Handgun or Shotgun for home defense?

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by sausn2002, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. sausn2002

    sausn2002 New Member

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    Which one is better for home defense? The Shotgun or Handgun?

    I've heard mixed opinions. I've heard that shotgun has better stopping power than a handgun. I've heard that the shotgun has less potential to penetrate through house walls versus a handgun. Shotgun is easier to aim and use accurately to hit a target.

    As for Handgun, I've heard that it's easier to move around with when it comes to mobility and agility. They are lighter in weight. You can conceal them in the house better, even lock them up easier. Easier when using integrated Flashlights and Red Sights. You don't have to worry about shots spreading, which could harm individuals you don't want to harm.

    What's everyone's take on this here?

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  2. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Yes, a shotgun has more power then a handgun but it's not a "aim for the doorway" weapon. You can't simply point at a person and think you'll get a stopping hit. They do require practice to be used effectively, like any other tool. I personally don't have enough time or a place to seriously train with my shotguns so when I'm chasing the boogie man I reach for my 45. I spend more time behind my 45 then I do any other firearm. I can point and shoot and know I'm going to make a solid hit, aiming takes time.
    If you want to spend the time to train with a shotgun, its a fine choice but I'm willing to bet that you'll spend more time with the pistol.
     

  3. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    My pump 12 shotty is within reach of my pillow. My XD45 is on the other side of the bed in a drawer. If i am awoken by a scary noise, i reach for the shotty. Mine has been modified slightly to be easier to maneuver (shorter barrel & different stock). I think much of the difference is what you are more comfortable with; i've had that shotty since 1996 or so.
     
  4. sausn2002

    sausn2002 New Member

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    Yeah, I agree. I feel like I should have a Shotgun ready, and think it's exceptional for home defense, but I have mine setup so I use it while I'm up and about around the house, not really when I need to defend myself at night while being waked up at night. I have a USP with a laser sight near my bed. You're right about the shotgun only being good if used effectively. If you don't hit someone dead on, I'm sure it loses it's potential to stop someone. The pistol can be pointed around and managed faster.
     
  5. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The shotgun makes a lot of sense for a defensive stand. I agree it is NOT a point and click interface. Measure from your likely shooting position (behind the bed) to the doorway. Shoot your favorite load at that range and see how little the spread is. Generally 1" of spread for each yard to the target. 12 feet to the target = 4" pattern (less if you are using a "reduced recoil' or "tactical" load). Not exactly a Claymore like kill zone.

    If you have to "clear the house" a handgun will be easier to maneuver.

    Different tools for different jobs.
     
  6. Shotgun Shooter

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    Its preference, as you stated the pro/cons.
    Shotgun has power, handguns have the size.

    If you have a house, I say shotgun. Apartment I say handgun. But, either will do if you land the shots.

    S.S.
     
  7. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Absolutely, but 2" > .45" from my pistol. Of course, the pistol would give me a faster followup than the pump shotty.
     
  8. sausn2002

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    Absolutely! I never doubt the Shotgun, that's why I have one ready, but I use it when I'm out and about the house during the day. My concern about the shotgun is that it is a longarm, and coming around those corners can be tricky. I don't want a bad guy grabbing hold of my longarm. I'm not clearing a hostile zone, so I can't assume I should ram the shotgun into anyone that around the corner without looking first.

    The Handgun is by my bed and I feel I need the agility when I wake up groggy in the middle of the night to check out what that noise was. I can keep the handgun closer to my body, and still pointed in the right direction as I quickly come around those corners.

    Yes, I agree. Pistol is better for room clearing and it's small size suits a smaller establishment such as an apartment. The Shotgun is not a gun to forget about with home defense, actually I think it's better in my opinion, but I believe it's better for the daylight when I can see a little better.:p
     
  9. Shotgun Shooter

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    Dont forget that in 1 shot there are more projectiles than a single pistol shot.

    S.S.
     
  10. Succinct

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    I have both handy. The XD is my immediate pal, and then if time permits, I'll slip on my Mossy 500 with its shoulder strap. Tough question tho - I guess that's why SO many guns are made - everyone has differing preferences and needs!
     
  11. hogger129

    hogger129 New Member

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    Keep a .45 holstered up on the hip with a 12-gauge sitting close by. And a big bowie knife.
     
  12. GatorDude

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    Handgun. You should be able to get a hit on a human-sized target from across a room. If you can't, a shotgun might not be a great idea either... :p
     
  13. WDB

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    More questions than answers.
    What is your experience with a shotgun or a pistol?
    What firearms do you own or expect to own for HD?
    How often do you shoot either?
    Do you practice drills in your home?
    Do you have a plan that you and your family undrstands?
    What kind of security do you have at home (dead bolts, motions lights, alarm system)?
    Do you own a dog?
    If not have you considerred getting a dog?
    What is the response time for local LEO?
    Whats the crime rate in your area?

    Lots of questions but they truly impact how you should think. The best defense is making your home less of a target, make the bad guy look for an easier home to hit. If that fails a solid plan needs to be in place and practiced by everyone that lives in the home. The final line of defense requires you to fully understand the above questions and to be able to react with the right force to keep you and yours safe. If I could honestly answer your question I'd be rich, there is no single answer to your question, just a lot of questions you need to consider.

    Telling you what keeps me safe at home is like telling you what size pants to wear. It's all about what fits your life to keep you and yours safe.
     
  14. sausn2002

    sausn2002 New Member

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    Why didn't I think of that! Make your home a hard target. Well, might as well deter the enemy from thinking of coming to your house in the first place!
     
  15. Shotgun Shooter

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    A sign I recommend putting up is
    "Trespasser will be shot, survivors will be shot again"

    S.S.
     
  16. WDB

    WDB New Member

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    Being a smart azz doesn't help you at all, good advice. sorry if you were looking for a blazing gun response. I noticed you didn't bother answering any of the questions, read them again there was more questions than those concerning making your home a hard target. The questions conecerning your firearm experience, the firearms you own and the training you do. Don't ask a question if you don't want good advice and don't disrespect a person who ask you more questions before giving you advice. I asked the questions to provide an informed response, clearly not something you want.

    Based on your thougthful response I think an airsoft pistol would be the prefect choice
     
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  17. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    45 acp.............
     
  18. Defender

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    For those who don't currently own any guns, and can only afford one, you really can't go wrong with a .45 ACP semi-auto pistol like the 1911 or Springfield XD.

    It's very capable for home defense, and with a concealed carry permit, you can carry it on your person or stashed away in your vehicle.

    The handgun simply gives you good protection in more places.

    A pistol is also best for people who don't have the time, money or inclination to practice their shooting regularly.

    It's also easier for people of smaller physical stature (like wives and kids) to handle and fire in an emergency, in case you get waylaid by intruders while trying to defend them.
     
  19. sausn2002

    sausn2002 New Member

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    What's the barrell length/overall size of the .45 ACP and Springfield XD?
     
  20. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    THe XD is available with a 4 and 5" barrel in 45. 3" in 40, 9, 357. There is a 45 compact available with a shortened grip for easier conceal carry.