10. Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum
The gun was invented in response to the need for more firepower during the height of Prohibition when the likes of John Dillinger and Al Capone ruled entire cities. It ushered in the Magnum era and was sold at $60 back then.
Buyers were given a certificate of registration that matched the number engraved on the revolver. They could also choose the stocks, hammer, sights, trigger.
9. Browning Hi Power
It was the last pistol design of John Browning and it was made at the request of Fabrique Nationale to provide the French military with a service sidearm. Also known then as the Grande Puissance, or high power, and the Grand Rendement, or high yield.
Surprisingly, the French passed on it and settled for an inferior gun.
8. C96 Mauser Broomhandle
More than a million of this was produced between 1896 and 1937.
It was considered to be state-of-the-art at the time. 10-round box magazine forward of the trigger guard fed by stripper clips. It had a thin and awkward grip, which led to its broomhandle name.
7. CZ .75
The guns design is truly unique and the framework is well chiseled as well as created very thin to be held with optimal grip and feel overall. The CZ .75 has an increased magazine capacity which allows a double stack of bullets all at once.
6. Colt’s Single Action Army
Also known as the Peacemaker, it was one of the guns that won the West. It was supplied to the US military from 1873 to 1891.
It had a seven and a half barrel, solid frame construction, self-contained cartridge revolver, colored case-hardened finish and walnut grips.
5. Volcanic Volitional Repeater
It used to be that guns were loaded with loose powder, ball and primer.
The invention of a hollow-based bullet that could hold the propellant in its base cavity changed all that.
4. Smith & Wesson Model One Revolver
This may be considered as the father of all modern handguns.
It was small and a single-action chamber with its anemic .22 rimfire cartridge. The hinged barrel required tipping up and the bored-through cylinder had to be removed to load and unload the gun.
3. Glock Pistols
Glock pistols, particularly the Model 17, are known to be cool, reliable and innovative. It has a polymer frame molded by injection.
This process allows for a lighter weight and resistance to weather, corrosion and impact. It also means much less manufacturing expenses. It has capacity for 17 rounds in a double-stack magazine, but without the need for a thick and unwieldy grip.
The gun has a safe action manual safety wherein a polymer lever is projected through the face of the trigger shoe.
2. Smith & Wesson Hand Ejector Revolvers
This gun was called the Hand Ejector because the fired cases had to be ejected by hand from the opened, swing out cylinder.
All modern Smith & Wesson revolvers can be considered as hand ejectors. It all works and handles in a simple and safe way.
The gun has proven its durability and has excellent trigger pulls in both single and double action. It has served as the platform of the .38 and as the foundation of Magnum cartridges.
1. M1911, M1911A Pistols
The internal parts are made of solid steel and they are very durable.
It is extremely accurate and whether the gun is shortened, lengthened or widened, there is no deterioration in its reliability.
It is considered to be the handgun of the century, made by several manufacturers, though none as popular as the Colt .45. The gun has also been nicknamed as “The Yankee Fist.”