How to Choose a Gun for Home Defense

Shotguns Aren’t Just for Hunting

By Lee Bellinger

Look, I know that many people are uncomfortable in the presence of guns, often even supporters of the Second Amendment. If this describes you to any degree, then read this story carefully because I honestly think it has information of direct importance to you.

One of my favorite sayings these days is, “A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone!

Of course, families with children have legitimate concerns about the dangers of having accessible loaded firearms in the house. But even an unloaded gun is better than no gun, as a recent attempted burglary reported by The Blaze illustrates:

When Randy Magdeleno arrived home Wednesday morning, he found three burglary suspects running around his Houston home. It was a terrifying situation, he said, but thankfully he had his gun to protect him.

The problem was, the .22LR bolt-action rifle was unloaded. But the burglars didn’t know that.…

While he had all three suspects detained at gunpoint, he speed dialed his wife and told her to call 911. Police arrived minutes later and took the three juveniles into custody.”

Ideally, of course, you’ll want to be able to back up the apparent threat of force represented by a gun with the ability to deliver actual firepower, if necessary.

Oldest Non-Learned Story in America:

More Guns, Less Crime

Guns are essential components of home security because with proper self education they can put you on equal footing with thugs and other miscreants who might invade your castle.

It’s as simple as this, well-armed communities tend to experience less crime. Researcher John Lott recently schooled CNN anti-gun zealot Piers Morgan on live television with the actual data: “Do you know that 78 percent of the counties in the United States have zero murders in any given year? And that 3 percent of the counties account for over 70 percent of the murders? Where do you think the gun ownership is heaviest? The gun ownership is heaviest in those 78 percent of counties that have zero murders.”

With all the high-level assaults on gun rights going on right now, all it might take is another major incident to end our Second Amendment rights forever.

So you may want to consider getting a shotgun now. A shotgun offers the shooter significant advantages. These advantages include: ease of use, sheer stopping power, affordability, relative lack of government regulation, and even the ability to win the fight without a single shot being fired.

Shotguns Are Effective Weapons with Minimal Regulation for Now

No single gun is ideal for everyone’s needs. Every firearm has its own set of benefits and limitations to be weighed. But considering that most home firefights will be played out at very close range, typically down a hall or across a room, shotguns take first place on my list of home defense options.

Shotguns have been the mainstay of home defense for three hundred years. Shotguns come in either single-or double-barrel variants. Double-barreled shotguns have two triggers, one for each barrel. Side-by-side barrels are the most common, while the “over-and-under” variant has one barrel stacked upon another. If you’ve heard the term “give it to him with both barrels,” now you know where that comes from.

You Don’t Have to Be a Good Shot when It Comes to Shotguns

Shotguns provide devastating stopping power, especially in close-quarter defensive situations. Or when you need to get the attention of a mob outside your house without hurting anyone.

One 12-gauge shotgun shell can discharge nine .33caliber pellets with a single trigger pull. Considering that a 9mm handgun fires just a single bullet of nearly the same caliber at slower velocities, you would have to aim and fire nine separate times with your handgun and still not have the same stopping power. Plus you’d be giving your adversary extra time to advance on you and take you down.

Another unique benefit inherent to a shotgun is the wide variety of ammunition it can use. Shotgun ammo comes as shot (multiple projectiles per shell) or slugs (one projectile per shell). A typical self-defense load of buckshot contains 8 to 27 large lead pellets, resulting in either a tight or wide spread pattern based upon the range to the target. Shotgun pellets are less likely to penetrate walls and strike innocent bystanders.

One downside of a shotgun is the recoil. A variety of factors weigh into the amount of kick a shotgun unleashes. First there is the bore size, followed by the load. If the recoil is a concern, consider using a 20-gauge instead of a 12-gauge. Additionally, semi-automatic shotguns help reduce the recoil but come with higher price tags. No matter which one you choose, be sure to get plenty of practice at the gun range so you’ll be able to comfortably handle your shotgun when your life may be on the line.

There are two schools of thought regarding what type of shotgun ammo is best for personal defense. Many shotgun enthusiasts believe 00 buckshot loads are the most effective because of their high impact and lethality. The other school of thought is going with a less penetrating load with a wider spread, such as #4 load with 27 buckshot pellets designed for inflicting a maximum wound at close range without over-penetration.

Remember the Rules of Engagement

Simply calling out “I have a gun!”and racking a round into your shotgun may be enough to scare off many intruders. If you find yourself in this unwanted position, you will be thankful that you had the foresight to add a shotgun to your home defense arsenal.