There has been some discussion in my home about what the best weapon to have immediate access to - in order to immediately immobilize an assailant that is within 10 feet of someone in my family. I proposed that my .45ACP pistol would be the best choice, but I'm not sure. I have access to a .45 in a secure but accessible place and a .357 revolver (likewise) as well as a .22 auto hidden/secure as a last resort. I own several shotguns, but can't get to them readily. I'm sure some of you can help me out on this. My guns are in good working order, I practice quick access scenarios, and know how to use the guns. How much gun? Auto or revolver? Hollow points or ball? Any tips will be appreciated. I'm talking "stop dead in tracks" from a charging criminal intent on hurting me or my wife! I've taken combat courses in the Navy (my instructor chiefs swore by our 1911's) but that was a long time ago.