Tom, I couldn't agree with you more. drizzl, I am very intersted in knowing where you live, I have been burgeled, but never when home, and I don't believe that they were armed. you sound like you live in a pretty dangerous place. statistically speaking, it is also more likely that somebody in your house will drop dead of a heart attack - do any of you gunslingers have an automatic defibrilator in the house? they are about the same price as a good firearm? and another question please - this is the scenario that I see, its 3 am, somebody breaks into your house. the only thing that we know about him for sure is that he works at night and so is pretty alert and he is listening up to see what is going to happen in the house. he is probrably pumped with adrenaline. you wake up, or your spouse nudges you, you spend 30 seconds discussing if it was a sound or not. you go to your gun safe, work the combination, load your firearm (and possibly, if you have a collection, spend another minute deciding which to use) then go looking for the intruder. he has had 2 minutes to know that you are coming. do you really think that you are going to outshoot him? if you really really must have a gun in your house, say your wives ex-boyfriend just got out of jail and wants to kill you and moving hasn't helped, then at least go to one of those wekend courses that teaches combat gunning, going to a range twice a year and shooting at paper will not help you in the least in a gunfight. oh, and get rid of those cannon, a .45 is not a good option for anybody. get a 9 or 10mm, or better yet a 20 guage shotgun, get a very very good combination safe and never tell the combination to anybody or open it with anybody in the room, and get glasser amo or the smallest birdshot available, do yourselves that favor at least. but if you want to be really safe, spend your money on a difibrilator and some tear gas.