I recently scanned an online survey designed to evaluate the best firearms to own for home safety. I did not answer the questions on the computer; therefore, I did not get their esteemed results. However, the questions themselves posed poignant points to ponder. Which type of handgun is the best for home protection? Which caliber is the best, the deadliest? Which shotgun load neutralizes the bad guy most effectively, a slug or the birdshot?? The truth of the matter, as I very humbly concluded, becomes personal to each individual. I suggest that whatever a person is most comfortable with is the home protection weapon he or she should stow. Which ever caliber he or she can handle under extreme stress is the best to load up the firearm with. When the situation arises where we find ourselves in danger, how each person responds, in their own home, becomes a very personal matter. So, prepare yourselves and everyone in your home with a safety plan that includes dealing with intruders. We practice the fire escape plans and knowing where the fire extinguishers are, we take the first aid/ CPR courses in the event of accidents, etc. But, we need to, without fear or hesitation, engage in the same level of preparedness for the uninvited guests. Personally, I favor the shotgun,as I believe everyone knows what the sound of a shotgun being pumped sounds like. Soon after I moved into my first home, I had a couple of uninvited guests banging on my front door looking for the prior owner’s daughter. hmmmmm. I told them, through the locked and bolted front door that she moved. They continued hammering on my door with their fists. I threatened to call the police, to no avail. My Ithica 12-guage shotgun spoke their language. Pumping a round into the chamber in my foyer behind my locked and bolted front door announced volumes to these would-be jokers and that made them leave. Find your best fit, take classes, rent various weapons at your local range to compare. Arming yourself does not invite trouble into or accidents within your home or amongst your family members, it empowers the household with confidence and competence to protect the home and everyne in it.
NRA Firearms Instructor – Nancy Rothschild
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