Choosing the right home-defense weapon:
Trying to figure out the right home-defense weapon can be frustrating. You finally decide to take your personal safety into your own hands, but as soon as you go to the gun store, you’re overwhelmed by all of the information being thrown at you. People start spouting off facts about shotguns versus handguns, benefits of bigger calibers versus smaller calibers, and then they bring in the good ol’ fashioned debate: semi-auto pistols versus revolvers. It’s a lot of information that can leave you more confused than when you first came in. The best way to figure out which kind of weapon to purchase can be broken down into a few categories: home defense, self-defense, and concealability. For simplicity purposes, we’ll just focus on home defense right now. Personally, I believe a shotgun is the best home defense weapon but if it’s too big for you, you might want to go with a handgun. Ultimately, it will always come down to what is most comfortable to you.
There are pros and cons to all different types of weapons, but the most common home defense weapon is a shotgun. Shotguns are usually recommended for home defense because you do not have to be as accurate as you would need to be with a pistol or rifle. It is much more of a “point in the general direction of the threat and shoot” kind of gun. Also, if you use the right kind of ammo, you won’t be as worried about the round going through your intended target and hitting someone or something behind the threat. A lot of people recommend 00-Buck shot for home defense, but I’ve found that it has a problem with over-penetration. This is especially bad for people who live in an apartment complex or if you have roommates or children living in other rooms of the house. The 00-Buck shot can go through the wall and hit someone in another room. A common recommendation for this is to use a #4 turkey shot for home defense. It provides good protection and “knock down power,” but it won’t go all the way through the walls. And a great thing about using a shotgun for home defense is that the sound of racking a shotgun shell into the chamber makes for a very effective crime deterrent.