There are so many choices when it comes to home defense.

Security systems, deadbolts and locks, a good old fashioned guard dog or a baseball bat… or even, a firearm.

This is where every single “arm chair quarterback” is going to start chiming in with their two cents and how they’re right, everyone else is wrong, there might even be some rather harsh words in the comment section. I swear, firearm enthusiasts can be quite douchey at times. This article isn’t geared towards those of us who have been shooting forever and a day. It is geared towards the new firearm owner, who may not be as well versed as the rest of us.

When it comes to home defense, the “right” firearm choice is a simple one. It is the firearm that you, as the owner/operator are comfortable with. One that you can operate proficiently with and are capable of using in a high stress situation should that need ever arise.

When I was in the Sheriffs academy, I had this salty old firearm Instructor named Mike. A former Marine, Mike served in World War 2, Korea and Vietnam. This dude was REALLY old! He was one hell of an instructor though. On the topic of home defense, Mike would always say, “…all you need is 12:45. A 12 gauge shotgun and a .45 caliber pistol. Everything else can stay in your gun safe…”

As much respect as I had for Mike, God rest him, I have to disagree with this statement. Just as we are all different from one another, so are our choices and preferences.

Personally I like 9 mm and .45 caliber pistols, but I don’t like .40 cal S&W. But that’s just me. Some people may prefer revolvers rather than semi-automatics, it’s all about what you like and are comfortable with. So, should the time come and you have to use a firearm to defend yourself, your loved ones or even an innocent bystander, you are ready.

Find the right firearm for your needs and abilities and practice with it. Go to the range, get comfortable using it. Learn your local and state gun laws, they can be just as valuable as gold. It would behoove you to know what the laws are and what you can and can’t do with your legally owned personal defense firearm.

Does your state have a “castle doctrine” or “stand your ground” law? These are thing s you should also know if you’re going to choose to own a firearm for self defense and home defense.

Get instruction on your firearm. There are many certified and very capable firearm instructors out there. Your local gun store should know of at least a few instructors in your area. They might even be instructors themselves. A proper, certified instruction course can be a very valuable notch to have on your belt.

When it comes to your choice for home defense, choose the firearm that is right for you, not what someone else tells you that you should have.


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