10-24-2009, 10:06 PM
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No silencer, because if you are not prepared to seriously injure or even kill the PERSON doing bad on your farm(a dog or aggressive or potentially harmful animal is one thing, a person is different), then your sound would be a vital tool shoudl you have to discharge your firearm. You can use the sound to scare the s**t out of the intruder if it came to it.
If you are going to have a gun, be sure to know your firearm, practice with it, and follow the basic firearm safety rules even in such a stressful situation. The MOST important rule you will need to train yourself to is know what is beyond your target. You wouldn't want to shoot, miss, and hit one of your horses in your field, or your neighbors house, or your big dog. KNOW your surroundings, and prepare yourself to know where everyone and everything is even at night. Know where to go, to put YOU and YOURS in the safest position should you have to discharge your firearm. And of course have all your firearm paperwork in order.
High power flashlights will become your best friend.