Skip to comments.What firearm(s) would you recommend for home protection?
Posted on 01/06/2013 9:42:01 PM PST by ru4liberty
This question pertains to a diminutive woman in her mid-60s. She has a .38 handgun but has been told by a few people (shooting range owner, RTC instructor's cousin, co-worker, etc.) that the best thing to have is a shotgun. They pretty much said that sometimes the only thing a perp needs is to hear the cocking of the shotgun and he'll flee the scene.
I wanted to tap into the expertise of those FReepers who are knowledgeable of such things so I can pass along the info. Also, her funds are limited (fixed income), so any recommendations that would keep her from having to spend too much and where would be the best place to buy it would be helpful.
12 ga shot gun.
20 ga shot gun
Remington 20 gauge pump shotgun should work.
Any pawn shop should have one.
Cheap like 100 to 200 bucks.
Shotgun. No need for accuracy, just point and spray.
If she is good with the 38, get another. More likely to have the smaller gun close by than the shotty.
Winchester 370. Cheap and use it once the target appears. A shot from 6ft even close will stop the intruder.
I have a snubby airwieght .38
Stings like hell and I cant hit **** with it.
Get a shotgun for the house.
Its 3 AM and trouble is happening, who has time to aim?
What Mylife said. Point in the general direction. Precision aiming not required. Ocassional range time for familiarity, proper control and confidence.
This may sound odd, but I’m a big proponent of a .223 rifle. Easy to shoot, accurate and the rounds tend to break up when the hit something, so they aren’t a big problem with over-penetration.
If she has a .38 she’s all set. Shotguns are heavy and unwieldy for an older woman.. She can easily carry the .38 and she can’t keep a shotgun under her pillow either!
If you can handle it a 12 gage shotgun with 00 buckshot.
>> She has a .38 handgun but has been told by a few people (shooting range owner...
I may be reading too much into this... but if she has a .38, and she’s comfortable and proficient with it (as in she goes to the range regularly?) maybe she doesn’t really need ANYTHING else, besides someone to dispel the FUD she’s become afflicted with.
Although a good and HANDY shotgun is never a bad idea, either, IMHO.
Just don’t shoot the grandson or something like that
A shot gun might have too much kick for a woman of your age.
Preferrably a double barrel or a pump.
No need for buck shot IN the house.