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Home Defense Question...what would you do if....

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Chris Brines, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    I remember that story. The guy was following their car with his car. It wasn't a foot chase.
  2. jph02


    Jun 10, 2012
    The question is not really would you shoot, it's what weapon is best, regardless of availability.
    Agreed. That said, I think the shotgun is best simply on the basis of increasing hit probability in this scenario. On the other hand, a handgun with a good self-defense round stands a better chance of actually stopping the bad guy, but requires the shooter to have the presence of mind to place his/her shots rather than just fire wildly at the fleeing felon.

  3. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

    Jan 20, 2004
    Alaska, again (for now)

    Unless I'm mis-reading that, there is no way a handgun "stands a better chance of stopping the bad guy" than a shotgun.

    The problem, in this scenario, is that if you shoot them in the back, you stand a very good chance of penetrating the chest of the perp, and wounding the child being carried.
  4. boomhower


    Feb 14, 2010
    North Carolina
    I'd take the shot. It's a tragic thought but I would rather a stray bullet hit my baby than have her raped for days before being murdered by a sicko.
  5. Chuck66

    Chuck66 Traveling Man

    Mar 10, 2004
    East TN
    That's how I come down on it. Could I actually do it if I ended up in the situation? Hope to never find out. I'd like to think I love my kids enough to take that risk, rather than wuss out and let a predator walk away with them to take them to some gawd-awful torture and painful death.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2012
  6. MarcDW

    MarcDW MDW Guns Millennium Member

    Oct 20, 1999
    Maine USA
    I would catch up with the guy and hit him with the barrel or stock from behind over the head.
    Multiple times until he drops and lets go of the child.
    I would avoid shooting him specially if he ran away (without the child now)!
    It would not be self defense at this time and hard to defend in court!
    People are too eager to shoot others (even if they deserve it)!
    It is not a pleasant experience and the aftermath is even worse!
  7. Z71bill


    Feb 19, 2007
    ?? What??

    A shotgun is a poor choice for HD?

  8. Shoot the hostage!

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  9. That has to be one of the most retarded posts I have ever seem on GT.

    Ever see a bad guy continue to do bad things with 9-12 OO buckshot pellets in his chest?

    Ever see how well a 12 ga slug takes the starch out of some one leaving them in a limp pile on the floor?

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    Last edited: Oct 6, 2012
  10. glockfanbob


    Aug 27, 2006
    Unfortunately it seems that many in the gun community don't give a rats behind about physical conditioning, rather making sure that they have enough ammo (10k+ rounds) for a SHTF moment. :rofl:
  11. samuse


    Jul 30, 2008
    South TX
    Absolutely take the shot.

    Never let a child get away with a kidnapper.
  12. KalashniKEV


    Sep 24, 2003


    I just said it.

    It's true too.

    Shotguns (even autos) are extremely manipulation intensive weapons to field. It takes a lot of practice and disciplined training regimen to effectively wield a shotgun under stress.

    They are limited in capacity, and unless you're one of the very few folks that runs an SBS in a home defense role, long and unwieldy in close quarters.

    The strength of the shotgun is its versatility in being able to swap loads, but outside of buck, slug, and non lethal the others don't come into play (specialized breaching rounds are not necessary, in my opinion).

    Most untrained people believe that the pattern is much larger than it really is, mitigating the need to properly aim. They also never seem to understand the distances involved in CQB. Often times in shouldering their 20 inch guns with mag extensions they've covered a significant percentage of that distance!

    There are also recoil management issues for smaller/ lighter users.

    Unless you desire a nonlethal option in your escalation of force, or you plan on breaching in and around your own home, ther are much better options.

    Oh, but the one thing they are good for in home defense- "If'n you rack a dang ol pump shotgun in yer house..."

  13. cliffsta

    cliffsta Who, me?

    Dec 3, 2009
    I'd have to disagree. When I think of my personal home DEFENSE, there is no worry about how long it is or moving around with it. None of this ninja-roll / clearing techniques / gun-battle crap. I retreat to my bedroom, aim the shotgun at the choke-point entryway, and pray they change their mind since someone is home. I don't see how a shotgun is any better/worse than a rifle in MY situation. Maybe yours is different.

    IMHO, these "stories" about people not knowing how to use X gun vs. Y gun probably deal with familiarity. As in, they don't know how to use the shotgun, therefore they fail to use it properly. I've never shot an AR. Toss one to me and tell me to defend life/property with it, and I'd laugh in your face. But I know how to use my Mossberg.

    As for the OP: I wouldn't take that shot. I'd chase and tackle.
  14. AlexHassin


    Dec 15, 2010
    considering that i use a pump action shotgun more then any other weapon ill take it over any tricked out tactical toy you got. for me its all about familiarity. i am not going to be running around my little apartment, that takes 5 seconds, in a home invasion. so a pump action like the ones i hunt with just makes sense.
  15. The_Gun_Guru

    The_Gun_Guru Build the Wall

    The 12 gauge pump shotgun has been and will always be the best choice for home defense. If the sound of a shell being loaded doesn't scare off the burglar, then he's probably a crackhead that needs a fix, and has nothing to lose.

  16. KalashniKEV


    Sep 24, 2003
    Racking the pump, while not a proper escalation of force, does only one thing- it telegraphs to the intruder that it just became a life-or-death situation.

    If it's me, and I have my long gun, I'd probably dump a mag in the direction of the sound of the racking action, through the wall, without care for the building or its occupants.

    If the perp has a pistol, it's now a race to get lead on target, with no point in intimidation, hostage taking, or threats.

    If the perp has a knife, best to get his stab on with the quickness as soon as he sees that barrel break the plane of any portal... or just rush the sound and go spider monkey style with blade in hand.

    If the perp is unarmed... well, IMO the best bet is to hide and get ready for the fight of your life.

    Very few professional criminals are going to run for the door and catch a slug to the back.

    You just don't rack pumps or yell, "IIIIIIIIIIIIII've got a GUN!" in those situations.

    Feel free to pontificate on other low-percentage scenarios though... :wavey:
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2012
  17. The_Gun_Guru

    The_Gun_Guru Build the Wall


    You are funny!

    I hope some ghetto POS breaks in tonight so I can post pictures of the aftermath. You better come over and help me clean up the mess, ok?


    Too funny!

  18. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    I don't see where that would be very difficult, as either a choice or a skill.

    Not sure exactly what you think the child has to lose, but her chances of surviving are better if she gets shot than if he gets away with her. How often do you see stranger-kidnapped children rescued hours or days later, compared to not?
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2012
  19. jadickson


    Dec 4, 2009
    North Carolina
    I was wondering if anyone else was thinking this. Shooting the bad guy in the back is a terrible idea in this circumstance.

    Run. A parent running down a bad guy who is kidnapping their child could outrun Usain Bolt, especially since the bad guy is weighed down by the child.

    If you can get close enough to shoot the legs or another safe target, do it.