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Tips For Choosing The Right Firearm For Personal And Home Defense

Updated on November 1, 2016

Protecting Your Home and Family

In the wake of President Obama's actions to reinstitute firearms restrictions on the American people many first time buyers are considering purchasing a firearm for the first time in order to defend their homes and family's. To many of these people figuring out which type of firearm is best for their needs can be a daunting task, especially if they are not very well versed in the subject. The numerous types, brands and calibers can be confusing to the new gun enthusiast looking to make a first purchase for personal defense.

This article will help you in making the decision as to what type of firearm may be best suited to you and your needs for home defense and personal protection.



A basic five or six round revolver is the most commonly owned firearm in the US for both home defense and concealed carry. A revolver has many advatages over other types of weapons, especially for the first time buyer. A revolver can be bought in almost any caliber from .22 short to .44 magnum and offer ease of operation for the inexperienced or undertrained shooter. One huge advantage of a revolver for those who are minimally trained is that they are simple and straight forward to employ. In firearms circles this is known as "5 (or 6) for sure". Meaning pull the trigger once and the weapon fires, if it does not fire then all you have to do is pull the trigger again. No clearing a jammed or stove piped round as the bad guy is coming through your door.

A revolver is highly recommended for those who are minimally trained and do not intend to do much training once they have purchased their gun.

For home and self defense a caliber of no less than a .38 special and a 4" barrel should be used in order to give adequate stopping power and accuracy. You should avoid extremely high powered rounds such as the .357 and .44 magnums. These rounds are much more likely to over-penetrate and could cause injury to someone who is in another room or even another building.

Overall a revolver is a solid choice for home defense and concealed carry in any situation.


  • Ease of use
  • Stopping Power
  • Plentiful Ammunition
  • Accuracy


  • Hard to conceal
  • Can Be Heavy Compared to Semi-Autos
  • Limited Capacity


Semi-Automatic Handguns

A semi-automatic handgun can also be a wise choice to defend yourself or your home but with the caveat that they do require more consistent training and pratice to be proficient with them. Do not choose a semi-auto if you are not willing to put in the time to practice not only shooting with the weapon but also how to quickly and efficiently clear a jammed weapon. If a bad guy is coming through your door, that is the wrong time to wish you had drilled on how to clear your weapon so it will fire.

Semi-autos also come in a variety of types and calibers, everything, again, from a .22 short to .44 magnum, so in that regard all the same consideration are in effect as for the revolver. The most popular calibers in a semi-auto for defensive purposes are the 9mm and the .45 ACP. Both of these rounds are quite effective and would be great choces for home defense and/or concealed carry.


  • High Capacity
  • Easy to Reload
  • Easy to Conceal


  • More Complicated
  • Can Jam
  • Less Accurate Than Revolvers

How to Clear a Semi-Auto Jam

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