The Best Guns for Home Defense
When it comes to protecting your home there is always a huge debate regarding what defense weapon you should choose. Typically, it comes down to a wide variety of variables including what is most comfortable for you to use, as well as what you can use most accurately and efficiently. When it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter if you have the best A-15 on the market – If you have more range time with a handgun than you do a rifle, then a standard Glock will be more effective in your hands and your best choice to protect your home.
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Things to Consider
If you are new to firearms and trying to decide what weapon is ideal for home defense, there are several factors you need to consider. One of the most important yet most overlooked and misunderstood factors is penetrating power. You don’t want to shoot an intruder and have the bullet go through them and hit a family member in an adjacent room. This is why so many people mistakenly opt for a shotgun as a home defense weapon over a handgun or small-caliber rifle. In fact, buckshot fired through ballistics gel at close range will also go through drywall behind the ballistic gel. Large slow-moving projectiles won’t break up once they hit something and will actually penetrate more at close range. The same is true for most handgun cartridges. Where as, small caliber rifle rounds like the 5.56 and 5.45 are fast-moving rounds and will break apart when they hit a target, thus will not penetrate drywall behind a target. If you are wanting to protect your home, then it is more than likely that you have people that you care about, if this is the case, the safest weapon to use to minimize collateral damage is a small rifle cartridge.
The Compactness of your Shooting Profile
The next misconception someone might have is that a rifle is large and cumbersome to wield in Close Quarters Battle (CQB). Think of a handgun outstretched in your hands with both of your arms completely extended, now think of a rifle tucked closely into your shoulder. Your shooting profile with a small-caliber rifle is actually more compact than your shooting profile with a handgun. This is one reason why United States special forces units use small-caliber rifles for CQB more often than handguns, only carrying handguns as a secondary weapon in case their primary fails. When I say small-caliber rifle I do not necessarily mean an AR-15; an AK-74, mini 14, X-95, or even 5.56 SCAR would all be viable options. The platform is less important, the cartridge is what is integral to the overall effectiveness and safety. If the state you reside in allows for 30 round magazines, then you will be at a massive advantage to almost any weapon an intruder may be carrying.
Getting a Flashlight
Most rifles can be easily outfitted with a flashlight and other attachments to assist in shooting in low light situations like a red dot sight. The most likely scenario when using a home defense weapon will be in low light. What intruder comes in during broad daylight? You will want a flashlight to see what you are shooting at and a red dot makes it easier to see your target. People train in well-lit shooting ranges but never think that when they will need to use the firearm in a real-life situation it will likely be at night in a low light situation.
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What is the Best Firearm?
Small Caliber Rifles
Small caliber rifles are arguably more accurate and stable for shooting. Since a rifle is tucked into your shoulder it allows you to handle recoil better and have a more stable shooting platform. At the end of the day, the ideal weapon for home defense is any small-caliber rifle because they have the least penetrating power, minimize risk for collateral damage, are ideal for CQB, are more accurate, and are easily outfitted with attachments for low light shooting.