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Your primary home defense gun?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by MikeJ, Sep 7, 2003.

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What is your primary home defense gun?

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    182 vote(s)
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  2. Shotgun

    71 vote(s)
    26.6%
  3. Rifle

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  1. MikeJ

    MikeJ Member

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    Although this is a handguns thread I would like to know how many of you use another type of gun as your first line of home defense? Thanks, Mike
     
  2. .45Ruger

    .45Ruger Member

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    For me it's a Ruger P90 because that's easier to hold with a flashlight than a long gun.
     
  3. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    Greeting's All-

    My first line of home D' is a 12 gague Remington 870
    Marine Magnum, currently stoked with Federal's # 4
    and #00 buck-shot.

    Of course, its backed with with a West German SIG-
    Sauer P220A in .45 caliber; loaded with some
    Remington (standard pressure) 185 grain JHP's.

    If the perp is lucky enough to wade thru all that, then
    there is six rounds of Federal's 110 grain "Hydra-Shok"
    awaiting him/her, as fired from a Smith & Wesson 6"
    model 686-5.

    Additional home D includes: a .380 Walther PPK, a Smith
    & Wesson (old model 60) in .38 special; and a stain
    less steel Rossi (model 88, I think ?), also in .38 SPL
    awaiting their demise.

    U think I have enough firepower?


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

    MikeJ Member

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    Hi Ala Dan - I think you've got plenty of firepower!:uhoh:

    After 20 years of shooting handguns I have finally decided to add a shotgun to my home defense system and was really curious as to how many others also employ a shotgun for home defense. Best, Mike
     
  5. c-bag

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    MikeJ:

    i think the determing factor for me is mobility

    i think the shotgun is an excellent choice for HD when the primary concern is securing a fixed location (i.e. bedroom door, stairwell, hallway).

    when mobility is required (like getting to the kids down the hall) i'd go to a handgun if possible
     
  6. DMK

    DMK Member

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    If I can get to it, my 12 gauge Mossberg is primary. That said, at any given time a .357, .40 or 45ACP handgun may very well be...well...handier.
     
  7. C.R.Sam

    C.R.Sam Moderator Emeritus

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    Primary.........shotgun.
    First line of defence......likely a revolver on or near my body.

    Sam
     
  8. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

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    Prefer a good revolver or DA/SA auto that can be stored 'ready' but with the springs relaxed.
     
  9. wunderkind

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    6-shooter

    Like my Taurus 82 security guard turn-in for the 'bump in the night' gun. It's a 6-shot .38 spl. Military & Police copy with a surprisingly nice trigger.

    No safety to switch off. No mag spring to set. DA pull=less chance for an accident at 3 a.m.

    Easy to tell if loaded without manipulating the gun. No 'press check' necessary.

    With rubber grips, soft-shooting, even with the potent 158 grain +P SWC. Fun & cheap to practice with, a good thing in a defense gun.

    My situation doesn't lend itself to having a long gun at the ready.

    Funny, there's a couple Glocks and a few S&W wheelguns in the safe. But the $165.00 Taurus is my 'save your bacon' piece.

    (I know that following basic safety rules would negate some of my points-but I'm considering being woke up and not totallly alert at the time of threat-Mr. Murphy is my copilot!)
     
  10. David4516

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    How about "all of the above"?

    I've got:

    a Remington shotgun loaded with #4 Buckshot (27 pellets are better than 9, right?)

    a Makarov with 95 gr Hornady XTPs

    and, as a last resort (because of overpenatration concerns) a Wichester Model 94 .30-30 with 110 gr JHPs

    I'd go for the shotgun first, so thats what I voted for...
     
  11. boing

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    Was shotgun, but now handgun (Glock 19 right now).

    I developed the need for restricted access, and that means GunVault.
     
  12. V-fib

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    For me my primary is my Mossberg 500 12g. 18â€bbl and sidesaddle loaded with light fieldloads and followed by 00buck and slugs on the buttstock carrier. I also have a flashlight and laser attachment. I have a 2.5pwr scope and see through scope rings for close use if needed. A Sp101 is also available.

    :cool:
     
  13. TheeBadOne

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    98 lbs of German Shepard to start with. .40 Glock 22 with night sights, lasermax laser, Sure-Fire 6p flashlight, Corbon 135 gr hollowpoints. Second mag of Federal 165 gr Hydra-shocks. Gun vault locked up loaded Rem 870 12 ga stocked with high brass OO buck/flashlight on forearm. Cell phone on charger with the Glock/flashlight.
     
  14. denfoote

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    Mike,
    My G30, loaded with Federal 230gr Hydroshocks, is inder my pillow. I also have two 10 round mags within reach on the dresser. My wife has a Ruger P95 loaded with 115gr Winchester USA hollow points within reach under the bed. She also has two 15 round mags beside it!! :D

    We like being loaded for bear!! :what:

    Dry heat my arse!!! :evil:
     
  15. Amegatek

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    Mine is my Ruger KP-89 loaded with 124gr. HydraShok's. Don't own any long guns at the moment. :cool:
     
  16. Rob96

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    Well if the goblin makes it past my 90+ lb. Rottie, my primary HD gun right now is a Ruger GP-100 loaded with Speer 125gr+p 38spcl. I really do need to bring my shotgun up from the workshop.
     
  17. New_comer

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    First line HD firearm: Remington 870P Wingmaster shotgun loaded with three '00' buck capped with a Fiocchi 1 oz slug.

    Backup: my 9mm HK USP, with a balanced cocktail of 115 gr & 147 gr Fiocchi FMJHP, and 125gr FMJ bullets.
     
  18. stevelyn

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    I have to be since they like to visit often.

    My home defense consists of BHP on the floor next to the bed for two-legged critters and to fight my way across the room to the Brenneke stoked 870 for the four-legged kind.
    Of course if things really go south I have a Daewoo K-2 with a loaded mag nearby.:D
     
  19. Augustwest

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    1st line - 2 very dedicated mutts.

    2nd line - Win 1300 Defender.
     
  20. OEF_VET

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    My first line of defense is Mossberg 500 (PG/side folder) with alternating #8 shot and 000Buck.

    Should that fail, I've got a 4" 686 with Hydra-Shoks and Crimson Trace grips batting second.

    Next to the 686 in the nightstand is where my P32 usually resides at night. I say usually because it's at the smiths right now.

    Batting clean-up, just in case the zombies attack in force, my SAR-1 is in a soft case under the bed with 5 loaded mags, 4x30 and 1x40.
     
  21. foghornl

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    First Line is the Springfield 1911-A1. That buys me time to fade back to the closet for the Maverick/Mossy 12Ga, w Rem 3" #4Buck--41 pellets a round.

    After that, I'm going to the Most Serious Artillery...The US Rifle Cal .30 M-1 ...popularly known as The Garand
     
  22. Sven

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    1911 with 9 rounds of +P
     
  23. Lancel

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    Primary: Glock 20 (10mm) with 6 in bbl and night sights
    Secondary: Cold Steel Assegai (short handled Zulu spear)

    Backup: Spouse with revolver, telephone, and 2 dogs.

    Larry
     
  24. Ky Larry

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    My early warning system is a 3 1/2 lb Yorkie that hears everything in my neighborhood. Under my bed is a Winchester 1300 Defender with #00 buckshot. I have a Kimber within reach loaded with Winchester 230 gr JHP's. My wife has a .38 Colt Det Spl under her pillow loaded with Federal HydraShocks. I have an AK-47 in the front of my gun safe with 6 30 rnd mags. I can reach it fairly quickly but it's also my WTSHTF gun.
     
  25. 556A2

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    CZ-75B 9mm with 15 +P Speer Gold Dots
     
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