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Why a "compact" handgun for home defense/home invaders? Why not a full-sized handgun designed for superior accuracy, reliability, and comfort? Is it perchance a really tiny home or homeowner's hands?

You might want to forgo the .380 for a 9mm if you anticipate the need to shoot through walls or very heavy winter or biker clothing. SOME people have expressed concerns about its ability to penetrate too many layers of protection.

Small firearms make sacrifices to be concealable. If you won't be carrying concealed, then you don't seem to need the small part.


Shot placement is much more important than caliber.
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"Drop" an home invader? Neither. Handguns are really bad man stoppers. If you want to "drop" em, Shotgun
 

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This is my take:

The likelihood of "dropping" an intruder with any handgun isn't high, not by itself. Add some sharp shooter accuracy and conditions and circumstances conducive to best possible outcome, and that percentage increases greatly. But such conditions are less than reasonable to expect or even consider.

Now, if the perp was inclined to be afraid of being shot, any gun that fires would do to serve the purpose of defending oneself. However this isn't what one should count on, nor does it achieve the "one shot drop".

A shotgun would be the best home defense firearm, for stationary defense, which is what I would advise. If you're looking to be GI Joe and sweep the domicile I would suggest more maneuverability than a long gun allows, which brings back into play a handgun.

My set up is two handguns, one under a pillow on each side of me. I can't possibly know what I'll do until a situation arose, but more than likely I'd pull the trigger, or triggers, until the threat was neutralized, one way or another. Personally, I don't like the idea of having a shotgun lying around somewhere that the BG could get to before me, were I sleeping hard enough. I'm more than confident with my handguns and tendency toward fight rather than flight.
 

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.380 has a really good place for pocket guns (Ruger LCP, Kahr P380). Get any larger (Sig P238) and you might as well get into a 9mm. The small 9mm category is so large, I won't even bother listing any. I own a Kahr CM9, which is really small for IWB, but really not a pocket gun IMHO.

For home defense, there is absolutely no reason not to go big. You might as well go for as big as your heart desires. My beside gun is a XDm 4.5" 45acp. I chose 45acp because my research showed that the boom of the subsonic 45acp might be slightly less damaging to the ears than the crack of the supersonic 9mm.
 

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I agree with the other posters, go full size, a 1911 maybe.
 

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I use a Mossberg 500 Persuader 12 ga 8 shot with a pistol grip or a Ithaca 37 police for HD. The name of the game is to stop the threat with a minimum of collateral damage.
 

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House gun- forget the compact handguns. Buy a shotgun for home.

Forget the pistol gripped shot guns. You can miss with those things at short distance as easly as hip shooting a handgun.

For recoil sensitive get the mossy 20ga super bantam with adjustable stock lenght so it can be shouldered by kids or small ladys or tucked under the arm atleast for a more controlled shot.
 

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CHLChris said:
.380 has a really good place for pocket guns (Ruger LCP, Kahr P380). Get any larger (Sig P238) and you might as well get into a 9mm. The small 9mm category is so large, I won't even bother listing any. I own a Kahr CM9, which is really small for IWB, but really not a pocket gun IMHO.

For home defense, there is absolutely no reason not to go big. You might as well go for as big as your heart desires. My beside gun is a XDm 4.5" 45acp. I chose 45acp because my research showed that the boom of the subsonic 45acp might be slightly less damaging to the ears than the crack of the supersonic 9mm.
This sounds good to me. I keep either my Glock31 out, which has a TLR-1 for obvious reasons or my M&P 357Sig, which is my EDC . To me, no matter how much you shoot, in a high stress situation your first couple of rounds has a high probability of missing so mag capacity comes into play when I choose what to leave out . The XMD45 has plenty of knockdown and plenty of rounds if you miss. I don't personally care for a shotgun since you have to account for everything that comes out of the end of the barrel (legally).
 

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Yes a 9mm or .380 is more than capable of dropping an intruder provided it hits the right location on his/her body. Sticking to your question in regards to the ideal compact handgun, I would go Glock 19 or S&W M&Pc 9mm. Of course this is just my opinion.
 

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What about an M249? That will stop em! :D
 
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