The first recorded use of a handgun in history was in China in the 10th century. It was a simple tube on the end of a spear which was filled with gunpowder and shrapnel, and then ignited. Within about a century a version which was specifically held in one hand was invented resulting in the first real handgun as we think of them today. Early handguns were problematic because they depended on having access to a source of fire in order to be discharged. This need was addressed around the 15th century and evolved into the familiar flintlock pistol. Handguns were still difficult to load and very inaccurate. With the development of the metal cartridge, a revolving cylinder that permitted loading several rounds at once, and a rifled barrel, handguns became a much more viable means of self defense. The last major change in handguns came in the 1880s when Hiram Maxim modified his recoil powered machine gun principles into handgun design. The result was the semi-automatic handgun, which could utilize more rounds than a revolver. If you are looking for the ultimate personal protection device, a good handgun may be just what you need.
The military, police and even concerned citizens are looking for the best handgun which fits their needs. Since the list of handguns is so long it can be very difficult to find the perfect handgun that suits your needs. Between the caliber, grip, and barrel length, it can be a challenge to pick out the best handgun. If you find yourself in an unexpected situation, what kind of handgun would want at your side? Honestly, you would probably be happy to have ANY handgun with you. But obviously since you are reading this, you are someone that plans ahead, and you don’t want just any old handgun, you want the best handgun possible.
The interactive chart of over 75 handguns below and the analysis that follows will help you decide what the best handgun is for you.
We all have our personal preferences on what makes a good handgun for target shooting or just to add to the collection, but in an extreme situation you want the absolute best handgun possible, and so we’re here to help.
What is a Handgun?
A handgun is the essential tool that can be used in the event you find yourself in a situation were you need to defend yourself or others.
A handgun is a firearm designed to be held and fired with one hand. Unlike a rifle or shotgun, the more compact size has made handguns the weapon of choice for personal protection since the mid 19th century. When selecting the best handgun to suit your needs, you can choose one handgun for home defense, another handgun for personal protection in public, and still a third handgun for sport, and maybe even a fourth handgun for target shooting. The primary consideration in selecting the best handgun is what you want to use it for.
Do you really think that Clint Eastwood in DIRTY HARRY would have made it through all the gun fights without his trusted Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum model 29 in his hand? Even Hollywood knows that you need the best handgun for the job.However, a semi-automatic handgun or small revolver is more likely to be in everyone’s price range and still provide many of the benefits that perhaps an “ideal” handgun would.
How To Find a Handgun That Meets Your Needs
In selecting handguns for personal defense in public, a handgun with a 2 inch barrel is preferable, to prevent a potential attacker from being able to grab your handgun in a close quarters encounter. Handguns for home protection, where you would expect to be a greater distance from your attacker, would make a hand gun with a 4 inch or 6 inch barrel preferable. Any handgun selected for personal protection should be a semi-automatic of larger caliber such as a 9mm or .45 caliber weapon; these weapons have the necessary firepower to stop an intruder. Guns selected for hunting need to have longer barrels so they may be equipped with sights. Handguns for target shooting should be .22 caliber weapons, to keep down the cost of ammunition.
Before you purchase any gun, you need to be familiar with the handgun laws of your state governing who can own, possess, carry (in plain view) and carry (concealed) firearms. Ignorance of the law is no excuse when you go to court, and most states do not honor permits issued in other jurisdictions. Additionally, no one should own or carry a firearm until they have been trained in its use, proper maintenance, and safe storage. The best solution is to take a state certified firearms training class before you purchase your gun.
Because there are so many makes, models, and calibers of firearms available, in all price ranges, it is necessary to define what is meant by the term “best”. The best gun is one which fits comfortably in your hand and is suitable for your needs. Below are some handgun uses you might consider:
Reason to for choosing the best handgun
1. Target practice handgun. If your primary person for buying a gun is to become proficient at hitting a target, the weapon of choice would be a .22 caliber pistol with a six or eight inch barrel. The .22 is the smallest caliber of ammunition in common usage, and thus the most affordable if you are going to be firing a lot of rounds. Generally speaking, the longer the barrel, the greater the accuracy. For beginners, .22s have less recoil and are easier to learn to use.
2. Home defense handgun. Practically any pistol will fit the bill. The purpose is to hopefully frighten an intruder without having to shoot. If you have to shoot, experts concur that a larger caliber weapon using hollow point ammunition is the best way to stop an intruder, so a 9 mm or .45 caliber pistol would be a good choice.
3. Concealed weapon handgun. The purpose of carrying a concealed weapon is self defense. Smaller weapons are obviously easier to conceal, and a shorter barrel is harder for an attacker to grab. Over 75 percent of the time, just brandishing a gun will fend off an attacker, but if you must shoot you want the maximum number of rounds with reasonable stopping power. A .380 or 9 mm automatic with a 2 inch barrel would be the best handgun for this purpose.
4. All purpose weapon. When selecting the best handgun for all uses, you must realize that anything that is all purpose, will be less than optimal for a specific use. A reasonably concealable handgun with excellent stopping power but more affordable ammunition would be a 9mm automatic with a 4 inch barrel.
5. Investment. Gun prices usually just go up. What you might want today will cost more next year. Collectible pistols will go up the most, as an investment.
Below you will find an interactive comparison chart of over 75 of the top handguns on the market today. But before you start drooling all over your next metal companion, lets take a look at what’s on this guide. Overall, rather than taking some guys advice on YouTube about what the best handgun is, look at the options and criteria to help you make the appropriate buying decision.
So, below you will find the Ultimate Handgun Comparison Guide to help you find the perfect handgun for you.
Included In The Handgun Comparison Guide Are 11 Columns:
- Handgun pictures
- Handgun brand and name/model
- Barrel Length – inches
- Weight – handgun weight in ounces
- Gun Action
- Shot capacity
- Price – MSRP
- Rating – The average user rating. This can be very helpful in deciding if people are satisfied with their purchase.
Click on any of the columns to sort the data to help make your decision easier.
If you find black info in a column that is because the manufacturer did not specify. Please let me know if you can reference the missing specs.
|Smith & Wesson model 29||.44 Magnum||6.5″||48.5 oz||Wood||Ramps||Double||6-shot||$1129||5.0|
|Kimber Solo Carry DC||9mm||2.7″||17 ounces||Synthetic, Rosewood||Fixed low-profile,|
|Beretta Nano||9mm||3.07″||19.75 ounces||Technopolymer||Three-dot||Double||6-shot||$475||5.0|
|Taurus Milennium Pro||9mm, .40 S&W, 45 ACP||3.25″||18.7-22.2 ounces||Polymer||Heinie Straight Eight||Single/Double||6-10-shot||$467||5.0|
|Springfield XD||9mm, .357 SIG, .40, .45 ACP||3″,4″,5″||26-33 ounces||Polymer||Three-dot, dovetail||USA||9-16-shot||$549||5.0|
|Springfield Loaded||9mm, .45 ACP||3″-5,6″||26-40||Cocobolo, Pearce rubber, G10||Low-profile, dovetail front, adj rear||Single||6/7/9-shot||$1,055||5.0|
|Smith & Wesson M&P||9mm, .357 SIG, .40, .45 ACP||3.1″-5,5″||19-29.6||Polymer,Crimson Trace||Fixed or adj||Double||6-17-shot||$449||5.0|
|Smith & Wesson 629||.44 Mag, .44 special||5″||44.3 ounces||Synthetic||Red ramp, adj||Single/Double||6-shot||$949||5.0|
|Smith & Wesson 617||.22 LR||6″||44.2 oz||Synthetic||Patridge, Adj||Single/Double||10-shot||$829||4.0|
|Smith & Wesson 67||.38 Special||4″||36 oz||Synthetic||Red ramp, adj||Single/Double||6-shot||$749||4.0|
|Smith & Wesson 64||.38 S&W Special +P||4″||35.5 oz||Synthetic||Integral, Fixed||Single/Double||6-shot||$289||5.0|
|Smith & Wesson 36||.38 S&W Special +P||1.875″||19.5 oz||Wood||Integral, Fixed||Single/Double||5-shot||$350||5.0|
|Smith & Wesson J-Frame Revolver||.22 LR, .22Mag, .38 Special, .357Mag||1.88″-5″||10.8 – 28.1 oz||Synthetic, Wood||Fixed or adj||Double, Single/Double||5/7/8-shot||$549||3.5|
|Sig Sauer P250|
|.380 ACP, 9mm, .357 SIG, .40, .45 ACP||3.6″-4.7″||19.4-29.4 oz||Polymer||Contract, Siglite||Single/Double||6/7-shot||$450||5.0|
|Sig Sauer P238||.380 ACP, 9mm, .357 SIG, .40, .45 ACP||2.7″||15.2-20.1 oz||Polymer, Wood||Siglite, Truglo||Single||6/7-shot||$643||4.0|
|Sig Sauer P232||.380 ACP||3.6″||18.5-23.6 oz||Hogue rubber||Contract, Siglite||Single/Double||7-shot||$649||5.0|
|Ruger Mk3||.22 LR||4.74″-6.88″||35-45 oz||Polymer, Cocobolo||Fixed or fiber||Single||10-shot||$379||4.0|
|Ruger LC380||.380,||3.12″||17.20 oz||Polymer||Adj 3 dot||Double||7-shot||$449||5.0|
|Glock 30S||.45 ACP, 10mm||3.77″||20.11 oz||Polymer||Fixed or adj||Safe Action||6/10-shot||$637||3.5|
|9mm, .40||3.42″||19.75 oz||Polymer||Fixed or adj||Safe Action||10/12-shot||$599||5.0|
|Clock 20||.45 ACP||4.6″||26.28 oz||Polymer||Fixed or adj||Safe Action||13/15-shot||$637||4.0|
|Clock 19||9mm||4.01″||26.28 oz||Polymer||Fixed or adj||Safe Action||13/15-shot||$637||5.0|
|Clock 17||9mm||6.02″||23.63 oz||Polymer||Fixed||Safe Action||15/17-shot||$750||4.0|
|Boberg XR9-L||9mm||3.3″||17.1 oz||Polymer||various||Double||7-shot||$950||3.5|
|Beretta M92||9mm, .40 S&W||4.9″||32.5 – 34.4 oz||Wood||various||Single/Double||17-shot||690||5.0|
|Beretta 92A1||9mm||4.9″||33.9 oz||Polymer||3 dot||Single/Double||10/15/17-shot||$690||4.0|
|ArmaLite 24-15C||9mm||3.89″||33.4 oz||Composite||3 dot||Single/Double||10/13/15-shot||$550||5.0|
|CZ75 Pro Duty||9mm, .40 S&W||3.8″||35.2 oz||Polymer||Fixed||Single/Double||16-shot||$499||4.0|
|CZ75 SP -01||9mm||3.7″||28 oz||Rubber||Fixed||Single/Double||10-shot||$660||4.0|
|Smith & Wesson 686 6″||.357 Mag, .38 S&W||6″||44.9 oz||Synthetic||Ramp, Adj||Single/Double||6-shot||$829||4.5|
|Kahr CM9||9mm||3.0″||14 oz||Polymer||White dot, adj||Single/Double||6-shot||$517||4.0|
|Stoeger Cougar||9mm, .40, 45 ACP||3.6″||32.32-6 oz||Synthetic||White 3 dot||Single/Double||8/11/15-shot||$469||4.5|
|Diamondback DB9||9mm||3″||11 oz||Synthetic||Fixed or night||Double||6-shot||$360||5.0|
|Magnum Research Desert Eagle 1911||.45 ACP||4.33″, 5.05″||33.9-36.2 oz||Wood||Blade, Sculptured||Single||8-shot||$853||4.0|
|FNH-USA 57||5.7x28mm||4.8″||23.3 oz||Polymer||Fixed 3 dot||Single||2/20-shot||$1,180||5.0|
|Ruger GP100||0.357||3-6″||36-40 oz||Hogue rubber||Ramp, Adj||Single/Double||6+1-shot||$759||4.0|
|Smith & Wesson M&P 9 Shield||9mm, .40||3.1″||19 oz||Polymer||White 3 dot||Striker||6/7/8-shot||$449||4.0|
|Ruger LC9||9mm||3.12″||17.1 oz||Nylon||Adj 3 dot||Double||7-shot||$443||4.5|
|Ruger LCP||.380 ACP||2.75″||9.4 oz||Nylon||Fixed||Double||6+1-shot||$379||4.0|
|Ruger LCR||.22 LR, .38 Special, .357 Mag||1.88″||13-17.1 oz||Hogue||Ramp or Xs Dot, tri||Double||5/8-shot||$525||5.0|
|Smith & Wesson M&P 45||.45 ACP||4.5″||29.6 oz||Polymer||White dot dovetail||Double||10+1-shot||$599||4.0|
|Wilson Combat Carry||.45 ACP||4″||35 oz||G10||Fiber||Single||7-shot||$3,205||4.0|
|Sig Sauer P239||9mm, .357 SIG, .40||3.6″,4″||29.5 oz||Polymer||Contrast, Siglite||Single/Double||7/8-shot||$858||5.0|
|Stevr M9||9mm||3.66″||24.69 oz||Polymer||DOT||Double||15/18-shot||$499||4.0|
|Kahr MK9||9mm||3″||20.2 oz||Nylon||Adj||Double||5/6/7-shot||$855||5.0|
|Sig Sauer P226||9mm, .357 SIG, .40||4.4-6″||23.7-47.2 oz||Polymer||Siglite, Truglo||Single/Double||10-20-shot||$900||4.0|
|Sig Sauer P250||.380 ACP, 9mm, .357 SIG, .40, .45 ACP||3.6-4.7″||19.4-29.4 oz||Polymer||Contract, Siglite||Single/Double||6-17-shot||$468||4.0|
|Sig Sauer P290||9mm||2.9″||20.5 oz||Polymer||Siglite,||Double||6-shot||$758||4.0|
|Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380||.380 ACP||2.75″||11.85 oz||Polymer||Fixed, Adj||Double||6-shot||$419||4.0|
|Ruger SP101||.22LR, .327 Fed Mag, .38 Special, .357Mag||2.25-4.20″||25-20 oz||Rubber||Ramp, Adj||Single/Double||5/6/8-shot||$639||4.5|
|Heckler & Koch P30||9mm, .40||3.85-4.44″||22.88-24.32 oz||Polymer||Fixed||Double, Single/Double||10/13/15-shot||$1,054||4.0|
|Sig Sauer P938||9mm||3″||16 oz||Wood||Siglite, Truglo||Single||6/7-shot||$795||4.0|
|Kahr PM45||.45 ACP||3.24″||17.3 oz||Polymer||white dot, adj||Single/Double||5-shot||$855||4.0|
|Kimber Crimson Carry II||.45 ACP||3″-5″||25-31 oz||Rosewood,crimson||Fixed||Single||7/8-shot||$1,176||4.5|
|Sig Sauer SP2022||9mm, .357 SIG, .40||3.9″||29 oz||Polymer||Contract, Siglite||Single/Double, Single||10/12/15-shot||$400||4.0|
|Ruger SR1911||.45,||4.25″||36.4 oz||Plastic||Adj 3 dot||Single/Double||8-shot||$829||4.0|
|Ruger SR9C||9mm||4.14″||26.5 oz||Nylon||Adj 3 dot||Double||10/17-shot||$525||4.0|
|Kimber Super Carry||.45 ACP||3″-,5″||25.39 oz||Wood, G10||Tritium||Single||7/8-shot||$1,557||4.0|
|Springfield XD-S||9mm, .357 SIG, .40, .45 ACP||3-5″||26-33 ounces||Polymer||3 dot, dovetail||USA||9-16-shot||$669||3.7|
|Smith & Wesson SW1911||9mm, .45 ACP||3-5″||26.5-41.7 oz||Wood, Synthetic||Fixed or adj||Single||7/8-shot||$1,019||5.0|
|Kimber Tactical II||9mm, .45 ACP||3-5″||24-40 oz||Laminated||Fixed||Single||7-shot||$1,285||5.0|
|Wilson Combat X-TAC||.45 ACP||4″,5″||26.8-38.1 oz||G10||Fiber, Battlesight||Single||8-shot||$2,760||5.0|
|Springfield XDm||9mm, .40 S&W, 45 ACP||3.8″-5.25″||27-32 oz||Polymer||3 dot, dovetail, adj||USA||11-19-shot||$639||5.0|
|Springfield XD||.45 ACP||3.3″||21.5 oz||Polymer||Fiber,dovetail||USA||5-shot||$559||5.0|
|Sig Sauer P220||.45 ACP||3.9″-5″||29.6-39.1 oz||Polymer||Contrast, Siglite||Single/Double, Single, Double||6/8/10-shot||$1,125||5.0|
|Boberg XR9-S||9mm||3.3″||polymer||Adj 3 dot||Double||7-shot||$995||4.0|
|Sig Sauer P210||9mm||4.7″||37.4 oz||Wood||Post/Notch||Single||8-shot||$2,199||4.0|
|Taurus 24/7 G2||9mm, .40 S&W, 45 ACP||3.5″||27-28 ounces||Polymer||Adjustable Rear||Double-action / single-action||10-17-shot||$498||5.0|
|Springfield EMP||9mm, 40||3″||26-33 oz||Cocobolo, G10||Tritium 3 dot||Single||8/9 shot||$1,345||4.5|
|Zastava EZ||9mm||3.6″||28 oz||Polymer||3 dot||Single/Double||8-15-shot||$295||3.0|
|Taurus 609ti-Pro||9mm||3.25″||19.7 oz||Polymer||Heinie Straight Eight||Single/Double||13-shot||$608||4.0|
|Beretta 3032 Tomcat||.32 ACP||2.4″||14.5 oz||Polymer||Blade, Notch||Single/Double||7/8-shot||$390||5.0|
|Rossi R97||.357,||4″,6″||32-35 oz||Rubber||Ramp, Adj||Single/Double||6-shot||$452||3.0|
|Auto Ordanance 1911||.45 ACP||5″||30 oz||Polymer, Wood||Blade, Adj||Single||7-shot||$637||4.5|
|Dan Wesson Titan||10mm||5″||76.8 oz||G10||Tritium, Adj||Single||14-shot||$3,829||4.5|
|Magnum Research Micro Eagle||.380 ACP||2.22″||14 oz||Polymer||Fixed||Double||6-shot||$467||3.5|
|Sig Sauer Mosquito||.22 LR||3.9″,4.9″||24.6-27.8 oz||Polymer||Adj||Single/Double||10-shot||$390||3.0|
|Rossi R85||.38 S&W Special +P||4″||32 oz||Rubber||Ramp, Adj||Single/Double||6-shot||$389||5.0|
|Taurus DT||.357 Mag||2″||20.2 oz||Robber||Fiber,Fixed||Single/Double||5-shot||$445||3.5|
|NAA .22 Magnum||.22 Mag||1″,1.3″,1.63″||5.9-6.4 oz||various||Blade, notch||Single||5-shot||$219||4.0|
|Springfield Operator||.45 ACP||4″,5″||31-45 oz||Various||Dovetail, adj||Single||7-shot||$1,387||3.5|
|Wilson Combat .38 Super Sentinel||.38 Super||3.6″||25.2 oz||G10||Fiber||Single||8-shot||3875||5.0|
The handguns included on this chart actually only begin to scratch the surface. So many different manufacturers and models exist that there is no way that we could have listed everything. However, many exceptional handguns are included at every price range and from a wide variety of quality makers.
Most of the handguns included are automatic which many feel is an essential criteria for choosing a proper handgun. However, you will indeed notice several rovolver handguns that also make good options.
Review of the Top 5 Handguns
Before you go out to the nearest sporting good store you should know that not every handgun is the same. Sure you can spend upwards of $5,000 on a really nice chrome plated .45 caliber Wilson Combat but do you really consider it the be one of the top rate handguns? I have defined some basics for you to know before just taking the sales persons word for it.
1. Define the reason for the purchase – Like I said not all handguns are the top rated handguns for every situation. Figure out why you want the gun in the first place. You may want something for home defense then you would want compact, so you can hide in night stand or something. Or maybe just for the gun range and to show off to your buddies, in this case I say go big or go home.
2. Automatic or Revolver – Both can be excellent for a particular job. Automatic handguns typically are used for concealing on your person or some sort of tactical approach. On the other hand a large caliber revolver like Dirty Harry’s shows you mean business. However, many women are choosing the revolver for the action and ease of use. No safety, just point and shoot.
3. Define the handgun budget – There are gun prices all over the board, you can spend as little as a few hundred bucks and up to $5k. I say set a budget and allow that to help narrow down your choice.
All of these guns have options like holsters or additional accessories you can purchase. Some of them even have the option to change out the sites, grips, and magazines for a more customized weapon.
Honestly, most of the handguns included above are excellent options; but there are a few that we just need to point out as our favorites. Below you will find our top 5 picks for overall best handgun along with more and more detailed review of each. So, pull up a chair, lets dig into these options.
Wilson Combat .38 Super Sentinel
Bill Wilson’s latest handgun offering from Wilson Combat is the Super Sentinel in .38 Super. This caliber is not often seen today, but the .38 Super was developed as the first issued carry weapon for the FBI. It was the first single-stack magazine design for the 1911 platform, which makes the gun slimmer and easier to conceal. An advantage for the fledgling FBI of the 1930s was the ability of the round to penetrate bullet proof vests and car doors as well.The .38 Super is favored by detectives and security personnel because it has a muzzle velocity on par with hot 9mm rounds, while offering the knockdown power of rounds like the .357 magnum and .45 ACP.Wilson Combat handguns are often called the “Jeweler’s Gun” by security and law enforcement professionals because of their fine workmanship and high prices. While the Super Sentinel lives up to this tradition, the adoption of new technologies such as an aluminum frame and improved extractor design mean that good looks don’t detract from good business. The geometry of this piece is very natural feeling, also.The .38 Super can be a finicky feeder because of the cartridge’s rim design, but the Super Sentinel has a reputation for feeding and ejecting this round flawlessly. The defensive accuracy of 1.5 inches is a great number and the Super Sentinel should be considered by anyone with a need for a slim, four inch concealed carry handgun. If it’s good enough for the FBI, it’s probably good enough for you.
Springfield XD 9mm
The name Springfield has been associated with firearms in this country since 1777, and there is a reason they are still around. The make a fine, competitive product. The Springfield XD 9mm automatic is another excellent handgun in this tradition.
With all of the excellent weapons out there, what does this one have to recommend it? If you go by reviews online, most users praise the gun’s reliability, noting apparently without exception, that there are no problems with the gun jamming. Most users also comment favorably on its light weight and note in their comments the fact that this handgun is extremely accurate. Surprisingly, many users also comment on the comfortable fit in their hand.
The high capacity magazine and 9mm capacity make it an excellent handgun for personal protection. It has enough firepower to deal with almost any situation. When it comes to practicing with the XD, the 9mm caliber means you won’t have to go to the bank for a loan just to buy ammunition. A final advantage over some other makes and models is that you don’t need any tools to break down and clean the weapon. The general consensus among the buying public is that this is an excellent weapon for the price.
Kahr Arms introduced the CW380 compact handgun at the 2013 Las Vegas SHOT Show to good reception by the firearms press. At less than five inches overall length and less than four inches in height, its small size makes it perfect for carry as a backup. The single stack magazine makes for a very slim handgun.The .380 lacks the sheer power of some more common calibers such as the 9mm or the .40 Smith and Wesson. A weapon of this type is designed for use at very close range, across room sized distances. The .380 has more than enough punch to do that job with ease.Kahr has done a great job on the fit and finish of this handgun, and it handles and points well. Recoil is brisk but not overbearing, a very important consideration when firing a weapon of such small size. Reports are that this gun stays on target very well and its recoil does not interfere with that.The CW380 offers lots of quality in a price that makes owning it as a second or backup piece an easy decision. The small size, slim cross section and light weight make the CW380 attractive for an everyday concealed carry weapon as well.
Taurus Millennium Pro
Taurus International has long been known for its ergonomic handgun design. These guns are designed to fit the hand securely and to point well. They have a solid heft and feel, the balance is good and the price is right.The Taurus Millennium Pro carries this tradition forward, and brings in quick handling due to its short length overall for the class. This handgun is available in several different calibers including 9mm, .40 Smith and Wesson and .45 ACP. One attractive option in .45 ACP offers a single stack magazine design for a slimmer overall weapon.In 2008 there was a flap over safety issues with one Millennium Pro model, the PT145. This appears to have been raised by the somewhat complicated safety system. This is not a mechanical issue, as there is a firing pin block that does not uncover the cartridge until the trigger is actually pulled. Even with the complicated safety, common sense gun handling rules tell you not to touch the trigger without a reason. Many gun shops will only recommend the Millennium Pro to experienced handgun users.The Millennium Pro is solidly built, lightweight, handles well and Taurus guns have a reliable reputation. This weapon is a good choice for its price, especially for experienced gun handlers.
Kimber Solo DC 9mm Carry Handgun
Kimber is a name synonymous with quality when it comes to a handgun featuring the 1911 Browning design. Military Police and beat cops alike are fans of the Kimber Solo, and it’s easy to see why.
Similar in size and shape to the Springfield XD, the Kimber Solo is one handgun that features ergonomic design with very thoughtful placement of necessary items such as the safety and the magazine release. Speaking of the magazine release, the magazine easily falls and clears the well when the release is pressed, making magazine changes quick and worry-free.
The grip design and geometry is comfortable and easy to manage when drawing the handgun out of its holster or putting it away. You can always replace the grips with new plus there are some other great accessories that go along with this gun.
Like every Kimber, the new Solo is a real eye pleaser. The satin finish and available fine wood grips complement each other perfectly. This piece is a joy to handle and the quality of workmanship is evident in its heft and finish.
Kimbers are well known for shooting reliability, and the new Solo is no disappointment in that department, either. Feeding problems, cartridge hangs and stovepipes are virtually non-existent when using a Kimber Solo.
The new Kimber Solo is definitely worthy of the family name. See what Guns&Ammo magazine has to say about this gun.
Sig Sauer P226
One of the full size handguns in this list, I believe it is my choice for the top rated handguns for a few reasons. This is a work horse of a weapon, similar to the Sig Sauer P220 but uses the staggered column magazines instead of the single stack. This pistol is widely accepted by law enforcement, military, and tactical teams around the world. I would rate this gun as one of the best self defense weapons of choice.
Manufactured by Beretta, this 90two series semi automatic pistol was released in 2006 as an improved model to its predecessor. Used by the Italian armed forces, it handles a futuristic design that is still a leader today. Again, one of the home defense pistol choices by many people because of its reliability and cost. Take this gun to the range you are sure to fall in love with it.
Springfield Armory – XD9
This gun rocks. It is one of the safest handguns on the market right now, I almost never jams or fails. It works when you need it to especially in quick draw self defense situations. Uses a simple grip and especially easy to load.
The Springfield DX9 is one of the finest guns, many people have been purchasing it for home defense for several reasons. Since it is small and somewhat compact it works well in confined spaces and leaves your other hand free to use a flashlight for tactical movements or just to open a door.
The founder, Gaston Glock was no gun designer or expert at the time, but was very experienced with synthetic polymers. With this knowledge he build a successful line of polymer framed pistols. The Glock 17 is one of the first to be build and stands the test of time because of its light weight frame and reliability in the field. Used for self defense, this is why it is on the top rated handguns list.
With both men and women in mind, this little Ruger LCP is of the smallest handguns. Law enforcement and gun enthusiast all around like this gun for its rigid design and simplistic approach. The trigger is something to be desired but with a few round through it, you will have to agree it could very well be the backup gun of choice.
Now this is just a few of the top rated handguns right now. I really did not want to go into detail on every single gun out there right now but just to give you a quick overview of some options to take into consideration when choosing the right handgun. I would like to know what you think of the list, maybe you have a different perspective than I do.
Because of highly publicized school and workplace shootings, gun owners and gun ownership have come under attack. What is completely ignored is the good that handguns do. Many people, particularly women, are afraid to own a handgun. Perhaps you would like to share with us what features prompted you to buy the gun you have, or maybe submit a review of a new gun on the market you are thinking of buying. When it seems that everything has been thought of, some manufacturer will come up with an improvement which will move their product to the top of your list.
Maybe you would like me to add a handgun to the list. Feel free to leave a comment.