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The Ideal Pistol for Your Home

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Ask ten firearms enthusiasts which pistol is the right one for you to have in your home for self defense, and you’re likely to get ten unique answers. The fact is, that when it comes to the ‘right fit’, it really depends on your preferences. There are plenty of factors to consider when choosing a firearm for home defense, such as caliber, safety, size, and especially price, so you’ll need to decide which attributes are most important. There is certainly not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ scenario. In this write-up, we’re not going to provide an in-depth breakdown of every attribute relating to the following guns - our goal is to point out a few options that are popular on the market today to get you thinking about what to look for.

Glock 17/19

There are a lot of reasons why Glock’s are popular for the everyday gun owners as well as those who keep them for home defense. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced shooter, Glock’s are very easy to use, which has helped accelerate their popularity. You don’t need to be a gunsmith to be able to disassemble or modify your Glock. Glock 17 and Glock 19 are two of the more popular platforms of the Glock family, providing you with a couple options when it comes to ergonomics and grip. Glock’s are known for being consistent, reliable firearms, which is all the more important when it comes to home defense. When you’re relying on that weapon in a time of need, you need to have confidence in your firearm.

The aftermarket for Glock’s along with the community supporting them is another reason why they’ve become so popular. If you go to a shooting range, you’ve very likely to encounter someone using a Glock, and for those new to firearms, there are countless videos online showing you ways to handle, clean, or modify your Glock.

After all of that, one of the biggest drivers of Glock’s popularity is its affordability. There is a very low barrier to entry that allows you to purchase a high performing firearm at a low cost without sacrificing quality.

Springfield XD

The Springfield XD model is a very popular firearm for home defense given it’s reputation for being an all around reliable and easy-to-use gun. This is a very forgiving gun which is great for beginners and those keeping a gun in their home for self defense.

This gun has just about everything you need straight out of the box. The purchase of your Springfield XD includes a case, extra magazine, and a speed loader. While ammo will be one of the more expensive add-ons with just about any gun, it’s nice to have these parts included.

As mentioned, this weapon is designed and engineered to be safe and reliable. One of the common compliments you’ll hear is that this gun has a very comfortable grip. While this is true, the grip of the Springfield XD also features a grip safety which prevents anyone from firing the weapon without a proper grip on the gun. This is especially important to consider when choosing a gun for home defense. Having a gun around the house means that it can fall into the wrong hands and considering this gun already features great safety features, the grip safety adds an extra layer of security and peace of mind.  

Smith & Wesson M&P

The M&P is a highly respected pistol that has become quite popular for home defense. There have been a couple iterations of the M&P throughout its history, but today’s model sports some great features that make this an all around great gun to keep in your home.

You may hear differing opinions regarding the trigger of this gun, but this firearm is a high quality gun that you can rely upon. This gun is constructed with a polymer frame and a stainless steel chassis which is quite common among the top selling pistols on the market right now.  If you’re left handed, you’re in luck as this gun features an ambidextrous slide stop.

The M&P also features a loaded chamber indicator which allows you to see if there is a round in the chamber and you’re able to disassemble the gun without needing to squeeze the trigger. This is a huge benefit over other manufacturers as pulling the trigger anywhere outside a range or in actual use is unnecessary.

The Smith & Wesson M&P is a great all around gun for home defense and falls in line with Glock and Springfield when it comes to price.


Don’t just take our opinion for it, go out and see various models for yourself. As we’ve said, there are quite a few factors when selecting the ideal pistol for your home, so do your research and make sure you’re making the right selection for you and your family.

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