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Best Weapon for Home Defense?

Credit to John Lovell of Warrior Poet Society for the general direction and idea that I convey in this post.

Everyone has an opinion on what the best blaster is for home defense. Lots of people believe what they have been told, and lots of people have been told that a pump shotgun is the perfect home defense weapon. Every one of you has heard the old "When they hear that pump sound, they'll run away as fast as possible." I hope that you all dismissed that as soon as you heard it. In the words of the wise Andre 3000, "Don't pull that thang out, unless you plan to bang."

Let's look at this quandary with a more systematic thought process.

Let's judge the 3 most popular options (Pistol, shotgun, AR15), based on 6 criteria and a 1=10 scale: Recoil Management, Ammunition Capacity, Ease of Manipulation, Ease of Accuracy, Over-penetration, and Effective Threat Stopping.


Recoil Management- 6

Ammo Capacity- 5

Ease of Manipulation- 8

Ease of Accuracy- 3

Over-penetration- 3

Threat Stopping- 3

Total- 47%


Recoil Management- 4

Ammo Capacity- 2

Ease of Manipulation- 5

Ease of Accuracy- 9

Over-penetration- ??? (what load)

Threat Stopping- 10

Total- 58%


Recoil Management- 8

Ammo Capacity- 10

Ease of Manipulation- 5

Ease of Accuracy- 7

Over-penetration- 6

Threat Stopping- 8

Total- 73%

The final verdict:

The Shotgun is a pretty good option. It isn't AR15 good, but it beats the pistol. Let's talk about how we arri