When looking for the best handguns for self defense, you will need to make many decisions. How and where will you use the gun? Will you carry it with you for self-defense, or will it be specifically for defending your home? So, check out several pistols and calibers, and don’t get caught up in what other people say you should buy. Many people prefer compact semi-automatic self-defense pistols because they are easy to conceal, and simple for novices to handle and reload. However, spend some time handling these guns to see which guns are comfortable for you. Here are a few possibilities for you to take a look at.




S&W Shield

The Smith & Wesson Shield is a semi-automatic striker-fired handgun, and it has short consistent trigger pull, every time. It is extremely thin and lightweight, and can be comfortably carried all day. It includes 2 magazines; 1 with extended capacity and one flush


Glock 43

The Glock 43 is the newest 9mm in the Glock family, and it is a single stack and compact weapon. It is slightly larger than its predecessor, the Glock 42, a little over one inch in width and under 18 ounces empty. This Glock is a solid and reliable gun that is powerful and easy to shoot but small enough to hide.



There are also some revolvers that are great handguns for self-defense, and some people deem them among the most reliable weapons, especially for concealed carry. Though capacity and loading speed are not as fast as a semi-auto, their light weight and simplicity are positive points.


Ruger LCR

The Ruger LCR is a .38 special, innovative version with a polymer grip and trigger guard frame. The total weight is less than 14 ounces unloaded with a safe double action trigger. Sights are a grooved strap on top and pinned ramp at the front. New shooters may be challenged by the longer trigger pull required to fire a revolver, so that is something to be aware of before you buy.


Smith & Wesson 642

This revolver is based on a tried and true lineage—the 642 line has stood the test of nearly 100 years in the field. The frame on this self-defense handgun is aluminum, with the majority of the gun made of stainless steel. It has a serrated sight on the front and a groove at the rear. This gun weighs in at about 15 ounces and is a double-action gun with a concealed hammer.

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