It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare: you’re lying in bed at night and you’re jarred awake by strange noises coming from outside your bedroom. With a million thoughts racing through your head — What’s going on? Is somebody in the house? Are my wife and kids safe? Where is my gun? — you go to investigate. You turn the corner into the living room, only to have your worst fears confirmed as you come face-to-face with a violent home invader. What do you do? Ripped straight from the headlines, the five stories featured in the gallery above highlight armed homeowners who refused to be victims and turned the tables on the intruder. While the possibility of a home invasion is terrifying, more and more stories like these are coming out every day.

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