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Best Guns for Home Defense

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There are several things to consider when arming your home for defense. Things like the size of the household and how many adults and children are in the house. How many family members will be using the firearm, and what are their individual preferences? If you are single, are you living alone, or are there other adults with you in the house who are also keen on using the gun for protection?

When it comes to storage, do you have a place where you can safely keep firearms out of children’s reach? Do you have a place in your home where the firearm is accessible to you and for you only? And finally, is the gun you own the right one for you and for everyone?

The best gun to keep at home for protection varies for each person. What may work for you doesn’t necessarily mean it will also work for others. The one-size-fits-all principle does not apply to arms.

Guns are equally designed for protection and safety. If you are considering arming your home, then you need to familiarize yourself with the types of firearms most people keep in their homes for defense. Here are a few of the top firearm choices best suited for homes.

Handgun Revolver

The classic wheeled gun is handy and easy to operate. You don’t need to do a lot to fire it. It’s as plain and bare as a gun can ever be.

Because of a revolver’s simple design, jamming incidents or any kind of malfunctions rarely occur with it. It has no gimmicks and no hidden mechanics. For first-time gun owners, you need a reliable weapon that will fire at your will and perform the same function for the next succeeding years.

Maintenance is not hard to come by for revolvers as well. You can easily see the chambers and the slide into them for a quick tidying up. The external parts of the handgun are equally simple to maintain, considering its already smooth finish.

The size of the handgun is also one of its many advantages. You won’t have any difficulty concealing it at home. You can pretty much store it anywhere in the house for as long as it’s not within reach of children.

Knowing how to shoot with a handgun may take some time for beginners because of its startling recoil and power. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, though, it’ll be hard to resist target-shooting with it. Again, you don’t need to do much for a revolver other than the learning curve. But it sure can deliver and do a bang-up job for you in the line of self-defense.


For protection purposes, long-range rifles and bulky carbines are probably a little more than what you need for a home defense gun. You have to consider storage. Rifles occupy space and need to be inaccessible for safety. If the space in your living quarters is limited, you may need to reorganize a few things to be able to carve out enough storage room for tactical firearms.

But on the other side of the coin, the advantages of having an AR-15 for home defense is definitely tempting. If you have ample and reliable storage, an AR-15 will get you hooked. It’s compact, versatile, and easy to handle.

For beginner gun owners, you won’t have to spend that much time learning how to fire the rifle. Because of an AR-15’s straightforward features, first-time users are less likely to point the barrel on the wrong target. Safety procedures in handling the rifle are easy to absorb.

Also, the upgrades that you can mount on an AR-15 quad rail are virtually limitless. Its modular construction allows you to put a light on the front, red-dot sights, and other types of improvements for your defense shooting needs.


Shotguns go way back in the broad spectrum of self-preservation and protection. Even without firing, you can already send the right warning to intruders. The threatening sound when racking the slide of a shotgun is loud enough to scare off any dangerous elements. When someone has a violent intent in mind and you deal with them by cranking it up, they are bound to stop dead in their tracks.

But if a situation escalates and you won’t have a choice but to fire your shotgun, you can do a lot of damage with just a single shot. Compared to other types of firearms, you won’t have to fire multiple times in quick succession when you’re using a shotgun.

If you’ve undergone training, there’s a reason firearm trainer instruct you to aim and fire at the target several times. The rationale behind it is that attackers are usually bent on reaching and harming their targeted victims. They will keep at it even when they’ve already been shot. Training requires you to be comfortable with firing successive shots until your attacker goes down.

With a shotgun’s inherent power, you won’t have to fire continuously. You can incapacitate an attacker at the onset and prevent them from inflicting any harm.

Aaron Gordon is a writer for various blogs.

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