Let’s get this disclaimer out of the way: I’m a single person, gun choices are incredibly subjective – this list is my personal top 5 favorite handguns for this year, your personal choices may deviate.
Now that is out of the way, I know that handguns are used for a plethora of different reasons. Hell, I use different ones for different purposes as well! So this list includes my choices for the most important categories.
(Because obviously, the best handgun for conceal carry would be quite different from the best handgun for hunting.)
So now let’s jump right in. The Top 5 Best Handguns for 2017!
1. All-Around Firearm – The Avidity Arms PD10
Fantastic general purpose gun. Great for the range, has a badass design, and feels great to hold. Recoil isn’t too shabby either. Would definitely consider this a “jack of all trades” type of firearm.
Really fun gun to shoot. Give it a try if you get the opportunity!
2. Conceal Carry – Ruger LCP
Coming in at a small size, amazing durability, and incredibly affordable price make this my favorite handgun for conceal carry.
You can fit it just about anywhere easily, it rarely fails, and her recoil is easily manageable.
There are a lot of great conceal carry guns, but this one definitely takes the cake for me.
If you get one, make sure to pick up a laser with it. Usually they are pretty inexpensive and it makes it 50x easier to aim at night (which is most likely when you’d need it).
3. Bugging Out – Smith and Wesson M&P9
Why’d I pick this over the Glock?
Primarily because it is a lot easier to fix should anything break, in my humble opinion.
It also has all the same advantages of a Glock 17, such as:
- Could easily find spare parts
- Large enough to pack a punch
- Solid distance
- Easy implementation for extended mag and other necessary add-ons
- Quick trigger
- Relatively concealable
4. Hunting – Taurus Raging Bull
Go shoot this one time and you won’t have any further questions.
5. Self Defense – Springfield XDM
Springfield is a popular name, and for good reasons. They make some awesome firearms.
I specifically love the XDM. If you need an at-home self defense handgun, this should absolutely be on your consideration list.
Its got all the bite of any normal handgun, with the added benefits of being much more reliable and being incredibly accurate.
The XDS is nice too, but I don’t like the recoil. Makes it hard to aim for more than one shot in succession, which you would definitely need in a self defense scenario. So this one definitely wins the top spot!
Top 5 Best Handguns – Summary
There you have it! My personal Top 5 Best Handguns. Hope you enjoyed this list, and if you have any questions about them feel free to give me an email. I’ve used all of them (and many others) extensively.
What are your favorite handguns? Let me know in the comments!
Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with any of these manufacturers, nor do I receive any commissions from them. This list is just based off of my experiences operating well over 100 different firearms in my life.
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