2nd Amendment and Right to Bear Arms/best handgun


Hello Dean,

A simple question, I hope...
Your opinion on the best or effective handgun with regard to self-defense. The scenario is protecting oneself in the home and having a gun with maximum stopping power at fairly short range. Any suggestions?

Thanks for your time.

Aside from the fact that this is very clearly a Second Amendment topic... and this question isn't... you must be mistaking me for the formerly famous gunwriter who once responded to such inquiries.

Still, the answer to your question is: any handgun at hand with which you are well-practiced.

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Dean Speir


I can answer questions about Handguns, Rifles, Ammunition, the Firearms Industry, the "gunzine game," practical accessories for self-defense (CCW) handguns; rumor control on firearms myths, errata on the "gunshop grapevine."

I am NOT an Attorney, and nothing I provide here should be relied upon as legal advice. Therefore, please do NOT make inquiries about Criminal Justice issues... this is the Second Amendment topic.

Nor do I do "Private Consultations." Want to made it "private," retain an attorney.


25 years practical and competitive hangunning; 26 years in the firearms industry; 15 years writing for the gunzines, including 4 years as Industry Editor for The New Gun Week; maintainer of www.thegunzone.com.

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BA in English Graduate Lethal Force Institute Graduate Gunsite Graduate Defensive Training Institute

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