Firearm for home defense...or worse

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    Firearm for home defense...or worse

    I'm not trying to start an end of the world thread, I'm just trying to make a decision. I currently have a RIA Tactical.45 and a Ruger New Model Blackhawk in .357. I don't hunt and don't really have a lot of available space for a gun safe. Do I invest in a long gun (re:shotgun) or just stock up on ammo and maybe a nice rig for the Blackhawk?
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    It wouldn't hurt to have a shotgun in hand. I'd prefer that over the BH for HD duty.
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    I use the .45 for HD duty. The Blackhawk was a college graduation gift so it doesn't get shot too much and I would never sell it.

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    Every man, or woman for that matter, that is over the age of 21, and legally able to do so, should own a shotgun & a rifle (and a pistol for that matter). Gun safe's come in all sizes and shapes, and they are priced accordingly.

    Better to have it and not need it, then need it and not have it.
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    Get a shotgun. Pistol is nice for HD but you cant beat a shotgun!
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    You can't beat a 12 ga for HD. That said, a nice 19 round capacity pistol with a spare mag is nothing to sneeze at. There are some tactical disadvantages to a long gun in close quarters maneuvering, and no one ever complained about having too much ammo after an encounter.
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    I myself would pick up a shotgun, you just can't beat it for HD in my opinion.
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    Ammo first.
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    Shotgun rifle and four wheel drive. My personal add on is a min of 2 carry hand guns. Us folks got to survive
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    1. Get another handgun suitable for carry use, as a backup to your carry pistol.

    2. Get a shotgun. Less costly than a rifle, and will do everything a rifle can do (and more) out to 100+ yards (with slugs).

    3. When finances allow, get a rifle. Do not think you need a (currently insanely priced) AR to defend yourself. A good lever gun will work just fine, at under $500.
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    Prioritize your needs. With the information you have provided my list would be:

    1. 12 gauge shotgun and ammo

    2. Second carry handgun and ammo

    3. Long gun and ammo

    If you go with a lever action rifle chambered in .357 you will already have ammo available from the Blackhawk.
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    Yep - agree with those above. Owning 2 guns is fine. But if something starts malfunctioning with your RIA .45, then you're out of luck. Then owning a rifle and/or shotgun is just AMURKIN!

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    A shotgun is the best for social work, a handgun may be nessary to fight your way to your shotgun or rifle. no less than one of each is nessary, but you can have more if you like me.
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    Mossberge 500 and a used Marlin 1894c in .357 mag and your set.

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    If you don't have a long gun then you don't have a chance against someone who does.
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