Originally Posted by rpmGator
Alerting an armed intruder, is not the best way. You give up your only advantage.
False, odds are you've just demonstrated that the intruder is seriously outgunned. And by giving him the opportunity to flee, you've probably just saved yourself several thousand dollars in attorneys fees, and that's assuming that you aren't charged. DGUs rarely involve the discharge of a firearm, and you can rack the gun as a deterrent (and as a preparation to fire, since no shotgun should be kept cocked and locked) before a confrontation occurs. Let it also be said that the racking sound accompanied by shouted orders for the intruder to leave the house immediately should be the only warning. After that shoot to kill. Do not use less lethal ammo either.