I have always owned long guns and found them suitable, if not preferred for my family's home defense needs. That is, until we moved from a rural area to a more densely populated area where I can practically spit on my neighbor's houses from my window. Also, are previous residence was a much more open floor plan. Our current house is a small, old house with plenty of tight corners which make using a rifle or shotgun impractical.
Here are the main points we are considering:
- we are on a relatively tight budget, but feel the need to make a purchase soon as we have already had one attempted break in, and numerous other trespassing and vandalism issues along with an increase in violent crimes in the area. (The recent shooting of a woman by 3 teens - yeah, that was right up the road from us)
- we want semi-auto. There are a number of reasons for this, but at the top of the list are capacity and reload time especially since the popular method of the local criminal element is to invade homes in larger numbers.
- adequate stopping power vs. close proximity of innocents. Obviously, we want to have ample stopping power, however as I mentioned above, the neighboring houses are close. Additionally, we don't want to go too big due to concern of being blinded or deafened (even momentarily) after each shot. Gets back to the likely hood of having to handle multiple intruders. Also, due to the tight quarters, it is likely that if we had to shoot, the delicate ears of our children will be nearby.
- both my wife and I intend to get our CCP and may, on occasion, carry this pistol. Even though we intend to invest in purpose specific pistols for carrying in the future, it is likely that before we reach that point, that we will on occasion carry the piece we are currently looking to purchase, even thought it's primary role will be home defense.
We both believe that training is the key to success with any weapon and intend to train with whatever weapon we purchase. We also understand the importance of finding a pistol that we are comfortable with, which is even more challenging since we will have to both be adequately comfortable with the same pistol in order for it to effectively serve its intended purpose.
With that said, will you kindly offer your personal recommendations based on the information above. I have a few ideas of my own, but I am hesitant to post them up front just for the sake of objectivity.
Thanks in advance!