Gun for home protection - need opinions


carajul

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Last night at 2am someone tried breaking into my house (unsuccessfully) and also my car (successfully). I live alone and this is enough. I want to buy a hand gun and keep it by my bed. What type of hand gun would best serve this purpose and what is the best place to buy one?

I live in a nice middle class area but recently there have been burglaries.
 

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Hoplites1234

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This is just my opinion and I hope you'll get many to help you make your decision. First there is no best handgun, but there is a best handgun for you. Depends on your physical attributes (big, small), experience, and comfort zone with what you might have to do. I am a medium build male who has been around firearms all my life. I started shooting with my father and uncles at the age of 12 and have good self discipline developed through the military. I have been through several training classes for handguns including CCW and constantly go to them to keep my skills fresh. This is not a commitment to be taken lightly. Best thing I'd advise is to go several different gunshops and look them over--beware if you are female as there is a lot of testosterone in the air as my wife says--find the one where you feel comfortable. Most places have rentals handguns and will provide an introductory lesson to renters. Try several different arms, ask lots of questions. Most shooters are more then happy to share their knowledge and skill. Also, there is a tremendous amount of info on the net, hope I've been of some assistance.
 
If you haven't already done so, take a course that covers the use of firearms for personal protection. You can't simply have a gun on your night stand for personal protection. There are various strategies and tactics that you will need to learn in order to prepare for possible situations you may encounter.

While taking a handgun class, you will have an opportunity to learn about the various handguns and which one may be best for you.

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.


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Cooter

Liberty or Death
As I, and many others believe, a shotgun is the best firearm for home defense. A good short barreled shotgun is easily operated, small enough to manuver with, and best of all, surgical accuracy is not needed to stop an intruder. In a moment of intense adrenaline, where seconds mean the difference between life and death, I would rather have a load of buckshot than one bullet to bet my life on.
I keep a Remington 870 12 gauge at home, cost me about $280 brand new. A very popular shotgun for a great price. If you have your heart set on a handgun, then I would go to a gun shop and start asking questions and figure out what best suits you.
I am glad you have decided to protect yourself and your family with a firearm.
 

Unearthed

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I keep a Glock 19 with a light on the rail on my bedside table and a Mossberg 500 under my bed trigger pulled. I don't have children though and no children have actually ever been inside my house. I'd like to have the shotgun in my hands if anything ever happens but I can pick up the handgun a lot quicker.
 

DrDavidM

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As Cooter said a shotgun is always great. If you want a handgun, and are not familiar with firearms, I recommend a revolver. Revolvers are easier to learn to use. There are so many great handguns out there. One I might look at is the new Ruger 327 mag. I holds 7 rounds instead of six and has great ballistics. However, it will probably be hard to find ammo at this point. I also agree to take a handgun or self defense course. Safety is the most important aspect of gun ownership. As was said, go to a range and shoot every handgun you can. We can't decide what is best for you, only you can make that decision. God Luck. Stay safe.
 

PascalFleischman

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What Hoplites said....

Pick up every gun in the store. Narrow your decision down to the ones you like best. Shoot (rent) as many as you can, as well as taking a basic handgun course. Figure out which ones you liked best after shooting them. Narrow that selection field by price you can afford. Keep in mind that more popular pistols have greater numbers of accessories available for them. Keep that in mind when selection.

Shotguns seem to also be favored heavily around here, too. It's hard to beat a Remington 870....take a shotgun defensive class to learn tactical uses of it.

Get your carry permit. Why defend your home with a gun, while you yourself walk unarmed?
 

Scarecrow

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I am another that is for a shotgun for home defense. they are easy to use and you don't have to be a marksman to hit what you are pointing at. there are many shotguns that are designed for home defense. as far as a pistol... as already been said in this thread there is no perfect pistol for everyone... there are hundreds to choose from so you can bet that there will be some that feel just right for you. hold as many as you can because every gun has a unique grip. so what feels comfortable for me might not feel good to you. make sure you choose a caliber that you can handle and that is also readily available in stores where ammunition is sold. once you choose on a pistol and buy it make sure you practice with it. take it to the range and get really familiar with it. when you know your pistol well then you know what to expect from it. good luck and good for you for protecting yourself!
 

lukem

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Normally I have my carry gun on my dresser but I always have my Mossberg 500 in my gun rack that goes between my mattresses. I can pick this up quicker than getting to my handgun on the dresser and is what I'd most likely grab if there was an intruder in the house.

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Sgt. SIG

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If you haven't already done so, take a course that covers the use of firearms for personal protection. You can't simply have a gun on your night stand for personal protection. There are various strategies and tactics that you will need to learn in order to prepare for possible situations you may encounter.

While taking a handgun class, you will have an opportunity to learn about the various handguns and which one may be best for you.

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

gf

I really have to agree with GF. :icon_great:
 

kwo51

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Well unlike the rest I think a bazzuca ,Rocket propeled gernade or small tank all would be best.Of course I live in the woods. Best answer for home defense is a well made pistol easy to operate when droozy loaded close by and a good shotgun . Lots of good training and pratice to follow up.
 

calmp9

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Last night at 2am someone tried breaking into my house (unsuccessfully) and also my car (successfully). I live alone and this is enough. I want to buy a hand gun and keep it by my bed. What type of hand gun would best serve this purpose and what is the best place to buy one?

I live in a nice middle class area but recently there have been burglaries.

I would consult the local gun shops and ranges about a firearms safety class first. A lot of ranges have these classes and from there you can possibly rent handguns to find out which one is best for you. Alway remember, safety first.
 

HK4U

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I like a hand gun over a shot gun. Shot guns may be to big for some in the family. If you move from one room to the other they are eaiser to grab and you can not be surgically percise with it. In other words the shot covers a wider area and you run the risk of hitting a loved one if they are close. If more than one person may need to use it get a revolver to keep it simple. I love autos and carry one daily but they are a little harder to learn to use.
 

festus

God Bless Our Troops!!!
Mossberg 500 shot gun for home defense!!!

I have a Mossberg 500 with the shortest legal barrel they make...18 1/2 inches (no tax stamp required). #8 bird-shot is the round of choice for home defense as it does not tend to carry outside the dwelling but leaves a very nasty wound channel with multiple bleeding holes and more damage than any surgeon could ever hope to repair in a torso or gut shot. You won't be chastised by the lefty loonies over using a more damaging than necessary round and most of all you can get them at any good sporting goods store and most wally worlds. I am a strong advocate of make sure there is only one side of the story (avoids a lot of legal issues) and also of being responsible about target carry through. This solves both of these problems and is also far more affordable than most handguns. The best part is that when a home intruder hears the rock solid shack shack sound of the slide, most will exit by the most expedient means available. This is fine by me as well. Cops will usually pick up the knucklehead at the local ER getting sewn up for the cuts he received going back out the window he broke into in the first place(happened to my buddy in Utah...Whole other story for another post). Either way it is good piece of mind. Another plus is that you can't accidentally shoot yourself while answering the phone (an Alaskan tragedy that shows even the most careful don't react well to being suddenly awakened...also fodder for another post.
 

joewildblue

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I like a hand gun over a shot gun. Shot guns may be to big for some in the family. If you move from one room to the other they are eaiser to grab and you can not be surgically percise with it. In other words the shot covers a wider area and you run the risk of hitting a loved one if they are close. If more than one person may need to use it get a revolver to keep it simple. I love autos and carry one daily but they are a little harder to learn to use.
I would say the same. Shot guns are easier to grab and the you are *****D big time!!!!
 
I've got a Mossberg 500 12 Gauge shotgun as well as my Glock 23 that's used for home protection. When there's a "threat", the Glock gets holstered and the shotgun (loaded with 00 buckshot) becomes the primary firearm. I like the Mossberg because of the location of the safety. I can operate the safety with my thumb while having my finger near the trigger. My Glock has my Surefire X200 mounted on it while in "home protection" mode.

As "Festus" stated earlier, the racking of the shotgun action will often send a BG running. I strongly advise that you have your shotgun loaded though, because if the BG continues to be a "threat", you don't want to be left holding a $300 club! :eek:



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benzuncle

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Last night at 2am someone tried breaking into my house (unsuccessfully) and also my car (successfully). I live alone and this is enough. I want to buy a hand gun and keep it by my bed. What type of hand gun would best serve this purpose and what is the best place to buy one?

Unfortunately, you waited too long and so now you will be in a hurry. In front of this post you have been given bountiful info. Lurking here and on other sites online will help you make a decision. If you want to see what different firearms can and cannot do, check out www.theboxotruth.com. But, get to a range and rent some firearms right away, along with some instruction, of course. I wish you only the best.
 

kwo51

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Also clearing a house with any form of firearm could get family or self dead. Think about a safe room for yourself and love one where you can wait the police in armed safty.
 

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