Nova, t33j and the rest of you - just how quickly will you be able to access your firearm and repel boarders?
Home invasions put you way behind the reaction curve, and having to scramble for your weapon eats up even more time you probably don't have.
Personally, I think this is another good reason to promote the idea of your HD device being on/at your side. Sitting in the Barcalounger with a shotgun on yout lap may look strange, but if the door comes flying off the hinges you really won't care, will you?
Shotgun or not, if the first time you find out about the armed intruders is when your door flies open, you've already got one strike against you. That's why good locks, alarms, and dogs are important. They are good early warning devices.
It's really hard to spend all your waking hours in condition yellow. Sometimes you need to go into white in order to relax. But what you need in that situation is the capability to get into yellow/red quickly. In one of his last interviews Jeff Cooper talked about how his house is set up in order for him to wake up if there is an intruder during the night.
If you want to walk around your house with a shotgun, more power to you.
I have my weapons strategically positioned around the house/vehicles, so I can get to them very quickly, and I rely on several "early detection" measures to let me know when I should go get one.
I should be able to get to a hot firearm in 3-5 seconds anywhere in the house, but I expect to have much more warning than that for your run-of-the mill scumbags. If black helicopters come, that's a totally different game. :lol: