If you’re googling this, you’re interested in gun safety. Right? Well, it’s only normal to be cautious if you’re unfamiliar with firearm safety.
Here’s a quick story: the first time I handled a firearm, I was scared dead of shooting everyone around me. I was, therefore, desperately using Google to find the guns I could use without hurting anyone. I found one eventually, a Ruger LCR9, but even using it was pretty tough initially.
10 years, 143 new guns and hundreds of hunting expeditions later, I can definitely tell you that a gun is not as scary as you think; not when it is pointed away from you anyway.
Anyway, how did I find a safe gun? What and what did I consider? Can you find a safe gun to buy today?
You’ll find your answers below.
Here are the top 5 safest guns you’ll find today…
Springfield XDM (9MM)
Springfield XDM is a great pistol, meaning that it is primarily designed for first-time shooters or those who truly value safety features while having a reliable handgun with little recoil. The first likable quality of the XDM is that it can be adjusted to fit the size of your hands, courtesy of its changeable back straps.
This handgun comes with a loaded chamber and striker status indicators to show the status of the chamber 24/7. The most impressive feature of the Springfield XDM, however, is that it uses triple safety guards. It has the safety trigger and the duck tale on the back of the handle too.
With all these specs, it is easy to see why Springfield tops my list. When I go shooting with my 14-year-old, I feel safest when he’s carrying a Springfield XDM 9mm.
You would find the Kahr CW9 in 80% of lists like this. Why?
This pistol has striker-operated firing pins with passive firing pin safeties. The CW9 is very concealable, and you obviously won’t have any problem carrying it.
Kahr has a great reputation for a particular reason: it never jams. I have fired over a thousand rounds with this pistol, and it has never jammed even once.
It comes with a firm grip that makes it easy and satisfying to handle. What’s more, its mechanics are straightforward. You do not have to deal with anything special: just shoot.
Smith & Wesson M&P 9
M&P 9 is mostly recommended due to its ambidextrous controls. When I go practice shooting with my wife, we both opt for the M&P 9 as both of us can use it; although she is left handed while I’m a natural right. This makes her feel comfortable, a feeling you need if you’re new to guns.
Additionally, the M&P 9 is light, durable, and smoothly designed, making it pleasant to handle and shoot. This pistol is safe as it was created with the military police in mind.
Finally, a representative from Glock. The 9mm is a semiautomatic single stack pistol with quite a grip as it is beaver tail textured. A Glock 43 can hold only six rounds at a time, making it ideal for nearly 80% of starters. However, if you want more, you can always get the double stack or extended magazine.
9mm Luger has some unique features, one of which is the ability to reverse the release button after pulling.
With these specifications, you could give the 9mm Luger to a 14-year-old and still feel safe. Just be sure they understand the basics.
My first gun, although it may surprise you to know, was a LC9. It is very similar to the Glock 43. A little shorter barrel and holds a couple more bullets. It then comes down to which you like more.
And voila! There you have the five safest guns you’d find today – IMO. Notable mentions include Glock 17 (full) and Glock 19 (compact). I deliberately left them out as everyone seems to know them, and I thought it’d be better introducing reliable alternatives.
So, having known some of the safest guns available, how do you make a choice? In other words, what consideration do you make in selecting a firearm when the priority is on safety?
Calibers: There are different caliber ranges to consider; from 9mm to 0.40 to 0.45 cartridges. For safety sake, however, the 9mm tops the list with good reason.
The 9mm is a mild recoiler, meaning that when shot they are easily controlled. Safety is the goal, isn’t it? Going further, the 9mm can have a high-capacity magazine that can hold 15 rounds and even more. This means that you do not have to continually reload while shooting.
The only argument against a 9mm caliber is that it does not do much damage like heavyweight calibers such as 0.40 and the 0.45. But when the emphasis is on safety, who cares about that? The 9mm is the safest caliber you’ll find, and that’s why most guns in the list above use it.
Also, if you are good, placement is most important when shooting. In other words, you shoot the bad guy in the head, it doesn’t matter what you shoot them with.
Ammunition: There could be a little disagreement here as I always recommend hollow-pointed bullets over the conservative ball bullets. This is basically due to their stopping power, as they can disable a target immediately. What does this mean in a safety-first rule?
It means you do not have to do much aside pulling the trigger as the bullets do 80% of the job for you. I think this is safer for you.
Here’s a helpful tip: buy protective gear for your eyes and ears. You should never take your safety for granted. Remember: safety first!
And to the question: “Can I buy a safe gun today?” the answer is definitely yes. You can buy any of the guns listed above from any firearm store for as low as $499.99.