Picking a handgun for concealed carry, home defense, or just because can be a big decision, especially if you are new to owning a gun. You probably are just starting or have already been doing research to help you decide what gun is best for you. Well, knowing what other people have and why they like it can be helpful.
We gathered information on what gun models our customers have to compile this list of top 10 handguns of 2020. Some of these will come at no surprise and as we were going through the list, we realized these are all striker fired guns. Intriguing.
We know what you really want, so let’s dive right in!
10. Sig Sauer P320 XCompact
Coming in at number 10 we have Sig Sauer’s P320 XCompact. As with all of the Sig Sauer pistols, they are commonly chosen as everyday carry guns because of their inherent reliability and the P320 XCompact is no exception. Weighing only 25.3 ounces, this striker fired pistol is easy to conceal for most people.
This 9mm Sig Sauer pistol comes with an optics ready XSeries slide and flat trigger, features that make many people choose this gun. It uses the factory XRAY3 front and rear sights that Sig fans know and love. With a 15 round magazine this is a great option for anyone looking for a concealed carry pistol.
For more information on the Sig Sauer P320 XCompact visit Sig’s website here. Or if you are looking for holsters because you already own this popular pistol check out our holster options for the P320 XCompact here.
9. Glock 48
Moving up the list to number 9 we have the Glock 48. Even if you are new to guns or barely know a thing about them you have probably heard of Glock. Glock has been around since the 1980s, and for many decades gun owners have been building a history with Glock. Because of this, their pistols are some of the most popular on the market.
Over the past few decades Glocks have become the most proven and carried firearms available. The Glock 48 uses a single stack magazine giving it a slim design similar to the Glock 43 and Glock 43x. However, the slide on the Glock 48 is slightly longer than the 43. This 9mm striker fired pistol has a 10 round magazine and weighs only 25.12 ounces making it another great easy to conceal pistol.
8. Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 3.1”
Continuing with our top 10 list we have the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 3.1” coming in at number 8. While it may be the only Smith & Wesson on our list it has earned its place. This striker fired pistol is available in 9mm or .40 S&W. The reliability of this exceedingly compact pistol is right there with Glock and Sig Sauer.
The ergonomic grip of the M&P Shield 3.1” is what makes many people find it so comfortable to hold. The M2.0 version of this pistol uses an even more aggressive grip texture and has a slightly better trigger. Weighing only 20.6 ounces this ergonomic pistol has a 7 or 8 round magazine plus one in the chamber if that is how you prefer to carry.
For more information on the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 3.1” visit Smith & Wesson’s website here. Or if you are looking for holsters because you already own this popular pistol check out our holster options for the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 3.1” here.
7. Glock 43x
Moving on to number 7 on our list the Glock 43x. It is very similar to the Glock 48 with a few small differences. Of course being a Glock the reliability is going to be great for all their guns. Similar to the Glock 48 the Glock 43x uses a single stack 10 round magazine giving this gun its slim frame. Not to mention the ease of concealability that a single stack magazine only adds.
This 9mm subcompact pistol weighs only 18.7 ounces making it the lightest so far on our list. As a slightly larger version of the Glock 43 this pistol is another great option for anyone looking at concealed carry pistols.
6. Glock 26
The reliability of this pistol comes with the name and this pistol has earned its place as number 6 on our list. If you have heard of the infamous Glock 19, the Glock 26 is a similar pistol with just a shorter grip. It’s a 9mm subcompact pistol weighing only 19.4 ounces. The smaller size of this popular gun is what makes it so easily concealable.
Sometimes used as a backup pistol for those that like to carry a Glock 19, the Glock 26 uses a standard 10 round magazine but can use up to a 33 round magazine. As number 6 on our list, this compact pistol may be just what you are looking for.
5. Glock 43
Coming in at number 5 we have, guess what, another Glock! We’ve mentioned the Glock 43 a few times so of course it made the list too. This compact pistol uses a single stack 6 round magazine adding to its concealability. The Glock 43 is almost a duplicate of the Glock 19 in just a smaller, more concealable package.
This extremely reliable 9mm pistol weighs only 16.23 ounces making it one of the smallest on our list. It uses an aggressive grip texture to help make it comfortable and easy to hold for everyone.
4. Sig Sauer P365 XL
It may come as no surprise that we would have multiple Sig Sauer pistols on our list, so number 4 is the Sig Sauer P365 XL. As the name implies this is the big brother to the Sig Sauer P365 standard. The P365 and P365 XL are known for their exceptional factory sights and triggers. The shootability of this striker fired pistol makes it a great option for both the range and concealed carry.
Weighing only 20.7 ounces this 9mm pistol uses a 10, 12 or 15 round magazine with the option to carry an additional round in the chamber. The P365 XL is available either with or without the external thumb safety. This pistol can be a great option if you love the P365 but just want a little more from the pistol.
For more information on the Sig Sauer P365 XL visit Sig’s website here. Or if you are looking for holsters because you already own this popular pistol check out our holster options for the Sig Sauer P365 XL here.
3. Springfield Armory Hellcat™
It may come as no surprise that this ultra compact pistol made our top 3. The Springfield Armory Hellcat™ is a newer pistol that has rapidly gained popularity. It’s most known for having the highest capacity in a micro-compact pistol. The factory sights are good in comparison to other pistols and overall it is very reliable.
This 9mm striker fired pistol weighs only 18.3 ounces and has a standard 11 round magazine or extended 13 round magazine. It uses an ergonomic grip making it very comfortable to handle for many shooters.
For more information on the Springfield Armory Hellcat™ visit Springfield’s website here. Or if you are looking for holsters because you already own this popular pistol check out our holster options for the Springfield Armory Hellcat™ here.
2. Glock 19
Continuing with our list we have the Glock 19 coming in at number 2. There is no question of the reliability that comes with the Glock name and the Glock 19 is one of the most commonly known pistols around. It is one of the most proven and carried firearms of the past decade. It has a comfortable grip that fits great in most hands.
This 9mm striker fired pistol comes standard with a 15 round magazine but fits up to a 33 round magazine. Weighing only 21.16 ounces this exceedingly popular concealed carry gun may be just what you are looking for.
1. Sig Sauer P365
Now for the one you have all been waiting for, earning the title of most used handgun of 2020 is the Sig Sauer P365. There is no question of people’s love for this pistol but why do they love it so much? Sig Sauer is known for their quality factory triggers and sights which is a key element of this pistol. The P365 has very smooth shooting only adding to its loveability.
Weighing only 17.8 ounces this compact pistol is a great option for concealed carry. It uses a 10 round magazine and is available with or without a thumb safety. Overall there are a lot of reasons why people love the Sig Sauer P365.
For more information on the Sig Sauer P365 visit Sig’s website here. Or if you are looking for holsters because you already own this popular pistol check out our holster options for the Sig Sauer P365 here.
If you are looking for a concealed carry pistol and don’t know where to start, a top 10 guns of 2020 list is a great option. Overall each of these pistols have pros and cons, what may be perfect for one person may not be for another. If you aren’t sure what to purchase, gun shops have knowledgeable employees that can help you decide what is right for you. Additionally, many shooting ranges allow you to rent pistols and that is a good way to try out ones you may be interested in.
Ultimately, it comes down to what you prefer and what meets your needs. We recommend visiting our Holsters by Gun Model page if you are looking for holsters that are custom made for your weapon of choice. For all of our belt and holster options and for more information to help you choose the carry system that works best for you, visit our Vedder Holsters website.
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