When debating which is the best home defense gun, some swear by the shotgun- but many others go the pistol or rifle route.
There are many different factors that you should consider when choosing a gun to use in your home. To survive a situation that forces you to bring out your gun, you must take all of these factors into consideration. Which gun do you shoot the best? How is your home laid out? What can you afford? These are not trivial matters, and they must be thought out before you choose a handgun, shotgun or rifle.
The most prolific home defense weapon is the handgun. They’re small and easy to store, making them easier to use inside buildings and in close quarters battle. What really sets the handgun apart from other weapons is the fact that it can still be used effectively one-handed, making it an ideal choice for situations in which you will have to hold a flashlight or even a child.
As for disadvantages, handguns generally are the least powerful of our three choices and also the most difficult weapon to shoot accurately. This choice requires the greatest amount of training and proficiency to use effectively inside the home.
While a home defense shotgun will not blow a grown man off the floor and though a window, it does provide an exceptional punch. However, size is
The biggest con against a shotgun is its size. The long barrel that helps us get such accuracy makes it tough to move around corners and through doors. A very close second is recoil. Shotguns fire a large round package, and the push of that is real. For the untrained and those who do not practice regularly, it can be overwhelming.
We must also deal with the aiming myth of shotguns. Yes, you still need to aim. As we discussed previously, the spread for a shotgun in indoors distances is small. You can miss your target if you do not aim correctly. One last thing to consider as a con of shotguns is the reload. Shotguns are notoriously difficult to reload under stress. With their internal capacity ranging from five to eight rounds, the chances that you will need to reload is high. This requires training.
AR-style rifles are extremely popular because of their high capacities and terminal ballistics. With the ability to stabilize the gun against your shoulder and the addition of a red-dot optic and lights, the gun becomes very accurate. Unless you live in an anti-gun state, you will have the ability to use 30-round magazines with your rifle.
Rifle rounds are superior to handgun rounds because of their velocity and fragmenting nature. With this they have a higher probability of stopping an adversary with fewer shots.
The cons of rifles begin with their size. A rifle is more difficult to maneuver through a home and requires special training to do it right. The velocity of the round can also be a con. While it provides effective wound channels, it has to hit the mark. Finally, you need to consider cost. Compared to a handgun, a well-made rifle can cost as much as two to three times more.
The most important factor with any weapon is training. Under stress, you will not be the master marksman you may enjoy being on the range, regardless of which weapon you choose. The best way to prepare is through serious training and practice. Our Firearms Training is perfect for those who want a step-by-step progression focused around their individual knowledge, skill and ability.
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