NRA: Many firearms can be useful for a variety of applications, such as target shooting, hunting and concealed carry, as well as protecting your family. Private investigator Kayla Sharrow is seen above qualifying for her Florida statewide firearm license at the Manatee gun Club with a 9mm semi auto pistol. However, the following discussion focuses on firearms in the primary role of home defense. The general advantages and disadvantages of each gun type should be considered in light of the fact that most houses and living areas limit the defender's mobility. Remember, practical defensive shots will be fired at very close range, i.e. contact distance, to across-the-room ranges of 5 to 10 yards.
Gun buyers should be looking for a firearm and ammunition combination offering an optimum level of stopping power. Overpowered guns produce excessive amounts of recoil, noise and muzzle flash that can leave the home defender deaf, blind and pointed in the wrong direction. More importantly, hot rounds are more likely to pass through the intended target, travel through thin wall or window materials and keep on going to cause unintended damage to others. At the other end of the spectrum, under-powered guns will not stop the threat effectively.
Just pull the trigger of a revolver and the gun fires. Defensive revolvers are most often found chambered in .38 Spl. and .357 Mag. Loading a revolver with .38 Spl. +P ammunition can increase the revolver’s stopping power without the flash and recoil associated with .357 Mag. loads. A 3- to 4-inch barrel is usually recommended for use in the home.
Semi-automatic pistols, like the 9mm Makarov seen above, use a box magazine to load the ammunition. These pistols can be more complicated to operate but they have a lighter trigger pull, hold more ammunition and can be reloaded more quickly than a revolver. Some of the most commonly available semi-automatic pistol cartridges for defense include the 9mm Luger, .45 ACP and .40 S&W. Full-size, also known as duty-size, pistols offer larger magazine capacities and longer grips for more comfortable practice than the compact and sub-compact pistols favored for legal concealed carry.
BABY BERETTA: The Beretta 950 Jetfire is a great looking little pocket pistol. The tip-up barrel feature is great for those with weak hands. You can load a round in the chamber or remove the round that is in the chamber without having to cycle the slide. While the .25ACP cartridge is not the most powerful, 9 rounds of .25ACP are certainly better than throwing rocks. With a CCW permit you can carry this pistol while wearing just about any clothing but a swim suit, great for Florida undercover work.
I have a .380 caliber Ruger LCP, a .380 caliber Walther PPK/S and a .25 caliber Beretta Jet Fire and several different revolvers but the one gun I have found to be the most reliable and accurate is a Russian made 9mm Makarov (never jams), go figure. Do your homework. Go to the range and test fire the guns you’re interested in before you buy. Trust your instincts when you identify the firearm that’s the best fit for your needs, even if the gun geek behind the counter doesn’t agree.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota SEX, CRIME CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com