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They are the ultimate form of protection.

And one thing is most definitely clear: They’re effective in getting the job done should you have to protect your home.

So be prepared.


Product: Rhino
Msrp:  $775
Operation: DA/SA Revolver; DAO optional
Calibers: .38/.357, .357/9 mm combo, .40 S&W
Capacity: 6 rounds
Barrel lengths: 2, 4, 5 and 6 inches
Sights: Fixed (2-inch model), other models micro adjustable
Grips: Rubber, walnut, olive wood, laminate and neoprene
Finishes: Black anodized/black steel finish, hard chrome option (White Rhino)
Weight: 25, 30, 31.6, 33 ounces, respectively
Overall Length: 6.5, 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 inches, respectively

Product: Werewolf
Msrp: $1,348
Operation: Safe Action
Calibers: 9 mm, .40 S&W, .357 SIG
Capacity:  17+1 (9 mm), 15+1 (.40 & .357) rounds
Barrel lengths: 5.85 inches
Sights: Burris FastFire II micro red dot
Grips: Interchangeable backstops (swelled and flat included)
Finishes: Stainless steel slide, polymer frame
Weight: 25.3 ounces
Overall Length: 9.125 inches


Product:  LCR
Msrp: $525; $575 (XS SIGHTS); $792 (LASERGRIPS)
Operation: DAO
Calibers: .38 Spl+P; .357 Magnum
Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel lengths:  2 inches
Sights: Fixed, XS Standard Dot tritium, CT LaserGrip
Grips: Hogue Tamer, CT LaserGrip
Finishes: Matte black, Target Grey cylinder
Weight: 13 (with CT LaserGrip); 13.5 (with Hogue Tamer); 17.1 ounces (with .357 Mag)
Overall Length: 6.5 inches


Product:  P250F
Msrp: $558
Operation: DAO
Calibers: 9 mm, .357 SIG, .40 S&W, .45 ACP
Capacity: (9 mm) 17 rounds, (.357 SIG,.40 S&W) 14 Rounds, (.45 ACP) 10 rounds
Barrel lengths: 4.7 inches
Rate of Twist: 1:16
Sights: Siglite Night sights
Rails: 1913 Accessory Rail
Grips: Black Polymer
Finishes: Black Nitron stainless slide
Weight: 29.4 ounces
Overall Length: 8.0 inches


Product: P239 SAS GEN 2
Msrp: $1,015
Operation: DA/SA
Calibers: 9 mm, .40 S&W, .357 SIG
Capacity: 8 rounds (9 mm) 7 rounds (.40 S&W, .357 SIG)
Barrel lengths: 3.5 inches
Sights: SIGLITE night sights
Grips: Black polymer
Finishes: Satin stainless slide, black hard-anodized frame
Weight: 29.5 ounces
Overall Length: 6.5 inches


Product: Smith & Wessom 642 CT
Msrp: $669
Operation: DAO revolver
Calibers: .38 S&W Special +P
Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel lengths: 1.875 inches
Sights: Fixed rear, integral front and CT Lasergrips
Grips: Synthetic rubber
Finishes: Matte silver
Weight: 15.3 ounces
Overall Length: 6.32 inches



Msrp: $727

Operation: Striker Fire Action

Calibers: .357 Auto

Capacity: 15

Barrel lengths: 4.25 inches

Sights: Front: White Dot Dovetail, Rear: steel low profile carry

Grips: 3 interchangeable Palmswell grip sizes

Finishes: Black Melonite, 68 HRc

Weight: 25.5 ounces

Overall Length: 7.63 inches


Product: 85 Ultra Lite

 Msrp: $461

Operation: Revolver

Calibers: .38 Special + P

Capacity: 5 Shot

Barrel lengths: 2 inches

Sights: Fixed

Grips: Rubber

Finishes: Matte stainless

Weight: 17 ounces

Overall Length: 6.5 inches



Product:  SAR Special Purpose Shotgun

Msrp: $327

Operation: Semi-Auto

Calibers: 12-gauge

Capacity: 5 rounds, tube

Barrel lengths: 18.5 inches

Stock: Synthetic pistol grip

Weight: 5.75 pounds

Overall Length: 39 inches


Product:  KSG
Msrp: $880
Operation: Pump
Calibers: 12-gauge
Capacity: 14 rounds, tubes
Barrel lengths: 26 inches
Stock: Glass-reinforced nylon pistol grip
Weight: 6.9 pounds
Overall Length: 26.1 inches


Product:  Blackwater 500 Cruiser
Msrp: $447
Operation: Pump
Calibers: 12-gauge
Capacity: 6 rounds, tube
Barrel lengths: 18.5 inches
Stock: Synthetic, pistol grip
Weight: 5.75 pounds
Overall Length: 31 inches


Product:  Professional Model
Msrp: $1,355
Operation: Pump
Calibers: 12-gauge
Capacity: 5 rounds, tube
Barrel lengths: 14 inches
Stock: Synthetic with tactical forend
Weight: 8.4 pounds
Overall Length: 34.4 inches



Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in a 2012 print issue of American Survival Guide.