If you keep the ammo in a secure locker, locked with a lock that has
only your key along all weapons being kept unloaded and secured with
trigger locks, you will have gone a long way towards limiting your
Also hope that, if you're home, the putative thief's blood splatters
will (or can be) matched with the existing finish on the cabinet and
floor. Refinishing is such a PITA. Holes in the cabinet will just add
a "touch of class".
Remember, hold center of mass, no need to get fancy.
Tom (also in Texas)
Tom I like the way you think. One question though. Does the "hold center
mass" rule apply to the first shot only,or does it mean the whole magazine?
I have to tell you, if I catch some poor idiot in my home, the first shot
will be center mass, but I will proceed to get fancy.
I prefer to keep shooting at the big pieces until I'm sure no more
rounds are required. I try not to empty the magazine. If I have to do
so, it's not just a bad guy, it's an f'ing war. I do concur with
Swingman's response (which follows) as well, but still hold COM even
BTW, forget 00 buck, #2 buck penetrates adequately at "in the house"
range, has plenty of knock-down power and leaves more but smaller
holes in furniture - you know, the kind that look like pecky wood.
With my 10 Gauge I stuff about 40 #2's vs 12 00 in a 3 1/2" shell.
The big advantage of the scatter gun is that the sound of a slide
racking is unique, recognized by most evil-doers, and normally causes
involuntary soiling of the drawers before the high speed exit. Makes
'em easier to track, don't you know.
An uncle of mine did the same. Everybody looked out for him. He supplied
some unique firepower that was appreciated by everybody else. Besides the VC
like to target the grenade launcher guys.
Weren't you an officer?
Wasn't it unusual for an officer to carry a weapon like this?
Any reason you chose this weapon over a shotgun?
Should I choose to once again have a weapon for close quarters use, it
would be a simple choice:
A sawed off, double barreled, 10 ga, shot gun with 00 buck shot in the
1st barrel and a cross cut, rifled slug in the other (Behaves just
like a hollow point).
Shoot 1st, if necessary,ask questions after it has been determined
there are no survivors.
Legality of the weapon is for the lawyers to sort out.
At the time officers were generally issued both an M16 and a 45 pistol. On
advice from the guy (another Aggie, BTW) I replaced, I immediately "traded"
him my M16 for his M79 on my first assignment - FO (and the only American)
with an ARVN Ranger battalion ... otherwise known as that tall guy,
relatively speaking, in a sea of short people, AKA "The Target". :)
I quickly learned to appreciate his experienced based advice in the most
basic way ... as he also predicted. :) Besides, there were very few chances
in the Central Highlands for a 'deer hunting range' shot ... even by
Louisiana swamp standards.
When I took over an artillery battery later, I just carried the 45 most of
the time, but always went back to the M79 on patrols, or on firebases in the
boonies when we went mobile.
Shorter, _much_ lighter and easier to carry (slung under right arm and
naturally pointing wherever you were), which means a ton in a hot humid
climate that defies description. Despite their appearance, a bandolier of
buckshot rounds was also relatively light and comfortable to carry.
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