What's a good gun for home defense?

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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby ShipHockey7 on Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:10 pm

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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby Fast B on Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:56 am

AK-47. When you absolutely, positively got to kill every *mother father* in the room.

Accept no substitutes.
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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby Bob McKenzie on Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:54 am

Fast B wrote:AK-47. When you absolutely, positively got to kill every *mother father* in the room.

Accept no substitutes.


He's asking for home defense, not urban assault or war.

As much as I like Kalishnikovs, the problem with them for home defense is that they use a 7.62 round. That round will go through your walls and your neighbors house and kill anything in its path. Bulletproof vests don't protect against it.

Great weapon to have. Not a great weapon to have for home defense ~ unless you're Schwarzanegger from the movie Commando.

Then again, you're fairly certain to kill the intruder if you use a 7.62 round.
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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby Corvidae on Tue Jun 09, 2009 6:34 am

Shotguns are ideal for home defense.

Remington 870 Express is inexpensive and reliable as hell. Load it up with #4 buckshot and call it a night. Only problem is the finish on the Express. Very prone to rust, but the less expensive Mossbergs are the same. If you feel like laying down some more cash, the 870 Marine Magnum is the way to go. I'd love one of these babies! Higher quality all around, but probably $600 or $700.

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Hand guns...

If your not looking at concealed carry, the Glock 22 or the smaller 23 are the way to go. Both are .40 S&W cartridges. They run about $500 brand new. I have the 27, which is the same, just smaller for carrying.

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If you're more of a revolver fan, your quest begins and ends with the Smith and Wesson 686. Bad ass. Fires .38 and .357 magnum rounds. They come with varying barrel lengths and they are not cheap. At least $700.

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As for best prices, I've gone to a few stores in the Pittsburgh area, but my best advice would be to shop online for the model you want and get a price in mind. I hear a lot of stores negotiate.
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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby André on Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:30 am

I can't believe this is a serious thread.

Major culture clash for me.

I mean I knew it was like this, but to see a real conversation from real americans like this. Man, I'm glad I'm Swedish.
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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby Corvidae on Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:39 am

André wrote:I can't believe this is a serious thread.

Major culture clash for me.

I mean I knew it was like this, but to see a real conversation from real americans like this. Man, I'm glad I'm Swedish.


Hear that guys? They're vulnerable! LGP to invade Sweden. E5

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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby pittsoccer33 on Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:39 am

André wrote:I can't believe this is a serious thread.

Major culture clash for me.

I mean I knew it was like this, but to see a real conversation from real americans like this. Man, I'm glad I'm Swedish.


Gun ownership is sacred here. Without them, we're subjects of a British tyranny. They won us our independence, ended slavery, tamed the west, defeated the Nazis (and to a lesser extent the Imperial Japanese), and I could go on and on.

If you aren't afraid of your government (or riffraff breaking in to your home) I guess you don't need one. The looting and massive lawlessness after Hurricane Katrina hit absolutely proved to me that the government was powerless to help anyone if something really catastrophic happens.
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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby doublem on Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:01 am

André wrote:I can't believe this is a serious thread.

Major culture clash for me.

I mean I knew it was like this, but to see a real conversation from real americans like this. Man, I'm glad I'm Swedish.


I feel the same way and I am American ,but we aren't all like this.
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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby AlexPKeaton on Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:12 am

If you are looking to buy a gun go to a gunshow. You will probably save a good amount of money simply because many dealers are there and they are all competing in prices. Plus you can haggle a little bit. They do the background check right from the show floor. I bought my ruger MK III there. (My first pistol, I HATE it!!!!! Smooth and cheap to shoot, but GD it is the hardest gun in the world to take apart and clean. I didn't buy it for home defense, just plinking... for home defense I use an unloaded M1 Garand with attached bayonet lol)

Glocks are nice guns but I don't know about using them for home defense. Get yourself a used revolver from a gun show and it is guaranteed to fire when you need it.
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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby Psychlone on Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:15 am

doublem wrote:
André wrote:I can't believe this is a serious thread.

Major culture clash for me.

I mean I knew it was like this, but to see a real conversation from real americans like this. Man, I'm glad I'm Swedish.


I feel the same way and I am American ,but we aren't all like this.


Hey guys, I respect your opinions if you are not pro-gun but please try to limit discussion to the topic at hand. Thanks.
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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby AlexPKeaton on Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:20 am

Corvidae wrote:If you're more of a revolver fan, your quest begins and ends with the Smith and Wesson 686. Bad ass. Fires .38 and .357 magnum rounds. They come with varying barrel lengths and they are not cheap. At least $700.

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As for best prices, I've gone to a few stores in the Pittsburgh area, but my best advice would be to shop online for the model you want and get a price in mind. I hear a lot of stores negotiate.


That is a BA gun. I think I'm going to have to dump my Ruger and get one of these. That is the type of gun that 100 years from now it will still be working.
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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby Corvidae on Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:21 am

Psychlone wrote:Hey guys, I respect your opinions if you are not pro-gun but please try to limit discussion to the topic at hand. Thanks.


Or else what? You don't have a gun yet!!! :P
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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby Corvidae on Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:25 am

AlexPKeaton wrote:That is a BA gun. I think I'm going to have to dump my Ruger and get one of these. That is the type of gun that 100 years from now it will still be working.


So true. I wish I had the cash. But then again, I'd also like S&Ws 642. I hear it's great for carrying (home defense would not be it's strong point). I think Glocks are fantastic, but even the most compact one is bulkier than I'd like. I don't want to be one of those guys who owns more guns than he knows what to do with (no offense to anyone who's one of those guys [or gals {dangy?}]), but someday I must have a revolver.
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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby Gaucho on Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:07 am

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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby Three Stars on Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:38 am

Gaucho wrote:giant missile truck


Hmm. I wonder if that driver is compensating for something.
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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby Admin on Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:55 am

Gaucho wrote:giant missile truck

How big of a place does Gaucho live in?!
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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby PensFanInDC on Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:05 pm

Gaucho wrote:Giant Missle Truck


Technology to send this missle into outer space and back down to detonate within 1 sq km of it's target.....and the wires are taped to the top.....awesome
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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby bh on Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:24 pm

Someone above said the Springfield xd's. Those are nice guns. They have a lot of nice safety features on them (not sure if you have kids around or anything). One piece of advice that I would tell you is to make sure that you learn how to shoot and get good at it. Practice often. You need to be sure that you're going to be able to hit your target if needed. I'm looking to get a new gun too. Looking at the Springfields and Glocks.
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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby Malkamaniac on Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:27 pm

Colt 1911, or just a .45. Usually a .45 will leave a hole the size of a grapefruit coming out the back.
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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby Kaizer on Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:34 pm

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my personal favorite. just remember to get an extra barrel and switch them every two minutes during 8-10 round bursts.
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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby Gaucho on Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:40 pm

Admin wrote:
Gaucho wrote:giant missile truck

How big of a place does Gaucho live in?!


The world is my home and it takes mean and gigantic weaponry to defend it from the evil forces.
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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby Three Stars on Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:46 pm

Gaucho wrote:The world is my home and it takes mean and gigantic weaponry to defend it from the evil forces...


...of the Decepticons?
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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby larry on Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:49 pm

you live in, like, iraq or something?
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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby Gaucho on Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:16 pm

larry wrote:you live in, like, iraq or something?


No, I just figure if you want to be paranoid you might as well be serious about it.
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Re: What's a good gun for home defense?

Postby larry on Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:23 pm

Gaucho wrote:
larry wrote:you live in, like, iraq or something?


No, I just figure if you want to be paranoid you might as well be serious about it.


good answer. you've sold me.
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