While having a gun is better than not having one when securing your home, some firearms are going to be more effective for this purpose. Here are four guns that will be essential for home defense. (Related: Looking to improve your home security? Here are 25 things you can do right now.)
Weapons that chamber the .22 LR are perfect for people who don't have a lot of firearms experience. If you need to teach a family member how to use a gun, giving them a .22 firearm is your best bet. The light recoil of a .22 makes it easier to shoot, and the popularity of the .22 cartridge makes it affordable. This means restocking on ammunition won't be difficult in a SHTF scenario.
Some of the best .22 firearms currently available are the Browning Buckmark pistol and the Ruger 10/22 semi-automatic rifle.
You can't go wrong with getting a 9mm pistol for home defense. It has been popular for military, police, and civilian usage since its introduction in 1902. It's power and popularity make it both useful and affordable. This means that not only will your 9mm pistol be effective at defending your home, acquiring more rounds for it won't be much of an issue.
For a great 9mm pistol, you can never go wrong with a Browning Hi-Power or a Glock 19. Both are popular and very reliable guns in service in many military and police forces worldwide.
A shotgun is no doubt a great weapon for home defense, but some shotguns are better for the situation than others. Shotguns are large and won't be as effective when trying to carry them around your home. Bullpup shotguns, on the other hand, are compact and lightweight, making them more maneuverable in home defense situations.
For this type of firearm, there are two great options: the Kel-Tec KSG and the UTAS UTS-15. They both have two separate magazine tubes that makes loading two different types of rounds possible – you can have buckshot in one chamber and slugs in the other. Controlling them in restrictive environments, such as from within your home, isn't going to be an issue due to their shorter length and lighter weight.
While having a full-sized AR-15 or AK-47 is great and will no doubt be a good deterrent, it's not necessarily the best rifle for home defense. Those kinds of rifles are cumbersome for enclosed environments and you will need a more compact alternative, which is why getting your hands on a carbine rifle is the best option. If you don't have the resources to buy multiple guns, getting a carbine rifle should be your priority.
There are many great carbines out there, including carbine variants of the AR-15 and the Kalashnikov, like the AKS74-U. The Hi-Point 995TS and the Kel-Tec SUB-2000 are great semi-automatic carbines that chamber pistol cartridges, making them very lightweight.
When it comes to defending your home, it's best to keep a firearm around so that you're always prepared for the worst-case scenario. When SHTF, having a gun is better than not having one, but having the right one can ensure your home's protection, as well as your own.