Owning a handgun for personal protection doesn’t mean one is adequately prepared to use it for that purpose. Just like owning a car doesn’t mean one is ready to start driving it. There is some learning and skill development that should take place first.
Not all handguns are designed with self defense in mind and some that are aren’t particularly well suited for it. Knowing what qualities to look for in a defensive handgun helps discern the good from not so good.
Selecting a firearm for self defense is serious business. There are several things to consider, even more so for a first firearm.
This post in the Home Defense 101 series explores the aspect of fortification which hardens the home against intrusion. This slows down the intrusion process which may deter an intruder while buying inhabitants time to respond.
Home defense is a complex topic, but one that is important and folks keep asking about. I don’t have all the answers, but this post gets into one of the aspects I consider to be most important. That aspect is deterrence.
Folks considering or using a shotgun for home defense might want to pick up a copy of this book. It’s a fountain of knowledge that dispels myth and lays a firm foundation surrounding defensive application of shotguns.