Choosing the right type of gun, whether its a pistol, rifle, or shotgun, for use in home security protection.

When it comes to defending your home, one of the most controversial issues is the debate about owning and using a gun and deadly force to defend yourself, family and property. The Second Amendment in our American Constitution gives us citizens the right to bear arms. In your home you are allowed to own and use a firearm to protect yourself and your family against direct threats. For the most part, anybody can own a firearm, but there are a few exceptions:

  • Convicted felons
  • Illegal immigrants
  • Those living on a school’s campus (depends on the school’s policy)
  • Those living in a rented place (apartment, house, room — depends on the landlord’s rules)

Education and safety is critical when using any weapon of any kind, especially for a loaded gun!

If you’ve never owned or used a gun before, the best thing to do is head down to your local gun shop / firing range and speak with some of the owners or instructors on scene. The instructors can give you some good tips and pointers, and they’ll even help you learn how to aim, shoot and reload properly. If nobody at the shop or range can help you, then you’ll want to attend a private class or seminar about firearms. Most shops should have information about those classes, or if need be you could always ask for information at your local police station. Most police officers want the general public to know how to handle and operate a firearm safely and lawfully.

In general, the most important safety tips are to:

  1. Properly educate everybody in your household on how to hold and use a gun.
  2. Never point the gun at somebody or something unless you’re prepared to pull the trigger.

Before acquiring a firearm, you’ll want to check with your local laws to see if there are any special restrictions or procedures to owning a firearm. If you’re serious about protecting yourself while out of the house, you may want to seek a Concealed Carry Permit for your state or county.

There are three main types of firearms available to the general public today: handguns, shotguns and rifles. Each of them have their strengths and weaknesses. Knowing about them will help you decide which one is best for protecting your family and home.

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The rifle is one of the oldest forms of firearms in the world. Varations of the rifle can be traced back to the mid to late 1400s. In defending your family and property, the rifle is an incredibly powerful weapon for its firepower and range. This is ideal for ranch owners and other people with wide open spaces.

The size of the weapon is a distinct disadvantage indoors when it comes to going around corners and making quick turns to target the enemy. Because of it’s size and durability, the rifle makes for an effective club for indoor situations. Just swing the butt end of the rifle hard and fast, and the intruder will be in a world of pain.

The other disadvantage with the rifle is that it requires precision aiming, especially for shooting long distances. Unless the intruder is a few feet away, chances are good that depending on your skill and experience, you will miss the target when you fire the weapon.

In conclusion, the rifle is an excellent choice for those defending very large homes and large pieces of land. The rifle is poor for most indoor shooting, but works moderately well as an expensive club.


It can be argued that the shotgun is one of the best weapons you’ll ever use for defending your home. Developed in the late 1700s and first recorded use in 1776, the shotgun is handled similar to a rifle. The main differences are that the gun barrels are shorter, and instead of firing one projectile, multiple ones are fired at once. As a result the shot is spread out one it leaves the end of the barrel and spreads out into a fan pattern in mid-air. The further away from the shooter, the further apart the shot is from each other, and therefore the less damage that the shot will do to the enemy.

The advantages to the shotgun are the power, durability and effectiveness of the weapon. At close range the power of the shotgun is devestating. One close hit on the intruder and you won’t have to worry about pulling the trigger a second time. Using a shotgun requires little aiming, and you can creep around corners and quickly spin around, fire, and hit your target. As long as you’re pointing in the right general direction at least some of the shot will hit the intruder. It’s quick and easy to stop the threat against you and your family.

The shotgun also has two good nonlethal uses. First, the weapon looks very imtimidating. This is an excellent crime deterrent. An intruder looking down the barrel of a shotgun will heavily reconsider continuing with the crime. Second, as a last resort, the shotgun can also be used as a club. The relative lighter weight and small size than a rifle allow you to swing it faster and more arrurate than a rifle. The strike will be just as effictive as it would with a rifle.

The major downside to the shotgun is that you may extensively damage your home in a firefight. Unless the intruder catches most of the shot, chances are good that the remaining shot will start to tear apart your walls, doors, furniture etc. You’ll definitely want to aim carefully and fire as few rounds as possible with the shotgun.

In conclusion, the shotgun is an excellent choice for anybody serious about defending their home. It has a short to medium range capability that can easily work well anywhere from inside a small apartment to a large home


If you’re looking for a firearm that is small, easy to carry on you, and able to be used with one hand, then the pistol may be for you. When considering a handgun, the two main choices are going to be between a revolver and a semi-automatic pistol.

Revolvers are very reliable, rarely jam or have other mechanical issues, but only on average carry between six and eight rounds at one time. Some variations can carry ten or more rounds, but those aren’t that common. The major downside to revolvers is that it’s a very slow reloading process. Make sure to either have a backup weapon or the the intruder is down after firing your rounds, because you most likely won’t be around to finish reloading and fire again.

The semi-automatic pistol is a very common choice for gun owners and most professionals who carry on at work. The pistol usually carries between twelve and fifteen rounds at a time in a clip, and by having previously loaded clips you can quickly reload the pistol at any time. The main problem with the pistol is that it needs to be constantly cleaned, or chances are likely it’ll jam when ejecting a spent round, or when loading a new one.

In general, handguns come in all shapes and sizes. There are units small enough to be easily concealed in your waistline, and handguns powerful enough to take off a person’s leg. It only takes one hand to operate a hundgun, though most people use both hands to help keep the pistol steady when aiming. Just like when using a rifle, a handgun requires careful aiming to hit the intruder. Wild shots will easily miss the person.

The greatest advantage is that a handgun can be used effectively in very tight places. Hallways, closets and even inside cars are no problem for using a handgun to stop the threat. The hardness and solid construction also make the weapon semi-effective as a club if needed.

In conclusion, if you can aim properly, the handgun is a great choice for defending your home. Don’t count on accurately shooting long distances, but for use inside a small to medium size home or apartment is perfect for this weapon.

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