Mauls and Mallets
I really enjoy your posts, and learn a lot. Recently I encountered a gentleman trying to break into my home. Fortunately nothing happened to me. I was in a T-shirt, shorts, bare foot, with no cell phone on me when I walked outside and interrupted his entry into my home with a half-log-splitter-half-mallet.
As a 48 year old with limited gun use, what gun would you recommend as a good entry level gun?
Thank you, and I look forward to your reply.
I have always considered a .22 pistol to be the best entry level handgun. The reason is simple. It helps in building marksmanship. Without marksmanship, any handgun is a useless noisemaker.
For home protection, I recommend a 12 gauge shotgun with a 18.5 inch barrel. The effects are devastating and quick, although there are a lot of myths about the shotgun for home defense. Just do a search here to find my thoughts on that issue.
For a first time home defense HANDGun, assuming marksmanship is not an issue, it's hard to beat the venerable S&W Model 10. It's dead reliable, portable, and with +P rounds, quite effective. They can be found used almost anywhere for around $200.
Of course, a log splitter/mallet is quite effective in most instances as well. It's the willingness to use the tool effectively that makes the difference, not the tool itself.
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