A Perfect 10: Best 10mm Pistol Options (2022) (2022)

Updated 2/22/2022

Since its introduction, the 10mm Auto has been putting magnum power into semi-auto pistols. In recent years, it's had a bit of a resurgence in popularity.

What are seven dependable 10mm Auto pistols for hunting, defense and target shooting?

  • Colt Delta Elite Rail Gun
  • Glock 20
  • Remington R1 Hunter
  • SIG Sauer P220
  • Ruger SR1911
  • Republic Forge 10mm Long Slide
  • Springfield Armory XD-M

My introduction to the 10mm Auto came in the fall of 2014. I wanted to try some handgun hunting, and I’m a huge fan of 1911-style pistols. But the .45 ACP just didn’t have the punch needed for deer and hog hunting — not at any sort of distance anyway. I kept reading about this 10mm Auto, though, available in 1911-type pistols and with power nearly on par with the .41 Magnum.

My first 10mm was a PARA Elite LS Hunter with a 6-inch barrel, and I used it on a couple of deer hunts that fall. Unsuccessfully. Anytime I went afield with the PARA, I either saw no deer or they were 200 yards away. But in the spring of 2015 I took the PARA to Texas in search of feral hogs. Seven hogs later, I was hooked.

So, yes, I am a relative newbie to the 10mm Auto, but so is nearly everyone else. That said, if you require THE EXPERT’s wisdom — on this or any other topic — just post a question or a statement on a gun forum or Facebook. He’ll find you and inform you.

But during the past 3 years, I’ve had the good fortune to shoot more than 15 different models of 10mm pistols, reviewing several of them for publications. I’ve fired a couple thousand rounds of 10mm Auto in that time, using a dozen brands of ammunition, on the range and afield — the latter while taking wild hogs and deer.

These are among the things I’ve learned about the amazing 10mm Auto.

A Perfect 10: Best 10mm Pistol Options (2022) (1)10mm Auto Basics

First, if you can shoot it well, the 10mm is a much more powerful self-defense round compared to the 9mm or .40 S&W. The larger weight of 10mm bullets and the sheer ballistic superiority of the 10mm round make it so. Most 10mm rounds are loaded with 180- to 200-grain bullets and zip along at 1,150 to 1,250 feet per second (fps) at the muzzle. This is why, for example, handgun hunters use the 10mm — not the 9mm.

Second, it does take some time and practice for most people to learn to shoot the 10mm well. The reason? It has considerably more recoil than the 9mm or the .40 S&W. And more than the .45 ACP, too, I’d argue, unless you are using .45 ACP+P loads. Most pistols made for the 10mm are considerably heavier than other semi-autos, so they can be harder to aim with consistency, too.

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Third, the 10mm is a versatile round, able to shoot farther and with more power than most semi-automatics. They are a lot of fun to shoot and to hunt with, and they should be at the top of every handgunner’s “to-do” list.

The Glory Days

The history of the 10mm is wrapped up with Col. Jeff Cooper, founder of the Gunsite training facility and the father of the “Modern Technique” style of pistol training. Cooper was a huge fan of the 1911 platform. But he also understood the limitations of the .45 ACP round. While the big, lumbering 230-grain bullet was a great fight-stopper at relatively close ranges, it quickly lost power as distances increased.

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According to various sources, Col. Cooper wanted a better combat pistol round, one with enough energy to launch a 200-grain bullet at 1,200 fps. Some have labeled Cooper as the “inventor” of the 10mm. But gun writer Richard Mann, who has researched and written about Cooper more than anyone I know, says Cooper was more of an “inspiration” to the genesis of the 10mm, not the guy who made it.

In 1983, the 10mm Auto was introduced to the world in the form of the Bren Ten semi-automatic pistol. The initial ammunition, according to Cartridges of the World, 13th Edition, was designed and loaded by Norma with a 200-grain bullet. “Muzzle energy is about double that of the .45 Automatic,” the book’s authors note.

After the infamous 1986 Miami bank robbery — which saw two FBI agents killed by a pair of very well-armed bank robbers — the FBI looked for a new round; the FBI’s duty-issued 9mm had proven itself generally ineffective against the two Miami hoods. The 10mm was the agency’s choice — but only for a while. The 10mm’s stout recoil and fairly expensive ammunition led the FBI to eventually switch over to the .40 S&W.

For nearly 20 years, the 10mm languished. The occasional pistol was produced, and ammunition offerings were very limited across the board.

But it certainly didn’t go away.

A Perfect 10: Best 10mm Pistol Options (2022) (2)The 10mm Auto Renaissance

PARA and a couple other gun makers got the 10mm going once again several years ago: PARA unveiled the aforementioned Elite LS Hunter, and from this the round and pistol began its current steady resurgence.

Now, I doubt that the 10mm will ever be as popular as its smaller 9mm cousin. There’s too much recoil in the 10mm round for most shooters, and too much weight in most of the pistols chambered for it. And that’s okay.

But we like bigger and faster. When shooters started to see more 10mms on the market and began hearing that the 10mm round was indeed bigger and faster than the 9mm and the .40 S&W — with superior muzzle energy versus the .45 ACP — more people like myself started trying it. And we quickly discovered what a gem a good 10mm pistol truly is.

Among the current 10mm Auto pistol offerings on the market, here are seven great ones that I have used, and do recommend:

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Colt Delta Elite Rail Gun

Colt was one of the few gun makers that kept offering the 10mm in lean times, in the form of the Delta Elite, a 1911 with a 5-inch barrel. This newest variation has a rail beneath the barrel for mounting hardware. I put 300 rounds through one recently, and it’s a solid, accurate pistol. The Novak sights are a real treat.

MSRP: $1,199, colt.com

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Glock 20

The Glock 20 has been around for many years, and it’s a nice handgun: accurate, durable, lighter in weight than most 10s and packs lots of firepower with its 15-round magazine and one in the chamber. For years, folks hunting in big bear country have favored this model as a back-up sidearm.

MSRP: $649; glock.com

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Remington R1 Hunter

First, a bit of PARA history. Remington Arms bought up PARA a number of years ago. According to Remington officials I spoke with, Remington put a good deal of time, effort and money to get PARA working right, and once that was accomplished, it debuted the Long Slide Hunter in 10mm. A couple years later, Remington completely shut down PARA — for reasons they never really explained.

The Remington R1 Hunter in 10mm was introduced in 2016, and a lot of people figured it was just the PARA with “Remington” stamped on the side. Yes, they are both long slides, sporting 6-inch barrels and finished in black. Actually, though, the R1 Hunter strikes me as an upgrade. It feels better in the hand than the PARA and has a sleeker look. Mine is also a shade more accurate that my PARA Elite!

MSRP: $1,310; remington.com

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SIG Sauer P220

SIG’s P220 line started life as a .45 ACP, but a couple years ago the company launched the P220 Hunter in 10mm, which was a full-sized 10mm with a stainless-steel slide and frame and a 5-inch barrel. The Hunter is finished in the Kryptek camouflage pattern; stippling on the backstrap and grip panels provides a damn solid grip, and the adjustable sights are first-rate. You can still pick them up used or from some dealers who've squirreled them away. But when it comes to a brand-new P220 in 10mm, all Sig presently offers is its top-shelf Legion edition. Good 10mm pistol as well, but quite spendy.

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MSRP: $1,399; sigsauer.com

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Ruger SR1911

Ruger got into the 10mm game recently by offering its SR 1911 in that caliber. A fully adjustable Bomar rear sight, a blacked-out front target sight and a stainless-steel bull barrel add up to very impressive accuracy. The rubberized grips also provide a solid hold.

MSRP: $1,019; ruger.com

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Republic Forge 10mm Long Slide

Made one at a time by true 1911 craftsmen, Republic Forge is the Rolls Royce of 1911s, with the 10mm Long Slide model a contender for the best 10mm I’ve ever used. Very accurate and extremely reliable, the Long Slide has a 6-inch barrel, and it can be had in all manner of color and finish options, various grips and Novak Night or Bomar sights.

MSRP: $5,000; republicforge.com

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Springfield Armory XD-M

Maybe the best in the affordable category of 10mm pistol options, the XD-M holds its own again all comers. The line of Springfield Armory’s polymer-framed, striker-fired pistols are renowned for well thought out ergonomics, making it a very controllable launchpad for the “Perfect 10”. Plus the guns are available in a slew of configurations from compact carry piece to the duty-sized, optic-ready tactical OSP (pictured above). Honestly, the XD-M in all its iterations offers shooters an accurate and solid 10mm pistol—one many have found more than fills the role of a heavy hitter.

MSRP: $837; springfield-armory.com

As mentioned, the 10mm isn’t likely to win any peoples’ choice awards anytime soon. There’s simply too much gun and too much recoil for it to gain the foothold the 9mm has enjoyed. That said, the 10mm will always be a performance frontrunner in regard to the “bang you get for your boom.”

A Perfect 10: Best 10mm Pistol Options (2022) (10)Bonus: 10mm Auto Ammo Options

If you love your 10mm, you must feed it, and there are more ammunition choices today in this caliber than ever before. Among those I have used and do recommend, are:

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Barnes Bullets: The VOR-TX firing a 155-grain all-copper XPB Bullet is ideally suited for whitetail deer and hog hunting.

SIG Sauer: The Elite Performance FMJ in 10mm is a solid range and practice round, while the 10mm V-Crown load with a 180-grain JHP bullet is a great option for both hunting and self-defense.

Federal Premium: Federal’s American Eagle line of range ammo includes the 10mm with a 180-grain FMJ bullet, and it’s a workman’s choice for practice. And what about for hunting? The Vital-Shok Trophy Bonded with a 180-grain JHP bullet is tough to beat.

Hornady: The Critical Duty 10mm round with a 175-grain FlexLock bullet has “man stopper” written all over it. Gel tests say so, too. For hunters, the Custom brand is the choice. It’s loaded with the 180-grain XTP bullet, a lead core covered by gilding metal, for deep penetration on the toughest game animals and reliable expansion.

Remington: The Remington UMC in 10mm is about the most reasonably priced choice for the range I have found. It’s clean burning, too.

Team Never Quit: Team Never Quit was created by retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell (yes, the Lone Survivor guy), and his TNQ 10mm self-defense round fires a 155-grain solid copper bullet that’s very accurate, up close and 40 yards away. The 125-grain frangible load is a 1,360 fps screamer (out of the R1Hunter) and is fine for training on steel at close ranges.

Winchester: I recently used the Winchester Super X 10mm Personal Protection load with a 175-grain Silvertip JHP bullet. It proven very accurate at 20 and 25 yards. I’m still waiting for Winchester to make a Razor Boar load in 10mm for my hog hunting, though.

PolyCase: PolyCase is scheduled to be coming out with a new 10mm load firing a 91-grain copper and polymer bullet, rated at a scary 1,800 fps out of the barrel. I used several hundred rounds of this new ammo during PolyCase’s testing phase, and it’s accurate and consistent, with no feeding or ejection problems.

Many more 10mm ammunition brands and pistols are available today, too, and I expect a good number of new entries in coming years. Yes, it’s a great time to be a fan of the 10mm. Jump in now, before the 10mm waters get too crowded!

Editor's Note: This article is an excerpt from Gun Digest the Magazine.

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A Perfect 10: Best 10mm Pistol Options (2022)? ›

  • Colt Delta Elite Rail Gun.
  • Glock 20.
  • Remington R1 Hunter.
  • SIG Sauer P220.
  • Ruger SR1911.
  • Republic Forge 10mm Long Slide.
  • Springfield Armory XD-M.
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Is buying a 10mm worth it? ›

Bottom line is that with 10mm you can carry more rounds than you would with a . 45 ACP, fewer rounds than you would with a 9mm, and the same number of rounds as with a . 40 S&W. But each round carries 50 percent more energy, increasing the possibility that you will need fewer hits to stop an attacker.

Is 10mm Auto more powerful than 45 ACP? ›

Both are popular choices for self-defense and both have a lot of stopping power. The 10mm is a bit more powerful than the . 45 ACP and it also has a higher capacity.

What is the maximum effective range of a 10mm? ›

10mm is a very flat shooting cartridge that has minimal drop out to 100 yards. It has almost no drop with a good 180-grain load.

Is the 10mm making a comeback? ›

The 10mm is making a big comeback and it's got just as many excellent attributes as its counterpart. Here's What You Need to Remember: At the end of the day, it all comes down to your personal needs and preferences.

Is 10mm overkill for self-defense? ›

Simply put, the 10mm is an excellent cartridge for any kind of defensive duties. While the most powerful 10mm ammo will kick a little more than a 9mm, it is not scary or painful to shoot.

What is the most powerful Glock handgun? ›

Compared to the legendary 1911 handgun, the Glock 20 has twice the ammunition capacity and can hit significantly harder. Furthermore, the Glock 20 even handles recoil well. For all of these reasons, the Glock 20 remains the most powerful Glock pistol, even though it has been around for more than three decades.

How many Glock 10mm models are there? ›

Glock currently offers five different models chambered in the mighty 10mm. Each is built to the same exacting standards as Glock's other pistols.

Which is stronger 44 mag or 10mm? ›

10mm vs 44 Magnum: Stopping Power

The 44 Mag's 240 grain bullet consistently outpaces the 10mm's 180 grain bullet, even at 100 yards. And because it is so much heavier, it carries significantly more energy at all distances as well.

Is 10mm stronger than 357 Magnum? ›

Velocity/Penetration

However, the 357 Magnum will typically have a slight velocity advantage over the 10mm as the 357 can fire lighter bullets. You can find 357 Magnum loaded with a 110 grain bullet, screaming out of the muzzle at 1,295 FPS. For the 10mm round, the most popular loads are 170 and 180 grains.

Can a 10mm penetrate body armor? ›

10mm vs IIIA Body Armor - YouTube

Why did FBI stop using 10mm? ›

Although it was selected for service by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 1989 from the aftermath of the 1986 FBI Miami shootout, the cartridge was later decommissioned (except by the Hostage Rescue Team and Special Weapons and Tactics Teams) after their Firearms Training Unit eventually concluded that its ...

Can 10mm stop a bear? ›

If you body-shoot an attacking bear front-on, those 10mm bullets must be chosen for extremely deep, straight-line penetration to compromise as many vital organs as possible, and they must shrug off any bone—no matter how massive and dense—encountered along the way.

Can you shoot .40 out of a 10mm? ›

A revolver in 10mm Auto that utilizes moon clips will allow safely running the . 40 S&W, as the moon clip serves as the rim on straight-walled pistol case. It is advisable when running .

Who makes the hottest 10mm ammo? ›

#1 – Buffalo Bore Heavy 10mm 180 Grain JHP

For this 180 Grain JHP load it generates the most Foot-Lbs of energy tested by Ammunition to Go with a whopping 728! This is the only ammo tested that exceeded 700 Foot-Lbs of muzzle energy.

Why is 10mm better than 45 ACP? ›

The 10mm has more energy at 100 yards than a 45 ACP does at the muzzle. The 10mm is a relatively flat shooting cartridge, and 100 yards bullet drop is very low. A good 180-grain load at 1,275 FPS has minimal drop.

How hard does a 10mm kick? ›

Shooting the 10mm is an intense experience, like shooting a Magnum revolver. Unlike a . 45 ACP that gives the hands a strong but smooth shove, the 10mm gives you all its recoil at once, in a sharper, more insistent slap against the hands. The “grin per shot” factor is very high at the range.

Why is 10mm so powerful? ›

Stopping Power

The low velocity and heavy weight of the . 45 and the high velocity, low weight of the 10mm both make for powerful shots. If you're looking for speed, 10mm will have you covered. The 10mm has a faster velocity and energy than the .

What's the best Glock Gen? ›

Best Overall Glock Pistol - The Glock 19 Gen 3 9mm pistol is the overall best option on the market. It is reliable, accurate, and has a low price tag. It is also easy to use and maintain, making it a great choice for anyone looking for a quality firearm.

What is the most powerful handgun right now? ›

The Smith & Wesson Model 500 has held its rank as the world's most powerful handgun since it was first introduced in 2003.

What is the most accurate handgun? ›

The SIG P210 is quite possibly the most accurate service pistol in the world. Designed to Swiss Army specifications to replace the Swiss variant of the Luger, the design saw service in multiple national militaries and has been produced in three different countries.

Is Glock going to make a Gen 5 10mm? ›

The Gen 5 changes don't exactly apply to the G20 just yet… Hopefully, Glock will release a Gen 5 10mm – but as of yet they have stated they will only be updating 9mm Glocks to Gen 5 changes. If you're interested in info about the Gen 5 and the changes made, check out my review of the Glock G19 Gen 5!

What does SF mean on a Glock? ›

GLOCK 20 SF (Short Frame)

The SF design reduces the circumference of the receiver at the rear offering increased ease-of-use and control, especially to shooters with smaller hands. The GLOCK 20 SF dimensions also provide a long sight radius for better precision.

What Glock do police use? ›

By far the most popular police service pistol in the United States, the GLOCK 22 fires the potent 40 S&W cartridge and holds more rounds for its size and weight than most other full-sized handgun in its class.

Which is stronger 10mm or 40 S&W? ›

The larger and faster 10mm will give 624 foot-pounds of muzzle energy when sending a 180-grain bullet at 1,250 fps, while the . 40 S&W drops that figure to 400 foot-pounds with its 1,000 fps velocity, making for a rather significant difference. The .

Does Kimber make a 10mm? ›

YONKERS, NY, — Kimber Mfg., Inc., a leading American firearms manufacturer, today announced the unveiling of the Kimber® Super Jägare™, a unique 10mm 1911-style handgun designed by serious hunters for serious hunters.

What caliber is close to 10mm? ›

Let's start with the basics: 10mm is the metric equivalent for . 40 caliber, or 10 millimeters equals . 40 of an inch. Therefore, both bullets are the same diameter.

Does Glock make a long slide 10mm? ›

The G40 Gen4 in MOS Configuration is chambered in 10 mm Auto and combines a long slide and barrel for improved velocity with a high magazine capacity.

Does Sig Sauer make a 10mm? ›

The SIG SAUER P220 LEGION 10mm SAO is a full-size, hammer fired pistol, featuring a Legion Gray stainless steel slide and frame, with X-RAY3 Day/Night Sights, and an ambidextrous manual safety.

Why was 10mm created? ›

With the FBI declaring their service handguns deficient in "stopping power," the search began in earnest for a more powerful cartridge capable of penetrating to incapacitating depths. The FBI selected the 10mm Auto cartridge as its new service round and issued new pistols to all of its agents.

How many layers of Kevlar does it take to stop a bullet? ›

While soft body armor has its benefits, it takes 20 to 50 layers of Kevlar to stop a bullet, and is typically used to stop lower caliber rounds [1]. This many layers causes the vest to lose its flexibility, which is a major disadvantage in applications where quick reflexes are required.

What gun does the Secret Service use? ›

The Secret Service's current duty sidearm, the SIG-Sauer P229 double-action/single-action pistol chambered .357 SIG, entered service in 1999. It is the issued handgun to all special agents as well as officers of the Uniformed Division. As of 2019, the SIG-Sauer P229 is scheduled to be replaced with Glock 9mm pistols.

What military uses 10mm? ›

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What caliber is the military switching to? ›

The service will also switch from 5.56mm ammo to 6.8mm, after a search for rounds better built to penetrate body armor. "Both weapons fire common 6.8 millimeter ammunition utilizing government provided projectiles and vendor-designed cartridges," an Army spokesperson said in a press release.

What does limp wristing a gun mean? ›

Limp wristing is a phenomenon commonly encountered by semi-automatic pistol shooters, where the shooter's grip is not firm enough and the wrist is not held firm/straight enough to keep the frame of the firearm from traveling rearward while the bolt or slide of the pistol cycles.

Is 10mm or 45 better for bears? ›

Still, it's hard to deny that, as with ballistics, the 10mm Auto has a higher ceiling for both hunting and bear defense. Superior ballistics allow the 10mm to take larger animals than the . 45 Auto or take the same sized animals more reliably.

What is the advantage of 10mm? ›

Whether you're taking it out on the range or in the field, 10mm will keep you covered with its velocity and stopping power. In the field, 10mm works as a fine round for handgun hunting or as hunting backup. If calamity strikes while you're out hunting, the 10mm can take down almost any game.

What is a 10 mm handgun good for? ›

The 10 mm is, without doubt, enough gun for black bear, mountain lions and other potential predators and it is one of the most popular choices for those who spend time in grizzly country. And, as previously mentioned, the 10 mm Auto is much easier to carry than a big bore revolver.

Will a 10mm stop a bear? ›

If you body-shoot an attacking bear front-on, those 10mm bullets must be chosen for extremely deep, straight-line penetration to compromise as many vital organs as possible, and they must shrug off any bone—no matter how massive and dense—encountered along the way.

Does 10 mm have good stopping power? ›

The stopping power of both rounds are impressive, yet they go about it in different ways. The low velocity and heavy weight of the . 45 and the high velocity, low weight of the 10mm both make for powerful shots. If you're looking for speed, 10mm will have you covered.

Which is stronger 44 mag or 10mm? ›

10mm vs 44 Magnum: Stopping Power

The 44 Mag's 240 grain bullet consistently outpaces the 10mm's 180 grain bullet, even at 100 yards. And because it is so much heavier, it carries significantly more energy at all distances as well.

Is 10mm stronger than 357 Magnum? ›

Velocity/Penetration

However, the 357 Magnum will typically have a slight velocity advantage over the 10mm as the 357 can fire lighter bullets. You can find 357 Magnum loaded with a 110 grain bullet, screaming out of the muzzle at 1,295 FPS. For the 10mm round, the most popular loads are 170 and 180 grains.

Which is stronger 10mm or 40 S&W? ›

The larger and faster 10mm will give 624 foot-pounds of muzzle energy when sending a 180-grain bullet at 1,250 fps, while the . 40 S&W drops that figure to 400 foot-pounds with its 1,000 fps velocity, making for a rather significant difference. The .

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Modern pistol models are better equipped to handle the 10mm caliber than those built in the 1980s.. Modern pistol models are better equipped to handle the 10mm caliber than those built in the 1980s.. To recap what we’ve already gone over in summary above, there are several considerations a gun owner should contemplate before making a 10mm pistol purchase.. A lot of people think that gun accessories only apply to larger firearms like rifles and shotguns, but there are plenty of accessories for handguns as well.. Beretta offers a variety of handgun accessories including custom grips, lasers and lights, rear and front sights and magazines.. You’ll want to confirm how many rounds your 10mm pistol can hold before purchasing any magazines from such manufacturers.. Today, 10mm ammo is designed to make its forebears proud with 135 to 180 grain range that’s controllable and precise, providing the user excellent stopping power and ballistics.. There is much debate among the online community as to which ammo is the best ammo for a 10mm handgun, but the general consensus seems to be this: You don’t want a load that tops out at the teetering edge of SAAMI specs , but you also don’t want something like a 230 grain load which will penetrate too deeply in a defensive situation.. Each one comes with Novak sights with dots , an enhanced hammer, wide slide serration, a lowered ejection port and an upswept beavertail grip safety.. This 1911 pistol is a two-tone handgun with stainless steel match-grade barrels and bushings.. This one’s got all the bells and whistles you want in a 10mm handgun from its adjustable rear target sight and green fiber optic front to its six-inch ramped barrel and beavertail grip safety.

Firearm manufacturers kicked off 2022 with a whole host of new handguns, and taking a look at 10 of the latest introductions from some of the biggest names in the industry shows a few trends.. In addition, we've seen new takes on time-tested platforms, as well as the expansion of optic-ready handguns in a marketplace where handgun models without optics-mounting solutions are becoming fewer.. Here's a look at 10 great new models released for 2022.. Several finish options are available in the line, and FN has an extensive lineup of new grip panels for customization.. This new model ships with a slide cover plate and suppressor-height optics for co-witnessing with a low-profile red-dot sight.. The Stance is unique in today's marketplace of micro-compacts, but it brings a few great features to the table, like an ultra-slim, aggressively textured grip, as well as truly bilateral controls, making it easily accessible to any shooter.. Smith & Wesson decided to take a different tack with its latest offering in the CSX, an aluminum-alloy-framed, hammer-fired CCW pistol that's still feature-rich and a great option for personal defense.. Designed specifically for concealed-carry, the EMP borrows many features from the company's new Ronin 1911 lineup, including the attractive two-tone finish, but the smaller frame and shortened barrel have been designed specifically for reliable function in 9 mm Luger.. The Ronin EMP is just one of an entirely new lineup of 1911s from Springfield Armory, which includes the Garrison, Emissary and Operator.. For this year, one of the company's classic revolvers, the 605, is out in an all-new configuration in the form of the Defender.

The problem with the original 10mm chambered pistols was the recoil was too strong and the pistols were too big for agents with smaller hands.. Our goal today is to show you the 5 best 10mm pistols on the market today, such as the Glock 20, Glock 29, Ruger Super Redhawk, Sig Sauer P220, and the Colt Delta Elite.. The best use for this pistol is to use it in a hunting application or as a hiking pistol, especially in the mountains.. The Glock 20 is similar to the Glock 29 with firing the 10mm bullet and the always-impressive ergonomics of the Glock pistols.. Weight 1.72 lbs Weight w/unloaded mag 1.92 lbs Weight w/loaded mag 2.49 lbs Height 5.51" Barrel Length 4.6" Overall Length 8.07" Slide Length 7.6" Caliber 10mm Auto Magazine Capacity 10/15 Trigger Pull Weight 28 N/ 6.29 lbs of force Overall Width 1.34" Slide Width 1.12" Trigger Distance 2.85" Line of Sight (Polymer) 6.77" Line of Sight (steel) 6.73" Line of Sight (GNC) 6.69" Safety Safe Action MSRP $580.00 The P220 Legion is built with a relatively long barrel (5") and is almost 9" in overall length, in order to provide a comfortable shooting pistol.. Weight 2.75 lbs Height 5.5" Barrel Length 5" Overall Length 8.8" Sight Radius 7" Caliber 10mm Auto Magazine Capacity 8 Overall Width 1.3" Slide Width 1.4" Safety Manual MSRP $1,600 The Glock 29 is very similar to the Glock 20, but the 29 is more than an inch shorter in length and height than the 20.. All Glock 10mm pistols are built with a heavier 6.29 lbs of trigger pull, most likely due to the size and power of the 10mm bullet.. Weight 1.52 lbs Weight w/unloaded mag 1.68 lbs Weight w/loaded mag 2.04 lbs Height 4.53" Barrel Length 3.78" Overall Length 6.97" Slide Length 6.77" Caliber 10mm Auto Magazine Capacity 10/15 Trigger Pull Weight 28 N/ 6.29 lbs of force Overall Width 1.38" Slide Width 1.12" Trigger Distance 2.85" Line of Sight (Polymer) 5.91" Line of Sight (steel) 5.87" Line of Sight (GNC) 5.83" Safety Safe Action MSRP $585.00 There are not many companies in the world that can bring a sense of nostalgia like Colt 1911 can do.. If you’re a lefty, I recommend against this pistol because it’s much more awkward for us to use the safety and I hate having to cross my hands to secure my pistol.. Weight 2.3 lbs Height 5.5" Barrel Length 5" Overall Length 8.5" Caliber 10mm Auto Magazine Capacity 8+1 Trigger Pull Weight 2 Overall Width 1.25" Safety Firing Pin Block MSRP $1,299.00 The Ruger Super Redhawk Is not only beautiful, but it’s also incredibly capable of carrying for hunting or competition shooting purposes.. Weight 3.31 lbs Height 5.8" Barrel Length 7.5" Overall Length 13" Caliber 10mm Auto Magazine Capacity 6 rounds Trigger Pull Weight about 7 lbs of force Safety Firing pin block MSRP $850.00 10mm pistols aren’t very common, but they can offer us a way to carry a pistol with .357 Magnum stopping power, without carrying the big bulkiness of a .357 Magnum.. My top recommendation would be the Glock 20 because it’s long enough to stabilize the felt-recoil, gives you a longer line of sight for better accuracy, and it comes with the Glock name.. The Glock 29 is probably the only 10mm pistol that I would recommend trying to conceal carry because it’s the smallest and shortest on the list.. With advantages to each pistol, you’ll have to figure out which one fits your purpose the best and be assured that any of these pistols will make you a happy camper.

Have you been considering buying a new pistol?. When it comes to shooting, you must have a comfortable grip that accommodates your hands well.. If you’re planning on using your new gun for hunting, you should invest in one that allows you to add these as you see fit.. Glock G40 Technical Specifications:. It’s certainly comfortable for such a big handgun.. Its affordable price and reliable performance make this a great investment The trigger is easy to squeeze and requires only 5.5 pounds of pressure 15-round magazines ensure that you won’t have to reload as often The shorter frame makes it a great 10 mm handgun for carrying The customizable grip helps to ensure your comfort and safety. The high-quality construction ensures you’re getting a pistol with longevity Three-dot tritium night sights make it easier to shoot in the dark Textured grip delivers a tight, comfortable grip when handling Recoil is minimized to ensure greater comfort when firing The 6-inch barrel ensures powerful, accurate shooting. High build quality ensures a powerful, reliable shooting experience Polymer construction gives you a handgun with durability Three 15-round mags ensure you don’t run out of ammo Less weight means it’s easier to control and fire An affordable option for protecting your family. It has plenty of comfort and control to offer you while firing, making it a solid buy for both defense and competitions.

The pistol is also includes an EGW HD extractor for more reliable shell extraction, an oversized and flared ejection port, and an extended and flared beavertail grip safety.. Designed for competition use, the TAC Ultra FS has the features of a top-of-the-line race gun, like a fully ramped barrel, a full guide rod, an extended beavertail, an ambidextrous safety, a beveled magazine well, and a 4- to 6-pound trigger pull.. The P220 Elite Stainless pistol has an extended beavertail frame with frontstrap checkering, three-dot SIGLITE night sights and a 4.4-inch barrel.. When the 10mm cartridge debuted in 1983, Norma was the only factory to offer the round and the company of Dornaus & Dixon Enterprises had the only pistol, the Bren Ten.. What the Bren Ten and the 10mm cartridge did was offer a pistol with the power of the .41 Magnum revolver in a pistol the size of a beefed-up CZ 75 with good round capacity.. Gun companies continue to offer rugged, well-made 10mm pistols, and a few devoted shooters experience the 10mm as Cooper intended: a big-bore, hard-hitting round packaged in pistols with sizable capacities.

The additional length of a suppressor makes a pistol about the length of a standard rifle, while a standard suppressed rifle can feel like a musket.. When discussing AR-10 pistols, it is prudent to define what constitutes a pistol compared to a short-barreled rifle (SBR).. As these firearms don't have stocks, pistols are commonly equipped with smooth buffer tubes specific to pistols, or with stabilizing braces.. The catch is that prospective SBR owners must pay the ATF $200 for a tax stamp (and jump through bureaucratic hoops) to legally possess such a firearm per the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA).. The DB-10 pistol selected for this list sports a set of Magpul MBUS sights from the factory.. The EML11 handguard omits the traditional feature of a continuous 1913 rail stretching across the length of the handguard.. Upper and lower receivers and parts from Aero Precision and other companies such as Ballistic Advantage offer all the components for an AR-10 build.. That said, we are going to hypothetically build an AR-10 pistol to attempt to demonstrate the cost and potential options one could go with.. This is by no means a de-facto build, simply a build that attempts to showcase a variety of options one may choose when building an AR-10 pistol, plus approximate costs.

There’s no question that pistol caliber carbines are more popular than ever.. Let’s take a look at our top 10 pistol caliber carbines.. CZ Scorpion Evo Series Second only to the MPX in popularity is the CZ Scorpion EVO series.. Additionally, CZ offers a Scorpion with a compensator specifically for competition shooting.. KRISS Vector Is the KRISS on this list for nostalgia purposes or because it looks cool?. Ruger PC Carbine Fun fact: the Ruger PC Carbine isn’t Ruger’s first foray into the pistol caliber carbines market.. While most of our pistol caliber carbines are designed to take the nearly ubiquitous Glock style magazine, the Banshee is available for either Glock magazines or Sig P320 magazines.. But of all the guns on the list, the CX4 is certainly the coolest looking.

The Kimber Eclipse Custom II is fairly compact for a 1911, with a frame that’s 5.25 inches tall and 8.7 inches long.. Kimber’s Eclipse Custom II also features black and gray Cyclone G-10 grips with 30 lines per inch front strap and mainspring housing checkering.. The Colt Delta Elite has all of the same quality as the Kimber Eclipse Custom II, but with a simpler design...but don’t underestimate it.. Colt Delta ElitesWhile the Delta Elite doesn’t feature a rail system, it has a double-recoil spring system to reduce some of that 10mm recoil.. And if a rail is a make or breaks feature, you can buy the Delta Elite Rail (essentially the same gun but with a rail) for only about $100 more.. The go-to brand for high quality, but affordable handguns, Glock offers three options chambered in 10mm Auto the Glock 20 , Glock 29 , and Glock 40 .. The Glock 20 is the standard version of the weapon and is a little larger and heavier than a Glock 17.. Glock 20 (Photo: National Interest )The Glock 20 also comes in a short frame (SF) version for those interested in a slightly slimmer grip.. The Glock 29 is the subcompact version of the G20, with a length of 6.88 inches and an unloaded weight of 26.83 ounces.. Glock 29 (Photo: National Interest )Because of the smaller size, it has a standard 10-round magazine capacity, significantly less than the G20.. Lastly, the Glock 40 is the long slide version of the pistol, with a length of just under 9.5 inches.. The optics system must be purchased separately, but the Glock 40 does come with the necessary baseplates to adapt the pistol for use with all popular red dot sight systems.. The Glock 20 and Glock 29, in particular, make great concealed carry weapons, while the extended barrel of the Glock 40 makes it an excellent weapon for competition shooting or hunting medium-sized game.

The powerful cartridge was originally developed in the 80’s and would go on to become the FBI’s go-to round.. While the centerfire cartridge was initially marketed for the Bren Ten handgun – an American variant of the popular CZ-75 – the FBI went on to use it with a small variety of firearms including the MP5 , Colt 1911, and the infamous Tommy Gun.. If you fancy 1911’s, then you ought to check out the Delta Elite Rail, a dynamic pistol with supreme durability, incredible power, and now offering users the ability to attach accessories.. • Model: Delta Elite Rail • Caliber: 10mm Auto • Capacity: 8+1 • Barrel Length: 5” • Overall Length: 8.5” • Height: 5.5” • Width: 1.25” • Weight: 2.4 lbs.. As an added bonus, these Glocks offers a sweet modular grip system, high capacity mags, adjustable sights, and even comes with an integral accessory rail forward of the trigger guard.. While these may look like a standard Glock on the surface, the G20 can take your tactical, home defense, and hunting game to the next level.. Where many companies have failed to craft a handgun capable of wielding the authoritative 10mm cartridge, the Glock 20 Gen 4 is a pleasant surprise.. • Model: Glock 20 Gen 4 • Caliber: 10mm Auto • Capacity: 15+1 • Barrel Length: 4.6” • Overall Length: 8” • Height: 5.5” • Width: 1.3” • Weight: 39.5 oz.. • Model: Kimber Custom TLE II • Caliber: 10mm Auto • Capacity: 7+1 • Barrel Length: 5” • Overall Length: 8.7” • Height: 5.25” • Width: 1.28” • Weight: 38 oz.. • Finish: Matte Black Steel • Sights: Fixed Low-Profile 3-dot Tritium Night Sights • MSRP: $1,007. While the Glock 20 is arguably the most popular 10mm pistol, the Sig Sauer P220 might just be the best money can buy, assuming you’re not stubborn 1911 superfan.. • Model: Sig Sauer P220 Legion Full-Size • Caliber: 10mm Auto • Capacity: 8+1 • Barrel Length: 5” • Overall Length: 8.9” • Height: 5.5” • Width: 1.5” • Weight: 44 oz.. • Model: KRISS Vector Gen II SDP (Special Duty Pistol) • Caliber: 10mm Auto • Capacity: 10+1, 13+1, 15+1, 17+1 • Barrel Length: 5.5” • Overall Length: 16.75” • Weight: 6 lbs.. As a result, 9mm offers significantly less penetrating power, which is why it’s rarely used for hunting and why many don’t rely on it for home defense.. These two rounds are often considered the two powerhouses of pistol cartridges and they are more alike than they are different.

Updated on 2/09/2022The best 10mm ammunition for hunting and protection:Hornady 175 grain Critical Duty Speer 200–grain Gold Dot SIGS Sauer 180–grain Federal 180–grain Hydra Shok Federal 180–grain Trophy Bonded JSP Buffalo Bore Heavy Outdoorsman 220 grains Hornady 180–grain XTP Underwood Ammo 150–grain Xtreme Hunter Remington 180–grain UMC FMJ FMJ CCI Blazer Brass Xtrazer Brass 180–grain FMJ Col. Jeff Cooper’s darling wandered the wilderness for many years because of many reasons.. The FBI penetration protocol, significant bullet expansion, reliable feeding, and manageable recoil were the criteria for self-defense ammunition.. Hunting bullets were evaluated on maximum penetration, bullet strength, and potential maximum range.. 200-grain ammo options for defensive 10mm ammo are rare, at least in today’s shooting world.. The 180-grain Trophy Bonded round, which is a bonded round of 180 grains, is simply the best for the 10mm.. MSRP: $28.49 per 50NEXT STEP – Download Your Storm Tactical Printable TargetPack62 Printable MOA Targets With DOT Drills – Rifle Range in YardsThis impressive target pack comes from Storm Tactical and contains62 printable targets for rifle and handgun range usage.

You may know that we have offered three special pistols as Gun Talk guns over the year.. That's the pistol.. The 10mm Auto cartridge simply has more power than the more popular choices in carry guns.. That means that the 10mm, using a real-world pistol and not a pressure barrel, cranks out a full 50 percent more energy that our most popular defensive rounds.. But each round carries 50 percent more energy, increasing the possibility that you will need fewer hits to stop an attacker.. This year is seems that everyone is loading 10mm.

Survival Gear released their top 10 pistol caliber carbines for 2022, specifically in 9mm.. The Evo sports a 16.2” threaded barrel that will accept hiders, faux suppressors, or a real suppressor.According to Survival Gear, the CZ Scorpion Evo 9mm carbine takes the submachine pistol to the civilian legal design.. The Super V system allows for the blowback to be diverted within the gun actively counteracting muzzle rise.The Kriss Vector comes in ninth on the list as a remarkable and versatile 16” barreled carbine.. The Banshee comes with options for a brace pistol variant or SBR variant if the end-user is so inclined, making it perfect for home defense and is easily suppressed.The CMMG Banshee is the premium PCC option on the list at number seven.. SG states that they found the MPX K to be super reliable and nice to shoot.The Sig Sauer MPX K carbines are some of the most popular pistol caliber carbines on the market today according to SG.. The Ruger PC Carbine comes in number 3 on the list of Top 10 PCC for 2022.. The police carbine concept is pulled into a take-down model for a highly portable weapon, according to Survival Gear.The Ruger PC Carbine has evolved from the police carbine concept.. The shorter overall firearm has the action in the rear allowing it to be very controllable with a carbine barrel.The Israeli Weapons Industries Tavor X95 gives a 9mm PCC in a bullpup configuration.. While it may look like an AK, this blowback system weapon means that some features are purely there for looks.Survival Gear’s number one “Best 9mm PCC” is based on a Russian submachine gun but in a 9mm carbine option from Palmetto State Armory.

The firearms industry is swarmed with loads of different pistol caliber carbines.. Thankfully the folks over at Survival Gear gave us the top 10 PCC of 2022, specifically in 9mm, that give would give the end-user the most bang for their buck, no pun intended.. Survival Gear released their top 10 pistol caliber carbines for 2022, specifically in 9mm.. The Evo sports a 16.2” threaded barrel that will accept hiders, faux suppressors, or a real suppressor.According to Survival Gear, the CZ Scorpion Evo 9mm carbine takes the submachine pistol to the civilian legal design.. The Super V system allows for the blowback to be diverted within the gun actively counteracting muzzle rise.The Kriss Vector comes in ninth on the list as a remarkable and versatile 16” barreled carbine.. SG says that this is a very good option for home defense and is said to be the most controllable and fasted PCC on the market.. SG stated that the Sub2000 is a compact and minimalistic firearm that is great for backpacking, survival, or home defense situations.. The Banshee comes with options for a brace pistol variant or SBR variant if the end-user is so inclined, making it perfect for home defense and is easily suppressed.The CMMG Banshee is the premium PCC option on the list at number seven.. SG states that they found the MPX K to be super reliable and nice to shoot.The Sig Sauer MPX K carbines are some of the most popular pistol caliber carbines on the market today according to SG.. The Ruger PC Carbine comes in number 3 on the list of Top 10 PCC for 2022.. The police carbine concept is pulled into a take-down model for a highly portable weapon, according to Survival Gear.The Ruger PC Carbine has evolved from the police carbine concept.. The shorter overall firearm has the action in the rear allowing it to be very controllable with a carbine barrel.The Israeli Weapons Industries Tavor X95 gives a 9mm PCC in a bullpup configuration.. While it may look like an AK, this blowback system weapon means that some features are purely there for looks.Survival Gear’s number one “Best 9mm PCC” is based on a Russian submachine gun but in a 9mm carbine option from Palmetto State Armory.. So that is Survival Gear’s top 10 pistol caliber carbines for 2022.

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