Skip to comments.Need help with home defense weapon (vanity)
Posted on 10/20/2012 3:50:05 PM PDT by Magnatron
We are moving to North Carolina next year from New Jersey. New Jersey has some real draconian gun laws, so I hesitated while here to buy anything aside from the .38 special I have in the house for protection. I didn't even bring my hunting guns from Michigan because of the same laws. My understanding is that North Carolina has gun laws much easier to deal with, so when we move, I'd like to bring my guns from Michigan for hunting, as well as equip our home for home defense.
I travel quite a bit for work, and I'd like to have available weapons for my wife to access if the necessity every arose. My intention is to have her fully trained on the use of these weapons, including techniques necessary for her safety and protection.
What guns would you recommend for a 105 pound woman to have available? Also, we have a 7-year-old in the house. What safe-keeping devices would you recommend to keep the guns in that would provide instant access for her should she ever need to use them?
20 gauge shotgun is a good point and shoot for an adult woman. It will not penetrate walls well so your 7 year old will be safer.
The best safety device is the human brain. Get the boy a 22 and take him shooting and let him know that any time he wants to look at guns, you will gladly take them out and let him handle them safely. Make sure there is no mystery or magic about them.
AS for home defense, get a Mossberg 500 12 gauge shotgun with a pistol grip. You don’t even have to aim very well to hit your target. When shot from the hip/waist, your wife will hardly notice the recoil.
Agreed. 20 ga. tactical, 18 inch barrel. Even kids can handle and shotgun is the most effective personal defense weapon there is according to studies. Rem. 870 is a good choice with buckshot.
The .38 special with good loads should be fine.
The 7 year old makes it a whole new ball game. It all depends on how reliable the kid is. Also make sure to have him/her take an NRA gun safety class. Never make the gun a forbidden fruit. If the kid wants to know about it, that is a good time to show some good safe handling. Make sure it is unloaded and explain in the strongest possible language just how dangerous a gun can be if handled carelessly.
Two is one, and one is none.
>>The 7 year old makes it a whole new ball game. It all depends on how reliable the kid is. Also make sure to have him/her take an NRA gun safety class. Never make the gun a forbidden fruit. If the kid wants to know about it, that is a good time to show some good safe handling. Make sure it is unloaded and explain in the strongest possible language just how dangerous a gun can be if handled carelessly.
My 8 year old daughter has a pink Daisy bb-gun with targets and safety goggles and only touches the gun when papa lets her. Next step is her 12th birthday, where she’ll go to a range with a .22. She loves her bb-gun and knows every safety rule.
What is her shooting experience? That will determine a great deal. Despite my best efforts, Mrs. Slim dislikes handgun recoil, so I got her a S&W 351, which is a scandium snubnose .22 magnum 7 shot. 11 ounces, no recoil, and Hornady now makes a Critical Defense loading in the .22 mag that reaches 1000+ FPS out of the 2” barrel, expands nicely, and has shown 9+ inches of expansion in ballistic gelatin.
Another northerner moving down to North Carolina! Is it our wonderful weather, better economy, lack of insane white hating liberals, or friendly people? :)
Raleigh or Charlotte?
You came to the right place.
My girlfriend and I live in Raleigh, NC. She’s third in command of a security company (runs all the armed guards, loss prevention officers, etc.). Also their trainer. FReepmail me, and if you guys move near Raleigh, she’ll train your Missus; trips to the shooting range, the works; just to help out.
As for laws, guns, etc.....Not bad here in NC. A handgun license will cost you $5 at the Sheriff’s office. If you happen to have a concealed carry permit (referred to here as a “CCW license”), that serves as your “license” no matter how many guns you choose to buy. Just FYI.
We have numerous handguns here in the house, plus a pump 12 gauge Remington shotgun with combat grip. Great for home defense; the sound of that pump alone will scare the hell out of any perp. As was pointed out above, the big advantage of a shotgun is the fact that you/she can shoot and not worry about putting rounds downrange through 4-5-6 walls.
That said...our primary handgun of choice around the house is the Glock 30......a sweet LITTLE .45. Virtually no recoil. An amazing handgun, but you DO need to practice with it, as you do with any handgun, to gain proficiency. It has serious stopping power, is easy to handle (even for a small woman).
I’d opt for both: a pump 12 gauge and the Glock 30 (she and I each have one; sequestered in different parts of the house.....not to mention his and hers Glock 23 Gen 4’s, a .357 magnum, a .38, a 9mm, etc.).
#0 or #00 Buckshot is probably the best choice for projectiles. Slugs would be next on the list.
Some training should be mandatory.
The most important aspect is whether she willing to kill someone if necessary and appropriate. If there is any hesitation on that answer, she is not ready to defend herself or others with a firearm.
But NC did go for Obozo in ‘08. Temporary insanity?
You’d be amazed what you can miss with a shotgun, 10,000 Sporting Clays targets a year has taught me that.
Mossberg Model 500
Lol, large black population in some of the poorer urban areas, like Durham, Greensboro, Winston Salem...
As long as you’re in the nice suburban areas its wonderful.