Top 10 Handguns Of The Future


The firearms industry continues to refine handguns. Many will be lighter in weight and easier to carry in answer to concealed carry weapons trends. There will also

be advances including smart guns, firearms that contain a safety feature only allowing it to be used by the authorized user. Some handguns of the future may face controversy thanks to a new way to make them.

Here are the top 10 handguns of the future.

10. XM-17 Military Handgun

XM-17 Military Handgun Of The Future

What could be one of the handguns of the future is the XM-17 modular handgun system proposed by the Army. The military is seeking to replace the standard Beretta M9 and M9A1. The Army launched a modular handgun competition in order to entice manufacturers to create a gun capable of fitting its needs. The handgun, when developed, will likely have reversible or ambidextrous controls and be made of lighter materials. Its standard ammunition will possibly be hollow-point bullets. Gun makers are submitting proposals in hopes of landing the contract for at least 280,000 handguns. 

9. Taurus Curve

Taurus Curve Hanguns Of The Future

Taurus promotes its Taurus 180 Curve pistol as the “world’s first and only curved firearm engineered to fit the unique confines of your body.” It includes a light and laser built into the frame that can be activated simultaneously or one at a time. The unique design of the hammer-fired, double-action-only semi-automatic .380 ACP pistol is meant to make it comfortable to carry. It features a snag-free design that the company hopes appeals to concealed carry holders and makes it one of the handguns of the future to own. 

8. Walther PPS M2 9mm

Walther PPS M2 9mm

Walther has unveiled its new PPS M2 at the 2016 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show known as the SHOT show. There will be six, seven and eight round magazines available. The handgun, at one-inch wide and 21.1 ounces empty, has rounded contours and a snag-free draw likely to appeal to concealed carry holders. A law enforcement version will feature phosphoric sights and three magazines. 

7. Colt Lightweight Commander

Colt Lightweight Commander

Colt’s Lightweight Commander comes in .45 ACP with an eight-round magazine and 9 mm with a nine-round magazine. The handgun, also unveiled at the SHOT Show, weighs less and is shorter than a Commander used by the government. Built upon a 1911 platform pistol design, it features Colt’s Dual Spring Recoil System and an undercut trigger guard and upswept beavertail grip meant to give shooters a higher grip for more comfort and accuracy. 

6. Beretta PX4 Storm Compact

Beretta PX4 Storm Compact Hanguns Of The Future

The PX4 Storm Compact double/single-action compact handgun offers features like interchange backstraps to fit people’s hands and shooting style more comfortably. The magazine is also reversible, making it possible for people to shoot it with either hand. Enhanced night sights are among features added to the new model. Beretta markets the PX4 for both concealed carry civilians and recreational shooters as well as those concerned about home defense. 

5. SIG Sauer P320 Pistol

SIG Sauer P320 Pistol

The SIG Sauer P320, one of the likely handguns of the future, received American Rifleman’s 2016 Golden Bullseye Award for best handgun of the year. It’s a striker-fired pistol, a change from earlier models with a pivoting hammer. A spring drives the striker forward in the new model. It also is made of polymer instead of steel or aluminum alloys, making it lighter to carry. The P320 guns include a 9mm Luger full-size and compact model. 

4. Glock 43 9mm Pistol

Glock 43 9mm Pistol

The built-in beaver tail design of the Glock 43 single-stack pistol is meant to give the shooter a high and tight grip that lets the shooter more easily operate the handgun. The pistol, also marketed to concealed carry civilians, features a large magazine catch that allows users to remove the six-round magazine easily. 

3. Ruger American Pistol

Ruger American Pistol

Sturm, Ruger & Company built its Ruger American Pistol to handle the harshest conditions. The pistol, developed to match U.S. military standards, features a recoil-reducing barrel to spread the recoil out over time. There is also a low center of gravity and low bore axis to give it less felt recoil, less muzzle flip and better balance than similar pistols. The pistol is available in 9mm Luger and .45 caliber auto styles. 

2. Smart Guns

Smart Guns Handguns Of The Future

Smart guns are being promoted as safer, childproof weapons because they will only fire in the hands of authorized shooters. Supporters say this technology would help prevent tens of thousands of injuries and deaths caused by accidents each year. Some of them require the user to wear a special watch. Others would rely on a fingerprint sensor. But will anybody buy one? That’s the question being asked as Armatix, manufacturer of the Armatix iP1 personalized pistol, enters chapter 11 bankruptcy. Public health researchers said a survey showed 59 percent of respondents would. 

1. 3D Printed Handguns

3D Printed Handguns

Cody Wilson, creator of the 3D printed Liberator handgun, is suing the State Department for ordering him to remove from online the 3D printing files for his handgun. While his handgun may not take off, there’s speculation that 3D printed handguns will be among handguns of the future. One possibility, the 9mm semiautomatic Shuty, features a 3D printed bolt carrier, upper and lower receivers and magazine with a metal bolt, an AR fire-control group and the barrel of a Glock. The concept of 3D printed guns have lawmakers and law enforcement concerned that guns printed out on a 3D printer could be used to commit crimes.

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