We all need new stuff. Always. Otherwise, what’s the point of even having a hobby like shooting? And if you’re in it solely for the personal-defensive aspect, there’s gear out there that will make you more effective. The nice thing about our handgunning is the price range of things we need—or make that “want” if you’re honest—moves from stocking-stuffer trinkets worth a few bucks to a bright, shiny new gun. So without further ado, here’s a look at the 2013 Handguns Holiday Gift Guide.
<h2>Smith & Wesson M&P Shield </h2>With a barrel length of 3.1 inches and a consistent 6.5-pound trigger pull, the <a href="http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Category4_750001_750051_780153_-1_757781_757781_image" target="_blank">Smith & Wesson M&P Shield</a> is an ideal concealed carry gun for civilians, or an effective backup duty weapon. Take your pick between 9mm and .40 S&W—both of which load from staggered-stack magazines giving the Shield its signature slim profile. The S&W Shield was recently chosen as one of the <a href="http://www.handgunsmag.com/2013/08/12/10-best-carry-guns-right-now/" target="_blank">best carry guns on the market</a>, and comes with Smith & Wesson’s lifetime service policy. <p> <strong>Price: $</strong>449