Thank you so-o-o much for publishing this tour de force. I see that there are a couple of us who take such information and put it through the washing machine of the human mind. Seriously one must contemplate such circumstances and apply it to your personal situation. Where do you live? Is there in effect a state law that gives you the right to fire when approached by an armed assailant? Surely when you pull a gun you do it with the firmly established mental OK I am going to kill this guy. You must also know that you will have bear the thoughts of having taken a life. You will have to bear in mind that you may go to jail and charged with a crime or misdemeanor at best. You have to realize the cost of an attorney to defend you can eat up your life and leave you penniless. Now comes the biggest thing for you to accomplish and that is just what will your state, county, city do to you. The perp goes to the morgue or a hospital, his family sues you in civil court, you face a jury for Murder 1, manslaughter in various degrees, reckless endangerment , menacing etc. The old adage applies...I would rather be judged by twelve than carried by six. On January 12th I was the focus of a push in "armed robbery"---I spotted the gun as a phony plastic pistol (it was a chinese pellet pistol) he forced me in to the house and ordered me to shut off the ADT alarm ( guy was a bruiser)---instead I ran the silent alarm as he pushed me into the bedroom and began to ransack the room---he turned his back on me and I grabbed my Colt Cobra (from my nightstand) and brought this nonsense to a halt. Now I am 81 and not your doddering old gramps type, but I didn't shoot him as the responding LEO suggested. Would have I shot him? Knowing my local DA and the anti-gun status of New York State---my answer is no unless he tried to attack me---then being a pistol owner and active shooter since I was 22---the Hydra Shock .38's and Uncle Sam'l Colt would have taken a few bites out of his hide. All this BS boils down to---what have you personally worked out for your given circumstances, find out and decide before it's too late. Ya see I cannot carry except to and from a range in my county nor state, so you take a chance on carrying. Generally guys like me don't carry except legally, if you are fortunate enough to be able to CCW, then find out about your status if & when you have to make a choice. It's your choice, be educated, know the law in your territory, study the facts, make your choices, and now practice until it becomes muscle memory. Good Luck and may the Good Lord protect you and guide your hand & BTW don't listen to these "Guardhouse Lawyers" on forums---they don't know there own first names.........."Doc"