Choosing a Home-Defense Gun

Possibly the only topic to generate more arguments than politics is the never-ending discussion of what qualifies as the “best” home-defense gun. The truth of the matter is, no single shooting solution meets the needs of every individual or household. Every firearm is an exercise in compromise. Each platform has limitations to be considered carefully when making a choice.

Many firearms can be useful for a variety of applications, such as target shooting, hunting and concealed carry, as well as protecting your family. However, the following discussion focuses on firearms in the primary role of home defense. The general advantages and disadvantages of each gun type should be considered in light of the fact that most houses and living areas limit the defender’s mobility. Remember, practical defensive shots will be fired at very close range, i.e. contact distance, to across-the-room ranges of 5 to 10 yards.

Over at the NRA’s American Rifleman, B. Gil Horman discusses home defense guns. What is your preferred home defense gun?

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  1. Using the logic of the 3 gun competitions, I’d like to be proficient with and have available to me a pistol, shotgun AND rifle. Problem solved. To me, it’s like having to choose between a fork, spoon and knife. Each one has its place.

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