Some honchos in the gun world have weighed in with their home defense choices:
Keeping all of this in mind, we sought out a variety of professionals to comment on their particular home-defense guns, and more importantly, why they have those guns — simply telling you they use a 12-gauge isn’t very helpful. You don’t have to be a Special Forces guy or SWAT ninja to consider their rationales, so our hope is that after you read this piece you’ll evaluate the contents of your own nightstand. While there are some brand-names mentioned, think of each configuration as a loose guideline for a given situation and not an internet special, where all the parts and pieces have to match exactly. This is about choosing home-defense equipment, not points on the ‘gram. Still, we’ll disclose all of those parts and pieces, because we dabble in gear nerdery.
Sheesh. Talk about space-age stuff.
I’m not one of those “heavy hitters”, nor do I get free shit thrown at me by any manufacturers [sob] so here are my home defense suggestions, based in my own circumstances.
DA revolver in .357 Magnum, because as I’ve said countless times before, your “people in the house, grope in the dark” gun has to be like a fork: when you pick it up, it has to work simply and without any chance of failure. My only “accessory” (which I don’t have at the moment) would be one of those laser pointer thingies that are activated by squeezing the grip.
AK-47. I live in a suburban apartment complex, so there’s little call for any kind of animal varmint reduction. Human varmints, however, may be another (albeit remote) situation even in my affluent location, and I prefer an AK over a shotgun because 20 rounds are better than 2 (I don’t have a pump- or semi-auto shotgun, only a side-by-side). (Also, nothing says “RUN AWAY!” like the sight of an AK pointed at your midsection.)
Fenix FX-PD35TAC flashlight, because of the 1000-watt beam and the strobe option — which is so disorienting it actually causes nausea at the naughty end. I carry one of these bad boys in my gilet pocket, and keep another next to the bed.
Sjambok for controlling angry dogs and/or assholes.
That’s it. I have other options, so to speak, but the above are what I always keep (very) close at hand. Well, they would be kept close at hand, except for that unfortunate canoeing incident on the Brazos River a few years back. This is just my wishlist.