The Fearsome 15: 5 Best Handguns, 5 Best Shotguns and 5 Military Rifles Ever

Kyle Mizokami

Kyle Mizokami


Best of the best on the range or in combat? You decide.

The Fearsome 15: 5 Best Handguns, 5 Best Shotguns and 5 Military Rifles Ever

From the original Glock 17, capable of carrying seventeen rounds of nine-millimeter ammunition, the Glock line has expanded to cover nearly all semiautomatic calibers, including .45 ACP, and the gun has replaced the 1911A1 pistol in such organizations as Marine Special Operations Command and the U.S. Army’s Delta Force.

(These all appeared seperately during the last few months and is being reposted thanks to reader interest.)

5 Best Handguns:

The bustling global arms trade has resulted in many excellent handguns in the last hundred years. Some of the best handguns are more than a hundred years old, while others have been in production for less than a decade. All are excellent weapons for defense, and in some cases offense; they are equally at home in a homeowner’s gun safe or carried as an officer’s sidearm. Here are five of the best handguns currently in service worldwide.

The Colt M1911A1

Designed by prolific gun designer John Moses Browning, and first introduced in 1911, the Colt 1911 pistol was meant to replace weaker .38 caliber pistols used by the U.S. Army during the Philippine Insurrection. The 1911 was the U.S. military’s first semiautomatic handgun, marking a permanent turn away from military revolvers.

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