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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.

If you're looking for more general information, you can also view: The Best Gun Brands.
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2,474 1,406
Beretta is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Dismalhead added Beretta Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers

2
4,372 1,215
SIG Sauer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
zxray added Sig Sauer Arms Manufacturers

3
2,978 1,127
Smith & Wesson is listed (or ranked) 3 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

4
1,628 739
Colt's Manufacturing Company is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Colt's Manufacturing Company Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers

5
2,195 813
Springfield Armory, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Springfield Armory, Inc. Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers

6
2,089 674
Heckler & Koch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
JaredWesley added Heckler & Koch Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers

7
1,619 905
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is listed (or ranked) 7 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

8
1,411 721
Walther arms is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Walther arms Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers

9
839 546
Browning Arms Company is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Browning Arms Company Arms Manufacturers

10
974 570
FN Herstal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
JaredWesley added 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, ...

11
2,725 1,082
Glock Ges.m.b.H. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Glock Ges.m.b.H. Manufacturing, Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers

12
1,212 575
CZ is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
CZ

13
1,242 686
Kimber is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Dismalhead added Kimber

14
904 1,017
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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15
371 233
Benilli Shotguns M Series is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
primaryclarifier added Benilli Shotguns M Series 1983 and still fast shotgun on earth.

16
303 217
Barrett Firearms Manufacturing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
primaryclarifier added Barrett Firearms Manufacturing Firearm, Arms Manufacturers

17
391 518
Dan Wesson Firearms is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

18
403 563
Magnum Research is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
grantsguns added Magnum Research Arms Manufacturers

19
201 120
Remington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
BernardSagan added Remington

20
233 187
Wilson Combat is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
acb132 added Wilson Combat

21
227 563
Kel-Tec is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
EdNEmmaHighlander added Kel-Tec Arms Manufacturers

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305 495
Luger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

23
288 462
Les Baer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Dismalhead added Les Baer Arms Manufacturers

24
162 157
Rock Island Armory is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Rob Eskola added Rock Island Armory

25
216 412
Thompson Center Arms is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Thompson Center Arms Arms Manufacturers

26
104 190
Canik is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Rob Eskola added Canik

27
195 303
Kahr Arms is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
tim-barrow added Kahr Arms Firearm

28
319 602
Bersa is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Bersa Arms industry

29
151 435
Auto-Ordinance is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

30
90 425
Charles Daly firearms is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
zxray added Charles Daly firearms Arms Manufacturers

31
154 491
Charter Arms is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Charter Arms Manufacturing, Arms Manufacturers

32
119 403
A. Uberti, Srl. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

33
86 414
AMT is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
AMT

34
52 185
Korth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Igor Smolyar added Korth Arms industry

35
171 502
Hi-Point Firearms is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Jerry Manning DC added Hi-Point Firearms Arms Manufacturers