Your home is your castle—it’s where you should feel free and safe to run around in your under-wear, secure from prying eyes and unwanted intruders. Medieval castles relied on moats, parapet walls and a collection of ruthless warriors armed with battle axes and pikes to keep back the dark forces. While all those things might be desirable, they’re imprac-tical and financially out of reach for most nowadays. So most savvy civilians turn to a firearm for home protection.

There are three firearm options for home protection—a rife (carbine), a shotgun and a handgun. All have merit,so which should you choose? If you’re serious about personal protection, you’re conscious about it 24/7,not just at home. Because they’re hard to conceal, a rifle or shotgun are hardly the answer for a night on the town. So, it’s likely you already own a handgun. But will your concealed carry gun work for home protection too?

Along with providing you with the ability to defend yourself, a firearm—any firearm—provides comfort. The chance that you’ll have to defend your home and loved ones with a firearm is slim,but if and when the vagabonds come clawing at your castle door, you’d like to know you have the correct armament on hand to fight off the invading hordes.

The House Gun

Some folks would like you to believe a home defense handgun is different from a carry gun. This approach—while it sounds logical—does not hold water. Supported by the notion you need the best tool for the job at hand, the idea that a handgun capable of saving your life on the street will not do the same at home is asinine. Punch a bad guy in the chest with a 115-grain TAC-XP load from Buffalo Bore and it will work just as well in a parking garage as it will in your living room. This fact does not mean a separate handgun in the home is a bad idea. A handgun in the home that is always in the same location makes perfect sense.

If a troll is at the door, anyone in the home who is trained and has authorized access should know without a doubt where the handgun is, and it damn sure better be there. What if you’re not at home and your carry gun is with you? A house gun stays with the house.

I think this is where the notion of a house gun gets misunderstood. Just because it is called a house gun does not mean it needs to be a different kind of gun altogether, it simply means it is a gun that belongs to the house. In fact, there’s a good argument that your house gun should be the same as, or at least very similar to your carry gun. That way there’ll be no confusion.

Here is a perfect example. My wife and my son have both been trained on the 1911. My wife used one in her Gunsite class and my son has been shooting one since he was nine. My carry gun is also a 1911—a Colt Gunsite CCO (800-962-2658; coltsmfg.com). All the occupants of our castle who have been trained to shoot know how to safely shoot a 1911.

My young son does not carry a 1911, nor does my wife—she is a bit petite for a handgun that size. She carries a Kimber Solo (888-243-4522; kimberamerica.com) and for all practical purposes, it operates just like the Kimber Stainless Target 1911 currently living in the Stack-On (800-323-9601; stack-on.com) safe by her bedside. Both have Crimson Trace (800-442-2406; crimsontrace.com) Lasergrips and both have a manual thumb safety. I can say without hesitation, if you accost her on the street or in our home, a bright red dot will be momentarily visible at the point on your torso where a 9mm hole is about to appear.

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