As I, and many others believe, a shotgun is the best firearm for home defense. A good short barreled shotgun is easily operated, small enough to manuver with, and best of all, surgical accuracy is not needed to stop an intruder. In a moment of intense adrenaline, where seconds mean the difference between life and death, I would rather have a load of buckshot than one bullet to bet my life on.
I keep a Remington 870 12 gauge at home, cost me about $280 brand new. A very popular shotgun for a great price. If you have your heart set on a handgun, then I would go to a gun shop and start asking questions and figure out what best suits you.
I am glad you have decided to protect yourself and your family with a firearm.
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