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The “Best” Home Defense Gun

The “Best” Home Defense Gun

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  1. Pistols are “convenient”. They are small, and easy to carry on your person. They can be concealed in public, but that isn’t as big of a factor for home defense.
  2. It may be easier to move or manipulate a child while holding a pistol, as compared to holding a long-gun.


  1. They are much less effective as Stoppers than a rifle or a shotgun. This is not something to “argue” about. It is simply a FACT. Pistols “can” and often will Stop a bad guy, but they are less effective than a rifle or a shotgun.
  2. Pistols are harder to aim and hit the target with than other systems. Practice can improve your accuracy, but they cannot be operated as accurately as a shoulder-fired weapon. Novice shooters will have a harder time shooting a pistol accurately than a shoulder-fired weapon
  3. Pistols are easier to take away from the shooter than a rifle or a shotgun. Many people falsely believe this is not true, but if you ever get some professional training, you will find that this is a simple fact.
  4. Pistols will penetrate several walls, sometimes even more than a rifle or shotgun. Again, many people falsely believe this is not true, but it is a fact. See Shooting Through Walls Any round that will penetrate enough to effectively Stop a bad guy, will penetrate several walls.



Communicating Your Wishes to Others

Communicating Your Wishes to Others


Getting the message across.

Expressing your wishes before a disaster will go a long way with ensuring that they are carried out in the future. What happens if you become incapacitated? Does your family know what to do? Do they know where to go for resources? Who will speak on your behalf when dealing with important health and legal matters? How will you keep in touch with people once the grid becomes incapacitated?

Every prepper needs to think about their communication strategy. Express your plans and intentions to people before disaster strikes. Do you have people far from ground zero that you can contact for information and to discuss options? Do you have someone to contact who will be able to tell doctors what your medical issues are and what kind of care you authorize? Do you have a tentative plan that tells people where to expect you to go if you have to bug-out?



These are just some general questions to consider as you formulate a plan that works best for you. Just keep in mind that once communications systems go down, it will be very challenging to keep in touch with the outside world. Lay things out on the table now, before this problem exists, and you will be on a more solid footing as you negotiate the precarious road to recovery after a disaster.

Diversify how you communicate.

Make the most of everything from social media to e-mail and voice calls to stay in touch. While there is a risk that cell and Internet networks can go down, it’s unlikely that the entire country will be in the dark forever. You may have to stand in line to get access, or you may need to limit yourself to a specific area that’s still plugged in, but it’s important to have more than one way to reach out and touch someone.



Get phone and Internet service from multiple providers. Maintain multiple email accounts with different services. Have more than one social media account that your friends and family use on a regular basis. This way, if one service goes down, you are still able to get through by using other avenues.


Communication is an essential tool during a crisis, and it’s up to you to establish a system that will work for your needs and expectations. You can relay a lot of information ahead of time and get others briefed on your situation to save time and hassles. You can also have more options by diversifying your methods as well. The bottom line is that you want people to know what you want and what you need, and now is the time to get those lines of communication open.