By Linda Williams
According to recent studies, a U.S. home is burglarized every 26 seconds in the United States, resulting in more than 3,000 home invasions each day. According to the FBI, the future of home invasions looks grim, as numbers continue to skyrocket.
When we think of home invasions, we often focus on the stolen items, the damage to the home, and the financial loss caused by the burglary. Sadly, most people fail to consider the grueling psychological effects of a home invasion and how they will cope with the burglary-induced trauma.
To subdue their fears, victims of home invasions look to increase their home’s safety measures with the help of fully-loaded firearms such as these. Each year, over 2.5 million crimes are prevented by guns. In most cases, these pistols remain silent-but-deadly forces in the average household. Although many heads of households refrain from pulling the trigger in the face of impending danger, the gun you own and count on needs to be reliable and working if the situation escalates to a deadly level.
When looking for the best handgun for home security and self-defense, it’s easy to get caught up in the plethora of options at your local gun store and purchase something best suited for range use. Instead, look for the following five handguns, available for purchase at any gun store:
When it comes to handguns, the pinnacle brand for reliability and ease of use is Glock. Glock offers 50 different models to choose from, but their most popular model is the Glock 19. The Glock 19 is a compact pistol chambered in 9mm, and with standard magazines, it holds 16 rounds with one in the chamber.
In addition to boasting large magazine capacity and Glock-exclusive reliability, the Glock 19 is also the top gun due to its ease of customization. The Glock 19 comes standard with popular aftermarket add-ons such as slide cuts for optics, a match-grade barrel, and one of the best factory triggers. If those features alone don’t check-off your wishlist, scour the market for other accessories that will make the Glock a must-have addition to your gun collection.
If the Glock 19 isn’t compact enough to be your go-to concealed carry gun, then the Glock 43 is the next best option. Like the Glock 19, the 43 is also chambered in 9mm and offers the same reliability and functionality. The Glock 43 is a “subcompact” gun, so its overall dimensions are several inches smaller, making it a breeze to carry concealed.
Sig Sauer P320
The Sig Sauer P320 is similar to the Glock 19 in size, caliber, and reliability, but subtle differences attract gun enthusiasts in-the-making. For starters, the Sig Sauer P320 features an extended slide and magazine release, which allows for quicker reloads. Not to mention, this firearm has a one-of-a-kind textured grip that keeps the gun firmly in your hand when firing it.
Sig Sauer P365
The Sig Sauer P365 is the sub-compact version of the P320. Due to its size, carrying it is effortless and super comfortable, which means that it won’t jab into your stomach or leg when walking or sitting down. One of the most significant drawbacks of sub-compact guns is that they usually only hold 6-8 rounds from the factory. The P365 can hold up to 12 rounds in the magazine plus one in the chamber.
Smith and Wesson M&P
The S&W M&P is a little bit larger than the G19, and it too is actively used by military and police personnel. However, one significant difference is that depending on the version you buy, the S&W M&P comes equipped with a safety. If you are a novice gun owner, having a safety on your gun prevents accidental discharges and ensures that you only fire the weapon when you intend to do so.
Don’t get caught flat-footed in the face of a predator. Take your family’s safety into your own hands with these home-defense-friendly firearms.