I'd say it is,I use a .40 caliber by the way.First off, I think ANY gun one is comfortable and accurate with can be an effective home defense weapon, if need be.
I had a surplus M1 Carbine and one of its 30.06 big brothers back in the 90s. I enjoyed shooting both. However, I'd have a concern using either a PRIMARY home defense weapon. I'd be concerned that projectiles from either might penetrate walls and get loose in the neighborhood. That would be less of a risk with the Carbine, but it's still a possibility.
Of course most any projectile COULD exit a wall, but shotguns seem least likely so to do.
That being the case, this is one of the extremely rare instances in which I do not practice what I preach. I don't yet have a home defense shotgun. My nightstand piece is an XD Mod2 .45 ACP. Being a slow round, I figure it's less likely to do damage in a neighbor's house than something faster like a 9mm or .357 or 5.56.
What do you all think? Is a .45 that one shoots well a pretty good home defense weapon?
Thank you for you service! Nice hardware!Typically my EDC not on my hip is the weapon on the nightstand. It is H&K P30SK LEM. There is a spare mag next to it. While may argue about a 9mm, it is reliable and accurate. The carry mag is a H&K 13 rounder with an X-grip to make it more comfortable.
A 9mm is an unknown for personal defense. I know a 5.56X45mm M193 round is a killer based on personal experience as is a 7.62X51mm. I've seen and used one in nighttime CQB. However my long guns are in a safe and not immediately available. As such if my 9mm gets me to the safe, great. If not, it (H&K P30SK) will have to do the trick.