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Is a 10 round 9mm pistol enough for home defence?

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  1. JB357MAG

    JB357MAG Member

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    I am going to buy a house in the next 4 to 6 months.

    I just sold my AR-15 to help catch up bills and will not be able to
    buy any guns for a while.

    I have an M&P shield 9mm with a Magguts 9 + 1 mag.

    I also have a 1911, will the sheild be enough for home defense in a small
    900 square foot house w/ a garage??

    Jimmy
     
  2. IWAC

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    Congrats on the house! Depends how much you have practiced with it, (enough so you are familiar with your gun) and how well you can shoot it with good ammunition! By "good", I mean reliable, feed and go bang the first time every time, and every other time; not necessarily the latest, most expen$ive, over-advertised "new and improved". Even hardball.
     
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  3. Devonai

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    Statistically, yes, unless you live in a horrible neighborhood. Both the Shield and the 1911 are good choices, assuming you're proficient with them. Of course, it can't hurt to have spare mags available, too.
     
  4. GRIZ22

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    Unless you expect to be stormed by a platoon of home invaders 10 rds should do.
     
  5. Elkins45

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    I wouldn't stand around and let you unload it in my direction.
     
  6. JohnKSa

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    The vast majority of self-defense gun uses are resolved with less than 5rounds. But some aren't.

    No one can tell you what your self-defense gun use will look like ahead of time, but I wouldn't worry unduly about 10 rounds--lots of folks still use revolvers for home defense after all.

    What I would be worried about is insuring that the gun is 100% reliable, especially with the reworked magazine. Unless you have at least 100 rounds downrange with the mag since the mod, I wouldn't trust it.
     
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    Thanks for the answers.:D

    The mag is tested and good.

    I am thinking also of getting a 10 rounder for the 1911 and having
    that one in reach if needed.

    Also I must point out I live alone.

    Jimmy
     
  8. Jeff White

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    It's all about you, your level of awareness and your training.

    It wasn't that long ago that people considered a 5 or 6 round revolver as adequate. I know a couple of skilled shotgunners who rely on a short (legal length) double barrel shotgun.

    Software is much more important then hardware.


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  9. CZ9shooter

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    I keep a G42 at the ready. Something with a little more firepower would be nice, but I want a gun that the wife and I are both familiar with it. It sure beats a kitchen knife.
     
  10. Rick R

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    Merely "adequate". You will be better off than most households which is a sad state of affairs.
    Woefully inadequate for helping to defend the Republic. Endeavor to get another AR15 ASAP.
     
  11. Deaf Smith

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    Yes it will. Just practice for skill and keep the gun handy.

    Plus you said you have a 1911. I presume .45. Between the two you are well armed to stop anything inside a 21 ninja attack.

    Deaf
     
  12. ACP

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    What Jeff and Deaf said.
     
  13. MedWheeler

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    One round is enough for a defensive situation.

    Unless it isn't, in which case, two is enough.

    Unless it isn't, in which case, three is enough.

    Unless it isn't...


    See where I'm going here?
     
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    It will do if you will...but house size has little to do with it. You will be fighting humans not square footage.
     
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    +1


    It would be wise to get another carbine as soon as possible in this political climate and threat level.
     
  16. ilbob

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    Your chances of needing a firearm to defend yourself at all is relatively low. Chances are if you need a firearm to defend yourself you won't need all that many rounds. All of life is a game of playing the various risk factors against each other. I would not get all that excited about how many rounds I had in my firearm. It is pretty low on my list of things to worry about. My suspicion is that actual houses are slightly more likely to be at risk as opposed to typical Apartments just because there are more people around most Apartments. But that also depends on all kinds of factors that may or may not be present in your case. Congratulations on being able to get a new house I hope you enjoy it.
     
  17. Old Shooter

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    Either of your guns should work just fine for your purposes. I would pick up an extra mag for each of them and as mentioned, fit in some practice time with each one.
     
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    With question............yes!
     
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    Probably
     
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    Sure, man.

    I use a 8+1. It is my CCW gun and I am pretty proficient with it.
    Doesn't hurt to have a spare mag and maybe a backup gun, but I don't see an issue with 10 rounds.
    Heck, how many of us have a revolver on the night stand?
     
  21. Nicky Santoro

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    OP, you're good to go. You'll be dead or victorious before you expend 10 rounds.
     
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    For decades 6rds was enough, I think you'll be fine with 10.
     
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    Depends on your neighborhood and how well you reload.
     
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    I'd make sure to get an alarm for the house. We have a Simply Safe system, and both the system and monthly charges are reasonable.

    Before buying 10 round 1911 magazines, confirm whether they're designed to work with hollow point ammunition.
     
  25. Kleanbore

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    Not to single boom boom out , but once the door has been breached, the type of neighborhood will mean little.

    And I would not count much on reloading.

    One really has to figure on entertaining a couple of them--gets them in and out more quickly with the loot and lets each of them look out for the other's six.

    I would not worry as much about whether ten rounds are adequate as I would about where we will be when the alarm sounds, and where the gun will be.

    It's not a matter of an preparing for an extended engagement. It's a matter of dissuading or slowing entry, and dealing with it timely should it happen.

    The are are some good books on home defense. Start there. And start with wings like reinforced door frames, and river gravel under the windows, an thorny bushes out there.

    Ten rounds? I have eight--on me. Should the apocalypse happen at night, there is another gun there. but there is no guarantee of that. On the other hide, I would be in a safer place than if they were to catch me in the kitchen, because I will be in a defensive option. You won't find me traipsing around looking for intruders.

    One other thing. You really do not want to fire anything indoors, but given a choice, I would use a .45 ACP over a high performance 9MM--the sound pressure is lower.

    Good luck!
     
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