Originally Posted by God prefers Diesels
Lot's of good points in there. I got her a 12 ga. And you're right about the "mama lion" instinct. I just hope it's there when she needs it. I actually got the shotgun so if an intruder comes in, she can cycle the action loudly and hopefully he'll get the hint and run away and they won't have to come face to face at all!!
Sorry, didn't know about the dual purpose thing. And thank you for the reply.
Just a thought for you about the racking of a shotgun. There is alot of debate on the gun forums that I frequent about the validity of the claim that cycling the shotgun will deter a burglar/intruder. I'm on the side that believes that it wouldn't have any effect.
If a person is already inside your house, they've committed to committing a crime and most likely (at least where I live) they're high on meth/crack/whatever is the flavor of the day for them.
By leaving the shotgun loaded, or even unloaded and having to cycle the action in the event of a crime, you run into several scenarios:
1) You give time for the criminal to get to you, google the Tueller Drill.
"The Tueller Drill is a self defense training exercise to prepare
against a short-range knife attack when armed only with a
holstered handgun. Sergeant Dennis Tueller, of the Salt Lake
City, Utah Police Department wondered how quickly an attacker
with a knife could cover 21 feet (6.4 m), so he timed volunteers as
they raced to stab the target. He determined that it could be
done in 1.5 seconds."
2) You give away any tactical advantage. The intruder now knows
where you are, and if anything, knows you are armed, and if he is
also, will probably respond with lethal force in order to save
themselves if needed.
3) Your wife shortshucks the action causing a jam...now you have a
club in the shape of a shotgun. Make sure she gets lots and lots
of practice, too many times I've seen people who buy a gun,
shoot it once and call it good. In the event of a jam or failure,
they have no idea what to do. Practice, practice, practice, even
if it's unloaded.
In the end, it is up to you and your wife to decide how you want to handle your home defense scenario, but for me personally, all guns in my home are ready to go if needed (Fortunately we don't have kids). Do make sure you have a plan, determine chokepoints in your home, hallways, stairs, etc. that can be easily defended.