The debate over which firearm is best for self-defense has been raging for as long as firearms have been in existence. A quick Google search will bring up literally millions of thoughts, arguments, opinions, and rants on what, at first glance, looks like a simple question.
Over the next several weeks I will post a series of articles following my own research, about which firearms are right for which situations. I will try to sort out the good advice from the bad advice and the opinions from the facts.
Location, Location, Location!
In part one I’ll look at the biggest factor affecting the type of firearm you choose, where you live. A person living in a rural area will have entirely different concerns and needs than those of someone who lives in an apartment complex. I’ll also take a look at how the laws in your state may limit what kinds of firearms you can legally own.
The Great Debate: Long Guns vs. Handguns
In part two I will elaborate on each firearm’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as other things you’ll need to know about each for a tactical home defense situation. A firearm’s range, penetration, ability to be concealed, accessibility, and power are all of different importance depending on your needs, and you’ll find that you often have to trade a little of one for another.
Spinnin’ Right “Round”
No matter which gun you choose for home defense, the ammo you put in it will greatly affect its functionality. In part three of this series I will discuss the different calibers and types of rounds in layman’s terms so you can easily understand the pros and cons of each.
What Level are You?
In part four I’ll talk about how your current experience and skill level, as well as the amount of time you put into practicing and training with your firearm, will greatly influence which kind of firearm you’ll need and what features you’ll want to have available in a tactical home defense situation.
In part five I’ll discuss how the other members living in your household, their ages, and your home’s layout will also affect your choice. I also stress the importance of having a “break-in drill,” and I will outline the things you need to consider to make sure you are thoroughly prepared in the event that you need to confront an intruder.
My Opinionated Opinion
In the final article of “The Woman’s Guide to Home Defense Firearms” I will bring together all of these factors and tell you what I think will work best for me and why, as well as any other insights I gain from my research.
I hope you enjoy this series and that it helps you make an informed decision about what kind of firearm you choose to protect yourself, your home, and your family.