With violent crime, home invasions and terrorism a constant threat to every citizen’s safety, home defense has never been more important. In a critical situation, there may be no time to wait for law enforcement to come to your aid. That’s why you need to be prepared to defend yourself and your family. Here are 10 guns that can get the job done.
Lightweight and easy to store handguns are excellent firearms for home defense. Here are five types that have become famous or infamous weapons of personal protection.
- The Judge: The sawed-off shotgun tickled the imagination of Taurus to create a legal “shotgun pistol” specifically for home defense. The “Raging Judge Magnum” can fire .45 Colt and .410 buckshot shells, as well as hollow points. It’s a revolver that comes in two models, a 3-inch barrel weighing 29 ounces, and 6 ½-inch barrel weighing 32 ounces. In terms of home defense, the buckshot shells will send a message. Hollow points will stop intruders in their tracks.
- .357 Magnum: The Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum revolver is one of the more popular handguns and has been a mainstay since the 1930s. The gun-maker has several types of .357s on the market, such as the semi-automatic Desert Eagle. But for the average homeowner, you may just want a point and squeeze model for a crisis situation.
- Mr. Saturday Night Special: Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd made this compact .25 caliber handgun infamous. It’s known to be pocket-carried by gamblers, criminals and fits in any lady’s purse. The old Raven Arms semi-automatics have been discontinued and banned in some areas because of public backlash. However, there are plenty of cheap .25 caliber pocket pistols available and they slide inconspicuously into any nightstand for sexy home defense.
- Colt Detective Special: If you’ve ever watched an old detective flick or cop show, this is the short-barreled pistol they commonly used or had strapped to an ankle. These 2-inch barreled, snub-nosed handguns have been around since the 1920s and the .38 Special ranks as one of the more powerful in this class. They make a more powerful nightstand weapon than a Saturday Night Special.
- Glock 19: This semi-automatic 9mm “hand cannon” makes an excellent home defense weapon. It’s slightly scaled back from the larger Glock 17, weighing just under 1.5 pounds despite mostly steel construction. The handgun has been made famous in movies and TV shows by household names such as Bruce Willis, Angelina Jolie, Emilio Estevez and David Duchovny. Holding 15 rounds, when a Glock goes bang, intruders run.
Stepping up the firepower can make an enormous difference, particularly if threatened by multiple assailants. Here are five well-known and effective rifles suited for home defense.
- The Winchester Repeater: One of the most famous rifles and the first to sell one million units, the Winchester 94 models have been around for more than a century. The lever action is intimidating and the classic wood stocks make them showpieces. Depending on the version, a Winchester holds 6-8 rounds. It’s a terrific home defense weapon or hunting rifle that’s always ready to meet a challenge.
- Mossberg Tactical: This 500-series pump action shotgun is a favorite with the U.S. Army because it’s reliable. It sports an 18.5-inch barrel, holds six, 12-gauge shells and can store another four. Mossberg also makes a nine-shot version with a 20-inch barrel and bayonet option for serious home defense.
- Remington 870 Hardwood: This pump action has the classic wood stock and looks good mounted on a wall or over the fireplace. Another six-shot, 12-gauge, it doubles as a reliable hunting rifle as well.
- Benelli M4: A semi-auto shotgun, the M4 may be best suited for repelling a home invasion. Police and U.S. Marines favor this weapon, although it can be quite expensive. But, if your life is on the line, this will tip the scales squarely in your favor.
- AR-15: There are a number of gun-makers that produce the popular semi-automatic weapons. Lean, lightweight and packing plenty of punch, an AR-15 can save your life when multiple intruders enter your home. Some of the top-rated include the Smith & Wesson M&P series, Colt LE6920 and Sig Sauer M400, among others. In terms of home defense, an AR has the ability to release 800 rounds per minute or 13.3 per second. In practical terms, it will fire as fast as you can pull the trigger and drive out dangerous characters. You’re never out-gunned with an AR-15.