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Lets talk about the perfect pistol/revolver for home defense. I want to leave the AR15/50BMG/Shotgun out of the discussion. While they can be effective and fit the bill, one problem with a long gun is storage for home defense. It is much easier to put a pistol into a bedside safe than a long gun. Having a firearm secured yet accessible is why I want to leave the discussion to pistols. However, I bet within 10 post, someone will bring up a long-gun.

Anyways, what would be your personal gun and load? I see home defense somewhat different than other situations. #1 there is likely family in your house behind walls. Walls in a house can be assumed to be ½ inch sheet rock. At the worst, the bullet will only have two sheets of sheet rock, separated by 3½ inches and a family member behind the wall. Best case is you have a few walls and it would hit a stud. But lets keep in mind, penetration can cause really bad consequences.

I know some people may say to practice a lot and not miss. Well, I don’t see that as realistic. If police statistics are used, in actual shootings, more than 70% of the bullets miss the target. So, I would assume that in a home defense situation a bullet will miss its target and then it must be stopped by walls and hopefully no-one is behind a wall. Again, in a perfect world, one would gather all family members in a safe area and then act, but this may not be the case.

So, would the perfect pistol be a 45ACP with nice FMJ hardball? Would it be a 17HMR Revolver with Varmit Rounds? Maybe a 5.7x28mm? How about a 9mm loaded with 90gr HP. A 40SW with Frangible ammo? 10mm with nuclear ammo? 110gr SP 357Mag? Does you gun have night sights? Laser? Both? Light? No Light? Long Barrel (i.e. G34) or short (i.e. G23).

Really, I think this is an open question with no real “right” answer. But we do know the right answer should inlcude the words "glock" in the answer. :)

-Dana
 

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For me it would be the one I'm most comfortable with. Right now it would be my G17 Gen4 124gr Speer gold dots. My G22 RTF should be here next week after I shoot it than we will see. My Wather PPK .380 used to be my first choice, but now my G17 is.
 

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Seriously though, I'd take any large frame glock. Heck I'd be happy with a g17 (w/ 33rd mag), good flashlight, laser and night sites. Same accessories on a G20 or G21.

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I personally don't have a large frame glock so I would be using a g26 (with 33rd mag) or my g29...........excluding my long guns.
 

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Any good self defense round suitable for home defense is going to penetrate through any normal house wall. Either hit what your shooting at or don't shoot in a direction where if you miss your going to hit a family member. Personally I use a Glock 22 with night sights. I would prefer a shotgun but with kids in the house there is no feasible way to store for easy access where they couldn't get to it.
 

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Another point against the long gun, try going thru a door with it at the ready.
For me it’s a Glock 21 with night sights, loaded with 230 gr. Federal hydroshoks. I am single and not worried about over penetration. If you want something that is not going to over penetrate I would recommend a 12GA loaded with light #9 skeet loads. This is not a perfect world; there is no one best choice.
 

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If it is going to be strictly a nightstand gun, that may not be seen for years until it's needed, I say a stainless revolver. Probably a S&W 627. Eight shots of .357 in a gun that will avoid corrosion and neglect as long as anything can. No compressed springs to possibly fail. Heavy enough to be comfortable with whatever rounds you choose. If you could get a solid stainless one with a rail to mount a TLR-2 on it would be perfect.
 

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With night sights and a G21-13 ROUND mag and I I could afford a set of CTC grips and 230gr. +p HORNADY.:cool:
I love the sign that reads "NOTHING IN THIS HOUSE IS WORTH DIEING FOR!":rofl:
 

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I would go with the G21 with a mounted light . You need to be able to maintaine a proper shooting hold while doing other thing like opening door, using your cell phone, picking up one of your family members, ect. Big bore auto pistol all the way for home defense. And if you are worried about over penetration use the lightest grain bullets you can find .
 

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Mine is a Beretta PX4 Storm type G in 40 S&W. Has Mepro night sights and a rail mounted LaserMax. Very nice, reliable weapon. Much like the Glocks I've never had a FTF or FTE.

Long Gun? 1944 M1 Carbine
 

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I like my Glock 22 Gen 4 with 155 gr. Hornady XTP loads and my Surefire 6P flashlight. Also a good idea to keep the cell phone handy just in case the terrorists cut your phone line before they come for you.
 

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Hey, it's not a shotgun or long gun, but would work better than a handgun.

No, really, I think if you are going to use a handgun, you need one you can shoot well and are comfortable with using in a high stress situation. Just like what you would carry, but without consealability or comfort as carrying as a concern.
 

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Any good self defense round suitable for home defense is going to penetrate through any normal house wall. Either hit what your shooting at or don't shoot in a direction where if you miss your going to hit a family member. Personally I use a Glock 22 with night sights. I would prefer a shotgun but with kids in the house there is no feasible way to store for easy access where they couldn't get to it.
I agree that it is best not to shoot in a direction where a miss will do bad things. But really, in a house, you don't always know where everyone is at all times. Also, it is very easy to say not to miss. Have you ever shot a Texas Star? Its very simple. Shoot 5 round steel targets and don't miss.

The reason for this discussion is because you might be involved in a dynamic situation with high stress, not everything is in your control, and target fixation based upon the situation.

SO the real question is what minimizes the effect that mistakes (which I think are more thna likely to happen) will have while still being effective.

And yes, with kids, its not possible to have a loaded shotgun next to the bed.

-Dana
 

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Dry wall isnt much of a barrier. Might as well shoot whatever round you comfortable with, 9mm .40 .45acp 357sig 357mag etc etc...all of which can cruise through drywall and kill someone on the other side. The results will vary with multiple sheets but its just bad practice to be shooting at something with people/family members behind the target.

Anyway, my advice is any round you a comfortable with and dont be a dumbass shooting at family members.
 
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