Damn did you ever find your safe, I own a Cannon safe and the company will cover the cost of the safe due to theft or fire damage?
Hope it works out for you!
Its rough that in some places you would have to worry about the laws when trying to defend yourself from an armed intruder! Especially if crime rate is high, it does not make much sense to me. But It is also interesting to see how much lower crime rates can be in countries with strict gun laws tho. Tough situation for alot of places and people. I sometimes wonder what the US would be like w/ strict firearm laws...
Glad you got your 45 back Tom! Where I live, you need a license to own a pistol, but not for shotgun/rifles
Here is an interesting story:
One of my friends had a neighbor who went on vacation and asked him to look after his house for him while he was away. The day after the neighbor left, my friend was walking over to his house to feed his neighbor's dogs when he noticed a white van with all the doors open parked on the road behind the guy's house. He heard some commotion in the backyard, so he began walking in that direction to investigate. As he rounded the corner of the house, he spotted 5 guys, dressed in black, with their faces bear, standing outside the back door of the house...looking in the direction of the van. The backdoor was cracked open a little and my friend noticed that there was a large stack of boxes, and a pile of electronics, including a computer and tv screen inside the house next to the door. The 5 burglars didn't notice my friend standing there, so he had time to draw his gun and he pointed at all of them and screamed "All of you, get on the ground right now!". They started to panic and dropped to the ground immediately. My friend ran over to them and said "don't get up, I'm calling the police." He dialed 9-11 on his cellphone and the police told him that they would be there as soon as possible. After a few minutes, one of the burglars, still laying face down on the ground, started to get up...he was going to make a run for it. My friend pointed his pistol right at the guy's face and said "you don't want to do that, friend". haha, so the guy quickly dropped back down. Once the police arrived my friend told them all that had happened, and they notified the neighbor. The police arrested the burglars. A few days later all 5 of the burglars were set free. The judge ruled that because there was no signs of 'forced entry', they could not be convicted...all the charges were dropped.
Glad you recovered your weapon! The .45 may hold value for future resale if that's of importance. A flashlight, and a semiauto are fine choices for home defence. Shotguns and rifles are too big and cumbersome and can't easily be handled with one hand if needed. At night, a small handheld flashlight can be held in hand while holding the high capacity semiauto in both hands......a deadly combination! In an Oh-sh*t situation, aim isn't the greatest, and ammo may go extremely fast! Fire 8 rounds in an average sized room of a house, and the burglar may run away from the noise and fear of the fire power. The ultimate goal is to survive and keep the family safe! Under pressure, quantity will prevail.
http://www.civitasreview.com/public-...trine-compare/ Anyways, this discussion over state laws is a little off topic since the thread is about South Africa, guns, and robbers. It's best to get back to those topics.
Regarding an unlawful entry into someones home and being killed for it......dead men tell no tales! It's difficult to convict a homeowner who defends his home against someone who illegally enters it when it's a one-sided story. Entering my home uninvited will cost the ultimate price (if entered at night, for ex). My home was burglarized (my parents home) when I was a boy and I was robbed once. Then I ran from gang bangers with guns as a teen. PHooey!!! As Sherm would say, "mule muffins"! As an adult I leaned to fight back and have trained law enforcement in CQB and Room Entry, I'll be damned if I am a victim of these LOSERS ever again. Learn your local law, know how to apply it, learn when to apply it, and Apply It! You have every right to kill an intruder in every state in this Union that enters your home in a violent and riotous manner! These matters get under my skin, lol. There are too many victims made by laws people don't understand. Every State has its own laws and they should be sought and understood. This is the only way to get back at these low-lifes.
My post was meant to inform and inspire forum members. No offense was intended toward you, Corey. No offense was intended toward those who fear guns and self defense. Some folks feel good knowing someone else will protect them, I believe everyone should learn to protect themselves, to some basic degree. I have been victimized enough to make a stand.