Best Gun for Home Defense
September 22nd, 2007
Dear Dr. Ignatius Piazza,
Thank you for the reports; I eagerly wait for each new report to arrive in my email.
I am a retired with a disabled wife. I am in good health but she can not even hold a gun.
We live in a rented duplex in a small town (10,000 pop) adjacent to another town of about 40,000 population.
Since 9-11-’01 I have been preparing for the next big attack. Storing food, water and learning many disaster survival skills, except self-defense. I have been resisting the idea of using a gun but nearly all disasters result in urban violence. The defenseless become victims of the lawless. The recent Virginia Tech shootings pushed me to want to become armed to defend myself and my wife.
My daughter recently gave me her ex-husband’s .22 rifle just to get it out of her house.
Now I really want to learn to properly use a weapon for self-defense.
The reason for this letter: What weapon(s) would you recommend I purchase for home defense. I have asked other people with military experience they suggest different weapons, so I am now asking a real expert for advise.
A handgun is a must for personal defense because it can be carried on your person at all times and is the immediate emergency response if under close range lethal confrontation. I carry a Glock model 22 in .40 caliber. We like the Glocks because they are simple to use and very reliable.
A shotgun is an excellent choice for controlling your environment out to about 30 yards and is especially good in low light situations as the buckshot pattern and increased stropping power aid in defending against lethal attacks from multiple adversaries. Remington 870 Police, Mossberg 590A1 and Benelli M1 Super 90 are all good choices.
A rifle allows you to control your environment out to distances as far as you can identify targets. A Bushmaster Dissipator AR-15 in .223 or a Springfield Armory M1A in .308 are good choices, but don’t rule out a simple bolt action rifle is 30-06 or a lever action 30-30.
Our motto is “Any Gun Will Do-IF You Will Do!
Bring what you have to Front Sight and we will train you to be very good with it.
Personally, I would have and learn to shoot well, a handgun, shotgun, and rifle. Then you can control your environment from arms length to several hundred yards.