Gun production has scaled back for most manufacturers, but that doesn't mean we have not witnessed some of the coolest handguns enter the market throughout 2021.
Check out this roundup if you are looking for inspiration on cool handguns to buy.
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Glock G43X MOS
Besides coming in a commendable chambering of 9×19, the G43X MOS features the signature Glock slim mounting rail for mounting your favorite accessories. And slide cuts designed to suit specific micro-optics for target acquisition.
Thanks to the handgun’s slimline design, it is ideal and comfortable to conceal, making it the perfect tactical piece for all your self-defense needs. This is even better when coupled with the slim Glock style magazine.
The magazine has a 10 round capacity and comes with an orange magazine follower for enhanced visibility. Lastly, a subcompact barrel length pairs well with the versatile and compact grip with a minimal profile for exceptional usability.
- Caliber: 9x19mm
- Mag. Capacity: Standard: 10
- Barrel Length: 3.41 inch
- Loaded Weight: 22.96 oz
- Unloaded Weight: 16.26 oz
- Trigger Pull: 24 N
- Overall Length: 6.50″
- Height (including Magazine): 5.04 inch
Zev OZ9C Elite
One of the first you will notice when you hold the O.Z-9C is the outstanding balance it was designed for. This means that you get great control with less perceived recoil and reduced muzzle flip for faster and accurate follow-up shots which is what every shooter wants in a handgun.
Besides allowing the integration of the locking block, the patented steel receiver also comes with extended rails that provide an adequate surface area of contact to the slide. This also acts as a lubrication reservoir for high friction points as well as a channel for clearing out debris.
This minimizes recoil by evenly dispersing the energy along with the receiver through the handgun’s custom grip. On the other hand, a conveniently positioned take-down pin locks the removable grip to the steel receiver.
- Weight: 27.25 oz
- Caliber: 9mm
Walther PDP Compact
Are you looking for unmatched dependability, versatility, and effectiveness in conventional service and concealed situations? The Walther PDP compact is no doubt the pistol to go for.
As a new improved trigger system by Walther, the PDP compact features a shortened length of travel and increased trigger break tactile definition. As a result, you get a recognizable and distinct feel for recurring accuracy and thereby maximizing your confidence.
The SuperTerrain serrations on the slide allow for quicker and responsive hands-on engagement with the handgun which is what every shooter wants. What’s more, slide serrations offer a new and more positive feel to operating the action that is evident from the first use.
Lastly, the featured performance duty texture offers an aggressive surface to ensure proper grip traction in various conditions be it icy cold temperatures, torrential rainfall, humidity, extreme heat, or thick mud. Luckily, it is non-abrasive and will therefore not irritate your skin or clothing.
- Magazine Capacity: 15 Rounds
- Magazines Included: 2
FN 590 LS Edge
The FN 509 LS Edge is made for the demanding situations where split seconds matter making it the most promising tactical pistol to lay your hands on in 2023.
The handgun’s fiber-optic sight and a low-profile optic system coupled with a flat-faced and crisp trigger, lightening-cut long slide, and flared aluminum magazine well will allow you to master control for better marksmanship.
Being the most advanced striker-fired 509 pistols available, you can rest assured that the features are critically chosen to guarantee you every advantage. Lastly, chambered in 9mm, the FN 590 LS Edge will equally crush other handguns in competitions and home defense.
- Caliber: 9mm
- Weight: 31 oz.
- Operation: Double-action
- Overall Length: 8.2″
- Mag Capacity: 10 or 17 Rd
- Height: 5.9″
- Barrel Length: 5″
- Width: 1.35″
- Twist Rate: 1:10″ RH
- Sight Radius: 6.7″
- Trigger Pull: 4.5 lb. -6.7 lb.
Springfield Armory Hellcat Rdp 3.8″ Micro-Compact
Besides being the highest capacity micro 9mm and one of the coolest handguns in the world, the Springfield Armory Hellcat Rdp pairs a self-indexing compensator and HEX micro red dot to guarantee fast target acquisition with accurate and rapid follow-up shots.
What’s more, the Hellcat RDP comes with enhanced ergonomics and of course, the Gen 2 trigger. Also included is a cover plate with top serrations for when you do not have optics to mount.
- Caliber: 9mm
- Height: 4″ w/ Flush Mag, 4.5″ w/ Extended Mag
- Length: 7″
- Weight: 19.3 oz w/ Flush Mag, 19.6 oz w/ Extended Mag
- Grip Width: 1″
- Magazines: (1) 11-Round, (1) 13-Round Extended
- Barrel: 3.8″ Hammer Forged Steel w/ Compensator, Threaded (.5 x 28), 1:10
Magnum Research 429 Desert Eagle
The new and powerful 429 Desert Eagle comes chambered in .44 and was designed to enhance the famous Desert Eagle platform. The cartridge embodies a 45% increase in energy and a 25% increase in velocity.
For instance, 240-grain bullets have a velocity of 1600 FPS while 210-grain grain bullets fire at 1750 FPS. Lastly, its six-inch barrel is integrated with a muzzle brake for reduced recoil and black.
- Caliber: .44
- Barrel Length: 6”
- Magazine Capacity: 7
Beretta 92X Performance
Beretta designed the 92X Performance to offer accuracy and speed. As its name suggests, this piece aims for top performance making it the perfect competition pistol enhanced reliability and dynamic shooting.
Lastly, you can expect a heavier Brigadier slide, world-renowned locking systems, a steel frame, and the new Extreme-S trigger mechanism with the 92X Performance.
- Caliber: 9×19 (PARA)
- Overall Width: 1.8″
- Barrel Length: 4.9″
- Overall Length: 8.7″
- Magazine Capacity: 15
- Overall Height: 5.8″
- Weight Unloaded: 47.61 OZ
CZ Shadow 2
Are you looking for one of the coolest handguns to match today’s dynamic shooting events? The new and all-steel CZ Shadow 2 is the way to go if you want to perform at a level higher or triumph in some of the most prestigious shooting competitions.
- Height/Width/Length: 157/34/217 mm
- Barrel Length: 120 mm
- Weight: 1,33 kg
- Caliber: 9×19 | 9×21
- Magazine Capacity: 19/10 (9×19) | 19/10 (9×21)
- Sights: Height adjustable visor | Fiber optic front sight
- Size: Full-size
- Trigger: SA/DA
- Grips: Duralumin
Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 Compact
The M&P M2.0 handgun is designed for sporting, personal, and professional use. It is loaded with a ton of innovative features as far as ergonomics and aesthetics go.
Like with other handguns in this list, you do not have to worry about muzzle rise and faster follow-up shots thanks to a low barrel bore axis and an extended stainless-steel chassis.
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
- Weight: 27.0 oz.
- Capacity: 15+1
- Barrel Length: 4″
- Color: Black
- Safety: No Thumb Safety
- Length: 7.25
- Grip: Polymer
Canik TP9 SFX
Being the premium version of the TP Series of Pistols, the TP9 SFx comes with many new modular features that you will enjoy, especially during target shooting.
It does this by enhancing your pistol control thanks to an extended slide and front serrations. On the other hand, a blacked-out rear sight and fiber-optic front sight will come in handy at improving target acquisition.
- Weight: 1.83 lbs
- Capacity: 20+1 rounds
- Front Sight: Fiber Optic
- Height: 6.2″
- Width: 1.38″
- Barrel Length: 5.2″
- Cartridge: 9mm Luger
- Front Sight: Fiber Optic
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There you have it, fellow gun lovers. With such a dapper collection of the coolest handguns available, you bet that 2023 will be a year of great shooting experiences be it for self-defense, professional or competition purposes. The cherry on top is that you do not break a bank to own any of these.
Which of these handguns are you looking forward to owning this year? Let us know in the comment section below!
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