I bet when you think of home defense, you are probably thinking of a guy holding a shotgun against invaders, and you know what? You might just be right. But I am here to tell you about another type of home defender, the pistol wielder. It might sound a little ridiculous to you right now, but as soon as I get done explaining my reasoning, you will understand why having a pistol for home defense is not only a good idea, but a better idea than a shotgun. I mean, at least that is what I hope will happen, some people are very stubborn in their ways and end up suffering for it. It is an unfortunate truth, but it is the truth nonetheless.
So why would I think that a home defender is a man with a pistol instead of a shotgun? There is a couple of reasons, foremost among them is that I myself use a pistol for home defense. I use a Glock 17 personally, and in fact the Glock 17 as reviewed by Gunivore is pretty popular amongst my friends as well. Aside from that very personal reason, there is also the fact that a pistol like the Glock 17 is just so much better inside of a house than a shotgun is. Let me explain: shotguns are usually prized for home defense, simply because they have a large spread, which makes it easier to hit targets. The thing is, in the close quarter of your house, you are just as likely to hit with a pistol like the Glock 17, and there is less chance of collateral damage with only one bullet, instead of the spread of a shotgun. But that is just the beginning of why a pistol like the Glock 17 is superior. You see, the Glock 17, and pistols as well, are much shorter than a shotgun. You may think that this doesn’t matter that much, but you would be surprised. You see, in houses, there are tight corridors that are difficult to turn around in with your gun in firing position (that is only if it is a long gun and not a pistol like the Glock 17) and going around corners also requires lowering your gun or being exposed. Obviously exposing yourself to the criminals is not a good idea, and while some of you may think that you shouldn’t be leaving your room, sometimes you have to get someone from their room. You are obviously not going to just leave little Timmy in his room, are you? Of course not, you are going to make sure he is safe, just like the responsible parent that you are. Of course, I like the Glock 17 for home defense, and also general day to day carry, but there are plenty of other pistols out there. And while the Glock 17 might be the perfect gun for me, you might want to pick up a different gun. Unfortunately, I can’t give any advice on getting any gun that isn’t the Glock 17, but happy hunting.