Worlds don’t collide in the latest of our ongoing series with champion competition shooter Rob Leatham and defensive shooter Rob Pincus. This installment is strictly about defensive shooting, in particular what is the best home defense weapon.
Advantages of a Long Gun
Both Robs agree that any rifle is better than any pistol in terms of accuracy, power, stability, and deviation control. If Rob Leatham is conducting handgun training and a student can’t shoot the handgun, he recommends they take up the rifle and do some rifle training instead.
So why wouldn’t you always choose a rifle instead of a pistol? First, you can’t always have a rifle, due to legal restrictions, and second, in some places and circumstances, your mobility is better with a handgun than a rifle.
Best Home Defense Weapon
For example, in a home defense situation, you may not have enough room to maneuver with a rifle, especially around corners, and a handgun is the better choice. But if you’re stationary, both Robs would choose a rifle.
Rob Pincus explains that, if you’ve reached the barricade point in your house, your family is behind you, and you can shoot from a stationary position, with a rifle you can feel confident of getting hits on the bad guy(s). But if you need to move around, both Robs would choose a pistol. You can control a pistol better when moving around corners.
Staging Home Defense Weapons
Rob Leatham doesn’t have any rifles staged in the front part of his house. The rifles are in the fall-back areas, where he would be firing them from a stationary position. The handguns are up front so he can shoot them while moving through the house if necessary.
What is the best home defense weapon — a rifle or a handgun? Better have both.