One of the most popular reasons given for purchasing any type of firearm is “home defense.” That makes perfect sense when you consider the most valuable and cherished things in your life – your family – reside in the home and are worthy of protecting at all costs.
The most common question that follows is “what type of firearm is the best for that purpose?” While there is no perfect answer to that question, some choices do stand out more than others. Many of the families that receive professional instruction at Gunshots Firearms Training live in urban or suburban environments, which place them in very close proximity to their neighbors. They also tend to enjoy shooting for sport and recreation as well.
With these considerations in mind, one of the better firearm choices for home defense that stays at the top of our list is the shotgun. However, it may not be for the reasons that first come to your mind.
There are numerous myths surrounding shotguns that can be directly attributed to Hollywood cinema and television media. These myths are not based in fact and must be dispelled from the outset. The worst offender on the “myth list” is the following statement: you don’t have to aim or be accurate with a shotgun … just point it in the direction of the threat and shoot … you’ll hit the target. That statement is patently false.
At close range, the average distribution of buckshot at the time it hits the target is three to four inches. If the average hallway in your home is 25 feet long (close range) and six feet wide, that provides more than ample opportunity to miss any target. Aiming is always critical regardless of the firearm used for defense.
Now that we’ve taken that myth off the table, let’s look at some very practical reasons to choose a shotgun for home defense.
Responsible firearm owners know that education and safety are critical components of any home defense program, and understand that all members of the family should be trained in its use. If the unthinkable happens and one or both parents become incapacitated during a home invasion, it makes sense that the children of reasonable age would know where the shotgun is kept. More importantly, it makes sense that they’ll know how to safely and properly use it when the time comes.
That is one of the reasons we strongly support family-oriented firearms training for our community in Rancho Cucamonga and San Bernardino County in California. When the entire family embraces a well thought out home defense program, everyone receives the critical training that serves to keep the other family members safe and secure.
And like using a shotgun for home defense, that makes complete and total sense. Look into firearms training at Gunshots Academy in Inland Empire.