The gun that you use as a concealed carry weapon (CCW) can often serve as a home defense handgun, too. In some cases, though, people prefer owning different models for home defense and concealed carry. In the following article, we’ll help you choose the best handgun for self-defense that matches your unique preferences.
Features to Look for When Choosing the Best Handgun for Self-Defense
The best home defense handgun for you isn’t necessarily the best model for other people. With that said, you will find common features in the best self-defense handguns. Some of the features to look for when choosing the best handgun for self-defense in your home include:
High-capacity magazines that let you carry at least 10 rounds.
Comfortable grips that make it easier for you to aim at multiple targets.
Adjustable sights (or an accessory rail that lets you add lights, laser sights, etc.)
Striker-fired systems that have fewer moving parts and are less likely to malfunction.
When you choose a CCW, you probably look for the most compact model that meets your specifications. Size doesn’t matter nearly as much when it comes to the best handguns for self-defense in your home. You won’t need to carry the gun throughout the day, so you don’t need to worry about size and weight. Instead, you can focus on choosing a gun built for exceptional accuracy and stopping power.
Popular Home Defense Guns to Consider
Ideally, you should test several handguns before you commit to a purchase. Most practice ranges will let you rent guns. Spending a few minutes with a gun can help you decide whether it’s the right model for you. You can usually depend on people at the gun range to give you good advice.
If you don’t know where to start, consider these popular options. Many people count them among the best handguns for self-defense.
The Glock 19 is one of your best options when you want a gun that can hold a lot of rounds. The pistol comes with a standard magazine that holds 15 rounds, giving you 15+1 9mm shots. If that isn’t enough for you, you can upgrade to magazines that hold 17, 19, 24, 31, or 33 rounds. Unless an intruder has a high-capacity semi-automatic rifle, you probably have the upper hand in an encounter.
The G19 gives you a lot of firepower in a relatively compact size. The 30.16-ounce weight and 4.02-inch barrel make it effective as a CCW for anyone with a Glock 19 concealment holster. If you crave a larger version, opt for the Glock 34. The G34 carries the same number of rounds, but it has a 5.31-inch barrel and 8.82-inch overall length. Regardless of which model you choose, you get a textured grip, Glock’s Safe Action system, and the opportunity to carry up to 33+1 rounds.
Some people decide to buy both versions of the Glock. If you take that path, we have the perfect concealment holster for you. Our IWB Kydex holster can accommodate the Glock 19 and Glock 34. Get a holster that lets you carry either weapon depending on your expectations for the day or night ahead.
Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0
The Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 stands out as one of the best handguns for self-defense because it lets you choose the specific features you want. For starters, you can choose an M&P M2.0 designed for 9mm Luger, 40 S&W, and 45 Auto rounds. Depending on the type of ammunition you prefer, you can choose between different barrel lengths. The 9mm Luger version lets you select from 4.25-inch, 4.6-inch, and 5-inch barrels.
We really like the 9mm version with a 4.6-inch barrel because you get suppressor height night sight and a tall white dot sight, making the gun perfect for targeting in all lighting conditions.
Other useful features that come with the M&P M2.0 include:
An aggressive grip texture.
Interchangeable grip inserts to match your hand size.
If you have explored concealed carry weapons, you probably know about the Sig Sauer P365. As the name suggests, Sig Sauer designed it as an everyday carry for 365 days a year. If you want a concealed carry holster for a P365, you can’t go wrong with our Kydex model.
The P320 is a considerably larger gun that makes it more suitable for home defense. It’s easily one of the best handguns for self-defense. The full-size pistol can carry up to 17+1 9mm rounds. It has a Dawson Precision adjustable sight and an XGRIP module for accuracy and comfort.
The Sig Sauer P230 measures 8.5 inches from end to end, so it’s a pretty big gun for concealed carry. If you want to carry the gun outside of your home, though, we have a holster designed to fit its specifications.
Get a Durable, Reliable Concealment Holster for Your Handgun
At Rounded, we dedicate our effort to making durable concealment holsters that fit your gun’s specific dimensions and features. We make all of our holsters from Kydex material in the United States. We’re so confident that our holsters can withstand daily use that we give you a lifetime guarantee with every purchase.
We also know that you need your concealment holster sooner rather than later. If you place your order before 3 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, we will package and ship your holster on the same day.
The best handgun for self-defense should work well as a CCW. When you choose the right model, though, you get more flexibility that lets you defend your home and secure dangerous situations in public.