Home Defense: Pistol vs Shotgun

When it comes to home defense there is an argument to be made about what firearm is best equipped to defend your home. For someone who does not practice marksmanship on a regular basis or there is a concern with crossfire or rounds going through walls I would recommend a shotgun with birdshot. First, you don’t have to be a good shot to hit your target. Second, it will take the intruder down. Third, there is less of a concern with collateral damage because the rounds don’t have the power to blow through walls as much as a shotgun slug round or your typical pistol rounds such as .45 or 9mm. For someone who is experienced with shooting and has a law enforcement or military background, I would recommend a pistol. First, it’s easily concealed and more accessible than a shotgun. Second, it can have more stopping power than a handgun depending on the type of round you are using. Third, it can hold a lot more rounds than a shotgun and you don’t have to worry about reloading in most cases.

As with any decision in defending your home start with a bird’s eye view and than start working your way through the details. I am not telling you which one is better suited for you but merely making a recommendation. Ask yourself where are they most likely to enter? What bedrooms they would come upon first? How fast is your reaction time and law enforcements reaction time? Once you answered these questions as well as questions that you thought through on your own make an educated decision.

A step by step guide in defending your home

Here is a simple guide on how to think about defending home. Reinforce: how hard is your home to get into? Is there a reliable alarm system? Is it lit up at night so you can see how out but a burglar has a hard time seeing in? Are your doors and windows locked and reinforced? Do you have enough time from initial contact to call the cops and get in a defensive posture? Defense: do you have the tools necessary to defend your home assuming a burglar is already in the house such as a gun, baseball bat, or knife? Is there a standard practice you and your family have in place in this situation such as kids go into closets and adults call for help and defend the home? Assault: How well are you able to assault through the enemy? If you are properly prepared it is sometimes necessary to show extreme violence in order to stop the threat. Always assume there is more than one threat in the house and take the necessary precautions to clear the inside and outside of your home before you assume it is over with. Withdrawal: If none of these other steps work it might be necessary to have a plan to barricade or evacuate. In this case, do you have the tools necessary to reinforce a room inside your house or escape through a window or door? It always helps to look through the lens of a burglar and exploit any weaknesses in your home. Roleplay with your family to determine any weaknesses and think of corrective actions. This should be done enough times until your family knows exactly what to do without being told.