The question about what the best home defense weapon is is a pretty hotly-debated one. Some people thing it’s a .45, some people think it’s an M-16 or AK-47, and some people think it’s a shotgun. Here’s what I think.
There are several considerations that you need to think of when deciding what weapon would be best to protect your home, such as:
- Your experience and training
- The risk of collateral damage
- The effectiveness of the round used
Your experience and training
Honestly, this one is probably the most important. A properly-trained individual can protect his family with a .22 better than an untrained one can with a machine gun. A weapon is just a tool, and some tools are better than others. The biggest difference though is how well the shooter puts rounds on target and manages to not shoot anyone he isn’t trying to shoot and also not get shot himself. In addition to training with the exact weapon you choose, you should take lessons in tactics from a qualified instructor. There are also many books on home defense that you can read to give you ideas.
No matter what gun you choose, you need to train with it and practice.