You should practice with the defensive cartridge that you will carry.
Unlike an autoloading pistol or a shotgun, revolvers can boldly communicate ‘loaded.
While law enforcement officers may prefer autopistols… home defenders should consider the venerable revolver as their go-to
There are three questions that are sure to evoke passionate streams of opinions from firearms enthusiasts: What is the best gun of all time? What kind of gun should I carry concealed? And what kind of gun should I use for home defense? Some people may name one firearm in answer to all three, but answers usually vary from person to person and from circumstance to circumstance. But it is your response to the third question that may reveal some of your philosophy regarding firearms. Home-defense guns are usually selected based on a combination of reliability, effectiveness and simplicity. What firearm easily, safely and effectively allows you to stop an intruder from harming you or your family? For many, the answer demands a firearm made by certain manufacturers, such as Glock, Sig Sauer or Colt; a platform such as the 1911, AR-15 or pump-action shotgun; or a chambering such as 9mm, .45 ACP or 12 gauge. All are worthy of your careful consideration, and all have their positives and negatives. As you do your research and reach a decision, consider a .357 Mag revolver, and keep it S.I.M.P.L.E.
Practically, a stainless steel firearm resists corrosion and keeps its good looks better than other metals do. Sure, as with all firearms it requires some maintenance, but it is less. For a house gun that is carried a little, stored a lot and probably cleaned infrequently, stainless steel is a sensible choice. Tactically, some law enforcement experts avoid stainless steel because it tends to reflect light and can potentially betray your location to a perpetrator. While this is a reasonable argument for many tactical situations, it may be less compelling in a home-defense scenario. In all likelihood, if you are in a situation where you need to defend your life, it will matter very little whether an intruder notices a glint of light off of a stainless firearm. In fact, having a big, shiny and therefore very noticeable firearm may prove to be an extra deterrent and could help encourage an intruder’s surrender or fast exit…
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There are three questions that are sure to evoke passionate streams of opinions from firearms…
by Massad Ayoob / Sep 11, 2013