The most important thing about buying a gun for home defense is that it fits your needs. Before you buy a gun, it is essential to decide what purposes the firearm will serve. Different guns are used for various purposes. Therefore, every gun owner needs to know what each firearm is capable of and what every weapon is used for and then find the most suitable gun for their needs. In this blog, we will discuss what to look for in a firearm used for self-defense.
If you are how I used to be, you might use your compact Smith and Wesson pistol for home defense. Though this is better than nothing, I have come a long way since that time. Though this is not a complete list of what you should look for, as that could take an entire book, this article should help you make an informed decision.
You will need to select the weapon you are going to use. If you are buying something new, you will be presented with a lot of choices. The first thing you want to consider is the size. If you are looking for a weapon designated for home
defense, bigger is usually better.
If you are looking for comfort, you may think a smaller weapon is better, but you may think twice after firing it once. The recoil on a lighter weapon can be surprising. Instead, consider a gun with some weight to keep that recoil
down. Additionally, a smaller handgun may be harder to hit on target as the sights are closer. Lastly, smaller weapons tend to hold less ammo and pack less of a punch.
Here is the scenario; multiple armed intruders invade your home, and you have a compact weapon with limited ammo. Perhaps you scare them off when you take that first shot. Or maybe you don't, and you run out of ammo quickly.
Instead of being caught in that situation, consider purchasing a weapon that can hold more ammunition. You also want to be sure to have good stopping power, at which larger weapons are better.
If you only have enough to buy one firearm, then this changes our story a bit. As I stated before, it is better to have a compact gun than not to have one. There are countless cases where intruders were scared away by a single shot from an unseen weapon. That being said, if you intend to buy a gun for concealed carry and home defense, then you need something that is comfortable but will still get the job done. In this case, you may want something more compact but remember not too light.
If you are looking to buy a weapon for hunting and home defense, then you have the best of both worlds. Rifles are excellent weapons for home defense as they are hard to take from you. They are also the only thing reliable enough to stop a deer or other sport.
As I stated before, this is not a complete list of things you should look for. If you have questions, then feel free to come to our shop or give us a call. We would love to help you out in making the right decision for you and your family.