That's why your post isn't good advice. You're speaking from YOUR perspective. Nunchucks are probably better than a bat for you. Obviously if anyone has expertise or familiarity with a specific type of weapon then use that.Someone mentioned a baseball bat, and I responded that unlike a baseball bat nunchucks have precision and speed. This is not a comment without insight. I was really trying to dissuade the use of a bat which is not a good defensive weapon. I also mentioned that nunchucks are illegal in most states so that men consult their local laws. I have also practiced with nunchucks for over 30 years so I was commenting on something to which I have direct knowledge. In another post, I also mentioned pepper spray which is realistically the best alternative for walking outside. In my opinion carrying a gun is not a good idea, and if you need to carry a gun you are living in the wrong neighborhood.
One of the best books on the topic is "in the gravest extreme" by ex-cop Massad Ayoob: https://www.amazon.com/Gravest-Extreme-Firearm-Personal-Protection/dp/0936279001In my opinion carrying a gun is not a good idea, and if you need to carry a gun you are living in the wrong neighborhood.
He shot it out the open door at a car radiator, so a lot of the noise went outside, but even so I barely noticed it. And that was a slug with a good charge to it. A bird load has a lot less juice and therefore reduced concussive effects if fired inside, but it'll sting the target.Did he fire it out the window or did it go off in the car? Can't honestly see how a 12g going off in a car wouldn't be at least seriously unpleasant. But firing it out of the window allows the car itself to shield most of noise.
We are ALL about to be living in the wrong neighborhood. They are disbanding police forces and the communists have been rioting for ten days and are showing no signs of stopping. And they are talking about going to the suburbs.. In another post, I also mentioned pepper spray which is realistically the best alternative for walking outside. In my opinion carrying a gun is not a good idea, and if you need to carry a gun you are living in the wrong neighborhood.
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If you don't have the ability to care for a bigger guard dog (i.e. apartment is too small, no yard, size restrictions, don't have time to care for it, a little too fearful of having a big one), consider a small, yappy, but aggressive dog.Home Defense:
2. A reliable guard dog- Their presense alone and barking will serve as a deterrent (German Shepards are ideal, avoid Pitbulls who will probably eat your neighbor's kids after)
Tangential to the thread, but in all these places where guns are simply illegal, do you guys not have any hunting as a sport there at all? Or does it exist and it's bow only?Here in Ireland, it's fairly illegal to have a gun, so I just have the Irish version of a baseball bat, a "hurl". It's not the best, but I do have a strong corrugated iron fence outside my house. I've had to use it only once a few years ago on a crack head who was directly outside my house. I never knew I could hit a woman until she threatened my home, and it took maybe 0.1 seconds to decide to give her a few belts of the stick.
Use a knife, pepper spray, or something else.I don't live in an area where you can easily get hold of a gun, or where there is significant risk of home invasion but at times where there has been a hightened risk, I am mindful of the powder fire extinguisher I have anyway in the event of fire. It's not pepper spray but that stream of white powder would be quite unpleasant in the face and then you could surely wack them with the canister..
This is a 00-buck pattern at 20 feet -- and 90% of all self-defense shootings happen at less than 10 feet. At 10 feet, the balls would almost be a sold mass. As for velocity, both 00-buck and 9mm have similar velocities at about 1,200 fps. A 12-gauge has the best stopping power, period.Would you feel comfortable firing a shotgun if a loved one was standing next to the threat you were aiming at?
The spread alone, not to mention buckshot goes through drywall like any other round, was enough for me to choose the AR Platform or a .45 pistol (with a tactical light) over a shotgun for home defense. It's just not worth the risk.
You cannot assume things. Back when bullet-proof vests came on the market, people discovered that a common .22 rimfire penetrated better than most centerfire pistol rounds. Having said that, a 12-gauge will penetrate better than a .22 long rifle round.Who said anything about a .22? Your neighbors in the low-end, drywalled apartment complex might disagree about buckshot being a great idea. Bird shot gets the job done and lessens your potential manslaughter liability. One slight advantage to shitty construction is the bad guy just might hear you rack that shotgun before deciding to kick in your door.
BTW, don't waste your money on those pocket faraday cages for your phone - they don't work.
Kel, I'd go to a gun store in the state you want to purchase and they will walk you through it. I live in MD (blue state) and the laws here for handguns had quite a few steps too. It's been several years since I purchased a handgun, but as I recall getting the HQL was tedious - you have to take a class ($) and get your certificate, then get the instructor code when you apply for an HQL (more $), get fingerprints (more $$) to submit to the state police, then when you buy the gun fill out another form and wait for that to come through. At any rate, the stores will have iPads or laptops and will walk you through it.If I live in a deep blue state with complicated gun laws, and I drive down south to a state with laxer laws, and I go to a gun show and find a private seller, what will they ask me for as far as ID? Can I just show them a passport to prove I'm a citizen without revealing the fact that I come from a state with restrictive laws? Will they ask me what state I'm from, and put me through the rigamarole of the state I live in and do a transfer to an in-state gun dealer and all that?