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Old 09-02-2011, 01:35 AM   #21
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Easier to store a handgun next to your bed securely and discretely than a shotgun, especially if kids are in the house. I choose a handgun in a safe mounted to my bed frame, but my 1201FP is loaded with 00 Buck in my RSC just a few steps away and that's the direction I will be heading if things go bump in the night.

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Old 09-02-2011, 01:51 AM   #22
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Yeah everyone is right why settle for one when you can just get both haha. Get a 1911 with 45acp jph + 00 bucks in 500/870 with 18.5" barrel and tactical light + Bulletproof vest. You should be safe til the cop arrives.

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Again, your personal situation is going to dictate what you choose, or have to choose. When I had kids at home, the shotgun was locked, and loaded, in my gun safe. The rifle as well. However, I had a handgun in a bedside stand safe that my kids couldn't get at. My wife and I are empty nesters now. We take adequate precautions when grandkids come to visit. But otherwise, we have the place to ourselves. Again, each person's situation will dictate.

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Old 09-02-2011, 05:55 AM   #24
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I prefer the pistol.

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Yeah everyone is right why settle for one when you can just get both haha. Get a 1911 with 45acp jph + 00 bucks in 500/870 with 18.5" barrel and tactical light + Bulletproof vest. You should be safe til the cop arrives.

We don`t call the COPS at my house, we call the coroner, he lives just down the street.
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At this point, I would only keep a handgun for HD. I have children and a multi-level house. Just on the off chance that a break-in becomes a hostage type deal, I would shoot a BG close to my kids with a handgun but not a shotty. Maybe in the future when it's just me and the wife I might consider a shotgun but not right now.

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Shot gun or pistol for home protection?
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Shotgun: a HD 12/20g is typically the best bang for your buck. It's the ultimate affordable utility weapon (defense/hunting/survival).

Pistols: are quite useful in their portability and concealment. They can be more limited in accuracy & potency.

Rifles: some can be good home defense options, in the right situation...better for rural settings.

Among my home defense guns are a 12g SG, a 9mm carbine rifle, and multiple pistols.
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Advantages and disadvantages to both.I own both a pump shotgun and handguns for home defense,but I rarely have my shotgun out and ready to go just because it's inconvienient for me,it's much easier to have a handgun ready and to know where it is,that's just my experience.

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I have my .380 in my drawer and my 9mm on my nightstand ready to duel wield if need be. Don't underestimate the .380 round it was invented and used as a self defense round for a reason ::::just that::::: I hate when people say "nothing less than a 9mm" that makes me wonder about individuals in our real world

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It depends on your own situation. In my NRA Self Defense Course the mantra was that a pistol is what you use to get to your shotgun.
Where do you live? Are you in an apartment with "Paper-thin Walls" or do you live on a farm of 100 acres?
In one scenario if a home invasion occurred in the city and you used your shotgun, your shots could easily go through the walls and kill an innocent (perhaps a child). A wiser choice might be bird shot.
Basically, you are liable. Ownership and the use of firearms carries a big burden. On one hand, you have every right to protect yourself and your loved ones through the employment of firearms. What comes with that right is the responsibility of restraint.
None of us are John Waynes or Dirty Harry's. All we want to do is to protect ourselves.

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