I thought it might be fun to hear what others use to protect theirs homes, and property. Myself, a Remington 870, 12 Ga sits c lose by in the bedroom. For those unexpected knocks on the door, a Glock 17, 9mm is tucked behind my back. In the backyard are two ghetto mutts I acquired as puppies. They love and protect that backyard from anything and anyone, who is a stranger. Kids are always welcome with them.