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charliegirl 09-01-2011 03:35 PM

Shot gun or pistol for home protection?
I have asked a few people I know whether they think a shot gun or a pistol for home protection would be best. I have gotten mixed answers. Some people say shotgun because there's nothing like the sound of racking it to deter a threat. My uncle said hand gun because he doesn't like the thought of a long barrel for a threat to potentially grab onto. Another person said a hand gun with a laser because that gets the point across (no pun intended). Anyway, thought I would take this to the forums!

unclebear 09-01-2011 03:45 PM

each has advantages and disadvantages as with anything in life, long gun can give a way your position if misused as where hand guns are more controllable in CQB. Also stopping power 12 gauge 00 buck vs 9mm slug, 12 gauge will stop a guy easier (more holes) where you can maneuver a 9mm pistol easier then a long gun. Personally I've always wanted a 223 pistol with a drum mag and a 870 mounted under the barrel, but as far as my home I have a model 66 taurus 357 mag I bought from a guy last year.

RecklessRegard 09-01-2011 03:55 PM

Have you shot/had experience with either? Is one more comfortable?

I have shot hundreds of rounds out of shotguns. I have shot tens of thousands of rounds through pistols. I am far more comfortable shooting pistols, therefore my shotgun stays in the safe.

With a shotgun, you just aim down the long barrel, and its hard to miss your target. But like mentioned, you need to move throughout your home without knocking into walls, hitting lamps, and anything else laying around.

With a pistol, it is much easier to move around a house. Keep the pistol in chest ready , with the barrel pointing downward, and you're free to walk the house. But, without proper practice, its hard to stay proficient.

Shoot both, practice with both. Pick what works best for you.

canebrake 09-01-2011 04:15 PM

NEVER purchase a PD/HD gun because of how it sounds or a red dot. That felon tweeked on PCP won't hear the shotgun being racked or see that tiny red dot!

If you depend on intimidation to protect you it will get you dead!

The purpose of a self defense firearm is to stop a threat. Find one that is of the largest caliber you can accurately handle, physically fits you and one in which you establish a high level of trust.

Practice until it is boring, then add new twists to your training until you reach the level of competency you feel comfortable with. THEN start over with more training. Continue this training for the rest of your life.

PanBaccha 09-01-2011 04:19 PM

Depends on the lay of the home. Can you sweep corners
effectively with shotgun? Are you able to accomplish
same effect (BG down) with handgun? Which medium
are you more comfortable with? That's the one you go
with. Because when the shtf fashion ain't gonna cut it.
Accuracy will.

moonpie 09-01-2011 04:23 PM

i have to protect myself. my guns are perfectly happy to lay there and watch me get my butt kicked. i do keep shotgun and pistol and a few others.

Firearms4ever 09-01-2011 04:24 PM

I agree with Cane. If someone broke into my house they're going to be starring down the barrel of my Springfield 1911a1. I've had someone attempt to break into my house before, and even before that I've always had my 1911 loaded and on my person when I'm at home not when I'm asleep of course.

charliegirl 09-01-2011 05:30 PM


Originally Posted by canebrake (Post 573001)
NEVER purchase a PD/HD gun because of how it sounds or a red dot. That felon tweeked on PCP won't hear the shotgun being racked or see that tiny red dot!

If you depend on intimidation to protect you it will get you dead!

I am most comfortable shooting a hand gun vs. a shotgun. That is because I have fired more with hand guns. Yes, I can sweep corners well with a long barrel (wide open space floor plan). After what Cane said (thanks for weighing in, Cane), I have 100% given up on deciding on home protection based on how it sounds or the red dot. Now, it seems like it's going to have to come down to what I'm going to feel confident with and then practice, practice, practice.

Lindenwood 09-01-2011 06:16 PM

Barricaded at the top of the stairs? Shotgun, hands down.

But, if you have to move through the house to retrieve a loved one, a handgun wins, hands down. You can heft a child over your shoulder and still shoot one-handed with a handgun, but a pump shotgun (or any long gun, really) is going to be hard to use while retreating through a house, shooting one-handed.

I like handguns because it is something I know I can always have on or near me. If I hear screams across the street, I can't run over there with a rifle at the ready and expect to receive any kind of welcome. Having a handgun tucked into my waistband, provided I am properly trained with it, allows me to appear relatively harmless without being unprotected. Basically, I don't like investing too much time or money on long guns. First, I am already pretty good with one from previous experience before I got into handguns. Second, given my nature of "expect the worst and hope for the best," I am WAY too unlikely to be in a defensive situation in which I actually have access to a long gun, to actually want to rely on them. For a soldier, yes it is his lifeline. But for a civilian, I feel better served with a handgun, just because I know I can have it with me much more often. If times get rough, if you've got a handgun and know how to use it, you can go run errands with it under your shirt and still be ready when a couple of thugs try to hijack you. If all you've got is a shotgun under the bed or in the trunk, you're screwed.

I guess I'm trying to say, get a handgun first and get good with it, and then add long guns as you see fit for the more extreme cases.

magnumman 09-01-2011 06:19 PM

Where will you keep it? shouguns dont fit in the night stand. if it is under the bed,it wont be as quick to the shoulder as it may need to be. I perfer a handgun, my .45 and .357 are probably the most likely to be used in a situation like that. Which ever you choose, make sure you have plenty of practice at close range. bullseye shooting isnt going to do much for you. practice point and click.

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