Whats better for use in the home generally speaking. 9mm or .40Cal? I myself am more leaning toward a .40 but the 9mm is easier ammo to get and a bit cheaper too.

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The best home defense weapon is a dog.

I have both a .40 and a 9mm, but the .40 is my carry gun. You have better knock down power with the larger caliber. But the main reason I like my .40 is because it is easier to shoot compared to my 9mm Beretta as I am more familiar with it. In a tight situation, I won't have to fiddle with a safety since the .40 is a Gloc (the trigger is the safety). I have to think about it with the Beretta, which is no good in tactical situations.

If you want cheap ammo to go plinking, get a .22. If you want cheap ammo for home defense, then I'd have to ask how often do you shoot intruders? ;)
haha!! South side of Chicago?....

A .22 would be a target gun and thats really about it, plus something to teach the wife how to shoot on. She might drop a .40 or 9mm the first round she shot. I really was thinking about the .40 though.
Peaceful suburbs of St. Louis! Well, mostly peaceful.

My advice would be to go for the larger caliber if it is for home defense. If you have children in the house, I would also look at getting a quick release safe for the gun.

But you are in Japan, so maybe a .22 would do just fine? Hehehe.
I want to get a Bassett Hound. They are great wiht kids and will leave you no doubt that someone is around with THAT BARK/Howl! haha!

I dont have any kids so I dont have to worry about quick release and my wife wont touch it if she is afraid of it, so thats where proper training will come in, so no problem there.

I had to sell my weapon before I moved here to Japan as none are allowed. Guns in hands of anyone but the police or military is illeagal, even for us americans stationed here.
A Bassett Hound!!!!! Yikes! Well, you won't sleep through any part of that bark/howl.

Are you returning States side soon?
I had a Bassett before and lost the dog in the divorce to the ex wife. I miss my dog more than the ex!....Luna would bark if a gnat farted down the street. :D

Anyway..haha!....Prolly in about 9 months or so when I retire from the mil.
For home defense I would own the biggest gun that I could shoot well. that also holds enough rounds to give me a warm fuzzy feeling. Why only .9 or .40? Why not .45 or a Taurus Judge in .410? With that being said my house gun is a glock 23. It is what I shoot the most and have been to school with. It holds 14 rounds with one in the chamber.

Anyways a quick release safe and a light rail to add an optional light if so desired would be on my list of considerations.
How bout a 12 gauge pump? Cheaper than a pistol, less likelihood of over penetration and shooting your neighbor, more likely to hit target in a tense situation.
My initial suggestion that I erased and replaced with a dog.
there is NOTHING more intimdating then the sound of racking shotgun!
Agreed! Maybe the sound of an ASP baton deploying? A cop friend used to say that they would deploy those out just to get a perp to stop running, He'd drop to the ground and beg for mercy. Usually, if he just kept running, he would have gotten away. So great is that fear, though.
I have an ASP, PR24 and Nunchucku in my appartment as well as few less obvious things but all within the laws of Japan and SOFA. :D

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