posted on Jan, 25 2009 @ 02:17 AM
I have a glock 9mm. It's reliable, and accurate. And fairly exspensive. You can get hi point 45's online for $180. My first choice for home defence
isn't the pistol - it's my shotgun. The pistol will work as a back up. Most pistols are underpowered, and if you ever need it, you are going to be
under stress, panicking, adrenal glands and endocrine system thumping - A shotgun is a 1 shot stopper. Even if you miss in the comotion, the flash and
noise should be enough to chase them off. You can get shotties for $200. Get a high point 45 and a shotty (less than the price of a decent glock or
xd). Then you will have 2 guns, in 2 different places. What if you come in the house and there's an intruder between you and your bedside drawer
where your pistol is? At least you have another choice with a second weapon in a different location, right. 9mm and 45 seem to balance each other out.
9mm is much quicker on follow up shots, and 45 delivers more punch. Either is good. Or even a 40S&W (in between the 2). Use a good quality brand JHP
cartridge for home defense, and whatever you want for the range, but you have to range a number of times with the cartridge that you will be using at
home, so you have a feel for it, and are confident with the ammo, and the gun. Keep the gun well hidden, don't use a lock, keep the magazine stocked
and inserted, but don't chamber a round. If you need the pistol, you can quickly rack it into the chamber in .5 of a second. Trying to get a key and
undo a lock when you're panicking can't be fun. Oh, and get a barrel cleaning kit for it.
And another thing: Almost all new pistols need 100-300 rounds through them for break in.
And if you can, get night sights for it. You don't want to be guessing where it is pointing.
[edit on 25-1-2009 by cruzion]