So, what new insights did I gain and what ideas have I cast aside in 2018?
- Shotguns are darn good for self-defense in the home
Like, really, really good, especially when loaded up with Federal Flite Control Buckshot. You can put all nine pellets of 00 Flite Control buckshot into the head of a target that’s 15 yards away. This means that at most distances inside your home, you’re going to ruin a bad guy’s day in one shot, without worrying too much about stray rounds headed downrange. Downside to a shotgun? It’s loud, which is where a suppressed AR or pistol comes in handy.
- .22LR may not be the best self-defense round out there, but it works
Penetration into the cranial-ocular cavity or thoracic cavity is penetration into the cranial-ocular cavity or thoracic cavity. The left ventricle doesn’t care if it’s torn apart by a 40 grain .22 round or a 220 grain .45 round: It’s going to stop working either way.
- Pepper / OC Spray is darn handy to have
I used to poo-poo OC spray as something that women carry when they can’t carry a gun, but I’ve turned around 180° on that line of thinking. Pepper spray gives you more options between harsh words and a gun, and that’s a darn good idea indeed. Because they solve a lot more problems than a gun does, and the legal consequences of using pepper spray are a lot less severe than the legal consequences of using a gun, they might actually turn out to be more necessary than a gun is if you’re planning on living an armed and safe lifestyle.
- Weapon-mounted lights are useful… in the right situation
Let me put this as plainly as I can: If your dedicated home defense gun doesn’t have light on it, you’re doing it wrong. If there is one time when you absolutely positively HAVE to know that your gun is pointed at a bad guy and not at an innocent bystander, it’s in your home. “Oh, but adding and using a light on your gun will give your position away!” I hear you say.
News flash: If there are no lights on in your home and there is a bad guy inside your home, he is probably headed towards the master bedroom because he knows the things he wants the most (cash, drugs, jewelry, guns) are located there. Let him know he made a grievous error in the victim selection process by shining all the lumens you have into his eyes.
So those are mine. What are yours?