Home Defense

Discussion in 'Self Defense Tactics & Weapons' started by Tony22-250, Apr 28, 2009.

Which one would you pick and why?

Poll closed May 6, 2009.
  1. AR-15

    6 vote(s)
  2. Benelli M4

    11 vote(s)
  3. H&K USP .45 ACP

    10 vote(s)
  4. S&W .357 Model 686

    7 vote(s)
  1. Tony22-250

    Tony22-250 New Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    Snellville, GA
    In a hypothetical situation you up stairs in your house at night and you hear some one or multiple people break in to your house. you open your gun safe and inside you have a choice of these firearms.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2009
  2. Tony22-250

    Tony22-250 New Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    Snellville, GA
    I personally have to say nothing says stop like 30 rounds of 5.56!

  3. oscarmayer

    oscarmayer New Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    ok well first off i wouldnt even consider the AR and if i was to let loose with 30 rounds to kill off a couple or even 3 bg's i suspect i'd end up in jail 30 rds is over kill. besides any missed shots would kill the neighbors ? i'd pick the 45 only because less muzzle flash than a 357 and better suited for close quarters
  4. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    My first choice would not be any of the four listed above, but since you limited me to these four choices I had to vote for the .45, also for the same reasons. My .45 is on the night stand right now, with a 20 round mag in it, about a foot away from my shorty 12ga.
  5. Haligan

    Haligan Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2008
    FEMA Region II
    Inside the house, shotgun. Loaded with good turkey load.
  6. Same here. I also have a couple of #4 buck rounds in the butt stock loops just in case.

    The plan at my house (at least the old house) is that I grab the shotgun, load it and cover the stairway while my wife gathers the kids into the walk in closet (which could be a real chore since they are such sound sleepers) and calls 911. She locks the three of them in the closet, covers the door with a .38 and I make sure said bad guys are contained or otherwise dealt with while the cavalry is on the way.

    One thing I decided early on is to avoid going down the stairs if at all possible. They are way to open and exposed, so, until the police arrive, I'm not going down and for sure no one is coming up. At least not without staining the carpet...
  7. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    I have a 5 shot .357 Magnum sittling on the nightstand. I have it chambered with .38 HydroShock rounds. The AR might be too much and I think that the .38 JHP minimizes wall penetrations.

    My Kimber .45 would be my second choice.
  8. pawn

    pawn Active Member

    Jan 31, 2007
    Crossville, TN
    +1 for shotguns
  9. PPK 32

    PPK 32 Active Member

    Apr 15, 2008
    Frickin, Illinois
    I have a 686 but chose the .45. Reason is my concern about that bullet going too far, if I used the 357, I would have it loaded with .38s. I'd rather be using a .45 if I can't use the magnum rounds, houses are too cheap and too close together. Want the bad guy gone but not neighbors.
  10. Tony22-250

    Tony22-250 New Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    Snellville, GA
    OK so what would you use???
  11. Ursus

    Ursus Active Member

    Indoors, the shotgun
  12. CampingJosh

    CampingJosh Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2007
  13. SigSauer 226 DAK; the 229 is nice too, for those with more delicate hands.

    Long guns = hard to move around door frames, cabinetry, appliances, or on the floor, especially when you want to do it quietly. Shotguns have too much recoil, and you do have to aim, not just sort of point in the right direction, especially at close range. Chambering a round makes a loud noise, such that bad guy is going to find cover and start shooting in your direction.

    I'm a big fan of revolvers, but a reliable semiauto holds three times as much ammo and is easier to reload.

    9mm makes a lot less flash/bang/recoil than .357's.

    "Heavy is good; heavy is reliable. And if it does not work, you can hit him with it."

    Oh, and get a dog or other alarm mechanism so you won't wake up looking down the barrel of your own gun.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2009
  14. Tony22-250

    Tony22-250 New Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    Snellville, GA
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