What makes a good self defense handgun?
When we look for a self defense handgun we look for handguns that have a few common characteristics. These common characteristics are that the handguns is simple and efficient, reliable, light short and consistent trigger pull, and a lower bore axis.
Handguns that have these characteristics generally fall into the category of Modern Striker Fired (MSF) handguns. Examples of MSF handguns are Glocks, the Smith and Wesson M&P line and Springfield XD and the XDm series.
The MSF handguns listed above are recommended due to the fact that they are simply and efficient. This means that the handguns are lacking external and manual safeties. Trigger safeties are considered passive safeties and would not be included considered inefficient because they are naturally deactivated when firing the handgun.
These handguns are also considered highly reliable through years of testing and vetting.
The MSF handguns are also recommended as a self defense handgun due to the fact that they have a light, short and consistent trigger pull. The common trigger pull, or the amount of pressure that is required to fire the handgun, is 5.50 lbs. Unlike single/double action handguns that require the user to master two different trigger pulls, one short and light, and one heavy and long the MSF handgun has only one trigger pull.
The last common characteristic we look for in a self defense handgun is a low bore axis. This means that the bore of the handgun is as close as possible to the users hand. This allow the user to manage recoil as efficiently as possible.
Another characteristic that we look for t is that the handgun be chambered in 9mm. We will discuss the choice of 9mm as a defensive caliber in a later post.