How to Choose a Home Defense Firearm by Pros & Cons

How to Choose a Home Defense Firearm by Pros & Cons

Matt Canovi: HOW TO CHOOSE A HOME DEFENSE FIREARM BY PROS & CONS

“The best home defense firearm is a twelve-gauge pump action shotgun”; how many times have you heard this from a
firearms instructor, law enforcement personnel or read it in a personal defense magazine. If you think about it just a
little, the statement itself is shortsighted, because the truth is, there is no one best home defense firearm for everyone
or for every possible situation. The choosing of a home defense firearm is dependent upon a number individual
considerations such as age, body size, physical limitations, and firearms experience, just to name a few.

To give you an example of just how shortsighted and even dangerous this blanket statement can be. A one hundred
thirty pound seventy plus year old female, who hadn’t shot a firearm in fifty years, was told by her local police
department, she needed a twenty-gauge pump action shotgun for home protection. Now, let’s give them credit
for downsizing their recommendation to a twenty-gauge shotgun instead of the usually proclaimed twelve-gauge
shotgun. And, they justified their claims by telling her, the action of “racking a round into the chamber” would
strike such fear into the heart of a would-be burglar/attacker, they would most likely flee for their lives rather than
confront a home owner with such a devastating defensive weapon. They also claimed the spreading pattern of the
shotgun pellets would make it easier to hit a target without having to aim.

The elderly women took their advice and purchased a twenty-gauge pump action shotgun; however, she found it
too heavy; the recoil hurt her wrist; the pump action was complicated, and it required a great deal of strength
(for an elderly woman). When she positioned herself about eighteen feet away from a target, which was the
maximum distance she could reasonable engage an assailant inside her home, the spread pattern of the shotgun
pellets measure a whopping one and a quarter inch in diameter (This is not depicted in any of the photos
at the end of this topic
). So much for the spreading pattern that makes it easier to hit a target without aiming.

Furthermore, would the “racking a round into the chamber” really strike fear into the burglar/attacker, or would
it motivate him/her to start shooting their firearm at the home owner in self defense? Do you want to risk your life
on it? After all, they were wrong about the spreading pattern of the shotgun making it easy to hit an assailant
weren’t they?

As an option to listening to some shortsighted statements which panned out to be false, let’s do some research
into the pros and cons of several different types of firearms, and use it to help us identify the home defense firearm
that best suits you and your firearms experience, limitations and specific needs.

Our research will focus on the following firearms:

  • Handguns
  • Rifles
  • Shotguns
  • Tactical rifles
  • 22 Caliber tactical rifles

 

HANDGUNS
Pros
Cons
Small size for easy concealability outside the home
Easier to defend against disarming
Reduced wall penetration
Loud noise alerting neighbors
More maneuverable indoors
Hard to control recoil
Short sight plane/less accurate
Expensive ammunition means less practice

 

RIFLES
Pros
Cons
Larger bullet size/larger wound channel
Longer sight plane/More accurate
Hard to control recoil
Heavy Recoil/less desire to practice
Over penetration through walls
Expensive ammunition means less practice
Less able to defend against disarming
Less maneuverable in residential setting
Heavy

 

SHOTGUNS
Pros
Cons
Multiple projectiles/greater damage (A)
Longer sight plane/More accurate
Loud noise alerting neighbors
Less over-penetration with selectied
ammunition (B)
Hard to control recoil
Heavy Recoil/less desire to practice
Expensive ammunition means less practice
Less able to defend against disarming (C)
Less maneuverable in residential setting (D,E)
Heavy
Complicated “Pump Action” loading/unloading system is slow and requires sufficient strength
Myth of shotgun pellet expanding pattern at close range (F.G.H,I)

 

TACTICAL RIFLE
Pros
Cons
Multiple projectiles/greater damage (A)
Longer sight plane/More accurate
Loud noise alerting neighbors
Less over-penetration with selectied ammunition (B)
Hard to control recoil
Heavy Recoil/less desire to practice
Expensive ammunition means less practice
Less able to defend against disarming (C)
Less maneuverable in residential setting (D,E)
Heavy
Complicated “Pump Action” loading/unloading system is slow and requires sufficient strength
Myth of shotgun pellet expanding pattern at close range (F.G.H,I)

 

22 CALIBER TACTICAL RIFLE
Pros
Cons
Longer sight plane/More accurate
Loud noise alerting neighbors
Very low-cost ammunitionReduced over penetration concerne (L)
Good maneuverability (J.K)
Less intimidating for shooters
Very light weight
Low recoil
Low recoil/more desire to practice
Low cost ammunition/more
desire to practice
Very controllableSemiautomatic speed
and simplicity
Less complicated ammunition
selections
Age and gender friendly
Low strength requirements
Multi-shot lethality
Easy to accessorize
25-30 round magazines
Low cost ammunition malfunctions
No consistent skull penetration
Too small for personal (without multi-shot application)
Less noise-alerting neighbors

In the end, it is your life, or that of you family, which hangs in the balance, so do not listen to outdated and shortsighted beliefs.  There is no one best home defense firearm for everyone in every possible situation.  These pros and cons will help you choose a home defense firearm focusing on your individual considerations, limitations, and experience.

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