As I have stated previous on this blog, I have two firearms in my home. One is an ancient .16 gauge shotgun that belonged to my grandpa. The other is a .22 rifle. Neither have been fired in over 30 years. So, I have been thinking for a long time to get something for home defense. I am worried about the economic situation in this country. I know what desperate people will do when they do not have food on the table. I've seen it first hand during my life while I was overseas as a young sailor in the U.S. Navy. I decided I better get a weapon that will be greatly feared. There is not much that scares people more than a .12 gauge shotgun. I had considered a handgun. But, I decided a shotgun will strike more fear in the hearts of any would-be criminal. I have thought about someone breaking into my home while I was sleeping. I figured my beagle, Ralph, would alarm me if someone tried to do that. He would bark like the hounds of hell if someone tried to break-in. But, then what? How do I defend myself?
I talked to a number of friends about what I should buy. Some suggested a handgun which I had already decided against. But, others suggested a shotgun. I am not a hunter. So, my knowledge of guns is very limited. I do have a friend that is a hunter. He told me for home defense nothing is better than the Mossberg Maverick .12 gauge shotgun. I decided to check it out on the internet. It is priced less than $200 which is about what I was willing to spend. It is well built and should last me the rest of my life. So, I went to a local gun dealer and found one. Honestly, I held it in my hands and did not know what I was going to do. I bought the Mossberg Maverick and brought it home. I was a bit nervous around it at first. But, after reviewing the manual on loading and unloading, I am more secure around the shotgun. It is a fearsome looking weapon. I can't imagine wanting to break into someone's home knowing this could be awaiting me. I now have warning stickers on certain windows of my house. I want to warn a burglar what could happen to him if he makes the mistake of entering my home. Taking another person's life is not something one should take lightly. But, if it comes down to myself or the burglar, it is the burglar that will be in trouble. I do feel a lot more secure with this shotgun in my home. I hope and pray I never have to use it. But, at least now I don't feel nervous if I hear something at night that doesn't sound right.