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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2,937 1,738
Beretta is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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4,937 1,361
SIG Sauer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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2,582 930
Springfield Armory, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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3,412 1,273
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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1,963 891
Colt's Manufacturing Company is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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1,908 1,035
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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2,405 762
Heckler & Koch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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1,657 840
Walther arms is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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992 651
Browning Arms Company is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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1,147 659
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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3,124 1,208
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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1,470 642
CZ is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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1,477 789
Kimber is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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1,034 1,202
Taurus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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493 286
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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419 267
Barrett Firearms Manufacturing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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494 585
Dan Wesson Firearms is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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479 646
Magnum Research is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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331 190
Remington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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366 242
Wilson Combat is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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301 701
Kel-Tec is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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374 526
Les Baer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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352 584
Luger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers

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248 229
Rock Island Armory is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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272 479
Thompson Center Arms is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Handgun Brands, Ranked by Gun Lovers
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