What I’m talking about is what I’ve found to be what works best for the average home defense weapon.
There are those of us who have a twelve gauge next to the bed, those of us who have an AR next to the bed, those of us who have a snubby .38 next to the bed, and those of us who have a .44 magnum Anaconda for the uninvited visitor. And these all work well as long as you are comfortable with what you choose. What you choose is the best question to ask yourself. Most folks don’t have a wide variety to choose from. If that’s the case, get acquainted with your distances and limitations in your home. When you shoot at the range, take notice of your distances and relate them to your home. Not the outside, but the indoor distances from different locations. For example, from your bedroom door to your front door. Or maybe from your hallway to your back door and all other scenarios that could come into play in a bad situation.
All weapons are good if you are proficient with them, but if you are a part-time shooter or just have a weapon for bad times, take note. What I have found is a handgun with great stopping power and all-round home defense weapon is the Taurus Judge. This gun comes in a few variations of barrel length, but all shoot the.45 long colt and the .410 shotgun shell. Now a shotgun shell can do a lot of damage while limiting over penetration. There are a lot of loads to handle any kind of threat you may encounter. Find one that suits your needs. What I like about this weapon is that it fits into a nightstand drawer as well as a holster. The recoil is not as bad as you might think. In fact it’s not bad at all. We have a few of these and feel confident in using them if ever necessary. The key to using these is to practice with them. Get some bird shot and let the family get accustomed to it. Ammo companies have some very good .410 defense ammunition for this.
Bond Arms makes a derringer with the same calibers and it’s a very well made weapon. Then again, it’s a two shot. I also have a few of these and they are very good around the house while cutting grass or fence repair for snakes and other unwelcome varmints.
I call these “go to guns”. Bedside, front and back door, etc. Some folks use these for daily carry and it’s not a bad idea, but let that be your personal choice. It’s not a cure-all, but it’s handier than wheeling a rifle or shotgun in very close quarters.