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View Poll Results: Which, in your opinion, is best for home defense?
Carbine 6 10.71%
Shotgun 26 46.43%
handgun 18 32.14%
Other (Explain) 6 10.71%
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Old October 15, 2008, 05:23 PM   #1
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Which in your opinion is best for home-defense?

Which in your opinion is best for home-defense?
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Old October 15, 2008, 06:29 PM   #2
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To my way of thinking, the best gun for home defense is (drumroll please) ... the gun you can get to in a hurry and use efficiently.

Whether or not that's a shotgun, a rifle, or a handgun depends entirely upon you and your own unique circumstances. For me, it's a handgun, and you can find the long-winded reasons at this link:

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Old October 15, 2008, 07:31 PM   #3
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I selected the Carbine.

My definition of a "carbine" is a repeating rifle with a 16-18" barrel that fires a light to medium caliber cartridge. Something light and quick handling. e.g. M1 Carbine, bullpup semiauto, a short lever action carbine, etc.

The carbine usually has sufficient power to handle CQB chores. Its light weight makes it easier to hold and the shorter size means it's easier to wield in smaller spaces.

The carbine, even in a pistol caliber, will increase velocity and hitting power. With a rifle cartridge, the power is greatly increased.

A shotgun offers a good compromise between power and hitting ability. The larger zone of contact favors the shotgun user, but if too many pellets miss it's not as effective.
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Old October 15, 2008, 07:52 PM   #4
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I voted "Other." None are best, each has their role and place. Each is different, and knowing how to recognize and utilize that difference to your advantage is the key. Your level of training will impact the issue, along with a host of other factors. No best, just different.
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Old October 15, 2008, 08:30 PM   #5
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I like the idea of my 870 throwing 10 pellets of 000 buck at one time. By the time it's empty, it has shot 70 pellets that are a little bit bigger in diameter than a 9mm bullet. 105 pellets of 00 buck

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Old October 15, 2008, 08:58 PM   #6
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I have to agree with pax on this.
The gun you have closest at hand and that you are the best with.
I love my old Winchester 1300 defender, but I have my P90 well with in reach at all times.
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Old October 15, 2008, 09:02 PM   #7
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How about doing a combo,that way if you lose your shotgun then you still have an option,other than talking your way out of a jam.If you can clip the rig and grab the shotgun,if not then grab the handgun.

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Old October 15, 2008, 09:56 PM   #8
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The answer is:

whatever hit the hand first! (aka: all of the above)
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Old October 16, 2008, 10:25 AM   #9
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Your mind and a plan. Any of the guns would work. So have them all and train and practice with them. Pax's work is a good starting point.
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Old October 16, 2008, 11:13 AM   #10
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I too voted other. I have the gun(s) beside the bed so I can get to the shotgun or rifle if necessary.
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Old October 16, 2008, 11:29 AM   #11
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A shotgun or rifle takes both hands to use. It's also cumbersome in tight quarters and doesn't hold as many rounds as a handgun. Yea, a shotgun is a lot of firepower and the BG is supposed to faint dead away at the sound of a pump being racked - but it takes time and room to bring into play and takes room to properly store.
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Old October 16, 2008, 12:22 PM   #12
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A shotgun or rifle takes both hands to use. It's also cumbersome in tight quarters and doesn't hold as many rounds as a handgun.
Now that depends on which shotgun and carbine you're talking about, doesnt it? My AR carbine holds a hell of a lot more rounds than my Sig 226...and my Mossberg 590A1 hold far more rounds than any of my revolvers and just as many as my single stack 1911.

Like has been said a bazillion times before, I will use my pistol to fight my way to my rifle or shotgun. Preferably my carbine. And carbines being cumbersome in tight quarters is untrue. Unless by "tight quarters" you meant a phone booth or a jam-packed subway train!

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Old October 16, 2008, 08:03 PM   #13
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My prefered home defense weapon is a short barreled pump shotgun loaded with birdshot. Don't laugh. A close range hit (15-20 feet) to the head or torso is pretty dang nasty ( I have seen several pictures :barf: ) and the birdshot also has a minimal chance of penetrating thru walls and/or the perp.
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Old October 16, 2008, 08:30 PM   #14
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M1 carbine

short... fast... low penetration.
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Old October 16, 2008, 09:15 PM   #15
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I have a handgun and a shotgun next to me when I sleep. I always laugh when people talk about "racking" their shotgun to scare people away. If a BG is in my house he will be lucky to hear the "click" from the safety of my 870. My house is small, and giving away my position to a possibly armed intruder isn't a smart idea to me.
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Shotgun primary, handgun in a belt rig as a backup.
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shotgun, loaded with No.1 buck
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Old October 21, 2008, 07:59 PM   #18
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"Which in your opinion is best for home-defense?"

For most? The shotgun.
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Old October 21, 2008, 10:58 PM   #19
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Best for me and my house is the handgun. In .45 ACP flavor, please.
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Old October 22, 2008, 10:49 AM   #20
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IMO the one you can get to.
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Old October 22, 2008, 11:27 AM   #21
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which ever is closest. one mind, any weapon
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Old October 22, 2008, 11:54 AM   #22
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12 gauge with very short barrel, i also like my ak47 loaded with a 30 round mag , but i like the shotgun with 00 buckshot, more area with fewer shots
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Old October 22, 2008, 01:41 PM   #23
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My HD weapon, . . . the one I am carrying today. On this day, it is my Besa Thunder .380, . . . but normally is a 1911 in .45ACP.

Why the handgun? HD encompasses so many scenarios, . . . and many do not lend themselves well to a shotty or even a carbine (try answering your front door with an 870 in hand, . . . and the visitor not thinking you are somewhat spacey).

HD does not always offer one the time to pick and choose the time and/or place in the house when the "attack" will come, . . . necessitating a weapon that can be accessed quickly and deliberately, . . . and put into action on a short moments notice.

HD also often requires the homeowner to be very careful of the weapon employed, . . . as rounds streaming through exterior walls or windows will land somewhere, . . . and in your neighbor's house is not the desired place for them to quit their flight, . . . much less in an innocent bystander outside your house. Most handgun rounds will also be more likely to stay inside the building than rifle rounds or slugs.

Finally, . . . there is never very much in the average house that will fully provide "cover" for any bg in your house, other than a full refrigerator, freezer, or some wood stoves. There really is no need for the extra penetration given for the rifle or hopped up shotty.


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