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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.

Although handgun use often includes bracing with a second hand, the essential distinguishing characteristic of a handgun is its facility for one-handed operation. So what are the most popular handgun brands? Are American brands better than weapons makers in other countries?

Users looking for a great new handgun will want to research a variety of different brands to find the one that best suits their needs, based on features, weight, value, precision, design and quality. This list of good handgun brands is the perfect place to start.

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SIG Sauer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Sig Sauer Arms Manufacturers

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Beretta is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Beretta Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers

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Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. Small Arms Ammunition Manufacturing, Ammunition (except Small Arms) Manufacturing, Other Ordnance and Accessories Manufacturing

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Heckler & Koch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Heckler & Koch Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers

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Colt's Manufacturing Company is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Colt's Manufacturing Company Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers

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Smith & Wesson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Smith & Wesson Small Arms Ammunition Manufacturing, Ammunition (except Small Arms) Manufacturing, Other Ordnance and Accessories Manufacturing

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Springfield Armory, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Springfield Armory, Inc. Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers

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Walther arms is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Walther arms Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers

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FN Herstal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
FN Herstal Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers - Fabrique Nationale d'Herstal — self identified as FN Herstal and often referred to as Fabrique Nationale or simply FN — is a firearms manufacturer located in Herstal, Belgium. FN is a subsidiary of the Belgian Herstal Group, ...

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Glock Ges.m.b.H. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Glock Ges.m.b.H. Manufacturing, Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers

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Browning Arms Company is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Browning Arms Company Arms Manufacturers

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Kimber is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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CZ is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
CZ

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Taurus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Taurus Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers

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Benilli Shotguns M Series is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Benilli Shotguns M Series 1983 and still fast shotgun on earth.

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Magnum Research is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Magnum Research Arms Manufacturers

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Dan Wesson Firearms is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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Barrett Firearms Manufacturing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Barrett Firearms Manufacturing Firearm, Arms Manufacturers

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Kel-Tec is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Kel-Tec Arms Manufacturers

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Wilson Combat is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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Les Baer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Les Baer Arms Manufacturers

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Rock Island Armory is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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Luger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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Bersa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Bersa Arms industry

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Kahr Arms is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Kahr Arms Firearm

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Canik is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Canik

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Thompson Center Arms is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Thompson Center Arms Arms Manufacturers

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Auto-Ordinance is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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Charles Daly firearms is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Charles Daly firearms Arms Manufacturers

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Charter Arms is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Charter Arms Manufacturing, Arms Manufacturers

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AMT is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
AMT

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A. Uberti, Srl. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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Korth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Korth Arms industry

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Remington is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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Hi-Point Firearms is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Hi-Point Firearms Arms Manufacturers