The Gun List: 5 Best Guns on the Planet Today (Who Made It?)

Kyle Mizokami
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Kyle Mizokami

Technology, Americas

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The Gun List: 5 Best Guns on the Planet Today (Who Made It?)

One of the best handguns in the world wasn’t even available to recreational shooters for much of the Cold War.

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.

This first appeared in December 2017.

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