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Interesting take Mr. Ayoob has

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Hi all,

I recently watched a video interview with Massad Ayoob. This thing was obviously from the early 90's. However, he seems to be a big proponent of a pistol being the best home defense weapon and NOT a shotgun. His main points were:

1. Penetration. A 9mm. .40, or .45 caliber hollow point bullet is more likely to hit the intruder and stay in the intruder's body than a slug from a 12 gauge. Thus the bullet is MUCH less likely to penetrate the walls and accidentaly harm/kill a sleeping family member in their bed.

2. Control. The single bullet is easier to control in that you don't have to worry about the spread pattern rendering your shotgun blast less effective at range or at an angle to the intruder.

3. 2nd hand freedom. The pistol allows your free hand to manipulate a flashlight or hold a cellphone or help you maintain your balance.

4. If the intruder gets close to you, it is much easier to disarm a person holding a shotgun than a person holding a pistol.

I'm still new to gun ownership, so I'm interested in your thoughts.

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Depends on the situation.

In Mas' interview, he's more focused on moving about with the firearm and concerns about over-penetration in a fluid environment.
Advantage: Pistol

In a defensive scenario when you're in your bedroom and the zombies come a callin', Ensconced Defender tactics should rule the night. Situations vary, but I could light off a Barrett .50 in my bedroom with my home construction and angle of fire and not worry about over-penetration, and the zombies ain't getting anywhere near me to attempt to disarm me.
Advantage: Shotgun/Rifle.

Different tools for different jobs.
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