A home protection choice of firearm is a personal preference. You may opt for a handgun for easy access, a rifle for its power or a shotgun. Choose a firearm you are familiar and confident with. Have training with your chosen firearm so you can use it well in all home protection situations. Here are some of the best guns for home protection to choose from:
1 Pump action shotgun: Mossberg 500
A shotgun is generally recommended when you visit a trader to choose a firearm for home protection. This is due to the close ranges and reduced likelihood of over penetration. The firearms community rate the Mossberg 500 12 gauge pump action shotgun as one of the best guns for home protection. It’s reliable, devastating at close range when loaded with buckshot or slugs, and sometimes the sound of the pump racking alone will be enough to scare an intruder away. Plus, shotguns and their ammunition are relatively inexpensive, allowing you to practice on the shooting range. Using shotgun buckshot or birdshot, practice shooting in the dark using lights and lasers. A green laser will aid focus on the target, important in a high-stress situation.
2 Semi-automatic rifle: AR-15
An increasing number of break-ins and home invasions involve multiple intruders. For this situation you will want a semi automatic rifle. Always leave the optic on at the ready, with the brightness set for indoor lighting. A suppressor will help maintain situational awareness after the rifle is fired to hear movements of any other intruder or to locate and secure family. A good semi-automatic 9mm will have less recoil and muzzle rise, and more rounds, and a far easier, faster reload.
Assault rifles are the best guns for home protection in rural areas where over-penetration is not an issue. An assault rifle is usually lighter with a more manageable recoil impulse, making it much easier to shoot. The AR-15 is a good choice for smaller framed shooters.
3 Revolver: Smith and Wesson Governor
The small size of the revolver makes it one of the best guns for easy storage and access. Another benefit of the revolver is its lower price. For first time handgun owners, revolvers are probably the better choice as they are simpler to handle. Typically they hold 5-6 rounds which is enough so that you will not have to reload during most home protection incidents. Smith and Wesson “Governor” is a versatile and excellent quality firearm. Twenty-four 38 caliber pellets should neutralize any threat.
4 Pistol: Glocks
A pistol will carry a lot of rounds, have less than moderate recoil and are cheap to train with due to the availability and low cost of 9mm ammo. Glock’s are very simple when it comes to controls. You can learn how to field strip one in under two minutes. They are also considered one of the best guns brand due to a proven track record that not too many other pistols can boast of.
5 Semi-Automatic pistols: .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum
The operation of a semi-automatic handgun is more complicated than a revolver. An operator must become familiar with operating slide-stops and safeties, loading magazines, chambering rounds, and clearing jams. Combined with the skill required to accurately shoot a handgun, means that semi-automatic handguns are the least user friendly of home protection firearms mentioned