We all have our own versions of what a great gun is for both personal carry use and home defense. What you choose may be different from me, and that’s okay. This is meant to be a guide to get you started on choosing a great gun. Please note, that some of these guns are also great for carrying concealed or open, and multi-purpose guns, at least in my opinion, are great.
Before we get to what I like to call the “meat and potatoes,” let’s get a few important things out of the way. First, you need to make sure you choose a caliber in a gun that you’re actually going to shoot. If you don’t actually shoot your gun of choice, and someone breaks into your house or you need to defend yourself with it, it’s going to surprise you when you squeeze the trigger. You don’t want for that to happen. What you do want, is to make sure that you’re ready and know exactly what’s going to happen.
Second, while you need to be comfortable with your gun, some projectiles can actually over-penetrate through more than one wall. Bigger, slower rounds tend to be the way to go if you have people sleeping in another room. Or, you could always carry frangible ammo as an added bit of protection against penetration. It’s a misconception that hollow points won’t over travel through walls because they expand. They only expand when they pass through something wet, and dry wall is not wet. If you miss your target, it could travel through several walls before it stops. If you have a child on the other side, I don’t need to tell you how dangerous that could be.
This article has two parts. The first part is mine, and the second is by the original author, Patrick Johnson. You should be able to tell where I stop and he starts because we clearly have two different approaches. But, I’ll tell you when it happens, so you’re not confused.