Originally Posted by Mac-NinersChiefs
If the intruder is arriving at the top of the stairs, and you can't protect the home by swinging a bat at him in his precarious position? (not saying you).. then you need to buy a home monitoring alarm and a gun... and put bars up on all the windows... and reinforce the doors... and get a vicious guard dog.. and...
If the dude has a gun, a bat may or may not do the trick. The guy is coming up stairs. He is in motion. He only has to move very slightly to cause an adrenaline-filled, untrained homeowner to miss delivering a knockout blow. After one swing, a bat is nearly worthless in close quarters. If that guy has a gun, he will get off a shot before you can swing again.
Knives don't miss from close quarters.