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The 5 Reasons Anybody Might Go Rifle Over Pistol for Their One Gun

The 5 Reasons Anybody Might Go Rifle Over Pistol for Their One Gun

By Jay Chambers •

If you were to buy a gun, you would most likely choose a handgun/pistol, no matter what you plan on using it for. But why’s that?

Well, this is mainly because you’ve gotten accustomed to most movies that depict a pistol as the best gun when it comes to personal ownership and home defense. Also, it might be because some other people that you know own just a pistol.

In any case, the situation is very clear – most people, when it comes to choosing their first and only gun, will go for a pistol. While weight and size must also be taken into consideration, we think that a rifle might be a much better choice, even if you wish to purchase a gun only for home defense.

Therefore, in today’s article, we’ve decided to tell you five of the reasons why anybody might go for a rifle instead of a pistol for their only gun to own.

  1. Better Accuracy

It goes without saying that every bullet that doesn’t hit its designated target creates a big problem for the shooter. Any of the so-called stray rounds that don’t manage to hit either an enemy or a still target are bound to fail to stop a threat or to score some points, in the case of competitive shooting.

However, let’s focus more on the home defense aspect of owning a single gun. It is safe to say that accuracy is something that has to be taken into account when choosing your one and only weapon. Naturally, accuracy is not provided only by the fact that a rifle has more bullets than a pistol but also by the increased number of points of contact the former has.

When using a rifle, your hands, the shoulder, and the cheek are in permanent contact with the gun while you are firing it. This is the main reason why a rifle might be the better choice. Naturally, we don’t even have to mention the fact that you can aim much easier with a rifle than with a pistol.

  1. Magazine Capacity

If we are to put two men against each other and give each a pistol with a 10-round magazine, only one of them will win the fight – obviously. But that won’t happen until they have emptied the magazine.

So, what could you possibly do with only a pistol if you are defending your home against multiple invaders? You should either have more than one magazine ready to go – which is unlikely, as you will panic and rush to defend your home without considering grabbing the second magazine – or hope that there’s only one home invader for you to deal with.

On the other hand, a rifle doesn’t come with such issues. The standard magazine capacity for such a gun is 30 rounds and, if your aim is good enough, you won’t even need 10 bullets to stop a single attacker. Due to its rate of fire, better contact, and ease of aim, you can rely on a single 3-bullet burst to incapacitate an invader.

Moreover, keep in mind that a 30-round magazine is a standard for most rifles, meaning that you can always upgrade it, and have it hold more bullets.




  1. Round Power

Most pistols come with 9mm rounds – don’t get us wrong, they are powerful, but they may not be enough when confronted with multiple shooters that own better guns, so to say.

When it comes to the best air rifles, it is only natural that they come with much more powerful rounds, such as 7.62x39mm or 5.56x45mm. This is where rifles have an unbeatable value. Not only that you get more rounds per magazine, but you get much more powerful rounds as well.

While a bullet will hurt no matter its type, we already know that some people can withstand a 9mm shot in the leg or arm, depending on the exact location. On the other hand, they’ll have a much harder time dealing with a burst of 7.62 or 5.52 bullets in the same area.

  1. Long-Distance Usability

First of all, you already know that pistols work great at close to medium range. Once your target gets further away – or is away, to begin with – you will have a much harder time properly aiming the pistol and hitting your target.

Naturally, a rifle does wonders when it comes to long-distance work. This is due to some of the advantages we’ve mentioned before – namely, more contact points meant to fasten the gun, as well as weapon body mechanics that make it easier for you to aim.

For example, if you live in a rural area and someone enters your property with malicious intents, you have a better chance scaring them off with a rifle than with a pistol.

  1. Blunt Weapon

Let’s say that you manage to run out of ammo after an intense fight. Now, your opponent might have run out of ammo as well, especially given the fact that few home invaders actually bring something better than a pistol with them.

In this case, the only thing you have in your hands is a metal object that has no intention of firing any more rounds. Naturally, your only choice is to use it as a blunt weapon and hope for the best.

A pistol, in this exact scenario, is almost comparable with a rock, so to speak, while a rifle is basically a metal rod that can be grabbed by one end and has longer reach as well. With a pistol, you won’t be able to pull off some in the back of the head hits as you see in movies.

Instead, a rifle can work great as a club and keep you safe from any villains.

The Bottom Line

First of all, keep in mind that these reasons will apply depending on certain circumstances and situations, as well as on how you plan on using your gun.

However, if you wish to own a single gun that you can use for multiple purposes, then a rifle seems to be the best choice at the moment. You have the firepower, the increased accuracy, stability, as well as the ammo capacity to make anyone run away and never come back.

Moreover, rifles are known for being easy to shoot with, even in stressful and full of panic situations.

Jay Chambers is a Guest Contributor to erikrush.com.

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