In a contentious election year with guns a hot-button issue, the rush of Americans to acquire firearms probably won’t abate. With that in mind, here are some of the best new handguns to consider adding to your own shopping list.
An AR-15-style pistol in 9 mm that takes Glock magazines? Now that we have your attention, the ATI MilSport has all the familiar controls of an AR-15, feeds from readily available magazines and can accept myriad optics and accessories.
Arex Rex Zero 1S Does this gun look familiar? With features like intuitive fire controls, an integral accessory rail, high-profile sights of three-dot configuration and an impressive capacity for fight-stopping fodder, it is sure to appeal to conceal-carry licensees—and your wallet.
Beretta M9-22 If you own a Model 92, the new M9-22 may be the ideal training tool. Less-expensive ammo and lower recoil combined with an identical manual-of-arms make this pistol a must-have for Beretta fans.
Bersa Thunder .380 Combat Plus The Bersa Thunder Combat Plus is based on the popular Bersa Thunder Combat .380, but accommodating a double-stack magazine for increased capacity. It features a redesigned, slimmer slide release for a lower profile, a rounded trigger guard and a smaller beavertail for easier carry.
Bersa Thunder 9 Pro XT Purpose-built with input from competitive shooters, the new Thunder 9 Pro is a match-ready pistol featuring excellent ergonomics and outstanding accuracy. Also, it’s completely ambidextrous.
Browning Black Label 380 Pro With Rail While the .380 ACP is far from a new development for recoil-sensitive shooters, they will, however appreciate the latest addition to Browning’s 1911 line, which can now accommodate a weaponlight, making it an ideal candidate for home defense. It’s also available with night sights.
Browning Black Label 1911-22 Compact w/Rail Suppressor Ready The only thing better than a rimfire-chambered plinker is one with a capacious magazine. The only thing better than that is one that boasts the smile-inspiring means of incorporating a sound suppressor. Pass the ammo and let the fun begin.
Carolina Arms Trenton 1911 The Trenton is a full-size, high-grade 1911 fabricated from forged steel and built to exacting tolerances. It features hand-lapped slide/frame fit, a 4-pound adjustable trigger and wire EDM-cut action components, and guaranteed accuracy of 1.5-inches at 25 yards.
Century International Arms TP9SF The Turkish-made TP9SF is a striker-fired handgun that ships with two magazines, a holster with both paddle and belt attachments, and interchangeable backstraps. It is available in black or Desert tan.
Constitution Arms Palm Pistol A personal-protection option for seniors and the physically disabled, the Palm pistol boasts a radical design that uses the thumb to fire instead of the index finger. Features include a loaded-chamber indicator, a grip-assist ramp and dual, independently operable grip safeties for peace of mind.
Dan Wesson Valkyrie Commander By adding an aluminum, Commander-length frame to the Valkyrie, Dan Wesson keeps weight down while offering a full, hand-filling grip. The 1911-based pistol is available in both .45 ACP and 9 mm.
Del-Ton Lima KeyMod Pistol Looking to build an SBR or just enjoy some trigger time with an AR-style handgun? The Del-Ton Lima KeyMod Pistol provides a great platform from which to start. From the added versatility of its Samson Evolution KeyMod Freefloat Rail to its flattop upper receiver, the Lima is worth a closer look.
DoubleStar PHD 1911 With a rounded mainspring housing, a match-grade barrel and a Wilson Combat high-ride beavertail grip safety, the Doublestar PhD is a purpose-built 1911 that’s just what the doctor ordered.
Glock G19 Gen4 MOS With the G19 Gen4 MOS, Glock now offers an optic-ready version of one of the most popular carry guns made. The pistol retains all of its virtues—reliability, capaciousness, light weight, ideal size, moderate felt recoil—but now easily accommodates a selection of red-dot sights.
Heizer Defense PKO-45 Promising the thinnest .45 ACP semi-automatic on the market at .8-inch wide, Heizer’s PKO-45 offers 5+1 rounds of fight-stopping big-bore goodness. A 7-round extended magazine is also available, and versions chambered in 9 mm and .380 ACP are on the drawing board.
Honor Defense Honor Guard Sub-Compact For a small pistol, the Honor Guard Sub-Compact is loaded with features, including a modular stainless steel chassis, ambidextrous magazine release and slide catch, and a manual-of-arms that requires no trigger pull or tools for disassembly.
Honor Defense Honor Guard Sub-Compact with FIST Frame The FIST Frame version of the Honor Guard Sub-Compact incorporates an integral hold-off device as an extension of the dustcover. This small modification keeps the gun cycling even when it is pressed up against an adversary in close quarters.
IWI US Jericho 941 PSL9 Enhanced Now featuring Meprolight tritium night sights, the Jericho is available with either a polymer (shown) or steel frame and in multiple calibers. A kit version including a holster and other useful accessories retails from $699 to $779.
Kimber K6s Kimber rocked SHOT Show 2016 with the company’s first-ever revolver, bringing the steel-frame K6s to a show filled with polymer-frame, striker-fired high-capacity 9 mm semi-autos. The K6s offers six rounds of .357 Mag. in a revolver only slightly larger than the J-frame or LCR.
Kimber Micro 9 Crimson Carry Kimber expanded its Micro Carry line with an increase in power to 9 mm from the original .380 ACP. With “Carry” literally in the name, the line naturally includes upgrades designed to assist in concealed-carry, and the Crimson Trace Lasergrip rounds out the top-notch defensive touches.
Kimber Stainless II If a full-size 1911 is your preferred pistol, the Stainless II makes a sensible choice. All-day carry calls for a finish resistant to wear, while smart upgrades that don’t break the bank make the pistol a wise choice for a defensive sidearm.
Kimber Two Tone II While the Two Tone II is actually a family of 1911-style pistols, the Ultra version, with 3-inch barrel, is ideal for concealed carry. Offering a host of upgrades at a reasonable price, the Two Tone II brings a touch of useful elegance to your concealed-carry pistol and is also available in 9 mm.
Llama Max-1 If you’re in the market for an affordable, full-size 1911, the Llama Max-1 merits a long look. It includes a forged steel barrel that’s been throated for consistent feeding and a lowered ejection port for reliability and to keep brass from getting dinged.
Llama MicroMax The MicroMax is the classic 1911 in a new, concealable size and chambered in .380 ACP. The pistol has a smooth-racking slide and enhanced features like a lowered and flared ejection port to eliminate hangups, and rear slide serrations for better purchase during slide manipulations.
Magnum Research Mark XIX Apocalyptic Desert Eagle Offering end-of-the-world cachet, the Apocalyptic Desert Eagle’s distressed-matte-white Cerakote finish is as functional as it is cool. The big, gas-operated semi-automatic is available in both .50 AE and .44 Mag.
Magnum Research Mark XIX L6 Lightweight Desert Eagle In response to the need for a lighter Desert Eagle, Magnum Research has introduced the L6 in .50 AE and the L5 in .357 Mag. Both feature the company’s integral muzzle brake and each takes the same magazines as the all-steel models.
Nighthawk Custom Browning Hi Power Nighthawk Custom has now applied its considerable gunsmithing abilities to the Hi Power. Taking factory-new pistols from Browning, Nighthawk enhances the legendary double-stack, single-action pistol with all the touches aficionados most-often request on custom-built pistols, and then some.
Nighthawk Custom Kestrel Inspired by pistolsmith Richard Heinie, the Kestrel is designed for ideal ergonomics and superb concealability. The grip frame is thinned at the front and back, while a 4.25-inch Commander-length slide assures excellent balance.
Remington RM380 Remington might have been late to the micro-.380 ACP party, but the company arrived in style. The all-metal RM380 is only slightly heavier than its polymer counterparts, but offers shootability and reliability on par with or exceeding the competition.
Remington R1 Commemorative Offering styling reminiscent of USGI standards, but with modern touches like dovetail, three-dot sights, the Model 1911 R1 is the perfect thing for “Throwback Thursday” or simply if you prefer the simplicity of “Old Slabsides.”
Rock Island Armory Rock Ultra CS Warrior The Ultra CS Warrior is a compact-size pistol. It is designed for carry and is based on the 1911 design. Though small in size, it is a powerful concealed-carry pistol. It’s also available in 9 mm, .40 S&W and 10 mm.
Rock Island Armory TCM Rock Ultra CCO 1911 The TCM Rock Ultra CCO 1911 is easy to conceal and easy to shoot with its commander-length slide and barrel paired with an Officer’s-model frame. With a match like this, you’re assured of having fine balance and good sight radius.
Ruger American Pistol Boasting an ambidextrous magazine release and slide stop along with the added ergonomic enhancements of interchangeable backstraps, the Ruger American Pistol is an ideal handgun for the whole family. Slap a flashlight on its integral rail and it makes an excellent addition to your home-defense gear. It’s also available in .45 ACP.
Ruger GP100 Large revolvers usually aren’t much fun to shoot—that is, unless they’re chambered in .22 LR. Given its mild chambering and robust design, the Ruger GP100 in .22 LR is the ideal training complement for new shooters.
SIG Sauer P225-A1 SIG brings back the single-stack, mid-size 9 mm in a big way with the re-introduction of the P225. Branded as the P225-A1, it offers a slim profile with full-size grip for those who favor the DA/SA operation in a carry pistol.
SIG Sauer P226 Legion SIG’s new “Legion” series offers top-shelf components and unique PVD finish for a truly distinct handgun. In addition to the 9 mm shown, the P226 Legion is available in .357 SIG and .40 S&W. All models feature a short reset trigger, three magazines, low-profile slide-catch and decocking lever.
SIG Sauer P250-22 Designed as a rimfire companion to SIG Sauer’s P250 hammer-fired pistol, the P250-22 offers inexpensive practice with controls identical to its centerfire counterpart. Best of all, it can be converted to centerfire operation with a SIG X-Change kit.
Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 (no thumb safety) When the market spoke, Smith & Wesson listened. The company’s signature pocket pistol now has a variant that eschews the tiny frame-mounted safety. A version with a Crimson Trace internal laser is also available.
Smith & Wesson Victory With styling cues from the 22A series of rimfire handguns and accuracy impinging on the famed model 41, the new Victory has another ace up its sleeve: No longer are complex rituals and third arms needed to take a rimfire semi-automatic apart for cleaning.
Springfield XD(M) 4.5 TB Recognizing that sound suppressors are a valuable piece of safety equipment, Springfield Armory now offers a threaded barrel variant of the XD(M) line. This FDE-framed full-size pistol is also available in 9 mm.
Springfield XD Mod.2 Sub-compact FDE Introduced last year, the redesigned Mod.2 version of Springfield’s bread-and-butter XD line quickly impressed with sensible upgrades. This newest variant brings a splash of color with an FDE frame, and is also available in .40 S&W and .45 ACP.
Springfield Armory XDs 3.3 Single Stack .40 S&W Rounding out the “big three” in defensive semi-automatic pistol calibers is the .40 S&W-chambered XDs 3.3. Originally introduced in .45 ACP, with 9 mm offered later, the diminutive, full-power pistol in .40 S&W offers the same portability as the rest of the XDs line.
STI Guardian 2011 STI’s popular concealed-carry pistol is now available in the double-stack 2011 platform for a 15-round magazine capacity. The Guardian features a 3.9-inch bull barrel, lightweight aluminum frame and snag-free sights.
STI HEX Tactical DS The HEX Tactical is up to virtually any task, be it home defense, competition or casual shooting. It is offered in both double-stack (DS) 2011 configuration or single-stack (SS) 1911 configuration with a 4- or 5-inch barrel in 9 mm or .45 ACP.
Taurus PT738 TCP with Wings With a DA/SA action, the Taurus PT738 TCP with Wings is sure to make your life easier with folding, flat handles or “wings” attached to the slide. Racking back never seemed so simple.
Walther PPQ 45 Chambered in the eternally popular .45 ACP, the PPQ offers big-bore fans a new option in a premium, striker-fired pistol. The human engineering is excellent and the trigger may set a new standard for this type of action.
Wilson Combat ARP Tactical This is not a rifle! While the Wilson Combat brand is synonymous with custom-built 1911s, the ARP Tactical is the company’s first pistol to incorporate an AR-pattern receiver. Thanks to the Shockwave Blade Pistol Forearm Support, the ARP Tactical isn’t subject to the $200 tax as part of the National Firearms Act.
Wilson Combat Beretta 92G Compact Carry Wilson Combat’s latest enhancement to the Beretta 92 is a shorter, more concealable version that boasts the same reliability of its U.S. Military sibling. It’s packed with the same custom features and quality consumers have come to expect from a brand that’s now a household name for top-notch 1911s.
Wilson Combat CQB Commander With its full-size grip and compact barrel and slide, the CQB Commander is designed with personal protection in mind. The frame and mainspring housing are rounded to minimize printing. The pistol is also available in 9 mm with 10-round magazines.