What Auto do you use for Home Defense and why???


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Kahr carrier
December 31, 2002, 09:42 PM
Just curious I prefer a Glock 21 myself.:ar15:

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December 31, 2002, 09:56 PM
I have my Glock 19.

December 31, 2002, 09:56 PM
I keep my Mossy 590A1 under my bed, but I always have whatever piece I'm carrying that day in my nightstand. It's usuall a Glock 19, 20, 29 or Kimber Compact Aluminium or S&W 629 5"!

Why? Cause I can!

December 31, 2002, 10:00 PM
Whatever CCW I'm using
I like simple.
Wear , remove when retire for evening, awake--repeat.

December 31, 2002, 10:02 PM
Glock 19 with a hi-cap mag and nite sights.

December 31, 2002, 10:07 PM
Glock 19 with night sights!

December 31, 2002, 10:11 PM
Glock 17, utterly reliable.

December 31, 2002, 10:19 PM
Springfield Mil-Spec on my side of the bed, Ruger SP101 on the wife's.

mr. e
December 31, 2002, 10:30 PM
I use my H&K USP in 40 Auto. It was easy to get 12 round mags, and it was also easy to mount a $100 laser sight onto the frame. That seemed like a compelling reason for a pistol that is most likely to be used in a low light situation.

December 31, 2002, 10:47 PM

It's what I shoot best and feel most comfortable using.

December 31, 2002, 11:08 PM
G19 with night sights and 4 extra loaded mags close by---just could never swallow the price of hi-caps for it--------but I figure 51 rounds should take care of most anything.-----Or at least until I get to the Mini-14---lol.

December 31, 2002, 11:33 PM
Glock 20. Hard to beat 16 rounds of 10mm Silvertips!

December 31, 2002, 11:40 PM
Currently, Sig P225 with Hydrashok rounds.

Why? The Glock 22 with the hi-cap is too wide for my wife to be able to control it if needed.

January 1, 2003, 12:11 AM
Glock 20. Because it hits hard and has an M3 light attached.:ar15:

January 1, 2003, 12:25 AM
I keep my Beretta 96D as a dedicated bedroom gun.

Why? Well, it has a sweet DA trigger and it functions just like an eleven-shot .40 caliber revolver: point & click. :)

January 1, 2003, 12:30 AM
glock 17....tom

January 1, 2003, 01:50 AM
Sig 245 with Starfire rounds. Has the same action as my Sig 239 in .40 S&W.

January 1, 2003, 02:29 AM
BHP..of course...

January 1, 2003, 02:44 AM
Glock 17 w/ tritium night sights. My favorite handgun and my friend! :D

January 1, 2003, 02:52 AM
My newest Glock 19 with factory night sights. ;)

January 1, 2003, 02:58 AM
Glock 30 with night sights. Why? Reliability, caliber, capacity, sights.

January 1, 2003, 03:01 AM
My dedicated under-the-bed dwellers include a Winchester 12guage, a very very very large Bowie (now that's a knife!) and flashlight. SG goes in bedroom safe every morning before brushing teeth.

Nightstand pistol; usually a SIG P220. But the SG comes out first.

January 1, 2003, 03:15 AM
HK USP 45 Compact.

Because it has been 100% reliable and I shoot it more accurately than any other pistol I own.

January 1, 2003, 03:34 AM
Glock in .40 S&W with night sights. Why? - the most reliable handguns I've ever owned, that's why! No. 1 priority in a defensive firearm - reliability, reliability, reliability!

January 1, 2003, 04:17 AM
One of my USPs..currently, my USPc 9 has nightstand duty

January 1, 2003, 08:30 AM
My G19 with M3 light.

January 1, 2003, 08:38 AM
Kimber Ultra Carry or G26

January 1, 2003, 10:40 AM
glock30. why? its been very reliable & it holds 10+1 .45acp.

Peter M. Eick
January 1, 2003, 11:14 AM
If I am really worried about something, and I want an autoloader I get a M1A out of the safe and put in a 20 rnd mag of 150 grn softpoints. That is the autoloader I use for my home.

For general not really expecting problems, a P7PSP.

January 1, 2003, 11:41 AM
Wow, hard question. I've got several laying through the house in verious places. That is so where ever I'm at, I can just pick one up.
They consist of; M1911s, Walther PPK, a Taurus 92 and even a S&W revolver.

January 1, 2003, 12:15 PM
I use a Glock 34, with 19 round mag (loaded with Speer +P 124 Gold Dot Hollow Pionts), and M3 light attached... It works for me.

January 1, 2003, 01:02 PM
BHP stoked with 16 rounds of 124 grain +p Golden Sabers.

January 1, 2003, 01:23 PM
P95 because it so far has been stone-cold reliable, allows rapid follow-ups, and provides good accuracy.

January 1, 2003, 02:42 PM
Valtro .45 (1998A1)


- largest caliber I can control well (it's 'enough gun')
- most accurate gun i own
- most ergonomic grip


Official Valtro Website (http://www.ValtroUSA.com)
Sven's Valtro Pictures (http://www.imageseek.com/valtro)

January 1, 2003, 03:11 PM
Since I will never have a problem with any uninvited guests, I don't worry about it. Actually, I think that's my wife's philosophy; she looks at protection as MY job. I wish she'd take it a little more seriously, especially now that we have a 21-month-old son. My Makarov, loaded with hollow points does the duty, along with my S&W Model 19. Why do you ask?

January 1, 2003, 03:26 PM
g30 with nite sites.

January 1, 2003, 04:30 PM
Right now I have the Glock 27 with night sights in the lock box that travels from bedside to car depending where I'm going. Don't even transport the Glock to work, so most of the time it stays put. Might sell the last of my Glocks this yr (27 and 35) in which case my Colt DS will occuply the lock box, and in the closet lock box will remain my S&W 66+. In middle of the night, I prefer to have a revolver.

Mike Irwin
January 1, 2003, 04:31 PM

Sometimes I'll use my Kahr K9, sometimes my EAA Witness in 10mm, other times my Beretta 92 in 9mm...

January 1, 2003, 04:51 PM
The closest one for obvious reasons, and it'll usually be a P-11 or M1991A1 with my bias being toward the P-11 'cause it's DAO.

January 1, 2003, 04:52 PM
USPf in .40, because it's the gun my wife shoots the best and is most comfortable with.

- Gabe

Alan Fud
January 1, 2003, 06:01 PM

I have a loaded firearm in a concealled, bolted-down, locked strong-box in just about every room in the house. The gun that I'll reach for will depend on what room I am in when I need it -- ranging from a Beretta 92 to a S&W4006 to a Para C14-45LDA ... etc.

January 1, 2003, 07:24 PM
I also use a Glock 30. I've owned many Glocks and they've all been reliable, and my model 30 is no exception.

Plus 10rds of 45acp in an accurate, compact package.

January 1, 2003, 07:34 PM
Mauser C-96 "Broomhandle" in 7.62 Mauser caliber.

Ala Dan
January 1, 2003, 08:07 PM
My choice = .45 caliber SIG-Sauer P220A.

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

January 1, 2003, 08:45 PM
K9 with nite sights. Reliable.

Bob Locke
January 1, 2003, 08:49 PM
Glock 21.

Or Glock 19 (both are in my night stand).

But I'd reach for the G21 first.

January 1, 2003, 09:32 PM
I will use either My Colt MkIV Ser 80 STS, or My Kimber Stainless II, The wife uses her Colt 1991A1 Commander, everybody carries 230 gr Hydrashoks,knock nicely before you come in:p

January 1, 2003, 11:27 PM
Sig 220.

Why? If I wake up startled in the middle of the night, I want a double action first shot.

January 1, 2003, 11:34 PM
Beretta Elite in a size 40.

January 1, 2003, 11:35 PM
I use a Walther P99 chambered in 9mm for HD. Why its been 100 percent reliable and accurate in my hands since day one with no FTE, FTFs of any sort.

I am also field testing a Sig P226 at this time. Its also reliable but I'm not as accurate with it. For Lighting I use a Surefire 6p


January 1, 2003, 11:46 PM
Glock 17 with pre-ban mag, +2, and one in the pipe. :D

January 1, 2003, 11:57 PM
Kimber Custom Compact with nite sites on the nightstand next to the Surefire lite.

January 2, 2003, 01:23 AM
I currently use a Beretta 92D (DAO) Centurion loaded with 124 grain Hydra Shoks. I find it to be a very accurate point shooter and I like the double action only feature in a defensive gun. The trigger is as smooth as butter and it equates to having 15 rounds with the simplicity of a revolver. I have also used my Glock 23 (.40) but I just like my Beretta more. Mike

January 2, 2003, 01:26 AM
Browning Hi-Power MkIII with night sights and a Browning
A-5 "Light Twelve" with 18.5 inch barrel.

January 2, 2003, 02:27 AM
CZ-75 B with 15 rounds of 124 grain Gold Dots +P.

January 2, 2003, 02:51 AM
Beretta 92fs , with 2 10 round mags . I chose this because i have always found Beretta's to be very reliable . And for defense your life could depend on a firearm . And the Beretta to me are one of the best defense guns ever made imho .

January 2, 2003, 03:29 AM
Ruger P94 in 40 cal

12 Volt Man
January 2, 2003, 10:33 AM
Kahr K9 With night sights

I guess the only reason why I choose that one is that I carry it, so it is just natural to take it off and keep it in the bed room at night. I would like to keep a higher caliber gun in the bedroom, but I keep everything else locked up as I have small kids.

January 2, 2003, 12:03 PM
Depends upon which corner of the house you are talking about and which day of the week it is (joking) .. Colt 1911, CZ 40, Smith 686, Rem 870 or Mossy 12-Gauge .... (big house).

January 2, 2003, 12:15 PM
Depends on which room I'm in.

January 2, 2003, 12:18 PM
HK USP .45c. Utterly reliable and very accurate. Best fit for me and I know the controls.

Zak Smith
January 2, 2003, 12:20 PM
I'll use any of my autos that are
1. reliable - the pistol must have demonstrated its reliability over at least a 100 rounds
2. accurate in my hands - I must have confidence in my ability to deliver accurate fire from this pistol.

Right now, my Glock 19, Glock 23, CZ-75B-SA, or CZ-85 COMBAT all satisfy this role.


January 2, 2003, 01:36 PM
Colt sistema 1927 with rubber fingerhold grips commander hammer and extended beavertail safety and white dot sights.

Loaded with 185 grain jacketed hollow points.

January 2, 2003, 08:58 PM
they like in their nitestand. :)

I have an HK USPc 9mm loaded with Proload 124 gr. +P ammo. Nite sights of course.

Plus the obligatory 12 gauge loaded with #6. Backup mag for the HK plus backup loads for the shotgun and pistol as well. Another .45 acp not too far away.

Hopefully I'll wake up if an intruder comes a calling. :uhoh:

Mr Jody Hudson
January 2, 2003, 09:25 PM
Pair of Mossy 500s and pair of G19s with night sights; one of each on each side of the bed for each of us.:D

January 2, 2003, 09:54 PM
Although I bought a Walther P99 9mm for home defense, I find myself going back to my CCW P7M8 because I'm more familiar with it. Plus, I have not gotten a light or nightsights for my P99 yet.

January 2, 2003, 11:59 PM
A Sig P228.

Why? Because it is utterly reliable, fits my hand perfectly, is insanely accurate... and it's the only auto i own, at the moment.

January 3, 2003, 02:00 PM
Currently I have a Taurus P111 by my bed. Why because Mom keeps my Glock 23 by her bed. I am comfortable with either gun, but she does not like the taurus. When Texas gets my carry permit back to me, I will again have the Glock and she will either learn to shoot the taurus, or get a Glock of her own.


January 3, 2003, 04:30 PM
I keep a Glock 30 by my bed, and a Mossberg 500 in the closet. For me, it's much easier to make ready with a pistol than a shotgun.

January 3, 2003, 05:57 PM
My home defense handgun scenario...

An H&K USP45f with UTL and a spare mag rides in a handgun safe on my side o' the bed, a Walther P99 in 9mm, spare mag, and a Streamlight Scorpion in similar safe on wife's side.

I like my USP because it's 100% reliable, it holds 10 rounds of .45, (12 if you spend $70) and it's double action first shot means I don't have to use the safety. Having the UTL means I don't have to use two hands to illuminate subdued threat while dialing 911 ;)

Wife gets the P99 because it too is 100% reliable, it has no safety (I like) but it's double action first shot means long trigger pull first shot (she like). She also stipulated 9mm when I told her I was buying a "nightstand pistol" for her. 17 rounds in the P99, 16 rounds in spare mag in safe... 33 rounds of Remington Golden Sabre 124gr +p's makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, even if I gotta go into work at 3:am and leave her at home. I knew she'd never practice with a dedicated flashlight, so I went the simple route with the Scorpion. The Pistol, Flashlight, and extra mag all fit in the drawer of her Palmer Security safe with plenty of room to grab any of the three items without clutter.

Currently, there's a Winchester Defender in the closet with an empty chamber and a half-full tube, and a full shell carrier on the stock. My next safety purchase will be some sort of quick access locking mechanism for the shotgun so it's not loose in the closet.

I plan to use the HK to get to the Shotgun while the wife and her 33 round P99 dial 911...

That's the plan... What will REALLY happen is that I'll have to use the HK to cover the wife while she runs into the nursery to get the baby and climb out the window to safety while daddy stays behind to battle the invading Cylon hordes alone. http://www.pcinnovations.com/forum/images/smilies/cylonA.gif

January 3, 2003, 06:23 PM
Beretta 92 fs with night sights and hi-cap mag.

Because it is reliable, holds 15+1, and I am good with it. Also I have 124gr Speer HP +Ps in it so I feel it packs a punch without too much penetration (no reason to shoot the neighbors)!

Jason Demond
January 3, 2003, 06:38 PM
For the most part, I use revolvers for HD. I do however keep my carry gun {Taurus PT111} loaded and in a pinch could be used for HD.

January 3, 2003, 06:42 PM
A 1991A1 45-gives me enough rounds to get to my 870 with the 10 shot extension

January 3, 2003, 07:05 PM
Glock 17L with a 33rd mag full of EFMJs. :D

Why? It's my only handgun and de-oiling the Enfield's barrel would take too much time. ;)

January 3, 2003, 07:12 PM
Glock 35 with 15 rounds of Winchester 165 gr. Ranger SXT

Humble Texan
January 3, 2003, 09:28 PM
PT145 with 230gr. Hydra Shok. Night sights.
USP45f as backup.

Why, haven't got the right shotgun yet.

January 3, 2003, 10:10 PM

But, I know I am still going to be pulling out the 12Ga. Double Short Barrel Coach Gun from under the bed. It's kinda like being in your Momma's womb. Hehehe


Ps I can reload it real fast ;)

January 3, 2003, 10:32 PM
H&K 40 compact, Trijicon nightsights, and Corbon's 135 gr HP... This works for me.

January 3, 2003, 11:08 PM
My 92fs with two 15 round mags...

January 4, 2003, 03:52 PM
At the bedside is the same pistol I carry daily: a modestly customized Colt Commander .45. Nestled with it are a couple of spare magazines and a SureFire 6P. Standing nearby in the bedroom closet is a 12 gauge autoloader with magazine extension.


January 4, 2003, 04:22 PM
A Wilson Protector 45ACP M1911A1 with night sights and 8 rds of 230gr. Federal Hydra Shok JHP. It is the pistol I practice mostly with.

January 4, 2003, 04:28 PM
For me it depends.

To hit the ground running, my nightstander is my S/A Champion in the signature link below with Novak night sights, CTC Lasergrips, (of which I can manipulate the on/off of very easily with my middle finger over the pressure pad), together with an eight round CMC Power Mag loaded with Federal 200gr. +p EFMJs and a Surefire Centurion. If someone is pounding down one of my exterior doors and doesn't respond to verbal warnings, it is time to borrow my Remmy 870 with an extended tube and Surefire attached to it from my wife, who retrieves it from the safe because her uncorrected vision isn't too hot for pistol shooting.:what:

January 4, 2003, 04:34 PM
Glock 19 Loaded with Hydrashocks. :D

January 4, 2003, 04:42 PM
G19 with night sights for home defense. I also use it for carry along with my G26.

Why? These are the only ones I own. :rolleyes:

January 4, 2003, 05:34 PM
Winchester Defender 1300
8 rounds of 12 pellet 00 buck
Sidesaddle of Breneke Slugs

HK USP .40 w/ Light
21 x 165grain Rem Golden Sabres

Glock 19
21 x 124grain +p Rem Golden Sabres

and a wife that does not like being woken up!! :D


January 4, 2003, 06:09 PM
The CCW of the day plus Glock 20, 6 in bbl loaded w. Cor-bon 135 gr

Why? The CCW becomes backup to the 10mm whch will stop anything in the house a handgun will stop.

I expect the lighter Cor-bons to have excellent stopping power but reduced penetration in consideration of the neighbors.

January 4, 2003, 07:00 PM
I have 1 pistol & 1 pistol only that I use for self defense. The 1 pistol fits all my self defense needs. I carry my pistol in a holster until I go to sleep then I put my pistol in the nightstand drawer. Bed room door locked. My Mag charger flashlight is off the charger on the floor next to the bed. Also on the floor next to the bed my Point Blank bullet resistant vest (for bump in the night,{if that ever happens}). If I get out of bed my pistol is either in my hand or in the pocket of my robe. I bring my flashlight w/ me. When I shower my pistol goes on the toilet tank next to the shower. Bathroom door locked. Then when I put my jeans on my pistol goes back in the holster. I carry a back up mag/Streamlight Stinger (soon to be replaced w/ ShureFire 6P). So far I haven't said what my pistol is. That's because it's not important. What's imoprtant is that I use the same pistol for all defensive need. Oh what the hell My pistol is a Glock 17 w/ Trijicon night sights (Mep night sights on my next G-17), 3.5# trigger, extended mag catch/slide stop (might not use on next G17) & it's loaded w/ 20 Winchester USA personal protection 147 gr white box.

Sean Smith
January 4, 2003, 07:02 PM
Colt Government Model. It works and I shoot it better than anything else.

Admiral Thrawn
January 5, 2003, 01:56 AM
Brand-spanking new Glock 17 with a spare 17-round magazine...

Because it is reliable, simple in operation, accurate, easy to shoot, has a high capacity and doesn't weight very much.

Just what I need when things go bump in the night and i'm half-awake... :)

Of course, a Remington 870 with 12ga. slugs is first choice, but you did say auto... :p

Lord Grey Boots
January 5, 2003, 02:37 AM
Ruger P89DC, loaded with 115 grain gold dots at 1400 fps (500 fpe).

Night sights, tactical light, extended barrel with porting, 20 round magazine.

100% reliable.

January 5, 2003, 02:44 AM
2-Glock 23s and 1-Glock-19

January 5, 2003, 03:10 AM
One of two Colt 1991A1's, 8+1 Federal 230 Hydra-shok, cocked and locked.

Why? The best combination of power, reliability, and controlability I know of. The big hole in the end is also more likely to make the BG turn & run, so I don't have to shoot him.:D

January 5, 2003, 03:12 AM
Taurus 92, 15+1 of +P+ with the M1 super 90 next to the bed.
I have other better name brand guns but I have shot the Taurus so much its almost 2nd nature.

January 5, 2003, 03:22 AM
I would tell you but I am afraid of what you would think.

Kahr carrier
January 5, 2003, 03:50 AM
Dont be afraid pretty Non -judgemental here.:)

January 5, 2003, 04:11 AM
Tell us Faustulus we will not hold it against you:D

January 5, 2003, 05:42 AM
A USP9f for me, though I haven't 'used' it yet to defend my home....

Hope I never will. ;)

March 29, 2010, 01:32 PM
IT LIVES!!!!!!!!!!

This is the oldest thread I could find where people were listing what they use for daily home defense. I would love to hear if you are still using the same gun and if not, why?


March 29, 2010, 01:38 PM
Colt XSE 1911 45 Auto. Why? Because shooting twice is silly.

March 29, 2010, 02:47 PM
... Why? Because shooting twice is silly.
Ha, good one!

I've got a 870 and a G21 in the closet, which is our family "safe" room.

Couple other handguns locked down in micro gun vaults on both floors.

March 29, 2010, 03:02 PM
Springfield Mil Spec 1911, loaded with 230gr Speer Gold Dot.


March 29, 2010, 03:16 PM
You do know that's a Kimber pictured, right?

My autos are a Para 1911 for me and an MP9 full size for the wife :)


March 29, 2010, 03:19 PM
Glock 22

Yo Mama
March 29, 2010, 03:20 PM

March 29, 2010, 03:26 PM
Zombie thread
IT LIVES!!!!!!!!!!

This is the oldest thread I could find where people were listing what they use for daily home defense. I would love to hear if you are still using the same gun and if not, why?


I would like to point out that this thread is 8 years old and I was looking for updates from people that had posted that long ago...

March 29, 2010, 04:49 PM
Depends what I am closest to, what I'm carrying, time of day/night. If I am asleep and am woken up, then it's not a semi-auto. It's a S&W Model 13, 357 magnum. If I'm not asleep, then it could be my SigSauer P220 45acp or my CZ-82 9mm makarov. Depends on which one I'm carrying. If I'm downstairs, and I hear or notice a problem, it wouldn't be uncommon for me to grab my remmington 870 12 gauge with 4 buck or 00 buck. If I'm working in the garage, on one of my cars, etc... then it's most likely going to be my Hi-Point C-9 9mm. Guess I'm saying that I'm fortunate enough to not have just one gun, and which one I use depends on the situation and scenario.

March 29, 2010, 05:00 PM
Pistol-wise, it's my XD Tactical .45 acp. I keep it with me around the house. Next to the bed is my Mossberg 930 SPX :evil:

March 29, 2010, 05:22 PM
BHP replica Kareen and my PM9 is hidden in the office desk... PM9 is my primary carry but the BHP gets a lot of love in the winter ...


March 29, 2010, 05:43 PM

March 29, 2010, 05:52 PM
oooops2 CRASH thanks Bill Gates!

March 29, 2010, 06:01 PM
We live on a island in WA state, so I guess it's a moat. If were ever invaded Iíll reach for my P90 45acp. Like the man said itís just plain silly to shoot twice.

texas bulldog
March 29, 2010, 06:03 PM
DW CBOB 1911

It's been 100% reliable. I'm comfortable enough with the controls that I feel I could handle it safely and get it into action quickly even if groggy and/or adrenaline-charged. It fires a large and well-respected defense caliber that is also lower pressure and therefore not as loud/bright as 9mm or .40 or my other favorite defense caliber, .357 magnum (which I'd rather not fire at night and indoors if avoidable). It's also the only handgun I own with night sights, so that makes the decision pretty easy, I guess.

Only real drawback is capacity, I suppose. However, a spare magazine, a wife with her own HD gun, a shotgun within easy reach, and a large dog for the home invader to contend with ought to limit the need for a whole heck of a lot of ammo.

March 29, 2010, 06:42 PM
lol Zombie thread, thats good!

Phased plasma rifle with a 40 watt range. Really wanna find out sneak through my window...lol!

Okay Kimber Custom II with 185 JHP Cor-Bon's on board.

March 29, 2010, 07:27 PM
It depends on what room I'm in but seeing how you only ask about "autos":
Living room, .45 ACP M1911A1.
Bedroom, .45 ACP M1911A1.

Why? because I only need to shoot once.

March 29, 2010, 07:31 PM
XD9 4" service x2 (his and hers)

March 29, 2010, 07:35 PM
1911 - Didn't know there were any others.

March 29, 2010, 08:06 PM
Either on my belt or under my pillow is a Glock 21 with TFOs and a +4 mag extension for 18 rounds of .45 ACP.

March 29, 2010, 08:07 PM
Keep several guns within a couple of steps of my bed. My SIG P228 is my favorite though.

March 29, 2010, 09:49 PM
Smith & Wesson full size M&P in .40S&W. Have a S&W 686 plus revolver in the safe nearby.

March 29, 2010, 10:11 PM
CZ75 SP-01

-It's never jammed on me
-It's quite accurate
-It has night sights
-It has rails for my flashlight
-It's a big, mean looking gun that holds lots of bullets - hopefully the sight of it will scare the baddie away and I won't have to zap anyone

That said, I'd like to pick up a railed 1911 for the big bullet option.

March 30, 2010, 12:22 AM
CZ75b SA

- Never had a jam.
- I'm comfortable with it.
- Fits my hands like a glove.

March 30, 2010, 12:38 AM
Hmmm....I have a black Louisville slugger baseball bat right under my bed and CZ-P01 with 124 gr JHP's on my night stand. I like options. :)

March 30, 2010, 01:00 AM
Right now, I use an XD45ACP. Why? Capacity, reliability and the fact that .45ACP makes for a very effective HD load indeed. Also, the local PD will, more than likely, take your weapon for an undetermined amount of time if you are involved in an HD shooting investigation. Its therefore better to lose (temporarily) a $490 gun vs. an $850+ gun. Besides, I don't care if my HD gun is "sexy." After all, I'm betting no assailant would care either!

I should say, however, that the 12 ga is my main "go to."

March 30, 2010, 01:19 AM
My main home companions are my Taurus Judge and my S&W 642.

March 30, 2010, 01:43 AM
I have changed my home defense guns since this thread started way back when.
I originally lived in Queens and only had a shotgun registered to me so thas was my go to gun.

Now that I moved to PA I keep the shotgun in my bedroom closet, Glock 26 with fifteen round mag in nightstand and a P3AT in my pocket. I swap out the P3AT for the G26 and ten round mag when I leave the house.

March 30, 2010, 02:10 AM
2003 post was Taurus 92 and Benelli Super 90.

Now, Nowlin 38 Super 1911 and same Benelli Super 90. The Taurus 92 was worn out:(

March 30, 2010, 02:10 AM
S&W 6906 with Gold Dots, because of all the guns I've owned over the years, this happens to be the only one I own right now. Luckily, it's a fine weapon!

March 30, 2010, 05:48 AM
i have a few options when it comes to home defense:

1. mossberg 500, 7 rounds in the tube, loaded with 00 buckshot. i leave the chamber empty so that if need be i can fend off a would be burglar with just the sound of me pumping a round into the chamber.

2. AR 15 with magnification dialed in @ 100yds. you never know when you might have to make some longer shots. can shoot from the hip if need be.

3. AK 47= big round, reliable, i am amazingly accurate with it from the hip.

4. Sig P220 SAO with a Streamlight TLR-1 light and siglite night sights. this is my nightstand gun. has NEVER malfunctioned 1 time. accurate, absorbs recoil well especially with the tlr-1 on it. i can identify targets in the night with it while blinding the crap out of said target. loaded with corbon 230gr +p 45acp.

I keep all of these loaded and within reach. my home is child free so i dont have to worry about that. anyone who comes to my house is a friend and knows to respect the space.

if i had only seconds to address a threat i would probably go for the p220.

March 30, 2010, 07:15 AM
Taurus M66 3" .357 magnum.....because it's a revolver. Honestly, I feel much better about neglecting a revolver in a drawer for months, though in winter it does get carried some. In 2003, I kept my M85 snub there and I have no qualms, really with that, either. I just have the 66 in the drawer right now.

March 30, 2010, 07:36 AM

Old post.

For me it's one of my trusty 1911's in good ol' fashioned .45 ACP.

It's the only model I shoot, and all are extremely reliable which will come in handy if the long gun should go down in the house...

March 30, 2010, 07:45 AM
My side of the bed = Glock 22
Her side = S&W M&P in .40, fullsize

870 in the bedroom closet.

German Shepherd and Golden Retriever at the foot of the bed :D

harmon rabb
March 30, 2010, 07:50 AM
xd 45.

Old Shooter
March 30, 2010, 08:36 AM
My side: Colt Commander 45

Her side: Smith model 36

Closet side: 870, 20" with 00 buck

Because they work.

March 30, 2010, 12:19 PM
Primary: 870 HD 12 guage

Secondary: GP100 4" SS .357 Magnum/Glock 17

Third: A highly trained, mobile, agile, hostile attack mini schnauzer! (The first two choices are more humane for the intruder, so I saved this as my last resort.)

March 30, 2010, 03:34 PM
Glock 19: affordable, reliable, lightweight, compact, 15 rounds of 9mm, cheaper to afford shooting lots of range time...:D

March 30, 2010, 04:24 PM

My wife's is a 6" Ruger GP100 with .38 +P

Mine is a Mossy 500 20ga with #3 Buck

March 30, 2010, 04:27 PM
Whichever I carried that day. My wife has the other one accesible when i'm not home.

March 30, 2010, 04:40 PM
Still just an M&P40 with two California Gestapo-approved 10-round magazines. I chose it because it's reliable and I can shoot it well. Aside from the M&P, I have a Prussian-style bayonet (NOT mounted on the pistol ;)), a baseball bat (could try mounting the bayonet on this...), an 18 lb assault kitty, and the only truly dangerous weapon in the house: me. :D

By the way, my all-female (except for me), non-anti-gun yet non-pro-gun family wouldn't let me get a shotgun for a first home-defense firearm because none of them felt they could handle it after trying, and they didn't want any revolvers either because they seemed antiquated (whatever :rolleyes: ). So I got the M&P, which we all trained with at the range quite successfully, and then I found out while doing functional training at home that nobody else can rack the slide to save her own life (perhaps literally someday). Sigh...that's right, at the range the gun was always either locked open or in battery. I just couldn't imagine that it could be so hard for them to do it--for me it's less strenuous than tying shoelaces. That's it, I'm getting a shotgun for myself and revolvers for the rest of the family as soon as I can convince them that we need more weaponry (just give me time--I usually end up getting what I want somehow without upsetting everybody else unduly ;)).

March 30, 2010, 06:41 PM
Sig P228 because it has been 100% reliable and I shoot it well due to my extensive time shooting the gun. Muscle memory makes this my #1 choice for home defense.

Although I have to point out it is secondary to my 870 Police shotgun.

March 31, 2010, 03:40 AM
M&P9 and M&P9c

March 31, 2010, 06:52 AM
Currently a 590A1 with #4 Buckshot, my glock 27 on my side of the bed. The pistol may alternate with my GP100 or P13 and P14. On my wife die of the bed a S&W 642. I keep all my HD guns loaded with safeties on.This is augmented by a 90 lb Australian Sheppard mix.


March 31, 2010, 09:39 PM
Beretta 96D Elite 1A with Crimson Trace laser grips loaded with LEO Speer Gold Dots


Why? Because it is amazingly reliable and I am amazingly comfortable with it. Got another one just like it upstairs, and them some tiny little Jetfires strategically hidden throughout the rest of the house.

Zombies? LWRC M6A2 in the closet.

March 31, 2010, 11:08 PM
either an XD 45c, Sig P220 Elite Dark 45 cal, or XDM 40. 45's loaded with Speer Gold Dot JHP 200 grain +P, 40 cal is Federal Hydra Shock JHP. I also keep my Kahr PM9 in my pocket at all times and my Benelli M2 Tactical 12 gauge close by.

April 1, 2010, 01:20 AM
Sig 226 .40 cal

April 1, 2010, 01:32 PM
10 year old P226 9mm. This one has never missed a beat, ever.

April 1, 2010, 01:43 PM
1911 45 loaded with Remington 230 Gr Golden Sabre ammo is my nightstand gun.

April 1, 2010, 03:11 PM
I keep my daily carry gun, a Walther P99C, close at hand during the night. It's not the only bit of protection that's around, however.

May 5, 2010, 01:42 PM
Glock 21

May 5, 2010, 05:35 PM
SIG 220R Carry 45 with Night Sights

Benelli M1 Entry Model 14 inch barrel ghost ring night sights and surefire fore end..

May 5, 2010, 06:00 PM
Glock 17- simple to use (good if I have to fight after suddenly being awakened), high cap (aiming while a little groggy is not easy) and in 9mm (easy recoil so my wife can use it effectively, not ear splitingly loud or blinding when fired inside, also the G17 mags can be put into my G19 or G26 to back it up.

May 5, 2010, 06:46 PM

cz p0-1

1. confident it will go bang each time I pull the trigger.
2. I can hit a fairly tight grouping with this gun not under pressure :P

May 5, 2010, 06:49 PM
As some would say, "a 45 cause they don't make a 46

Marlin 45 carbine
May 5, 2010, 07:01 PM
Makarov loaded with hot handloads - why because it's small enuff to pocket carry powerful enough to be confidence inspireing and good enuff to get me to my Colt 1911 .45acp, S&W 5904 or GP Ruger if need be or my SXS 12ga.

May 5, 2010, 07:27 PM
Usually my Glock 21sf loaded with Winchester Supreme Elite JHP
or my Glock 27 with Winchester Supreme Elite JHP +P
or my Taurus Judge Ultra-lite loaded with 5 rounds of Hornaday 45LC JHP

None of them have any safeties to worry about. I just wake up, point & shoot, then ask "Who's there?" ;)

May 6, 2010, 09:44 AM
loaded with Remington JHP's.
I also rely on a Mossberg 500 and an old Chinese SKS at other places in the home.

These are 3 of the most reliable firearms I have ever owned.


NOTE: I'm not "religious" about the 1911, but I started shooting them back when they were the US service pistol, and I got to like them over the years - have 2 now, both Daly's.

May 6, 2010, 10:29 AM
Which ever one I am closest to when the need arises (RIA Tactical-45acp, SR9-9mm, S&W-38spl, LCP-380, 870-12ga, Ruger MKIII-22lr, Walther P22-22lr, SKS-7.62x39). They are in various locations throughout the house. But.... they're not all autos.

May 6, 2010, 10:55 AM

ēGlock 21SF
13+1 Winchester PDX-1
w/ Sig Sauer STL900L Tac light/laser/strobe

Logic: It's a high-capacity .45, extremely reliable, only need to get past the safety #1. The STL900L is a great all-in-one tool for HD. Light, laser, strobe. Pick what you want, based on your tactical situation. Daytime: laser. Night: Strobe light... Or nothing at all. Either way you have the option of 3 tools in one.


ēKel-Tec P3AT
- 6+1 Winchester Silvertip
w/ no-name LED compact flashlight

Logic: Its better than a baseball bat! :D

May 7, 2010, 08:20 PM
Glock 21SF with a pic rail and a Surefire light mounted will sit on my night-stand when I am 18 (unless Glock comes out with a better .45).. 13 rounds of .45 Auto are more than enough!

May 7, 2010, 08:32 PM
hk usp compact .40 two extra 12 rd mags loaded with speer golddots with a streamlight m3 light. it's light, reliable, and the .40 s&w is a potent round that offers more capacity in a pistol it's size versus the .45 acp.

May 7, 2010, 08:39 PM
I have a Taurus 24/7 40 S&W on my nightstand. I keep it out for home defense because I shoot it very well and it has over 1000 rounds through it without any FTF's. I know some people have had bad experiences with Taurus, But this particular pistol has been 100% reliable and is very accurate. I carry it often so I definitely trust my life to it. I also keep a Mossberg 12 Gauge close by if need be.

May 7, 2010, 10:17 PM
beretta 92 fs, glock 19, colt xse .45

May 7, 2010, 10:37 PM
My Glock 17, because it goes "bang" everytime. :rolleyes:

May 8, 2010, 10:34 AM
Beretta 92FS, 15 rounds of Rem. Golden Saber 124 grain JHP (non plus-p)

May 8, 2010, 03:59 PM
H&K, 40, NS, accurate, capacity

Arkansas Paul
May 8, 2010, 04:04 PM
Sigma 40VE loaded with 165 gr Remington Golden Sabres.
I hope to improve on it when funds allow. I hope to get a Glock 20 SF or a decent 1911.

harmon rabb
May 8, 2010, 05:00 PM
keep my xd 45 loaded with corbon 185gr +p DPX.

May 9, 2010, 08:15 AM
G19 until I go to bed. then G17 in a keypad next to bed.

May 9, 2010, 02:33 PM
sig p6 or a S&W 65

May 9, 2010, 02:38 PM
hk uspc .40 or my sig p239 .40 on my side of he bed and on my wifes side is a sig p238 "rainbow"

May 9, 2010, 02:50 PM
Glock 20.

Redneck with a 40
May 9, 2010, 03:39 PM
XD-40, its proven itself reliable over the course of 3500 rounds, fits my hand like a glove and points very naturally for me. No other pistol I've held feels this good in my hand and I've held plenty.:)

May 9, 2010, 03:45 PM

This: with 14 rounds of 230 gr hollow points and I'm getting a light for it :):evil:

May 9, 2010, 03:53 PM

This: with 14 rounds of 230 gr hollow points and I'm getting a light for it :):evil:
Hmmm! When did you pick up that POS?! Hahaha I should have gotten a comission on that sale! Well, I guess I did with the price they gave me on the PPS. ;)

As far as a light goes, you already have one! Just get it fixed! :neener:

May 9, 2010, 04:43 PM
Either my .357 revolver or my S&W 410S....

Why? Because I can hit what I shoot at, every time with then... given the distances in my home.

May 9, 2010, 05:38 PM
Wow, this is an old thread.

I have a few that have served the purpose on and off including a couple of .45s.

I had purchased a G17 Gen4 as a HD gun for the capacity but it has been unreliable, even after sending in back to Glock. I am sorry I ever bought it.

My current one is my xd-9sc. It has the has the 16+1 for HD plus 3 additional 13 and 10 round mags as spares.

It doubles as a carry.

May 9, 2010, 09:13 PM

Now it's ready :) and SOUTH, thanks for twisting MY arm to get a 21sf!:neener:

May 10, 2010, 01:48 PM
Springfield Armory GI-45. Yeah thoseminiscule sights can be a drawback, but the 5" 1911-A1 just seems to point exactly where I want.

Those sights are about the smallest I have ever seen on a Military Service Sidearm.

May 10, 2010, 02:01 PM
One of my Glocks or my XD. They just work.

May 10, 2010, 03:56 PM


Or this...


May 10, 2010, 04:49 PM
I'm left handed so I have a DAO Sig sp2022 with night sites. Just pull the trigger no safeties or de-cockers to worrry about on the wrong side of the gun.

May 10, 2010, 04:59 PM
Glock 20SF 10mm


May 10, 2010, 05:44 PM
My Ruger SR9

Why? Cause I'm a poor college student and am waiting a few months before I get a 1911, because I need to save a bit. That new Remington is looking nice though

May 11, 2010, 12:07 PM
A 1911 in either 9mm or .45. Depends on the day and what I was carrying.

May 11, 2010, 02:27 PM
Glock 23 because it will always, always, always, work.

Nicky Santoro
May 11, 2010, 02:38 PM
1911. Makes a big hole that goes deep. Bought it because I had a good bit of experience with it in the Army.

May 11, 2010, 02:39 PM
Ser. 70 on the night stand . Mod 97 under bed .

If I have to explain why , you wouldn't understand .

Ill try though . I regularly carry and practice with the full size .45 I don't want something other than my most familiar by my bed .

Why would i use the thumbuster when I have a 500c and several bird guns around the house ?
I works and I don't need a 3" mag ripping giant holes in and out the house endangering other than the identified threat . That and I have had the '97 since I was 12 . Also in the one time I needed the '97 for defense being able to de-cock and secure the first assailant and immediately re-cock in response to a second threat was somewhat more comforting than simply applying and releasing a safety even though it accomplished near the same thing .


May 11, 2010, 03:18 PM
Personally I like to have my unsecured loaded gun to have a safety. 13 rds of 40cal light and extra mag, gives me warm fuzzy's at night

May 11, 2010, 04:42 PM
Personally I like to have my unsecured loaded gun to have a safety. 13 rds of 40cal light and extra mag, gives me warm fuzzy's at night

See, I'm the exact opposite. I prefer my carry/home defense guns to have no manual safety. To me it's an extra action that can cost you a second or more that you may not have. I like to know that all I need to do is pull the trigger.

Nice choice of a gun though. :cool:

May 11, 2010, 09:13 PM
G20 10mm with M3 light. Just got some hot 180gr Doubletap ammo to boot. I live far off and alone so over penetration isn't a big deal.

May 11, 2010, 10:38 PM
IT LIVES!!!!!!!!!!

This is the oldest thread I could find where people were listing what they use for daily home defense. I would love to hear if you are still using the same gun and if not, why?

:) Can't resist.
CZ P-01 with tac light w/16 round mag, duty ammo.

May 11, 2010, 10:41 PM
I use an AR-15. And NOT one in a pistol format.

I do have an M&P 9 on my nightstand, but it is in a Bladetech holster.

May 11, 2010, 11:10 PM
I have two XD 45s, an XD - 40SC, a Kimber TCII, A Kimber BP10, A RIA 1911, A Colt Series 70, a Colt Series 80, a Springfield Loaded 1911, a Glock 26 and a custom 1911 I built using a Caspian Frame and Slide. I use the first one I can grab. They all operate 100%. If all else fails, my trusty Colt Anaconda .44 magnum is always handy.

May 11, 2010, 11:23 PM
Dang, I didn't realize THR was around in 2002. :what:

May 11, 2010, 11:54 PM
I use whatever is closest to me at the time, and that is usually an AR15.

May 12, 2010, 12:09 AM
Sigma 40 VE it just works.

A and O
May 12, 2010, 12:59 AM
XD40 with 165gr Gold Dots and on my side a Kimber Custom II with Federal 185gr HI-SHOKs and a Sears & Roebuck 12 gauge with OO Buck under the bed. We had an attempted home invasion about 8 yrs ago. You all understand what I mean by attempted, right?

May 12, 2010, 10:29 AM
Remington 12 gauge.

May 12, 2010, 11:07 AM
My Kimber Custom II 1911, utterly reliable, goes bang every time, and eats anything I feed it, from WWB 230 grain ball, to Speer Gold Dot HP, to my LSWC handloads, it has yet to choke on anything I feed it

Thank Og I haven't had to use any of my firearms in a defensive situation, but I have utmost confidence that the KCII will do what's needed to stop the threat(s)

If the KCII doesn't stop the threat(s), I'll have to fall back to my Mossy 500 stocked with #4 Buck....

May 12, 2010, 11:35 AM
Typically, my SIG P6. It works, I shoot well with it. I just keep it up on my book shelf which is next to my bed.

May 12, 2010, 11:37 AM
Bedside an HK USP Full in .40 S&W with extra two mags, one extended, all with Federal Hydra-Shok 185 gr..

For the rest of the house a S&W 5" 686 seven shot loaded and one speed loader with .38 spl. Federal Hydra-Shok 110 gr. and one speed loader of Nyclads.

In the workshop a S&W Model 64 loaded with Nyclads and two speed loaders of Nyclads.

In the yard a SIG 238 (or 232) with Golden Sabers.

Grey Morel
May 12, 2010, 11:52 AM
Just about anything and everything:

CZ-75, Smith 4506, Smith 629, Beretta 8040... It's not the arrow, its the indian.

May 12, 2010, 06:22 PM
SA 1911A-1 with 200 gr. Hornady XTP, 2 clips.

May 12, 2010, 08:31 PM
SA 1911A-1 with 200 gr. Hornady XTP, 2 clips.

May 12, 2010, 08:46 PM
Colt stainless Commander (Series 80 garbage removed) with RangerT's, because I will never be convinced by the current mythology that a 9MM equals a .45 ACP.

May 12, 2010, 10:03 PM
Short answer....one within my reach. If I cannot get to it, capacity, caliber, whatever...it would not make one bit of a difference.

Second answer...one that has "proven" itself.

Third answer....if I can get to a shotgun first, the handgun (auto loader or not) instantly moves to "backup" status.

May 12, 2010, 10:21 PM
G19 and Rem 870 express magnum.

May 12, 2010, 10:30 PM
S&W 4506-1.......because I have more faith in it than any other auto I own and it fires a big, slow bullet ;)

May 12, 2010, 10:35 PM
A HK45 and a USP 45 Tact. are my 2 Home Defense handguns - if I can't get to the SG first.

Why? They fit, they shoot better than my ability to wring it out of them, they're uber reliable and I bought each at a price that would make the 1911s I was looking at blush (under 800 OTD for each).

May 12, 2010, 10:40 PM
Well, in 2002-2003 when this post first appeared the only handgun I had in the house was an old Titan .25 that had been my mother's purse gun. I didn't try to delude myself into thinking it was much good for home defense though! My current bedside gun is a FNP-9M with night sights, my wife keeps a S&W stainless snubby with laser grips in the nightstand on her side.

May 12, 2010, 10:42 PM
Buick. :D

(oh, you mean guns. CZ-82, P3AT, and Ruger Security Six are the ones I keep loaded. Not necessarily in that order.)

May 22, 2010, 02:27 PM
Bedside an HK USP Full in .40 S&W with extra two mags, one extended, all with Federal Hydra-Shok 185 gr..

For the rest of the house a S&W 5" 686 seven shot loaded and one speed loader with .38 spl. Federal Hydra-Shok 110 gr. and one speed loader of Nyclads.

In the workshop a S&W Model 64 loaded with Nyclads and two speed loaders of Nyclads.

In the yard a SIG 238 (or 232) with Golden Sabers.
Ever seen Nyclad performance in gelatin ? Even out of a a snub nose it's impressive .
I was dancing a jig when Federal decided to produce it again . I had a M-85 stainless Tarus and a Ruger Security Six that were both w/o adjustable sights and hit to point of aim with the Nyclad .


May 22, 2010, 02:31 PM
Buick. :D

(oh, you mean guns. CZ-82, P3AT, and Ruger Security Six are the ones I keep loaded. Not necessarily in that order.)

June 5, 2010, 04:29 PM
Whatever I carried that day (Springfield SS Champion, or SW 4013) in my nightstand, .40 S&W HK USP EXPERT in wifes nightstand. One spare in the drawer for each, all loaded with Gold Dots.

Also keep a 9mm AR just inside the closet, two 32rd mags loaded with frangibles.

If by some miracle all that fails, one of 2 family dogs is a 100lb Rotty. Probably cares less about the adults, but she'll eat your face protecting the kids.

May be overkill to some, I have had a break in while home, I call it keeping the odds in my favor.

June 7, 2010, 12:05 AM
Sig P229 9mm w/Lasermax & Golden Saber +Ps
Browning HP (just in case)

June 7, 2010, 12:29 AM
FNP45 and a Winchester 1300 Defender.

And if those don't work, the AR15.

June 7, 2010, 08:05 PM
sa xd service model with m6 light and spare mag.

why you ask? that is what i carry and train with so that is what i use. and with over 17,500rds through it i would bet my life on it.

June 7, 2010, 08:26 PM
Glock 20 in the right and a PF9 in the left, spray and pray in large, poorly controlled bursts :eek:

June 7, 2010, 08:57 PM
I use to use a C-4 but it couldn't handle the power so I went for the Turbo 400 :neener:

June 7, 2010, 10:11 PM
I am currently using a Glock 30sf with Winchester Supreme Elite 230gr JHP ammo as my nightstand gun. I am fixin to add a Mossberg 500 Persuader 12g shotgun to my home defense arsenal.

Old Shooter
June 7, 2010, 10:23 PM
My side, Colt Commander .45 with Winchester 230gr HP.

Her side, S&W 36 with Winchester 158 gr LSWCHP +P.

In the corner, Remington 870 Express with 2 3/4" Remington 00 Buck.

Outside, meanest half-breed dog in the county.

June 8, 2010, 01:50 AM
Glock G33 357sig with 125gr golden saber bonded hollow points. I know I would probably lose my hearing for a while if shot in the home but it has a lot of speed and 500+ ft lbs. of energy behind it, and I am very confident with it. Sometimes I do put a lone wolfe 4 inch 40 S&W barrel in it with 165gr Winchester PDX1 bonded ammo in it. Either way I feel confident.

June 8, 2010, 07:29 PM
I use to use a C-4 but it couldn't handle the power so I went for the Turbo 400



June 9, 2010, 07:21 AM
G17 + 3 extra 33 round magazines on the window sill shelf above me. Can't go wrong with 116 rounds of Speer Gold Dot 9mm 124gr +P JHP's within arms reach :)

June 9, 2010, 09:26 AM
Smith & Wesson 6946

June 9, 2010, 10:30 AM
I use to use a C-4 but it couldn't handle the power so I went for the Turbo 400


I beleive C-4 as used in this context was refering to a Ford transmission... ;)

December 18, 2010, 08:35 PM
i have a glock 9mm mag plan with me and wife caring glock 26,,, each of us use glock 34 for idpa, we have the crimson lazer on the 26's,,, dawson fiber sights on the 34's,,, and the keltech sub 2000 with more glock mags ready to go,,,, the sub 2000 gets shot every so often,,, for such a cheap feeling gun,, the sub 2000 runs well with no issues,, all factory mags

December 18, 2010, 08:39 PM
usually keep the para ordnance 1911 on the nightstand loaded with 230 gr ball ammo.

i live in the country with no kids so i dont worry about over penetration.

December 18, 2010, 10:38 PM
RIA Tactical 1911, Chip McCormic 10rnd mag, hp ammo, or CZ 75 Omega with hp ammo.

December 18, 2010, 10:49 PM
For me its either a CZ P-01 with n.s. or my Springfield EMP 9MM, also n.s. Why? Light recoil so reaquire target faster and RELIABILITY!

Pete D.
December 19, 2010, 02:07 AM
I have a SA 1911 coverted to .45 Super. I want a lot of thump if I ever have to use it.
I have not had to use it and with any luck at all it will stay that way.

December 19, 2010, 02:20 AM
beretta 92fs ~ favorite autoloader

beretta px4 storm in .40 ~ my only other autoloader

December 19, 2010, 02:23 AM
Hmmm. I will say this : Under my pillow is a Taurus PT58 .380 and under my wifes pillow is a Smith .38..............

With that said the first thing I would pick up for a home defense situation would be the Mossberg Pistol Grip 20 Guage beside my bed.

I am kinda surprised how few people here posted a shotgun. I am a handgun lover myself, and CC everyday.

But then I also have a home full of kids and other people.....so the last thing that I would want is to kill or injure one of them as they are obviously on the other side of the wall that a BG would/could be standing at.

Its just the way I think......9mm 10mm .38 .357 .40 .44 .45 all these could/would go through BG & a wall and could injure/kill some one.

But I also note that a self home defense situaution will never be a perfect scenario, but I still like the shotgun thing! I think it is a better home defense choice than about any pistol.

December 19, 2010, 02:26 AM
I have a long house so, in the bedroom, it's my Para Ordnance Tac-Four LDA with 14 rounds of 230gr Golden Sabre and in the office, my Colt Series 80 Combat Commander with the same loads. Here they are:



December 19, 2010, 04:38 AM
Sig 229 with Corbon Match .357SIG inside, near me. Witness Elite Match 9mm with 9BPLE inside, near her.

December 19, 2010, 06:30 AM
I use a 1911 and a P11
with split-head hollow points that I reloaded

December 19, 2010, 08:08 AM
I keep it simple, my EDC is also does duty as HDW. I have it with me or close by in the house, on my night stand is a mid size Mag-Lite in case I'm dealing with a bump in the night...

December 19, 2010, 09:00 AM
Whichever of my two main guns is closer ...

So either a Kahr E9 or a PT911.

Why? Because those are my main shooters and as such I shoot them best.

December 19, 2010, 09:26 AM
A tried and true fullsize Kimber 1911 is closest to the pillow. A couple different versions of 12 gauge boom sticks and a .357 lever are within a few feet of that.

December 19, 2010, 09:54 AM
Glock 17 with Glaser Safety Slugs

December 19, 2010, 10:04 AM
Springfield Loaded & Sig P220.

December 19, 2010, 10:46 AM
XD40 w/ Surefire on my side (for the moment)

Glock 19 on the wife's side (her favorite)

December 19, 2010, 03:07 PM
Glock 21SF w M3 illuminator, loaded with Gold dots and Hydrashoks, Glock's utter reliability and 45 ACP

December 19, 2010, 03:17 PM
Glock 17 9mm

Because it works, it's what I have, and it's what I practice with.

9mm makes practice cheap and enjoyable.

Glock makes maintenance cheap and enjoyable.

Not too complicated for me, I guess. ;)

December 20, 2010, 12:35 AM
I must be old and old school, mine is S&W Model 66 in stainless, with the 357 mag. i don't have to hit center mass and the noise she makes in small places will them have messing their pants.

December 20, 2010, 08:16 AM
i keep my Sig ST P220 loaded with Gold Dot's .45 cal. 230gr. HP's.
Under the bed i have my SKS with plastic folding stock loaded with a 20 rd. clip of Wolf Military 123 gr. HP ammo.


I don't trust anything smaller than a .40 cal. as far as real stopping power.I also have a Siggie in that cal.[2240 SigPro]
The Sig is for indoor threats,and the Commie Carbine is for outdoor threats.
Two legged and four legged ! :cool:

December 20, 2010, 10:13 AM
Rem. 870 12 gauge, with #4 high brass, oh wait you said auto.

December 20, 2010, 10:50 AM
I have a S&W 5906 with Crimson Trace Lasergrips. I have the gun for home-defense as it has always been a reliable functioning firearm, shoots true to POA, with the lasergrips I can easily identify where I am aiming with 2 young kids in the house, and I like the ability of the DA/SA trigger pull.

December 20, 2010, 01:53 PM
Bushmaster M4a3 Gas Piston 5.56 & HK45c with Glaser Saftey Slugs and Lawmen HP. I was using a USP .40 till I saw the special on Home defense rounds on the sportsmans channel.

They did a test firing through sheet rock and the only round to not over penetrate more than 2 interior walls was the AR shooting .223 which reduces collateral damage. The .380, 9mm, .38 special, 12 gauge with .00 all penetrated more that 3 interior walls.

I am considering my FN Five-Seven USG in lieu of the HK45c but just got it and need some range time. (from what I have heard I could get off a tighter faster group with the 5.7 than I could with a 9mm, .40 or my favorite .45)

What is comes down to is the ability to put well placed shots down range on Target in a tight group.

INMO, you are more likely to get 2 or 3 shots off in rapid succession with an AR or a pistol than a shotgun because of felt recoil and muzzle blast.

If at night, the shotgun could temporarily blind both the aggressor and the person defending their home. On the AR Platform you can get different muzzle breaks to greatly reduce the muzzle flash which will result to a quicker follow up shot.

***These are just my opinions and not 100% fact.***

December 20, 2010, 02:06 PM
INMO, you are more likely to get 2 or 3 shots off in rapid succession with an AR or a pistol than a shotgun because of felt recoil and muzzle blast.

A 12ga 00 round is usually made up of eight or nine 30 cal balls which IMO beats 2 or 3 pistol rounds.

December 20, 2010, 02:13 PM
Good thinking, ParChaser.

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