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I am in the market for a handgun for self-defense in my house. I would like a gun that is reliable and does not have to be cleaned all that often (I'm pretty bad at not remebering). Any suggestions?
 

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I have a 5 shot stainless steel S&W .357 Mag for my CCW firearm. It is very concealable and quick to be put into action. At night it sits on my bed stand with a magazine laying on top of it.
 

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Glock of whatever caliber you like. I have a few of them, and they have all been 100% reliable. I only clean/oil them every 300 rounds with no ill effects.
 

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A double action revolver is about as simple as it gets. I've got a Ruger .357. Probably have not cleaned it in 10 years. I pull it out and shoot a cylinder's worth about once every 6-12 months. I probably have not run 150 rounds through it.

If you are keeping the gun for self defense you will probably not use it all that often other than learing how to operate and practicing and becoming familiar with it. After that, a little routine practice, quick clean, set on the nightstand and have it ready at a moments notice you will not need to worry about reliability. Just about any well known maker of handguns can give you this kind of reliability in my opinion.
 

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Stainless steel revolvers, especially in .357 Magnum are outstanding.

Semi-auto pistols can also be up to the task, but choosing one must be done carefully. While not inexpensive, one of my favorites is the SigArms P229. With a 10 shot mag and gun chambered for .357 Sig, you'll have a friend you can trust on your side. The P229 is a DA/SA configuration and no manual safeties are involved. This means you have the speed and simplicity of deployment of a revolver, combined with the flat form factor of an auto. SigArms pistols are noted for their reliability, accuracy, excellence of mechanical design, and quality of production.

Check the P229 for comfort and suitability to your hand size. If necessary, they have other good models from which to choose.

Good luck!

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Another vote here for a good quality revolver. I'd recomend a mid-sized .357 Mag with about a a 4" barrel, loaded with good .38 special +P.
I'd stay away from the small frames and the super light weights, you won't be carring it very far and controlability can be an issue.
I'd stick with the 4 incher and .38+P, to minimize flash and recovery time, a hot .357 Mag load from a 2" barrel in dim lighting will stun you with the concussion, blind you with the muzzle flash and you'll be looking under the gun to gage your target's reaction to being shot.
 

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Add my vote with the previous post.
 

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My home defense weapon of choice is my .357 S&W with safety rounds. This is because my lady may not remember all the steps and safety release features of an automatic in a time of panic, but she will always remember to point and pull the trigger, and therefore the revolver will always be ready to go when she is....

I use the safety because they will stop a man at close range, but if you miss, you don't have to worry about colateral damage to innocents due to a stray bullet penetrating your walls...
 

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I keep a snub-nosed .38 revolver in the nightstand and a .45ACP 1911 in the closet. The snubby gets me to the 1911 and then becomes backup or a weapon for my wife.

If I had to go with one gun, however, I'd also recommend a short barelled revolver in .357 mag. Nothing fancy. Just point and shoot. Lots of energy upon impact. That's what you want.
 

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All my Ruger DA/SA revolvers (GP's & SP's) have been good, Bersa Thunder 380 and my new CZ 75 Compact.
32 H&R mag
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I am in the market for a handgun for self-defense in my house. I would like a gun that is reliable and does not have to be cleaned all that often (I'm pretty bad at not remebering). Any suggestions?
If you have children in the house, I do not recommend handguns for home defense. My primary reason is that almost all handguns with decent stopping power have incredible penetration through sheetrock. Shotguns with birdshot have pretty good penetration too, but not near as much as a 38 Special. So I recommend a repeating shotgun with light birdshot loads.

If you are alone in the house, it is hard to beat a stainless revolver in 38 Spec or 357 Mag. Look for a police trade-in with fixed sights and a 4-inch barrel that is in good shape.
 

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If you are alone in the house, it is hard to beat a stainless revolver in 38 Spec or 357 Mag. Look for a police trade-in with fixed sights and a 4-inch barrel that is in good shape.
You might want to consider a revolver like FALPhil aboves advocates. I keep reading where the experts (who ever they are) like the revolvers. Their thinking is that revolvers don't rely on magazines with springs to feed them ammo. They also don't rely on the many internal springs that the semi-auto's have. The rationale there is: you pull the trigger on a revolver and it goes boom. If it doesn't go boom then all you have to do to fix the problem is pull the trigger again. It loads a new round and fires simply by pulling the trigger. There is no risk of "failing to feed" with a revolver.

With a semi-auto, when it doesn't fire, you have to discern whether it was a failure to feed or failure to fire issue. You either need to bump the mag & re-rack the slide, or you must release the mag, clear the slide of the jambed round, then put the magazine back in, rack the slide, then fire. Then it will go boom...unless the problem was an internal spring... then you're screwed. :eek:
 

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holy dead three year old threads batman!!!!
 

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The OP mentioned not being very good/frequent at cleaning and yet most of your recommend revolvers. They are a pain to get clean, particularly when lead alloy bullets are used.

Like a couple other posts, I recommend a 9mm Glock. In 10 years of teaching CCW and SD classes I never saw a Glock 17 or 19 malfunction on the range. Heck, I didn't even hear stories about it happening...except on the internet of course.

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Considering the one year I've been here and seen the same questions asked and re-asked, this particular one has probably been answered in a dozen 4-page threads since 2007. Why did THIS one get resurrected?
 

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I would say the revolver in .38 spl, at least. Get some training for yourself and spouse and keep it away from the kids prying eyes. Have a safe place to store it when you are not home. (I know what I did when I was younger and my parents were not in the house.)
 

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