posted on Dec, 9 2015 @ 01:49 AM
Have read the responses so far (some great, some not so much).
My 2 cents: Ultimately your choice(s) in weapon selection needs to come down to what works best in YOUR hands.
Some considerations must include not only the 'feel' of the gun, but accuracy (in YOUR hands, not someone else's comment); ease of readying the weapon
to fire (in the dark, scared s***less, and half awake, etc.
I totally agree with multiple posters that you need to test as many firearms as possible, with multiple calibers if available in each weapon. Remember
- bullet size is less critical than accurate placement, and if you are anticipating (flinching) from "too much gun", a cannon won't help if you miss
Formal training is essential for safety's sake, but after that, the most important thing you can do is practice, practice and then practice some more.
Learn not only how to consistently fire the weapon, but how to quickly load/reload. If you decide on a semi-auto, learn how to clear a jam, misfire,
etc. Practice with 'dummy loads' (non-firing rounds that are readily available.
SA vs. revolver: pros and cons to each, and should be personal preference.
Full size vs. compact: if you are not going to carry concealed, then I would choose bigger - the more distance between front and rear sights, the
easier it is to aim accurately. (Before I get yelled at by the other 'pros' on the site, remember - these are novices, and not relying on more
advanced targeting techniques).
As far as caliber and bullet selection, the debate has been going on since the days of flintlocks/percussion guns, but my opinions: from your
description of your location, you are not near other houses, so if a round exits the home, there may be less danger of inadvertent collateral
That being said, the ultimate goal is to stop the threat as quickly, efficiently, and as safely as possible. Unfortunately, theoretically, the best
way is to kill the attacker (Please, no legal arguments.).
With that, the most effective single projectile option is a hollow point bullet, with several styles available from various manufacturers, often
labeled for home defense, self defense, etc. Most of these are designed to either expand or fragment, in order to transfer as much energy as possible
to the target, causing massive tissue damage, preferribly without exiting the target.
Without getting too long winded (and before I nod off - it's 2 AM here) I have multiple HGs in my 'collection', and would feel very confident
defending my home and family with most of tehm. But for the novice looking for a versatile weapon for home defense, I would recommend that you and
your wife take a serious look at the Judge by Taurus, with a 'personal defense' load (PDX) consisting of 3 disc projectiles followed by 12 "BB"
My wife's is loaded within easy reach as follows:
1st round is a .410 shotgun round with #12 shot that delivers a cloud of lead at 10-20 ft range. Reason for this: if you aim close to the attacker's
face, you will cause massive non lethal injury, including probable blindness, temporary deafness (.410 rounds in a short barrel gun is LOUD), severe
pain, and severe bleeding from up to hundreds of tiny puncture wounds.
2nd and 3rd rounds: PDX rounds or .410 with 3-0 buckshot, providing good penetration, decent internal damage, and a pattern of multiple projectiles in
case aim is slightly off.
4th and 5th rounds: .45 Colt semi wadcutter hollow points, if the intruder persists on continuing his advance.
My favorite at bedside is a full size Kimber 1911 loaded with 230 grain fragmenting hollowpoints.
Notice that I stated the weapons are loaded - trying to locate, load and use an unloaded weapon in a crisis situation is nearly impossible otherwise.
Your state/local laws may impose restrictions on storage, locking of the weapon, mag. capacity, etc. , so be sure to check up on the regs.
Remember though, weapon/bullet selection is ultimately your choice, based on a myriad of factors, so find the weapon(s) that fit your needs best in
your situation, practice, practice, practice, and above all be safe.