The Top 15 Most Popular Handguns in the USA

TheGunSource.com is proud to bring you the #1 guide to the most popular handguns in the USA.  Revolvers, semi-automatic pistols, and many more are discussed in the following list based on their popularity with the American market. 

If you’re looking for information on some of the most popular handguns in the United States then you’ve come to the right place. Weather you carry your handgun every day, or target practice once in a blue moon, we’ve reviewed the most popular models in America.

Turns out that Americans want firearms that are reliable, efficient, effective, and it doesn’t seem to hurt if the handgun they carry has a little bit of style as well.

The following list includes some of the best selling models on the American market, ranging from full-sized self defense models, to compact pistols great for conceal carrying.

Sprinfield XD

The Springfield XD line is one of the most popular in the United States. Available in several calibers and sizes, these reliable pistols are extremely popular with shooters that vary in stature and experience.

The XD-S Mod.2 is a very slim single stack firearm that makes a great handgun for people looking to conceal carry. These are available in 9mm, .40sw, and .45 acp.

If you’re looking for something a bit larger you can go with something like an XD-M Elite model handgun. These have some extremely fine-tuned triggers, and pro shooters love them. These are available in 9mm only.

There are also XD-E, XD-M, and of course the basic XD lines.  Some are even available in pink!

Weather you are new, or a seasoned shooter, the Springfield XD series makes for a line with exceptional comfort, durability, ease of operation, and performance.

Ruger GP100

The GP100 is an extremely popular full-sized revolver available in the United States. The line is a double action revolver available in six, seven, eight, and even ten shot! Available in a multitude of calibers including .22LR, or something a bit larger like .357 magnum and 10mm auto for when you need some serious firepower.

These handguns reminisce of the Dirty Harry look with modern flare and reliability. An epic firearm that resonates as one of the best selling revolvers on the market today.

Kel-Tec PMR-30

These bad boys carry 30 rounds of .22wmr and are extremely reliable and easy to shoot on-target. They make an extremely good option for anyone that’s looking to take a light weight pistol camping or hiking, or maybe even just to throw in your tool box.

Kel-Tec is historically an amazing firearms company, and we’ve done a lot of Kel Tec Reviews here.

Did we mention that it carries 30 rounds? Ya, it’s one of the highest capacity pistols in it’s class.

Glock 19

This is by far one of the most popular pistols in America. Glock has what is arguably the most reliable, durable, and most widely used 9mm firearm on the market. Beginners and avid shooters and keen on using the Glock 19.

Add a 33 round magazine, laser, optics, or any number of accessories under the sun. The versatility to modify these weapons relentlessly makes the Glock 19 extremely popular with people that like to trick their weapons out.

Their ability to be reliable and simple right out of the box also makes the Glock 19 a popular model with law enforcement and military world wide.

Sig Sauer P365

According to GunBroker, the P365 was the best selling handgun of 2019 thanks to it’s being an extremely reliable micro-compact weapon. The 9mm handgun offers a 10+1 magazine and is perfect for concealed carry.

You can carry this pistol on your belt, boot, or just about any other spot you can imagine and barely even know it’s there. These little firearms are extremely satisfying to shoot, and are incredibly comfortable considering how small they are.

Shooters nationwide are considering the P365 a great option year after year.

Taurus G2c

The Taurus G2c is an extremely popular model for budget shooters. Chambered in 9mm and designed in a light weight polymer frame, there are countless Americans that carry one of these every day.

12 round magazines and light weight make them extremely popular with just about any shooter out there. It’s hard to find a handgun in this price range that matches in reliability, comfort, and style. There’s nothing cheap about the way these pistols fire, and we highly recommend them.

Ruger LCP

An easy to conceal single stack pistol, the Ruger LCP makes for an extremely popular concealed carry gun. Chambered in .380, you can bet on this little semi auto firearm hitting your target every time.

It’s a little pistol that packs a serious punch with the American market, and we’re willing to bet we see it on the best selling list time and time again.

Reliable, comfortable, and cost-effective, the Ruger LCP is an extremely good option for a wide range of shooters.

ATI GSG 1911

Made in Germany, these .22LR pistols are extremely well engineered and popular among firearms enthusiasts. You can carry 10 rounds in the magazine and personally, we feel these 1911’s boast a little more style than the iconic GI 1911 models used in WW2.

This firearm comes in right at 34.3oz and bells and whistles like the ambidextrous safety makes it quick to draw and fire with ease making it one heck of a popular handgun.

Sig Sauer P320

The US Military adopted the P320 as their official sidearm years ago, and the firearm has made the top 5 list of best selling handguns on the market in the United states year after year.

There are countless options of this gun available; sub-compact, competition ready, or even elongated models are available to meet any consumer need.

You can bet this is something you’ll regularly see at any shooting range across the United States.

Smith and Wesson 442

This small revolver is one of the most popular you’ll find being carried (especially for concealed carry). The 5 shot .38 spl+p handgun is a favorite among gun enthusiasts because of it’s simplicity and reliability.

It’s actually one of the office favorites here at The Gun Source because it always looks cool without trying hard, and hits it’s target with ease and reliability.

CZ 75B

Made in the Czech Republic and known for being fine-tuned firearms both in function and style the CZ 75B come to the top of the list for best selling handguns.

The slide rails on this pistol are actually inside the frame which makes it’s accuracy through the roof when rapid firing. Across Europe you’ll see these firearms used by police and military forces, and in the U.S. you’ll regularly see them being used on the firing range.

Smith and Wesson Shield

This single stack firearm is a part of the Smith and Wesson Police line (P Shield). It’s extremely thin and makes for a great semi automatic, compact pistol for concealed carry.

A light weight 20.8oz and 6.1in barrel will make you able to fit this firearm in your waste-line with ease in comparison to many other handguns. With an 8+1 magazine, you’ll be able to get plenty of shots off given the small size.

It’s an extremely easy-shooting handgun that makes it an incredibly popular selling gun nationwide.

Sig Sauer P226

This 9mm handgun is the choice among the United States Navy SEALs which of course resonates in the civilian market.

Beloved for their reliability and low recoil make them an extremely easy to use firearm in comparison to many other handguns of the same size.

Available with single-action and double-action triggers that are extremely predictable and smooth. The Sig P226 is most certainly a semi automatic gun worthy of being called extremely reliable.

Heckler and Koch VP9

The HK VP9 9mm handgun is a highly reliable firearm that fires as well as it looks. The grip safety feels comfortable and makes firing the weapon subtle and smooth.

The striker fired handgun carries a 9 round magazine that allows the shooter to fire with ease. This is third striker fired pistol that HK has ever produced.

The low recoil and sleek design make this a favorite among the American public.

Glock G45

This Glock boasts a full-sized frame with a compact slide. It’s pretty economical and the 9mm firearm is a favorite among shooters nationwide.

The G45 can carry between 17 and 33 rounds depending on the magazine, and only at about an inch wide.

It’s reliability and simplicity make it another extremely popular firearm that keep it at the top of the best selling list time and time again.

Conclusion

The most popular handguns in America come in a wide variety of styles, calibers, and brands that resonate with the average firearm consumer in the nation. The large and diverse population that purchases firearms yearly has spoken, and the guns listed above are some of the best.

No matter what type of shooter you are, you can rely on the American market to give you a diverse set of choices of gun worth looking at.