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Posted: 9/7/2005 7:22:15 PM EDT
If you were buying a handgun for dending your home and family, which model and caliber would you recommend for home defense? I have owned and shot up to a .45 ACP before with no problem in regards to recoil, etc.
Link Posted: 9/7/2005 7:31:55 PM EDT
USP .45 with nightsights and an M2
Link Posted: 9/7/2005 10:43:50 PM EDT
I Love HK and think everyone should own 5 or 6, and anyone in a .45 will work for you, just pick each one up and see what one feels best to you, and yes for home defense you want a light on it..

That being said; for home defense, is there a reason you are not looking at shotguns? I do keep a USP 45 Tactical next to the bed but thats just in case I can't make it to the closet for the Benelli M-4.
Link Posted: 9/8/2005 8:26:30 AM EDT
i would say that my ideal home defense hand gun would be a usp tactical in .40 (16 shot mag IIRC) w/ a surefire nitrolin light mounted.
Link Posted: 9/8/2005 8:31:22 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/8/2005 8:43:52 AM EDT
These work for me:


PS I also have a Benelli M1 S90 available.
Link Posted: 9/8/2005 11:37:38 AM EDT
Considering a handgun that wife could use also, she is simply not physically big enough for a shotgun. I have an AR carbine that serves the purpose also.
Link Posted: 9/8/2005 4:43:27 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/8/2005 4:47:45 PM EDT
Either the USP45f or the USP Tactical with NS and a light
Link Posted: 9/8/2005 5:40:10 PM EDT
I use a USP 45 with night sites.
Link Posted: 9/8/2005 5:52:12 PM EDT
USPc .40 and E2D CCW/Nightstand gun. Tactical w/X200 in the case near the bed. Shotgun and AR "elsewhere". If I had an HK53, it would be under my pillow.
Link Posted: 9/8/2005 6:16:28 PM EDT
The USP is good but kinda large and awkward when you're half asleep, I actually prefer the P7 series, simple and fast

Link Posted: 9/8/2005 7:41:52 PM EDT
I can guarantee you I won't be "half asleep" if a criminal has enetered my house.
Link Posted: 9/8/2005 7:43:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Wodenson:
Considering a handgun that wife could use also, she is simply not physically big enough for a shotgun. I have an AR carbine that serves the purpose also.

Look at a 870 Express Youth
Link Posted: 9/9/2005 1:29:39 PM EDT
Hehe my girlfriend is a hari over 5 foot tall and the 870 youth still looked way to ungainly in her arms. Going to put together an m4gery or AR pistol for her instead.
Link Posted: 9/9/2005 9:04:05 PM EDT
I keep my HK Mk. 23 SOCOM with UTL right on the nightstand everynight for that same purpose.

I use the same handgun for concealed carry when I am at work (I keep it in my camelbak)
Link Posted: 9/9/2005 11:12:26 PM EDT
If your wife is also going to shoot it I would recommend the fullsize USP40 for your consideration. The USP is already one of the softest shooting combat pistols on the market-and the 40 works very well with smaller statured, recoil sensitive shooters.

My wife loves hers. Before I bought it for her she tried a couple dozen different pistols in all different shapes, sizes, and calibers. When the dust finally settled she chose the fullsize 40. When introducing her friends to the shooting sports I frequently have to pry the damned pistol out of their hands-women just seem to love the thing

His and hers:

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