A rifle or shotty would feel right good on a bad day.
And, I will go ahead and come out of the closet; if trouble comes a knocking, I'd prefer my lever action 44 in my hands, loaded with my handloads of 180 weight XTP 44 Special loads. With 9 in the tube, I'm happy.
It was inevitable with the way this thread was going that someone would eventually come out of the closet.
To tell y'all the truth, I'm not really all that surprised by who it was, either.
What can I say Jon?
But ya know, I think it all comes down to what we like and feel comfortable with.
My likes dictate a lever gun, but I also very much enjoy the coach gun with it's double barrel and open bore.
My AR and M4 rifles are also in the mix, although I really don't prefer to use them for anything but SHTF guns.
I would feel just fine with any of them though.
I believe the opposite. Well not entirely. A shotgun is my preferred HD weapon. Unless you have a lot of land to protect a shotgun offers plenty of range. Buck shot offers a way to put down multiple threats at once. Most shotguns are easy to use accurately allowing for good shots even under stress. They are also easy to maintain and manipulate so family members who are not gun people can learn to use them.
Seriously though, if you have a chance to make it down this way, and I have enough time in advance to secure the shoot house, I think I could at least show you some advantages with the rifle that you're likely not considering. Think about it.
Hell, maybe we should just do a meet of a number of forum members at my buddy's ranch down here.
Lades & gentlemen, Jon that was a good post. I personally do have an ole Winchester 97 riot gun in my room, loaded with 00, but my primary defensive weapon is a pistol, generally my S&W Border Patrol model with a 4" barrel and keith long range front sight. The pistol is automatic with me since I have carried it all over the Pacific basin and Mexico in explorations, where It was allowed. It's resting place is under my blankets about waist level. This allows activating it before a BG can take notice. This technique was learned the hard way and has resolved several bad situations. 'Obviously' I cannot, nor will I go into sordid details in an 'open' internet. Even in here, our posts are heavily monitored by our benevolent gov't Hint.
The main reason that I use it, is that I have spent years of intensive practice and the use of it, so it is almost an automatic reaction, particularly since it has proven itself for me..
As for self defense, I have preached 'use the best available to you', whether it is a roll of coins, a rolled up magazine, pencil, ball pen, a coffee cup, a knife, spear, cross bow, even a lil .25, if nothing else is available to you because of local laws or financial restrictions. But learn to use youi choice, practice until it becomes almost automatic. Obviously a firearm is presently on the top of the line, if it is available to you.
It always reminds the inscription that I saw on a Colt "Be afraid of no man, no matter what his size, just call upon me and I will equalize".
While you can qute successfully kill a man with a lowly pencil, obviously the killing tech has been refined to our present line of pistols. Use one of them. The poorest, most inefficient one, is far superior to nothing.
Remember, ever since man evolved, he has adapted many mundane things to kill each other, even 'throwing rocks', which have killed thousands. in fact they were an integral part of the armies until the 1600's.
The modern shot gun has evolved also, it hasn't reached this point with consistent failures. It is probably the single most lethal weapon available to man, without extensive and expensive training, plus, for some reason it is looked upon more benevolently by even anti firearms groups.
The choice is yours, but don't get side tracked by any of our little squabbles in here on purely 'minor' technicalities. We all have our shibboleths, which we will defend since they are extensions of our person. Do your own research, using data posted in here as your guide, not your bible.
Don Jose de La Mancha
Dr Roberts, in his ammunition recommendation articles states -
"Only after proper foundational and ongoing repetitive refresher training, cultivating warrior mind-set, and ensuring weapon system reliability do you need to worry about ammunition selection."
Need any help jester ? I can supply the coffee while helping you in your civic duty..
Don Jose d La Mancha