You asked for opinions in the last of your post #6. Or maybe you don't remember.
DANG IT!!!! The Trolls got me
Broken, ignore the ignorant among us. This is the internet, don't feel compelled to prove anything brother. Keep us up to date and continue to vent here.
Just a friendly FYI.
When you post any scenario on the forum you can expect many diverse, different, assorted, various, conflicting, positive/negative opinions from other forum members.
That's just the way it is. Some you will like and appreciate & some you will dislike and/or not agree with.
As long as those opinions are not a personal attack or otherwise a forum rule violation then just accept them for what they.
Weigh those opinions in your mind and absorb the ones that you deem to be helpful and ignore the ones that you choose (as a responsible adult) to ignore.
Blast them thru the door? My neighbor would have been really upset with that the night he was beating on my door in need of help. A BG on the other side of my front door isn't a threat worth shooting . . . yet.
Good job and glad that you are safe.
Broken, I hope that you had a good night's sleep and that you are more calm. It would be a good idea to do a double check when you get home from work of your home security system (window and door locks, deadbolts, external lighting, fence, plants around window areas, talk to neighbors and local PD, etc.) in order to reinforce it in the upcoming weeks if your tight budget allows you to do so. Also, think about installing a monitored home alarm system with a very loud alarm considering that you had a recent break in and that your house will be empty while you are at work. One thing I guarantee is that they won't be back while you are there since they know you are well armed and ready to shoot. Nonetheless, make sure your firearms are secure when you leave the house in case they come back and might want to steal any of them.
thinking about investing in those cheapy sensor alarm system, where if the sensors arent facing each other and the connection is broken they emit a high squealing sound, my mom has one on the door to her pool in the back yard for when my kid brother was young he wouldnt go try and play in the pool and end up drowned. I understand you can get quite a few of them for inexpensive.
Buy a few of these and set 'em up. It'll take only a few moments. We have one on the back deck leading to our back door (difficult to see this area from inside the home) and it has been quite useful. Stay safe. Stay armed.