Bump in the night, now what?
I would like to learn from the experience of this group. I've often wondered on the best approach to take when there's the proverbial bump in the night. I don't even have a good nightstand set up so I think I need to get one, add a small gun vault and put a gun there with a light, then need to have shoes by the bed and a a set of clothes to put on?
Anyway then my questions really start. I don't have a weapon light so I'm using a full size 1911, .45 w/JHP holding a surefire light in the other hand. I have 6 children in 4 other bedrooms, 2 upstairs and those at the opposite end of the hallway to mine, then two downstairs. I've read it's a good plan to gather the family and then hold up somewhere, call 911 and wait. I don't think I can do that. I feel like I need to be quick to get my stuff and pants :redface: and go clear the house quickly, checking the childrens rooms. Now I have two teens, 20/18 so they might hear and come looking but neither would have a gun. Sometimes I think I should instruct them what to do in such a case but I don't know myself. Should they stay put? Should they come to warn me? Bumps in the night can be a lot of things when 8 people live in small ranch house. We live right in town in a quiet neighbor hood.
I've even wondered if a weapon mounted light would be better, at present I just cross wrists with the pistol in one hand steadied on top of the hand holding the surefire (and it's a bright surefire too! :image035:)
So what do you guys think? Especially you LEO's that have experience with clearing houses, etc? I've used weapons all my life and have some limited military weapon training but nothing on clearing houses, etc.