If you need a starting point to look for the best home defense gun, then this article is for you. It might not be an all-inclusive list, instead, it covers some of the more popular guns that people recommend.
Most first time buyers right now are shopping guns for home defense. And if you fit this description, here are our top picks for home defense in each category of shotgun, rifle and pistol.
Shotguns — Mossberg 500 and Remington 870
Among the best gun for home defense is a shotgun. The main reason is that you do not need to be super accurate to protect your family. Shotguns are also very affordable compared to other guns and there are many brands and options. But the important thing when choosing a shotgun is to carefully consider your ammo.
Bird Shot and Buck Shot
Birdshot has small metal balls inside the shell. This ammo is mostly used for hunting birds and other small game. While it would hurt an intruder and might even fatally injure them, It does not have the same killing power as buckshot which contains many bigger balls. Buckshot is usually the best ammo for home defense because most the shrapnel will be stopped by a wall. So when you shoot, you won’t hit your own family in the next room.
Mossberg 500 – Used by police and military all over, the famous Mossberg 500 is a pump shotgun that is relatively affordable, this gun has a big punch and is the only weapon you need for home defense.
Remington 870 – 11 million of these shotguns have been sold in the U.S. Just like the Mossberg, this gun can be combined with add-ons for better combat potential. The Remington is pump-action and can be used in almost any situation.
Rifles — AR-15
You will find the AR15 on every list of home defense guns. It may seem a bit much for home defense but the ar-15 is great for such situations because of 5 reasons:
- Magazines can be 20-30 rounds
- There are extended magazines for extra capacity
- It’s lightweight
- There is low recoil
- Wide selection of after-market possibilities to optimize your rifle
The AR-15 is also cheaply priced for what it is. Plus, it’s a great hunting gun. Ammo does however vary, and given the current shortages, can be hard to find.
Not only will this rifle be reliable and stop just about anyone or anything, it also won’t rip apart your home if you fire multiple shots.
Handguns — Glock 19, Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum
The most common ammo for home defense is 9mm. But it’s important to know that standard ammo can penetrate walls and possibly harm your family during a break in. On the other hand, hollow point ammo is known to have more stopping power and is safer to use in a home defense scenario. For handguns, pistols have greater capacity and more moving parts. But revolvers are known for being much more reliable.
The best pistol and the best revolver.
Glock 19 – The Glock 19 has a carrying capacity of 15 rounds and uses 9mm. Your Glock 19 can also easily be conceal carried if you have a good holster. And it’s easy to disassemble and reassemble following the many tutorials on YouTube. Glocks also have a firm grip, making them a great gun for home defense.
S&W .357 Magnum – This is the best handgun you can own for stopping power. The .357 magnum can use either .357 or .32 caliber rounds and packs enough energy to burst through multiple walls. If all you need is power without limits, this is the firearm for you.