Walther has been successfully making reliable semi-auto pistols for over 80 years and the Walther PK380 is no exception. The Walther PK (Pistol Kompakt) 380 is chambered…well… for the .380 ACP. It operates on a locked-breech, short-recoil action and has ambidextrous controls. It has a 3.66-inch barrel and holds eight rounds. Perfect for home defense, the Picatinny accessory rail is already decked out with a laser sight. It has a lightweight and ergonomic full grip for ease of control. Since it is bigger than the newest, compact .380 semi-autos, it’s not a palm-slammer. The slide on the Walther PK380 is super easy to operate, making it perfect for seniors and women. If you or someone you know shies away from the semi-automatic pistol, then I would highly recommend trying the Walther PK380.
For those of you unconvinced of the 9mm’s stopping power, have you ever looked at the Kahr PM40? When looking at personal defense guns, I’ve always had plenty of gun counter guys tell me they suggest looking at Kahr Arms. About half of us here in the office carry a Kahr. The Kahr PM40 is a double-action only, polymer-framed compact handgun chambered for .40 S&W. It has a 3-inch barrel and holds five rounds standard without the grip extension magazine. Kahr designs their handguns specifically for concealed carry and the Kahr PM40 is thin enough to carry comfortably whichever way you choose. It packs a punch, though. This ain’t no target pistol, but with the Crimson Trace laser sight and constant reliability, it makes a perfect carry gun. They are also made in the USA.
If you are looking for a truly handsome pistol, then stop right here, the SIG Sauer P229 Equinox spares no expense in the looks department. Designed by SIG’s custom shop, the P229 Equinox features a black hard-anodized alloy frame with nickel accents. To top it off SIG has added gray laminated wood grips. The P229 Equinox holds 12 rounds of 9mm and has a barrel length of 3.9 inches. Not only does it have fixed sights, but this model also has a laser sight. The SIG Sauer P229 Equinox has a compact frame and an accessory rail if you want to change out your laser or add a light.
If you think the .38 Special round just won’t cut it, and you’re not afraid of a little recoil, then check out Taurus’ 605 revolver in .357 Magnum. Okay, I’m going to be honest with you, with a 2-inch barrel, you aren’t going to be target shooting a ton of rounds through this bad boy, but I guarantee you, as a home defense or back-up weapon, the Taurus 605 won’t let you down. The Taurus Model 605 revolver will fire single or double-action, has a small steel frame, and a transfer bar safety. The sights are fixed and it comes with a Crimson Trace lasergrip. Taurus has a Zero Tolerance policy, meaning the design, fabrication, fit, and performance will not fail you when your life depends on it.
Para-Ordnance usually doesn’t immediately pop into one’s head when you think of 1911, but everyone I know who has had a Para-Ordnance has really like the gun. The Para-Ordnance PXT 1911 SSP is a no-nonsense full-sized, full-capacity 1911. With match-grade hammer, trigger, and a 5-inch ramped barrel, the Para-Ordnance stands up to the more expensive 1911s on the market. The PXT is a traditional single-action 1911 with a 5-inch barrel and an eight-round single-stack magazine. It has a covert black finish and comes with Crimson Trace laser grips. When you don’t want to use your laser, it also has three-dot fiber optic sights. The Para-Ordnance PXT 1911 SSP is 8.5-inches overall, 5.75-inches tall, and weighs 39 ounces.The mission of Cheaper Than Dirt!’s blog, “The Shooter’s Log,” is to provide information—not opinions—to our customers and the shooting community. We want you, our readers, to be able to make informed decisions. The information provided here does not represent the views of Cheaper Than Dirt!