Shotgun or Pistol for Home Defense – Which Do You Prefer?

When it comes to defending your home and the people living within it, would you rather have a shotgun or a handgun? There are advantages and disadvantages to both, so it usually comes down to personal preference.

One upside to using a shotgun is that it has more stopping power than a pistol when it comes to taking down an intruder. They’re probably not going to be getting back up if you put them down with a shotgun. Assuming there is a decent distance between you and the intruder, a shotgun will be more accurate than a pistol. Another advantage is that a shotgun requires less training to use effectively than a pistol does.

The main disadvantage to using a shotgun when dealing with a home intruder is that turning corners in your home will be slower. And if the intruder is very close to you – especially in the dark – he may be able to grab your shotgun much easier than he would
your handgun. Another downside to a shotgun is that not every person in your home who might need to use it can handle the recoil.

A pistol’s main advantage when it comes to dealing with a home intruder is that it is light weight and easy to maneuver in tight places. Also, you can access it very quickly by keeping it under your pillow at night or on a nightstand next to the bed or tucked into a drawer in just about any room of the house. Almost anyone can use a handgun, but training is crucial, of course.

Which do you prefer to have in case you need to deal with an intruder? Why is that your preference? Have you ever been in the middle of defending your home from an intruder and wished you were holding a shotgun instead of a pistol – or vice versa? Please let me know what your opinion is on this important topic.


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