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Pump Action Shotguns
You can talk with a lot of preppers and weapons experts and you'll find that most will tell you it's hard to beat a 12 gauge pump action shotgun for home defense. The most popular 12 gauge out there is the Remington 870. It's relatively inexpensive and very dependable. Depending on what configuration you purchase, you're looking at spending between $250 - $400 for most configurations of this weapon. The Remington 870 is also very easy to clean and the ammunition is dirt cheap. There's many options for ammo depending on what you want to do with it such as home defense, hunting, target shooting, etc.
I personally like that tactical version with the 18" barrel for home use, which for me is why I purchased it. A shorter barrel, compared to a 28" or 30" barrel that you would typically use for hunting, allows for easy movement indoors in tight hallways and stairways. You also have to mention that just the sound it makes when you pump it to chamber a shell will put the fear of God into anyone that's entered your home without an invitation.
Another good thing about this weapon is that you can purchase the longer barrels since you can change the barrel rather easily to whatever length barrels you own for it for whichever application, self defense, hunting or target shooting that you need it for. It takes approximately five minutes to change. The only think about this option is that the cost of a barrel is a little expensive which, in my opinion, means it would be smarter to just by another 870 with a longer barrel for hunting. There's nothing wrong with having more than one. Especially since you will not be protecting your property and food stores by yourself if you're prepping correctly.
Every prepper will agree that a reliable handgun is a must have when protecting your family and supplies. The trick is figuring out which one is the best. In my opinion, you have to take a strong look at the Glock.
The Glock got it's start with the police departments after being introduced in America in 1988. It's light weight and durability, along with a large capacity magazine made it an easy choice for the police who at the time were dealing with a rising number of weapons on the street used in the drug trade. It gave them the firepower they needed to go up against these criminals. They found out quickly that the Glock is a very easy to use weapon and, because of a smooth trigger action, it helped to make their officers more accurate. The wide use of the Glock by the police in America helped to popularize it in the civilian market. Because of it's light weight and size, it has become popular as a civilian carry and conceal weapon.
The reliability has been a big selling point for the Glock. This weapon can be dropped and even submerged in water without worrying about corrosion. It's hardened plastic polymer gives it many advantage over it's rivals made of steel in this way.
All in all, for these reasons and the fact that the availability and interchangeability of Glock parts from model to model, this is my choice for the best handgun for self defense. Remember that your weapons are only as safe as their owner. I always recommend seeking instruction from a trained firearms instructor before attempting to use any firearm for the first time.