Best Handgun for Home Defense.


.357 magnum
July 27, 2007, 05:30 PM
OK opinion time. :) What do you personally consider the best handgun for home defense. [caliber, mag capacity, ammo type, even gun brand] For all of those who want to reply that a long gun of some type is best-forget it!-we already know that:cool: This is strictly a handgun question. I have narrowed mine down to a SA-XD .45 Tactical [5 inch barrel] with 230gr Federal hydra-shoks and 13 in the Mag and 1 in the Chamber:evil: This has done my nightstand duty for quite some time. My reasons being the caliber and Mag capacity. I also trust the XD to be reliable. I do have a back up gun, but that can be a later thread.

Thank you in advance for your replies.

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July 27, 2007, 05:33 PM
I'd say your XD's a great choice! ;)

July 27, 2007, 05:41 PM
The best would be any full size, high capacity, large caliber pistol that goes bang when you pull the trigger and hits where you aimed it. The rest is just details. :neener:

That said, I've got a CZ75B in .40 S&W that fits that purpose.

July 27, 2007, 05:45 PM

Daytime, outside, yard work, it's my Sig P232 SL 380

Daytime inside the house, it's my Colt Defender 45

Nighttime TV DVD 5.1 Concert time or TV room.. either Colt Defender, or Px4 40cal, depending which gun has office duty and other has TV/Stereo room duty.

Nighttime, (bed watch) it's my Sig P229 CT 9mm (Crimson Trace Grips)

But you'd never convince our German Shepherd, he's not the 24/7 HD front-line defence.. lol


.357 magnum
July 27, 2007, 06:28 PM
Boy can I identify with that!:) My German Shepherd thinks she is in charge of home defense period!;) That dog could hear a pin drop a block away!:eek: My Lab on the other hand would assist the intruder if they had treats. [Bless em both!] Dogs are wonderful companions and GS dogs are great alert dogs.

Take Care-The Best to You and Yours!


July 27, 2007, 06:42 PM
Bedroom: Colt King Cobra .357 on my side of the bed, Taurus PT140 on the wife's side. We also have a loaded Remington 870 Express under the bed.

Kitchen/Living Room: Ruger SP101 .357, Sig P228 9mm

Spare Bedroom: Ruger Redhawk .44 mag

I don't usually carry a weapon on my persons, but the Sig is my weapon of choice on the go.


I also have 2 dachshunds who think they weigh 100lbs and aren't scared of anything, haha.

July 27, 2007, 06:55 PM
Whatever pistol one can reach in time to stop a BG.

There is no such thing as "Best gun or Best Bullet". To qualify in giving this opinion, one must have been in multiple -although identical 'good shoots' while carrying different guns and ammunition. You can't have best without comparison.

While I do keep a loaded .45 in the bedroom, I plan on reaching for the 12ga.

July 27, 2007, 07:16 PM

I actually overtrained him, and I can't seem to make him understand.. :what:


July 27, 2007, 07:21 PM
my personal primary house gun is a standard 4" 45 ACP XD with a Glock tac light. The "backup" is a standard 9mm XD with a Glock tac light.

The 45 is a good choice in my book as the shooting will take place inside - in a small confined area. I want to a) put the bad guy down quick and b) not suffer too much from the round's concussion. It's going to "sting" your ears regardless but not like a .357 Mag.

July 27, 2007, 07:39 PM
I finally settled on a Kimber TLE/RL with a M6 attached to it. Has been by the bed for about 3 years now and I dont see it going anywhere.
I dont know If I got lucky or what but this thing is darn near as accurate of a shooter as my old IDPA pistols.

July 27, 2007, 08:18 PM
Glock 19 with 33rnd mag

July 27, 2007, 08:47 PM
The one you can shoot the best!

Personally, I have several ... but my Colt 1911 is probably my "favorite" home defense handgun. (But handguns are not necessarily my first choice .. :) )

July 27, 2007, 09:19 PM
There is no "best".

What I use, Taurus 605 or S&W M19

July 27, 2007, 09:46 PM
My usual front line (handguns): Glock 30, Colt Sistema, Ruger SP101 (with .38spls).

Deer Hunter
July 27, 2007, 09:54 PM
I've got a 12 pound poodle that alerts me, in a big way, if someone she doesn't know steps 50 yards from my house. Best damned alert system I've ever seen.

Beyond that, anything that throws lead will do.

July 27, 2007, 11:20 PM
The one you can shoot the best!


July 27, 2007, 11:52 PM
My Yorkie is the best burglar alarm. I don't mean to hijack the thread, but I no longer keep a handgun on the nightstand for home defense; I worry about it punching through to another room where the kids are. I can't be worried about that while dealing with an intruder. I use a Rem 870 16-ga. sawed off, with #6, should go to even smaller pellets but they are hard to find in 16. Less dangerous to the family, more dangerous to an intruder.

Plus, it makes a most impressive noise when racked.

My friend keeps a .357 in 2" S&W on the nightstand. He actually shot at an intruder (or thought he had an intruder, I'm not really sure; LE found no evidence anyone had broken in and apparently were a little sarcastic), didn't hit anybody but he said the flash blindness was terrible, couldn't see anything for a short while. His ears rang for a couple of days.

Redneck with a 40
July 27, 2007, 11:59 PM
The OP's screen name says it all right there. 357 magnum is where its at, just aim the revolver and pull the trigger, the ultimate in simplicity. If you ever need more than 6 rounds, then you've got a serious problem.:neener:

July 28, 2007, 12:38 AM

That stays on my computer desk at all times for home defense purposes. I love my revolvers.

July 28, 2007, 01:15 AM
K-frame .357 Magnum with CT lasergrips. Six rounds, no problem with contact shots.

A Five-Seven with a suppressor, combo light/laser.

PLR-16 with a red dot, or light, or laser. Suppressor's a big bonus.

July 28, 2007, 02:05 AM
H&K USPC in .45 ACP. Dependability defined.

July 28, 2007, 03:18 AM
What ever pistol I have to hand when the need arises!

The following is the thinking in my home defense hand guns.

# 1 in home defense guns is AVAILABILITY

The classical home defense pistol is an available bed side gun. Revolver for reliability and 4 to 6" bbl .357 for leathality & controllability.

I personaly can handle a 41 or 44 mag revolver quite well but my wife and children find the .357 more controllable.

Semi autos loose out on reliability more than lethality. A bed side gun must go off every time the trigger is pulled under pressure. Semi autos have to many ways to jam so normaly I stick with a quality revolver. The only time I changed this was when the children came and I was worried about the rug rats getting to my revolver by the bed. They could not rack back the 1911 so that was by the bed until I got them trained up and both are quite deadly with fire arms now (12 and 14 yrs old)

Whatever gun you choose for your home, practice by all who could use it should be mandatory. Home defense is a family responsibility and should be aproached in that manner.

Take care all.

July 28, 2007, 03:39 AM
I will take an mini uzi, mac 10, or even a reliable KG-9.

July 28, 2007, 09:20 AM
Well, a handgun is just to fight your way back to a real weapon, right? :rolleyes: I have a 12 gauge loaded with 00 for serious HD work, but like most of us, would likely turn to a handgun first, as I keep the shotgun locked up. I wear a Taurus 605 (357 snubbie) for a CCW, and that is apt to be wherever I left it when I took it off (unless the grandkids are in the house, then it is locked up). A 6" Taurus Tracker in 357 is in the nightstand, and not far away in a closet safe -- unlocked when I'm home and if there are not kids in the house -- is a PT24/7 in 9mm with a laser on the rail. Any of these would do the job, if called upon.

July 28, 2007, 09:39 AM
Don't know about the best, but my personal choice for bedside gun and primary CCW is my XD40 topped off with 13 rounds of Cor Bon DPX.

July 28, 2007, 09:45 AM
Whatever pistol you can shoot well. It should serve to get you to your 12 gauge, nothing more, nothing less. Better yet, keep the 12 gauge and the pistol near you.

July 28, 2007, 10:13 AM
in my nightstand Springer GI 230 hollow points any flavor.condition 3 with one extra mag.45 acp = good stopping power and less muzzle her (NY born Marine) Sig 226 with doubletap 124 GD, condition 3 with three mags loaded w/10 rounds each.this should get us to the closet(ten feet) where the 870 and AR15 stay. a side note notice her weapons required no retraining from milatary.

Car Knocker
July 28, 2007, 12:08 PM
There is no single best choice because there are too many variables involved; people and their capabilities, structural limitations, etc.

July 28, 2007, 02:39 PM
At the moment, an SP101, because its inches from my hand. Assuming I have a bit of warning, a GP100 is in the same room; 4"-barrel .357 mag ballistics do trump 2.25", and the GP100 has another shot on board. Assuming the trouble comes from the direction of the street, withdrawing to the bedroom will put me in reach of my SIG P229 duty pistol, though I don't consider it an improvement on the GP100 until the sixgun needs a reload, or until it gets dark, because the SIG has a light rail. So, my answer is based on the situation at a given moment in time. As for the aforementioned blinding flash of the .357, somebody needs to buy some fresh premium duty ammo, and not use older duty ammo, or currently produced cheap ammo.

July 28, 2007, 02:46 PM
Something that is very important that everyone has left out is a silenced weapon. Trust me, you do not want to fire a decent caliber size gun 9mm, .357, .40, .45 etc in pitch black and in a enclosed room. You better make the first shot, cause you will probably be dazed, confused, deaf etc. I am going by memory but i think any of those guns are in teh 160-170 decibels range. And the muzzle flash will blind you.

I would say buy a tactical version of a Sig, HK etc and put a nice silencer on it. So at least when its time to go bang indoors, you actually give yourself a chance:) Just my 2cents!

July 28, 2007, 03:10 PM
That is one fact for certain. Although in most states you have to have a tax stamp. I would not use a ported pistol, such as a Glock 17C or 19C. I can't even imagine how that would ring the ears.

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