RF and I got to talking the other day about defending your castle in the middle of the night. Assume that you’re sound asleep and you hear a noise. You’re in bed. NOW what do you do? Let’s also asume you’re armed. What do you have next to the bed? Shotgun? Handgun? Baseball bat? All of the above? (That would be me, actually.) We’ve been talking to the helpful, friendly folks at Taurus, makers of the “Judge” line of revolvers that shoot both .45 Colt ammo and the oft-overlooked .410 shot shells. Our Taurus rep opined that the best shotgun for home defense is a Taurus Judge – because it’s both a handgun and a shotgun. This got me to thinking. What would happen if you had to defend your home, starting from a sound sleep? Could you effectively rack a shotgun and bring it to bear? What about semi-auto or revolver? What about stopping power? And then there’s that aiming thing. What if I miss? Would shooting double-aught buck help?
You can think of these as “interesting questions,” or as our Fearless Leader likes to refer to it, “an assignment.” Me, I’ll go with “job security,” for this one’s gonna take some research. The plan: take a Taurus Judge, my trusty Wingmaster 870, my 1911, and the family S&W .38 Chief Special out to an outdoor range, along with a cot, some large, innocent-looking melons and a bushell basket of safety gear, then simulate getting out of bed, grabbing a weapon and firing it at a target less than 20 feet away. Provided I don’t do anything stupid (and I will have a range officer there to keep “stupid” away from the testing sight), this should be a fairly interesting test. As soon as we get the Taurus Judge in, we’ll start testing. Check back here in a couple of weeks for the results.