I live in a small “safe” town in central Texas, last Friday the alarm company called me informing that the alarm was going off. I was near by and got there 10 minutes after the call, the front door was wide open, and police were nowhere near in sight (last time it took them six hours to show up). I had to clear my own house, two floors and 9 rooms five closets and three bathrooms. The thing that was most difficult was not not knowing if someone was going to surprise me, but not being fully confident in my firearm.
I just got a new derringer, and did not spend any time with it on the range. I’ve read about what it could do, but had no idea what it would do in my hands. The alarm did its job and scared away the intruder, no one was in the house, but I will not be int he same situation again – I will be familiar with my gun, I will trust it, and I will trust myself with it.