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PenguinNinja
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What's a good first gun to buy for home security?
I didn't grow up hunting, and I've never owned a gun. I've fired pistols, rifles, and shotguns in the past, but only every once in a blue moon, and it's been probably over a decade since I fired one.

I'd like to buy some kind of firearm for home security, as well as to take to the range to become more familiar with firearms (safety, how they work, etc.). I think it's also something that could develop into more firearms in the future as I become more comfortable.

What should I start with? I want something strong enough to stop home invaders in their tracks, but also want to be reasonable in terms of cost, ammunition costs, something I can handle, etc.

Thanks in advance for your advice.


jimbeam
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re: What's a good first gun to buy for home security?
Double barrel shotgun

My source?

Uncle Joe Biden


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AUCE05
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Member since Dec 2009
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re: What's a good first gun to buy for home security?
Shotgun. You can find one for $100

ETA

Remington 870 is what you want.
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Ace Midnight
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re: What's a good first gun to buy for home security?
AR-15


Feral
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Member since Mar 2012
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re: What's a good first gun to buy for home security?
If you're not very familiar with guns and how to operate one at this point, start out with something like a .38 revolver. Easy to load, use and maintain. Take it to the range and learn gun safety practices. Read up on gun safety.

Don't go out and get a semi-auto/recoil operated pistol until you're familiar enough with safety procedures and how to handle, load and operate a firearm.


keakar
Member since Jan 2017
3918 posts

re: What's a good first gun to buy for home security?
shotgun, just point and shoot, no aiming needed as long as you point within a foot of where they are at.

the whole idea of a shotgun is for non accurate aimed shooting


civiltiger07
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Baton Rouge
Member since Dec 2011
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re: What's a good first gun to buy for home security?
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shotgun, just point and shoot, no aiming needed as long as you point within a foot of where they are at.

the whole idea of a shotgun is for non accurate aimed shooting


Whatever you do don’t listen to this guy. Might jus be trolling.


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bapple
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re: What's a good first gun to buy for home security?
Do you live near Baton Rouge? I’m an instructor and offer lessons (concealed carry and basic handgun shooting). If you don’t live near BR I’d go to your nearest gun range and pay to learn the basics before buying a firearm.

Getting good instruction early on is very important since bad habits are hard to unlearn. If you don’t have a background hunting or growing up around guns, you truly are going in blind. I’d fill that foundation with some good firearms information before making a purchase.
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Bayou_Tiger_225
Member since Mar 2016
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re: What's a good first gun to buy for home security?
I would suggest you go to you local gun range and test out some of the pistols they have there. It's all about finding what you are comfortable with. The people there should also be able to help sign you up for some training classes.

As far as the actual firearm goes, the standard response from the board is either a standard full size 9mm (Glock 17 which is semi) or a .357( Ruger GP 100 which is a revolver). However, if you do opt for the .357, start off shooting .38spcl ammo through it. The ammo is cheaper and the recoil is much less.
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texag7
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re: What's a good first gun to buy for home security?
Mossberg 590a1


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doliss
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Leesburg, VA
Member since Sep 2009
483 posts

re: What's a good first gun to buy for home security?
Got to agree with Bapple here. If you haven't shot in more than a decade take some lessons and build up your shooting fundamentals first. If you goto a range and try a couple different types of weapons before having your fundamentals down you're wasting that range time.

Make sure you have the basics of shooting first then use that skillset to make an educated decision on what you want to purchase.

And don't listen to somebody that says a shotgun is just point and shoot, you still have to aim it. Even with no choke on the barrel you aren't going to get that much of a spread on the shot with in-home distances. You will need to aim it (get those fundamentals in)


chinese58
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re: What's a good first gun to buy for home security?
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Getting good instruction early on is very important since bad habits are hard to unlearn


He's right. I never sought training. Just went to the range and started blasting away, even though I'd never owned a handgun. Always shot to the left of center. I started compensating by aiming to the right. A Ouachita Parish sheriff told me I was holding my Shield to tightly with my right hand. That was why I kept pulling the gun to the right when I pulled the trigger. He told me to hold the gun steady with my left hand, and to use the right hand for pulling the trigger. I could actually hit the bullseye without aiming to the right of it after that day.


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1mic
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re: What's a good first gun to buy for home security?
Remington 870


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Geauxtiga
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re: What's a good first gun to buy for home security?
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Do you live near Baton Rouge? I’m an instructor and offer lessons (concealed carry and basic handgun shooting).
The next no colors.


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Geauxtiga
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re: What's a good first gun to buy for home security?
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And don't listen to somebody that says a shotgun is just point and shoot, you still have to aim it.
Wrong. I don't even "aim" when I shoot doves and seldom don't limit out if there are birds.


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Sancho Panza
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ChatRabbit77
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re: What's a good first gun to buy for home security?
AR15 is the best weapon for home defense. Cheap to shoot, ammo is widely available, recoil is super low, ammunition capacity is better than any other option, easiest to reload, ammunition is highly lethal but does not over-penetrate sheet rock, and it is easier to shoot by a huge margin over shotguns and handguns.

Also, new Remington 870s are ass. Buy one and when you pull it out to use, you will be pulling out a rusty piece of shite. They are called Rustington for a reason. If you are hell-bent on getting a shotgun, go with a Mossberg 590 or Benelli Supernova tactical for pump and any of the well known semi autos if you want one (Benelli m2 tactical, Benelli m4, Beretta 1301, Mossberg 930).
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jpainter6174
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Haughton
Member since Feb 2014
2485 posts

re: What's a good first gun to buy for home security?
Winchester sxp defender with 00 buck shot. Get one take it to an indoor range and shoot it. Shooting inside structures is different then shooting outside, same principle but percussion, maneuvering, etc is all something you need to take into consideration if your truely interested in defending your home. The night someone breaks in possibly armed is not the night you want to try it out for the first time! Also shooting inside a home there’s a lot to consider like what’s behind the target, possibly a bedroom with someone in it and other factors.


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skuter
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Member since Jan 2005
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re: What's a good first gun to buy for home security?
Glock 19


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ecb
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Member since Jul 2010
2137 posts

re: What's a good first gun to buy for home security?
Do you live alone? No one needs a rifle or .357 mag for home defense. A 20 gauge load of 6 shot in the chest at home defense ranges will stop anyone in their tracks, without killing everyone else in the house and your neighbors.


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