Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Chris Costa on Shotgun or Handgun for Home Defense



This is an interesting discussion about home defense weapons featuring Chris Costa. Long guns bring a lot to the table but do have some downsides. If your life situation is such that carrying/ dragging a child or disabled adult is a concern pistols have some real benefit in terms of single hand manipulation. I say why not have both a pistol AND a long gun ready to go in something like a Sentry Safe Home Defender then choose, one the other or both as the situation dictates.

Personally I keep a Glock 9mm with a light and an AR also with a light ready in the master bedroom. Next to the safe sits my plate carrier and battle belt. Granted things are pretty bad if I'm putting on full battle rattle in my house but who knows, better to have it and not need it than the opposite.

Thoughts? What is your home defense gun? 

10 comments:

Archer Garrett said...

FN9 w/Laser and the Folding AK w/Light.

Also a 22 Rifle w/Light for the 4-legged intruders.

Used to have a 500 beside the bed, but I transitioned away from it when I added a vest to the lineup.

Commander_Zero said...

G19 w/ light on the nightstand. Next to it is a tweaked out 870.

I figure the 870 is for staying in the bedroom and waiting for trouble to come to me, and the pistol is for going active...where mobility is needed. If I have to leave the house (for example, the car alawm is going off) then it's the SureFire 870 or M4gery.

Roger Thornhill said...

Glock 17 on the nightstand and next to it is a Streamlight Polytac flashlight. If I needed "backup," I also have a Ruger Mk III which I would give to my girlfriend (in case I needed to go scope something out and she stayed in bedroom).

This is probably a big faux pas, but I do not keep a round chambered in the G17, so if anything happens I need to rack the slide. Reason I do this is that I want 1 step between me being in a sleepy/dreamy state before I can shoot anything (since Glock doesn't have safety). I have considered ditching this idea and just chambering the first round.

Roger Thornhill said...

Also, wanted to add this question. One problem I see in my setup is that most of the time I am actually not in my bedroom. If I am in living room watching tv, I should probably have a firearm there with me too, right? Do people do this?

I'm starting to think I should stow one near kitchen/living room so I don't have to run to the bedroom.

riverrider said...

roger-yes we do. i keep a 38 snub in the magazine rack right by my fav chair, within reach, opposite the door, it'll get me to my fighting guns....lcr on the nightstand, m9/m4 hanging on a hook by the bedpost w/my soft armor. wife has an lcr22 in her nightstand,knows to hit the floor and cover the back door. and yes, i even have a .25 in the shower stall. too many psycho movies :)..if you've ever went thru training on how easy it is to have a shotgun ripped out of your hands in a hallway you'll never use one for home defense again. there are people who train to do just that.

Anonymous said...

Does anybody else keep hearing protection bedside? G19 and Winchester defender, second CZ on pistol for mobility and shotgun for staying put. Scofflaw

Anonymous said...

"If I am in living room watching tv, I should probably have a firearm there with me too, right? Do people do this?"

Not sure about most people, Roger, but I sure do. There's a weapon on me every waking instant I'm not in the shower or someplace posted non-CCW. Glock 22 with a light by the bed. AR-15 on call for the barbarians at the gate scenario Costa describes for his shotgun, because 30 in the AR magazine trumps 5 or 8 shotgun shells in the tube, at least it does in my world view. Couple-three other things stashed strategically around the house. Paranoid? Yes sir. Your mileage, it may vary.

By the way, loved you in that Hitchcock flic with Eva Marie Saint. Yum.

H

Anonymous said...

10.5" SBR and a Glock 17, both with Streamlights sit on the bedside table next to me. No hearing protection, but Hell, I'm too dumb to wear it on the range too, and I'm still not losing any more hearing than I already have. Too much demo charges in my youth or something....
In answer to Roger...when I pull my trousers on in the AM, I slip my G19 into the belt too. It stays there until I go to bed at night, so I do always have a gun in the living room too....But we're not big TV watchers either.....

Theother Ryan said...

John, When I build an AR pistol it will likely become the new CQB long gun. The ear pro is a 'nice to have'. I suspect you'veshot guns in confined spaces enough to be used to the noise so I don't see a downside.

Meister said...

Along with the recent increase of home invasions in my area, I've stepped up my "Alamo Process" to include a dedicated bedroom gun, as well as a dedicated house clearing gun secured close to the bed. The bedroom gun is a Glock 22 with an M6x laser sight/light combo. The wife takes this and gathers the kids that are in rooms adjacent to ours, and upstairs away from direct contact. I take the USP tactical 45 with suppressor and clear the house. We have prearranged stress codes and knocks to identify each other. If the situation dictates it, the wife can offer the eldest son a ruger GP100 to assist in defense of the master bedroom door from a concealed location behind heavy furniture.

The #1 most ignored item in home defense is footwear. Stash some Keen's or the like near your bed, I can guarantee you'll have some glass or debris in your house should someone enter illegally. Stepping on it will hinder your progress and distract you.

Should things break down socially, the firepower would be upgraded to SRB's and such.

As I was writing this, we had a solicitor drop by for a 3rd time requesting to bid our house for some work. I've told him no 3x now. My spidey sense is off the charts! AR goes in the bedroom tonight.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Popular Posts