You guys (as always) are amazingly insightful - thank you. You have reopened my eyes to a revolver, although I don't see a shotgun in our future.
I live in an area where homes at best are a few hundred feet from each other and a property typically 120X80ft in size, we surely aren't secluded here and although I know mass intrusions happen, I can't see more than a lone intruder (possibly two) ever walking into homes here. I've never read it in newspapers and my point I guess, a fully loaded revolver should take care of business without the need of a quickloader (hopefully) but you never know.
I think my wife would be more comfortable with a revolver, again the keep it simple-ness of it is a selling point. I like your input concerning revolvers a lot, and a purchase to carry allows two purchases per permit, so having a semi-auto and a revolver might mix it up and give us the benefits of both weapons.
Mind you, we would buy NOTHING without research, testing, shooting, shooting and more shooting of all guns that appeal to us until we find on that we feel comfortable shooting and handling. I take safety first in everything I do, and take this purchase as serious as anything I have every done. I'm still months away before I can purchase because of the waiting period, which I feel is a good thing.
I have many friends and coworkers who will gladly assist me any way possible, all who are long-time, responsible gun owners who would JUDGE my abilities as well as teach me. I want that kind of feedback from them. And my wife will be active in all this, I'm hoping that range shooting is something she will look forward too, I want neither of us fearful of our guns, only respectful of them.
Yes, NJ and handguns are NOT as common-place as much of the country. That said, it isn't rare either, we respect the second amendment as much as anyone, it is our judicial system in this, the highest per-capita populated state that has carve both our views and the views others have of us. But as repeated, except for range practice, I hope to never use a weapon. It is like a life insurance policy, great to have but hopefully not have to use it.
Our home is small, about 1600 sq.ft. bi-level, so cut that number in half for each floor. Having two guns make it safe to get to the bedroom and depend on that gun if grabbing the living room handgun is impractical at that moment.
Kathy, although I know people supposedly never fully know what would happen when it comes to using a weapon and I know that if you aim at it, you better be prepared to kill it. But to me, nothing comes before my wife's safety and obviously I have no intention of going down without a fight myself. I have no doubt that I could pull that trigger if needed and I know there is no such thing as a warning shot. And yes, the sound of racking a shotgun should make anyone crap themselves and turn around to the nearest exit, but I would hope the sight of a handgun pointed toward their chest would have similar effects. Of course, in the handgun example you are sight of the invader and not around the corner making it obvious what you have waiting around the next turn.
I'm confident that when all is said and done, I will do whatever it takes for us to come out unharmed and whether a baseball bat a heavy chain or whatever I can get in my hand if attacked, I will do what I can with no reservations: I might appear to be the mellow guy, layed-back guy you all have come to love ( :roll:) but when confronted to a threatening level, then I will do whatever it takes to control and extinguish the threat.
I'm curious about this. if someone breaks into your home (gun or no gun) would you give them the chance to retreat or hold them for the police?
I'd have no trouble keeping my gun pointed at an intruder, keeping him at a safe distance (far enough where I can react if he were to lunge for me or reaches for anything) while my wife calls the police. What would you do?
I know that is a broad question, but is it better to make sure your neighbors and everyone else watching sees an intruder hauled off to jail because you were armed and ready for him, or better to let him run, protecting the fact that "you are protected with weapons" to yourself and the police.
I'm sure he won't be back - of course who's to say he won't come back to steal the guns when we aren't home. Also, this doesn't discourage him from robbing (or worse) someone else, then you have to live with the knowledge you had him and let him go. That would be harder to live with than to drop hi with two rounds to the chest. So, I don't believe the second option of letting him walk is a good idea ever. Home invasion is serious and I think in this case anyone and everyone should see that I had home protection covered, and enough sense to restrain myself from killing an unarmed offender (if that were the case).
If I saw a gun period, I know it wouldn't take much for me to drop him. I don't know (or should it matter) who is faster at the draw, but if I'm already beaded on him, and he made any move toward anything remotely like a weapon, It would be resolved immediately. There's not much difference between an Intruder appearing to drop his weapon and one preparing to whip it into his hand to shoot - that is a call I will not hesitate to act on by neutralizing his threat.
I'm sure many of you have one policy, you come into my home uninvited walking, and leave with a blanket over your face. I respect that totally, I've seen how isolated many members here are from anyone and anything, and that raises the bar, rightfully so. Being in a populated community really shouldn't play into that, but I'm hoping to have enough whits about me to assess the situation, but I also believe that at the end of the threat, no matter what, if I can help it - my wife and I are still around to fill out the police report.
Thanks again and I'm sure this post has a long ways to go, your input is very helpful.