The question about what the best home defense weapon is is a pretty hotly-debated one. Some people thing it’s a .45, some people think it’s an M-16 or AK-47, and some people think it’s a shotgun. Here’s what I think.
There are several considerations that you need to think of when deciding what weapon would be best to protect your home, such as:
- Your experience and training
- The risk of collateral damage
- The effectiveness of the round used
Your experience and training
Honestly, this one is probably the most important. A properly-trained individual can protect his family with a .22 better than an untrained one can with a machine gun. A weapon is just a tool, and some tools are better than others. The biggest difference though is how well the shooter puts rounds on target and manages to not shoot anyone he isn’t trying to shoot and also not get shot himself. In addition to training with the exact weapon you choose, you should take lessons in tactics from a qualified instructor. There are also many books on home defense that you can read to give you ideas.
No matter what gun you choose, you need to train with it and practice.
The risk of collateral damage
If you live in a neighborhood, this is a big one. Even if you live out in the boonies, unless you live by yourself, you could end up shooting one of your own if the round goes through the wall. You need to be able to hit the guy to stop him but you have to realize that even if you practice a lot, a target that’s shooting at you is MUCH harder to hit than a paper one or even a moving target. You’re going to miss.
You need to consider that those rounds that miss don’t just stop 6 inches behind the idiot who came into your home. They’re going to keep going until something stops them.
A round that will go through armor will also go through a wall. Also, a round that’s designed to stop at a wall won’t penetrate armor. You may not have the choice about which round you use right off the bat but if you’re smart, you can have rounds ready to go for whatever situation you’re facing.
The effectiveness of the round used
So just what is effectiveness? Here’s where I differ from most people. Most people want the most fastest and heaviest round that will penetrate hard body armor or blow the guy’s head off. When you’re faced with a life and death situation in your home, the plain and simple truth is that what you really need to do is stop the guy. If he’s out of the fight, your family’s safe. If he gives up and runs away, your family’s safe. If he’s dead, your family’s safe. The point of having your weapon isn’t truly to exact revenge on the guy for coming into your home, although I’m not really against that. The point of having a weapon is TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY.
So what do I think the best weapon is for home defense overall? Personally, I use two. Which one would be the best depends on the exact circumstances.
I have a Vertec 92FS next to my bed that has an M6 Tactical light with laser and Trijicon night sites. With it, I can quickly respond right from where I’m lying, without having to get out of bed or even sit up. I use Hydra-Shok hollow points with one backup magazine of the same thing and one with full metal jacket rounds. Why did I choose this one? Because my standard-issue weapon in the Army has been the Beretta 92FS for many years. I’ve shot a LOT of rounds with these and don’t have to think. I do carry a .45 when I’m out but if I’m woken up from a deep slumber, I’m more comfortable with the 92FS.
Here’s a video that shows the M6:
Here’s the night sites I have on my pistol:
Here’s a test with the Hydra-Shok rounds I use:
In case you’re curious about the difference between my Vertec and a standard-issue M9, here’s another video:
Now, if I grab the gun and it looks like I’m going to be in a battle, I roll over to my bathroom a few feet away and grab my main home defense weapon, which is a Mossberg 500 pump-action shotgun with Winchester PDX-1 shotgun shells.
This gets me out of their site, gives me a nice fatal funnel to focus on, and gives me a new primary weapon, with the pistol as my secondary. I have extra ammo available in there too. I don’t just keep the shotgun next to the bed because it’s actually quite difficult to roll over, grab a shotgun, swing it back toward the door, and fire. The pistol is exactly where my hand lands when I swing my arm over to the side of the bed.
I’m not 100% happy with the PDX-1 shells because they blast right through pretty much everything I’d shoot but they’ll stop the guy. I’m still searching for a better solution but these are still very effective.
Here’s a video on the shells I use.
So as you can see, I kind of use a system of weapons to defend my home. I’m very familiar with these weapons and I’ve had a lot of extra training, so these may not be the best choice to use to protect your home.
So what weapons and ammo do you use for home defense and why did you choose that?
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