Alright, the layout to my apartment is kind of weird. The front door opens to a living room. To the left of the living room is open and leads to the kitchen and my roommates room. Rf you go the right, there is a stairway that leads upwards, wraps over the entrance way and to my bedroom.
In short, I can see directly over the entrance just by looking out of my bedroom door.
This is the most probable thing I imagine since I have been thinking of how I would defend myself in my home. Because of the way the house sits, the front door is the only viable entrance way without climbing up a 15 foot or so.
Say in a break in; I have a big metal door and can hear it open early in the morning (3-4am ish). I look over the balcony and see 2 people I don't recognize. They start riffling through things in the living room. My roommate is gone or sleeping, and he is the only other one with a key, so obviously if he isn't one of the two then there is a problem.
I go grab my gun (my gunsafe is in my room). Do I stay upstairs and call 911, and wait? This seems the most logical but I have not thought this out as well as some people on this forum. It's also entirely probably as I lived a block from where I am now, and was robbed once before in the early morning.
My room is small though; should BG turn the corner and there I am on the phone, I am in a tight spot where I can't retreat.
Funny thing is, my roommate has a civilian AK47 (single shot, whatever the civilian version is called) and I don't think in the break-in he would hesitate to lock and load and confront them, although I think just the sound of an AK chambering a round would make the robbers either confront very quickly or turn tail and run.
Any tips or thoughts?