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.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?
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.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.