"Thumps" in the night.

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    "Thumps" in the night.

    In the middle of the night (last night) I heard two distinct thumps in the house. I was already awake so it wasn't a dream. But lying in bed I definately heard them. Although you may practice this scenario, it is a totally different atmosphere when doing it for real.
    I carry a Para .45 and have a S&W 686 .357 as a "house" gun. The Para was with me in my room but the S&W I keep in the basement. I have been meaning to put lasers on the S&W , but just haven't done this yet.
    Anyway, when I heard the thumps, I grabbed the Para and my Surefire G2. I immediately started going over in my head what I have been taught and what I have read. I stood at the top of the stairs for a minute to listen, but heard nothing. I went downstairs and searched the entire house and found nothing at all. Checked the doors and went back upstairs.
    I reflected on what happened and realized how much I want the Laser on my S&W. I feel that because of the low-light situation (even with a lamp on), it would be hard to acquire the sights.
    This is the first time since I have been carrying (7 years) that I actually had to draw my weapon for a possible real event.
    It's a whole different ballgame when this happens.
    Practice, practice and practice. Especially different scenarios that could happen. Even more importantly, get the proper training so you do NOT acquire bad habits or make unnecessary mistakes that could make you a victim.

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    glad to hear all was ok. ever figure out what the thumps were????????
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    Thanks for sharing. You are absolutely right about practice.
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    Anyone who hasn't repeated PRACTICED their own house-clearing drills & look-see walks around the property is begging for Murphy to move into the spare bedroom! The WRONG thing WILL happen at the worst POSSIBLE time...everytime, anytime, all the time. And anyone who thinks they're immuned to Murphy is a bull-goose looney. Be smart, be safe, be prepared! Glad everything turned-out okay. Thanks for the reminder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glock27mark View Post
    glad to hear all was ok. ever figure out what the thumps were????????
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    KILLER CLOWNS!

    I picked up a Streamlight TLR-2, it has a bright light with momentary on switching and a laser. It's pretty nice attached to my P-220 ST!

    ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!

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    OK, I gotta ask, how would a laser help you in this situation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumper View Post
    KILLER CLOWNS!

    I picked up a Streamlight TLR-2, it has a bright light with momentary on switching and a laser. It's pretty nice attached to my P-220 ST!


    I too have the TLR-2. That light is one of the brightest I have seen for its size. I can illuminate a thug in a dark alley at over 600 feet with the TLR2. I had a few LEO's come over to the house after I got it and when they were done, they all decided they were going to get one.
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    If one is positive there's a problem, call 9-1-1.
    Calling 9-1-1 where I live means a 45-60 minute wait at best. If the dawgs are a'growlin' & there's crow-bar sounds coming from the barn...then there's already a problem & I'm gearing-up & GOING to see what's happening. I'm not a rookie or a mall ninja. I'm a redneck farmer, ex-"never mind" type who'll not wait an hour for some ill-trained Deputy Sheriff to come save me. Thanks, but no thanks.
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    It's the CAT !! Lol ours likes to hang out in closets and when we close the closet door she waits until 2:00 AM to start hammering on the door.

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    Clearing a structure alone is dangerous business. Even in your home where you have the advantage of knowing the lay out better than an intruder would, it is very easy to be on the losing end of a 1 on 1 CQB fight, even if you know what you're doing. The only way I'd do that is if my wife (or a child if/when we have one) was on the other end of the house and I needed to ensure her safety- and I've spent a ton of time training.

    If you enter a door way and don't immediately see the BG, assume you're dead. If you have any T intersections in the structure, you're dead if you guess wrong. It is just a bad situation. Bunkering down and calling 911 is the best option if you have an intruder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    OK, I gotta ask, how would a laser help you in this situation?
    I have tried the Laser at my local gunshop. I was able to bring up the "dot" very fast, on target. I feel very comfortable using it. In the adrennaline rush of the moment, and the low light situation, I strongly feel that I could acquire the BG faster and more accurately than gun sights alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chase2b View Post
    I have tried the Laser at my local gunshop. I was able to bring up the "dot" very fast, on target. I feel very comfortable using it. In the adrennaline rush of the moment, and the low light situation, I strongly feel that I could acquire the BG faster and more accurately than gun sights alone.
    OK... I dont want to hijack your thread.

    Anyway, its an odd feeling clearing your own home.
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    One point I will make on room clearing. It is very, very difficult to do it by yourself. The whole object of clearing rooms safely is to have every major threat angle covered, either by your position or by having a gun pointed in the direction of the unknown threat. If you are by yourself it is impossible to lock down all of the possible threat angles.
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    In "practicing" house safety. My GF and I agree that if we're in the bedroom and there is an intruder, to grab the cell and the nite-stand pistol and haul to the bathroom (because the only other entrance to that bathroom is a VERY small window), lock the door, call 9-1-1 and keep the pistol pointed at the door and notifying the operator about the pistol. And stay put.

    If we just hear a sound, we still don't dismiss it and stay on alert with a pistol near us.

    I cleared my house once and I was VERY lucky that nothing happened and promise that I will NEVER do that again. The paranoia is insane, you look into one room and your "spidey" senses convince that there is something under the bed, in the closet, behind the curtain, inside the pantry, anywhere. I am not a cop and so I leave it up to the cops to clear my house next time. I'll just warn them about my ferocious wiener dog .

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