The gun industry in the United States pumps in over $15 billion into the economy. This, combined with the Shooting Sports Foundation adds up to over $60 billion. The gun economy is carrying enough heat to power up Belize’s GDP, 60 times over. While the firearm industry has seen tremendous changes with legislations supporting its growth, safety and economic viability, the federal government as a watchdog could never be more vigilant. Arizona remains the best state to own a gun, with its legislations that encourage safe gun ownership and a shooting culture inculcated by past generations and passed on to the future.
Here’s a look at the top 10 bestselling handguns in the world.
10. FN Herstal FNX-9 $579
The FNX-9 is widely manufactured in the USA. This version of the FNX series uses round box magazines. It is fitted with an ergonomic polymer frame with a low-bore axis which reduces recoil action. The gun’s grip is designed for a comfortable grip with reduced ‘’snag carry’’ The 9 series is easy to hold and is widely praised for its durability and long lasting reliability. It comes in different calibers depending on the buyer’s preferentiality. The FN Herstal FNX-9 is widely used in the USA mainly by the military, law enforcement and is also commercially.
9. The Gen4 Glock 17 $549
The Glock 17 is a 9×19mm pistol manufactured by armory giants Glock. It comes with a modular back strap that is specially designed to adapt to the individual users hand grip so as to improve shooting accuracy. The dual recoil spring on the 17 gen4 works to increase durability and endurance of the gun. For convenience, it can be used by either the left hand or the right. The reversible enlarged magazine in this version is changeable in seconds. These handguns are mainly used by British military and security personel due to its light weight.
8. The Walther P99 AS610 $499
The Walther P99s are manufactured in Germany by Carl Walther GmbH Sportwaffen. The P99s are semi-automatic with short recoil. They come with a polymer frame and a sleek ergonomic design. The AS610 versions are fitted with an external hammer connected to the internal striker and can fit 15 rounds in its standard magazine. It comes in various caliber ranges especially in .40 and .45 caliber. User preference features include the Anti-stress mode that activates or deactivates whenever the user sees fit. The AS610 series comes with either Single-Action or Double-Action. It is widely used in Germany.
7. Taurus-PT92 – $450
The Taurus guns are manufactured in Brazil under the parent company Beretta. It is a semi-automatic gun that comes with both single and double action features. The 9×19mm pistol has a short recoil action hence it is relatively fast in shooting. The PT92 comes with a hard ordnance alloy frame that is hard to crack. These versions are relatively better in performance and durability compared to other Berettas. The main buyers of this model are the South American law enforcement agencies and militaries.
6. The Beretta-92FS – $429
After success with the Beretta-92 gun manufacturers Beretta decided to go a notch higher and introduce the Beretta-92FS series. These hand guns are 9mm pistols which come with a standard magazine that can hold 15 rounds. It’s robust and thick design gives it a firm grip in the hand. The FS series handguns use a single strike – double action mechanism. It is hammer fired and has a low profile shooting focus. This low profile shooting focus component of the gun is very useful in enhancing shot accuracy in situations where the user is off balance. Its superior reliability and tact makes it a commonly used military hand gun.
5. The Glock 19 – $410
These fourth generation pistols were introduced into the market by Glock in 2010. The Glock 19 was designed to be a better version of its predecessor The Glock 17. It comes in different calibers with the .40 caliber the most popular size. The 9mm pistol lacks a hammer at its rear end hence it is small in size compared to other handguns. It comes with an ergonomic polymer framed case. It uses the striking mechanism to fire. Its small size makes it easily concealable hence it is a popularly carried firearm. The Glock 19 pistols are the preferred handguns by private security agencies.
4. SIG Sauer P938 – $389
The P938 series was introduced in 2012. The 9mm pistol uses subcompact action mechanism to fire. Unlike most handguns it has an all metal frame with aluminum alloy and stainless steel. This design gives the gun a lighter weight compared to other pistols. It contains a hammer at its rear end which allows the pistol to be small in size. The most outstanding design of the P938 is its tweak finish. This gives the handgun a more premium look. The SIG Sauer P938 is one of the bestselling luxury handguns available in the market.
3. Springfield XD-S – $345
These handguns are manufactured by Springfield Armory. They were released in 2012. The design of the XD-S series pistols is almost similar to the Smith&Wesson M&P Shield gun. The pistol is striker fired and is encased in a polymer frame. It only comes in the 9mm and .45 Automatic Cobalt Pistol (ACP) calibers. They are branded and crafted in Croatia and some labeled HS2000 pistols signifying they are for military use. The rest are perfectly concealable carry pistols for both men and women. They are the standard handguns used by various law enforcement officers in Europe.
2. Ruger LCP $330
This is the first Light Compact Pistol (LCP) made by Ruger. It was introduced in the market back in 2008 with both the Ruger LCP and its successor Ruger LCP II being among the most sought after handguns. It is .380 automatic and is a ultra-light pistol intended for the general public. A glass filled nylon frame accompanies the LCP unlike most handguns that come with a polymer frame. It uses the single strike – double stroke operation. The LCP II is the improved version of the LCP and comes with a bigger handling grip to reduced recoil impact and has a harder single stroke trigger accompanied with a inner trigger safety and security mechanism. It is one of the most carried handguns around.
1. Smith&Wesson M&P Shield – $225
The king of the jungle has been in play since later 2005 when it was introduced. The upgraded versions of the M&P shield are very light considering it lacks a protruding hammer at the back. This makes it easy to conceal. Its ergonomic polymer frame enhanced by a slim design makes it easy to hold and use. The M&P Shield beats all its competitors when it comes to accuracy both short range and long range. This particular firearm is the most popular with law enforcement and the armed forces worldwide.
Most countries in the world do not encourage gun ownership. Their law enforcement simply does not have enough resources to combat irresponsible gun ownership. With the Smith&Wesson M&P being the bestselling handgun, owed for its use in almost every man in blue downtown, would this mean it is also the one with the highest mortality rate? Well, let’s just preserve that for the AK47 for now.