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LasVegas 01-16-2014 06:59 PM

Which handgun has the lowest recoil? Home defense
Hi America

This is a very common question, and like most questions it has more than just one answer. I need a gun for Home defense. Can you recommend a handgun or a rifle?

A shotgun has a way to big recoil for me......


Thank you guys for answering

seancslaughter 01-16-2014 07:05 PM

Welcome to the forum! Stop by the introductions thread and tell us about yourself. As to your question more info is needed for consideration on what would best suit you for a HD weapon. You have 2 pistols and one rifle listed the AR is a great HD weapon, but how close are your neighbors houses to yours? Will that round go thru your walls and hit someone over there. Both Glocks are great HD weapons with negligible recoil I would go to a gun store and see which fits your hand best if thats the route you choose.

CardiacColt68 01-16-2014 07:18 PM

357 magnum loaded with 38 specials?? Kinda on the fringe for self defense, but not much kick is a nice size revolver. Or if you can shell out some good money a Gov't size 1911 chambered for 9mm might be good.

danf_fl 01-16-2014 07:31 PM

Welcome to the forum.

Have you shot a .410 shotgun?

I've seen a lot of .20 gauge side-by-side shotguns used as home defense.

Jagermeister 01-16-2014 07:33 PM


Originally Posted by danf_fl (Post 1484165)
Welcome to the forum.

Have you shat a .410 shotgun?

I've seen a lot of .20 gauge side-by-side shotguns used as home defense.

I shat 12 gauge. Wife sometimes complains I blow up the toilet. :p

WillWork4Ammo 01-16-2014 07:35 PM

My HD gun is a Glock 17 with 2 magazines loaded with Hornady Critical Defense.I also have a 995 9mm carbine ready to go on stand by if needed.

kryptar19 01-16-2014 08:17 PM


Originally Posted by jagermeister (Post 1484172)
i shat 12 gauge. Wife sometimes complains i blow up the toilet. :p


vincent 01-16-2014 09:50 PM

Recoil is mostly subjective, what may rattle the teeth of one, may be butter smooth for another...

I suggest you find a rental range and try as many different calibers, in several different platforms, then tell us what your results were...

Not pickin' at ya but the shotgun comment tells me you have a limited firearms background. Your knowledge will grow with more trigger time. Only YOU know what you will like best, all we can do is make suggestions based on our own experiences and preferences which will undoubtedly differ from your own...Case in point- I'm a .45 guy, that's what I shoot best. Not to say that any other caliber is wrong, just wrong for me. It took a good bit of time (and a couple of bad purchase decisions) for me to reach that conclusion...

Best wishes...:cool:

John_Deer 01-16-2014 11:27 PM

One thing that people who don't have a lot of trigger time overlook is adrenaline. A 12 ga shotgun loaded with 3" slugs has over 70 ft lb of recoil. At target practice the recoil of a slug will rattle almost anyones dental work. Yet I have never heard anyone complain about recoil when they shot a deer. The excitement of shooting a deer is very mild compared to a fight for your life.

You can buy low recoil ammo for a shotgun that is designed for shooting skeet. The recoil of a 12 ga is very mild with low recoil ammo. A member of our shooting club is a paraplegic. He has no problem shooting 100 rounds with a 20 ga loaded with low recoil ammo. He would shoot more if our sporting clay course was more wheelchair friendly.

Shooting skeet is a good way to learn to handle a shotgun and how to handle yourself on a gun range. Shotgun shooters are a lot more laid back than pistol shooters. Pistol shooters seem to think if they embarrass a newcomer they won't make that mistake again. The only effect embarrassment has on me is I will not return to that facility. Shotgun shooters are much more laid back. Raising your voice at a newcomer will lower the number of free rounds you get to shoot.

enfieldaddict 01-17-2014 06:28 PM

Didn't you hear biden ar15s are harder to control than shotguns get a double barrel and shoot threw your door everytime you hear a strange noise

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