Originally Posted by kbd512
Axxe, I wear a gun and a vest because I want to, it is legal to do so, and it really doesn't bother me. If you feel comfortable wearing your sandals and a smile in your own home, more power to you. The only reason I carry a gun, wear a vest, practice, and train is to survive a gunfight long enough for my family to escape or the police to arrive. That is all.
Firearms are useless if they're not on your person, which is why I keep one on my person whenever it is legal for me to do so. For those times when having a firearm is not possible due to legal conundrums best left to lawyers, such as picking your daughter up from school, I wear a vest. I think it's stupid, but it's the law.
The home we live in is ours. We're paying for it. I'm not running away from our home. My wife feels the same way.
If you or anyone else feels differently, when it comes to the lives of your children, do it your way. If my children really need help neither you, the police, or anyone else will come to their aid. I won't rely on forewarning of impending danger or the charity and punctuality of strangers to protect my children and could not, in good conscious, recommend that course of action to anyone else.
Unlike the urban Liberal that seems willing to acquiesce his/her rights to the ruling elite in exchange for a feeling
of safety, I think most of us that are actively armed consider our homes as our castles just like you do. I doubt that any of us would even consider running from our home or otherwise abandoning our family in any way. I also believe that many of us - given appropriate circumstances - would come to the aid of a stranger.
I disagree with the thinking that a gun is useless unless it's on your person. Strongside carry in a holster is the generally
the best way to carry because it offers the easiest and fastest access to the gun. There are exceptions, of course. For example, I carry a BUG (Springfield XDS) in my coat pocket when we're out & about in the winter because trying to access a holstered gun buried under heavy winter clothing is problematic.
There are numerous other occasions when other methods of carry may be preferable. Examples include hot weather when a cover garment such as a vest isn't normal, or when wearing waders, or coveralls, or a sport/suit coat. A classic example is a gal in business attire that can access a pistol from her gun purse faster than she could from a holster hidden in her clothing.
One of my trainers had a mantra "On your person, within 3 feet, or in the safe".
My CCW goes from the safe to the holster the first thing after I get dressed. It goes back in the safe on my way to the shower at night. The designated home defense gun lives in the nightstand or in a Crossbreed Ohai holster on the side of the bed or nightstand. While access to the gun in the nightstand takes a moment, accessing a gun in a bed-mounted holster is immediate. While anything is technically possible, it's hard to imagine a bad guy getting past both big dogs that sleep at the foot of the bed. Even if a bad guy was able to prevent one of us from getting to their guns, the other one has both handgun and shotgun ready on their side.
Originally Posted by Wolvee
between Croatia or Brazil? Neither.
Think, USA, German or Swiss. (Hk's, Sigs, M&P's, Glocks)
Have a good light and know how to shoot.
Hmm. That may be a bit harsh. While I'm not a fan of Taurus, that's because their target market is at the economical end of the scale. IMHO, the XD's and XDm's from Croatia are solid pieces and quite reliable. We have two XDm 5.25 Comp's in 9mm and an XDS - two very different guns, yet both versions have been 100% reliable, are easy to shoot and easy to shoot accurately. In fact, I recently replaced my Kahr PM40 with the XDS because the XDS is much easier to shoot accurately - a critical factor in defensive shooting.
Otherwise, I agree with a generalized version of what you're saying - Spend a bit more money and buy a quality gun for home defense.
Originally Posted by Hightide
My guns are locked in the safe. I have too many collaterals for a gun in the night stand. For home defense, I rely on a big dog and my fists. I think the dog and I can handle most situations rather than take a chance on a stray round hitting a loved one.
No doubt the collateral situation complicates home defense. However, I'm not convinced that even having a zoo full of little ones eliminates the value of having a gun. Consider the situations in schools and on planes where armed guards/teachers/pilots can make a difference.
There are two concerns as I see it.
#1. Safeguarding the gun from the children. Easily done with a pistol safe attached to the nightstand.
#2. Collateral damage aka "friendly fire". Frankly, I'm a believer in the "Do Know Harm, Do No Harm" school of thought. That means that I need to train long enough, hard enough and appropriately enough so that I'm confident that every round I fire will hit the desired target. I practice a lot, take one professional class annually, and participate in IDPA regularly. While IDPA isn't exactly 'training' and the requirements of the game interfere with the reality of it, it's still good practice and the pressure of the clock adds a bit of stress that's hard to duplicate. Learning how to change gears and adjust the balance between accuracy and speed is crucial, and IDPA gives me an opportunity to practice exactly that.
Equipment selection can help. For example, our home defense handguns are equipped with lasers, and mine is also equipped with a strobe light. Her shotgun is equipped with both laser and strobe. The strobes give us the ability to see what we're pointing our guns at (while theoretically dazzling the bad guy) and the CrimsonTrace lasers let us know exactly where the gun is aimed at without having to get a sight picture. Yes, some of our practice includes shooting from the hip or close position using either point-shooting for very close range or the laser for longer distances.
Lastly, is the choice of gun. While I shoot 1911's & M&Ps in competition and carry both 1911's and M&Ps (depending on which platform I'm using in competition at the time), I'm a fan of DA/SA triggers for nightstand guns, as well as for those that aren't as well skilled or trained. The short & light trigger pull of a 1911 or modern polymer gun (Glock, M&P, XDm, etc) makes it too easy for the minimally trained individual to send a round off unintentially. Especially when they are panicky and barely awake. Hence, the Sig P226 in my nightstand and the wife's S&W 686 revolver in hers.