At any time our normal, peaceful lives can be interrupted by the violent actions of others. You never want to be in a position of helplessness if a violent attack in your home by a criminal is imminent. The defensive use of firearms in properly trained hands goes a long way towards stopping a violent criminal attack.
The 12 Gauge pump action shotgun is by many, considered to be the most formidable and effective close range firearm for short range defensive applications. This weapon can devestate and instantly stop an aggressor when the proper shot shells are used. (00 buckshot is my preferred choice).
The handguns small size makes it both concealable and portable and most folks with proper practice and or proper training will become proficient enough to hit a man sized target at 25 yards. Accuracy tends to decrease beyond that range. (9mm and 45ACP are my preferred calibers).
Generally speaking, for most home, self defense situations, certain rifles may be too long for quick deployment. Shorter rifles such as the AR-15 would be required for instant deployment when danger appears. Rifles are generally used for longer range applications and in some instances, are not the best home, self defense choices for people who live in areas where houses are extremely close together.
As with any firearms choice, you want to avoid overpenetration and you need to be constantly aware of what is around and behind your target. Make sure you choose the right weapon for your specific home defense scenario so that you are ready to deal with any home defense situation which may occur.
Remember that all criminals prefer unarmed victims. Being armed is one of the best ways to make sure that you have a fighting chance of survival should a thug be foolish enough to try and invade your home and do you harm.
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