Best firearm for home protection? I realize a lot is personal choice involved?

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See this? She care's about three things...
1) Breakfast
2) Dinner
3) Any little noise outside of the house and she goes into rabid dog mode. You seriously would think a 300lb Rottwieler was in the house.
 
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See this? She care's about three things...
1) Breakfast
2) Dinner
3) Any little noise outside of the house and she goes into rabid dog mode. You seriously would think a 300lb Rottwieler was in the house.
That's what I'm talking about! I've had people come to my door when I'm not home who know my dog, and say there's no way they'd try to get in.
 
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In my case and many others, the first thing that you and he will hear is the sound of a dog barking. Just another factor to consider.
My dog can be loud, but I do believe that his bark is worse than his bite. I hope that I never have to find out.
I had a Shepard mix, Mac, that was just the sweetest and well behaved dog you ever saw, kids loved to pet him when he got to go to the ballfields or parks. He would stay in the front yard with no fence. I had him 16 years.

I had a contractor scheduled to come over one afternoon and had Mac contained in the interior fence. The contractor told me later that he thought Mac was going to tear through that fence when he appeared in the back yard and he would have swore he was 200 lbs based on his bark!

You just never know how territorial a dog can be.

We have two 3yr old chocolate labs now, and when they hear or see someone they go into full alert mode.
 
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I had a Shepard mix, Mac, that was just the sweetest and well behaved dog you ever saw, kids loved to pet him when he got to go to the ballfields or parks. He would stay in the front yard with no fence. I had him 16 years.

I had a contractor scheduled to come over one afternoon and had Mac contained in the interior fence. The contractor told me later that he thought Mac was going to tear through that fence when he appeared in the back yard and he would have swore he was 200 lbs based on his bark!

You just never know how territorial a dog can be.

We have two 3yr old chocolate labs now, and when they hear or see someone they go into full alert mode.
When my kids were small I had a 1/2 mixed Doberman & German Shepard . Named him Adolf and it fit. He could bark. One day a neighbor of mine appears at front door. Her name was Mrs Wolf. Her farm was almost a mile away. She holding paring knife and waving it in my face. "your dog comes into my farm and chases my sheep." I asked," did Adolf hurt any sheep?" She said "NO" I said "I'll take care of it." Didn't do anything, and neighbored never mentioned it again.
Problem, he was very protective of me. I would take him in car sometime with Wife and kids. But, family would have to be in car first. If not, Adolf wouldn't allow anyone in car but me. I had him for couple years. one day I came down with a bleeding ulcer and other stuff. In hospital for two months, complications. Adolf was staying in garage as it was winter.

Crazy thing. Wife would give Adolf food. He would not eat. She tried different food. Things she thought Adolf would eat NOTHING was eaten. We had 2 Collies too. No problem with them, they ate . They were outside dogs. This happened 45 years ago. Either Adolf was sick or he was not eating because of heart break? We never will know for sure.

A not so happy Dog story. It saddens me yet today. YOU ALL STAY HEALTHY & BE SAFE........Coffeeman
 
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When my kids were small I had a 1/2 mixed Doberman & German Shepard . Named him Adolf and it fit. He could bark. One day a neighbor of mine appears at front door. Her name was Mrs Wolf. Her farm was almost a mile away. She holding paring knife and waving it in my face. "your dog comes into my farm and chases my sheep." I asked," did Adolf hurt any sheep?" She said "NO" I said "I'll take care of it." Didn't do anything, and neighbored never mentioned it again.
Problem, he was very protective of me. I would take him in car sometime with Wife and kids. But, family would have to be in car first. If not, Adolf wouldn't allow anyone in car but me. I had him for couple years. one day I came down with a bleeding ulcer and other stuff. In hospital for two months, complications. Adolf was staying in garage as it was winter.

Crazy thing. Wife would give Adolf food. He would not eat. She tried different food. Things she thought Adolf would eat NOTHING was eaten. We had 2 Collies too. No problem with them, they ate . They were outside dogs. This happened 45 years ago. Either Adolf was sick or he was not eating because of heart break? We never will know for sure.

A not so happy Dog story. It saddens me yet today. YOU ALL STAY HEALTHY & BE SAFE........Coffeeman
I hear you and feel for you. They become a family member many don't understand, sadly.
Toughest day yet for me was the day (Saturday) I had to come to terms with Mac had lived long enough, He had gone from about 80 lbs to barely 60 and seemed to just be wondering aimlessly around the yard and in and out of the house. I had to fly out Sunday for work for 2 weeks and I couldn't handle him passing or getting real sick while I was gone or burdening my wife and son with this so I called the vet and they said they understood and would be there for us. (My eyes are leaking now typing this and this took place way back in 2014 😞). They let us all be in the room as he took his last breath and gave me plenty of time to say good bye.
I sprinkled his ashes over the back yard in one of the spots he would often lay.
 
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Rainy day today so stopped by my local gun store to check what was new, had a good selection of guns, but the shelves were completely empty of ammo. The way things are heading ammo is going to be hard to find and really cost.
 
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Rainy day today so stopped by my local gun store to check what was new, had a good selection of guns, but the shelves were completely empty of ammo. The way things are heading ammo is going to be hard to find and really cost.
I can not even find turkey shells. My daughter found a little 9mm this week at over twice what I was paying a year ago.
 
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I've always liked my .357 S&W revolvers and that was my first handgun...
686P... my first and favorite as well. Heavy and feels so solid and reliable. Not necessarily my go to home defense but like others have said... the closest and easiest to shoot when not expecting to is key.
 
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Two of my very favorite guns. Lew Horton specials from the S&W performance Center... 357 and 44... The 44 doubles as a club when empty.
I know... I have my eye on your LH 357.
 
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Rainy day today so stopped by my local gun store to check what was new, had a good selection of guns, but the shelves were completely empty of ammo. The way things are heading ammo is going to be hard to find and really cost.
I was reading an NRA feed from my email a few weeks ago talking about ammo supply in Florida. One person said "This place gets it on Monday and Thursday, that place gets their supply on Tuesday and Friday, so I wait inline each day and buy the maximum they will allow me."
Guys like him are the reason that nobody else can find any. Manufacturers are running full bore but can't produce it fast enough. I refuse to pay scalper's price on Gunbroker et.al. If I have to I'll go back to a bow, and save what ammo I have in case of emergency.

OTOH if supply ever does come back I'll be one of those buying it up. Last time I thought that 1000 rounds of .22 shells and 5 boxes for each handgun and long rifle was enough; it wasn't. I haven't fired a gun this year, and am going through withdrawal. I used to burn 20 rounds through my MarkII every night, and a dozen rounds through my .357 on the weekend.
 
 
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