Firearms and Home Defense

Posted: May 20, 2014 in Preparedness
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It’s your home and that means you have a responsibility to protect your home and your family from criminals who would invade your sanctuary and 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 violent 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 imminent 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 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 in either 9mm, 40S&W, or 45ACP due to their small size, concealability and convenient accessibility; and depending on the model they can hold between 8 to 17 rounds in the magazine. 

Revolvers are also a good option in 38 special or 357 magnum as depending on the model they can hold between 5 and 8 rounds in the cylinder and generally speaking; have less chance of a malfunction then a semi automatic handgun. They are also good choices for individuals who have trouble racking the slide of a semi automatic handgun.

Generally I do not recommend rifles for inside home defense, unless that is all you have, as the potential for overpenetration and the distances most calibers travel is just too risky in typical suburban neighborhoods.  Even when using shotguns, semi automatic handguns, or revolvers, be aware that they also have the potential to overpenetrate.

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. Brittius says:

    Close Quarter Battle, the revolver is also used as it was during conflicts of the 19th Century where due to weight and configuration, the revolver was also a bludgeon especially while mounted on horseback or in a hand to hand struggle.
    In the previous century many things were learned that are no longer known or taught, for reasons of people forgot or a fear of civil and/or criminal litigations. What we were taught was, a revolver in close quarters, can be used where the frame portion forward of the trigger guard where the cylinder crane pivot is, can be utilized as a skull crusher or open the eye area of an opponent to cause serve bleeding and blood to go into their eyes thus blinding (permanently at times) them. Crane pivot negates a barrel length or weight, as the revolver is swung with only one desired impact point.
    Hit them with a pistol, and they say “ouch”. Hit them with a revolver and you just might lay them out on the floor.

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