posted on Sep, 6 2006 @ 03:11 PM
Please allow me, as certified instructor, to dispell several myths. First of all, the sound of a shotgun "racking" will NOT deter an armed
intruder. In fact, it is likely to make said intruder a bit trigger happy and cause him to begin firing randomly about in an attempt to hit you or
deter your action against him - putting your entire family and neighbors at risk. Ergo, it is imperative that one understands that owning a gun for
protection, and moreover, brandishing it against someone as a means of protection, requires that you have the proper mindset to use it! Period.
Drawing a weapon as a means of deterrance is stupid and will likely lead to you getting shot or possibly killed.
Secondly, over-penetration is over-used and over-stated. ANY firearm projectile has the ballistic tendency to over-penetrate given the right
circumstances. Frangible rounds certainly help to eliminate the problem, but they may also over-penetrate. The number one way to overcome the danger
of over-pentration is to ALWAYS know what is immediately behind your target, making over-penetration less of a concern. Never fire a weapon without
knowing what is behind your intended target - unless life and limb are in immediate danger. In that case, the risk may be worth it.
The second most effective way to handle this issue is to NOT purchase weapons or rounds that are excessive to your circumstances. You hear about all
of these people buying .44, .45, .357 etc... WHY? Hunting Elephants and gorillas I guess! Also understand the ballistic characteristics of the
rounds you are purchasing. Example: 9mm is a small, high velocity round making it likely to over-penetrate whereas a .40 is slightly larger and
packs less grains so it would be less liekly to over-penetrate the same target. For handguns, your best self-defence weapons are your standard .38
revolver for beginners or more advanced .40 or 10mm semi-automatics for seasoned shooters. Plenty of takedown power yet still very accurate. Again
frangible rounds, hollow-points, low-grain practice rounds may also help you to adjust to your shooting circumstances.
Specifically, when discussing shotguns as home defence weapons, several things need to be considered. Guage is number 1. Whether you choose and 8,
12, 20 or .410 is entirely up to you - however, take primary use into account. If you're not planning on hunting moose, an 8 guage is best left in
the police riot gear locker. The recoil will knock most shooters on their keyster! Your standard 12 or 20 guage is plenty of weapon to the job for
home protection. For women or men of slight build, you may benefit from the 20 guage or the .410. Your ability to recover from the shot and re-aim
your weapon is critical. Over-arming yourself is more likely to get you killed than having no weapon at all. Also, there is no need to purchase
magnum or super-magnum slugs - again, unless you are hunting moose! The standard 2.75" is perfect, affordable and will get the job done. I would
not recommend bird-shot (#6-#10) for home defense. You are more likely to piss someone off than you are to render them incapable of continuing their
assault on you or your family. Stick with double or triple ought buckshot. The higher the number, the more shot, the more shot, the more likely you
are to strike unintended targets. Why? Because of consideration #2... barrel length.
Your typical sporting shotgun in 26"+ length barrels are simply to long and cumbersome to be effective in a CQB (Close Quarters Battle) situation.
Ever try to shoulder a 48" weapon in the confines of your home??? The shorter the barrel, the wider the shot pattern. Shotguns with 18" (The
shortest legal barrel allowed) or 20" barrels are perfect for home protection. Other barrels can be purchased for dual-use shotguns; hunting or clay
shooting. Both Mossberg and Remington make excellent home protection pieces. I recommend the Mossberg 500 or 590 (The latter being the choice of the
US Army) or the Remington 870.
I could go on and on and on and on but I think you get the important points here - 1.) Don't own a firearm unless you have the mindset to use it if
required. 2.) Match the weapon to the task 3.) Don't over-arm yourself; make your firearm manageable 4.) TRAINING AND PRACTICE!!! Consult a
certified instructor to learn how to load, fire, unload, breakdown and clean your weapon!
Good luck and God-speed. Staying safe in America, the American way!