If you have ever been the victim of a home invasion, you know that the paralyzing fear of insecurity haunts you. The right to defend your life is protected under the Second Amendment.

Handguns: Pistols and Revolvers

The majority of pistols are semi-automatic weapons. This means that once they fire, a new round is automatically inserted into the magazine. Revolvers are more difficult to shoot than pistols, as they have a heavier trigger pull. Since pistols have a lighter pull, there is less likelihood that it will move off-target, giving you more accuracy.

If you are looking for a handgun for home defense, a full-size pistol is a perfect choice. Pistols have a more complicated operation than revolvers. Reloading a pistol under stress does take practice and coordination. This can be challenging for inexperienced shooters or if someone is operating a pistol under a life and death situation.

Since a full-size pistol is a superb choice for home defense, you will need to select a model that is comfortable for shooting. You will need to find a handgun where you have a confident, strong grip, which will give you ultimate control.

To determine if your hand is large enough for a certain type of pistol, use this easy test:

  • Grip the gun so that the slide aligns with the middle of your forearm.
  • Make sure you are able to reach the trigger without changing your grip on the firearm.
  • Confirm that the magazine release, external safety and slide release are all within comfortable reach while maintaining your shooting grip on the weapon.

Revolvers have fewer parts, which means there are fewer chances of a malfunction. However, they also hold less ammunition than pistols, which means that in home defense situations, you’ll need better accuracy when faced with life or death. One important thing to note: if a revolver malfunctions, you simply pull the trigger again and a new cylinder comes into alignments with the barrel.

Shotguns and Rifles

The shotgun is the ultimate home defense weapon. There are, however, some drawbacks to using a shotgun inside a home.

Featuring an extended sight radius, a shotgun must be operated with both hands. A shotgun is simply pointed in a direction, rather than aiming, which means you can load it with buckshot and spray bullets in your intruder’s direction. You should also note that stray pellets can cause injury, bodily harm or kill other people.

Since shotguns require both hands, it can be difficult to walk through your home turning on lights, checking doors and searching for intruders. The barrel length is also longer, which can make it difficult to maneuver around corners without giving away your location.

Rifles have ammunition that can cause over-penetration when used, which means that you would need to worry about your neighbors receiving one of these blow-out bullets. A rifle is easier to shoot and is more accurate than handguns, but they are also less accessible during life and death defense situations.

Before you purchase a gun for home defense, make sure you research what type of gun best suits your needs and body frame. Additionally, make sure regularly practice shooting your weapon using gun targets. Steel targets offer extreme durability, making them excellent to use year after year.  It is important to be prepared for any emergency.