How to make any firearm an effective home defense tool
Home Defense Tools
Owning a firearm is an important part of any home defense plan, but just possessing the home defense tool doesn’t mean you know how to use it when the time comes.
At Frontier Justice, we’re committed to helping our community learn how to properly protect themselves, and a large part of that commitment involves education on how to use home defense tools.
Continue reading to learn how to make any firearm an effective tool in home defense situations.
Understand the Firearm Safety Rules
When it comes to home defense, following the fundamental firearm safety rules helps protect your family and possessions from harm. These rules are:
- Always assume the firearm is loaded
- Always point the firearm in a safe direction
- Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire
- Always know what you’re shooting at, and what’s behind your target
These rules don’t stand alone from each other, either. They all work together to promote proper firearm safety, at home and outside of your home.
You assume your firearm is always loaded, so you keep it pointed in a safe direction, with your finger off the trigger, and before firing you consider not only your target, but what lies beyond.
If you leave one rule out but follow the other three, you have failed to safely handle that firearm and could endanger someone’s life or your own.
Properly store your firearm
Keeping your firearm safely stored in an accessible manner is an important part of home defense. No matter which kind of firearm you own, a quality firearm safe or case that is only accessible to you and others you trust is crucial.
We carry many different types of safes, from easily accessible handgun cases and lockboxes that fit into nightstands, to under-bed safes made to safely store your rifle or shotgun in a place that’s secure and easy to get to.
Take a class
As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect. In home defense situations, your adrenaline will be pumping and that makes it hard to think straight. If you’re wielding your firearm for the first time, or the first time in a while, during these situations, that can lead to disastrous results.
By taking a firearms training class, you can better prepare yourself to handle any potential threats.
Explore ammunition types
Having the right kind of ammunition is almost as important as your firearm choice itself. For handguns and rifles specifically, when it comes to home defense we often recommend hollow point rounds.
Hollow points are much better defensive rounds because they are an expanding bullet that has a pit, or hollowed-out tip. These rounds expand upon impact, causing the bullet to deform and slow down rather than penetrate like traditional rounds. This also causes significant damage to your target, meaning you have more stopping power.
Frontier Justice has everything you need for effective home defense
We firmly believe that any firearm can be an effective home defense tool, so long as you think through what your situation requires and you thoroughly prepare for home defense scenarios. The firearms experts at Frontier Justice can help you decide what home defense tools you need and provide the training you require to keep your home and your family safe.
We are proud to serve our community through quality equipment and firearms education. Learn more about what makes Frontier Justice different by reaching out to us, signing up for our membership club, or scheduling a class. You can also always simply stop by to check out our store, boutique, and range for yourself!