10 Top Handgun Choices for 2017

Smith and Wesson M&P 2.0

2017 saw its share of new guns, as well as overstocked shelves before the election of President Trump. Looking back, there are still plenty of new 2017 models to check out or to slip under the tree or ring in the New Year.

Smith and Wesson M&P 2.0
Smith and Wesson M&P 2.0

Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0

The M&P M2.0 pistol is the newest innovation to the respected M&P polymer pistol line.  Designed for personal, sporting, and professional use, the M&P M2.0 delivers an entirely new platform, introducing innovative features in nearly every aspect of the pistol, including trigger, grip, frame, and finish. Highlights of the M&P M2.0 pistol include an extended stainless-steel chassis and high grip to barrel bore axis ratio for reduced muzzle rise and faster aim recovery. The M&P M2.0 pistol further improves performance with a fine-tuned, crisper trigger, lighter pull and a tactile and audible reset. The pistol, available in three calibers, includes an aggressively textured grip and four interchangeable palmswell inserts for optimal hand-fit and trigger reach. The striker-fired, semi-automatic polymer M&P 2.0 is available in matte black or Flat Dark Earth and includes two 17+1 magazines. MSRP $599

CZ P-10

CZ pistols have a rabid following for a reason. You can argue they are not the lightest or sexiest pistols on the market, but for reliability and accuracy their value is dollar for dollar of anything else on the market. However, given the weight of a steel frame, everyone wants polymer and CZ answered with the P-10. Striker fired, the CZ P-10 features three interchangeable backstraps and a trigger that breaks at a crisp 4 to 4.5 pounds. Other features include a fiber-reinforced polymer frame, nitride finish, a generous trigger guard, and 3-dot sights. Available in 9mm or .40 S&W, with a 10-, 12-, or 15-round magazines, the CZ P-10 carries an MSRP of $541. 

FNS Compact

The FNS Compact is proof that good things come in small packages—well, smaller packages anyway. The FNH FNS-9 is an excellent choice for duty, defense, concealed carry, and competitive shooting applications. The FNH FNS-9 is built from the ground up to be a reliable, durable, and accurate semi automatic pistol that is easy to shoot and carry—making the compact version ideal as a backup or for concealed carry. When you need an absolutely dependable, semi-automatic pistol, and like the sound of a 3.6-inch barrel to protect yourself and your loved ones, the FNH FNS Compact is more than worthy of consideration. The FNS Compact has a 12- or 17-round capacity depending on the magazine used, weighs 23.4 ounces, and is 6.7 inches long. MSRP $599.

Remington RP9 right profile
Remington RP9

Remington RP9

Striker-fired pistols are a dominant force in the market. It is a major marketing faux pas to not have one, so Remington jumped into the market with its first striker-fired pistol with the RP9. If you are going to make a splash in the striker-fired arena, an 18+1 capacity, interchangeable backstraps and a silky smooth trigger combine for a great start. For competition or training, the audible and tactile reset will be appreciated. With an MSRP of just under $500, the RP9 is ready for the range or home defense.

Taurus 180 Viridian Curve

Taurus 180 Curve is a truly unique ergonomic pistol design that features a slight curve built into the fame. This allows the firearm to confirm to your body and improves grip angle giving you an easily concealable, go-anywhere, lightweight pistol that is amazingly accurate. The bore axis sight system is, literally “Point and Shoot”, but this model also comes equipped with an integral Viridian laser/light combo built into the frame of the pistol. Small, lightweight, concealable and powerful; The Taurus Curve is quality personal protection at a price you can afford!  The Taurus 180 Curve weighs a scant 13 ounces, measures 5.2 inches, will only set you back $419 MSRP.

SIG Sauer P320 X-Five

Competition shooters rejoice! The P320 X-Five 9mm incorporates all of the most important features to maximize accuracy, shootability, and ergonomics while maintaining the modularity of the standard P320 platform. The X-Series grip module is exclusive to this line and features a deeper trigger guard undercut, higher back strap, and extended beavertail to ensure a higher grip for better recoil management. The P320 X-Five also comes standard with a removable grip weight for improved balance and a removable magazine funnel and extended slide catch lever to facilitate faster reloads.

SIG 320 X-Five
SIG 320 X-Five

Like all X-Series P320s, the X-Five has the straight trigger that breaks at 90 degrees for an even better feeling pull. The 5-inch bull barrel and lightened slide pair perfectly for match-grade accuracy and are equipped with Dawson Precision Fiber Optic front and fully adjustable rear sights. Additionally, the rear sight plate can be easily removed as a unit and replaced with a ROMEO1 optic, which means every P320 X-Five pistol is optics-ready right out of the box. Each P320 X-Five includes four 21-round steel magazines. MSRP $1005.

Hudson H9

One of the classic firearms debate of our generation has been Glock (striker-fired) versus the 1911. Is it really much of a surprise that someone finally built a striker-fired 1911? Essentially, the H9 looks and feels like a 1911, but instead of being a hammer-fired single action, it is a striker-fired handgun. The 9mm H9 features a 15+1 magazine and 4.75- to 5-pound trigger. Unloaded the H9 tips the scales at 42.6 ounces, and carries a MSRP of $1,147.

Colt Cobra

The 2017 Colt Cobra follows in the footsteps of the original Colt Cobras, which was produced from 1950 until the early 1980s. During that period, the Cobra was one of the revered snubbies on the market. The Cobra certainly benefitted simply by wearing the Colt name, but it also earned its following due to its lightweight aluminum frame.

Unlike many reintroductions, the 2017 Colt Cobra did not get smaller or heavier, The new version is more robust, made of steel and capable of handling +P ammunition. With a matte stainless finish and front fiber optic sight, the 2-inch barrel Cobra is easily concealable, perfect for self-defense and carries an MSRP of $699

Iver Johnson Pocket Ace
Iver Johnson Pocket Ace

Iver Johnson Pocket Ace

The .22 LR may not be most people’s first choice for a self-defense gun, but you have to admit two things. First four barrels of .22 LR is rather intimidating and a pepperbox has a cool factor that’s hard to beat. The Pocket Ace features four 2-inch barrels, a rotating firing pin and ambidextrous safety. Overall, the Pocket Ace tapes out a four inches and weighs a scant 7 ounces unloaded. Production has been delayed and is promised for late 2017. The MSRP should be a round $300 according to the rumors.

Nighthawk North Sky Hawk Revolver

Looks help, and if you are fortunate enough to own a Nighthawk Custom, you’ll know the true meaning of beauty, fit, and finish. When it comes to legendary revolvers, Nighthawk and Korth is a match made in heaven. The Nighthawk North Sky Hawk 9mm compact revolver is ready for duty as a concealed carry and personal protection revolver. Available with a 2- or 3-inch barrel, the aluminum frame Sky Hawk weighs in at 1.2 pounds. Feel the trigger as you drop the hammer, and you’ll find a way to justify the $1,699 MSRP.

What’s your favorite handgun of the past couple years? Share it in the comment section.


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Comments (40)

  1. The shelfs are overstocked with the Taurus Curve because no one wants one. I can’t get anyone to buy mine, even at $200, including the Laserlyte!

  2. You guys are kidding right? The Taurus curve and Remington RP9, I love Remington rifles but there no good in the polymer semi-auto market. Have the testers even held let alone shot either one.

  3. Glocks are just the gun everybody else has. Yea easy to shoot and breakdown. Great for beginners. S&W first gun I owned 9mm also a great beginner gun. I have since move onto the Springfield Armory wagon owning a XD 9mm 16+1, XDM .40, Xds. 45. I keep my XDS in my Jeep with a Alien Holster mounted next to my E Break. Thats 6 +1 and 7 + one mag next to my shifter. On my side always is my new XDM 9mm 16 + 1 held concealed IWB with another Alien Holster. Now I know everyone loves a GLOCK or a S&W maybe even a SIG. When it comes to durability, dependibity, point and shoot from any position no matter the conditions Springfield has them beat hands down. I can take all your of my handguns fully loaded throw them in a mass of water then a bed of dirt and a sand box pick them up and point and shoot. 99.9% of the time all four are going to fire the entire magazine without any problems. Just a fact from years of owning carrying and troubleshooting the XD brand in any caliber is the way to go in concealed carry.

    1. Springfield xds have a silly grip safety which makes me shy away from them altogether. But comparing the reliability of an xd to a glock or a sig? Laughable. And a sig 226 is a completely different animal to ANY plastic fantastic. The fact that you think springfield automatics are comparable even to the reliability of the other mentioned brands is hilarious. Clearly you are a fanboy. And i could suggest several conditions where your grip safety becomes a huge hinderance. Keep your xd. I’ll choose from a plethora of better guns

  4. I am from Canada. What the legal requirements to purchase a hand gun from you? Shipping and handling charges? Etc etc……………..

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