Re: re: what for home defense and just fun shooting
I spent 30 years in the military (active and reserve), always in combat arms, so I've shot a zillion rounds from all kinds of weapons, including an A-4 Skyhawk.
A-4 Skyhawk, now there is an interesting home defense Weapon :lol:
My take on Home defense. You need to first decide what is most important to you. Do you really have a home defense concern or do you really want a shooter that you can tell the wife "hey honey its to protect us.....really"?
For home defense, I have to agree with huntswithdogs about using the 12ga. I bought the HK FABARM FP6 Carbon. Put a pistol grip on it and a forward rail on the grip for a light. You don't need a warning shot, just pump that action and any criminal is going to know that sound and freeze. This is what sits next to my bed at night and is backed up by my Springfield XD 357 with a light that I carry.
Whatever you use, you need a rail to mount a light. You need to be prepared for a night-time defense situation. Remember, you only want to use deadly force if neccessary and a high-power tactical light will not only startle and degrade night vision of an attacker. Also, a laser can go a long way as a deterrent and when properly sighted in makes a great night-time quick reaction tool.
As for the Storm, I have a Beretta CX4 in 9mm. I love the gun. From a home defense perspective it is great to use at night equiped with a light and a Laser on it's tri-rail system. It is also a fun fun gun to shoot, just make sure you search for some High-cap mags.
I worry about the .223 from an AR-15 or an AK-47 round. I know the walls in an apartment or modern house are thin. You are responsible for what you hit if you miss. Make no mistake about that, if you kill a neighbor's child by accident, you not only need to live with that for the rest of your life, you will also face massive criminal and civil penalties and lawsuits.
Of course at one time I thought my dog, a lab/rotti mix, would be my first line of defense, but unless he is going to lick an intruder to death, I better be armed.