Firearms for home defense
My father was a policeman and all of my uncles are big skeet, trap and target shooters, and hardcore lifetime members of the NRA. Every family gathering we’ve ever had involved shooting out back. Add to this that the part of Ohio I grew up in was some prime hunting land, and you’ve got a country boy (bumpkin) who knows how to handle firearms.
Not everyone has this type of background. If you aren’t intimately familiar with firearms, then I recommend you get some professional hands-on training before you even start to consider purchasing a gun. If you aren’t gun savvy, but feel the need to start with home defense then maybe a good baseball bat would be your weapon of choice… for now.
Let’s go over my choices for Firearms for home defense. This won’t suit everyone, and I’m sure I’ll have a barrage of emails to the contrary, but these are my choices base on research and talking with firearms experts.
Handgun: this is what you use if intruders are in the house and are really close. For home defense there is no better choice than a .45 caliber. Colt 1911 is my first choice, but you might prefer a different style .45 even a revolver. A handgun is great for home defense, but you should really use this as a tool until you can get to your shotgun. Make sure you have some form of tactical flashlight to avoid shooting at the wrong person or noise!
Shotguns: perfect for home defense, but longer than a handgun. I recommend a .12 gauge shotgun, preferably the Remington 870 defense or Mossberg 500 series, if you can’t afford one of these then the Maverick Model 88 Security ($250ish). Make sure to get a tactical shotgun light to see what you’re aiming at!
Mossberg 500 Accessories
Shotgun Ammo: 00 buck is my first choice of ammo, but if you have family at home and are worried about penetrating walls, then #4 buck will be your best bet.
You’ll always want to keep in mind what is down-range if you ever have to use fire a gun. Never aim at anything that is in the path of any occupants of your home, even if there is a wall separating them from you and the intruder.
Not all homes will have an optimal layout but, my upstairs landing is the perfect tactical layout to protect my family. If intruders come in, they can take whatever they want… from downstairs. If they start coming upstairs, where my family sleeps, then I will rain down all the lead I have on them. That’s my line in the sand. My wife and children are my priory in this world and one of the few reasons I’d ever resort to lethal force.. You can replace items, but not people.
With any gun the rules should be safety, training and practice. These aren’t toys. Never point at anything you don’t want to destroy or kill! EVER!
If you are an owner of firearms, I recommend a sturdy locking safe, that can grant you quick access in an emergency, while keeping children and burglars out of your weapons. If you can’t afford a safe, there are other options like Locking Gun Cabinets, or a super thick aircraft aluminum dog tie-out cable run through the slide/receiver and padlocked to a wall or heavy piece of furniture.
I know a couple people in my area who have had their homes robbed and they always grab your guns, if they can. Even worse would be to have a loved on become injured because you didn’t do your due-diligence and secure your weapon as all responsible gun owners should.
If you plan to use Firearms for home defense, make sure to study your home before you have to use them. Always ensure that nothing you love (Family members) are in the line of fire, even if they are behind a wall, take no chances and hold that fire! Avoid shooting in the direction of occupied rooms.
Be Prepared, and always, always make sure what you are aiming at!
See our other Post: Firearms, which should you own for TEOTWAWKI?
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