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Top Most Popular Firearm Types for Self-Defense

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Millions of Americans own firearms for a variety of reasons; hunting, sport shooting, and perhaps most commonly, self-defense. While any gun can be used for self-protection, some are better suited for the task than others. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the three most popular firearms used by Americans for self-defense.


Shotguns have been used for self-defense for generations and are still one of the most effective methods of protection. They are incredibly versatile and can be used for a variety of tasks such as hunting as well as home defense. They’re also relatively simple to operate, making them a good choice for those with limited experience with firearms. That said, shotguns can be difficult to aim accurately, and they’re not well suited for use in close quarters, such as inside a home. 


Handguns are incredibly popular among those who carry firearms for self-defense. They are easy to carry and conceal, making them ideal for use in self-defense situations. Just make sure you have a concealed carry permit in your state if you plan on taking them out of the house. They’re also relatively easy to operate and can be very accurate when used properly. However, handguns can also be difficult to shoot accurately under stress, and they require regular practice to maintain proficiency. 


Rifles are perhaps the least popular choice for self-defense, but they have their place in certain situations. Rifles are highly accurate and offer a great deal of stopping power. They’re also relatively easy to operate once you’ve had some practice. If you’re a collector, rifles have a classic look that may appeal to you. You can even have custom rifles made that are beautiful enough to put on display. On the downside, rifles can be difficult to conceal and transport, making them less than ideal for use in self-defense situations. They also require more training to use effectively than either shotguns or handguns. 

There is no “perfect” firearm for self-defense; what works best for you will depend on your individual circumstances, such as whether you live in an urban or rural area, and your personal preferences, such as whether you’re more comfortable carrying a handgun or a rifle. The three firearms listed above are the most popular choices among those who carry firearms for self-defense, but there are many other options available depending on your needs and preferences. It may help to speak with a professional at a local gun shop.  Either way, be sure whatever firearm you have is obtained and operated legally, and make sure you receive proper training before using it in a defensive situation.

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