The need to have Home Defense Weapons of any kind is well shown in some of the stats I will show you right away, so you have an idea on what is going on:
- Every 15 seconds in the United States a burglary occurs.
- There were over 2.4 billion in the U.S. in 2008. Of those 61.4 percent included forcible entry, 32.4 percent included unlawful entry, and 6.2 percent included attempted forcible entry.
- Property loss due to burglary totaled $4.3 billion in 2007, with the average loss at $1,991.
- The rate of recovery is 5 percent. Only 13 percent of burglaries are solved by police.
- Burglaries make up over 22 percent of all property crimes
- Of all burglaries, 61.1 percent involved forcible entry, 32.4 percent were unlawful entries (without force), and the remainder (6.5 percent) were forcible entry attempts.
- Burglary of residential properties accounted for 67.9 percent of all burglary offenses.
- Offenses for which time of occurrence was known showed that 57.4 percent of burglaries took place during the day and 42.6 percent at night.
(data taken from The Uniform Crime Reporting Program )
Obviously, things are not getting any better since the economic crisis in 2008 has begun, and apparently – it isn’t going anywhere.
Now, this argument makes sense for you reading my blog, whether you are looking to protect your own business, or you own home, or maybe your old folks.
The question is which kind of Home Defense Weapons you should be using to defense your beloved ones, or your successful business?
Well, there used to be 2 main options up until the last couple of years – a Shotgun, or a Pistol –read here about the difference between a Shotgun and a Pistol.
The shotgun as a home defense weapon is more difficult to handle, it forces you in many ways to be static once you hold it, but on the other hand – it is much more precise, thanks to its size.
The Pistol as a home defense weapon is much easier to maneuver with find your position in case of somebody invading to your house, but as mentioned before – it is harder to master.
After mentioning the 2 “classical” solutions for home weapons, allow me to say few words about the 3rd option:
There is no doubt regarding the power the rifle has in comparison to the shotgun, but – that’s not what we are looking for in this post. Since we want to use home defense weapons – and I guess most of you folks don’t have a 1/4 mile of backyard, you would want to use the shotgun, and here are the reasons, I have written them as questions, and my answers are attached:
- What are the primary differences between shotguns and rifles?-
- A shotgun is a smooth bore. A rifle has spiral grooves called rifling cut into the barrel which cause the bullet to spin. Though this distinction is becoming less useful because shotguns with rifled barrels designed to shoot deer slugs are becoming more common
- Considering the strongest in each – which one is stronger?
- Rifles are more powerful, though its complicated why. Common shotguns in 10-12 gauge top out around 2,000 ft-lbs of energy. A common rifle round like the .30-06 will exceed that by 500 to 1000 ft-lbs of energy. If we go into the exotics, even something like a 4 gauge only turns out 3886.82 ft-lbs of energy while a .50 BMG turns out up to 14,000 ft-lbs. So I’m giving this one to the rifles.
- Which one is more effective at personal defense- this is actually the most important question you should be looking for:
- This is going to draw a lot of debate. Personally I think it’s the shotgun. The reason is fairly simple. Shotguns (usually) fire shot, many small lead pellets which expand increasing the odds you’ll hit what you’re shooting at. Because of this, shotguns aren’t aimed as much as they’re pointed. Rifles fire a single bullet. You have to aim the rifle so that the bullet hits the target. So for an untrained or poorly trained person, a shotgun is a better choice since they just have to point and shoot. However in the hands of a trained rifleman, a semi-automatic or select-fire rifle with a large capacity magazine is devastatingly effective in the self-defense role.
- Which one is more effective at close distance? (Within 10-15 yards
- The shotgun hands down. Not only is it easier to aim, but the fact it uses shot means in a self-defense situation you would hit a person with many rounds simultaneously.
As for the long distance it is the opposite – the rifle is much more exact, and doesn’t lose accuracy when going for a longer distance, but again – we are into self-defense here, we want to keep our environmental surrounding safe.
Now, I have gathered some information about the leading weapon in each category – and I want to share that with you:
Rifle – well, the best one in the market as of now is Winchester PDX1 .223, also great for home use, since its overpentration is treated in a manner that the bullets are scattered after hitting the target, in a way that won’t harm the surroundings (too much…) in case you miss the target.
Shotgun – Remington 870 or Mossberg 500, they are both excellent shotguns, but as far as for the home defense weapon we are looking for, I would go for the Mossberg, just because it is lighter in terms of weight. You don’t want it to get too heavy when its time to make some noise.
Pistol – Glock 19 is the most user-friendly pistol you can find, maybe too friendly because you need to give quite a lot of attention when you are holding it, a tip: don’t press when you are shaky, you might hear a shot made when you didn’t even want it to happen.