Whether you’re out somewhere or inside the boundaries of your home, emergencies can happen when you least expect them. As the number of crimes in Washington continues to rise at an alarming rate, it is more important now than ever to take steps towards home defense.
The criminals are on the loose, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. It’s essential to keep your home equipped and yourself prepared at all times to deal with any mishap.
Ahead, we have rounded up a list of three things that you must have for home defense and your family’s protection.
An Appropriate Gun
We recommend keeping a shotgun as your first line of defense. This firearm is robust and ideal for single-shot stops. Short-sized shotguns are ideal to use at close range and within residential environments—check out the Maxus Mossberg or Rossi Single Shot.
If you are a novice, adding a stabilizing brace to these guns will make it easier to control and fire them. Another way is to use these shotguns without a stabilizer but paired with suitable low-recoil ammunition, but all this after substantial training.
If you want to go for a semi-automatic shotgun, Berretta 1301 Comp is our favorite with its 5 round capacity and a 22 to 25 inches barrel.
Handguns are also an excellent option for home defense if you live alone, and you only require a firearm to control the situation until the police arrive. Handguns are not as powerful as shotguns, but they are the most portable home and self-defense option.
There is no use of owning a firearm if you are not equipped with the right ammunition to use in emergency situations. For shotguns, Buckshot is the best ammo. In fact, the police forces and military use it because of its impact.
For handguns, we suggest hollow-point bullets from well-reputed manufacturers such as Barnes Bullets, Federal or Hornady. These bullets grow in size upon striking the surface and cause more damage. Their speed also decreases as they move towards the target, which keeps jacketed hollow points from diverting and hitting persons or objects behind the target.
A Flash Light
For better targeting and a more unobstructed view, you need to attach a white light to your firearm from companies like Crimson Trace or Surefire. Not only do these lights allow you to spot and identify your target, but it also blinds them and buys you enough time to take a better shot.
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