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Revolver or semi-automatic for home defense #6164480
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Which is your go to firearm for inside defense of your home. Do you prefer a revolver or semi-automatic? Not talking about for concealed carry although I realize it can be the same gun.

Re: Revolver or semi-automatic for home defense [Re: Grandpa Trapper] #6164481
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I have a revolver. 357

No hunting the safty, just pull the trigger.

Re: Revolver or semi-automatic for home defense [Re: Grandpa Trapper] #6164485
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12 gage,no plug,short barrel.
And a dog to wake me up.

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Re: Revolver or semi-automatic for home defense [Re: Grandpa Trapper] #6164486
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A 12 gauge shot gun with bird shot is safer to use inside your home, for self defense, if you have family members in other rooms. You are less likely to shoot through the walls and have collateral damage.

It's also easier to hit your target in low light, high stress situations, with a shotgun, with a decent spread.

Keith

Re: Revolver or semi-automatic for home defense [Re: Grandpa Trapper] #6164488
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Shoot for the feet.Blow his feet off so he cant get away.

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Re: Revolver or semi-automatic for home defense [Re: Grandpa Trapper] #6164489
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What Keith said. I also have a pistol on my side and a reveliver on the wifeís side. Most pistols donít have a true safety now days. Just aim and squeeze.

Re: Revolver or semi-automatic for home defense [Re: hippie] #6164490
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Originally Posted By: hippie
I have a revolver. 357

No hunting the safty, just pull the trigger.


Most of my autos don't have a safety.

Doesn't matter though. Whatever you are comfortable with and can get to in an instant. In a safe isn't going to do you any good....which can be a real issue for those with kids.


The insane are running the asylum.
Re: Revolver or semi-automatic for home defense [Re: Boco] #6164521
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Originally Posted By: Boco
12 gage,no plug,short barrel.
And a dog to wake me up.


X 2

Plus a semi-auto with a 17 round mag in case I have to fight my way to the shotgun.


Eh...wot?
Re: Revolver or semi-automatic for home defense [Re: Grandpa Trapper] #6164536
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so ive never shot a shotgun that had a decent spread at "inside your home distance"...10ft? Shotguns are fine for home defense, i have one by my bed too but realize you still have to aim that thing and you wont have any spread at close range. buckshot or birdshot and the wad is all going in the same big hole at those distances. As far as pistols, i prefer a semi auto. More magazine capacity (generally) than a revolver and alot easier to reload. My carry pistol doesnt have a mechanical safety to dicker with either, its on the trigger itself. So all the benefits of a double action revolver with twice the ammo capacity easily and night sights to boot. None of this matters if you dont actually practice with any of it though.


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Re: Revolver or semi-automatic for home defense [Re: Boco] #6164539
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Originally Posted By: Boco
Shoot for the feet.Blow his feet off so he cant get away.


i thought in canada you were suppose to help them carry your stuff to their get away vehicle. Isnt it against the law to fight back? god save the queen.


"If you're gonna be stupid you better be tough"
Re: Revolver or semi-automatic for home defense [Re: KeithC] #6164546
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Originally Posted By: KeithC
A 12 gauge shot gun with bird shot is safer to use inside your home, for self defense, if you have family members in other rooms. You are less likely to shoot through the walls and have collateral damage.

It's also easier to hit your target in low light, high stress situations, with a shotgun, with a decent spread.

Keith


you really need to build you a practice wall and shoot it even with birdshot at inside the home distances. get back to me on penetration once you have done it. I have cut down many trees in my youth with a shotgun and birdshot at close range.


"If you're gonna be stupid you better be tough"
Re: Revolver or semi-automatic for home defense [Re: Boco] #6164549
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Originally Posted By: Boco
Shoot for the feet.Blow his feet off so he cant get away.
good thinking!! Gives you time to finish them off however you want.

Re: Revolver or semi-automatic for home defense [Re: KeithC] #6164553
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Originally Posted By: KeithC
A 12 gauge shot gun with bird shot is safer to use inside your home, for self defense, if you have family members in other rooms. You are less likely to shoot through the walls and have collateral damage.

It's also easier to hit your target in low light, high stress situations, with a shotgun, with a decent spread.

Keith


I agree with everything you said up to a point. At home defense ranges of 15-20 feet, bird shot should still be in a small enough spread to be effective. But several studies have shown that a leather jacket can help reduce its effective stopping power.

The problem with large (00 & 000) buck shot is that it can punch through sheetrock and harm innocents... IIRC, #3 or #4 buck was a good compromise between knockdown and overpenetration.

Mike


One man with a gun may control 100 others who have none.

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Re: Revolver or semi-automatic for home defense [Re: Grandpa Trapper] #6164556
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Not if you get rid of the body possumman.

Re: Revolver or semi-automatic for home defense [Re: Yes sir] #6164559
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Originally Posted By: Yes sir
Originally Posted By: Boco
Shoot for the feet.Blow his feet off so he cant get away.
good thinking!! Gives you time to finish them off however you want.


It'd be a shame if I was so freaked and shaky that I couldn't dial 911 on my cell... Poor guy might bleed out.

Mike


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Re: Revolver or semi-automatic for home defense [Re: Boco] #6164561
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Originally Posted By: Boco
Not if you get rid of the body possumman.


touche' well played sir


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Re: Revolver or semi-automatic for home defense [Re: The Possum Man] #6164565
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Originally Posted By: The Possum Man
Originally Posted By: KeithC
A 12 gauge shot gun with bird shot is safer to use inside your home, for self defense, if you have family members in other rooms. You are less likely to shoot through the walls and have collateral damage.

It's also easier to hit your target in low light, high stress situations, with a shotgun, with a decent spread.

Keith


you really need to build you a practice wall and shoot it even with birdshot at inside the home distances. get back to me on penetration once you have done it. I have cut down many trees in my youth with a shotgun and birdshot at close range.


I have shot drywall, plywood, glass, brick and many cars, back when I was in the police academy. As I stated, you are less likely to shoot through the wall with bird shot. I did not state that the wall would stop all the pellets. It does stop a lot of the pellets and the pellets that do make it through are traveling slower and will do less damage. Single bullets will almost always go though and they lose little energy passing through the wall.

The spread of birdshot at 10 feet is many times the spread of a single bullet.

Keith

Re: Revolver or semi-automatic for home defense [Re: Boco] #6164569
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Originally Posted By: Boco
12 gage,no plug,short barrel.
And a dog to wake me up.

X2, safer for innocent bystanders, and most people are more likely to hit their intended target than with a handgun.


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Re: Revolver or semi-automatic for home defense [Re: Grandpa Trapper] #6164571
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4" .38 special or .357 magnum revolver. Good natural pointing length and plenty of stopping power. No safety needed and no stovepipes in the dark when you're not holding it right. 6 reliable shots every time...if needed.


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Re: Revolver or semi-automatic for home defense [Re: Grandpa Trapper] #6164574
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A 12 might go through a wall but a bullet will for sure and under stress a shotgun makes up for all of the shaking!


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