Shotgun vs Handgun for Home Defense

Posted: September 5, 2012 in Weapons
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Another request from a reader asking that I write a post on the shotgun vs handgun for self defense.  Here are my opinions on the matter.  The best gun between the two for home defense is whichever one you feel the most comfortable with, can properly handle and can get to quickly when needed.  Be aware of your target and what is in front of, behind and to the side of your target at all times as most rounds will easily penetrate sheetrock walls.

Advantages of the handgun are as follows. (Generally accepted home defense calibers are the 9mm, 40 and 45ACP)

  • It is easily transportable around your dwelling.
  • It is concealable and can be carried discreetly for use when needed.
  • Recoil is minimal compared to a shotgun.
  • Easier to manuever down corridors and around doorways then with a shotgun.

Advantages of the shotgun are as follows (Generally accepted home defense gauge is the 12 gauge with an 18 to 20 inch barrel using either 2 3/4 inch 00 buck or 2 3/4 inch # 6 birdshot).

  • It has more devestating stopping power at close range.
  • Usually has a greater intimidation factor.
  • Cost is generally less than a comparable quality handgun.
  • Much more versatile then a handgun.

  1. 1stminstrel says:

    Because in your home the distance between you and an intruder is usually less that 8 feet, I now have the American Derringer 410/45 long colt for home defense. Excellent close range weapon.

  2. rmactsc says:

    Very interesting choice 🙂

  3. I think I’d feel more comfortable with a handgun indoors unless it was a huge mansion with vast distances built into it in which case gimme a nice big shotgun!

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