People own guns for many different reasons. Some have guns for hunting, others purchase a gun for shooting competitions but most people purchase a firearm to protect their homes and families.
According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, more than 70 percent of firearm owners’ purchased a weapon purely for home protection.
So, what if you want to be a part of the 70 percent? What type of gun should you get to protect your home? We have broken the decision making down for you, so that you know exactly what to get and what you can handle.
Generally speaking, there are two types of guns: handguns and long guns. The majority of people who purchased a gun for home protection got either a 9mm handgun or a shotgun.
What’s the difference?
Handguns are designed for one handed use and mobility. The size, weight and design of a handgun make them very practical for personal defense because they are easy to control, conceal and maintain. Long guns, on the other hand, require both hands for proper use. These guns require more strength to control when shooting, they are difficult to conceal because they are much larger and maintaining them takes more effort.
Handguns generally have smaller calibers, which result in higher bullet velocity and reduced recoil. This allows for faster follow up shots and larger capacity magazines.
Long guns are just the opposite. These guns have large calibers, which result in slower bullets and increased recoils. This slows the time between shots and limits the capacity of the magazine.
Choosing the right caliber for you is very crucial. Selecting a handgun requires more accuracy when aiming at your intended target because the bullet has a small diameter, so practice is the key to a successful defense. Wielding a long gun does not require pristine accuracy because the diameter of the bullet is larger and will spread further, covering more space.
Because handguns are smaller they don’t have as much power as a long gun, which restricts the bullet from penetrating multiple objects. So, this aspect is good because if you are shooting within your home, your bullets will not continue through walls after penetrating your intended target. Again, long guns are just the opposite. The bigger the bullet the more power it takes to shoot it; therefore, bullets from long guns can penetrate through your intended target and continue into walls or surrounding objects.
So far, it seems that handguns are the way to go, but there are many advantages of owning a long gun. One of the biggest benefits is its ability to hit the target. The spreading of the shot increases the target area, which reduces the shooters need to be precise. Also, because these guns have more power they can do much more damage to your target than a single bullet from a handgun.
So which is right for you?
Whichever weapon you choose to protect your home still requires constant practice. You need to keep your precision up with handguns, and you need to maintain your ability to control a long gun. So, get to a gun range at least twice a month and practice proper use of your weapon, safety and much more.
If you have any questions, or would like to test out different calibers, contact Volusia Top Gun today and set up a class!