Hiya. I just thought I'd share the story about how I used to my firearms to defend my home. It was quite a few years ago, and I was living alone at the time (with no pets). I was asleep in bed in the back of the (small) house when I heard a muffled ka-thump; Klank.. Oddly enough, my first reaction wasn't "awe crap" or "oh, my gosh...". My first reaction was, "Hey... MY house doesn't go "ka-thump; Klank." ... WTH? After the floor in the kitchen gave a slight creeking noise (the house is small, you can hear it from the beadroom if all else is quite), I finally got my wits about me and realized my situation. I quickly aquired my 357 that I keep ready, and I quietly approached the door while I was getting set in my mind what I might have to do. But since I am not a castle-law fan, and I don't believe that breaking-and-entering is a capital offence, I had already made the choice ahead of time that if in that spot, I would declare myself (if I could do it safely) and allow the would-be thief to run. Anybody who doesn't run after hearing the homeowner is there and armed, well, they're obviously not just a thief; at that point they are trying to kill you, and I then have no moral issues with responding with deadly force. (yeah, there are still possible legal issues, but the moral ones are what will cause you to hesitate... and thus get killed.) So anyway, I was headed to the door getting the wording straight, when I realized that I had the ability to use a language-independant message that clearly states " I am an armed homeowner and I am ready to use deadly force to defend my home and family". -- With my off-hand, I grabbed my 20 ga shotgun (which I didn't evan have any ammo for in the house; hadn't shot it in 10 years) by the slide and with a quick back-and-forth motion I sent the crystal clear sound of a pump-shotgun-action ringing through the house. Three loud footsteps and the sound of the back door slamming. - I was alone in the house. I never saw the intruder; only the dammage to the rear door he left behind for me. Just proves the old addage: When the only tool you have is a hammer, all your problems start looking like nails. But when the only tool you have is a shotgun, all your problems start looking... for the nearest exit. .