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What You Should Know About AK Ammunition

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts AK Ammunition In previous articles we discussed the benefits of an AK for home defense and we dispelled some of the myths and misconceptions associated with them as well as with the use rifles in general for home defense.

Handloads for Home Defense?

Can you use handloads for home defense? – .223 Hornady 55 gr Soft Point This is a guest post by Andrew Betts A lot of folks hand load for range use, hunting, emergency preps, and yes, for home defense. Contrary to what certain shills might tell you to generate magazine advertisement revenue, the universe won’t […]

Communist Bloc Rifles

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts There’s been some talk lately about whether rifles in general or Communist Bloc rifles (SKS or AK type rifles) in particular are suitable for lawful self-defense. People use a lot of flawed arguments that rest on incorrect assumptions but most boil down to the thought that the […]

Mini Shells for Defense?

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Mini Shot Shells Back in the early 2000s, Aguila introduced some mini 12 ga shells. This is one of those things that “seemed like a good idea at the time”. I immediately bought a box of them thinking they would be a great choice for defense because […]

Budget Priced Defensive Ammo

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Why does each round of defense ammo have to cost as much as a taco? Do I really need to spend $1.25 a round or more for decent defense ammunition?

Choosing the Right Ammo

  This is a guest post by Andrew Betts The AR-15 family of rifles is a fantastic weapon system for home defense. It is lightweight (before you add a scope, bipod, rails, vertical foregrip, laser, fuzzy dice, and curb feelers), the ergonomics are very well thought out and easy to learn, it is reliable, low […]

9mm vs .40 vs .45

The great caliber debate always rages – 9mm vs .40 vs .45. There are those who have each one as his or her favorite and are prepared to say theirs is the best.

How to Load a Magazine

Now how to load a magazine might seem like something you don’t have to think about when going out to the range. If you want to get full value out of your training time and money, then you should read this and watch the video we found.

How to Clean Pistol Magazines

Many people spend a lot of time learning to how to clean their firearm, but don’t know how to clean pistol magazines. Of course you know that the magazine is a key part of the firearm and if you don’t take care of them will let you down when you need it.

The Best Home Defense Caliber for Women

We have a lot of women readers here on Home Defense Gun. One of the questions that get asked a lot is, “What is the best home defense caliber for a woman.”

What’s the Best Caliber for Home Defense

What’s the best caliber for home defense is a question that always gets asked. Well, an easy answer is the caliber you can accurately put rounds on target.

Home Defense Loads

Home Defense Loads On our first Home Defense Gun video, Bob talks about how bullet load can affect recoil, point of impact, and point of aim.

10 Gauge Vs 12 Gauge Vs 20 Gauge Vs 410 – Home Defense Shotgun Ammunition Gauges

Home Defense Shotgun Ammunition Gauges Shotgun sizes have always been measured in a way that confuses most everybody. You would think that the “12” in a 12-gauge shotgun means some sort of measurement.

Is Bigger Caliber Always Better

Interesting post over at the Beretta Blog on using bigger frame guns in smaller calibers for beginners and whether bigger calibers are always better. A woman beginner wanted to shoot the short barreled .38 as opposed to the bigger .22.  To her the .38 looked like an easier gun to shoot:

What to Believe About Stopping Power

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts There has been some discussion on “stopping power” of late so I think it’s time that we get a few things straight. First off, “stopping power” or “knockdown power” doesn’t exist. Velocity exists. Foot pounds exist. Momentum exists. Even tissue disruption can be quantified but there is […]

The Great Stopping Power Hoax

The debate about caliber and stopping power is one that goes on and on.  Is the 9mm enough or do you carry a .45 because they don’t make a .46?

Shotgun Ballistics Every Gun Owner Should Know

If you own a shotgun for home defense, you really should know shotgun ballistics and what your weapon and ammunition is going to do inside your home.

What You Need to Know about Home Defense Ballistics

Home defense ballistics always come up when you talk about shooting in a building.  Is a pistol better than a rifle? Is birdshot better than buckshot? The questions (and arguments) go on and on.

The Great Ammunition Shortage

By Home Defense Gun Staffer Mike S. It has been called the “Great Ammunition Shortage of 2013”, spurred on by fears of governmental gun control and panic-buying, shooters have been unable to find common ammunition with which to train. When it comes to shooting, the only way you can improve is with practice.

What You Need to Know about Keeping Your Guns Safe

We found a great video on keeping your guns safe. The last thing you want is to have a gun stolen and even used in a crime.

9mm or .45 ACP – One Perspective

9mm or .45 ACP, that is the question. You are going to get a lot of arguments for one or the other. The reasoning might be stopping power, overpenetration, underpenetration,  or magazine capacity.

Is 10mm Too Much for Home Defense?

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Is 10mm “Too Much”? There seem to be two camps when it comes to the utility of 10mm. There are those who believe it to be God’s second great gift to mankind, the first being the 1911, which was bestowed through His prophet, John Browning, peace be […]

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