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Old 06-30-2012, 12:53 AM   #31
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Im plenty proficient with my AR too but there's no need to use it if another weapon is more efficient. Ive got stairs, railings, hallways, neighbors and my own dog (thats gonna beat me too them) that all factor in. Firepower is a factor but being able to easily bring it on target is just as important, if not more so.
Sounds good. I use a handgun for my main as well. I'm interested in your thoughts on why a handgun is faster on target?

And to give us a better understanding, what do you consider proficient? Is there a certain round count per month or a certain number of classes one must attend a year to become proficient?
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The shotgun in question has about a 12"-18" spread at 30', depending on the size of your shot. That spread makes up for the innaccuracy of the sight.
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Sounds good. I use a handgun for my main as well. I'm interested in your thoughts on why a handgun is faster on target?

And to give us a better understanding, what do you consider proficient? Is there a certain round count per month or a certain number of classes one must attend a year to become proficient?
My handgun is faster on target in my home because I dont have to move the muzzle to avoid walls, railing ect. As I mentioned before, context in home defense is everything. A ranch home with the bedroom at the end of a hall way is a very different situation from having to navigate stairs and/or wind though different rooms or hallways. But it does come down to comfort and proficiency as well.

After awhile (maybe instantly for some lucky bastards) you figure out what you're a natural at, or at least more natural... Handguns are my thing. I'm just more consistent with them than rifles. The pistol I keep by my bed has about 9 or 10 thousand rounds though it and I know it better than anything else I own.

If you want to define proficiency it comes down to confidence. Nerves dont affect performance when you already know you can do it. To get that kind of confidence requires as much practice as it takes. Theres no set number of rounds really. Lots of suggestions sure. Spend whatever you can on ammo and be patient. Take a class and shoot when you can as much as you can.
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I shoot handguns more than anything else I own and keep a handgun on my person the overwhelming majority of the time. Since I generally always have a pistol on my person, it is the most likely weapon I'll find myself with if someone tries to break in.

I have small children, so the AR-15 and shotgun are normally kept in the safe. If I have time, the first weapon in the safe is the AR-15. The shotgun sits behind it. If I or my wife make it to the safe, we have the AR and shotgun ready to go.

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I would have to say it depends on the situation. I would most likely use my 40 s&w SA XD for quick situations and the ease of concealment (I do have a CCWP) but I live in Florida where we have Hurricanes and other crazy weather conditions and In those situations I would also us my AR-15 for defending my family and all my property.

I don't know if this all true but I heard back when the had the riots in Cali after OJ, some of the shop owners were standing firm on the roofs of their stores with AR's n AK's in hand and they were the only stores not looted and burned down and they saved their family run business without even firing a shot.

America, there is ONE of many reasons we need our "Assault Style Weapons!!"

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My go to weapon in the home is my 870. It's next to the bed, it's always loaded (+1 in fact). If I am out and about then I rely on my M&P Compact 9mm....

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