Home Protection Part 2

Posted Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at 11:29 AM
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  • Your paragraph about automatics vs. revolvers was a little short on information.

    A double action revolver is "always loaded". Pull the trigger and you cock the hammer and it fires. There is always a cartridge in "battery" as you put it.

    Automatics, however, must be loaded first, like you say, however, when you load the clip, you rack one in, put the safety on (single action). Now its ready to go. Your requirement to rack one when the bad guy shows up is, frankly, stupid. If you expect to use it on the bad buy, have one racked in already.

    There are 4 types of automatic, or more. This is the reason I recommend revolvers to people who aren't experienced in firearms. The 4 main types are:

    1. Single Action.

    2. Double Action.

    3. DS (double single) Action.

    4. Hammered DS with halfcock.

    Personally I prefer hammered DS with halfcock. By far *THE* safest to carry. (I carry a S&W Mod. 59, 9mm, 15+1, DSH - Double Single Halfcock.) On a shelf, though, it probably really doesn't matter.

    With automatics, just load the clip, rack one in, put the safety on and put it in the drawer, behind the book or under your chair (I've got a Ruger P95 about 12 inches from my fanny now.) With double action or double single action, rack on in then put the hammer on half cock. Now, you're just like a revolver. No safety, just a big pull and you cock the hammer and it drops and boom!

    If you're using a single action (I have several Hi-Points) just have it ready to go then put on the safety. When you need the gun, drop the safety, and you're ready to deliver the message.

    Your advice with a shotgun is ABSOLUTELY correct. If you're in town, lite loads using #8 or #9 shot are best. About all you'll do at your neighbors is break a window. I hear a lot of people talking buck and slugs. STOOPID!!! Imagine that your slug or a buckshot pellet (that are usually .25 or larger) goes through your bad guy, penetrates the wall, your neighbors wall and the head of your neighbors 12 year old daughter or newborn baby? Your neighbor may not thank you for using lite skeet loads but you'll thank Mr. Hear for recommending them if you have to use it.

    Your personal bias is a bit faulty. Heavy and slow tend to just keep on going. Heavy and fast actually tear themselves up better. The key is that you want that bullet to expend all its energy inside the first target it hits.

    One of my home defense guns is a rifle. Yes, a rifle. A Ruger Mini14. 223. I have it loaded with M192 Ball ammo. (FMJ) It goes against everything you say, however, I'm almost a quarter of a mile from anything else that doesn't have tree cover. Its all about expansion. One could use a 30-06 safely in town if one used very light bullets and super fast speeds. If the bullet touched anything it would immediately disintigrate. I have loads like that. They're amazing. But, the average person doesn't have access to such things, or do they?

    I'm a big fan of the 9mm Parabellum. Its really a magnum round designed way beyond the technology of the day. Those Germans! They are something! There are several manufacturers that make "frangibles". This is, essentially, loosly bound lead powder in a copper bullet jacket. Whatever it hits, it falls to pieces instantly. A 9mm with 147gr frangibles is pretty safe. Exchanging a fragment with the neighbors would be unlikely.

    This comment may have been far more technical that many can digest, however, the information is there. Ask a qualified firearms expert if you have additional questions. You can ask me too. Send questions to theconcit@gmail.com and I'll do my best.

    -- Posted by ClayPrepper on Sun, Jan 1, 2012, at 12:47 AM
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