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Home Invasion Protection: Shotgun Packin' Mama

Shotgun shells scatter, so exact aim isn't necessary for Home Defense.

Shotgun shells scatter, so exact aim isn't necessary for Home Defense.

Home Defense Shotguns

I’m a firm believer in home defense shotguns. I have good reason for this, and it started when I was a child. My father always said it was a parent’s duty to protect your home and family, and it stuck with me. He firmly believed that shotguns were key elements in home defense, and he always kept a couple on hand, just in case of a home invasion. Years later, when my kids were small and I was married to their father, it really struck home. We lived way out in the boonies. We were surrounded on two sides by dense woods, and there were more across the road. My ex had a job that required a rotating shift, so he was on the “graveyard” shift for seven nights straight every four weeks. I hated that week. It always seemed to last forever. One particular night made me fully realize just how important home defense shotguns can be.

Home Invasion - be prepared!

Home Invasion - be prepared!

Home Invasion Protection

Why do I think shotguns are the best firearms for home invasion protection? If you know much about guns, you already know the answer to that question. If you’re not knowledgeable about firearms, allow to explain. Shotguns scatter a number of individual shot when fired, so your aim doesn’t have to be as accurate as it would have to be with a rifle or pistol. At close range, shotguns deliver a lot of knock-down power, too. And for home invasion protection, chances are that you’re going to be shooting at close range. Okay, back to the story.

I had my trusty 12-gauge shotgun by my bed for protection and home defense. I had grown up with guns because my dad was a gun dealer, a hunter, and an avid collector of firearms. He had taught me to shoot when I was just a kid, and in fact, he had given me the Remington Wingmaster as a wedding present. In college, I had been on the skeet-shooting team, and later, I had won two Ducks Unlimited skeet-shooting competitions. In one of these contests, I shot 100 out of 100. You might say I was pretty handy with a shotgun.

Anyway, one night while the ex was working, I was awakened by the deep growls of my watchdog, a Great Dane named Ebony. She was a watchdog – not a guard dog. Her job was to alert me, and she did. It was about three a.m. I peeked out my upstairs window, and to my horror, I saw a car pulled over on the side of the road just past my house. As I watched, three men got out of the vehicle and began walking toward my home. Maybe their car broke down, I thought to myself. Still, I figured it was better to be safe. I threw on some clothes, grabbed my shotgun, and crept downstairs.

Home Defense Shotguns - works for me.

Home Defense Shotguns - works for me.

Home Invasion

The men were planning a home invasion – into my house! By the time I reached the front door, one of the guys was trying to gain entry by picking the lock. I could see the doorknob jiggling, and I could hear the muffled voices of the men. I worried about my three sleeping little girls upstairs, and I experienced a sudden rush of adrenaline. For a few seconds, I became Super Mom and was totally without fear. Rational thought escaped me as instinct overtook my body and apparently my brain. I took the safety off the gun, unlocked the door, and threw it open. As I did so, I swung the shotgun up to face level.

“You sure you want in here?!” I shouted to the intruders.

I’ll never forget the looks on the faces of the would-be intruders. All three were black, and I distinctly recall that the whites of their eyes became huge! They spun on their heels and high-tailed it back to their waiting car. When I fired a parting shot in the air, their retreat got even faster, which I didn’t think was possible. All three must have been related to Jesse Owens.

After the car left and the danger had passed, the adrenaline stopped flowing. That’s when I got scared. Super Mom turned into a mass of tear-riddled jelly. I called my brother-in-law, who lived just up the road. He came over and calmed me down and stayed until sunrise. I tried to go back to sleep, but I couldn’t.

I never saw the men again. Our house was pretty far from the road, so getting a tag number or even a good description of the car was impossible. I guess I made my point, however. These guys must have spread the word about the shotgun-packin’ mama who lived in the blue house because we never had another home invasion attempt, even when everyone around us experienced break-ins a year or so later.

Home Protection - 180 pounds of Watchdog

Home Protection - 180 pounds of Watchdog

Protect Your Home

As a homeowner, you should be prepared to protect your home. And by “home,” I mean whatever sort of dwelling you live in, be it a house, an apartment, a trailer, or a tent. More importantly, you need to be able to protect your family. In some areas of the United States, crimes like theft, burglary, and home invasion are soaring. In my opinion, it’s because many people are getting desperate due to high unemployment rates. I feel sorry for such people, but I’m not ready to offer up my family as sacrifices. Some of these thieves might not be dangerous, but you just never know what might be on their minds.

You need to come up with some of home defense in order to protect your home. If you decide on a shotgun, please learn to use it correctly. The more practice you get, the more confident you’ll become. When you’re totally at ease with the weapon and confident that you can aim and shoot accurately, you’ll no longer feel like a victim. Instead, you’ll feel empowered. I’m not saying that a gun is the right choice for everyone – it’s not. In fact, in the wrong hands, a firearm might actually make matters more dangerous.

If guns just aren’t your “thing,” there are other ways to protect your home. One of the most important precautions, according to experts, is to have adequate outdoor lighting. We have bright lights at each entry into our home, along with a couple of motion-sensor lights. Of course, you might also want to use an alarm system that alerts you when a window or door is opened. A watchdog is a good idea, too. Experts on home defense say that an indoor dog is best, and size doesn’t matter. Any alert dog can let you know when something is amiss outside. Remember, dogs hear much better than humans do. if you’re like me, and if you live in a high crime area, you might prefer to use an all-of-the-above approach to protect your home.

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Dustin on November 21, 2017:

Sounds like a scared hillbilly with overtones of racism. It doesn't take any bravery to point a shotgun at someone.

C on January 24, 2014:

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Aiming is definitely necessary with a shotgun. At short range, within say 20-30 feet, it hardly spreads at all, its like a rifle. Test it out yourself.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 09, 2010:

Yes, Lyria, I was so glad that I knew how to protect myself and my kids!

Lyria on March 09, 2010:

You are so brave! Aren't you lucky that your dad taught you how to use a gun? I lived in a rural part of Kentucky for a few years. The neighbors never accepted me because I was an "outsider" from another state. When my husband worked late on some evenings I always worried that something like what happened to you would happen to me. I'm glad it all turned out ok :)

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 04, 2010:

Thanks, Msannec!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 04, 2010:

OD, you know we Southerners are all about manners, and it wouldn't have been polite for me to not say goodbye!

msannec from Mississippi (The Delta) on March 04, 2010:

Boy, I bet they were sorry they they tried that! That's what they get for trying to force their way into your home. I'm glad that you and your family were all right. And thank goodness for Ebony! Thanks for sharing your story.

Obscurely Diverse from Tennessee, U.S., Earth, Milky Way via Cosmos on March 04, 2010:

Nice story... My favorite part was when you said, "When I fired a parting shot in the air, their retreat got even faster, which I didn’t think was possible." At least you said good-bye... Ha-ha!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 03, 2010:

Rls, please do! LEarn to protect yourself!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 03, 2010:

Lockerman, now I have TWO Great Danes, plus the shotgun!!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 03, 2010:

Thanks bunches, Michael!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 03, 2010:

GPage, keep practicing with the guns!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 03, 2010:

Art, a big dog or two and a gun make a great combination!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 03, 2010:

Austin, thanks for reading!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 03, 2010:

True, Jen - we never know what we're capable of!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 03, 2010:

Lis, I didn't have time to be brave. My instincts took over!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 03, 2010:

Ha, James - you have me giggling!

Dirty Holle!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 03, 2010:

Me, too, Laurel! How ya been?

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 03, 2010:

Hi, Sandy! That's why I chose this pic.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 03, 2010:

Yep, MAita, I think I could definitely protect myself!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 03, 2010:

Yeah, Veronica, I have no idea where that bravery came from!

rls8994 from Mississippi on March 03, 2010:

Wow, you showed them girl! Good for you! I really need to buy a gun and learn how to use it.

Tammy Lochmann on March 03, 2010:

OMG what a picture that painted. You go girl...That is too scary though! I am glad you had that shotgun. Keep it up. Lotsa love Lockerman

Michael Shane from Gadsden, Alabama on March 03, 2010:

Awesome Hub!

GPAGE from California on March 03, 2010:

habee! I love this.....sorry that you were scared when it happened, but this hub is brilliant! My hubby owns and loves guns. I have gone to the shooting range quite a few times with him. We live in a rural area North of gets a bit "quiet" out here sometimes.......BUT the idea of what you just described comes to mind often when my hubby is working a lot and far away from our home.

I commend you for being one "Hot Packin Mama!" Best, G

Art 4 Life from in the middle of nowhere.... on March 03, 2010:

Wow...I know how horrified you must have been! I live in the boonies too, and once had some men come up, selling meat out of the back of their pickup..or so they said...I too, was alone, but when I opened the door, with my doberman, and my shotgun, they drove off too!! Loved the story...good hub! I pushed your green button!

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on March 03, 2010:

BPop is a woman? I had no idea.

Habee you crack me up! My mom slept with the double barrel under her bed for as long as I can remember. Love the photo! I too will be saying "You sure you want in here?"

And like you, I know the feeling of the post adrenaline shakes. Wow, great story, thanks for sharing.

JenDobson27 on March 03, 2010:

Wow, that's a pretty crazy story. I don't know if I would have the guts to open the door like that, but then again I guess you never know how you'd react until your actually in the situation.

liswilliams from South Africa on March 03, 2010:

wow, how brave !

Unchained Grace from Baltimore, MD on March 03, 2010:

Coming to a theater near you: "Dirty Habee." "So, punk, do ya really want in here? Well, do ya, punk?"

Laurel Rogers from Bishop, Ca on March 02, 2010:

Oh, Holle-I knew that adrenaline rush once as well, followed by the melty rubber legs! It IS after these sorts of events that the fear sets in...

Good for you, gal-

Hope it never happens to either of us again!


Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on March 02, 2010:

Wow, what a story! That gun almost looks 3D.

prettydarkhorse from US on March 02, 2010:

good job habee hehe, you woman hmmm, at least you can protect yourself, Maita

Veronica Allen from Georgia on March 02, 2010:

It truly amazes me the strength we get when we are placed in a situation that calls for protecting ourselves and our children. I bet those guys never bother you again. As scary as that was, it just goes to show you what you can do when you are backed into a corner.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 02, 2010:

Pamela, you'll never regret being proficient with a firearm!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 02, 2010:

Funny, Ehern! Glad you stopped by!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 02, 2010:

UG (James), you're making me blush! Thanks a bunch!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 02, 2010:

That's what my husband says, Daisy!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 02, 2010:

Thanks, Robert. Good to see ya!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 02, 2010:

That's exactly right, Sheila! You don't mess with my youngins!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 02, 2010:

Thanks, Bpop! So are you!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 02, 2010:

You go girl! I love that story. My step daughter grew up with her father teaching her about guns and she is very comfortable with them. He is trying to teach me as I have a little handgun but there seems to be a learning curve. When the weather warms up we'll go to the gun range and it is really nice there.

ehern33 on March 02, 2010:

Remember the Dirty Harry movies? "Make my Day!? Well, "You sure you want in here?" is going to become my favorite saying now!

Unchained Grace from Baltimore, MD on March 02, 2010:

Habee, good for you. You broke down later, but that's expected. The adrenalin rush blocked all other emotions while dealing with the situation. That shotgun and their belief that you'd use it is what put their boats in overdrive.

Staring down the business end of a 12 gauge ain't no fun. However, neither is rape. You did what you did to protect your family. You just added one more reason for me to continue to be your fan. Good for you!

daisyjae from Canada on March 02, 2010:

You're a tough lady, habee.

Putz Ballard on March 02, 2010:

Wonderful Habee

sheila b. on March 02, 2010:

Mama bear protecting her cubs.

breakfastpop on March 02, 2010:

You are an amazing woman!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 02, 2010:

Hmmm, Ann, this would make a good country song, huh?

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 02, 2010:

HH, I was fine until after it was all over!

Ann Nonymous from Virginia on March 02, 2010:

Oh habee, I can see this now! Great storytelling and great story...for some reason it makes me think of a line from a song (don't know which song but still...) "I'm going home to load my shotgun...." Ha ha!!!!!

Great job and you keep on protecting your loved ones!!!

Hello, hello, from London, UK on March 02, 2010:

Wow, habee, what an experience. I can sympathize with you because we had a break-in and it does shake you up like anything. Thanks for sharing.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 02, 2010:

Get yourself a Great Dane - they're awesome! I have two now!

Lily Rose from A Coast on March 02, 2010:

Wow - what a story! Okay, now I want a dog! Thank goodness you'r Dane woke you - lord knows what could have happened - good for you, Holle!

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