From the Cop side: As some of my readers know, I am also a police firearms instructor. When civilians find this out, they often start asking questions other than: "How can I get out of a speeding ticket?"
They start asking things related to what kind of gun they should have in the house. The funniest part of this is; many of these civilians are extremely liberal anti gun freaks! I am shocked when they start talking about getting a firearm to "protect themselves with."
But, I quickly get over it because I support the 2nd amendment-- the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
The difficult part of trying to help one of these converts, is, they have no basic firearm knowledge. They have zero knowledge, zip, nadda, none, less that zero. They don't know the difference between a revolver and a semi auto pistol. So, I'll try to spend a little time explaining to them a little about guns.
If they really want a gun for home defense, I suggest not messing around. Get the biggest gun you can handle. Then they ask how to prepare. I suggest preparing for a mass of zombies to attack you. If you have a gun big enough to take out the brain and fire multiple rounds-- then you're going to be ready for anything. (Gang bangers are very much like zombies.)
So, any pistol you get must start with a "FOUR" in the caliber department. (.40 cal, .45 cal, etc.) and have lots of ammo...best in magazines pre-loaded. If you have a 9mm, it's ok, but you must get good ammo. 12 gauge shotguns are better, as are AR15, M14s etc. (if you live in a state where you can obtain such weapons.)
More than one weapon is better and is training everyone in the home to use them.
The other day I stopped by my favorite gun store on duty. There was a good citizen looking at 2 handguns. He was having a hard time making up his mind which to buy. He looked at me and asked if I knew anything about guns. (I was in a police uniform.) I said I did. He asked: "Which of these 2 guns should I buy?"
My answer? Both of them. Buy one this month then buy the other next month. You can't go wrong that way.
OK, I promise to get more OIF slang out this week...