The following article has been contributed by Madison Parker, a personal and home security blogger. It has been published with permission of the author. It does not necessarily represent the views of PreppingToSurvive.com.
When it comes to protecting your family and home from would be intruders, one area to focus on in regard to home defense is owning a weapon. And choosing the right weapon to protect your loved ones is a serious responsibility, one that should be carefully researched.
Firearms are the best weapon for home security. Choosing the best gun means selecting an effective weapon, one that is completely capable of stopping an intruder in his tracks. The capabilities of various guns are often debated, but the main idea is to choose something that’s easy to use and has the fire power you need at a moment’s notice.
You’ll also want to consider the penetration capabilities of the gun you select to defend your home. Remember, walls are not always a barrier to bullets. When you discharge your weapon you won’t want to injure or possibly take the life of someone in the next room. So you’ll want to choose the ammunition you use as well as the caliber of the weapon itself carefully, so as not to over-penetrate your target. And always remember that you should not shoot a gun if you’re not okay with shooting at whatever is behind the target.
Naturally, you’ll want a gun that is reliable and isn’t prone to malfunctions, and one that can be purchased at a reasonable cost. And, be sure that the gun you choose can hold enough ammunition to suit your defense purposes. You will likely need to be able to fire more than a single shot, and you won’t want to reload under this type of stressful circumstance.
Of course cost is another consideration. As a general rule, you’re not expecting to have to use your weapon, and so you won’t want to spend a fortune investing in a high tech weapon. You should be able to find a solid defense weapon for fewer than two hundred dollars.
Shot guns are certainly more powerful at a distance; handguns are easier to store and may be easier to lift. Carbines are another option.
In the shot gun category, a twelve gauge pump action is easy to load and fire, and is incredibly accurate at a range of twenty five yards or less. If you choose this type of weapon, be careful not to overcompensate with ammunition that is too powerful for a closely populated environment or home. A twelve gage is reliable, low cost, and can be purchased used. A Remington 870 is a sturdy and reliable twelve gauge shot gun to choose.
Carbine rifles are semi-automatic weapons that are highly effective and provide great shooting range. While this type of weapon affords less of a risk for over-penetration, it also isn’t as powerful a weapon. It also comes with a caution: never use hollow point bullets or full metal jacket bullets for home defense which indeed cause extreme penetration.
Carbines have moderate to strong reliability and can hold large amounts of ammunition. They’re more expensive than shot guns; on the low end of the scale the light, fairly easy to use DPMS Panther Lite 16 is highly recommended.
Handguns are the most often selected weapon for home defense, due to size and easy storage near to where you may need to use one. They are also relatively inexpensive, and simple to learn to shoot. The effectiveness of stopping a target with a single shot, however, is low. And handguns do have a significant risk of over-penetration, so be vigilant about whatever is behind the target.
Handguns are reliable, reasonably priced, and can fit conveniently near your bedside. One of the top choices is a Glock model. The Glock 17 is accurate, reliable, and lightweight.
No matter which type of weapon you choose to defend your home, you can feel confident that you’ve selected a gun that can protect you and your family from harm, should an intruder access your home.
Madison Parker is a home security professional whose goal is to help individuals and families become better at increasing safety in and around their homes. You can get more ideas at Madison’s blog found here!