Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

Welcome to Glock Forum at

Why should YOU join our forums?

  • Reason #1
  • Reason #2
  • Reason #3

Site Description


Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Renceri, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. Renceri


    Oct 12, 2009
    If you are sleeping then you are awaken by an intruder banging the door of your room,can the .40 180gr federal hst or 147 gr hst penetrate my wooden door which is 1 1/4 inch thick? If not, then I will just take defensive position then wait for him to open my door then after that i will start shooting him.your opinions are welcome.
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2009
  2. G21FAN

    G21FAN Useless loser Millennium Member

    Apr 23, 1999
    Pell City, Alabama
    Shooting someone banging on your door, through the door will land you a felony and prison time. No immenint reasonable fear from a person on the other side of a closed door.

  3. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

    May 24, 2000
    As long as the the door is still closed/locked, he is still outside, you have time to call 911 and take up a defensive position with your pistol. Now if for some reason he comes thru the door before police arrive, then by all means shoot him.

  4. Renceri


    Oct 12, 2009
    What i mean is he is already inside your house and you are inside one of your rooms that is locked but he is banging and trying to open your room in which you are sleeping.
  5. DRT


    May 6, 2001
    Though I have no comment regarding the particular scenario you described above, a .40 180gr HST will have no problem penetrating a 1 1/4 inch thick door. I shot a .40 180gr HST through both a 4x4 AND 2x4 (~5" of wood in total)and then it went into sand a couple inches. The 165gr bonded Gold Dot performed similarly. Keep in mind that shooting through a thick piece of solid wood will likely plug the hollow point giving you what's essentially an FMJ.

    You may wish to read my other posting.

    Last edited: Dec 19, 2009
  6. ajstrider

    ajstrider Silent Warrior

    Apr 17, 2005
    Western Kentucky
    In what I can gather from other tests and such, for barrier penetration you really want a bonded bullet (which I do not believe the HST is, Speer Gold Dots and Winchester PDX1 are bonded) or a solid copper bullet from say Magtech or Cor Bon. Also, it would appear that smaller diameter and faster bullets penetrate barriers better than big heavy bullets. In all tests that I remember the .357 Sig with hot 125 grain loads is the barrier penetrating king with 9mm 124 grain +p loads pulling in second. But that is what I gather from the research that I have done and I am sure someone will post after me and shoot me down.

    As far as the scenario goes, shooting through a closed door even if he is in the house is not a smart idea, the blood sucking lawyers will destroy you in court. Nearly all classes teach you to lock yourself in a room, handgun in one hand and a cell phone in the other and to call the police. If he smashes into the room and poses a serious threat, by all means, defend yourself. The phone is just as much a weapon as the handgun. Just like in combat, the radio can be a more powerful weapon than your assault rifle. Call for help.
  7. unit1069


    Oct 10, 2007
    So. Central US
    The law in some states --- if I remember correctly --- is that if someone is trying to break into your home and you reasonably fear for your life you do not have to wait until the perp succeeds in entering the premises. A defender can shoot through a door or window to prevent a deadly attack.

    After one unsettling night in a remote cabin I decided I needed a serious handgun instead of the pocket .380ACP I then owned. I decided on .357sig after putting a bit of study into the matter, and one of the factors leading to the decision was learning that it's not necessary to wait until an intruder has entered the premises.

    Check your state's law if you're uncertain.
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2009
  8. Renceri


    Oct 12, 2009

    yes this is correct but i dont know if this law applies in california also.
  9. RMTactical

    RMTactical CLM

    Oct 7, 2000
    Behind an AR-15
    Actually, depends on the state and local laws.

    That said, it may not always be wise to shoot through doors... For several reasons...
  10. mitchshrader

    mitchshrader Deceased

    Jun 14, 2005
    there's two types of threats involved here. One is sufficient to prevent legal action (civil AND criminal) and that standard is different in states with a 'stand your ground' law.

    The 2nd standard is REALLY in fear of your life, armed assailant and no expectation of police response inside the critical time frame..and you REALLY need to use deadly force to survive the experience. This doesn't necessarily play well in court, so how you tell it, and how good your lawyer is, are both relevant TO THE COURT CASE. Not to your need for armed response, cause YOU make that call. AFTER you've made that judgment call, a lawyer to clean up the mess is highly appropriate. Know one, have his business card on you, and have a retainer already paid. HAVE A LAWYER, and TELL them you do, and ask for medical treatment and legal advice. MAKE NO STATEMENT! Your lawyer will do that, AFTER you've had an examination (for shock/trauma/grief) and AFTER you've made a statement to HIM (or her), which serves as grounds to limit interviews/interrrogation..Having a lawyer on tap is your first after-incident requirement, and DO have that lawyer with you during depositions.

    No exceptions. And no rules on excluding lawyers if they're YOUR lawyers, otherwise they're not permitted. Specifically it's ok to have TRAVELING lawyers, but statements of fact are verifiably critical to your future and it's important to have the facts available. Just YOU don't stand responsible for the accuracy of said facts, that's the lawyers job.
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2009
  11. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    Just wanted to point out that in most homes built in the last few decades the interior 1-1/4" doors are hollow core that has a honeycomb of cardboard for support and a thin masonite skin. Not much of a barrier.

    Even if your doors really are solid wood, a 180 grain .40 will go through with some steam to spare. Particle board and hardwoods will put up a little more resistance than pine.
  12. Renceri


    Oct 12, 2009
    so what your saying is that even if you waited for the intruder to break the door then after that you shot him and he was killed,you will will still have civil and criminal liability eventhough you are defending yourself?
  13. Renceri


    Oct 12, 2009
    california also has castle doctrine.i just check it.
  14. stengun


    Nov 20, 2004
    Bugtussell, AR
    Howdy Renceri,

    Wait for him to break the door down first.:upeyes:

  15. Eagle22


    Feb 6, 2009
    Raleigh NC
    Dont forget the HUGE $$$$ RETAINER fee your lawyer will need, BEFORE he takes your case.
  16. 481


    Feb 20, 2009
    Good point, Steve.

    Nowadays building materials are much less dense than those of just 30 years ago. "Hollow-core" doors are the rule and where there used to be lattice and plaster construction we now see 1/2 inch drywall on stick frame composed of mostly "open" structure.

    I've investigated several (8) shootings over my LE career where homeowners have shot (and killed) intruders (burglars) through bedroom doors and interior walls when the suspect was inside their homes.

    Never, did I ever, or another Detective, charge them for the act.

    I doubt that it would be a very rare case indeed that someone would be charged for shooting a burglar (or an unknown intruder) within their home and would've never done so myself where the homeowner was truly a victim.

    It has been my professional experience that folks involved in lawful self-defense situations like this never "lawyer-up" because it becomes evident very quickly to them that they are not going to face prosecution for their lawfully executed actions.

    Even before Ohio enacted "Castle Doctrine" this was the case since none of us could ever imagine bringing before a jury, a homeowner charged criminally in the defense of their home.

    Unfortunately, this is not the case everywhere else although it ought to be.
  17. Gunnut 45/454

    Gunnut 45/454

    Jun 20, 2002
    The OP states the threat is already inside the home trying to get into Bedroom! In just about every state he would be legal in shooting through the door- I know I would! Actually for my home that would be the best senerio as I know then that the bullet that would pass through the perp would be caught in the oposing wall and not go outside my home- great back stop.:supergrin:
  18. Renceri


    Oct 12, 2009
    you are correct.why wait if you can shoot the intruder while he is trying to open your bedroom door.
  19. thegriz18

    thegriz18 Paper Killer

    Jun 17, 2007
    Friend Zone
    ID your target first????
  20. j-glock22


    Sep 20, 2001
    Central Ohio
    I don't think there is a legal issue with shooting an INTRUDER INSIDE your house banging to get inside your BEDROOM door. However, you don't know exactly where behind the door he is right? Seems to make more sense for you (and your spouse) to take defensive cover, and be ready for the door to smash open, hopefully you made the 911 call.... BTW, isn't one of the 4 rules to "be sure of your target" I wanna know what I'm gonna hit. I'm gonna hear someone smashing into my home in the first place and be ready before he finds his way upstairs. My daughter's room is accross from mine, I will not be hiding behind my bedroom door.