I have set my house up and continue to make improvements as a hard traget. I have solar powered motion activated securrity lights set up. I have audible alarms on doors that it opened while activated will wake the dead and scare the hell out of anyone not expecting them to go off. My main mission is too keep any would be intruder from even wanting to go through the trouble and keep them outside. Should that not work my first line of defense is calling 911; however, I live about 30 minutes from the sheriff's office. Here is my biggest reason for needing to be selective about defense ammo. My wife and I must move to get our daughter from her room. Our rooms are separated at either end of our house. If an intruder came into our home from the living room end my daughter's room is on the other side of the living room wall. If there was over penetration it would pass into her room.JFo- You know your tactical situation best. As the CPT said, there are some YouTube videos above sheet rock penetration for various calibers. Maybe some help. Is it possible to set up at a choke point? Movement ( ie- room clearing) is/ can be very dangerous. Let them come to you ,if possible. Home defense is a challenging event. I applaud your planning. I hope you take it beyond your ammo choice. I learned early in my work that a cell phone could be a big help. 911, let the pros clear the house, you defend a choke point between the threat and your family. Situations vary. Thought/planning required. Hank
What he Said!! ^^^^^^JFo, you're wise to think things out in advance since we react how we trained. Train your wife & daughter too so you're all on the same page. Maybe some thought ought to be put to getting to your daughters room & barricading there against intruders instead of getting her out. The cell phone thing is a great idea so you can communicate w/ the sheriff deputies, when they are clearing the house, they'll view all armed as combatants, even you, unless they know exactly where you are & what you look like. Words like" My wife daughter & I are locked in the bathroom to the left of the front door. We're wearing pajamas & I have a handgun" can save your tutu when they just confronted a scumbag in black w/ a shotgun who claims it's his house. An officer has to make a life & death decision in nanoseconds whether he's facing an excited homeowner running on adrenalin or a druggie running on meth.