Here we go again... another post asking for home defense weaponry and the AK and assault rifle nuts come out of the woodwork.
For home defense, you really have two choices - a short-barrel shotgun in a 12 guage (sawed-offs are illegal!) or a hand-gun. Assault rifles are a.)
too long b.) over-penetrate and c.) are too costly.
For a shotgun, recoil may be concern for women. Knoxx makes some excellent recoil suppressors from the spec-ops to the cop-stock. For under $400
Mossberg makes an incredible shotgun. I have the 590A - which is exactly the same gun issued the Marines for house-to-house and CQB. IT featues a 20
inch barrell and can hold an ample number of shells. I have outfitted mine with the Spec-ops and a Hogue forend. I would scrap the whole notion of
putting a light on it. First, why constantly broadcast your position to an intruder and besides, who needs the extra weight?
A shotgun can also serve as an exellent weapon in the event of law and order breakdown. There is nothing more intimidating than staring fdown the
bore of a 12 guage shotgun!
For handguns, I always recommend Sig Sauer. Their motto is "To hell and back reliability!" That is why the DHS, FBI, NSA, CIA, Coast Guard, SEALS,
US Marshalls and countless law enforcement choose this as their weapon of choice. I'll get into models in a sec, but let's talk about rounds...
For personal defense I'd go with a .40 caliber. More specifically, I'd go with Federal Hydro-shocks. A .40 caliber, according to ballistics tests,
has almost all of the kinetic stopping power of a .45. BUT it features a faster muzzle velocity for accuracy and is easier to handle than a .45.
A .45 has too much recoil and will require much more effort on recovery and retargeting. The converse would be the 9mm. Problem with the 9mm is that
due to it's smaller projectile and super-high muzzle velocity it has the tendency to over-penetrate, placing family members or neighbors at risk.
Also, the 9mm is likely to pass directly through an intruder leaving him standing for long enough for him to squeeze off a few rounds if he's
The .357 is also a good round, but extremely inefficient. While it fetures great stopping power, it is largely inaccurate and has many of the same
recoil problems found in the .45. If a .40 is too much for the wife to handle, you might try the .38.
In a handgun, you have two choices - semi-auto or revolver. This is a preference issue as most of the high-end manufacturers have ironed out jamming
issues. Sig and Glock being, in my opinion, the most reliable.
Now for models... I have a couple of Sigs all chambered in the .40cal. For the wife and simple HD, I would reccomend the P239. It features a
smaller chasis and a single stack magazine which makes the grip smaller and thinner - perfect for smaller hands. This also makes for an outstanding
CCW weapon should you be lucky enough to live in a state that allows it. I also have the P226 and the P229. These are full-sized chassis with an
alternating magazine which allows for more ammo capacity. These are larger and heavier and will require more time for target acquisition but are more
accurate due to a longer barrel. Any pistol you choose should have nite-sights for target acquisition in the dark.
Finally, I selected Sig because they make their handguns with a Double-action/single-action trigger. What does that mean??? It means the gun has no
safety which is a good thing! Fully-cocked it only takes about 4 pounds of pressure to pull the trigger. However with the hammer decocked it takes
about 10 pounds of pressure to pull the trigger. Either way, it's point and pull! Why is this good? Well, under pressure I cannot count the times
I have heard stories about people forgetting to turn off the safety, not be able to find the safety or the safety being jammed in the on position. A
safety isn't really "safe." Children can still release a safety a fire a loaded gun. Smart gun owners have either a trigger lock or a gun safe -
Now, put your ego on the shelf for a minute. You don't need laser sights, tactical lights, speed loaders, CQB slings, vented barrels or any other
type of decoration. This IS a utility weapon, not an SUV! That junk simply gets in the way and confuses the user. Keep it simple.
Lastly, DO NOT PURCHASE A GUN for home or self defense if you feel that you could not use it if the need arose. It's really easy to say, when you
are safe and sound and NOT faced with the decision, that "Yeah, I could kill an intruder!" Disaster strikes when you are in a real-life situation
and you realize you can't do it. It's too late then. You have a gun that is probably going to be used against you or the armed intruder freaks
that your armed and fills you with holes!
If you do purchase a weapon, enroll in a safe handling course immediately and spend time with an instructor at the range. Become comfortable and
familiar with your weapon. Understand how it works, how to clean it and maintain it. Be familiar with it's shooting characteristics such as recoil
and accuracy. And also important is to know the laws in your state for safe transport and storage. "I didn't know" is not a defense the police
are willing to accept when it comes to firearms.
Good luck with your decision and I hope my post was helpful.