In defense of your home…….

In a crisis situation it may become necessary to defend your home and proprieties from marauders who do not have good intentions. For many older folks, especially women, firearms are often strange objects that are feared and looked down upon. For others, especially those with military experience or grew up hunting, firearms are not an item to get stressed about. 

The subject of the best firearm to have in defense of your home is a tremendously controversial one with so many strong opinions it can lead to a lot of confusion. Here are a few thoughts:

  • Any firearm is better than no firearm.
  • The best firearm to have is the one you are comfortable with, can operate efficiently and safely, and can fire accurately.
  • A firearm does not have to be expensive or “evil” looking to work.
  • Many calibers of bullets can easily pass through a wall or walls within a house.
  • Safety, safety, safety.

Here is my Top 5 list of firearms to look at to purchase, train with, practice some more – and then have at the ready stored safely in your home:

1.     .357/.38  Revolver with exposed hammer – simple to operate and when loaded with .38 Special ammunition the recoil is very low. Trigger pull can be on the heavy when pulling double action. With exposed hammer the hammer can be pulled back and cocked and then shot by pulling the trigger which will be MUCH lighter. 

2.     Glock 17 9mm semi-automatic pistol – 17 shots of 9mm in the magazine and simple operations similar to a revolver. Basically this pistol has to have the slide moved back to cock the action and after that each trigger pull results in a shot until the magazine is empty. Those with weaker hands and/or wrists will experience difficulty activating the slide. Weaker grips on the pistol can cause the firing mechanism to malfunction. If these are not problems for yourself, the Glock 17 can be an excellent choice.

3.     Ruger 10/22 .22LR carbine – For many this may seem like a strange choice. “A .22LR?”, you may ask. Absolutely I will tell you. One .22 in me is one too many. There are more people killed every year in the United States by the .22LR rimfire than all other calibers put together. It is not an ideal defensive caliber however it provides some benefits such as little too no recoil, low noise, limited penetration capability, and inexpensive. The Ruger 10/22 is cheaper and super reliable. 100 rounds of quality  .22LR can be purchased for under $7.00.

4.     Ruger SR22 .22LR pistol – As far as the .22LR – see description above. The Ruger SR22 is a new semi-automatic 10-shot .22 pistol that is inexpensive and from all reports I have read very reliable. Again – I must emphasize the .22 is not by far the best defensive round however for those on a budget and/or limited by health issues is a decent choice.  A tactical light can be mounted on the front of the SR22 to illuminate things in the dark.

5. 12 gauge pump shotgun – The 12 gauge shotgun is often looked at as the king of home defense due to its incredible power. The 12 gauge is very versatile in that there are many different loads that can be loaded into the shotgun depending upon the intended purpose. Why not at #1? It can be depending upon your firearm experience and health. The 12 gauge can have violent recoil and the pump action required will use a decent level of strength. So – depending on overall health and abilities is can be a great choice or not so much.

If you are not experienced with firearms do your best to try out a few guns at a shooting range. Often ranges will have rental guns available. The added expense to actually be able to fire your choice prior to purchasing is well worth it.

Once a purchase is made I advise you to sign up for a training session at the range. Having someone walk you through all the safety aspects of using the firearm as well as how to shoot it is critical. It is also good to have the range officer take you through the cleaning and lubrication process as well.

Hope this helps. Feel free to leave comments and ask questions.

Take care all – Rourke


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Shoppers Outlet: Interested in preparedness? Trying to be  self-reliant? Are you frugal?  Check out a few suggested items from Amazon. Amazon offers great prices and excellent customer service.

Uniden FRS/GMRS Walki Talkies – Inexpensive communication for within 1-3 miles depending on terrain.

Lifestraw Family Water Purification System – One of the best deals on the market for a water purification system with the output to supply an entire family. I own one – is is great. Rourke

Survival Seed Vault – All heirloom just as it should be.

Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat

Cyalume Lightsticks – a classic preparedness item. Battery free light – great morale boosters for kids.

Lansky Sharpening Honing Oil

Smith & Wesson Pocket Knife – 3.1″ blade  – great deal!

Sony Pocket AM/FM Radio – one of the best bargains on Amazon. 

500 count Multi-Vitamin’s – large bottle will last over a year for one person.

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Recommended Book


The Survival Medicine Handbook(tm) is a guide for those who want to be medically prepared for any disaster where help is NOT on the way. This book is written by Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., the premiere Medical Preparedness Professionals.

The Survival Medicine Handbook ™ is not your standard first aid book. It assumes that no hospital or doctor is available in the aftermath of a catastrophic event. This book will give you the tools to handle injuries and illness for when YOU might be the end of the line with regards to your family’s medical well-being. In circumstances where medical personnel are overwhelmed and access to modern technology is limited or non-existent, The Survival Medicine Handbook(tm) is the essential reference book for every library. Written in plain English, you’ll find step-by-step instructions on how to identify and treat over 100 different medical issues.

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LifeStraw – inexpensive clean water insurance.

lifestraw, water filter, inexpensive

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Product Highlight

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The Pocket Fisherman


The Ronco Spincasting rod and reel combination is the famous fishing pal that has thrilled generations! Double-flex rod is hinged into closed position when stored away. Simply unfold from this position until it snaps into fully extended position. Automatic Anti-Reverse prevents the handle from turning backwards. It’s always ready for the fish to strike.

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“Here is a picture of my son who used his own Pocket Fisherman while visiting my brother in Georgia. Works great!! “

– Rourke

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