What To Know When Buying A Gun For Self Defense


Keeping a gun in your home for self-defense is a courageous step to keeping yourself and your home defended in the event of an emergency. Here are the basic steps as to how you should buy a gun for self-defense and what you should consider when picking out the gun.

Which gun should you buy?

Rifles can be used for self-defense purposes, but they are bulky, harder to operate, and stronger than you probably need. Shotguns are also commonly used for home defense because they are reliable, effective, and pretty easy to use. However, they can be difficult for new shooters and have significant recoil. Most likely, a handgun is the best option for self-defense. They’re small, easy to operate, and they’re easy to keep them in a place where you can access it.

Semiautomatic handguns:

Sig Sauer Hand Gun
Sig Sauer Hand Gun

There is a lot of variety in these handguns, which can get confusing for a new gun owner. Our basic recommendation is to keep it simple, because if you’re ever put in a scary or stressful situation where you need to use the gun, you’ll want to be able to point the gun quickly and use it. If you’re required to fumble with a difficult-to-use gun, you may find that it may not be able to protect you in the right way. Prices range from several hundred dollars to over a thousand dollars.


These are reliable, easy to use, and easy to load.  They come in a variety of weight and size options, but are accurate enough for beginning shooters. Revolvers are commonly used with policeman, hunters, campers, and more because of their ease of use.

Once you have talked with a gun professional about which gun is right for you and you’ve purchased it, it’s important to learn how to shoot it correctly and figure out how you should properly carry it. Purchasing the right holster is key and you should be able to access the gun cleanly and instantly in case of an emergency. Talk to our team of professionals about which holsters will fit your gun and your body type best.  Next, take a gun safety and gun shooting classes/lessons that focus on self-defense use. This will be an important part of being a responsible gun owner. And last, learn about the laws that surround self-defense. There are a variety of books about this or talk to our team to learn more about applicable laws this morning.

If you have additional questions about which gun works best for self-defense, don’t hesitate to contact our expert and friendly team at Sporting Systems. We are passionate about firearms of all kinds and committed to finding the right gun for you. Call us today!


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