Note: This article is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to what gun is best. It is up to you, the reader, to decide for yourself what gun (if any) is best for you. We also recommend taking a gun safety course and a self-defense course as part of your home and personal security plan.
You’re asleep. Dreams of mountains and sunshine fill your resting brain. But a sound from across your home wakes you, and you get a sinking feeling in your stomach. You know you will need your gun before you go see what made the noise. You reach out and grab a…
Here’s where decisions should have been made prior to this point. Many factors go into selecting the appropriate firearm for home defense. Do you need easy access? Do you need one that is easily concealed? Do you need one that is easy to use? These are just a few of the questions you should ask yourself prior to purchasing a gun.
Here is a Pro/Con list for the three basic types of guns most people use for home defense.
- Accurate aim not as important; can hit a target simply by aiming in the general direction it is in
- Usually inexpensive
- Durable construction
- Powerful kick
- Requires more room to store, not as easy to keep away from children
- Wide area of damage
- Compact and easily stored away from children
- Simple design makes it very reliable
- Can load with multiple rounds
- Accuracy is more important
- Bullets are very powerful and can travel through walls easily
- Can fire multiple shots easily and quickly
- Can load with multiple rounds, usually more than a revolver
- Compact and easy to hide from children
- Multiple moving parts means more tendency to malfunction
- Operation is more involved and complicated
- Usually much more expensive than revolvers and shotguns
Buying a gun should be a slow, involved process. The responsibility of owning one should not be taken lightly, and the more informed and educated you are about what guns can and can’t do the safer you and your family will be. Be safe!