As we read with the Donofrio case, the young man busted the glass on the door and reached inside grabbing the handle. I am not going to make the case that if the owner had a full door, this would may not have happened, but I will point out that most front doors with this kind of glass treatments are either weak or present a temptation to true criminals to break in. The other disadvantage I see is that depending on the glass it provides a peek to the inside of your home or at least allows somebody that may not have the best of intentions, to see you or any members of your family approaching the door.

I will always favor a full steel door, properly installed and overly anchored. And yes, out swinging.

It is not a guarantee that they can’t breach it, but I have seen first-hand how long it takes to do so and it may give you plenty of time to repeal boarders with the proper amount of ballistic dissuasion.

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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

8 thoughts on “Why I dislike doors with windows.”
  1. ” And yes, out swinging.” Your southern origins betray you. That can not work up in the north.

    1. Most of the doors in Sout Florida are outswinging with the hinges exposed. In 25 years of living there, not once I heard of a case of anybody trying to break in a house via the hinges.
      By now I figure it is one of those myths as bad as “IDPA/USPSA will kill you in the streets.”

  2. So … Glass outer door (because the Mrs loves the look) opening into a “mud room” with the security door? Best of both worlds, especially when you install the auto-portcullis and trap door…

  3. An old anti breaching trick was remove one screw from hinge and drive a big nail in, cut the head off and drill a hole in the door for the nail to set in… steel grills over windows make windows a bit better. Cameras and a moat work good too heh heh

      1. Interesting. I’ll need to read some of the reviews, they’re a little on the low side for a generic Amazon product. (And no, I’m not kidding…)

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