Guns 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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Beretta is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Dismalhead added Beretta Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers

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4,713 1,299
SIG Sauer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
zxray added Sig Sauer Arms Manufacturers

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1,857 824
Colt's Manufacturing Company is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Colt's Manufacturing Company Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers

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2,461 882
Springfield Armory, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Springfield Armory, Inc. Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers

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3,255 1,217
Smith & Wesson is listed (or ranked) 5 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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1,825 981
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is listed (or ranked) 6 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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2,295 730
Heckler & Koch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
JaredWesley added Heckler & Koch Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers

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1,569 799
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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943 609
Browning Arms Company is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Browning Arms Company Arms Manufacturers

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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, ...

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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

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1,367 609
CZ is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
CZ

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1,398 749
Kimber is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Dismalhead added Kimber

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989 1,130
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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460 263
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.

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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

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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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458 615
Magnum Research is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
grantsguns added Magnum Research Arms Manufacturers

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Wilson Combat is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
acb132 added Wilson Combat

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Remington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
BernardSagan added Remington

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278 657
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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Les Baer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Dismalhead added Les Baer Arms Manufacturers

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Rock Island Armory is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Rob Eskola added Rock Island Armory

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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
Thompson Center Arms Arms Manufacturers

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

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

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

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175 489
Auto-Ordinance is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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103 482
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

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

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

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

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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