Draw or grab a firearm that is immediately next to you
Grab a clubbing weapon that is immediately next to you (ex. Golf club, baseball bat, etc)
Grab a stabbing weapon that is immediately next to you (ex. Kitchen knife, pocket knife, etc)
Run to another room to grab a locked up or hidden firearm and confront the home invaders
Run to another room to grab a stabbing or clubbing weapon and confront the home invaders
Run to another room and attempt to hide while dialing 911
Run out the backdoor of the house and attempt to escape
Freeze like a deer in the headlights
Rush the bad guys barehanded
True story. We once lived near Jacksonville, Florida. My mother-in-law (a good one) had visited and was flying home. We took her to the airport. It was raining buckets. Dropped her off and had just drive a few miles on the interstate back into Jax. New car. It died, just died. I was able to manhandle it over onto the shoulder. That stretch of interstate was fairly desolate for a few miles in both directions.
I'm scrunched down on the floor looking at fuses. Van pulls up behind. All they saw was my wife sitting there. She said, "A guy is coming."
I sat up and the guy stopped for a second and then yelled to the van. More guys came. Unsavory people. They wanted to "help" us. I told them no thanks. Some of the guys walked around to the passenger side of the van. It's like 11 AM on Sunday and raining like mad. One guy said, "No, we are going to help". I said, "I got it."
Someone else said, "We gonna help you anyway" and tried to open my door. It was locked. I opened the boot and took out a S&W 5906. Everyone ran and got back in their van and drove away.
A baseball bat or a 3 iron just wouldn't have had the same effect on the nefarious bastards.
"When Faith preaches Hate, Blessed are the Doubters." - Amin Maalouf
some "good old boys" drove up and asked if I "needed some help" but the driver said-eyeing that big knife on the trunk-hey the dude looks like he's got things under control and drove off
hard to say it was the knife-they didn't see the M4 in 5.56 NATO in the trunk and I am glad it never came to that
now I have a 40 in the trunk and a 9mm in the glovebox but this was years ago when I was still in school