What Is The Best Firearm To Own For Home Safety

competitive shootingI 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.

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"I worked as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for over 14 years, in a firearms carrying capacity. First assigned to LAX (1994), then to the Los Angeles/ Long Beach Seaport (1997-2007), I took an early retirement from my final duty station of El Paso, TX (2007-2008). Never having handled firearms prior to this job, I give full credit for my initial shooting lessons and safe firearms handling skills to the government. As I began to compete, I gleaned tips and coaching lessons from the best law enforcement instructors across the nation, turning myself into one of the best, too. I was a firearms instructor in Los Angeles and a national level competitor on a formally sponsored team from 1999 through 2003, being sent all over the nation for pistol match competitions. As a result of this gift of an experience, I went on to set five national records in the law enforcement shooting sports. Check in regularly to read about those and other adventures and misadventures!"
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