Gun to leave home with the wife

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    Gun to leave home with the wife

    Obviously I carry when out of the house, so that led me to ponder what am I doing leaving my wife (and 1 year old daughter) home with no means of defense? I'm going to talk to her tonight, I'm sure she'll ask about pepper spray/taser or whatever but I'd feel better if she had a weapon at home. We live in a neighborhood where the houses aren't far apart (50ft or so). Would pepper spray make sense? She could stop an intruder temporarily to leave the house or try to get away. Another concern would be how well she would do under pressure and aiming the weapon. She's shot a .22 pistol before but we all know that's like shooting an air soft.

    Id appreciate any pointers here on what to pursue for a home defense weapon for my wife. I'm open to all suggestions. We live in a nice neighborhood and practice good security with door/window locking. not answering for strangers unless im home, etc. I would just feel better if she had something at home with her.

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    Whatever she's comfortable or at the very least capable of shooting with some accuracy. If it's a .22 lr pistol, it's better than nothing and is certainly lethal. Something she can access quickly and easily. Also something easy for her to operate, think double action revolver. Take her out shooting to get comfortable with something bigger if needed.
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    I agree with Joker, I think a DA revolver, in either .38 +P or .357, would be the way to go. She can work her way up in power if she desires, or not. I would not go to a lightweight model and would keep the barrel to at least 3". This is not a carry weaon so the weight is less important. The heavier weight will absorb recoil better for her.

    A few trips to the range will instill confidence in herself. It the distances most likely she will encounter, point and shoot should serve her well. That does not mean disregard sighted fire in her practice. Outside training would be useful, if pratical.
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    I have taken a number of female friends and acquaintances shooting, for pistols, they usually prefer either a steel full sized 9mm semi-auto, or a full size steel .38/.357, loaded with .38s in a revolver. They have full grips, and the weight helps with the recoil. Also, with the longer sight radius and things like that, they tend to be easier to shoot.

    But get her out, let her try a bunch of different guns if possible, and let her find the one she likes best.
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    Cool

    Having her take an NRA class may help her to feel more at ease also.
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    I would say a short barrel shotty 18 inches is legal in NC idk about where you are....but I wouldnt really worry about shot placement with a shotty lol. Pepper spray may work but you can still swing arms and knives with no vision and a burning face. Most importantly practice... my missed a pumpkin with my shotgun which had a long barrel at 7 yards so u still need to have some practice regardless ...a shotgun might not be comfortable to shoot but in an effort to save herself and your daughter im sure she would rather have a sore shoulder.
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    i really want to get a mossberg 500 shotty but something tells me she will frown upon that, not to mention a bit cumbersome in a house. ill talk to her tonight and get her to the range.

    she's not gun shy, grew up in a pro gun family so this shouldnt be too hard to figure out with some help from experienced folks as yourself.
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    It's not the tool (so much) as it is the training and mindset. You can buy her any self-defense tool, but if doesn't have the mindset or training, it will be useless. Go beyond just buying her a gun.
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    If you don't take her to the range it doesn't matter what gun you leave at home. She's going to be too afraid of it to use it. Take her shooting now and whatever you have will be fine as long as she gets used to it.

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    Little kid and pepper spray. Hmmm. She is going to need to get the kid out of the contaminated area, with the kid screaming bloody murder.

    Taser? That'd certainly break the kid of messing with electricity if he gets his hands on it.

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    I like the idea of a shotgun. That is probably the best home defense weapon, especially with a shorter barrel. There is a company that makes a recoil reducing stock and i dont know if it comes with a pistol grip or not, but I'd make sure you have one on it.

    An AR with a Eotech red dot would work too. Easy to operate and lightweight with minimal recoil. Only issue would be overpenatration, especially with a small child in the house.

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    Under stress is tough to overcome with a handgun, so perhaps a decent quality 410 shotgun will do the trick. It provides a secure feel to the shooter and won't send her backwards when fired. I don’t own one but I’m sure someone here on the forum knows of a good quality brand/model.
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    I would get her a Ruger SP-101 .357 Magnum revolver with a 3.06" barrel.
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    Sometimes we over-think things. More often than not actually. Then there are those times we might feel right thinking for someone else.

    Obviously I carry when out of the house, so that led me to ponder what am I doing leaving my wife (and 1 year old daughter) home with no means of defense? I'm going to talk to her tonight, I'm sure she'll ask about pepper spray/taser or whatever but I'd feel better if she had a weapon at home. We live in a neighborhood where the houses aren't far apart (50ft or so). Would pepper spray make sense? She could stop an intruder temporarily to leave the house or try to get away. Another concern would be how well she would do under pressure and aiming the weapon. She's shot a .22 pistol before but we all know that's like shooting an air soft.

    Id appreciate any pointers here on what to pursue for a home defense weapon for my wife. I'm open to all suggestions. We live in a nice neighborhood and practice good security with door/window locking. not answering for strangers unless im home, etc. I would just feel better if she had something at home with her.

    thanks folks.
    Granted......we'd all feel better for our family at home (while we're away) to have the best means at their disposal for protecting themselves.
    You can't lead a horse to water and make them drink.
    You......as a family need to sit down and talk. Communication is key. Find out what's going to be acceptable to everyone involved. A family is a team. You alone don't make the team. Maybe a nice little junior slugger made out of solid oak would do the trick when you're not there with your .45. The turkey carving knife shouldn't be put away until the upcoming Thanksgiving meal. Many ways you can come to terms with your loved ones and standing their ground when you're not there without you putting something in their hands. Just like living in a two story house and going through a fire drill. IMO....you all need to talk. Telling them what they should do leaves out the aspect of them doing what they can do when confronted. Don't over-think things. You and your family need a game plan and that's all. Keep it simple.

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    short shotgun ... in a high stress situation, she won't miss.
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