My thoughts have progressed over the years.
The other day I read this article: Long guns for home defense – not such a hot idea. My initial reaction was to groan, because there actually is a place for them, but my groan was purely on the article title. So I went and read the article, and I actually agree completely with the author.
(Aside: This is why it’s good to actually READ the article, not just the headline. I loved NPR’s troll/experiment on this very thing.)
But since I know from looking at my own site statistics that people rarely click-through to read the referenced article, here’s the “tl;dr” summary:
- Handguns are generally better for home-defense because they are compact and one-handed
- Have you tried quickly navigating your house with a long-gun?
- How about contending with opening doors, using flashlights, finagling children, etc.?
- Long-guns are useful when you stay-put.
Now is this the be-all-end-all? Of course not. There are a great many factors to consider. For example, I know a couple (and just the 2 of them; no kids to worry about) that lives in a rural area. They are far back from the road so there’s longer distances to cover. As well, a more common issue for them is to contend with 4-legged predators around their livestock. Considering the totality of their circumstances, a rifle actually works out well for them.
In my house, a handgun is generally more useful, because people, because tight and twisty hallways, and most of all? Because it’s the tool with which I am most proficient.
And I’m sure YOUR situation is different.
Consider the totality of your circumstance and pick the right tool for the job. I know Internet mantra is “long guns for defending the home-front”, but remember what’s right for someone else behind their keyboard may not be appropriate for you, your family, and your home.