Having a safe home is key to peace and wellbeing. Protecting it can be done in many ways. While some of us live in urban areas, others live far from neighbors. We've put together a list of a few items you may choose to defend your castle.


Mossberg 500 SPX Tactical 12-gauge is a fantastic home-defense shotgun. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

One of the most effective home defense weapons is the good ol' 12-gauge shotgun. You get a lot of bang for the buck, and ammo is still fairly easy to find. Plus, you can use it to do some bird or squirrel hunting for some extra meat, or just control the varmint population around the property. We have lots of new and used shotguns at great prices for someone looking to spend a little but get a lot.



Glock 19 Gen. 5 semi-automatic handguns are proven home and self-defense weapons. (Photo: Jacki Billings / Guns.com)

Some people prefer handguns for home defense. They’re more compact, have a larger capacity than traditional shotguns, and are better suited for tight quarters. Some of the most popular handguns are Glocks. They simply do what they're supposed to do, cycle rounds without a hiccup. The G19 is an excellent example of a handgun that can cross over from concealed carry to home defense and many people use their G19 for both.  



It's always a good idea to have extra magazines for your guns. Make sure you practice with them plenty. (Photo: Jacki Billings / Guns.com)

If you're looking for an easy gift that is legal to give in most states then you can never go wrong with extra magazines. It doesn't matter if you're shopping for a handgunner or a deer hunter, extra mags are always appreciated. While many guns come with standard capacity magazines, higher capacity mags are often available for the most popular guns. Just make sure you practice plenty with them and that they're reliable before committing them to defending the castle.



AGM Global Vision Secutor TS75-384. (Photo: Guns.com)

Prices on night vision and thermal optics have come down significantly over the years. Yes, they are still pricey, but taking advantage of the dark is no longer just for the Navy SEALs. If you really want to impress the person you're shopping for then some night vision or thermal optics are sure to knock their socks off!

Some people have installed master light switches in their bedrooms for the entire house. When they hear a bump in the night, they flip the switch and turn on their night vision to go investigate.

Protecting your home from feral pigs is another serious problem for some of us. Swine like the dark, and some people like to go night hunting for these destructive and invasive pests with thermal vision. Of course, be sure to check your local laws.



Barrett 82A1 with scope. (Photo: Guns.com)


While the Barrett 81A1 will set you back a pretty penny but if you're shopping for that special someone no amount is too much, right? When you need to protect your home from a threat a mile away, accept no substitutes. In order to purchase it, you might even have to sell your house, or re-mortgage it.  You’ll finally be able to put up that sign at end of your driveway that reads, “This Home Protected by .50 Cal”.