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Top Handguns to Have in Case of a Home Invasion

Home alarm systems are tremendously useful in that they keep away opportunistic burglars. What they can’t stop, however, is an ingenious criminal who’s intent on breaking into your home, or even someone you know who wants to force their way in. For those circumstances when your security system isn’t enough, many people turn to a handgun as a last line of personal defense.

Some people will advocate for shotguns or rifles as the right weapon for a home invasion. These might be the right type of weapons for some homes, but not for most. Handguns are much more difficult for a home invader to wrest from your grip, and they’re also less likely to create an over-penetration situation where they damage the home or someone else around. These are just some of the reasons that handguns tend to be the most popular choice for home defense

Yet, not all handguns are created equal. You need to pick a handgun that will reliably stop a home invader in his tracks.

Autoloading pistols
Autoloading pistols are able to carry more cartridges than a revolver. They usually hold around 10 rounds. They’re quicker to reload, if you have a pre-loaded magazine handy. If you shoot your pistol until it’s empty and you don’t have a pre-loaded magazine, you could be in trouble.

Autoloaders are also more likely to jam than a revolver, as well.

When it comes to picking a handgun, you want to pick from service-style handguns. There are a number of good choices from this category, including:

  • Beretta M92 series
  • Ruger P series
  • SIG P229 and P239
  • Both the Full-Size and Compact Glock pistols

Each of these autoloading pistols have double action or safe action. That means they can be stored with the chamber still loaded and the safety off.

Revolvers
Revolvers are a bit different from an autoloading pistol. They typically hold six cartridges. They can remain loaded and unbothered for years; unlike autoloading pistols, there’s no spring that will potentially freeze up.

There are two kinds of revolvers you can use for home defense: single action and double action. Single action revolvers have to be manually cocked – like you’d see in a western, for example. The Colt Single Action Army as well as the Blackhawk and Vaquero from Ruger are example. They’re slow to reload, but they tend to be terribly accurate.

Double action revolvers can be shot using single action style – by thumb cocking and then pulling lightly on the trigger. This is the most accurate way to fire. A single long pull will instead both cock and relese the hammer (thus “double action.”)

Good choices for double action revolvers include:

  • Colt Python
  • Ruger GP100
  • Smith and Wesson Model 10 Military and Police

Ultimately, the best handgun for protecting your home has a lot to do with you. You need a gun that feels right in your hands that you can shoot accurately with, and that’s going to perform when you need it.


Madison Parker is a home security expert whose passion for safety has led to the creation of her HomeSecuritySystems.net blog. Swing by her blog to get more home security tips and advice!

The Best Home Security Weapons without Ammunition

Most home security experts will tell you that the best weapon you can have – and the last line of home security defense – is a gun. You want a gun that you can handle, that will take down your opponent with one shot, and that won’t go through your exterior wall and cause collateral damage. There are times, however, when you run out of ammunition, or when you may not want a gun in the house for a variety of reasons.

Here are some of the best weapons to have for home security that don’t require ammunition:

  • Pepper Spray. This is one of the older and more effective personal protective solutions that doesn’t require ammunition. Also known as “mace,” this category includes just about any small bottle of spray designed to debilitate an attacker. Some of the more advance pepper spray such as the Mace brand Defense Pepper Gel have added features. This one sticks to an assailant’s skin, and any attempt to remove it only causes it to go further into the skin. It even contains a UV dye to help identify your attacker.
  • Stun Guns. Also known as Tasers, these devices provide a small, discreet way to protect yourself. It uses a simple battery to produce a high-voltage current, causing your attacker to become confused and disoriented. The effect will usually last from 5 to 10 minutes, allowing you to get away. They don’t work well on thick leather jackets or thick rubber raincoats, however.
  • Stun Batons. Stun batons work on a similar principle to stun guns, although they may offer a higher voltage charge. The advantage to these devices is that they have a much longer reach than a stun gun, and some even double as a flashlight.
  • Knives. Knives can be an effective home security weapon, but they’re not for everyone. You need to be highly skilled at using a knife in order to use it for personal protection. As with any weapon, there’s always the chance that it will be turned on you by your attacker, as well. Finally, knives don’t always incapacitate, and so they aren’t always the best choice. In the right hands, however, they can be a valid  way to protect your home.
  • Exotic weapons. Along the same vein as knives, there are a number of exotic weapons you might use for home security. This would include things like blowguns, batons, or even throwing stars and nunchucks. Here again, however, unless you’re highly skilled attempting to use these weapons to protect your home is probably not the best Plan A.

Be smart about your home defense. Make sure you’ve got a high-quality home security system in place, and if appropriate make sure you have a gun for personal protection. The quickest way to take down a home invader will always be with a gun, and any of these other choices – while potentially effective – don’t have the kind of reliability and success rates that you’ll have with a gun.

The Best Guns for Home Security

Protecting your home involves several different layers. You need to be concerned about external security, which has to do with securing the outside of your home, as well as the home’s entrances. You need to be concerned about internal security, which has to do with barriers in the home that protect you, such as security cameras and alarms. You also need to be concerned with personal safety, or protecting yourself once a home invader has made it past those first two layers.

That’s where a personal firearm comes in. In many ways, a gun is a measure of last resort, only to be used when someone’s made it past your locks and security systems. When that happens, the situation is dire and you’re playing for keeps. You need to have the right gun.

The right gun, however, can vary greatly from one person to the next. To pick the best gun for home security, you need to look at a number of factors, including:

  • Effectiveness
    You need to be concerned with how likely the gun is to stop a home invader in their tracks.
  • Penetration
    A wall won’t always stop a bullet. You need to be aware of just how powerful your gun is so that you know whether or not it’s possible for the bullet to hit nearby unintended targets.
  • Ammunition
    Sometimes, it takes more than one shot to take down an intruder – especially when you’re under pressure. The first couple of shots might miss, and so you need to be sure you can keep shooting until the target is down.
  • Quality or reliability
    Your gun needs to work every time without malfunctioning.
  • Price
    While there are plenty of high-end guns out there for home defense, the fact is you should be able to find one in your price range.

There are three types of guns that are especially appropriate for home defense. Let’s take a look at each in turn:

  • Shotgun
    In particular, a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun gives you the ability to quickly take down an intruder. It’s the most effective weapon of the group when using buckshot. Overpenetration isn’t too bad, as long as you’re using #1 buckshot or smaller. Ammo capacity is lower than the other options, but you can get an extended magazine tube that will mitigate that. They tend to be reliable, and you can find a used one for about $150. Top models include the Remington 870 and the Mossberg 500.
  • AR-15 Rifle
    This is the civilian version of the famous M-16. It’s effective because it’s very lethal. Penetration is high, but you can mitigate that some by using frangible ammunition. Magazines contain 30 rounds so you’ll have plenty. They’re reliable, and they’re expensive, running $700 or more. The DPMS Panther Lite 1 is a good choice for this type of gun.
  • Handgun
    This is the most convenient, but in many ways least effective option. Handguns often take more than one hit to take down an intruder. Penetration is fairly high. A handgun can hold anywhere from about 7 to 30 rounds. They are very reliable, and almost never malfunction. Inexpensive handguns start around $300. A good choice is always the Glock 17.

The best gun for home security depends a lot on where you’re located, your skill with the weapon, and your budget. Give some of these options a look today.


Madison Parker is a security expert whose interests range from both home and personal security – Get more home security tips on her blog Home Security Systems!