either way I have no neighbors.

I dont feel the need to kill the guy who breaks into my house, just get him out. The warning shot would also make sure I didnt shoot a friend or my brother who likes to play jokes. Too many kids/innocents die from trigger happy homeowner.
Firing a "warning shot" is going to end up more dangerous than just shooting the guy...

But look at it this way, if the unmistakeable sound of a shotgun racking, and staring down the gaping hole that is a 12 gauge barrel isn't enough warning to get a (potentially dangerous) intruder out of your home, than firing a shot into the basement won't deter him either. It will simply give him extra seconds to either disarm you and use your weapon against you and your family, or draw his own weapon.
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Unread 07-26-2008, 09:22 PM   #37
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I would shoot into the basement, either way I have no neighbors.

I dont feel the need to kill the guy who breaks into my house, just get him out. The warning shot would also make sure I didnt shoot a friend or my brother who likes to play jokes. Too many kids/innocents die from trigger happy homeowner.
Congratulations, you have just given away your element of surprise and will quickly be shot if the burglar is armed.

If you fire a round it should be aimed at center mass with the intent to kill.
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Unread 07-26-2008, 09:27 PM   #38
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By warning shot I meant if I didnt see the guy face to face.
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Unread 07-28-2008, 10:28 AM   #39
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So, you are going to go around the house firing off shots and you can't even see anybody? Buddy you got a lot of learning to do.
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Unread 07-28-2008, 12:25 PM   #40
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Get some Bear spray; It woun't go through the walls and mistakes are not permanent (although they would be painful).
Warning shots may be construed as attempted murder by the local DA.

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Unread 07-28-2008, 12:59 PM   #41
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Get some Bear spray; It woun't go through the walls and mistakes are not permanent (although they would be painful).
Warning shots may be construed as attempted murder by the local DA.

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Some fo the best advice yet , when I would have costomers come in for a 'home defense gun' I always asked a few questions .
1st. have you ever handled a weapon ? no
2nd. are you fully prepaired to kill someone if such a scenrio plays out ?
Normally it was younger males , or woemn of all sorts when I saw the 'look' of them really thinking things through .

I would hand them some potent pepper spray . And tell them if they really feel the need to have a firearm for protection , i gave them the number to a local training range and told them to go by and check out a beginers course on self defense shooting . I would have half come back and buy a gun and the other half are the ones who didnt need guns .

you should probally do the same ...
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Unread 07-28-2008, 02:26 PM   #42
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Anything under 18 inches is illegal to have... The 870 is a great shotgun and has proved many times to do the trick.
Buy a trigger lock and keep it locked when not at home. always treat your guns as if they are loaded even if they are not. It's always good practice to do this. When transporting it in vehicle which is legal.......Check state laws ...always travel with action open and unloaded.
Go to the gun range and get used to shooting it. AND remember....never point a gun at anyone unless you are ready to pull the trigger. And always shoot to kill never wound anyone they will sue you. Make damn sure they are dead.
Let god take care of the rest.

God bless the USA and the right to bare arms.........
Just make sure that trigger lock is removed and the gun is loaded when you get home. I don't think there is a thief alive that will give you an opportunity to unlock and load the thing before he makes his move to kill you. An unloaded gun does you absolutely NO good!
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Unread 07-28-2008, 02:35 PM   #43
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Firing a "warning shot" is going to end up more dangerous than just shooting the guy...

But look at it this way, if the unmistakeable sound of a shotgun racking, and staring down the gaping hole that is a 12 gauge barrel isn't enough warning to get a (potentially dangerous) intruder out of your home, than firing a shot into the basement won't deter him either. It will simply give him extra seconds to either disarm you and use your weapon against you and your family, or draw his own weapon.
And if you gun jams on that first shot, then you have just been defeated by a wasted shot. No matter how well you treat your firearm, they can let you down at some point. That point might have been your only chance to enjoy the next moment.
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Unread 07-28-2008, 07:47 PM   #44
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I guess we dont agree I just dont think that the guy who breaks into my house should deserve to die, but i'm not here to argue. My gun is for hunting and would be the first thing I grab if someone breaks in,never been in the siutaion and I hope I never am.
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Unread 07-28-2008, 08:25 PM   #45
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Here is what I keep for home defense. Mossberg 500 12 gauge short barrel with front muzzle light.
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