What do you think about a rifle? I was thinking maybe a .22LR (too small?) or something similar. Maybe a Winchester rifle like the 73, or a Garand. For a pistol, a .50 caliber would be nice, as it will kill an intruder DEAD, first time, and make a very LARGE hole. Some guy used a .50 pistol in a shootout with the cops near Redding, and the holes it made were several INCHES in diameter. A shotgun won't necessarily kill the first time, and if some thug is in your house you need him dead with the first shot.
A .50 will do big holes of course but I’d stick to defensive calibers such as 9mm, 40 S&W, 45ACP and 357SIG or 357 Magnum. A 50 is a hunting round, or for fun, too big and too slow for defensive purposes, and if you hit the bad guy in a place that stopped him, any of the calibes mentioned above loaded with good ammo would have done so too.
For rifles, no not a 22LR, better get an AK, if you have the buck for it a 308 such as a FAL or M1A1.
A good list, but...the Saiga .12 gauge, built on the indestructible and time tested AK platform should be listed as a reliable semi-auto home defense shotgun!
Its supposedly very reliable and would do a number on a badguy at indoor ranges.
things are relatively quiet here in Corpus Christi, but the Mexican gangs are getting bolder this past year. I've got a 12 guage handy, and I'm surrounded by neighbors who will shoot first and ask questions later. I do need to get a larger, center fire pistol (I'm thinking .357 magnum), but I'm thinking food storage takes precedence at the moment, with the food crisis looming for next year. Crops were devastated in Texas this year, and other states, as well as other parts of the world. Being on a very limited budget, it's a tough choice for me. But I've got places in the country to bug out to (which I will do before things get too bad), places where I have a tight knit group of like minded individuals. I'm talking 30 people or more, so 24/7 security will not be a problem. We have a large garden there. So maybe the pistol would be a better investment? But then again, ammo is scarce for .357, 9mm, .380, .45ACP, etc... What do you think?
Hi Mayberry, Id’ very much recommend you to buy a good handgun right away. A used Glock 19/17 will do and wont hurt the pocket much.
Specially since you are considering maybe getting together with others you seem to trust, someone will sure have a few rounds of 9mm to spare.That one of the nice things of common military/police rounds.
Still, get a few boxes yourself now. The calibers mentioned above are pretty common. Even if they are selling a lot lately, they are the most common ones so you’ll always be more likely to find them, and pay reasonable prices too. That’s why I recommend a Glock 19, or 17 if you have very big hands. The 19 would be the easiest one to carry concealed. If you don’t own a single defensive caliber handgun, indeed, make it a top priority.