Weapons The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers  

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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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2,902 1,705
Beretta is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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2
4,883 1,352
SIG Sauer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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1,946 879
Colt's Manufacturing Company is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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2,555 919
Springfield Armory, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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5
3,381 1,263
Smith & Wesson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Small Arms Ammunition Manufacturing, Ammunition (except Small Arms) Manufacturing, Other Ordnance and Accessories Manufacturing

6
1,889 1,025
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Small Arms Ammunition Manufacturing, Ammunition (except Small Arms) Manufacturing, Other Ordnance and Accessories Manufacturing

7
2,389 755
Heckler & Koch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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1,641 833
Walther arms is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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9
981 645
Browning Arms Company is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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10
1,129 653
FN Herstal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
JaredWesley added 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, which also owns U.S. Repeating Arms Company (Winchester) and Browning Arms Company. FN Herstal is the parent company of two United States entities: FN Manufacturing and FNH USA.

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3,095 1,196
Glock Ges.m.b.H. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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12
1,444 635
CZ is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

13
1,455 784
Kimber is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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1,024 1,187
Taurus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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15
487 282
Benilli Shotguns M Series is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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415 261
Barrett Firearms Manufacturing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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488 580
Dan Wesson Firearms is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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477 640
Magnum Research is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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324 184
Remington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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360 237
Wilson Combat is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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295 690
Kel-Tec is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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370 520
Les Baer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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244 223
Rock Island Armory is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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347 578
Luger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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269 473
Thompson Center Arms is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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