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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3,011 1,796
Beretta is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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5,035 1,393
SIG Sauer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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3,485 1,301
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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2,634 956
Springfield Armory, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers
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1,996 912
Colt's Manufacturing Company is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers
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1,931 1,059
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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2,449 777
Heckler & Koch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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1,700 859
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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1,012 671
Browning Arms Company is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Arms Manufacturers
10
1,182 676
FN Herstal is listed (or ranked) 10 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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3,187 1,231
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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1,506 658
CZ is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
13
1,498 803
Kimber is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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1,052 1,226
Taurus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
Arms industry, Arms Manufacturers
15
509 294
Benilli Shotguns M Series is listed (or ranked) 15 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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432 274
Barrett Firearms Manufacturing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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505 595
Dan Wesson Firearms is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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485 657
Magnum Research is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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344 200
Remington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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374 250
Wilson Combat is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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305 711
Kel-Tec is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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377 530
Les Baer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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256 235
Rock Island Armory is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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356 590
Luger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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275 482
Thompson Center Arms is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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