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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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2,798 1,626
Beretta is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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4,772 1,319
SIG Sauer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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1,890 843
Colt's Manufacturing Company is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers

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3,297 1,227
Smith & Wesson is listed (or ranked) 4 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

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2,489 898
Springfield Armory, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers

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1,850 994
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

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2,330 739
Heckler & Koch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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1,597 812
Walther arms is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers

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958 621
Browning Arms Company is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Arms Manufacturers

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1,098 635
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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3,003 1,169
Glock Ges.m.b.H. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Manufacturing, Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers

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1,397 619
CZ is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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1,418 763
Kimber is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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1,006 1,146
Taurus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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472 272
Benilli Shotguns M Series is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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404 252
Barrett Firearms Manufacturing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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476 572
Dan Wesson Firearms is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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467 625
Magnum Research is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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305 173
Remington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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345 230
Wilson Combat is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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285 669
Kel-Tec is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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360 511
Les Baer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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235 211
Rock Island Armory is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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341 570
Luger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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262 464
Thompson Center Arms is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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151 258
Canik is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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247 366
Kahr Arms is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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358 668
Bersa is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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177 500
Auto-Ordinance is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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107 490
Charles Daly firearms is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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191 556
Charter Arms is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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159 461
A. Uberti, Srl. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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104 489
AMT is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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73 258
Korth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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202 610
Hi-Point Firearms is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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