Graciesmom, that "little dog" is probably the strongest deterrent you'll ever have. A thief or assailant can argue with, and confuse, a human, some dogs are hard to argue with! It's when they get past the dog you need your weapon.
Don't confuse military weapons training with civilian close-quarters defense. I retired from the Army, 18 years of which were infantry(6 yrs/drill sergeant). That has little similarity to civilian self-defense weapons training, as I learned rather quickly.
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