posted on Apr, 27 2011 @ 06:58 AM
reply to post by projectvxn
Great comments and right on track. To continue down this path for the OP...
There are tons of choices but most is going to depend on what you are comfortable shooting, and how much time you have to prep and practice. I have
friends who bought a gun/shotgun but have never taken it to the range. This is a good plan to get shot with your own gun or shoot someone you didn't
want to shoot.
I've been shooting about 4 years now, starting with .38 and 9mm and moving up to .45. I can tell you that I'm much more comfortable with my 9mm and
would sacrifice the stopping power for accuracy. In another few months of practice I may change that tune.
Make sure you physically hold whatever model you are going to buy, and if you can shoot it first that's even better. I know alot of people love
glocks, but they just never felt right to me. (I like the beretta/taurus grips better).
For home defense I'd recommend 12ga tactical shotgun. The sound alone of it being cycled will send most intruders the other direction. Only
consideration is if you have children running around, keeping everyone safe can be harder depending on their age. I just bought a Taurus Public
Defender for similar 'shotgun' accuracy and so far I'm not impressed... stick to the 9mm, .40, or .45.
I think most posts have done well covering the AR vs AK aspect. My vote would be AR. I do have another option not mentioned. I have a (don't laugh
everyone) hi-point 9mm carbine. It was dirt cheap and is very accurate at 50 yds. Since it shoots regular 9mm rounds you could stock up for both
this and pistol, and the recoil is minimal. In a EOTW situation, I'd grab my AR first without a doubt. But this could be a nice affordable backup
option or possibly a rifle for the wife?
Best of luck with the purchases.