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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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SIG Sauer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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Heckler & Koch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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Smith & Wesson is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Springfield Armory, Inc.... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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Glock Ges.m.b.H. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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Colt's Manufacturing Com... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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Beretta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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Walther arms is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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CZ is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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Sturm, Ruger & Co., ... is listed (or ranked) 10 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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FN Herstal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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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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Kimber is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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Browning Arms Company is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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Benilli Shotguns M Serie... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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1983 and still fast shotgun on earth.
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Barrett Firearms Manufac... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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Taurus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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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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Remington is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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Wilson Combat is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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Magnum Research 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
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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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Kahr Arms is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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Luger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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Thompson Center Arms is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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