Last week after midnight, five people ranging in age from 18 to 27 broke into someone’s home in Wilmington. Each person was armed, and their intentions were not law abiding. This sounds like the beginning to a very violent and sad tragedy for most home owners, but the person whose home they broke into responded and ended up sending one of the violent criminals to the hospital with multiple bullet wounds and sending the other four scattering, though shortly thereafter they were apprehended by the Wilmington Police. Let’s hope that these criminals get punished with jail time and kept off the streets.
This brings up the topic of “the bedside firearm.” What’s the right firearm for such an emergency? Well, as in most cases, different folks prefer different types.
The most recognized sound in the world is the ratcheting of a single barrel shotgun, regardless of gauge. Known for their ease of use, shotguns are very popular especially when dealing with multi-family situation where penetrating a wall could lead to risk of injury to an innocent person.
Winchester PDX is an ammo that is made for self-defense in .410, 20 or 12 gauge shotguns.
Another popular bedside protector is the Taurus Judge revolver. Designed to shoot either .410 shotgun shells or .45 long colt, this revolver comes in a six inch barrel designed for accuracy. In the event of an emergency, a revolver will not jam, a common concern for those being woken in the middle of the night with an intruder invasion.
Accessories for both long guns and hand guns include a flashlight, which can be physically attached to the firearm for ease of use, and a laser, which can be used as a deterrent, letting the intruder know that you have a firearm and you have them in your sights.
Regardless of what you choose, make sure that if you have children in the house that your firearm is completely out of their reach. Biometric safes are affordable and designed to open only when your fingerprints are detected. Some safes now come with blue lighting that makes quick access easier without alerting the intruder of your actions.
Training and practice will make you more proficient with your firearms and more confident in a time of emergency.
Knowledge is always more powerful than ignorance.
Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.