Best home defense weapon

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  1. Think for myself

    Think for myself Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    This is a debate myself and a coworker have been having. What is the best home defense gun?

    Two choices here.

    The first is the Remington 870 12ga. with the extended mag tube.
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    Advantages.
    The rack of the slide is a universal sound that will strike fear into the hearts of the most hardened criminal
    Will stop anything.
    Shot will not go through your walls and the neighbors.
    Does not need to be aimed precisely.

    Disadvantages.
    Slow to reload.
    Clumsy to turn with, and if in a hall the gun will not be pointing where you are looking if you do have to turn.
    Requires two hands

    Next up is the Glock 19 9mm.

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    Advantages.
    Idiot proof.
    Holds enough rounds to stop anyone.
    Fast reload.

    Disadvantages.
    Need to aim.
    Bullet will carry a bit.
    Not terribly accurate.
    No safety.

    Now experience has taught me the 870 works just fine when it comes to stopping a burglar, or in my case 4 that were breaking into a trailer. Plus I am comfortable with shotguns. My coworker swears by the 9mm.

    Dear readers, any thoughts?
     
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    Sir Thaddeus Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    Ninja stars and nun-chucks.
     
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  3. Think for myself

    Think for myself Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    Yeah, why not lollipops and puppy kisses?

    Sorry, but I will fling lead while you watch reruns of Kung Fu.
     
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    Hjalmar Thorsson Banned

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    870 all the way, especially since most home invasions happen at night. I'd rather have the weapon that is more forgiving when it comes to aim. Packs plenty of punch too.
     
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    gamewell45 Well-Known Member Donor

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    Finally, someone with some common sense.:-D
     
  7. Kranes56

    Kranes56 Well-Known Member

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    It's not really that hard. Chances are it's not some burglar trying to swipe something. It's somebody who's already figured out what they're going to do. Unless what they're after is in your room, you're safe. They'll go in and get out.
     
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    Hjalmar Thorsson Banned

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    That's for squares. How can you encourage intruders when you have a "Protected By Broadview" sign in front of your house?
     
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    Kranes56 Well-Known Member

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    Say you'll give them a free puppy?
     
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    old timer New Member Past Donor

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    For me it is a mossberg 5500 semi automatic with a pistol grip and 18 1/4 inch barrel loaded with 3 inch magnum deer slugs. Guaranted to to stop anything that it hits and yes it will go through walls. If you are in my house and looking down that barrel it is already to late for you.
     
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    I have a house alarm and an english Mastiff and a Glock 27 40 cal and a Taurus 45 cal and a Walther .380 also know as a german 9 mil also a husky


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    Jedimiller in a star wars speedo standing in my front lawn!! There is no way anyone is coming near my house with that defense mechanism in place!!
     
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    Didn't realize you had a swimming pool in your front lawn.
     
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    I know that this isn't on your list but it is a nice somewhere in between. Taurus 'The Judge'
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNFJuTUXB4o&feature=player_embedded#at=102
    A revolver that can fire .45 or 4-10 ammunition. Perfect for the home, the car, and the street.




    (For the record: I do not own one of these guns and I have never fired one before. Actually, I'm too young to own a weapon)
     
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    Makedde New Member Past Donor

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    Best home defense weapon?

    A decent security system is all you need, and locks on your doors and windows. No gun is necessary.
     
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    Depends on where you live
     
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    Shotgun. No need to aim.
     
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    Makedde New Member Past Donor

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    Are the criminals in certain states able to bypass a high tech security system?
     
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    When you're 'been there and done that', you'd be whistling a different tune about 'no gun is necessary'........
     
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    The answer is yes when there are too many criminals and not enough police.
     
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    I agree...shotgun all the way. I have other guns as well...but for home defense I go with my semi auto remington 1100 and have never had any issues.

    PS...I also have a 95lb pit bull as well. He even scares away the people I want to come over. :)
     
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    Shotgun all the way. Reload time is irrevelant, because once someone hears that distinct sound of a shotgun shell being chambered, they are heading for the hills.
     
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    Any scatter gun will be a better choice than a pistol. More control, broader target range.

    It's not easy to maintain control in the face of a threat. Adrenaline surges, heart races, hands shake. The shotgun is the best bet, by far.
     
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    I can understand the guns, but I prefer a Big Dog or two (because they make good alarms and can even stop them in their tracks) and a baseball bat. Of course, a little dog could be a good alarm to (loud bark), but they're not going to be intimidating, let alone stop them dead in their tracks or rip them a new one.
     
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    Playing the devil's advocate here...

    Individuals in possession of a gun at the time of an assault are 4.46 times
    more likely to be shot in the assault than persons not in possession....
    also statisically most guns inflict injuries on the owners and their families
    rather than an intruder.

    Of the 30,000 homicides by firearm in an average year, 16,000 are suicide by firearm...

    According to the numbers...you have more to fear from yourself than an intruder...

    Now having said that, I'm not an advocate of gun control or anything like that,
    just that numbers tell a different story sometimes.
     

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