Monday night a mother home alone with her children heard the door to their home being kicked in. Her response? Reach for her Hi-Point carbine to help defend her house from an armed invasion by three young men bent on robbery.

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The incident

An unidentified woman in the Woodrow Wilson area of Detroit heard her door being kicked in by persons unknown. On the other side were three teenage delinquents 'known to police', one of which had an illegally concealed handgun (as a teenager they would not have been eligible for a CCW permit in Michigan until age 21).

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Once they had the door down, the rushed in to take advantage of the family on the other side. It was then that the mother, protecting herself and two young children, opened fire on the horde of invaders with what news footage appears to be a second generation Hi-Point carbine.

The family had previously been victimized by a break in and they had put up CCTV cameras to help ward off the next batch of criminals.

Well the cameras caught what happened next:

As the WXYZ of the Detroit news reported, "Recalling the panic she felt, the mom says "I let them know I had a gun once they were in the house. They said no you don't so I shot off the first round. I wasn't feeling anything at the moment, I got scared afterwards."

We still don't know what they came to steal, but the mother was committed to protecting her two small kids at any cost with her loaded rifle.

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(the assailant in this picture just dropped his gun...a fusillade a bullets pointed at you seconds before can do that to you.)

Her daughter told her "Oh no mommy, I don't want them to take my piggy bank or my toys."

Why the Hi-Point?

The ubiquitous Hi-Point carbine is just over six pounds in weight and some 32-inches in length. Chambered for reliable 9mm, .40S&W, or .45ACP, its recoil is negligible while its ability to provide accurate fire downrange is proven. Further, these guns (with the exception of the 2013 ban scare) are affordable, coming in at less than the price of just about any pistol caliber carbine on the market.

Like the courageous mom in the Detroit incident, many Hi-Point owners have their carbines for self-defense of the home due to these factors.

This comes only weeks after Detroit Police Chief James Craig told reporters that if more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them.

This certainly seems to hold true for at least one household in Motown.

Guess they didn't see 'Protected by Hi-Point' on the door.