Guns and Shooting Online Staff Survey: Self-Defense Handguns

By the Guns and Shooting Online Staff


The question, "What handguns do the members of the Guns and Shooting Online staff actually use for personal protection" occasionally arises. In fact, all of us own more than one pistol that we could potentially use for personal protection in the field (against two and four legged predators), home defense and carry. So the handguns listed below are perhaps the first choices, but not the exclusive choices, of most of our writers and editors. On the other hand, some individuals prefer to use the same model of gun for everything. That said, here are the answers to our survey question.

Chuck Hawks, Owner/Managing Editor:

  • Field: Colt Python revolver, 4" barrel, .357 Magnum
  • Home: Colt Diamondback revolver, 4" barrel, .38 Special
  • Carry: Colt Cobra revolver, 2" barrel, .38 Special

Randy Wakeman, Senior Editor:

  • Home: Glock 19 autoloader, 9x19mm
  • Carry: Glock 19 autoloader, 9x19mm

Gordon Landers, Editor:

  • All: Kahr P-40 autoloader, .40 S&W

Rocky Hays, Gunsmithing Editor:

  • Field: H&K USP autoloader, 9x19mm
  • Home: Glock 22 autoloader, .40 S&W
  • Carry: H&K USP autoloader, 9x19mm

Maria Williams, Women's Editor:

  • All: Glock 19 autoloader, 9x19mm

David Tong, Contributing Editor:

  • Field: S&W Model 29 revolver, 6" barrel, .44 Magnum
  • Home: Kimber 1911 TLE/RL autoloader, .45 ACP
  • Carry: Kimber 1911 TLE/RL autoloader, .45 ACP

Jim Fleck, Chief Executive Technical Advisor:

  • Field: Ruger Blackhawk revolver, 6-1/2" barrel, .357 Magnum
  • Home: Ruger Blackhawk revolver, 4-5/8" barrel, .45 Long Colt
  • Carry: Glock 19 autoloader, 9x19mm

Nathan Rauzon, Technical Assistant:

  • Field: Glock 20 autoloader, 10mm Auto
  • Home: Glock 20 autoloader, 10mm Auto

Bob Fleck, Technical Assistant:

  • Field: Colt Python revolver, 6" barrel, .357 Magnum
  • Home: Glock 19 autoloader, 9x19mm
  • Carry: Colt Cobra revolver, 2" barrel, .38 Special

Jack Seeling, Technical Assistant:

  • All: CZ 85 Combat autoloader, 9x19mm

Kathy Hays, Shipping/Receiving:

  • Home: Glock 17 autoloader, 9x19mm
  • Carry: Colt Detective Special revolver, 2" barrel, .38 Special

SUMMARY OF THE MOST POPULAR CHOICES

  • Field: Magnum revolvers (Colt, Ruger, S&W)
  • Home: Glock autoloaders
  • Carry: Colt "D" frame revolvers and Glock 19's
  • Favored calibers:
    1. 9x19mm (first)
      .38 Special/.357 Magnum (second)



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