Best Handgun For Home Defense

Glock 357

The Glock 357 comes in several models and are growing in popularity among those searching out the the best handgun for home defense. While the 357 was originally introduced by Smith and Wesson as a revolver it has made quite an impression in the area of semi-automatics.


Glock has come developed several models in their 357 line including the full-size Glock 31, the compact Glock 32, and the sub-compact Glock 33. All models of the Glock 357 have the same power and accuracy expected of the 357, they have just been individually suited to the different groups that carry them. 


While many home owners have come to the conclusion that a full-size handgun makes sense to them because they dont use it as a carry weapon, there are certainly those who prefer the smaller framed version. Among those are smaller framed individuals and persons with smaller hands. It only makes to individualize the Glock 357 because everyone is different and everyone who uses or depends on a handgun wants to be comfortable with the feel of it.


Lets take a look at the Glock 357 line and the characteristics and specifications of each model in the line.



GLOCK 31 (Full-Size) - A variant of the popular law enforcement inspired Glock 22, the Glock 31 357 SIG is just as reliable and accurate as its 40 cal sibling. The higher compression of the 357 is quite noticeable if you’re not expecting it but it still very manageable. The action of this Glock is smooth and after much testing shows it to be a reliable handgun with very few problems being reported and of those they have been relatively minor. The specifications for the Glock 31 can be found below.


Height: 5.43 inches

Width: 1.18 inches

Length: 7.32 inches

Weight: 23.28 ounces / Loaded 33.15 ounces

Magazine: Std. 15 / Opt. 17

Trigger Pull: 5.5 lbs



GLOCK 32 (Compact) - A variant of the Glock 23, the compact Glock 32 is essentially the same weapon except that is chambered as a 357. Again, it has more compression with a noticeable kick than the 40 cal G23. The compact design makes it easier to store, easier to handle for smaller hands, and still packs all of the punch wanted from the 357. The specifications for the Glock 32 can be found below.


Height: 5 inches

Width: 1.18 inches

Length: 6.85 inches

Weight: 21.52 ounces / Loaded 30.16 ounces

Magazine: Std. 13 / Opt. 15/17

Trigger Pull: 5.5 lbs



GLOCK 33 (Sub-Compact)  - Again, another variant of a 40 caliber model, the Glock 33 357 SIG is definitely dynamite in a small package. The sub-compact handgun can easily be keep nearby or keep on your person without drawing any attention making it easier to access if needed.


Height: 4.17 inches

Width: 1.18 inches

Length: 6.29 inches

Weight: 19.72 ounces / Loaded 26.63 ounces

Magazine: Std. 9 / Opt. 11/13/15/17

Trigger Pull: 5.5 lbs



It should be noted that while the 357 is in the the category of best handgun for home defense it is also a very powerful handgun. Because of the extra power it has more ability to send a bullet further than needed or wanted which could endanger neighbors or other household members. Curiously enough if it turns out to be a bit too much over time, a barrel conversion kit can be purchased allowing for the swap to a less compression, lower velocity 40 caliber cartridge.