I'm turning 21 in August and plan on buying an XD(M) 9mm. So far I have done a lot of research on XD's and XD(M)'s and feel that the best gun for home defense would be the 4.5 9mm. Anyone have any other suggestions?
Very true, but I already have a 12 gauge so right now I'm looking for something that i can keep in my nightstand drawer and that is much more easily accessible.If it is strictly home defense I would go with a .45 but it is all preference and shot placement so shoot what you want to buy, before you buy.
And side note... the best Home Defense gun is generally thought of as a 12g. The sound of racking the slide alone will have them running for the hills.
Glad to hear that you're still enjoying your'e xd! And one of the reasons i was thinking about the 9mm was its affordability especially since I'm a poor college student. hahaI would go with the 9 if you have not shot handguns much. It is cheaper to shoot, and therefore you can shoot more. My first was an xd-9 sc I bought in 2005, and I have never regretted a thing. The only recommendation I can make is if you are ever going to CCW this pistol, I would think about getting a short grip. Other than that, try not to think about it too hard as I doubt you will be disappointed with any of them.
No suggestions, but some advice. Carry what you shoot best. ANY caliber can be an adequate SD/HD weapon. Shot placement is king.So far I have done a lot of research on XD's and XD(M)'s and feel that the best gun for home defense would be the 4.5 9mm. Anyone have any other suggestions?
^^ This ^^No suggestions, but some advice. Carry what you shoot best. ANY caliber can be an adequate SD/HD weapon. Shot placement is king.
This list was originated for CC, but some of it can be applied to HD, also:
The "best" gun is the one YOU like, not anyone else. It will be a compromise of:
1. Fit - It should fit in your hand like you were born with it there.
2. Reliability - It should go BANG about 99.8% of the time you pull the trigger.
3. Accuracy - In YOUR hand. It's how well YOU shoot it.
4. Concealability - It should be comfortable enough to wear and easy enough to conceal so you won't leave it laying on the dresser at home.
5. Cost - You don't want to scrimp on your "life protector" weapon, but you probably don't need a $1,000 Kimber, either.
6. Enjoyment - The caliber and gun should be fun to shoot. If it isn't, you won't practice with it like you should.
Thanks for the extra suggestions! The CZ 75 SPO1 looks really good and the price is comparable to the XDM so now I'll definitely have to try it out.Good choice but check CZ 75 SP01 and 75B as well. If you can rent/try your top 5 choices before buying, I urge you to do so.