It’s your home; and that means you have a responsibility to protect your home and your family from criminals who want to do you harm.  Basic home defense precautions such as a large dog, locking your doors, windows, garages, etc., deadbolt locks and door jam bars are essential precautionary measures but once a criminal is inside you will need additional defensive capabilities.

Firearms are simply the best, modern home defense weapon for those who are properly trained or experienced in their use.  Your home defense weapon or weapons must be effective, reliable and capable of stopping a threat when your life or the lives of your family are in danger. 

You also need to factor in overpenetration which means you will need to be aware of what is beyond your target, since sheetrock walls won’t stop bullets.  You do not want to injure family members around or behind a criminal when your life or your families lives are in imminent danger.

Some firearms considerations are as follows.  12 Gauge pump action shotguns as they have the most effective stopping power at close range and depending on the model can hold between 5 to 8 shells in the tube.  Semi Automatic handguns due to their small size, concealability and convenient accessibility and depending on the model can hold between 8 to 17 rounds in the magazine. 

Generally I do not recommend rifles for home defense as the potential for overpenetration and the distances most calibers travel is just too risky in typical neighborhoods.  Even when using shotguns or semi automatic handguns be aware of any overpenetration which might result. 

Whatever firearms you decide to use as your primary home defense weapons make sure you train with them often and become thoroughly familiar with their workings.  Your home defense firearms must be 100% reliable as your life may one day depend on them.

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  1. jessemathewson says:

    Reblogged this on Jesse Talks Back and commented:
    Based on two plus decades of solid testing, experience and more, I would recommend an AR using 55 grain polymer tip or fmj rounds and a solid handgun 9X19 through 10mm with a good jhp round (gold dot or similar) NOT plus P- for home defense.

    The various myths regarding penetration have circulated wildly and thanks to the internet gathered far more steam then they should have.

    Much the same way that 9X19 is seen as a bad round by ex-military, (shooting ball ammo no handgun is a good round), however, with solid jhp rounds the lowly 9X19 has proven more effective then the classic .45 in several heads up tests etc.,

    Regardless. LOVE THE ARTICLE!

    • rmactsc says:

      A lot of the home defense ammo; to use or not to use really comes down to what’s best for each individuals situation. For myself 9mm or 45 acp for home defense and 00 buck and #4 birdshot also for home defense. I would tend to lean towards my rifle for more of a home defense battle type scenario as compared to a break in type scenario.

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