My first firearm...what should I get?

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by DamnYankee, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. DamnYankee

    DamnYankee New Member

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    This has probably been asked before, I'm sure. I would like a gun for home defence. I'm trying to keep the budget below $400. What would be my best choice... handgun or shotgun? I live in a single family home and have two small children. My wife is not really crazy about guns so she will most likely not want to shoot. Thanks in advance for the input.
     
  2. JoshX3Magazine

    JoshX3Magazine New Member

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    This is always a tough one, but since it's mainly home defense you're talking about, I'd probably vote shotgun. Less chance of shooting through a wall and hitting something unintended on the other side, simple "point and click" interface, the ability to load different types of shotgun shells...I feel like for home defense there's not much better. Plus there's the deterrent of "clack-clack" that might even save you the trouble of having to shoot anyone.

    At that price, and this is just my opinion, something like an NEF Pardner Protector 12 gauge pump shotgun might make nice choice. Simple, reliable, upgradeable and darn affordable. I have seen them up here in Virginia for around 200 bucks.

    Just my thoughts!
     

  3. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    Whatever you choose you have to keep it locked away from your kids. I usually recommended a shotgun for the only firearm to be used as home defense. But with kids a revolver locked in a bio safe may be a better choice. As for what revolver, go to a range that rents and try out a few. I would go for the largest caliber you are comfortable shooting. You may also want to look into home defense loads. They knock down bad guys but won't go through walls and hurt family members.
     
  4. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    This double post is annoying. Could a mod merge these 2 or something?

    Note to self, Yankee, choose a sub-forum and go with it. Everyone here with ideas you want to value (not including myself, BTW) keep track of all the posts through "New Posts".
     
  5. DamnYankee

    DamnYankee New Member

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    Sorry for the double post. Newb mistake.