Top Ten Best Handguns

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The Top Ten

1 SIG Sauer P226

Too compare a Glock to a Sig Sauer is like comparing a Mustang to a Porsche. Both are sports cars but one doesn't compare to the other. When my life is at stake nothing but the best will work, that is why I will only carry a Sig Sauer.

"There is no comparison to this gun! From the Tac-ops threaded barrel to the engraved stainless X5 there is no other pistol that I would use to protect me or my family! I would rather save up and spend the money on a quality pistol rather than just settle for something average. Would you rather trust something that could possibly jam/misfire just to save a little money or would you rather carry a gun that has been won countless awards and has been carried by the navy seals for years? "

Nicest quality handgun I have ever held in my hand. Amazing single to double transition. Very well made and reliable. Anyone who says Glock to to poor or cheap to buy a real gun. A Sig Sauer!

One of the best modern pistols that SIG has produced. It gave birth to another great pistol, the P229, the compact version of this gun which
is heavily used by police and government agencies. The best package
of accuracy, dependability and quality that you will find.

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2 FN Five-seveN

The trigger takes a bit of getting used to, the gun itself is expensive and hard to find in stock, but it's well worth the price. Quick acquisition of targets coupled with low recoil makes second and third shots easy and accurate. I'm not a competition shooter by any means, but this pistol makes shots at 50 yards that are amazing. My 11 year old son picked it up for the first time, and his first three shots scored on a 6" target at 15 yards. Ammo is much easier and cheaper to find then it has been, too bad it's too large for me to comfortably conceal.

Great weapon, low recoil, crazy muzzle velocity using protector ammunition. 20 rd mags standard, what more can you ask for? Armor piercing capability? Oh yeah, it has that too. Perfect 10

Simply a stunning handgun from FN. Destroys arguably all competition. Chances are it can put more rounds on target faster than anything else you've fired. Only drawback is the unusual ammo which might be difficult to come by in a zombie apocalypse.

Best on the market. Continued accuracy through multiple shots.

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3 FNX-40

The best handgun I have owned

The FNX 40 are very nice great gun good price reliable but no way I would put it at number one.

Best gun ever. I love it.

Better than almost every gun on this list. Vert reliavle and accurate. Great gun for price.

4 FNX-45

Holds one more shot than the 40, more capacity than any other 45 low recoil ambidextrous shoots cock and lock safety double action pistol beats any striker fire great rapid fire

I'm a lefty and own the FNX9... But feel the FNX45 incorporates the awesome fully ambidextrous features of this line of firearms BUT carries the FNX40 and FNX9 in power and accuracy.

The lightweight and comfortable feel of the gun is outstanding. Its 45 acp round, pinpoint accuracy and 15 round magazine is sure to put down anyone

I have one with a RMR and suppressor. Always wins the coolest gun challenge at the range. 15 rounds of 45 ACP and deadly accurate. Never had but one FTF when new. Runs flawlessly.

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5 Heckler & Koch Mark 23

Even more accurate than the m9 (hence used by the special forces) and has good stopping power... Should've been rank 1 or 2

Rainbow Six's new preferred sidearm

Its only drawback is that its big

No compromise

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6 Desert Eagle

Using logic and reason, can someone make an argument for this belonging at #1? It was not revolutionary for its time, nor is it a firearm I would take into combat. At 4 pounds it's a brick, it only holds 7-9 rounds depending on caliber and it has absurd recoil which makes follow up shots more difficult. And people need to understand that while the Desert Eagle is a powerful handgun firing.357 Magnum,.44 Magnum or 50 Action Express, it doesn't turn people into a cloud of red mist or send them flying 40 feet back when they're shot with it #Ballistics. The reason it's been voted number one is because it looks cool, has been glorified by video games and movies and it fires a powerful round... whoop.

Exactly what I thought. Literally, the Desert Eagle is one of the worst things you can take into battle. It is an awesome looking gun, but fashion<function.

This does not belong on the list let me explain why most people probably agree with this weapon because it scene on movies and it looks cool and intimidating but it's not really a great weapon I own one I should know let me explain why first off the grip is so large you have to have hands the size of your chest to hold the damn thing its not that accurate and it jams all the damn time because it's gas operated then it's a brand new Desert Eagle - original Imi it's a cool looking gun but not that good of a gun

Americans never use a Desert Eagle in combat so the guy that said So Powerful is correct in the part that it is powerful but taliban haven't been killed by Americans with this weapon

Will kill most animals in one hit

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7 9mm Beretta

I know that the Desert Eagle is a remarkable gun, but the thing is, its recoil is bad, and it's quite heavy. However, the Beretta is light, easy to carry, and concealable. What's more awesome than a very reliable gun?

The 9mm Beretta is more accurate than larger caliber handguns, and fits more ammunition in the magazine, therefore making it a more deadly weapon if used correctly

This gun is a tack driver. Smooth as silk action and a malfunction is the last thing on my mind because it just doesn't happen and that means never. I own an M9A3 and an M96A1 that Wilson Combat did 1,400 dollars worth of work to. That's what I preferred though. Out of the box the Beretta will NOT fail you PERIOD. I can shoot the balls off a squirrel at 35 yards with either one of mine. If you're looking at one, get it. The grip feels like this pistol was made custom for you regardless your hand size, the action is like glass and the rounds are pionted directly to the chamber when they are in the mag so you won't get failure to feel when you're shooting hollow points. It's a total and complete work of art.

Battle tested always trustworthy

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8 Heckler & Koch USP

You get what you pay for. It's tough and will not disappoint you I replaced rear sight with ghost ring personal preference no other modification made it works rite out the box

Simple, reliable, accurate, effective.

My Favorite 9mm How the Beretta won against it is beyond me.

Build like a tank!

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9 Springfield 1911

Well it depends on how you rate a pistol. I was in the service and no I don't want to lug a round a heavy metal pistol with heavy rounds BUT I do want a pistol that can protect my wife which is a ok shot and child. I like tested guns damn a brochure about a gun I ask for a sure shot gun that's fun easy to clean and if it needed to be used there's a kick behind the bullet remember if just looking into guns bigger isn't always better its truly how it feels in your hands. Now if you like a bit of weight in your hands and like a little kick by all means got SHOOT it then decide if you like it

The 1911 has been proven time and time again. IT has been and is still carried in battle, war, home protection and personal protection. The.45 round carries a one shot stop punch all with in itself, add a top quality manufactured gun for an affordable price, you got my vote!

Springfield 1911 many service men can't be wrong! And just think of the lives that where saved by this big badass handgun chuck z

Reliable, Accurate, pretty. enough said.

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10 Walther PPK

This is awesome 1 its great to conceal and JAMES BOND USES IT STOP TROLLING ASD

This is really accurate at short distance (obviously), and very discreet handgun (pretty small), but at the same time you are not using it to kill rhinos, it is for self defense which in the most reasonable cases you don't want to kill your agresor.I know there are comments that said it only holds 6-7 rounds what I would tell them, "Well kid how many rounds you need to hit your target?

My name is Bond James Bond...

Eeww. It only has 6-7 rounds! Yeah James Bond used it but that still doesn't make it good. :( - Dsr

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The Contenders

11 Colt M1911

This is easily my favorite handgun. Mostly because it is a 45. It is still in use today, and although it only holds 7-8 rounds it just is an amazing gun. But hey it's in the top 20. Just think it deserves to be at least 9.

This is one of the most accurate handguns in the history of handguns. it is reliable,.45 ACP power named after the weapon itself, and it has been around for more than a century. despite it having a 7-8 round standard magazine, you can always buy 15+ round magazines for it, and for less than $500 being one of the best handguns in history, you can't beat that.

One of the finest, nicest looking pistols of all time. I just wish they were available in the state of Massachusetts. Massachusetts, where freedom began, and ended.

In service 1911-present

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12 Glock 17

Anyone with a brain knows that GLOCK is the best maker of handguns in the world. So many military, security, and law enforcement can't be wrong.

Get some experience other than looking at pictures and playing video games and you'll agree.

When ever a new polymer based pistol is released it is always compared to a Glock. The Glock design has been out for some time and other manufacturers still struggle to come up with something that is as simple in design and utterly reliable as the Glock. There has been no other manufacturer that has been able to do what a Glock can do at the same price point. I believe they try to beat it by offering too many customization style features.

The Glock 17... It's the Glock 19, but a little bit larger... It's a popular law enforcement weapon around the world, and for a good reason. It's a 9mm (yes it's a crap caliber, but you get less recoil, and if you are using hallow points, you can pack a punch. ) holding 17 rounds in a mag. (18 if a bullet is chambered. ) Its accurate, and reliable. What makes it better than the Dessert Eagle, you might ask. Well, with the Dessert Eagle (50 AE version) you need to aim BELOW your target because of recoil. And The Deagle, Doesn't have nearly as good ammo capacity. Well how is it better than the Colt M1911, you might ask. The M1911 is reliable, but, the ammo capacity is to low to ALWAYS do the job. The Glock 17 is accurate, reliable and can do damage (If using the cartridge). enough' said.

I hate cause there are video game nerds who have never shot a gun before and just vote cause looks cool or their character has better stats or whatever. put down the controller and pick up a GLOCK and you'll see how great this handgun is p.s. stop being pussies - donniedarko

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13 357 Magnum

The Taurus Tracker series are excellent revolvers. That they can dispense 7 instead of 6 rounds downrange means they go to 11.

I bought a 357 mag Dan Wesson with 4 interchangeable barrels in the late 80s and it's still in perfect condition. It's a great gun, powerful and (very) accurate, and every 357 mag looks very respectable.

I use a ruger gp100for home defense, nice gun although I never got to use it.

High energy revolver. 10 mm and this are best.

14 Springfield XDM

After 37 years in law enforcement I've worked hundreds of shootings and I would say it all depends on what you can accurately fire, easily carry and or conceal.
Just about all these pistols are good. But the 45 ACP has the best track record of all the pistol rounds and before you say it's too big just let me say my sisters, who are very small in size, and my wife have no problem with it and like to shoot it (oh, and they are very good with my XDM). Plus, while I was in Iraq and Afghanistan the soldiers there were actually begging the D.O.D. for 45s. The 1911 is a great pistol, I carried one during Vietnam; my father carried one in WWII and it saved his life in Europe several times. But it's design is out of date when compared to an out of the box sweet shooting, very accurate, the, large mag capacity pistol like the Springfield XDM.

Light weight, match grade barrel, comes with a nice case/kit. Great Ergonomics. 19 round mags, Adjustable Back Stap. AWESOME short trigger with a great feel. ACCURATE! Have the XDM 45, want the 9mm too.

I am a small woman and my Springfield tactical id's are my babies. I call them Bonnie and Clyde. I can shoot them accurately and with either hand. You got my vote

Great gun! Love the match grade barrel! Very accurate and holds a lot of ammo.

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15 CZ 75

The best handgun because it was cloned and copied by different manufacturer and other variants. That's why it is the best handgun of all time.

Solid handgun and rock...

I've had a 1911 in my family since I was a child and still do (Springfield SS) it has always been my go-to, but my because (1992 Pre-B) is better to shoot, at least as reliable, and MUCH more wear resistant. Sights and trigger jobs can be done to suit, but all those other top-heavy, awkward actions get spanked by the inside slide.

Only sigs can be compared to because in reliability

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16 Ruger SP101

All of these guns are probably good guns, but there isn't "one" best gun. A gun that works for me and fits my hand, may not work for you. It's all about how the gun feels in your hand and how comfortable you are shooting it.

I don't know which is the best gun, but I do know, there is no such thing as a bad gun.

Utterly reliable and built like a tank.

A tank that does not stop.

17 Spec Ops 45. Calibre Pistol

1911. This gun set the standard for what a hand gun should Should be. Its. Simple, durable, reliable, dependable. It's iconic design remains one of the most copied of all time.

THE COLT 1911 AND IT'S CLONES ARE THE BEST GUNS/ CAL. EVER MADE.

Best gun all day long

18 Smith & Wesson 500

This gun is a 50 caliber cartridge handgun. This gun is the worlds most powerful production pistol to date. It will take down even elephants. So eat lead 9mm.

Oh yeah, because 90% of the world has normal and frequent encounters with rogue elephants that they can hunt. This revolver is REALLY powerful, but it isn't really necessary. Plus, it doesn't have very many shots.

It is a good gun but not everyone will use it. More suited to kill big animals than for combat.

This "gun" is so overpowered that it is painful to shoot! You can hunt elephants with it.

Not good for combat. Unless touarefughting a damn blue whale

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19 SIG Sauer P220

Best pistol for home defense in my opinion!

25,000 rounds with no jams or component changes!

Great Gun, to bad the US didn't come up with it.

The p220 is the flagship for sig.
Quality and accuracy that is hard to beat

20 Colt Single Action Army

The Single Action Army:The gun that made the west, it has that title for a reason. It has a powerful round and gets lots of bad votes from it being Single Action, but Single Action can be better then Semi auto in some ways.

#1 is the Desert Eagle? Is that a joke? This is a result of the "Call of Duty" generation... The Colt Single Action Army was revolutionary for its time being a cartridge revolver. It was popular and in widespread use long after its introduction.

The Colt Single Action Army when shooting A.357, 158 grain hallow point cartridge can stop any threat and is the best defensive handgun ever made.

Almost 200 years of proven capability, and you can get 5! 45 long colts on target in under 2 seconds!

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21 .44 Magnum

I have a Smith & Wesson model 29 (pre-lock) with a 6" barrel. It's definitely a super gun.

This is without a doubt the most powerful revolver of all time

I have a Taurus all it does is go bang.

I have a colt anaconda 8 inch ported barrel, stainless. The action is smooth and quite. I can hit a one gal. milk bottle six out of six at 100 yards. It may be the most perfect revolver ever made.

22 454 Ruger Casull

The Alaskan 454 casull. It's a piece of art.

23 Taurus Raging Bull

All I have to say is " have you seen this gun? " it was a pistol before pistols were pistols! That's how awesome and totally BA this gun is!

Fantastic weapon right out of the box. Extremely accurate and the power of this pistol is amazing!

Nice and really good one
The gripe is so good in hand and in firing so nice feel

Badass

24 Bersa Thunder Compact 45
25 Kahr CW9

Kahr P9 way more ammo better gun but CW9 also good gun.

26 Mini Uzi

This isn't technecly a pistol, more like a submachine gun. Only because this is automatic. Sort of like the G 18 ( Glock 18). But still, this weapon was used by the afgahn drug dealers.

Powerful machine pistol which fires a lot of bullets at once. Its small size makes it convenient to carry and the rate of fire makes it a dangerous weapon

This is a submachine gun! NOT A PISTOL. Besides, accuracy with the Uzi is crap.

Small automatic and awesome rate of fire. Light and accurate this should be 4rth

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27 Steyre M1912
28 Browning Hi-Power

Its excellent power stoping

Best gun I've ever purchased!

The best

A mans gun!

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29 Beretta PX4 Storm

Compact and low recoil. Very reliable and durable. The PX4 Storm also is a very accurate gun, and feels good in the hand, as it is very balanced. Plus, the 9mm version has a 15 round magazine (you can also get 17 or 20 rounds) and you can get up to 14 or 17 rounds in the.40 S&W version. Also comes in.45 auto, with 10 rounds. Great gun all around!

Excellent gun

Low recoil, great ergonomics, and its sexy. Its very accurate and very underrated. 17 round mag capacity is also nice. The disassembly is also very simple. Great gun for first time shooters.

30 Makarov

Simple mechanics, less moving parts and since it has 27 parts (quite few) some parts have also a secondary function. Easy to dis/assemble. Compact but still can have decent stopping power

I love my East German makarov. Nice looking gun and very reliable as well as concealable.

Very known for durability and roughness

I like the 9x18 makarovs, how they handle, feel and that phemomenal look. It is similar to the PPK but personally I would pick the rugged reliability of the makarov.

31 Glock 27

This should be at # 1 in my opinion. I carried the Model 23 @ work as a police officer and after the first shot I knew this gun was worth all the hype. I immediately bought it's counterpart the GLOCK 27. One of the lightest and reliable hand guns I have shot til this date. Both the 23 and 27's magazines are inter changeable which is extremely important in Law Enforcement. The 23 was carried by the patrolmen and the 27 by the Detectives and some of the higher ranked officers. Most guns after a day at the range have to be taken apart and scrubbed like a pig in mud the Glock can still fire after being submerged in mud and water.

Absolutely an all around great gun, accurate, consistent, dependable, easy to break down and packs a considerable punch.

Love the 27 a strait shooting very reliable in 40 cal.

If you don't know why it's the best then go ahead an keep thinking that a nine mil or a 45 is better. Grain of round and load are what really matter, everything else is aesthetic and/or shooter pref.

32 Walther P99

The walther p99 is the best carry gun on the planet, clean lines nothing to snag on...

The P99AS works for me! I love this gun.

I own several of the weapons on this list and I can say that the P99 is the most accurate pistol of all I own. I must say that I can shoot this as well as my very expensive and tweaked 1911, I have shoot all manner of cheap practice ammo and P+ ammo with zero FTF, and mags drop free every time. The paddle mag release, while taking some time to get used too, works like a charm! The quality is top notch and while Walther split from S&W, their customer service is top notch!

33 CZ SP01 Shadow

I sold my Glock 17 for this gun. Its simply awesome.

Great accuracy, good grip, very well made

34 Glock 19

This hand gun clearly don't know what his position

It is the beat handgun I see its number 1

This is ranked way too low... Nice balance between the 17 and 26. Add a micro roni and a 30 round mag for home defense. Use it by itself for concealed carry. Glocks might very well be the most durable guns out there, and the 19 is the best one.

35 CZ 75 SP-01 tactical

The best

36 Walther P38

Most accurate weapon I have ever shot!

37 Colt Python

Best gun every made. Great accuracy and power. You can never go wrong with colt products.

Quality and every part of gun made to last and very nice to show as a side arm.

It was made to define the quality standard now everyone tries to reach it.

Bought my Nickel Plateed 6 inch in 1981 for $462.50 and was recently offered $6000 as it has never been out of the box. If that does not make it one of the best investments ever, I do not know what is.

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38 Colt .45 Revolver
39 Ruger Blackhawk .357 Magnum

She's a beast great gun.

40 Taurus PT92

This weapon has a really nice feel and can shoot as tight a group as the person pulling the trigger. Great grip and feels great in the hand.

Its a really nice grip
And so good in firing stainless steel model is looking so lovely. What a nice gun...

Lifetime warranty never jams

I have the airsoft model. So awesome.

41 Luger P08

The pistol legend. The most advanced for it times.

42 Smith & Wesson Sigma SW40VE

WELL BALANCED. MY 12 YEAR OLD HANDELS IT WITH EASE

43 Walther PPQ 9mm

Top ten material ergonomic grip multiple backstraps for different size individuals 15+1 cap mags left and right hand friendly. Plus very accurate and reliable

Extremely reliable and one of the best triggers on the market.

Best out of the box trigger I've ever shot.

The PPQ is an excellent gun, but in my opinion the Heckler & Koch VP9 (or SFP9 in Europe) is an even better handgun.

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44 Glock 20

Unsurpassed dependability and power.

My personal favorite

Massive round high vecolity so the shot is straight drops whatever it hits and holds 15 plus 1 great choice

45 Ruger SR9

Great high capacity 9mm. Good for self defense and target shooting. Very reliable and rugged. 10/10.

Fantastic value

Dry reliable weapon that fits the nicely and feels very balanced. I liked the first one so well that I bought an SR9C for a concealment gun.

46 Baby Eagle .45 cal.

First... I don't believe an extraordinary number of rounds in a handgun makes it better. Unless you practice "drive-byes". If you can't hit your target at a reasonable distance with 3 or 4 rounds, you don't need a handgun.

My compact Baby Eagle feels just right in my hand, and I can hit center mass on a silhouette target at 50ft. 9 out of 10 times. Rapid fire. Not the greatest shot... But I do have fun! - badmac933

47 CZ 85 Combat 9mm

Shoots dead on and feels great in your hand. Either hand as it is ambidextrous.

48 MP-446 Viking

Exceptional and great accuracy really excellent power stoping its quick fast and reliable 9mm 18 bullets box magzen smg tyep

49 Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380

Very nice pistol one problem, you have to keep replacing buttons for the laser sights I have replaced three times.

Quality features & LIGHT WEIGHT

I love its accurracy but hate the trigger

After shedding the laser, now rocks!
Only reliable.380acp I have owned

50 Kimber Ultra Carry

I've owned a few 1911's. I used to carry my springfield all the time until I bought the kimber. This gun has the best out of the box trigger pull of any handgun I have ever owned. I have over 2000 rounds through it. It has never hung a bullet; including lead swc which kimber claims may not always be reliable. If my life is on the line this gun goes first!

The stainless steel UC.45 is one of the most gorgeous looking guns you'll find anywhere.

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