It is hard to turn on the television, listen to the radio or talk to your friends and not hear of a recent attack in someone’s home or neighborhood, or an assault on an innocent person going through their daily lives. There was a time when these stories seemed random, while you were away on vacation, at work, or in those “rough neighborhoods.” They seemed distant and almost unreal. These stories have gotten closer to all of our lives.
Predators are getting bolder and more aggressive. The answer is becoming more and more prevalent to law-abiding citizens that we must be able to protect and defend our families, loved ones, and ourselves. Today more and more people, with women leading the pack, are choosing to legally act on our Second Amendment rights and purchase, properly train, legally own, and carry a gun.
Finding the right gun can be a daunting experience with all of the hundreds of firearms from which to choose available in today’s market.
The truth is a firearm is a tool. A personal defense gun is a specific tool for a very specific job—self-defense. This might help you begin your homework.
Larger Caliber Handguns
First, large caliber guns or defensive shotguns are to quickly incapacitate the assailant or bring a quick end to whatever made you choose this course of action.
.45 Auto / .45 ACP caliber pistols, 10mm pistols, .40 S&W caliber pistols, .44 or.357 Caliber Magnum revolvers, 12 or 20 gauge shotguns. The advantages of these larger calibers are when properly used they provide a devastating impact on the target and can discontinue assailant’s ability or will to continue by causing a severe wound even if it is not terminal.
The disadvantage with these guns is they let you know when they go off! The recoil is almost unmanageable to inexperienced or untrained shooters. Guns work best when the bullets hit the target. Additionally, these guns can be less, if not completely, unable to discreetly conceal on your person.
9mm, .38 and .380 Calibers
Now we come to guns designed to create an incapacitating or even terminal wound in a smaller package that can be more concealable and usually has recoil that is more manageable. These guns are as effective as the ones above and have cartridges that are tried, tested and have been used by soldiers and police officers for years. Some of these are: 9mm pistols in medium to larger frames, .38 Special revolvers in medium to larger frames and .380 pistols in medium to larger frames.
Finally, we come to one of the fastest growing segments in personal firearms and that is the so called “pocket pistols.” I have heard and prefer to call these “get off me guns.” These guns can be easily concealed and available, where others may be left in the car or home due to the size of the gun, adequate clothing to conceal and weight. Many of these you can safely carry in the front pocket of your pants, shorts or in a small purse.
A note of caution is that these guns are in a small frame and due to that may have uncomfortable recoil, as the gun frame is not compensating for the discharge. However, an old phrase that still stands the test of time is that the best gun ever made is the one you have on you when you need it. In addition, one of these you will likely have on you more often then not.
.38 Specials in small frames with a “snub nose,” .380 Auto / ACP pistols, .22 caliber pistols and Derringers in many calibers designed by good quality manufacturers. Finally, Cheaper than Dirt!’s Product Technicians and Firearms Specialist offer further advice on quality guns, ammo and all of our other products to keep you and the ones you love safe in these disconcerting times. Just call 1-800-421-8047 and speak with one of our expert technicians.