Home Defense and Carry Guns

A bit of information about me, and why I put this page together.

I am Retired Army, and had no desire to carry or shoot a gun after I Retired. In the last 10 years, our country has had many things happening, that threatens our way of life.

With all of the Home Invasions, Car Jackings, Attacks in parking lots, I decided it was time to take some up to date training, be knowledgeable on local laws, and get a Hand Gun Carry Permit.

This is to provide a person information on what is required, and tips on safe affordable choices.

The NRA says the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Maybe youíre thinking of getting a gun for self-defense. Whether you intend to use it to protect your home or to carry it on your person, there are some other things you need to know, and things you should have. These pages cover these.

There are several types of guns that can be used for Home Defense/Self Defense use. This will touch on the smaller ones, that can be used for both. A very small one that can be carried in a purse or a pocket holster, a slightly larger Single Stack that seems to be the preferred type for conceal carry, and a slightly larger Double Stack compact. I prefer a semi automatic that uses a magazine to put the bullets in, then that loads into the gun. A Revolver is just not as convenient to load, or reload.

If you are new to hand guns, the terms single stack and double stack are probably a new to you. A single stack allows for a thinner gun, which makes it much easier to conceal, especially during the summer, with lighter sports cloths.

Here is a photo that shows both.


FMJ ammo is ideal for Range use, but you should use Hollow Points or Jacketed Hollow Points in your Carry Gun. Basically what will happen if you shoot someone in self-defense with FMJ is this: That bullet is going to go straight through your target and continue on to whatever may be behind it. ... Instead, if you use a JHP round for self-defense, the bullet is designed to open up upon impact in order to expand.

147 gr HST unfired and same extracted from jell

Selecting a Gun:

There are many others to chose from, and many much more expensive ones, but these are reliable, easy to shoot, and a lot of bang for the buck.

The 1st is a Ruger LCP 2 380. It is a excellent very compact single stack semi auto pistol for conceal carry. With the correct Defense Ammo, it is a very good conceal carry gun, that can fit in your pocket, or a women's purse.

The 2nd one is a single stack Smith & Wesson 9mm Shield, which is a sub compact pistol that comes with both a 7 and 8 round magazine. It has been rated as one of the best Conceal Carry hand guns for several years.

The 3rd one was a surprise to me. I have not been a fan of Taurus guns, but this one is a good entry level pistol, that does what is needed, and does it for about $200. It is a double stack Taurus PT111 G2C 9mm, which is a only slightly larger than the S&W Shield, but comes with (2) 12 round magazines. It is Very Affordable, and has a rail under the barrel for mounting a laser or light. I have one for my Night Stand Gun. This type double stack makes a good carry gun for outside the waste band, and under winter clothing, since it is a little thicker in the grip area. I really like it.

The lower ones are more for Home Protection. In case of a Home Invasion, your hand gun will still be your 1st choice, but having a higher capacity weapon may be needed.

Many larger gun stores have a range, and you can rent a couple pistols that you think you may like. What ever you chose, make sure the size is OK for your hand, and you are comfortable shooting it before buying one.



"Click on the above photos for detailed information on each gun."

There is a huge difference from state to state on gun laws. You need to check on yours, to see what is needed if you plan on carrying a hand gun.

Here is a link to a site that will get you headed in the right direction.


Most reputable gun stores can fill you in on any details that you may need.

For a Carry Permit, most states require some class room training, verification on a range that you can safely operate the gun, with reasonable accuracy. The Instructor will give you a certificate of training, and this, with a photo ID, you will need to get finger printed. A Application form, your Certificate of training, and your finger prints get sent to the State Issuing authority. This is where they do a brief background check, and you get the Go, or No Go on the permit.

This took 2 weeks in Tennessee.

The first step is to learn and take to heart the four rules of gun safety. Whether youíve fired 0 rounds or 10,000 rounds in your lifetime, itís always a good idea to review these fundamental principles.

  • Treat every gun as if it is loaded, even if you think it is not.
  • Never point a gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target and ready to shoot.
  • Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

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