By: Kyle James | 04-12-2018 | News
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The Top 5 Firearms For Home Defense

Research has shown that legal uses of firearms in self-defense or to stop crime are at least as common as illegal uses of firearms by criminals if not more. A CDC report sanctioned by Obama after the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012 said, "Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year, in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008." There are countless circumstances of people being victimized by violent crime each day, so what can you do to avoid becoming a statistic? Here are the top 5 firearms that are ideal for defending your home.

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1. Mossberg 500/590 Shotgun

One of the best weapons for close quarters situations such as defending your home is a shotgun, and no one makes a better shotgun with more bang for your buck than Mossberg. The 500/590 model shotgun from Mossberg is a versatile 12 gauge pump action shotgun that is devastating at close range. This gun can be loaded with buckshot, a round packed with tiny pellets, or slugs, which is a single projectile. You can purchase one of these shotguns for about $350 and it can easily be stored in your bedroom closet. Be sure to take it out to the range with an experienced gun owner to learn proper safety, how to reload, clean, and properly fire the shotgun.

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2. Glock 17/19 Semiautomatic Pistol

The Glock 17/19 models are about as reliable and easy to operate as any handgun gets and fires 9mm rounds with very little recoil. They are cheap and readily available at most dealers and while they may not be the most pretty looking handgun they certainly have the ability to put rounds down range quickly and accurately. Learning how to properly handle and fire a semiautomatic pistol is important, if you don't hold it right you can easily injure your hand or jam the gun. This is easily avoided by spending a little bit of time learning how to use the firearm from an experienced instructor. The Glock 17 costs about $500 and it doesn't necessarily have to stay at home, the small size makes it an ideal candidate to carry around with you but be sure to find out the legal requirements for carrying a concealed weapon in your state.

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3. AR-15 Semiautomatic Carbine

The AR-15 has earned a bit of a bad rap in the last couple years since its use in recent mass shootings but don't let that deter you from taking advantage of this fine piece of firearm technology. Originally created in the 1970's, the AR-15 has been a mainstay in gun culture due to its reliability and ability to fend off multiple intruders. The reason you may want a rifle over a handgun or shotgun is if you are facing multiple intruders or if they themselves are armed you want to be the one with an advantage. They range in cost from $600-$2,500 and fire 5.56x45mm NATO ammunition with great accuracy.

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4. Smith & Wesson 686 Revolver

The Smith & Wesson 686 is at the top of its class of revolvers and there are some distinct advantages and disadvantages of using a revolver instead of a semiautomatic pistol. The Smith & Wesson 686 is a .357 double action revolver with a 4-inch barrel and it's a common choice for home defense. Some of the pros of revolvers include they are more reliable and don't have a slide which can become jammed making it ideal for firing from your pocket or other some precarious scenario where you find yourself forced to use it. Revolvers do have a lower ammo capacity than semiautomatic pistols and cost about $700.

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5. Taurus Judge Revolver

Coming in at number 5 is the Taurus Judge and this bad boy is called the Judge for a reason. Taurus took an innovative spin on the revolver and turned it into a handheld shotgun. That's right, the Taurus Judge can .410 buckshot and while it may not have the same stopping power as a 12 gauge it certainly going to do some damage. If you don't want to be bothered with accuracy in a tense situation such as waking up in the middle of the night to burglars in your home, you won't have to worry about being too accurate with your sleep-ridden eyes. The Taurus Judge can also chamber regular bullets like .45 ACP rounds with moon clips making it a versatile option for home defense that is easy to reload in a pinch.

While the idea of defending your home with a firearm may not sound ideal to the average person, owning a firearm might just save your life or the life of someone you love one day. It is better to own a gun and not need it than to not own a gun and need one.

Economist John Lott said, "We find that allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons deters violent crimes and it appears to produce no increase in accidental deaths. If those states which did not have right-to-carry concealed gun provisions had adopted them in 1992, approximately 1,570 murders; 4,177 rapes; and over 60,000 aggravated assaults would have been avoided yearly." Don't let the media decide how you feel about firearms for you, do the research yourself and understand that the right to bear arms is a vital part of our constitution and what makes, and keeps, America great.

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Anonymous No. 22914 2018-04-12 : 02:49

I'm not sure about the Taurus Judge, I'd rather have the 686 as my first choice but assuming I did have some other options I wouldn't mind having a Judge just for fun

Strelok No. 22916 2018-04-12 : 03:09


>Created in 1970's

>Anything Taurus

So how many minutes of research went into this article?

Anonymous No. 22919 2018-04-12 : 03:43

The Taurus, loaded with 410 2-ott mix is an excellent gun to keep in the kitchen drawer. The wife has used it a few times on snakes and it sure as hell will stop anyone coming in your doorway.

Anonymous No. 22936 2018-04-12 : 08:07

I prefer the browning M2HB for home defense! I will full out Rambo that bitch and when the bad guy comes the neighbors will be ducking 1/2" diameter rounds. The only downside I see is the bitch is heavy. Oh and the destruction of the neighborhood. And how to explain the mess that was the robber to the cops.

That's still my pick for number 1, followed closely by the infamous Ted Williams tube fed .22 cause they are known to feed extremely well.

Now this 3rd place gun would have been the number one pick but it takes a special lady to allow a punt gun to be setup for home defense. In the rare case mumma will allow it, you can sleep well at night knowing that safety is just a yank on the string attached to the trigger. A feat that can be accomplished from the comfort of your favorite chair, or even your bed! You just mount the ole punt gun in a location where the muzzle can be directed towards a point of entry. Then it's as simple as dumping 2/3rds a pound of ffff black powder give or take. You can use just about anything that fits down the massive bore for shot. Personally I prefer using old silverware, pinballs, or chain. But anything metallic should work just fine. The only negative, it tends to cause structural damage. But the threat will be neutralized even if they are coming in on the other side of the house. (Concussion or disintegration) And if you used silverware, the next day the neighborhood kids get to have a treasure hunt.

Anonymous No. 22953 2018-04-12 : 12:41

Glock 30, KelTec bullpup Shotgun keeps pesky critters away

Exador No. 22956 2018-04-12 : 13:18

The AR platform was created in the 1950s. Remember, the M-16 is based on that platform.

Anonymous No. 22965 2018-04-12 : 15:09

Look up 40mm beehive attachment &round. It shoots 12 x 22lr rds at once.

Agree with all 5 but would add the Rem 870 pump shotgun loaded with plastic pellets rds. No need to accidently killed the kids with over penetration using "00" buck.

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