Whether you live in an urban apartment or a country estate, protecting hearth and home shouldn’t be taken lightly. You’ll spend big money finding just the right pistol, holster, belt and ammo to carry concealed, shouldn't you be as discriminating when it comes to defending your home? With that in mind, we gathered up seven top guns and pieces of gear dedicated to keeping your abode safe and secure. After all, it is your castle, best to be prepared for any barbarians looking to storming the gates.
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- Mossberg 590M
- Surefire XC2 Handgun Light
- Streamlight TLR-8
- Remington Ultimate Defense Rifle Bonded
- Stack-On AOTT Safe
- Speer Gold Dot Personal Protection 10mm Auto Ammunition
- Crimson Trace Rail Master Pro CMR-300
At this year’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Mossberg launched its own line of detachable magazine-fed shotguns with the 590M. The scattergun feeds from a double-stack, 10-round shotgun magazine — the world’s first according to Mossberg — and optional 5-, 10- and 20-round magazines are also available as accessories. One cool feature about the design of the gun and the magazines is that they rock in very similarly to how AK magazines feed into that rifle. And, as a bonus, the magazine release is positioned so that it does not interfere with the cycling of the action in any way. Two models are currently available: One is a more standard version while the other is more tactically oriented and features a Tri-Rail forend. $721-$801
Surefire XC2 handgun light
The new XC2 is Surefire’s smallest, most lightweight handgun light with an integrated laser. It has a 300-lumen MaxVision Beam for illuminating and identifying threats and a 635nm red laser. The XC2 is less than 2.5 inches in length and weighs just 2 ounces, but it’s plenty durable due to its aerospace aluminum construction and Mil-Spec hard anodized finish. It features an ambidextrous activation switch for easy momentary- and constant-on activation. $449
Streamlight has added two new low-profile models to its TLR rail-mounted tactical light line for 2018; one of these is the TLR-8, which combines a 500-lumen LED light with a red laser sight. The TLR-8 runs off a 3 volt CR2 lithium battery and has a runtime of 1.5 hours in light only, light and laser, and strobe modes, whereas runtime in laser-only mode is 18 hours. The new TLR-8 is compatible with a wide range of compact and full-size weapons and utilizes a one-hand snap on/tighten interface as well as a safe-off feature, which locks the device so it cannot be activated accidentally. $350
Remington Ultimate Defense Rifle Bonded
Remington’s Ultimate Defense line has been around for a while in the form of buckshot loads for shotgun users, but this year Big Green also added a rifle option to the line. This new load utilizes a Core-Lokt Ultra Bonded bullet that features a lead core metallurgically adhered to a progressively tapered jacket. This provides consistent expansion, penetration and weight retention for those who choose a rifle for defense. Currently, the only offering is a 62-grain .223 Remington load. $22.99
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Stack-On AOTT Safe
The new Auto Open Table Top (AOTT) Safe from Stack-On is a quick-access, secure-storage device that features a gas-charged shock on the lid for ultra-fast firearms access. The AOTT has a stylish, geometric design, but the real beauty of it is the automatic door, which opens quickly after access is granted. Available in an electronic keypad or biometric fingerprint scanner version. $120-$140
Speer Gold Dot Personal Protection 10mm Auto ammunition
For those who prefer to use a 10mm handgun, or carbine, for their defensive needs, Speer is now offering a load in its revered Gold Dot line that takes full advantage of that caliber’s potency. The 200-grain bullet is loaded for optimal 10mm performance, unlike some other 10mm loads, which are sometimes closer in comparison to .40 S&W. As in other Gold Dot loads, the bullet is built using Speer’s Uni-Cor method, wherein the jacket is bonded to the core one molecule at a time for the ultimate in defensive performance. $35/box of 20
Crimson Trace Rail Master Pro CMR-300
For 2018, Crimson Trace has debuted a new rail-mounted combination light/laser sight designed for use on long guns. The device features a green laser sight and a 300-lumen white LED light, and it comes equipped with Crimson Trace’s classic Instant Activation. It has four modes of operation: laser and light, laser only, light only and laser plus light strobe. $249
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the March 2018 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine.