I realize this is an old post, but it’s a good one, just thought I would add my $.02.
Anyway, I have never really tried to rely on just one “go to” weapon for home defense even though I do have guns in my home. I personally have weapons throughout my house. If I were to focus on one weapon specifically as my weapon of choice then I may be too focused on getting to that weapon while under duress. Tachypsychia (adrenaline dump) has very strange effects on us psychologically as well as physiologically and we don’t always react the way we thought we would.
I like katanas, I have a really nice Paul Chen katana that I have trained with and used for cutting practice, it goes through a tatami mat with a dowel in the center of it like butter. But what if POS breaks in while I’m in the bathroom? Do I try to run to my katana? Or do I grab what I have available right there?
If I mentally chose a katana as my home defense weapon, then when faced with stressful situation my mind is going to start racing and wondering where my katana is and how do I get to it, instead of seeing the big heavy thing we have for holding extra toilet paper. If I get the drop on him and start whacking him with that I have a much better chance of success than if I start running to get my katana.
And don’t forget the power of keys, pens, pencils, rolled up magazines, credit cards, kitchen knives, any heavy object, bottles, broken broom handles, etc. Your house is filled with weapons, just grab the nearest one and start making stuff happen.
Of course like everyone else, I have stuff ready for deployment as well. I have pepper spray velcroed to our front door jam at eye level with the nozzle facing the door just in case POS tries pushing his way in. We can start spraying as we are pulling it off the wall. I have knives, sticks, etc around the house. I have the big 6D cell Mag Light near my bed, hold it on your shoulder with the light facing outward, couple quick flashes to disorient and then smack him like Babe Ruth. Quick note about Flashlights, never turn it on to look around the house, you will be telling him you are coming and where you are. Your eyes should already be accustomed to the dark, use that to your advantage. Go in silent and then surprise him with a couple quick flashes and then stars.
Anyway, sorry so long, it’s a good discussion and a good topic.