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What's the better bump in the night gun? Long gun or Pistol???

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Joe13, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I keep a .357mag gp100 as my bump in the night gun.

    I have a flashlight for the other hand.

    I feel like it gives me the ability to guard myself with my flashlight hand and keep my revolver out of the bad guys reach if I'm suprised around a corner.

    I feel like a shotgun, or rifle, could be grabbed unless you have a SBS or SBR or bullpup.

    I also do not like lights on guns. Because you are pointing your gun at everything you look at, friend or foe.
     
  2. No_Regerts

    No_Regerts United States Well-Known Member

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    There is some personal preference and I'm not sure there is a right answer. It kind of depends on the layout of the home and the property. One thing nice about a shotgun or rifle with a single point sling is it helps you retain the weapon. They are easy to grab on to, but if you have a sling and you let go, you might get them tunnel visioned enough on the gun to give you time to progress to another weapon or technique.

    The pistol is great for maneuverability sake. Its easier to pie tight corners with a pistol and maintain concealment. If you have acreage, I'm not sure its the best choice because space makes me want a more potent weapon.

    I have really gone full tilt on weapon lights. My house pistols use TLR1s because I dont need the raw brightness and it cuts down on how the light effects me. On my carry pistol that leaves with me out the house, I use a TLR1hl which gives me more beam for when I'm outside.
     
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  3. shootnscoot

    shootnscoot Wa Well-Known Member

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    After witnessing first hand what happens to my ears when I fire even a 9mm indoors without ear protection, there is no way I could go with a rifle or shotgun. Just speaking for myself, I would probably be stunned and ineffective after the first shot. I agree with your light comments, but still prefer a weapon mounted light. One less thing to grab during a "Oh ****, what was that.." moment.
     
  4. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Adrinaline will probably make you deaf to the noise unless you have a muzzle break on it, but noise is a concern of mine as well.
     
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  5. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    If I had property then I would most likely have a rifle.

    I was in tunnel vision of living in the suburbs.
     
  6. Koda

    Koda Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    same here. Last I read about it you still need a light in your weak hand to search with so your not sweeping friendlies. Didn’t make sense to me to add another light, and reprogram my training.
     
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  7. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    Mine is now my suppressed Ruger 22/45 with a Crimson Trace laser on it and a 5.11 Light For Life 200 Lumen flashlight.

    Prior was a Glock G21 with Sig mounted light; I decided 10 on-target quiet rounds in the head would gentle out most folks enough so we could talk about the wisdom of breaking in here.

    PS I don't have any friendlies other than my cat, so if you're under 1 foot tall you're gonna be OK.
     
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  8. nammac

    nammac I-5 Corridor - West of Portland Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    My EDC 1911 is my things go bump in the night gun, replete with laser grips (specifically for that 3:00 am disturbance)... Penguin case under the bed with an additional 10 mags ready to go should the unthinkable occur...

    And a 960 lumen Fenix resides on the nightstand, to be used by the weak hand. Blind 'em and disorient 'em so they're more easily subdued...

    if I had a need for something more powerful, I'd go AR-15... In my situation, the 1911 is more than sufficient...
     
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  9. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I keep a G34 with a TLR1 HL and a G18 mag with a couple G17 mags close by as well.
    The noise does worry me, but if my life and my families lives are at risk i'll blow my ear drums before I stop firing.
     
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  10. nwslopoke

    nwslopoke forest grove Well-Known Member

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    For my house a pistol with a mounted light is best, IMO. I have options and have switched from 40 cal to 45, mainly due to noise concerns. Is it any quieter?

    I've ruled out the 12ga shotgun because at 3am (just waking me up will make me want to kill something ) I think it could be a handful. As far as the pistol, I would hopefully know where everyone is supposed to be before confronting the threat. Pointing a gun at a family member shouldn't be a problem.
     
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  11. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    It does give me one more reason to "need" a suppressor.
    Dang I need to get on that
     
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  12. Captain O

    Captain O St. Helens, OR Well-Known Member

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    M1 Carbine. I like the way it handles, hits hard, and displaces lots of flesh. Low recoil, aims easily and kicks bootie! On the other hand, my Glock 20 romps, stomps and smashes hard!

    Six of one, half a dozen of the other.

    They work for me!
     
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  13. IheartSig

    IheartSig Beaverton Diamond Supporter Diamond Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    This is what I finally settled on for a home defense handgun. I went back and forth between an AR pistol, a CZ scorpion and this, This suits my need and frees up a hand.
    20160221_204443.jpg
     
  14. AndyinEverson

    AndyinEverson Everson, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    For me its my Series 70 Government Model in .45 acp.
    Other than the checked walnut grips it is bone stock.
    It is the first pistol I shot and I shoot it well.
    That being stated I have on layaway a Remington 870 "ladies / youth" model in .20 gauge.
    I like how the gun pointed for me and think it might be a good grouse gun that could also serve for those "Bumps in the Night".

    During hunting season I guess I could use one of my muzzleloaders ... I would ask nicely if there were multiple intruders to all stand in line , as my shot would need to make several copies ... LOL
    Andy
     
  15. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    ive heard from many people " my pistol is my way to my shotgun" makes sense to me.
     
  16. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Well Sig, that's pretty nice, but the jury is going to say, "That bad, sociopath put Punisher grips on that terrible weapon, due to his vigilante mentality and intent!" "Off with his head!";)
     
  17. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    On the nightstand is what I'm carrying, .45 or 9mm. In the closet is a 12ga riot gun loaded with 3"magnum #4 buck, in a ShotLock. Flashlight in off hand.
    I have been going back and forth on the idea of using my M-4 with frangible bullets.
    And, I know, no guarantees on penetration and instant stopping! I'll shoot till he stops and I learned "Quick Kill" in the Army. I'm good at it.
     
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  18. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I'd put frangible ammo in my bolt rifle and have a box of 50 for it but it was told to me that the bullet needs to hit something harder then the material it was made with to break up. Considering it's going thru drywall and plywood I opted to not use them or my rifle (it is a .308) because of the closeness of houses in my area. (I have no first hand experience with those rounds though so I could be way off base).
     
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  19. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I just keep one a the pistols out of the safe. Usually a 45, 9 or 357. Never a rifle.
     
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  20. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    You answered your own question by saying "I feel like"
    You should have the gun that feels best to you when half asleep