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Best Home Protection Handgun

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by R_Thornhill, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. R_Thornhill

    R_Thornhill New Member

    Oct 7, 2009
    I just wanted to know everyones opinion on the best home protection HANDGUN. Now I know most will say a shotgun is the best home protection weapon, but I am more interested in handguns for protection and range fun and shotguns for bird hunting. Have fun posting...
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2009
  2. Broken11b

    Broken11b Member

    Sep 24, 2009
    Near Detroit
    Wow, here it comes.

    The only best one is the one you know how to use, and have when you need it
  3. Onesiphorus

    Onesiphorus New Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pump shotgun with #4 pheasant loads. put a cheap laser on it. The sound of racking round and a laser flying around will make just about everbody leave. 2nd best is a 1911 with spare mags.
  4. purebred

    purebred New Member

    Oct 20, 2008
    The most reliable and the most confident one you have and biggest caliber you can handle.
    That's my Honest opinion.
  5. jkinkade

    jkinkade New Member

    Apr 26, 2006
    A matter of choice,,,,,one that you are extremely corfortable with,,,,that you have practiced with and feels like it is part of you. You must be able to operate it in the dark etc. and have confidence that it is 100% reliable.

    My own preference is a Les Baer Comanche,,,,,,a shotgun would be a good choice also.
  6. 06

    06 Active Member

    Jun 3, 2006
    Too close to Charlotte, NC
    A 45 ACP is a slow moving big chunk of lead and will do very well at stopping an attacker. Like the above said-what ever you feel comfortable with will work. My nephew swears by his 40 cal. I like a 380-which I call a miniature 45. Now I carry a Makarov(9X18). There are probably more 9mms out there than any other at present. 38s or 357s are an old reliable stopper. 38s were the standard for LEOs for generations-that and 45s. Thoroughly confused yet??? If you start throwing lead most perps in your home will seek life elsewhere and in a quick hurry.
  7. Deus Machina

    Deus Machina Senior Member

    May 24, 2007
    Brandon, Florida
    Like others have said, the best HD gun is almost certainly a pump-action shotgun. #1 buckshot, for my preference.

    As for handguns, it's completely subjective. The best HD handgun follows the same rules as the best CCW, but is more a more open choice because of size.

    It's the gun that you shoot well, you can trust with your life, you can manipulate and aim in the dark, in the largest caliber and largest capacity that you can handle quickly.

    My HD and CC gun are the same. At home, I have the benefit of having an extra, larger-capacity magazine handy.
  8. ByAnyMeans

    ByAnyMeans Active Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    Queens, NY
    Of course you guys are right that a longarm is best and I choose a 12 gauge but the OP asked for only handguns.

    For a handgun I think you should first find out which handgun you are most accurate with that you are comfortable operating. Some love revolvers others semi's. Some go for SA while others want DA/SA or Safe action striker fired.

    Then find out what caliber your choice comes in, I suggest at least .38 special in revolver and 9mm in a semi auto. Find out which caliber you shoot the best and what is most important to you. Do you want a larger round and will give up magazine capacity and for most people quicker follow up shots or would you rather a smaller round because you will load it with a good jhp and want quick follow up shots and larger capacity. Some go for a middle ground with .40s+w, although some feel it has almost the same ballistics as 9mm in gel tests and more recoil than a .45acp. These choices will be up to you as what suits you best and pay no attention to caliber or handgun wars.
  9. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Elder

    Aug 11, 2005
    Elbert County, CO
    Pretty much. I keep a S&W 1006 stoked with my handloaded 180 grain Golden Sabres. The Woman will dispatch a threat with her 9mm Baby Eagle and 147 grain Hornady XTP's.

    Pick your handgun based on the aforementioned advice, then use the most effective round that will reliably cycle in your pistol.
  10. btg3

    btg3 Participating Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    Sage advice from the ruger forum's guru...

  11. gunnie

    gunnie Active Member

    Mar 23, 2007
    if ALL the replies so far seem non-committal/side stepping, it is because the posters have wisely chosen to avoid an "X" caliber and "X" mfgr urinating contest that this sort of open ended question always seems to degrade into...

    that said, MY $0.02, from a posting from a guy looking for a handgun for his wife, just as true for a male:

    taken from another posting i made at a different thread:

    "...a guy told me what i believe to be very good advice for someone trying to decide what handgun to use for the most dangerous species. first, decide what recoil level you are comfortable with between .38/9mm and 45 ACP. many have used less than the lower threshold with good results. it is just a line that is usually considered the lowest you can count on. above 45 ACP usually starts taking too long for a second shot.

    then go to a user friendly store(s) and pick up every one they have on the counter that is within your comfort level for shooting. pick a target on the wall, about pie plate sized. close your eyes and point the weapon at where you remembered the target being. the ones that are pointing at same target when you re-open your eyes most reliably are what you should consider buying.

    statisticly, most shootings occur at night, and at bad breath ranges. a hangun that points instinctively for you can be a real bonus in that scenario..."


  12. AKElroy

    AKElroy Senior Member

    Feb 11, 2009
    Past & Future Republic of Texas
    Perfect HD Handgun?? These are Pics' of my solution--

    Probably not perfect, but with 17 rnds of 165 gr DoubleTap Gold Dots, Heine Straight-8 sights, Streamlight TLR-2, I cannot think of a more effective bedside companion. At least as far as handguns go. Personally, I keep a 12 gage next to my bed.

    Attached Files:

  13. btg3

    btg3 Participating Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    With regard to recoil, don't neglect the size of the gun for a given caliber. Shooting .38spl in a .357 handgun with a 4" barrel and rubber grips is generally very acceptable.

    Caliber alone will not assure a specific recoil level. For me .380 is very uncomfortable in the LCP/P3AT.
  14. KBintheSLC

    KBintheSLC Senior Member

    Jul 30, 2007
    Stalingrad, USA
    I wouldn't get too wrapped up over caliber or brands. Just go with the basics... choose a gun that is totally reliable, that you can shoot well with, and that the ammo won't be too difficult to find (you need to practice with it). Just having a working gun that you can shoot well with in and of itself will make you a far more painful target than the next guy.

    That is exactly what came to mind for me. Perhaps a 4" GP-100 loaded with some .38 spl +P. The heft of the gun will tame the recoil nicely.
  15. kdstrick

    kdstrick Member

    Aug 19, 2009
    Down by the Alamo
    Anything with a mounted light is preferable because it is far more efficient that using a separate flashlight. Simply put, the barrel goes where the light goes. Also, you have a free hand if you need it.

    18" bbl 870 with light also next to me by the bed.

    Shown: G23 w/trijicon NS, Streamlight M3, 13+1 Corbon 135 JHP w/ Busse Sarsquatch.

  16. golden

    golden Participating Member

    Aug 28, 2007
    I prefer handguns

    My home defense weapon is a handgun.

    I usually go with a 9m.m. or .40 S&W caliber pistol with a large capacity and night sights. I favor the BERETTA 92/96 line, the WALTHER P-99 or H&K P-2000.
    The .45ACP and revolvers are out based on their ammo capacity. I do not spray and pray, but if a fight starts, I do not want to be left holding an empty gun.
    The 17 and 20 round factory mags for the BERETTA 92 a very appealing to me for that reason.

    I recently purchased a BERETTA 96d Vertec and intend to put a light on the built in rail to use for my nightstand gun.

    I go with these choices based on stopping power (I consider the 9m.m. 115 to 124 grain JPH +P and .40 caliber 155 or 165 JHP to be perfectly adequate), recoil, ammo capacity (I do not keep a reload in my boxer shorts for that 3:00 am bumb in the night), weight and size.

    I do not use a shotgun or rifle. They are too difficult to manuever inside a house and if you have just been awakened, they twice as difficult (my experience).

    I can keep a handgun close to my body to prevent a gun grab and fire it one handed (try calling 911 while holding an intruder at gun point with a long gun).

    I have based my choices on my own experiences.

  17. Shawn.L

    Shawn.L New Member

    May 28, 2009
    speaking plainly of hardware and ballistics an AR15 Carbine and the .223/5.56 round wins hands down.

    but the best tool for HD isnt a piece of hardware. Its sound tactics and solid training.

    Your choice of round and all the energy and money you put into it doesnt mean much if your child comes running out of his room to see what the commotion is and passes between the muzzle and the threat.
  18. Deanimator

    Deanimator Elder

    Mar 30, 2006
    Rocky River, Ohio
    Really? Have you seen MY home?

    A non-NFA long gun is about as useless as a naginata in my home.

    It's pointless to tell somebody what's "best" in THEIR home when you've never even seen a PICTURE of it.

    And if your firearm isn't locked and loaded when you're in close proximity to a potentially armed and dangerous opponent, you're wrong. The only "noise" a home invader in my home is going to hear is a LOT louder than any sound produced by the mechanical action of a firearm.
  19. RedAlert

    RedAlert Active Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Silverdale, WA
    We've all heard the phrase: Guns don't kill, people kill!

    So on that premise I suggest that everyone who has responded to this question has failed to mention the ultimate weapon for home defense!

    I say that the shooter, YOU, are the ultimate weapon. So too, it is very important that the shooter be trained and practiced and knowledgeable. All too many "gurus" on here focus on their pet pistol, rifle or shotgun.

    I say, attend some training courses. Learn what to expect IF you are ever forced to use deadly force in defense of yourself or your family. Then, once you have absorbed the advice and teachings of true experts, find out what tool best suits you, the weapon, and practice, practice, practice.

    My choice of "tool"; well I won't say because I don't want you to be prepared if you attempt to break into my dwelling.

    As the sign outside says: "Don't worry about the dog, Beware the owner inside!"
  20. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2002
    Centennial, CO
    Cave men had it right: throw the biggest fastest rock you can throw accurately.

    The rest is details and personal preferences.

    If that doesn't work reach for a spetsnatz shovel. Or a rabid beagle. You throw a rabid beagle at someone they aren't just gonna stand there and take it. ;)

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