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Shotgun Vs Pistol For Home Defense

Updated: Jul 7, 2023

When it comes to protecting your home from home invasions, you are going to want something you can use quick and easy. Chances are, you are going to be caught off-guard, usually in the middle of the night, so you will need a firearm you are comfortable using in quick situations. For some that's a shotgun, for others it's a pistol. Today, we are going to look at the difference between the two and which is best for home defense.


Shotguns are a very popular home defense weapon as choosing ammunition such as birdshot will minimize the chances of rounds flying through walls into adjacent rooms or apartments. A common misconception when it comes to home defense shotguns is that you have a better chance of hitting your target as the pellets spray in a cone shape. In close quarters, the pellets will not have enough time to form their cone shape, so having quality sights is important when equipping a shotgun for home defense.


Pistols are another great and very popular choice when it comes to home defense. Pistols are easily storable and can be locked in a biometric safe for quick and easy access when time is of the essence. Pistols are easier to conceal and do not require as much coordination to aim and shoot. Pistols will be prone to shooting bullets through walls, so knowing your surroundings is crucial. Installing a set of high-quality sights will aid in making for an easier-to-use self-defense pistol.

Which Is Best?

Determining which type of gun is best for home defense will depend on what you are comfortable with. Ultimately, you will want a gun that you can easily use, especially in stressful and quick situations. Shotguns are a great cheap solution but may be harder for most to use. An affordable, yet reliable pistol is always a great option if you are comfortable using one. In the end, it is going to be a personal preference on what you feel most comfortable with.


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