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Pick 1 For Home Defense Gun

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by sigbear, Feb 28, 2009.

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Pick 1 For Your Home Defense Only Gun

  1. 9mm, 16+1 HP's

    193 vote(s)
    34.8%
  2. .45 ACP, 8+1 HP's

    225 vote(s)
    40.5%
  3. Other

    137 vote(s)
    24.7%
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  1. sigbear

    sigbear Member

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    If you could pick only 1 of the 2, which would you pick for your "Home Defense Only Handgun"?, Both 4-4.5" barrel, u-pick your round.

    9mm 16+1 rounds HP

    .45 ACP, 8+1 rounds HP

    Other

    Sigbear
     
  2. StorkPatrol

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    For a "home defense only" gun you are not limited in size like you would be for a carry gun. There is no reason you cant have a 13 round .45 or a 15 round 10mm or a 17 round .40. I predict a huge victory for "other" in this poll.
    --Stork
     
  3. geronimo509

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    Why not 13+1 of .45 HP [​IMG]
     
  4. threefeathers

    threefeathers Member

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    J Frame with Laser sight in one hand, Surefire E-2 in other hand. Cell phone on after quick 911 call.
     
  5. chris in va

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    Whatever you shoot best. Sometimes it's my Sig 220, other times I leave my CZ 75 out on the stand.
     
  6. benderx4

    benderx4 Member

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    Home defense? Here's mine:

    [​IMG]

    One for upstairs, one for downstairs. 12+1 of beautiful 45acp JHP.
     
  7. Myles

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    If I only had one choice for Home Defense, it would not be a handgun.
     
  8. possum

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    i agree the only reason for my hd handgun is to fight my way to my shotgun.

    but if it is between the two that you have listed i would take the higher capacity of the 9mm.
     
  9. woodchuck315

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    anything .45acp for a handgun. Good chance intruders could be hopped up on drugs. .45acp has the knockdown to lay them on their ass, and allow you to at least stand a chance. Inner city? .44 mag or larger.

    but Primary weapon would be a HD 12ga.

    Since I only have a pretty sporting 12ga, Id grab my 1911, or if time was an issue, my Kel-Tec P-11 is always chambered with a full mag (11 rounds total). And, its on my nightstand or on my person.

    and the 12ga better be a pump. The sound of a 12 ga pump racking (hard and fast) should scare away any intruder that values life. I racked my shotgun (empty) one day and my brother about messed himself. He agreed anyone hearing that would run....
     
  10. grimjaw

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    Five 12G 00 buck, and two earplugs.

    jm
     
  11. 1911shooter

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    I had to say other for the fact that my nightstand table is a SIG Sauer P226 with a 20 round magazine and x200 weapon light. stocked with 115gr +P+ ammo.
     
  12. jeepmor

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    For the tight quarters of typical suburbia or apartment living nowadays, the shotgun offers the best option, not a bullet tosser.

    jeepmor
     
  13. Nicky Santoro

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    My HD gun is a 1911 with JHPs. I did this because when I made that decision my familiarity with handguns was solely with the 1911 which I carried in the Army. I don't regret the decision but, having to do it over again, and knowing what I know now, I'd go with a K frame S&W in .357 loaded with 125gr JHPs.
    Sometimes less is more. That being said, I sleep well with the 1911 in the night stand.
     
  14. Deanimator

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    In the ACTUALLY "tight quarters" of my real apartment, a non-NFA long gun is nearly worthless. I might as well depend upon a naginata.

    A handgun is not ALWAYS the best choice.
    A shotgun is not ALWAYS the best choice.

    Telling total strangers in absolute terms what to use for home defense without even seeing a PICTURE of THEIR home is as ill-advised as planning an infantry attack without seeing the objective or even consulting a map.

    Operations orders include the Essential Elements of FRIENDLY Information for a reason.
     
  15. Boats

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    I needed an "all of the above" My nightstander is a Beretta PX-4 9mm with 20+1 147gr JHP rounds at the ready, mainly because the thing mounts a Streamlight.

    However, the desk drawer in my home office, where I spend a lot of time, is packing a full size Colt Government Model with 8+1 230gr JHPs and an extra mag. I also have a .357 Magnum and a speedloader stashed in the garage.

    I have 12ga shotguns in the closet both in the master bedroom and the office. The handguns are only to make it to those.
     
  16. glockman19

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    While I have 9mm & 45's IMHO If I had only one gun for Home Defense It woulod be a revolver in .357 or .44 mag.
     
  17. CWL

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    I chose "other", as long as it's in 12 gauge.

    In my home, a shotgun is the best choice.
     
  18. Deanimator

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    All things being equal, if you think it is, it probably is.

    But what do you know, you just live there... :rolleyes:
     
  19. Deanimator

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    My home defense guns are my CCW guns, whichever I've carried that day.

    I've got an Ithaca riotgun and an AR carbine, but in my present home, they're a waste of time. Were I to move, that could change.
     
  20. CountGlockula

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    .40S&W baby!
     
  21. 10-Ring

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    Still depends on the firearm -- but on a night in, night out basis -- I'd go w/ a Colt 1911 for my 45 acp 8+1
     
  22. psyopspec

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    Which can I shoot with the best balance of accuracy and rapidity?
     
  23. Poor East Texan

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    Other.

    Rem 870 18" w/#4 buck.
     
  24. 76shuvlinoff

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    These days in MY home the .45 is the "one gun" that escorts me to the 870.
     
  25. L-Frame

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    Ruger GP-100 with buffalo bore 158 +p's.
     
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