When it comes to home-defense handguns, go big or go home. Wait, you're already home? Let's go straight to the guns.
My father's main reason for carrying a concealed weapon is "I'm too old to fight." At least, that's what he likes to tell people when they ask him about it.
Funny enough, he says the same thing about why he keeps an AR-15 in his bedroom. If it comes down to it in the middle of the night, he just wants to point and shoot and know that's good enough. The whole idea of home defense handguns just doesn't do the trick for him.
However, it works for many around the country. Here are some great options.
10. Ruger SP101: $549.99
When it comes to home defense handguns, you want stopping power. A .357 does that and a little more. And, particularly for home defense when you don't have to be as concerned about portability, a hammerless revolver is a great choice so that you never have to worry about the extra step of using the hammer or clearing a jam. (There are still some great semi-autos on this list, though, so stick around).
9. S&W Governor: $769.99
Got somebody creeping through your house? Well, how would knowing you have a handgun that allows you to shoot a .45 colt or .410 shot shell make you feel? How about knowing you have six of those options to send that guy's way at a high speed?
8. Glock 19: $539.99
Sometimes, easier is just better. A Glock 19 is a weapon that fires 9mm rounds highly effectively and efficiently. Some may argue that a 9mm is too small of a round for home defense; however, what you may loose in immediate stopping power, you gain in accuracy.
7. Beretta M9A1: $678.00
Beretta is a name synonymous with handguns. For one of the best self defense handguns, you found a good one right here. Again, chambered in 9mm, but don't let that hold you back. The military started issuing these as carry weapon back in the 80's. If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for you too.
6. Colt Close Quarter Battle Pistol (CQBP): $1,300+
Just like M9A1, the Colt 1911 frame has been the standard issue weapon of choice for the Marines since back in WW1. I'd feel rather confident this .45 ACP could handle about anything that goes bump in the night. The Colt CQBP will get it done.
5. Glock 41 Gen4: $635.00
You are in good hands with this weapon. Chambered again in .45 ACP, this has the stopping power to handle most situations. It also has the reliability you can trust. Glock just flat out makes good guns.
4. Sig Sauer P226 MK-25: $1,099,99
So far we have the Army and the Marines, now how about a service weapon carried by the Navy Seals? If you want a gun you know you can trust when it's all or nothing, the Sig Sauer P226 Mk25 is going to get the job done. Knowing this is 9mm and that it holds 15 rounds plus one in the chamber, they better pick the next house.
3. Ruger GP100: $729.99
Reliability and stopping power. Those tend to be the top requested factors when deciding on some of the best home defense handguns on the planet. That is where the Ruger GP100 shines. This .357 Magnum can put it down. The simplicity of a revolver takes the thinking out of the situation as well.
2. Smith & Wesson 629 in .44 Magnum: $829.99
It should come as no surprise that a .44 Mag revolver is the #2 weapon for home defense handguns. If you wake up in the middle of the night thinking somebody is in your home, you want an easy to use hand cannon that can drop a bear in one shot. This is that.
1. Taurus Raging Judge Magnum Revolver: $869.99
Okay, now we are talking. The simple ammo options for this gun is what makes it a must. You can put a .454 round in your first shot to either drop the bad guy, or give them a heart attack. Each follow up shot can be .410 shot shells to send the rest running. This bed-side hand cannon is what you need if you are just simply too old or too tired to fight.