Re: Help me chose a self/home defence gun
just to throw some food for thought out there on the subject of penetration, a .24" pellet (or 27 of them) moving at 1350 fps will penetrate less than a 115gn 9mm will at 1350 fps. smaller buckshot is about as good as it gets, it's devastation comes from the sheer volume of projectiles, not the velocity so much. most pistol calibers deliver around 300 foot pounds where many shotgun loads come in around 2-3000 ft lbs.
about 80% of all people shot with a handgun survive, something to think about.
.45 ACP would be an ideal cartridge as it will not penetrate very much but has considerable power still. big and slow.
"Loud noises don't end gunfights.... well placed shots do."