Whether someone is a long-time gun owner or a novice, this article highlights recommendations for self-defense handguns, including necessary terminology for first-time gun buyers.

  • Terminology – What’s the difference between a bullet, cartridge or caliber? It’s important for a gun buyer to be familiar with the differences.
    • Bullet – This is what shoots from a gun.
    • Cartridge – A cartridge is what is loaded into a gun.
    • Caliber – This refers to the case shape, case size and bullet diameter. Examples include .44 Magnum, 9 millimeter Luger and .38 Special.
    • Revolver – These have rotating cylinders that are visible. With one single pull, the cylinder deposits a new cartridge and fires the weapon. These types of weapons hold five or six cartridges.
    • Pistol – This semi-automatic weapon has an internal magazine. These can hold up to 18, and in some cases more, cartridges.
    • Round – Depending upon the context, a round can refer to a bullet or the cartridge.

Typically, most people recommend revolvers for self-defense weapons, as they are easy to operate and maintain. They are also very forgiving of neglect, making them perfect for first-time buyers, as they require little maintenance and cleaning. Campers, hunters and policemen, for necessary self-protection, carry revolvers. Pistols are typically for more advanced users, as they are more complicated and complex than traditional revolvers.

Recommended revolvers include short-barreled, concealed-hammer or spur-less models. Purchasing a high-quality weapon is worthwhile, as it will literally last a lifetime. Revolvers with barrels that are no longer than two-and-a-half inches are easier to conceal. As a predominately self defense gun, precision accuracy with aiming is unwarranted. These are designed for close contact situations when someone’s life is in danger.

Hammer spurs are not recommended, as in self-defense situations people rarely have time to cock the metal back to fire the weapon. Many gun manufacturers are making lightweight-style revolvers from aluminum alloys or titanium. These are smaller and lighter, making them ideal for self-defense options.

Experts recommend using jacketed hollowpoint bullets, which actually expand when they enter a person. First, this will help prevent the attack from doing more damage and helps prevent the bullet from passing through the person into an innocent bystander or victim. These types of bullets can easily penetrate minor obstacles, leather, thick clothing or body fat. While this may sound gruesome, in the case of self-defense, stopping an attacker as fast as possible is the ultimate priority.

In order to provide instant access to revolvers or handguns, experts also recommend wearing a holster. Techna Clip offers a selection of gun belt clips including those designed for the ICP clip and Sig Sauer gun clip.