Dagon » I don't agree with the idea of brandishing a gun to scare off an intruder. If they are in my home bag em. The old saying I would rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
The idea isn't to kill someone, but to deter someone. There's a moral dimension to self defense. A gun should not simply be brandished as a means of impressing a bad guy -- that's a good way to be killed or seriously hurt. Either an intruder is in your house to hurt you or take what you have. I talked to an ex-burglar one time who became a security expert. He was in a house he thought was deserted one night and he was putting things in a black bag -- whatever he could grab. "I thought I was alone," he said. "(If I wanted to meet people I woulda been a mugger.) Anyway, I was shoving stuff into this bag when I heard the most frightening sound I'd ever heard. It was a metallic, yet familiar sound. Then it struck me what it was -- it was the sound of a semi-automatic pistol being racked back and released!"
The ex-burglar said it was the last sound he ever heard as a burglar. "I was so scared I left my bag, my tools, everything, and I took off in the straightest direction outta there that was open to me!" His tools were specialized, he said, and not cheap. But he left everything behind and never burgaled another home. "That one sound was enough to turn my life around," he said.
This .357 Ruger Speed-Six is one of the sweetest self defense guns out there. It shoots both .357 and .38 Specials.. I use .38s for the home, but .357s for hiking, camping or cross country travel by car. It's stopping power is legendary.