Top 9 Prepper Handguns

By James Barton โ€ข  Updated: 12/16/18 โ€ข  6 min read

A handgun is a crucial self-defense gear for many people especially preppers. In an emergency, a pistol will make you feel safer and more confident than if you had no firearm. It also gives you a feeling of self-responsibility, physical discipline, and stress-free.

For those who do not understand guns, a handgun is defined as a short-barrel firearm that is engineered for single hand use. The two most common handgun subtypes in use today are semi-automatic pistols and revolvers. Today, it is generally accepted that handguns are ideal for self-defense for both the disciplined forces and licensed civilians.

Each handgun enthusiast has his or her preferred brand. Some brands have proved their safety, efficacy, and potency over centuries. Others are relatively new in the market but feature advanced technology. Each brand also has different models to satisfy the needs of all handgun enthusiasts.

While all these firearms can shoot, they differ a lot in design, size, safety, power, accuracy, and weight. One person might prefer a compact, lightweight and sturdy model that is easy to conceal; another person may be more interested in precision and power.

Regardless of your selection, you must research to find what will work for you. You can take advantage of the new loopholes that exist is the Benefits of your weapon rights. Here are top 9 handguns you should consider checking out:

High 9 Handguns

  1. Glock

Glock is one of the most popular handgun brands. This line of guns has been in use since 1982 when it was issued to Austrian police and military. The designer of the first Glock handgun was Gaston Glock.

Today is a preferred choice of self-defense gun among the police, the military as well as private citizens. They are available in various dimensions and calibers. You can check this line of handguns to find one that meets your needs. Glock semi-automatic pistols and revolvers have passed reliability and safety tests.

  1. Saeilo Inc (Kahr).

Saeilo is a significant distributor of Kahr Arms.  Kahr Arms is a famous manufacturer of several popular semi-automatic pistols. The brand specializes in making compact and mid-size semi-automatic pistols that are chambered for popular cartridges.

The guns feature stainless steel or polymer frame, one-stack magazines as well as dual-action striker firing mechanisms. The brand was founded in 1995 by Justin Moon who is also the currently serving CEO of the Kahr Arms.  These guns are lightweight making them ideal for concealment carriage.

  1. Beemiller Inc.

Beemiller Inc is the Ohio based manufacturer of the Hi-Point firearms. These guns are well-recognized for their compact, sturdy and lightweight design. Like the Kahr guns, the Hi-Point semi-automatic pistols are considered simple, inexpensive handguns.

The simplistic design of the gun is a tradeoff of aesthetics for lower production costs. Their simple blowback design lacks the breeching locking mechanism seen with most handguns. However, their giant, massive slides hold the breech closed due to their mass. The Hi-Point firearms feature manual thumb safety that halts firing in case of accidental dropping.

  1. Kel Tec.

Founded by George Kellgren in 1991, Kel Tec CNC Industries Inc. is well known for the high quality, safety, and performance of the handguns they make.  The company has been manufacturing pistols since 1995.

In 2006, Kel Tec launched the PF-9; a flat single column magazine semi-automatic pistol based on their earlier designs. Upon its release, PF-9 was considered lightest, thinnest semi-automatic pistol even released. Most models of this brand follow after the example of the PF-9 making them some of the best handguns for self-defense.

  1. Beretta.

Beretta is one of the most famous handguns among American civilians. The company was founded by Fabbrica dโ€™Armi Pietro Beretta, an Italian weaponโ€™s maker who began his work in the early 1980s. The company makes a variety of pistols that have found a way into the hands of the American Law Enforcement and civilians because of its quality, performance, safety, and accuracy.

One of the most preferred lines is the M9. It is short recoil, semi-automatic mono-action/dual-action pistol designed to use a 15-round staggered box magazine. It has a reversible button for releasing magazine that can be positioned for ambidextrous use.

  1. Kimber MFG Inc

Kimber Manufacturing is an American company specialized in making handguns as well as more prominent firearms for hunters and marksmen.  Among its feet are small firearms, rifles and solo pistols. Kimber also makes PepperBlasters.

To underscore the importance and quality of Kimber guns, they are the weapons used by the US Marines assigned to particular operations command, US Shooting Team and the LAPD SWAT team. This should give you the confidence that this handgun is excellent for preppers.

  1. Taurus International

Founded in 1939 by Forjas Taurus is one of the most successful makers of firearms in the world. The Parent company is based in Porto Alegre, Brazil but it has a subsidiary branch in the US which goes by the name Taurus USA.

The company designs, manufactures and distributes several varieties of semi-automatic pistols, revolvers, submachine gun and rifles among others. All their handguns are miniature and lightweight. For instance, the Taurus G2s is thin, compact and lightweight making ideal for self-defense.

  1. SIG Sauer P229 9mm handgun.

This gun could well be the best in the market for self-defense if you need a reliable prepper handgun. SIG Sauer is a German brand that has been in the market since 1983. They produce various models of handguns that are great in quality and safety.

The SIG Sauer P229 9mm handgun boasts of being one of the most accurate pistols. It is also famous for having the briefest reset time. It comes by no surprise that the pistol ranks the third most preferred firearm for civilians and law enforcement self-defense guns in the United States.

  1. Smith & Wesson Design .44 Magnum revolver

Very few gun models can combine power cachet. The .44 Magnum revolver from Smith & Wesson does. No wonder the renowned fictional San Francisco Police Department Detective Harry (Dirty Harry) Callahan referred to the gun as the most powerful handgun ever made.

The gun is beautifully designed and powerful, yet is it has a safety record. Such a high profile explains why it the gun has been in use since 1955. This effective weapon features some major kick, so not good for the fainthearted.


You have learned of the top 9 best handguns for a prepper. You now know some of their most essential features. So, you can go ahead and make your choice. Be assured that all the guns in the list have stood the test of time because of their quality, performance, accuracy and safety records. Before you buy one, ensure you are familiar with the gun control regulations in your jurisdiction.

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James Barton

James Barton

Hi, I'm James. I am the founder and main editor for The Survival Corps. I have been a part of the survival and prepping community since my mid 30's as I downsized and started to prepare to be self sufficient in a time of crisis.