Mr. Ags, gets asked this question quite often, especially lately by people who have never shot before.  My answer to this question used to be, “What can you shoot accurately?”  However, I’ve modified my answer over the years.  The reason for this is that with practice the guns and caliber I am endorsing can be used effectively by a man or a woman.  Now, I am not suggesting that everyone needs to throw away their favorite handgun(s) and buy what I am recommending.  If you have a gun that works for you and your family, roll with it.  I also know my answer will enrage many diehard shooters.  For those of you who don’t understand why, you must first realize that many shooters out there have guns that they love like their own children.  Some people will take what I am about say as the equivalent of me sucker punching their child in the face while they watch it happen in slow motion with the soundtrack to Braveheart playing in the background.  So what does Mr. Ags recommend?  I recommend a mid-sized, high-capacity, 9mm.  “But my 1911, my 40 S&W, my 357, and by the way, 9mm’s suck!!!”  I told you they would be upset.  Hear me out though.

I love my 1911, my 40’s, my 45s, and all my other handguns too; however, every gun has an application that it preforms very well and some are better than others.  That being said, if I was only able to suggest someone buying one handgun for home protection and carry, I’d tell them to get a mid-sized, high-capacity, 9mm that has limited safety features (they get in the way at the worst time).  There are many guns out there that fit this bill, such as the Glock 19, S&W M&P, and Springfield XD/XDM.  These are all guns I have used and do carry.  The reason I like these is because you can beat the living snot out of them, they clean up easy, and they will eat any round you feed them: Full Metal Jacket (FMJ), Hollow Point (HP), and +P.  They also give you a fairly concealable weapon with 10+ rounds of magazine capacity.  When your life is on the line you’ll never wish you had fewer rounds.

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