A bump in the night…

Something has woke you up and you are on high alert and you don’t know why!  Is it the cat, the house settling or is it a real threat. You start to sweat and lie in bed listening….There it is, something is wrong and you go to check it out and you grab….

I think we have all been in a similar situation and most times it is nothing. Perhaps the wind blowing briskly and moved a trashcan or an animal running through the yard.  But you are awake and you are unsure, so how will you meet this potential threat?

  1. It’s dark out so where is your flashlight. Is it beside your bedside? Can you grab it without searching for it?  I have a little LED push button light on the wall by my bed along with a flashlight on my bedside table.
  2. Never be in front of your light. Focus your light out and if you can always search with your flashlight above your body and shine the light down.
  3. My weapon of choice in a home is a 12 gauge with 00 buckshot and I prefer a pump action, or as we call it an Idaho burglar alarm.  I don’t want to have to shoot anyone, I’d much prefer to give them a chance to run away. The pump 12 gauge can be had for under $200.00 including some ammo and fits in well with my prepping on the cheap.
  4. If you are in your home or in an urban area you must be aware of blowing holes  through walls. A good thing about the 12 gauge is that penetration of walls tends to be minimized.

My next weapon is my 45 acp Hi-point pistol with a laser.  If I step out of the house to investigate some thing. Again this weapon can be had for under $200.00. The laser is to let others know I’m ready to defend myself and property and I want them to go away. Not to long ago the police were searching for a suspect in the alley behind my home and the weapon I grabed was the Hi-point after my motion detector light went off.  I could see if was a police officer and asked what was going on?  Just  a suspect seen traveling the alley and “Did you see anything?”

Now this blog is about prepping on the cheap but the best weapon you can buy is one that you have confidence in and hit what you aim at.  I’ve heard of a Hi-point out shooting a Kimber XD and other stories.  So buying as expensive as you can or the biggest caliber is not always the best practice.  The best practice is find a gun that meets your needs and you can use, there are no lethal weapons only folks that are lethal. I could give you a nuke and if you are not willing to use it, you ain’t deadly. If you can not shoot to kill do not own a gun. Buy pepper spray or get a baseball bat.  Believe it or not the kinetic energy of a well swung baseball bat is about the same as a 32 caliber auto. Of course the pistol’s bullet does poke hole in you.

I’m seldom more than 10 feet away from any of my guns. I’m sure some folks may consider me paraniod of fearful but I can tell you I’m not fearful as I always have a means to protect myself.

I’m reminded of a story a cop pulled over a little old lady and asked if she had any guns in the car?  She replied she had a shot gun in the back seat a 9mm on her hip and a 45 in the jockey box. The cop asked her what she was so afraid of and she said not a goddamn thing sonny!

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3 Responses to A bump in the night…

  1. Karen says:

    I’m thinking about your Hi-point pistol, I’m looking to buy a new gun and this sure is in my price range. All the reviews are good, but seems as if everyone comments that it’s heavy. Obviously not too heavy for you-are you stronger than the average woman?

  2. Jamie says:

    Karen, I’m weaker than average with my CIDP. My .40 caliber Hi-point weighs 3 pounds fully loaded so it’s not all that heavy. Just seems heavy/bulky in comparison to other pistols. The weight of the pistol can work for you as it helps keep the recoil more managable compared to a lighter gun. The Hi-point is kind of bulky and if you have small hands you may not feel comfortable with the grip.
    I don’t know your your expeeience level for pistols but, several ranges offer to rent pistols, some gunshops have ranges where you can try several to see what pistol fits you best.
    If you have a gun shop you go to :
    1. Ask to hold the pistol and see if it feels comfortable to you and feels natural to point.
    2. try several and you should get a good idea what you are looking for and try to shoot the weapon a few times before you buy.
    3. The Hi-point may work for you but if a more expensive pistol feels better save up and buy it. If you have to use it you want to feel completly confident it will do what you want in a life or death situation.

    When I was shooting revolvers a lot (Younger and Stronger). I could shoot 44 mag with a S & W 629 all day long but when I’d try to shoot a Ruger Redhawk in 44 mag the Ruger by about the 3rd round it always felt like it was trying to twist out of my grip. So the pistol can make a huge difference enen with the same round.

  3. Karen says:

    Good suggestions-thanks! My gun shop doesn’t have a range, but maybe I’ll find one just to try it out.

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