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Old 12-20-2012, 06:19 AM   #11
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Yep... I would to if I heard that sound. The sound says .. "Get the F**K out or be carried out in a body bag"!!
QFT. I have 1 shotgun, 1 rifle, and 2 pistols located in the bedroom every night when I go to sleep. The only one in the house that can't use a gun is the dog. And for some strange reason, I really don't think she needs one!

Both of you need to use what you are comfortable with. The shotgun (12 gauge 870 with youth stock, mag extension, and a light) is what the wife uses. I prefer my Ruger mini 14 GB20, I use either my 1911 or my GP100 as a quick grab "bump in the night gun", and she has a Ruger LCR in .357 (loaded with .38+ps) in her nightstand. It's not that we live in a bad neighborhood, we live out in the country and the nearest LEOs are 20 minutes away. The only time I have needed to use on of our HD guns at night was when a coyote was killing off my uncle's cats. The only reason we have them out at night is that you never know when trouble can happen. It's not like the BG will call ahead and see if you are ready for him. If he would I wouldn't need a gun. I'd just make sure his arival in my house was right around the same time that I was pouring a cup of coffee for the cops.
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:23 AM   #12
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my wife actually likes the pump shotgun i keep for HD use. it's a Winchester SXP Defender with a 18.5" barrel and holds 5 rounds in the tube. IMO, the shotgun is a very effective HD firearm and if the layout of a home is permiting, it's probably the best choice.

you have to decide if the layout of your home is better suited to a pistol or a shotgun. the longest shot within my home would be at 25-30 feet at the most. so a shotgun works well for us. we keep two 12 ga pump shotguns in our bedroom along with two pistols.

use what works for you and your wife. if she's more comfortable with the pistol, that's plenty good enough. might check into getting some reduced recoil buchshot and let her try them out.
Tried to get her to shoot the shoty with bird shot and she still had issues. So.. She will just handle the pistol. She did say that if she had to she would grab the shoty. Go figure..
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Yep my M12...........
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My pitbull and I live alone. I do not have to worry about the bump in the night may be another family member up getting a glass of water. I have three weapons that I keep out of the safe in the night for just such circumstances. Understand that I do live in a very small country town and we do not have 24 hour police patrol several nights of the week so when it comes to your personal safety you are on your own. The three guns that get the call in this order are Kimber Pro TLE , Mossberg 590 mariner with OO Buck and 50 cal Beowulf just in case I need to get a point across. I shoot each of these very routinely and feel comfortable protecting my home and my life with each. The shotgun has always been on the short list for everyone in my family.

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Old 12-20-2012, 09:16 PM   #15
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Here is part of my home defense system. pistol grip Shot gun with slugs.

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Old 12-20-2012, 09:24 PM   #16
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At up close HD/PD ranges of engagement, I choose Buckshot!!!

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I plan to get a Mossberg 500 or 590 after Christmas. Currently use a pistol for home defense. Have a holster mounted to my bed frame that is not visible unless you know it's there.

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A load of buckshot at close range will literally "cut you in half"! I chopped down a young live cedar tree about 3 inches I diameter many moons ago just using a field grade load of #6 upland game load at a 4 foot distance just to prove that to myself! Try it yourself!

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The shot wad never had the ability to expand and the tree died! Check that experiment out to confirm!

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Yep shotgun for HD. lIke others said small shoot at short rang is going to do the job. I have a box of federal 7.5 went with that since live in apartment. But oh man at close rang a perp don't have a chance.

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