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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:01 PM

 

A shotgun is all you really need for home defense

Seriously - it sprays shot so you shouldn't need a semi auto

It's easy to use, powerful enough, but needs to be reloaded after 2 shots

Statistics show whomever gets the first two shots in usually wins the gun battle

Just sayin

Nobody needs all of this military grade weaponry

Nobody needs a personal armory

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Reply A shotgun is all you really need for home defense (Original post)
Taverner Dec 2012 OP
former-republican Dec 2012 #1
Taverner Dec 2012 #4
JaneyVee Dec 2012 #2
Taverner Dec 2012 #5
former-republican Dec 2012 #7
Taverner Dec 2012 #9
ElbarDee Dec 2012 #11
rhett o rick Dec 2012 #27
exboyfil Dec 2012 #76
rhett o rick Dec 2012 #80
former-republican Dec 2012 #84
JaneyVee Dec 2012 #16
Jackpine Radical Dec 2012 #26
rhett o rick Dec 2012 #28
Travis_0004 Dec 2012 #45
Jackpine Radical Dec 2012 #63
aikoaiko Dec 2012 #46
adirondacker Dec 2012 #87
Jackpine Radical Dec 2012 #90
Posteritatis Dec 2012 #25
Botany Dec 2012 #58
pasto76 Dec 2012 #59
Sherman A1 Dec 2012 #3
Taverner Dec 2012 #6
DonCoquixote Dec 2012 #14
Sherman A1 Dec 2012 #62
loli phabay Dec 2012 #8
Daninmo Dec 2012 #86
Crepuscular Dec 2012 #10
NYC_SKP Dec 2012 #18
Bonhomme Richard Dec 2012 #32
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2012 #40
exboyfil Dec 2012 #78
Lizzie Poppet Dec 2012 #12
JaneyVee Dec 2012 #22
Shrek Dec 2012 #89
former-republican Dec 2012 #13
mysuzuki2 Dec 2012 #15
former-republican Dec 2012 #21
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former-republican Dec 2012 #38
exboyfil Dec 2012 #77
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gulliver Dec 2012 #19
Poll_Blind Dec 2012 #20
RC Dec 2012 #66
hack89 Dec 2012 #23
hunter Dec 2012 #24
Deep13 Dec 2012 #30
loli phabay Dec 2012 #35
former-republican Dec 2012 #44
barbtries Dec 2012 #31
loli phabay Dec 2012 #34
barbtries Dec 2012 #73
SheilaT Dec 2012 #81
barbtries Dec 2012 #83
appleannie1 Dec 2012 #41
barbtries Dec 2012 #72
Lizzie Poppet Dec 2012 #42
barbtries Dec 2012 #71
TwilightGardener Dec 2012 #33
OneTenthofOnePercent Dec 2012 #36
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OneTenthofOnePercent Dec 2012 #55
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slackmaster Dec 2012 #37
Taverner Dec 2012 #47
former-republican Dec 2012 #49
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Taverner Dec 2012 #51
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Taverner Dec 2012 #82
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Taverner Dec 2012 #48
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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:02 PM

1. Most shotguns hold more than two shells

 

Unless you mean double barrel shotguns.

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Response to former-republican (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:04 PM

4. Double barrel was what I was thinking

 

Although they also have single barrel

Any case, double barrel should be enough

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:04 PM

2. I would think if a burglar even heard the sound of a shotgun being cocked they would run away.

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:05 PM

5. This, is true

 

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:05 PM

7. They won't hear that with a double barrel

 

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Response to former-republican (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:09 PM

9. Then they'll have to see the gun

 

But the point is, you don't need any of these high grade semi autos

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Response to Taverner (Reply #9)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:12 PM

11. Don't they make automatic shotguns too? nt

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Response to ElbarDee (Reply #11)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:33 PM

27. Semi-automatics. But the recoil prevents one from shooting very quickly.

And the magazine only carries approx 6 to 8 shells.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #27)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 10:05 AM

76. Actually you can get a 13 shell magazine

and 20 shell drum magazine for a Saiga 12 gauge. Can get a slide fire stock for it too. Just ask Big Daddy.
on Youtube.

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Response to exboyfil (Reply #76)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 11:46 AM

80. Yikes. that's crazy. nm

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Response to exboyfil (Reply #76)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 07:38 PM

84. lol

 

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Response to Taverner (Reply #9)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:18 PM

16. Especially in your own home where you know all the best hiding spots.

The sound of a shotgun cocking may actually result in no violence. If you caught burglar off guard you could literally hold him/her in place until cops arrive. It's hard to miss with a shotgun at somewhat close range so the burglar may rationalize that its better to get arrested than shot with a (legally registered) shotgun. I've said this before, I don't think all guns should be banned, but they should be left home locked up or used for hunting if you must (ugh). Some people do use guns to provide meals for their family. But no way should high capacity clips or guns that shoot 6 rounds per second be in civilian hands.

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Response to former-republican (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:31 PM

26. They would with the old-fashioned kind.



This gun, BTW, is illegal because of barrel length.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #26)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:34 PM

28. If I shot that gun, it would break my wrist and probably smack me in the face. nm

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #26)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:15 PM

45. Actually that gun would not be illegal.

You can't take a shotgun, and cut off the barrel, and stock, but if you made a new shotgun, you could make it without a buttstock and with a short grip.

Below is a gun available for sale:
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Response to Travis_0004 (Reply #45)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 06:22 PM

63. That's a lever-action rifle. Not a shotgun.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #26)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:24 PM

46. not illegal, but must registered as a NFA item.

You can buy them new here: http://paladinarmory.com/SBSAOW.htm#BEARCLAW

Scroll down or click on Bear Claw.


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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #26)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 11:33 PM

87. In my youth, a neighborhood kid did that to one of his stepfather's 12 ga. ...

The first shot he took with it, the release lever ripped through the skin and flesh between his thumb and index finger from the kickback. Lots of blood and required several stitches. No one would dare shoot the thing afterwords.

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Response to adirondacker (Reply #87)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:39 AM

90. I once had a 28-ga. shot pistol

made out of a flare gun. I shot that little hand cannon once, experienced the recoil, decided it was not for me, and sold it to the local maniac. First time he shot it, he bled from the web between his thumb & finger, where the hammer had gotten him. But, being a maniac, he loved the gun.

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:31 PM

25. If I remember correctly that's why pump-action shotguns are recommended for home defense. (nt)

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 04:56 PM

58. The sound of a shell being chambered by a pump shotgun is very distinctive ....

..... and if you say you need a weapon for home protection a pump shotgun
is perfect for the job. BTW the odds of a gun being fired at the owner or
somebody he or she knows are much larger compared to the miniscule chance
it will be used stopping a bad person breaking into a home.



Remington 870 pump ..... good for deer and small game too. In Ohio
I can only have 3 rounds in it when I am hunting and i am fine w/ that.

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 04:58 PM

59. I sure as hell would. or shoot first

shotguns are extremely powerful. A pump action can typically hold half a dozen rounds right. Proper training can get it reloaded pretty damn quick.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:04 PM

3. Well,

I would think a can of wasp & hornet spray would suffice. It has a range of about 20 feet which would cover most rooms or hallways and costs about $5.00.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:05 PM

6. Yep - I remember for a while TakeBackTheNight was suggesting this

 

Better than mace

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:17 PM

14. not quite

Some of the burglars have methed out their nerves bad enough they can ignore full strength pepper spray, which, btw, was originally made for forest rangers to deal with Grizzly bears and other large animals.

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Response to DonCoquixote (Reply #14)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 05:47 PM

62. Possibly, however

depends upon where the spray lands on the alleged assailant.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:08 PM

8. depends on the situation. some smaller people find a handgun easier

 

While others are better used to other platforms. This subject is so subjective for their to be only one choice. Personally i prefer my m4 just due to my familiarity with it.

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Response to loli phabay (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:38 PM

86. LEO's

Some of the women police officers in our town were not able to qualify with the shotguns because there was too much recoil and they couldn't handle the gun. So the city removed them( the shotguns) and issued 9mm short rifles, I think they are the Berreta Storms.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:11 PM

10. shotguns

Shotguns come in many varieties, including pump and semi-auto, which hold more than two shells. They also can fire solid projectiles (slugs) instead of shot. Since you say shotguns are Ok, how would you feel about a homeowner possessing one of these?

Saiga Semi-auto 12 gauge shotgun with 20 round drum mag.

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Response to Crepuscular (Reply #10)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:21 PM

18. Illegal in my state. NT

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Response to Crepuscular (Reply #10)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:39 PM

32. That is exactly what they found in the trunk of Lanza's car. n/t

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Response to Bonhomme Richard (Reply #32)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:00 PM

40. Lord, mom got some serious firepower!

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Response to Bonhomme Richard (Reply #32)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 10:18 AM

78. It was an extended magazine and not a drum

Not that it matters much. You can see video of them recovering the gun from the car.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:13 PM

12. Shotguns don't work like you might think they do.

"Seriously - it sprays shot so you shouldn't need a semi auto."

Unless you live in a genuinely palatial home, any shot you have to make in self defense will almost certainly be from 10 yards or less. In that range, even a short-barrel, open-choke shotgun's pattern will only have opened up to about a foot or so. At about 40 yards, the pattern opens to about a yard in diameter.

Also, must pump-action shotguns (by far the most prevalent type) hold between 4 and eight rounds. They are undeniably effective self-defense weapons (and as far as severity of wound goes, a 12ga shotgun is considerably more likely to be lethal than all but the most powerful of rifles...as in "elephant guns," and such). The intimidation factor of a shotgun is legendary (and very real), so you might be increasing your chances of not having to fire, assuming the situation allows you to give the home invader a chance to surrender.

But that scenario points out one of the weaknesses of a shotgun for home defense, at least for people who might expect to be alone: it takes two hands to use. If you need those hands to keep the invader who just surrendered covered, how are you going to dial for the police? I guess you could make the invader do the dialing!

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Response to Lizzie Poppet (Reply #12)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:25 PM

22. That would be pretty funny making the invader dial the police for you.

And probably pretty possible with the sight of a shotgun at close range.

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Response to Lizzie Poppet (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:21 AM

89. My dad once had an employee who did that

He got home and discovered that his dog had cornered an intruder and wouldn't let him move.

He tossed him a phone and made him call 911 to be rescued.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:14 PM

13. Sometimes you need more than two shells for a shotgun

 






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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:17 PM

15. An aluminum ball bat and a large dog work fine for me!

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Response to mysuzuki2 (Reply #15)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:25 PM

21. I have read that on here several times but to speak frankly

 

If a home invader has enough balls to break down a door when the owner is home.
That same person or persons have a gun in their or his possession.

I would not want to send my two dogs to be shot while I lock my self and family in a room.
I would protect them as I would my own family.

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Response to former-republican (Reply #21)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:35 PM

29. I think that one of the dangers of a gun of any sort, at least for me, would be

a false sense of self confidence.

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Response to mysuzuki2 (Reply #29)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:57 PM

38. I'm not advocating a firearm in the home for anyone that feels uncomfortable with one in the home

 

A good dog in the home is the best defense to deter any type of burglary.
Seconded is a good home alarm system.

Most burglars will not try to enter a home when they hear a dog barking on the other side of the door.
But if it's a smash and grab most don't care about an alarm system. They are long gone before a police officer
will respond.

Most burglaries happen in the day time when the home owner isn't home.

Home invasions are really rare compared to burglaries.

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Response to former-republican (Reply #38)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 10:10 AM

77. I could care less about my stuff

The dog on the other hand is a family member, and I would hate to have it hurt.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:20 PM

17. I said the same thing and was burned at the stake here.

For recommending a weatherproof Mossberg pump action.

Go figure.


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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:22 PM

19. Plus you can use them for hunting or skeet shooting.

I don't think guns for home defense have a good cost-benefit ratio except maybe in rural areas or bad neighborhoods, but I would definitely feel better about a shotgun than a pistol. The shot is going to completely disable an intruder. You might also have less of a chance of killing your neighbors or family with a stray shot through the drywall or window than with a pistol or rifle.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:24 PM

20. Without condeming or condoning anything, I'll say that the sound of a pump shotgun pumping is...

...one of the most recognizable and scary sounds a person could hear on the other side of a door.

PB

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Response to Poll_Blind (Reply #20)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 07:23 PM

66. Especially if done slowly and deliberately.

 

If shows you are not panicky, but thinking, coolly logical.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:28 PM

23. Shotguns do not spray - especially at close range.

here is a picture of shotgun patterns at 9 and 21 feet - at 21 feet the distance between pellets was 4 inches. They were shooting 00 buckshot.



The advantage of a handguns include being easier to use in tight quarters and being able to call one 911 with the other hand.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:30 PM

24. My trusty flame thrower is better than any shotgun.

Assuming the bad guys make it past Spot...



Sometimes I find half-digested handguns in his poop.

Someone asked in an earlier thread if they could have one of his kids. Sadly, no. They live a very long time and rarely reproduce. Otherwise they'd have eaten everything on the planet millions of years ago.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:36 PM

30. I don't like long guns for home defense.

They protrude when getting around corners. It would be easy for a determined burglar to grab it from you from the other side of the corner. And the spray of a 17" shotgun is overstated. Within a room, 00 shot would probably make a pattern like a silver dollar or the diameter of a coffee can at most.

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Response to Deep13 (Reply #30)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:45 PM

35. this one reason i like the m4 carbine its short enough to cut the pie without showing the barrel

 

In a residential setting plus with a sling its difficult tontake off you.

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Response to Deep13 (Reply #30)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:10 PM

44. I would not suggest anyone clearing their home , let the police do it

 

Lock your self in a room with your family and pets with phone in hand.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:38 PM

31. i don't need a gun

i have locks on my doors and a phone near my bed.

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Response to barbtries (Reply #31)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:43 PM

34. locks only buy you time and what good is the phone if help is thirty minutes away

 

For a lot of people this is the reality and they know that the cops are not going to arrive on time.

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Response to loli phabay (Reply #34)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 09:06 PM

73. odds are

they will not be at home when their home gets broken into either. this is a reality. people don't "need" guns and i'm living proof. i have stayed alive for over 57 years and never had a gun. i had an apartment i lived in once upon a time broken into and i came home while they were there and they were gone before i even saw them. they were just getting started on my place, my next-door neighbor was about to be cleaned out but because i interrupted the thieves all he lost was a clock radio.

that was over 30 years ago. nothing since.

i'm wracking my brain right now trying to think if i know anyone who did get broken into while they were home, and coming up empty.

i knew a family years ago - the father killed the son-in-law when he came home in the middle of the night. father thought it was an intruder.

my son had a friend in high school, 16 years old. talked to him one day, seemed just fine, next day my son learns he shot himself to death.

i know many families and parents of homicide victims because my daughter was killed in So California (by being run over with a car) and i became active in a group called Justice for Murdered Children and also went to grief counseling at a place called Loved Ones of Homicide Victims. lot of drive bys, domestic disturbances gone bad and there happened to be a gun close by, etc.

"Property crime is fairly low in the US compared to Canada or Europe. Violent crime is very high though, although it has decreased steadily for the past couple decades.

You should just take common precautions and not live in fear. And God forbid you do get burgled, it will likely happen when you are not home. Criminals don't want to be seen committing crime!"
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120722005727AAv2jSx

i tried to look up the statistics on the odds of being home when one's home is broken into and could not find the information. but i know for me those odds are nowhere near high enough for me to have a gun. no guns for me, no guns in my house.

i don't know why this thread is not in the gungeon, i prefer not to get sucked into these discussions. it was just the title that got me, you just "need" a shotgun. no you don't! you don't "need" a gun.

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Response to barbtries (Reply #73)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 02:00 PM

81. Thank you.

I'm even older than you are, 64, and as you might guess from my screen name, a female. I have lived alone much of my adult life. Never owned a dog, but have had cats, although currently companion animal free.

I absolutely do not understand the mind set that is convinced that guns are "needed" because who knows when someone will break into your home. It's never happened to me. Nor have I ever been robbed. I even use to ride public transportation in the DC area, frequently coming home very late at night or in the wee hours of the morning. Never felt unsafe.

It really is the guns.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #81)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 07:37 PM

83. it really is,

and thank you for expressing it.

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Response to barbtries (Reply #31)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:02 PM

41. I live in a rural area. A half hour is good response time for police.

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Response to appleannie1 (Reply #41)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 08:54 PM

72. i agree it's different in a rural area.

my niece lives alone in a remote area - i am not sorry that she has a gun. i live in a city and expect i always will. i'm a city person. in a rural area i would think you may need a gun for critters as well as possibly bad guys.

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Response to barbtries (Reply #31)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:03 PM

42. When seconds count...

...the police are only minutes away!

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Response to Lizzie Poppet (Reply #42)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 08:52 PM

71. pppffffttt

"Property crime is fairly low in the US compared to Canada or Europe. Violent crime is very high though, although it has decreased steadily for the past couple decades.

You should just take common precautions and not live in fear. And God forbid you do get burgled, it will likely happen when you are not home. Criminals don't want to be seen committing crime!"

the odds are very low that i will be broken into while i am at home. no guns for me. no gun in my house, ever.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:40 PM

33. I agree.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:50 PM

36. Shtoguns have more firepower than an Uzi. So, what's your point?

 

Standard 12ga 00B shotshells fire 12-15 pellets (.330" in diameter) about 1500 feet per second.
An Uzi fires 10 rounds per second of 9mm bullet (.355" in diameter) about 1300 feet per second.

Easily firing 1 shot per second with a shotgun yields ~13% more similar sized projectiles travelling about 15% faster.
And a typical hunting-style pump action shotgun holds 5-8 cartridges for a total of 60-120 projectiles.
Some of the more tactical-style pump shotguns hold up to 15 cartridges (180 projectile)
An Uzi can only fire 32 projectiles before reloading.

And we haven't touched on SEMI-AUTO shotguns...
There's a reason you see the guys kicking doors at the front of the SWAT team holding shotguns.
They are simply unrivaled devastating weapons inside of about 30 yards.

Now, why do you think what you propose is any sort of real world "solution"?
Why do you think people won't simply perform massacres with shotguns in the future?


Here's a Pump Action Shotgun with a 15 round capacity (I agree, much better than a military-style rifle):

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Response to OneTenthofOnePercent (Reply #36)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:08 PM

43. Try finding one in stock.

Or almost any paramilitary semi-auto rifle, for that matter...

For the most part, the only place any of these weapons are showing up for sale right now is on brokerage listings, offered by privat parties...at 2-3 times MSRP. All the screeching for banning these weapons has done (and will do) is create a brief, intense market bubble. Which was about as much of a surprise as the sun rising in the east...

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Response to Lizzie Poppet (Reply #43)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 04:17 PM

55. Don't have to, already have one.

 

Here's something to think about the line of reasoning that "shotguns" are OK but semi-auto "paramilitary" rifles aren't...

I have semi-auto ARs. I have a semiauto AKs. I even have REAL Full Auto submachine guns. Of all the guns in my collection from benign to scary, you know what I keep readied for home defense if something goes bump in the night? A shotgun. And not because ot's somehow socially more appealing... because shotguns destroy the shit out of pretty much everything.

I'm not sure how the OP can rationalize that shotguns are somehow more socially safer/better... they aren't.
If you want to put and end to whatever situation inside of 30 yards, nothing beats a shotgun.

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Response to OneTenthofOnePercent (Reply #55)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 04:35 PM

56. Yep. Unquestionably devastating.

My personal choice is a 1911, but I consider a shotgun to be a terrific pick for home defense. I don't happen to own one (I'm tiny, and they beat hell out of my shoulder), but they're the only long gun I'd consider for home defense. My G3 and long-range bolt gun stay in the gun safe unless I'm at the range.

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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:27 PM

47. That's my plan

 

This home protected by Louisville Slugger!

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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:37 PM

49. edit

 

just read your last post

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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:49 PM

50. The best-case legal, social, and psychological consequences of shooting someone are horrible

 

I'd do so only as a last resort.

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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:57 PM

51. Yep - best case scenario of a baseball bat is they run

 

And you dial 911

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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:52 AM

75. The worst is you have inflicted a sub-dural hemotoma that could result in permanent disability...

 

...or death.

Still pretty bad, but not as much grief as you would experience after even a non-fatal shooting.

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #75)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 04:30 PM

82. Go for the knees

 

Much less damage, but stops them nonetheless

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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 04:53 PM

57. I sleep in my high-capacity pantry stocked full of bean-cans.

 

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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 06:51 PM

65. I have my great-grandfather's ceremonial Freemason's sword

I could play Errol Flynn!

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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:59 PM

39. I have scared intruders off twice just cocking a shotgun. The sound says (run or be shot).

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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:31 PM

48. Keep in mind I am not advocating everyone run out and buy a shotgun

 

I don't want a gun, and if you don't want one don't get one

Guns aren't the best for home defense - I have chased burglars away twice just by pulling a Han Solo and running and screaming at them....


BUT - if we are going to allow guns, it should be limited to shotguns and some handguns. I am uneasy about the handgun part, because they kill the most. However, that has more to do with their popularity than danger.

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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 04:00 PM

52. Why?

"BUT - if we are going to allow guns, it should be limited to shotguns and some handguns."

Is someone less dead if they are killed with a shotgun or a handgun as opposed to being killed with a rifle?

Had the Newton perp been carrying a tactical shotgun or handgun, the result would likely not have been any different, except that the resulting discussion would probably be about banning shotguns or handguns, instead of scary looking rifles.

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Response to Crepuscular (Reply #52)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 04:10 PM

54. No but if we ban all semi auto weapons

 

Then killing sprees will rarely go into double digits


We are going to have to ban some guns

It's necesarry

So it would be better to ban the more dangerous ones



So the most powerful weapon you can have is a double-barrel shotgun

IT's called comprimise

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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 05:01 PM

60. I don't think "compromise" means what you think it means.

 

Generally, when parties compromise, both groups concede different ground to each other.
You want to ban some guns. OK, that's our concession you're asking for.
So then what to the gun nuts get? (list of acceptable concessions below)

National 50-state Concaeled Carry Reciprocity.
Repeal of the Hughes Amendment.
Repeal of NFA excise taxes (registration/approval paperwork can remain)
Federal Castle Doctrine
... ?


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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 07:42 PM

68. Unless I missed it, absolutely no one has mentioned any neighbors or people in the next room or apt.

 

Damage inflicted in the immediate area could be the least of your worries, if it kills a kid asleep in their room across the street, because someone thought a high powered rifle was good for home defense. Most people automatically do NOT consider what is behind their intended target in an emergency situation.

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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:54 PM

85. That's why I use an AR15.

 

Seriously.

When loaded with frangible ammo, it works better than most anything.

For those of you that don't know, frangible ammunition is something of a godsend for this application. It will penetrate a person, but will split up into harmless dust/fragments when it hits drywall. In my 100+ year old apartment with its stupidly thick plaster walls, I'm not very worried about harming a neighbor, if god forbid, I ever have to fire it.

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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 04:08 PM

53. Hollywood movies are not good sources for gun knowledge.

As some of the messages in this thread already point out.

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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 05:10 PM

61. I agree. Plus for me..........

a shotgun is what I'm most familiar with. Pump action with a sawed off barrel to the legal limit. Or shorter if you're never taking it away from home. The shorter the barrel the greater the recoil though.

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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 06:41 PM

64. What, exactly, am I defending?

I've never been attacked. I HAVE been stolen from, from the shop and garage; never in the house.

None of that stuff was worth shooting at anybody.

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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 07:40 PM

67. Everything has its pros and cons.

 

Shotguns are great and all, but they have a lot of recoil, are harder to make follow up shots with, are more difficult to operate under stress than a semi-automatic handgun or "military grade" semi-automatic rifle, and it's a myth that they "spray" at home defense distances.

In addition, rounds fired from semi-automatic rifles such as the .223 caliber (typical AR-15 caliber) are less likely to over penetrate through walls than shotgun shot, which is another advantage.

Finally: just because you own a semi-automatic rifle does not mean you have a "personal armory" any more than you owning a shotgun means you have a "personal armory"; knives and shotguns are used in the military too; you don't know what people need; usually does not mean always; semi-automatic rifles are the most important weapon used by the militia, which even modern law defines as all males aged 17 to 49.

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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 08:02 PM

69. I own an old-school revolver

 

I don't carry in public. Don't want to. It's a revolver. If I can't take out an intruder with six shots, then I probably deserve to die!

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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 08:11 PM

70. For many a semi automatic pistol is a more effective approach

The shot sprays from a shotgun at household ranges is a bad lie

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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 09:16 PM

74. At home distances shotguns don't spray shot.

My most open bore shotgun won't shoot buy maybe a 4" group at 20ft. You still have to aim shotguns inside your home.


While no one need "military grade" firearms they sure are fun to own and shoot. True military grade firearms are pretty darned costly, the closest and cheapest you'll get is a colt LE6920 and they were still around a grand(now 1500-2000). Sure you can fine cheap-o stags, bushies and dpms's (and many others) but they're no where near "military grade" and the AK's you can buy here in the states are just junk unless you spring for some big dollars.

While no one needs a personal armory it sure is nice to have a collection of fine firearms.


But you're close to right the shotgun makes a fine HD firearm. I've wanted a double barrel shotgun for a few years now since I don't own one. I'd trade my 500 in a minute for a Stoeger coach gun supreme.

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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 10:33 AM

79. I prefer the 10/22

Mine looks a lot like this, only with a 3x9X32 scope, a flash suppressor, and it's blue, not stainless steel.





My stainless has the laminated stock, a bull barrel, and a 3x12x40, both have the 30 round 'banana' clips, but the SS is strictly for hunting.






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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:06 AM

88. My .38 snubnose and my wife's 9mm pistols are for home defense.

And then there's my schiavona and the wife's rapier. You don't need military type weapons for home defense or anything else but war.

And they do make fully automatic shotguns. They're considered machine guns and you can't buy them.

Wolf

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