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Link Posted: 5/1/2009 5:34:10 AM EDT
My g-17 is with me all the time , So 9mm
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 5:35:50 AM EDT
whatever is closest! but keep what you practice with and what you shoot  the most accurate and feel the most comfortable with closest to you at all times. Are you going to do a lot of practicing with it? or will you shoot it maybe 3-4 times a year? If you are going to practice with it, go with what feels the best and you are the most comfortable . . . if you don't have think you will have the time to do a lot of practicing, dry firing etc; I would recomment a revolver and some speed loads personally.


Accuracy in my opinion is supreme to firepower.

Link Posted: 5/1/2009 5:37:08 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Birddog1911:
Whatever is closest. Otherwise the BG would have extra time while I tried to figure out which one to plug him with.


CZ52...
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 5:45:50 AM EDT
12 gauge with 00 buck is next to my nightstand each night.
During the day the 12 gauge is locked up so I'd use whatever sidearm I'm carrying that day to get to the 12 gauge.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 5:59:48 AM EDT
My 1911s always closest.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 6:13:44 AM EDT
I sleep with two loaded handguns and an AR all within arms reach. It's just a matter of which one I grab first.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 6:31:51 AM EDT
If I have a choice it would probably be my 870 (depending on the situation).
Probability says it would be a 1911 since I'm seldom more than an arms reach from one.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 6:38:47 AM EDT
Most of the time, an AR-15
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:05:31 AM EDT
I built a JOHN WAYNE look a like robot. When the BG comes I just hit the remote and roll over and go back to sleep. The robot is fully equipped to meet any and all threats and has a practice mode as well. When I travel I put him in the seat beside me. He is also cabable of cleaning up any remains (blood guts etc.) but looks kinda funny with the pink apron on. I`m working on that.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:10:31 AM EDT
A to the muthafuckin' Z
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:12:25 AM EDT
an original thompson
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:15:06 AM EDT
It's a 1911 for me until I get my SBR tax stamp.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:19:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/1/2009 7:19:40 AM EDT by TerribleTom]
In my house, it's an AR in the corner by my nightstand with mags in the nightstand - I have young kids and they sometimes have guests, so I don't want to leave a handgun out of the safe and I prefer a carbine over a shotgun.





I voted shotgun because long gun > handgun.



If you're buying new, consider a 20 gauge.



 
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:20:35 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Ripak:
Originally Posted By MagazineFed:
When the cops come and they take my weapon until everything is over with, they can take the $200 shotty. I'll hang on to my $3000 AR-15 and my carry gun until their need arises.

I'm thinking if the Cops take anything, they'll take everything.

Best of luck with that plan.



This.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:22:59 AM EDT
Dumbest poll ever.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:27:43 AM EDT
If I had it my way, Mossberg 590A1 with 00 buck and my 1911 on my hip. In reality, I'll grab whats closest and secure my family in one area, call the police, and sit tight. Anyone can take my shit, that can be replaced. They come for my family though....they're walking in to a whole mess of trouble
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:31:49 AM EDT
for me I keep the 1911 I carry every day in the bed side table at night. a long gun is difficult to clear a house with by yourself. you cant maneuver it with one hand effectively to turn on lights or hold little ones ect. but if you are in a closet or other room and defending it with loved one's already in there with you, I say 12 ga.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:32:10 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Procyon:
POLL FAILURE

where's the carbine option?


Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:34:43 AM EDT
Where is the ".25 ACP" option?

I be messin them up with my raven....
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 7:37:20 AM EDT
I have a .38 special S&W for that.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 8:11:52 AM EDT
My 1911 until I can get to my AR
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 8:13:58 AM EDT
I say the AR-15. It really does shoot through a door and can stop an intruder, and unlike a shotgun you won't have to replace it.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 8:15:51 AM EDT
Voted 12g given your poll choices, which fail, utterly...

I dont even OWN a 12g at the moment.

Go-to gun is my AR-15 (Smith M&P15-X w/ Eotech) or my 5" .357 magnum (also a Smith, model 327R8)

Real men dont use 9mm unless nothing else is handy.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 8:25:38 AM EDT
Originally Posted By GUNSLINGER67:
Originally Posted By Ripak:
Originally Posted By MagazineFed:
When the cops come and they take my weapon until everything is over with, they can take the $200 shotty. I'll hang on to my $3000 AR-15 and my carry gun until their need arises.

I'm thinking if the Cops take anything, they'll take everything.

Best of luck with that plan.



Tis true...........Im thinking they arent too awfully particular when it comes to stopping at the weapon used in self defense........they'll take everything as possible evidence.

And in my case,and many others here ,  they'd better bring lots of help with good backs


More proof that some people don't know what they're talking about.

Link Posted: 5/1/2009 8:25:53 AM EDT
bought my 12 ga just for this.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 8:28:21 AM EDT
Out of those choices I would choose the 9mm. A shotgun can be a challenge to operate inside a closet unless you have a big walk in closet. I have not seen too many women who don't mind the recoil of the 12 gauge.
 Remington is offering this gun in 20 gauge which would be an ideal gun for a serious female. My wife has a Remington 870 Youth 20 gauge for her house gun and it is a good choice for a short, light, powerful weapon without a lot of recoil. I see used 870 Youth guns for $200 quite a bit.
20 gauge fighting shotgun
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 8:42:17 AM EDT
This one.


This one is my backup home defense gun.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 8:44:56 AM EDT
The shotgun is the best of your choices.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 8:47:05 AM EDT
I have many guns in my home. If someone came through the front door unannounced, I'd go for my 590 loaded with 00 first. My Glock 21 second.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 8:50:45 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Procyon:
POLL FAILURE

where's the carbine option?


No kidding.

Who the hell posts a home defense thread at ARFCOM and leaves the AR-15 out of the poll options?



Link Posted: 5/1/2009 8:52:21 AM EDT
All of the above
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 9:22:31 AM EDT
Of the choices, shotgun, which is my personal favorite.
With the frequency of body armored home invaders rising, there will need to change over to a rifle caliber carbine or full size rifle to not be outgunned.
Even though I am quite sure taking load of 00buck or a one ounce slug @ 1300fps even with body armor isn't going to be a great experience.
Sad state of affairs.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 9:26:14 AM EDT
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 9:31:39 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/1/2009 9:33:17 AM EDT by hungrymonkey]
I always figured I would ask first.

Shout down the stairs to give all the perps options.  Then break it down to sub catagories for them.
Thier options are.

12 guage
-buckshot
-birdshot

.223
-xm193
-federal valupack

.45
-230 grain JHP
-230 grain hydrashock
-230 MC

9mm
-125 grain MC
-145 grain JHP
-125 grain Hydrashock



Personally, I am hoping they choose the .45,  That is my preference.  Although the 9mm would be a good option for them.



Oh, as a Paramedic.  My first priority would be to call 911.  The only aid I would offer to someone who was trying to kill me.  Would be a follow up shot to thier head.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 9:37:53 AM EDT
I keep a 4" Ruger GP100 and a S&W 2" M60 in a quick-access safe in the bedroom.  Six shots and a New York reload.  If that's not enough, the big safe in the reloading room next door holds my M1 Garand and a full bandoleer, an M4gery and four full mags, a Hi Power and five full (15 round) mags plus a lot of other stuff, but no ready-ammo.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 9:39:24 AM EDT
Out of those, the shotgun. My home defense weapon is an M1a socom II, backed up with an AR, and I always have a 1911 on my hip unless i'm in bed.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 10:08:06 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/1/2009 10:09:25 AM EDT by WolfFox]
All the Above! It depends on which room I am in as to which one I would go for.  I have them within reach of different areas of the house and shop.  You never know when someone will bust through a door.  Like a good Boy Scout...Always be Prepared!
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 10:16:02 AM EDT
The one that is closest to me at the time.  My go to gun is my 870 loaded with federal tactical 00 buck.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 12:38:30 PM EDT
Xd40 s/c with xtl laser/light sits on my night stand 13rnds of.40 for whoever comes a knocking...
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 1:28:31 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DLaw:
Originally Posted By GUNSLINGER67:
Originally Posted By Ripak:
Originally Posted By MagazineFed:
When the cops come and they take my weapon until everything is over with, they can take the $200 shotty. I'll hang on to my $3000 AR-15 and my carry gun until their need arises.

I'm thinking if the Cops take anything, they'll take everything.

Best of luck with that plan.



Tis true...........Im thinking they arent too awfully particular when it comes to stopping at the weapon used in self defense........they'll take everything as possible evidence.

And in my case,and many others here ,  they'd better bring lots of help with good backs


More proof that some people don't know what they're talking about.



DLaw.
I really don't know how to respond in reguadrs to your post.
So, I'll start with a question. Are you LEO?
I'm sure if I told an officer that I shot the Bad Guy with this weapon but the other weapons laying around my house were not used. They'ed take my word as fact?
I don't think so. Do you honetsly think a Beat Copper can tell what weapon made that hole or holes in the Bad Guy?

I stand firm with my post.

Link Posted: 5/1/2009 1:47:56 PM EDT
Id go for my 9mm but I think my Ak would ride along
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 1:54:58 PM EDT
Closest and most immediately for me during the day are the same guns I carry - P7, 1911, 442.

My "bedroom gun" is a retro AR build. KISS. This is the most immediately available if in bed, before arming in the morning, etc.

If the situation is one where I have any advance notice, then my primary AR (M4gery w/ ML3) will be out. It is kept ready-to-go, but away in my main safe (the aforementioned handguns and retro AR are what I keep immediately or near-immediately available).

The M3 hasn't seen primary HD duty since college - when I only kept a few guns on the premises, with shotguns being the most prevalent (due to my shooting activity in college).
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 1:55:05 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Mosin_Nagant:
I keep my AR-15 propped against my desk at all times (mostly for coddling while surfing ARFCOM), but I guess I could use it to shoot someone who's breaking in as well


Gee I never thought about that. I would be pretty pissed at the intruder for taking away from my cuddle time with my M4gery.
Link Posted: 5/1/2009 8:23:39 PM EDT
These three guns are the only options that I have other than my .22lrs & .410 which I'm not that proficent w/as I am w/the others.If I had another weapons that would be avaible to me then they would be in the poll.I appreciate all of the responses but I would appreciate it if u would tell me which one to choose between the guns that I have at my disposable.Telling me what u have to choose from is fine w/me but I don't have all of the options that u all have.But wish that I did.I just want to be able to defend myself & my family.

The other thing that no one has seemed to help me w/is if u would render aid if u were or are a paramedic or firefighter/first responder like I am.I'm trained to save lives not take them but would have no quams doing so if someone was hell bent on hurting me or my family.I am trained to save lives & help those in need if it is w/in my scope of practice,knowledge, & training.

Also no one has addressed the fact that I would most likely be shooting through a door.I hope someone will address this issue as well.
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