Don’t Roam Your Home

Don’t Roam Your Home

Guest Post by John Payne, Jr. – A Good Guy with a Gun


More and more I’m seeing commercials or “funny” vids showing homeowners engaging possible intruders in all areas of their property – NOT generally a good idea, amigos.

I teach my concealed carry and handgun students the best thing to do in a situation such as this is to LEAVE the home immediately if you have a clear “safe route,” say to a car via an attached garage, that ALL in the house can reach. There’s nothing worth DYING FOR in your house if you have you and your loved ones out, and you can file an insurance claim later. And you have no idea how many perps there may be, and exactly what they are armed with.

If you can’t do that, have a planned “safe room,” usually the master bedroom that everyone rallies in. Call 911 and tell them your exact numbers and location in the home and that you are armed, and leave the line open so everything is recorded. Announce loudly to the intruder that you are armed, the police have been called, and tell the intruder to leave immediately.

One should NEVER “roam around” one’s property “looking for bad guys” – more “roaming” homeowners get shot by responding police because they are mistaken for the perp. Only move about if you need to collect a loved one (infant, elderly) into the safe room. (editorial note from Home Defense Gun – Roaming around is also a good way to shoot one of your loved ones in the dark.)

Have a “final line” in your mind where you will be physically and mentally prepared to shoot. Usually that could be the door threshold of the safe room. In your mind, “if he crossed that, I fire until he is down!”

Following these steps you and yours will be safe, alive, and pretty much “bulletproof” yourself regarding the justified shooting if some asshole prosecutor charges you with anything!


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I am a 64 year old former professional bodyguard. Some of my achievements and Certifications include; -8 Styles of Martial Arts Training -PADI Scuba certification -Owned Upstate and Syracuse K-9 -National and Olympic Qualifier in Wrestling -Professional Driving School Training -Firearms Training Certifications