Best 9mm Pistols: The Top 10 Semi-Automatic Handguns
The 9x19mm is the most popular handgun cartridge in the world. Just about every major gun manufacturer produces various types of 9mm handguns making it tough to pick the best 9mm handgun for your personal use.
Many popular 9mms are selected out of personal preference which makes some of the choices somewhat subjective. But at the end of the day, best sellers are best sellers for a reason. Speaking of best sellers, check out the best selling 9mm sights.
Our guide below will help you navigate through the minefield of garbage out there on the web, but first – let’s look at a little history and also check out our top 3 picks. You might also be interested in our top picks for 9mm carbines.
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A brief history of the 9x19mm Parabellum (Luger):
The 9x19mm Parabellum was introduced in Germany by George Luger in 1902 to use in their own firearm, the “Luger” which is where the 9mm luger gets its name.
The 9mm Parabellum gained a considerable amount of popularity during World War I and World War II. It’s now the standard handgun cartridge of all NATO forces. Many members of law enforcement put their trust in the 9mm cartridge every day when their life is on the line, which means that this cartridge should be good enough for just about anyone.
The 9mm has been credited with increasing Semi-Automatic pistol sales to overtake revolvers and has become the world’s most common cartridge used for pistols. This makes the 9mm an excellent choice for any type of survival scenario as the ammunition will be plentiful.
The Top 10 Best 9mm Semi-Automatic Pistols
Below is a breakdown of our Top 10 favorite 9mm pistols. While the Glock and the CZ are two of the most popular 9mm handguns, there are now many different options on the market that have become popular over recent years.
Let’s jump in.
1. Glock 19
The Glock 19 was not the first pistol Glock produced, but it has gone on to become the most popular model in their lineup and is arguably the best Glock 9mm handgun. It’s one of the most versatile models that functions perfectly as a concealed carry and a home defense handgun. While it’s no pocket pistol, the Glock 19 is a compact pistol with a 4.01-inch barrel and a total length of 7.36 inches.
The 9mm semi-automaticGlock 19 features a polymer frame that reduces the weight significantly. Which gives you a loaded weight of 30.18 ounces.
The Glock 19 holds a total of 15 9mm rounds but can accept 17 and 33 round Glock magazines as well. The Glock 19 has an integrated Picatinny rail for the attachment of flashlights, lasers, and other Glock 19accessories.
The Glock 19 has been widely adopted by police and military forces across the world because of its reliability and simplicity. The Glock 19 is capable of operation in a wide variety of different environments, and has succeeded across the world.
The Glock 19 is a striker-fired weapon that doesn’t feature an external hammer of any kind. This provides a consistent and crisp 5.5-pound trigger pull. The Glock 19’s popularity has guaranteed that accessories and upgrades for it are abundant.
The recoil is minimal and quite comfortable. The newest 4th generation models come with interchangeable backstraps that allow the user to tailor the grip to their hand sizes. The grip fills your hand very nicely and is quite comfortable.
There is no manual safety on Glock pistols, but the firearm does have three separate safeties. This includes the most important trigger safety mechanism. This gives the user a simple and intuitive system that allows you to put rounds on target rapidly.
The Glock 19 is a well-made, accurate, and extremely reliable pistol that can fill a lot of different roles.
2. Browning Hi Power
The Browning Hi Power makes its way onto the list by being way ahead of its time. Used by more than 90 countries worldwide the Hi Power was one of the first wonder nines. Wonder nines being a term applied to 9mm handguns with a high magazine capacity.
The Browning Hi Power was developed in the 1920s, it was a John Browning Project originally, but he passed before it was finished. FN did move forward to complete one of the most iconic handguns in the world. More than once it was on both sides of a foreign war.
The Hi Power is still a very popular firearm. The single-action-only trigger is a throwback to the classic 1911 design. It’s light, smooth, and breaks evenly. The reset is very short as well as tactile and audible.
The steel frame is an excellent example of why steel frames are still viable. It’s strong, but light, and makes the weapon thinner overall. The comfort in the hand is top-notch and by far one of the most ergonomic designs.
The Hi Power served as an inspiration for the CZ 75, another best 9mm handgun on this list. The Hi Power has inspired dozens of different features on modern handguns and that is why it is on this best 9mm handgun list.
3. CZ 75B
The CZ 75 is one of the most interesting designs to come out of the Czech Republic. Many European firearm engineers have designed firearms that functioned with little regard to aesthetics, or personality. The CZ 75 is often considered the best CZ pistol because it combines function with form to make an effective and eye-pleasing firearm.
What sets the CZ 75 apart from the competition is the fact the slide rails are inside the frame. This positions the bore much lower than an average handgun. This reduces muzzle flip and makes rapid-fire easier to control and more accurate.
The CZ 75 is a name attached to a large family of pistols produced by CZ. Like the CZ SP01, this CZ 9mm handgun is still a CZ 75, but it features a rail. You are well served by any design based on the legendary CZ 75.
The modern CZ 75 is a favorite pistol across Europe for police and military forces. The weapons are also a favorite among competition shooters around the world. The CZ 75 is a very smooth shooting pistol with very little recoil.
The CZ 75 features an all-metal frame that while heavier, does absorb recoil more so than polymer frames. The weapon is hammer-fired and can be fired in a double or single action. The weapon can feature either a safety or a decocker depending on your personal choice.
One of the best features of the CZ 75 is its amazing ergonomics. It feels very natural in the hand, and the slim grip conceals a magazine capable of holding 16 rounds of 9mm. The smooth trigger pull gives you a predictable and crisp break, especially in a single action. Its ability to holster easily also rivals the CZ’s cousin – the 1911 with ease of carrying both IWB and OWB.
But for those of you who like “options,” the CZ 75 sells a conversion kit that transforms the pistol and allows it to shoot .22LR ammunition, making this an extremely versatile handgun. One of the contributors on the GunBacker.com staff has three different CZ 75’s that he swears by on a daily basis.
The weapon is an excellent choice for home defense and competition. It is a bit large and heavy for concealed carry. The design lends itself well to speed shooting and heavy use. The CZ 75 is a classic design that harkens back to the days of muscle cars and steel handguns.
4. S&W Shield
The S&W Shield is an extension of the S&W Military and Police line. The Shield is unique because it is a single-stack firearm designed for concealed carry. The use of a single-stack magazine makes the weapon easier to conceal carry by being lighter and thinner.
Size-wise the S&W Shield is small and lightweight and allows for extremely comfortable concealed carry. The short 3.1-inch barrel gives you a solid barrel length and good sight radius for a compact pistol. The overall length is only 6.1 inches and it weighs a mere 20.8 ounces.
Even though it’s a small pistol you have the ability to carry 8 rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber. This gives you enough capacity to deal with 99% of violent situations you may encounter as a concealed carrier.
With the M&P Shield, you have the option to have safety or no safety. This option does give the users who prefer manual safety an option for a modern concealed carry pistol. The M&P Shield uses both a stainless steel barrel and slide material to resist rust, and ensure durability over thousands of ammunitionrounds.
The M&P Shield is an easy shooting handgun. Especially when you consider its small size and thin grip. The comfortable recoil makes follow-up shots very easy. This means accurate double taps are a breeze to make.
The large three-dot sights make getting on target an accurate and quick experience. These three dot sights are the same kind you’d find on a full-sized pistol. The bigger the sights the easier it is to get on target and engage accurately.
The M&P Shield is lightweight, easy handling, and comfortable to carry a handgun that has proved its place among the best-concealed carry handguns.
5. Springfield XD(M) Competition Series
The Springfield XD series is one of the most versatile lines of handguns on the market. The XD(M) line specifically offers a variety of features that makes it one of the best 9mm handguns. The Springfield XD(M) series comes in a variety of different sizes and specifically the 5.25-inch barrel Competition model is certainly in the Top Ten 9mms.
The 5.25-inch barrel gives you an excellent sight radius that helps make the weapon easier to shoot, especially at longer ranges. The XD(M) competition model features a set of adjustable rear sights and an orange fiber optic front sight that is bright and easy to see. This bright front sight is incredibly easy to see in both day and low light situations.
Right behind the front sight, you’ll notice a section of the slide has been removed. This is known as a lightning cut, and it reduces the weight of the weapon, and the weight of the slide. This reduced weight slide allows the weapon to cycle faster and reduce felt recoil from a lighter reciprocating slide.
This makes shooting the weapon very comfortable for extended periods of time. Even if you aren’t looking to jump into the competition world the XD(M) is an excellent choice for self-defense and home defense. The weapon holds 19 rounds of 9mm in its flush fit magazine.
The Springfield XD(M) Competition is a striker fired weapon with a solid trigger pull. The reset is quite noticeable and you both hear and feel the trigger reset. Out of the box, you’ll notice outstanding accuracy, which is a big product of that match grade 5.25-inch barrel.
The XD(M) is an amazing weapon, and for a full-sized polymer frame firearm, it is hard to beat.
6. Sig P226
The Sig P226 is a legendary 9mm handgun. After barely losing to the Beretta M9 to become the United States Military’s sidearm of choice it bounced back as the choice of the elite Navy SEALs. The Sig P226 is an all-metal frame, double or single-action semi-automatic handgun.
The SIG P226’s all-steel construction makes recoil an absolute non-issue. The SIG P226 soaks it up like a champ and allows you to rapidly fire the weapon accurately. The SEALs recognized the potential for this weapon when they adopted it.
Modern Sig P226’s come equipped with a Picatinny rail to attach accessories, and some are now even coming from the factory with red dot sights installed. Sig has continued to update the P226 over the years and keep it relevant for the tactical user.
The Sig P226 does not rely on a manual safety but relies on the long initial double-action trigger to prevent accidental discharges. The Sig does have a prominent decocker that allows you to lower the hammer safely and instantly and set the gun into double action.
The weapons feel amazing in the hand, and both the double-action and single-action triggers are smooth and predictable. The single-action is remarkably crisp and delivers a short, and tactile reset. Reliability is off the charts and the weapon is well known to work around the world regardless of the harshness around it.
The weapon is very accurate and the excellent trigger contributes to the user’s ability to hit the target. Most models come with Sig’s excellent Sig Lite night sights which are combat-oriented and effective regardless of the light level. The weapon can handle anywhere from 15 to 20 round magazines to give the appropriate amount of firepower when needed.
The Sig P226 is an outstanding combat handgun and will continue to serve far and wide. From the frontlines to the guarding the front door the Sig P226 has you covered.
7. Walther P99 AS
Walther is most famously known for providing James Bond’s sidearm throughout the film and much of the book series. The Walther P99 served in several films with Bond and the company. Outside of the Bond films, the Walther P99 is easily one of the top 10 9mm handguns.
The Walther P99 is a striker-fired handgun with unique action. Instead of a partially cocked striker, the Walther P99 uses a double and single-action design. This is common with hammer-fired weapons, but certainly unique with striker-fired guns.
This is one of the few striker-fired handguns that would allow the user to restrike if the round doesn’t ignite immediately.
The Walther P99 also has what is done as the anti-stress, or AS, trigger. The Anti-stress trigger creates what is effectively a single action, two-stage trigger. This allows you to carry the weapon in single action while reducing negligent discharges due to stress.
The weapon can also simply be carried in double-action mode. Once the first shot is fired the trigger will be a single action for all follow-ups. The single-action trigger is by far one of the most sensitive, and lightest stock triggers I’ve ever felt.
On top of the light and crisp single-action trigger, you get a rock-solid double action that is light, slightly long, but very consistent. The reset is about 1/8th of an inch. It seems as soon as you let go of the trigger it’s reset and ready to go.
The Walther P99 AS uses a polymer frame that reduces weight and makes the weapon comfortable to carry. The P99 also features a de-cocker button on the top of the slide that is large and easy to use. The weapon’s magazine release is ambidextrous and is not the traditional push button.
Instead, it is a lever placed on the trigger guard that is accessible by the thumb or trigger finger of the firing hand. It takes some training to do effectively, but once mastered can be quite fast and handy. The Walther P99 AS is an interesting and unique design that gives users a modern 007 handgun.
8. Beretta 92FS
The Beretta model 92 has long been Beretta’s flagship handgun. It beat out the SIG P226 to become the United States military’s general issue handgun and has served since 1985. In that time, the 9mm Beretta semi automatic handgun traveled around the world and served in severe and horrid conditions, but has always functioned.
The Beretta 92FS is the most common model of the Beretta 92, but several variations do exist. Outside of the military, the Beretta has served with numerous police forces not only in the United States but around the world.
The Beretta 92 is a heavy-duty all-metal handgun that soaks up the recoil of a 9mm cartridge without issue. It’s an excellent handgun for beginners because the recoil is utterly low, even with +p ammunition this gun is a kitten. The design of the Beretta 92 is unique with the open slide design which the weight of the reciprocating slide.
This reduced slide weight also helps with recoil and muzzle rise, making both slightly softer. The Beretta holds between 15 to 17 rounds with flush fit magazines depending on the magazine manufacturer you choose, and Beretta even makes factory 32 round magazines that function flawlessly.
Beretta produces a wide variety of different finishes for their firearm, including a beautiful Inox variant, and features a hardened bluing as standard. The Beretta M9, a military variant of the 92, features a finish designed to deal with humid jungles, arid deserts, and salty oceans. The M9 finish will basically stand up to anything short of a cutting torch.
The Beretta 92 is one of the most reliable handguns on the market today. It averaged 17.500 rounds between stoppages during military testing. Most people on average will not fire 17,500 rounds through a single handgun.
9. Heckler and Koch VP9
The Heckler and Koch, or HK, VP9 is a 9mm handgun that’s more on the bargain side of the HK lineup. The first thing you notice is its sleek lines and graceful appearance. You’ll also notice the ridiculously ergonomic handle that feels great.
There’s a slight bulge on the handle, which is designed to squeeze inward, which cocks and readies the weapon to fire. The weapon cannot fire without this portion being squeezed into the grip. This results in a safe, ready to carry and ready-to-fire single-action handgun.
The trigger is light, crisp and short, and making shooting accurately an absolute breeze. Accuracy wise the VP9’s barrel has polygonal rifling and a fixed cold hammer-forged barrel. Saying this thing is accurate is an understatement, to say the least. It’s easily one of the most accurate firearms you can buy, making it a great pistol for anyone just starting out.
The VP9 also features a unique gas retardation system that significantly reduces the felt recoil when firing the gun – harkening back to the original HK that made HK famous – the P7. This also makes shooting with a fixed barrel more comfortable. Overall it’s a handgun that’s tough to go wrong with and scores well with many fans – almost as much as the legendary P7.
10. Ruger SR9
The Ruger SR9 is a relative newcomer to the 9mm semi-auto market. It’s made of a lightweight, polymer frame that is an excellent option for concealed carry. It’s well balanced, comfortable, and easy to shoot which is why many consider it the best Ruger pistol.
The Ruger SR9 has a remarkably smooth trigger pull that has yet to be rivaled by many of the competitors that have been around for a while. It has two safeties, a manual safety and a trigger safety. Both have to be disengaged to fire, making this an excellent and simple choice for conceal carrying. Concealed carry and simplicity walk hand in hand together.
The SR9 was Ruger’s answer to the last several generations of shooters that have become more accustomed to shooting Glocks and other 9mm polymer pistols. The cost point of usually around $400-$500 makes this a pretty solid bargain, especially among new shooters that may be just starting out.
Ruger manufactures in their Prescott Arizona facility, making this Ruger 9mm a great firearm for those individuals that want to stay true to the American brand and buy something American made.
With the vast amount of 9mm handguns on the market, it’s hard to make a list of the top ten best 9mm pistols today. We got the classics that tend to make everyone’s list, but we also have new handguns that are being introduced each and every day. These two extra guns come from a company that seems to be dominating the 9mm market lately and deserves special consideration on everyone’s best 9mm list.
It does seem like, in the past few years, Sig has been dominating the 9mm market, and the Sig P365 is one of their latest entries into that space. This is a compact 9mm that is double-stack and meant for concealed carry. Where it innovates is in relative size and capacity. Up until a few years ago, if you wanted a gun this small that held 10 rounds, you’d be looking at a .380.
Here’s our dedicated review of the Sig Sauer p365.
Sig spent some time getting this one right, and they certainly have. The trigger on the 365 is excellent, making it a much better shooter than many in this size category. For anyone who has been on team Glock for some time, this is one to check out.
For this article, we picked the SAS model in particular. It has a 3.2” barrel and gutter-style sights so that it can be drawn without snagging. With that said, it comes in a few barrel length and slide configurations, so you can almost certainly find one you like.
If we were recommending a new concealed carry gun to you today, this one would make it on our top five list of guns you should try out before making a purchase decision.
Okay, we know this is a 9mm gun list. But we have to say that we love 1911s. A lot of us have used them for years, and the smooth action, easy disassembly, and manual safety make it the concealed carry choice for lots of people. But, this is a 9mm list, so recommending a full government size Colt in .45 would be out of place.
Instead, we’re recommending the Sig P938. Sig’s series of mini 1911’s are well-made guns in both .380, or in this case, 9mm that function just like their bigger counterparts, but in a more manageable caliber out of this size of the gun.
The all-metal frame makes these heavy for their size, which we like in something with a barrel this short to manage some of the recoil. Similarly, the 9mm model can be found with a threaded barrel, if, like us, you want to try running one with subsonic ammo.
These are quality 9mms that, even though they’re a little niche in light of some newer offerings, are fantastic shooting, quality handguns that you would do well to consider for concealed carry.
Best 9mm: Parting Shots…
9mm, it just works. More and more people are going back to the classic 9mm cartridge. Defensive ammunition is bridging the gap between 9mm and other larger calibers, and even government agencies are going back to the 9mm cartridge. For more details, you can read 9mm vs the .380 ACP and 9mm compares with the .40.
The 9mm round is nothing new and has been around for decades. However, it seems like what’s old is new again and the 9mm cartridge may very well be the round of the future.
Which is the best pistol in the world? Which is the best modern pistol and why? Our Top 10 analysis is based on the combined score of accuracy, reliability, range, penetration, magazine capacity, production numbers, number of users, and some other features.
This list includes only modern pistols, that are currently in service. It does not includes prototypes that are not yet in production, or ageing pistols that are no longer used.
Currently top 10 pistols in the world are these:
Nr.1 Glock 17 (Austria)
In 1980 the Austrian army issued a requirement for a new pistol, that would replace the old Walther P-38. Various companies took part in this competition with their designs. These were Steyr GB, Heckler & Koch P7M13, SIG Sauer P220 and P225, Beretta 92S, and the previously unknown Glock 17. Eventually the Glock 17 was selected as a winner and was adopted by the Austrian Army in 1982. It was also adopted by Austrian Police. Full-scale production commenced in 1986. In the following years this new and unusual pistol became one of the most popular handguns due to its advantages and aggressive marketing. It was adopted by numerous military and law enforcement forces from all around the world. Currently this pistol is in service with more than 50 countries. Some copies and clones of this pistol appeared. One of them is a Smith & Wesson Sigma.
The Glock 17 was a clean sheet design. It is not a variation of any previous design. This pistol was developed by a Glock company, headed by Gaston Glock. The Glock 17 proved to be highly successful. At the time of its introduction this pistol was referred as a revolutionary design. Even though it incorporated previously known solutions. This pistol is simple, reliable, lightweight and inexpensive.
This pistol has a simple design with a minimum of parts. There are only 33 parts, including the magazine. This pistol can be disassembled within a minute using just a pin, or nail. Many of the parts are interchangeable between various Glock models. Failures are rear. The Glock 17 is also simple in operation.
Low weight was achieved by making most of the parts, including the frame out of polymer. The only metal parts are barrel, slide and trigger mechanism. Even though this pistol is made of polymer, it operates well within a temperature range from -40°C to +200°C. Also this rugged pistol do not rusts. All metal parts are covered with rustproof coating. The Glock 17 literally revolutionized the firearms market. Today virtually all major handgun manufacturers offer polymer-framed pistols.
The Glock 17 has high muzzle energy and provides good penetration, even with 9x19 mm ammunition.
It is claimed that the barrel of the Glock pistols serves approximately 360 000 shots. It is a really impressive figure, as barrels of other modern and quality pistols last about 40 000 shots.
This semi-automatic pistol is fed from a 17-round double-stack magazine. The magazine is also made of polymer. Extended capacity magazines that hold 19 or 33 rounds are also available. Compact and sub-compact models come with smaller magazines. In some cases magazines are interchangeable between various models.
This pistol has no manual safeties. Instead it uses a patented "safe action" trigger system. An automatic safety is built into the trigger. It blocks the trigger if it is not pulled properly. It eliminates self-action or accidental shots. After each shot the safety lock is reset and turned "on", until the trigger is pushed once more. Another automatic safety does nor permit fire if the barrel is not fully locked.
Most of the Glock family pistols have fixed sights. Only special target models, intended for competitions, have adjustable sights.
Since its introductions the Glock 17 undergone a number of revisions. The first generation pistols were produced between 1986 and 1990 and were chambered for 9x19 mm ammunition. The second generation pistols were produced between 1990 and 1998. These had slightly different frames with textured grips. The second generation introduced new calibers, including 9x22 mm (.375 SIG), 10x22 mm (.40S&W), 10x25 mm (10 mm Auto) and 11.43x23 mm (.45 ACP). The third generation pistols were produced between 1998 and 2010. These pistols were fitted with accessory rail below the barrel, and had some other improvements. Production of the forth generation pistols started in 2010. These have a larger magazine release button, replaceable back straps for better ergonomics, and some minor internal improvements.
After initial success the basic Glock 17, the Glock company developed a large number of models, based on the same basic design. These are chambered in all major pistol calibers. Various models also have different dimensions, barrel length, and magazine capacity. Pistols are available in standard, compact, subcompact, target and other models.
Nr.2 SIG Sauer P320 (Germany / Switzerland)
The SIG Sauer P320 pistol was introduced in 2014. It is a further development of the SIG Sauer P250. The pistol was aimed at a possible US Army and Air Force requirement to replace the M9. Eventually it was adopted by the US military as the M17. The SIG Sauer P320 pistol is also being proposed for customers from other countries, law enforcement forces and commercial market. Commercial version of the P320, that has some differences from the military model.
It is a modular multi-caliber pistol. Manufacturer offers conversion kits for this pistol. Caliber conversions are performed simply changing barrels, slides, frames and magazines. All models use the same trigger group. So the same trigger group is easily moved between different sized frames to make full-size, compact or even subcompact pistol. The P320 can be quickly converted to various calibers, including 9x19 mm, .40 S&W, .375 SIG, .380 ACP and .45 ACP.
The P320 is a self-cocking striker-fired pistol with a double-action only trigger. It is a short recoil operated weapon, which fires with the locked breech. It uses the typical SIG Sauer cam-operated barrel.
The slide is made of stainless steel. Frame is made of polymer. This pistol has got no grip backstraps. However developers claim that it will fit for any hand size. Slide hold and release buttons are also ambidextrous.
The P320 is available with a Glock-style trigger safety. A manual frame-mounted thumb safety is available as an option.
A 9x19 mm full-size version of the P320 uses 17-round capacity double-stack magazines. Magazine capacity differs depending on the chambering of the pistol. Versions chambered in .40 S&W and .375 SIG use 14-round capacity magazines. Version chambered in .45 ACP uses 10-round magazines. Magazine release button is reversible.
The SIG Sauer P320 comes with a standard Picatinny-type pistol rail. It accepts all standard tactical accessories, such as flashlights and laser pointers.
This pistol has got 3-dot iron sights. Both front and rear sights can be adjusted for windage and elevation.
This weapon can be field stripped without using any tools.
Nr.3 Beretta 92 (Italy)
The Beretta 92 is one of the most popular pistols in the world. It was designed in 1972 in Italy by Carlo Beretta, Giuseppe Mazzetti, and Vittorio Valle. It evolved from the earlier Beretta designs. Initial production commenced in 1975. Until 1976 a total of 5 000 pistols have been produced. Full-scale production began in 1976. It has been exported to a number of countries. Some countries produce this pistol under license. The other countries produce its copies. A variant of the Beretta 92 is a standard issue sidearm in service with the whole US military. Currently the 92 is an out-dated platform, outclassed by most modern pistols. Recently Beretta released a number of new pistols that are more advanced. However the model 92 is still widely used by military and law enforcement forces. Currently the Beretta 92 and its variants are in service with 40 countries. Also despite its age it is still very popular among civilian customers.
The Beretta 92 is chambered for 9x19 mm Parabellum ammunition. It has a short-recoil action. It is more powerful than the earlier Italian pistols that have blowback action. Also the Beretta 92 is accurate, even at long range. Also some people find design of this pistol elegant.
The Beretta 92 has a double-action trigger. However it can be also fired in single-action mode. This pistol has manual safety.
Light alloys were used in the construction of this pistol in order to decrease weight. However it reduced the service life of the pistol. There have been some issues when after 4 000-6 000 shots the slide was breaking and injuring the shooter. The Beretta company was constantly improving design of the Model 92 and most reliability issues have been fixed on later models. Overall this pistol proved to be reliable. Data from Beretta shows, that average reliability of this improved Model 92 pistol is 17 500 rounds without a stoppage.
One of the drawbacks of this pistol that it is bulky and heavy. Some people find it uncomfortable to hold, fire and handle. Also it is difficult to carry this pistol concealed.
This pistol is fed from a double stack magazine, that holds 15 rounds. At the time of its introduction most other pistols had a much smaller single-stack magazines.
Pistol has fixed iron sights. Effective range of fire is about 50 meters.
Numerous modifications and variants of this pistol appeared since its introduction in the mid 1970s. Its production in many variants, chambered for different calibers continues to this day. There are some copies of the Beretta 92, such as Brazilian Taurus PT92, Turkish Yavuz 16. Also this pistol is license-produced in some countries. These are the Egyptian Helwan 920, French PAMAS G1 and M92, or South African Vector Z88.
Nr.4 SIG Sauer P226 (Germany / Switzerland)
The SIG Sauer P226 evolved from the previous P220 pistol. It was developed in the 1980s and was mainly aimed at the US military requirement for a new sidearm to replace the venerable Colt M1911 pistols and Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolvers. The US military trials began in 1982 and were completed in 1984. The SIG Sauer P226 was one of the two pistols that nominally passed all of the technical requirements of these trials. However eventually it was outperformed by Italian Beretta 92FS due to lower price. The Beretta 92FS was selected as a winner and adopted by the US military as the M9 in 1985. Even though the SIG Sauer P226 lost this competition it quickly became one of the most popular service pistols. It is in service with more than 30 countries. Currently the P226 is widely used by the military, police and security forces around the world. It is used by the US Coast Guard, Federal Air Marshalls, FBI, Department of Homeland Security and a number of other operators. It is also used by elite forces such as the British SAS. The P226 pistol was used by the US Navy Seals for three decades. This weapon is also popular among civilian shooters. As of 2015 this pistol is still produced in Germany and in the USA.
The SIG Sauer P226 is generally similar to the previous P220 except a slightly different shape and higher capacity double-stack magazine. This pistol has a short recoil system with a locked breech operation.
This pistol was initially available chambered for 9x19 mm Parabellum ammunition. Later other .40 S&W or .357 SIG calibers were introduced. It is worth noting that the P226 was the first pistol chambered for the .357 SIG. It is a 9 mm high velocity round, that offers high penetration.
The P226 comes with double action, or double action only trigger. This pistol has a built-in firing pin safety. There are no manual safeties. There is a decocking lever at the left side of the frame. It is worth noting that double action only version has no decocker.
The P226 is available with standard aluminum, or stainless steel frame. Pistol with 9 mm caliber with aluminum frame weights 870 g, while version with a stainless steel frame is heavier and weights 1 180 g.
The 9x19 mm version of the SIG Sauer P226 uses double stack 15-round capacity magazines. Extended capacity 20-round magazines are also available. Versions chambered in .40 S&W and .357 SIG use 12-round capacity magazines. Magazine release button is reversible.
The P226 proved to be a durable, reliable and well-made weapon. This pistol is available in a number of versions. There are Chinese and Iranian (PC-9 ZOAF) copies of this weapon.
Nr.5 CZ-75 (Czech Republic)
The CZ-75 pistol was developed by Koucky brothers at the state-owned Ceska Zbrojovka armed factory in the former Czechoslovakia. This pistol was developed for military use and was aimed purely at export market. Production commenced in 1976. During the first year of production some 2 000 pistols had been made. This rose in subsequent years to over 20 000 pistols, but was still not enough to coupe with the demand. By 2007 more than one million of these pistol have been produced. Its production still continues and it is constantly being improved. It is in service with more than 20 countries and is used by military, police and special operations forces. This pistol was widely copied and cloned. Production license of this pistol has been sold to ITM of Switzerland. Most popular copies of the CZ-75 are the American Springfield P9, Chinese NZ-75, Israeli Jericho 941, Italian Tanfoglio series pistols, Swiss ITM AT-88 and Sphinx 2000, Turkish Sarsilmaz M2000.
The CZ-75 has an appealing design, is reliable, accurate, comfortable to handle and to shoot. It proved to successful and is one of the best pistols in its class.
The CZ-75 is chambered for 9x19 mm Parabellum round. It is worth noting, that army and law enforcement forces of the former Czechoslovakia used the Soviet 7.62x25 and 9x18 mm pistol ammunition. While the 9x19 mm was the standard pistol round in the West. Also there a versions of the CZ-75 chambered for .40 S&W and 9x21 mm IMI ammunition.
This pistol has an all-steel construction. It is a short recoil operated weapon and uses a Browning locking system. It resembles that of the Swiss SIG P210 pistol. Such operating system provides more smooth cycle and better tolerances and results in a greater accuracy.
The basic CZ-75 has a double-action trigger and exposed hammer. However there are several versions of the trigger system, such as single-action, or double-action only. The basic version has a frame mounted safety. Since the late 1980s all CZ-75 series pistols also have an internal firing pin safety. Some models have no manual safety, but fitted with decocker only.
A double-stack magazine holds 16 rounds. Early models of the CZ-75 had 15-round magazines.
This pistol is fitted with simple iron sights. The rear sight is dovetailed into the slide. However there are some models fitted with adjustable rear sights. The CZ-75 is an accurate weapon. Effective range of fire is about 50 meters.
Nr.6 Smith & Wesson Military & Police (USA)
The Military & Police pistol was developed by Smith & Wesson company. It first appeared in 2005. As its name suggests it is intended for military and police sales. However it is also available for civilian customers. The "Military & Police" name is a trademark of Smith & Wesson company for the last 80 years or so. Before it was used for the most successful revolver, designed by this company. The Military & Police pistol was adopted by more than 20 countries. However in most countries it is used by law enforcement forces. It is used by numerous US police departments. Military operators are Iraq, Lebanon, Peru and Singapore.
This pistol is chambered for .40 S&W, .375 SIG, .45 ACP and 9x19 mm Parabellum ammunition. The .40 S&W version is mainly used by law enforcement use, while the 9x19 mm is indented for military use.
This pistol has a completely new design. It evolved from a Smith & Wesson Sigma. However it looks differently and none of the parts are interchangeable. Also it has some features of the Smith & Wesson SW99 pistol. The frame is made of polymer. Slide is made from stainless steel. Ergonomics was a key point designing this firearm.
The Military & Police is short recoil operated. It uses Browning-type locking. The pistol has a double-action trigger. The Military & Police is fully ambidextrous. Slide release lever is located on both sides of the frame.
The 9 mm version of the Military & Police is fed from a 17-round magazines. Magazine release button is reversible. The pistol comes with two magazines.
Both front and rear sights are dovetailed into the slide. These can be easily adjusted or replaced by tritium sights for shooting at night. Range of effective fire is about 50 meters.
There is an accessory rail under the barrel. It can be used to mount laser pointer or tactical flachlight.
Grip backstraps are replaceable for improved ergonomics. Each pistol comes with three backstraps of different shapes and sizes. So each shooter can tailor this pistol to suit his hand.
Numerous variants of this pistol exist, including compact versions and target models.
Nr.7 FN Five Seven (Belgium)
The Five Seven pistol was designed by a Belgian Fabrique Nationale (FN) company. Sometimes it is designated as the Five-seveN in order to spell initials of the manufacturer. Numbers in the designation of this pistol (5-7) also indicate an unusual 5.7 mm ammunition. The main goal was to develop a handgun with good penetration against body armor, yet with reasonable dimensions, weight and recoil. This pistol was first publicly revealed in 1996. Originally this pistol was available for military and law enforcement sales only. The Five Seven was first adopted in 2000 by Cypriot National Guard. Eventually it became very popular. Currently the Five Seven is in service with military and law enforcement forces in over 20 countries, including United States. A civilian version was introduced in 2004.
This pistol is chambered for newly-developed high-velocity 5.7x28 mm SS190 ammunition. This cartridge was developed by Fabrique Nationale in the late 1980s and was first used on a P90 submachine gun. It resembles a scaled-down standard NATO 5.56x45 mm Remington round. The intermediate 5.7x28 mm round is larger than traditional pistol and submachine gun ammunition, but is smaller comparing than assault rifle ammunition. This round has a very high velocity. The 5.7x28 mm bullet travels twice faster than a 9x19 mm Parabellum bullet. It has enhanced penetration comparing with 9x19 mm round due to its high velocity and sharp bullet. At close range it has impressive penetration and is effective against armor vests, helmets and ballistic glass. The FN advertises, that the Five Seven penetrates a standard CRISAT (kevlar + titanium) vest at a range of 100 meters and PAGST vest at a range of 300 meters. Various rounds are available, including standard, tracer, and round with subsonic bullet speed. The Five Seven is the only handgun chambered for this unique cartridge.
However the cartridge is the only novelty of this pistol. Otherwise it has a traditional design with delayed blowback operation. This weapon has a double-action trigger. So the weapon can be carried with a loaded chamber. There is a version with a single-action only trigger.
There is an ambidextrous safety switch, mounted above the trigger. It also has internal firing pin safety. Early models of the Five Seven had firing pin safety only with no manual safeties. The pistol can be easily dismantled into 4 main parts.
A double-stack magazine of the Five Seven holds 20 rounds. Magazine release button can be reversed from left side of the grip to the right.
The pistol has a simple iron sights. Range of effective fire is up to 100 m.
The grip can be fitted with backstraps of various sizes. So the pistol can be tailored to fit well in almost every hand. There is an accessory rail under the barrel. It can be used to mount tactical flashlights or laser pointers. This pistol is compatible with a sound suppressor. Once fitted with sound suppressor it has to use special bullets with subsonic speed.
Nr.8 HK USP (Germany)
The USP or Universal Slebstlade Pistole (universal self-loading pistol) is a product of the German Heckler & Koch company. Development of this pistol began in 1989. It evolved from a Heckler & Koch MK23 pistol. The goal was to develop a new pistol in a number of versions, that could be suitable for civilians, as well as military and police markets. It was aimed at civilian customers in the USA, as well as global military and law enforcement market. Production commenced in 1993. A wide variety of versions have been developed. In 1995 a version of the USP was adopted by the German army as the P8 as the main sidearm. Currently the USP is in service with nearly 20 countries.
The fist version of the USP was chambered in .40 S&W ammunition. At the time it was a relatively new ammunition. However other versions of the USP appeared shortly, chambered in 9x19 mm Parabellum, .45 ACP, and .375 SIG ammunition (USP Compact).
This pistol has a metal reinforced polymer frame and one-piece milled steel slide. All metal parts have a special finish, that provides protection against corrosion and wear. The pistol can be even kept for prolonged periods in salt water.
It is a short-recoil operated weapon. This pistol has a patented recoil reduction system. The USP has a double-action trigger. It can be also in single-action firing sequence. Also there are versions with double-action only trigger. Actually there are nine basic variations of the trigger and safety arrangements. Some of them have a safety lever on the right side. Other are without manual safety, or with decock-only lever. This pistol also has an automatic firing pin safety.
The Heckler & Koch company was that confident with the USP, that gave it a lifetime warranty. Service life of this pistol is around 20 000 shots.
The USP is fed from a double-stack magazine, that holds 15 rounds. Magazine release button is ambidextrous.
This pistol has simple sights that are dovetailed to the slide. The USP is accurate at ranges of up to 50 meters. Maximum range of fire is about 60 meters.
There are a universal mounting groves under the barrel for various accessories, such as tactical flashlight or laser pointer.
Nr.9 Beretta PX4 Storm (Italy)
The Beretta PX4 Storm is a further development of the Beretta 8000 Cougar. It is the latest addition to Beretta's line of semi-automatic pistols. It seems that this pistol was designed to compete with the popular Glock 17. This handgun is mainly aimed at law enforcement forces and commercial customers. Its production commenced in 2004. Currently the Beretta PX4 Storm is used by law enforcement forces of at least 11 countries. It is also in service with Venezuelan National Guard.
The PX4 Storm is chambered in 9x19 mm Parabellum ammunition. Also it is chambered in other most popular calibers. There are versions chambered in .40 S&W, .45 ACP and 9x21 mm IMI ammunition.
This Italian pistol is made of most modern high-strength polymer materials. The slide is made of steel. It is a recoil-operated weapon, that fires from the locked breech. Locking system with rotating barrel is similar to that of the Beretta 8000 Cougar. The barrel rotates on recoil and unlocks from the slide. Such design reduces muzzle jump.
It is claimed that the Beretta PX4 is a durable and very reliable weapon. Developers report that this pistol fired well over 150 000 rounds without any part breakages.
The trigger mechanism is similar to that of the Beretta 92 (M9). There are four basic models with various trigger systems. The Type C has a so called "constant action" trigger. It is a sort of double-action only system with less trigger pull weight. The Type D has a double-action only trigger without manual safety. The Type F has conventional double-action trigger with manual safety and decocker. The Type G had conventional double-action trigger with decocker, but lacks manual safety. The Type D and Type F models safety or decocker levers are ambidextrous and located on both sides of the slide. All models have an automatic firing pin block.
The PX4 Storm is fed from a double-stack magazine, that holds 17 rounds. It is in line with capacity of the Glock 17. Beretta produces extended capacity magazine baseplates. Once it is used, capacity is increased to 20 rounds.
This pistol has simple 3-dot iron sights. Effective range of fire is 50 meters with 9x19 mm ammunition and 25 meters with .40 S&W and .45 ACP ammunition.
This pistol has sleek lines. Designers paid a lot of attention to its ergonomics. Grip of the PX4 has a removable backstrap. Backstraps of various shapes and sizes are available. Each pistol comes with three different backstraps. These can be tailored to suit the shooter.
There is an accessory rail under the barrel. It is used to mount laser pointer or tactical flashlight.
Nr.10 Walther P99 (Germany)
The Walther P99 pistol was developed for law enforcement forces and civil customers. It was designed in the mid 1990s. Production commenced in 1997. This pistol is currently used by more than 10 countries. It is also license-produced in Poland by Radom factory and in the United States by Smith & Wesson. However in both of cases frames are supplied from Germany.
The Walther P99 has been adopted by the Finish armed forces, Iraqi army, and a number of law enforcement forces and police departments from all around the world.
The Walther P99 is a striker-fired pistol with a polymer frame and a steel slide. At the time of its introduction this pistol had a number of unusual features. It was a step forward for the Walther company.
This pistol was originally chambered in 9x19 mm Parabellum. A .40 S&W version was introduced in 1999.
The P99 is a short-recoil operated weapon. It fires with a locked breech and uses a modified Browning locking system. It proved to be a reliable weapon.
Even though the Walther P99 is a striker-fired pistol, it has unusual trigger mechanism. It operates in a "double-action" mode similar to that of hammer-fired pistols. It can also fire in a "single-action" mode. There is a version of this pistol with "double action only" trigger mechanism. The third version is Walther P99QA or "quick action". It features a partially pre-cocked trigger for a constant trigger pull from the first to last shot.
This pistol has an automatic firing pin block safety. The P99DAO version has a slightly different automatic safety, built into the trigger.
There is a loaded chamber indicator, as well as cocked striker indicator. Another unusual feature of the baseline Walther P99 is a decocking button. It is located on top of the slide. Other pistols typically have a conventional lever on the side. This button is relatively large on the standard P99 as it decocks the striker. The decocking button is much smaller on the P99QA, where it is used only during disassembly. The P99DAO lacks decocking button, as its firing pin is always disconnected.
All controls of the P99 are fully ambidextrous for right- or left-hand operation. Except that the first generation pistols have a slide release only on the left side of the frame.
Magazine capacity of the P99 varies from 8 to 16 rounds, depending from the caliber and version. A full-size version chambered in 9x19 mm is fed from 16-round magazines, while similar version chambered in .40 S&W is fed from 12-round magazines.
This pistol has iron sights. The rear sight post is dovetailed into the slide and is adjustable. The sights have white inserts for firing at night.
The P99 has 3 interchangeable grip backstraps, including small, medium and large. So the shooter can install the backstrap that suits him most.
This weapon has an accessory rail under the barrel and can be fitted with laser pointer, tactical flashlight, or other accessories.
Best Brands of Guns – Top 10 Gun Manufacturers in the World
In the 1980s the United States Army carried what they called the M9 as their primary sidearm. That military issue pistol was developed and manufactured by Beretta. This Italian company is one of the oldest gun manufacturers on the entire planet. Beretta started by working iron, and to this day, you could argue that they kept the spirit of ironwork alive.
Providing the M9 to the military during the 80s isn’t their first foray into the world of war. Beretta is responsible for one of the first submachine guns in the world, they provided pistols to their home military, and for a short time under duress after they manufactured weapons for Germany during World War II
Beretta is known best for producing a wide array of firearms. Their side-by-side, over-and-under and semi-automatic shotguns, alone would be enough to put them on the map, but they keep pushing. They also manufacture express, assault, and hunting rifles, single and double-action revolvers, and semi-automatic pistols. They’re truly the masters of their industry.
The shooting public has never had it better when it comes to handgun selection. Here in the United States, we are able to choose from both domestically produced pistols and a wide variety of foreign-made models. This makes for a very competitive market that doesn’t tolerate a second-rate offering.
While there are many good companies that make pistols, I’m here to list the ten. As they say, “There’s no prize for eleventh place.” I plan to use my experience from the Army, Law Enforcement, and Competitive shooting to determine which brands make the best handguns.
The ground rules are as follows; All the brands being considered must have factory centerfire options and be available in the United States. They must be of established quality, but a long pedigree isn’t necessary. Ergonomics and trigger quality will be large considerations because this is how shooters interface with the pistol. And lastly, in the year of our Lord 2021, reliability makes a pistol average not excellent.
10th Place: Colt’s Manufacturing Company
Colt makes good 1911 pistols, but they are over-priced. Colt has largely created their own competition with its inability to compete on price and features.
Their revolvers are even higher in price, but those buying them understand this and are looking for status, not value. However, there are very few Colt revolvers out in the wild as a result of these high prices.
9th Place: Glock
Glock finds itself lower on my list than most other people’s list. They do make solid, reliable pistols. Their aftermarket support is second to none and factory magazines are excellent values.
What holds them down though is their insistence on maintaining their iconic look, at the cost of continued improvements. The ergonomics are below-average at best, the sights are still made of plastic, and the triggers are just average and generally require a very long pull. Some people like the Glock’s long trigger pull as a form of safety, but I feel it impacts accuracy.
When reliability alone made a pistol great, Glock was a king among men. But in 2021, almost everyone is making reliable pistols.
8th Place: Springfield Armory
Springfield offers a wide variety of 1911 pistols that I would purchase over a Colt at any given price point. They are simply a better value at the low-end and better all-around pistols at the high-end.
Their XD line of pistols, made by HS Produkt in Croatia, are solid pistols that come in all the popular sizes and cartridges. They aren’t as well-loved as other brands, but they have average to above-average ergonomics and triggers.
7th Place: Beretta
I feel like Beretta could be higher on this list, but has hurt itself in a few ways and is lower as a result. First things first, they make quality pistols. The Beretta 92 is a classic design and comes in a large variety of models.
But, too many of the used models on the market don’t have an accessory rail or a replaceable front sight. The new ones tend to be overpriced, especially for the less common models. The slide-mounted safety quite frankly shouldn’t exist outside of where the U.S. Military mandated it.
They also offer the new and underrated APX line of pistols. The APX, though not selected as the new U.S Army service pistol has an excellent grip and above-average trigger. But, there is almost no aftermarket support for it.
6th Place: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Ruger places higher on this list than some would expect on the strength of their revolvers. Remember, we are comparing handguns, not just semi-automatics. They offer revolver models that are almost without competition at their price point. There is reloading data specifically for maximazine the potential certain Ruger revolvers.
For semi-automatics, Ruger isn’t known for innovation. They see where other brands find success and copy it at a lower price point. Over the years I’ve pointed many budget shoppers toward a quality Ruger pistol that sells close to, or under, $300.
For that price, it’s worth overlooking cheaper finishes or a lack of accessories.
5th Place: Sig Sauer
The classic line of pistols made by Sig Sauer, namely the P226, P229, and P220, fit the hand wonderfully and are just comfortable to shoot. They also understand that a hammer-down, DA/SA pistol needs only a decocker. The main gripe, that of a high bore-axis, isn’t readily apparent when actually shooting the gun.
The Sig P320 and M17 are good service pistols. I don’t love the base models, but I understand why others do. What I do love is their competition geared models, especially the P320 X-5 Legion. Leave it to Sig to make a $900 pistol a good value.
Sadly though, few of their pistols (and none of their magazines) can be considered good values. That keeps them from rising higher on this list.
4th Place: Carl Walther
Walther might just make the best pistols you haven’t heard much about. Their modern pistols are very comfortable to shoot, even if they are a bit funky-looking. They also don’t suffer from being heavily overpriced like a different German gun brand.
Being such well-designed pistols, with excellent triggers, many shooting them for the first time are surprised they don’t hear more about the brand.
What they lack though is many compelling options outside of 9mm Luger.
3rd Place: Canik Arms
Canik, quite frankly, crushes all other brands in terms of value. Before they entered the market, it was almost unthinkable that a $400 pistol could have good ergonomics, an excellent stock trigger, a fiber optic front sight, have a Cerakote finish, and be carry-optics ready.
This one model, the TP9SFX, should be the best-selling “plastic fantastic” in the U.S., and by a large margin. It’s not very upgradable, but it doesn’t need to be either.
It says a lot when a single pistol propels a company so high on this list.
Canik also produces excellent quality CZ-clones which are imported and sold under the Tristar brand.
2nd Place: Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson is the second brand on this list which is seriously helped by its revolver line. They are arguably the best all-around revolvers made. There are other brands that substantially undercut them on price, but the upgrade in fit, finish, and durability justifies the cost for a frequent shooter.
The M&P line of pistols come in all shapes and sizes, and the 2.0 version with the upgraded grip was a bold choice that worked out well. I don’t want to say there is a love/hate relationship with the hinged trigger, because I don’t know of anyone who loves it. But most find it acceptable and it’s easily replaced.
They also sell quality 1911 pistols and have performance center models for those with bigger budgets.
1st Place: Ceska Zbrojovka
Better known as just CZ, they brought to market the iconic CZ-75 line of pistols. The CZ-75 is easily the most ergonomic pistol ever made, and yes I’m a CZ fanboy though I shoot a Canik model myself.
CZ 75 pistols, and their clones, have been widely used in the competitive shooting world where single-action-only (SAO) pistols are not allowed. They have also found wide acceptance in military and police circles.
CZ produces striker-fired pistols for those who prefer them. Once again, they fit the hand well and have very good stock triggers. I’ve never heard a P-10 owner say they wish they had bought a Glock.
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5 Best Handgun Makers on the Planet (Sig, Glock and Ruger Made the Cut)
America’s prolific firearms industry means that choosing the top five manufacturers is no easy task. While boutique handgun builders may produce some very fine pieces, quantity has a quality all its own, and several companies ship hundreds of thousands of handguns a year. Like the auto industry, some of the best handguns come from foreign manufacturers. Here are the five best handgun manufacturers.
Gaston Glock’s initial attempt to build a handgun for the Austrian military has exploded into an international empire, all the more amazing considering that it was built solely on handguns. From the original Glock 17, the company now offers twenty-six handguns on the U.S. market in calibers from .380 Auto to .45 G.A.P. The company’s simple emphasis on lightweight, slim-profile, “pointable” pistols was a recipe for success, impressing first-time shooters with their ease of use and longtime shooters with their reliability and accuracy. For all of the variety, Glock’s handguns are strikingly similar to one another, demonstrating that Glock won’t fix what isn’t broken.
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Sturm Ruger & Co.
Known colloquially as Ruger, the Sturm Ruger & Company was founded by Alexander Sturm and Bill Ruger in 1949. Unlike Glock, Ruger manufactures both long guns and handguns. Ruger’s handguns are generally similar to Ford pickup trucks: simple, reliable and moderately priced compared to the competition. Ruger’s GP100 is one of the leading full-size revolvers, while the company’s LCR series of hammerless, double-action-only compact revolvers make excellent concealed-carry weapons. The company also produces a variety of pistols, including the .22 caliber Mark IV target pistol and the SR1911, its own in-house version of John Browning’s 1911. The new Ruger American pistol is Ruger’s entry into the high-capacity, polymer-frame pistol market.
A Swiss-German company, Sig Sauer was relatively unknown in the U.S. market until its failed entrant in the competition to replace the Colt 1911A1 handgun in U.S. military service was picked up by the U.S. Navy SEALs. Sig’s handgun line is based on the original Sig P210, originally designed for Swiss military service. A redesign and reconfiguration into new full-sized and compact models saw the Sig series of handguns widely accepted among U.S. police forces, including the San Francisco Police Department, and are acceptable carry pistols for the New York and Houston police departments. Like most gun manufacturers Sig Sauer produces its own version of the 1911. Sig Sauer recently won the contract for the U.S. Army’s new M17 handgun.
Smith and Wesson
One of the oldest names in American firearms, Smith and Wesson was founded in 1852. From the early Volcanic lever action pistol to the current M&P series of polymer, striker-fired handguns, Smith and Wesson has continually produced pistols over its 165-year history. The company’s Model 1 handgun was purchased privately by soldiers on both sides of the U.S. Civil War, while the heavier Schofield revolver was carried by postwar U.S. cavalrymen. Today the M&P pistols are standard issue in many police departments worldwide, including the Chicago, Houston and Detroit police departments, while Smith and Wesson revolvers are considered the standard in American revolvers.
Heckler and Koch
A postwar German arms maker that rose from the ashes of the legendary Mauser corporation, Heckler and Koch has made a reputation building innovative, reliable firearms. “H&K,” as it is known in the U.S. market, makes everything from grenade launchers for the United States Army to the U.S. Marine Corps’ new M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle. H&K’s nine-millimeter VP9 series of handguns are durable and reliable, while the .45 caliber HK45 fires a more powerful round. The USP, or Universal Service Pistol, was designed as an entry in U.S. Special Operations Command’s Offensive Handgun Weapon System.
Kyle Mizokami is a defense and national-security writer based in San Francisco who has appeared in the Diplomat, Foreign Policy, War is Boring and the Daily Beast. In 2009 he cofounded the defense and security blog Japan Security Watch. You can follow him on Twitter: @KyleMizokami.
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This list of handgun brands includes the most reliable models available and is designed to help you make an informed purchase. The best handgun brands include those from major manufacturers including Walther, Browning Arms Company, Smith & Wesson and more. As you likely know, a handgun is a firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands.
This characteristic differentiates handguns as a general class of firearms from long guns such as rifles and shotguns (which usually can be mounted against the shoulder). Major handgun subtypes are the revolver and pistol; other subtypes include derringers, single-shot pistols, semi-automatic pistols, pepperboxes, and machine pistols.
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Top 10 Best Handgun Brands in the World
There are different things which are used for many purposes all around the world. These things can be used for both type of perspective including good and bad deeds. Guns are quite a common thing which are seen in different sizes. But the handguns are the one which is small in size to handle them in hand.
There are different brands available in this type of guns which have many reliable models to purchase. Most of the famous handguns are the ones which are called pistol and revolver in normal language. These are available with different features which also differ them from one another in their prices. For the person looking to a good handgun must study about all the brands exited in the market. All brands have different features which include design, quality, weight, price, and precision as well. These expensive guns are much needed for the protection which is a good usage of these guns.
The following are top 10 best handgun brands available in the market of the world:
10. Browning Arms company:
Browning Arms Company is the one which is famous for making fishing gears and firearms for the whole world. It was started in Ogden which is producing a large number of firearms which includes pistols, rifles, and short guns. Browning Arms Company is also involved in producing different sports goods like knives, reel, fishing rods and sports bows. It has introduced many new models in the world of guns. It is the brand which is included in the list of best pistol brands of the world at the ranking of 9.
9. Glock Ges.m.b.H:
Glock Ges m.b.H is the weapon manufacturing company which is working mainly from Austria and was given the name of this company in the name of its founder called Gaston Glock. It is a company which is best known for the unique polymer framed pistols which also manufactures tools and knives. Their handguns are used by armed forces and some law enforcement organizations of the world. It is very famous among the normal citizens of the people for the personal use of a person.
8. Walther Arms:
Walther Arms is a German manufacturing brand of the world which is working in this field for more than 100 years. It has created some big breakthroughs towards the development of pistols for the use of all around the world. Walther Arms is known for creating some iconic pistols like P99 and the one used for the fictional character James Bond with P38, and some of their weapons were also used by the German Military in World War II. It is included in the list of best pistol brands of the world at the ranking of 7th.
7. Sturm, Ruger & Co, Inc:
Sturm, Ruger is a famous American brand which is known for producing a firearm and is famous with the short name called Ruger. It was started in 1949 by the founder called Alexander McCormick and started supplying products to the whole world from 1969. Sturm, Ruger is known for manufacturing different types of guns called semi-automatic, shotguns, pistols, bolt action and double action revolvers. It is included in the list of the best pistol brands of the world at the ranking of 8.
6. Heckler & Koch:
Heckler & Koch is a German manufacturing company which produces military rifles, sub machine guns, handguns and grenade launchers as well. It is the company which is mainly working in UK and France. It is producing weapons for the military forces of different countries which includes different countries the even USA. The guns of this brand are very expensive which have an amazing design which looks luxurious.
5. Springfield Armory, Inc:
Springfield Armory is another famous Firearm company which is mainly working from Illinois and is an importer based company. It was started in 1974 which is named as one of the largest firearm companies in the world. Springfield Armory has also received the award of Golden Bullseye award from the National Rifle Association for the 4th time. It is included in the list of the best all round gun brands of the world at the ranking of 3.
4. Colt`s Manufacturing company:
Colt`s Manufacturing company is the company operating from America, which was started in 1855 and is the successor company of 1836. It is known in the whole world for its producing, engineering and marketing of the firearms which were used in World War I and is named as the dominating firm in this industry mainly because of their latest technology. Some of their designs are very expensive which has increased the popularity of revolver in the market.
3. Smith & Wesson:
Smith and Wesson are the known manufacturers of firearms working in the USA. It was started in 1852, and their main products are revolvers and pistols which are made according to the standards of armed forces and police as they mainly design weapons for them, and their products are very popular in forces. Some of their weapons are also used in different Hollywood movies which have enhanced their popularity among the people.
Beretta is an Italian international brand which is famous for its firearm products. It produces a large variety of products which are mainly used by the law enforcement companies, military and civilians as well. Beretta also produces the shooting accessories and clothes and is working in this field from the 16th century. It is named as one of the oldest active manufacturing company of the world which is also included in the list of the best pistol brands of the world at the ranking of 4.
1. Sig Sauer:
Sig Sauer is the subsidiary company of the manufacturing company called L&O which also owns the Swiss Arms AG. It was established in 1985 which is working in the USA and now working as in the independent company of arms for the whole world. It is named as the best pistol brands of the world at the ranking of 1 and also in many others lists due to its popularity and the quality products to be used on the professional basis.
Best Handgun Brands in the World – Top Rated
|3||Smith & Wesson|
|4||Colt`s Manufacturing company|
|5||Springfield Armory, Inc|
|6||Heckler & Koch|
|7||Sturm, Ruger & Co, Inc|
|10||Browning Arms company|