Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Top 10 Handguns In The World

Action stars made us believe that carrying a handgun and shooting bad guys are cool and slick but in reality, owning a handgun entails a lot of responsibility and utmost caution. With just a pull of a trigger, one can end a life or save a soul. The right to own a handgun may be permitted in some countries but this right is not absolute. Gun owners should put the safety of others in priority and give a conscious effort to always employ responsibility in the use of this powerful weapon.

Handguns, in technical definition, are firearms which are designed to be held and operated in one hand. The handguns below occupy the list of the Top 10 Handguns in the world based on their reliability and performance:

1. F.N Five-seven

Increasingly popular with civilian shooters, F.N Five-seven is a lightweight polymer-based firearm with large magazine capacity, ambidextrous controls, low recoil and ability to penetrate body armor. Highly controversial, it has been used by U.S Army psychiatrist, Major Nidal Malik Hasan to kill nine and leave 10 wounded, being dubbed as the worst shooting ever to take place in an American Military Base. The five-seven is currently used in 40 countries and 300 law-enforcement agencies including the United States for the U.S Secret Service.

2. Heckler & Koch HK45

Manufactured by Heckler and Koch, the HK45 was designed to meet the requirements set forth by the U.S Military Joint Combat Pistol Program. It is a full size model pistol which includes an extended ambidextrous slide release, magazine capacity of 10 rounds and interchangeable backstraps to fit differently sized hands.

3. QSZ-92

Designed and developed by Chinese company, Norinco, QSZ-92 is being adapted by the unified military organization of the People’s Republic of China, the People’s Liberation Army since the late 1990s and the Armed Forces of Bangladesh. It is also commercially exported to Canada. Weighing in at 760 grams, it has a short recoil, a locked breech and a rotating barrel lock.

4. Heckler & Koch USP

The Universal Self-loading Pistol (USP) is a semi-automatic pistol developed by Heckler and Koch in Germany. Formally introduced in January 1993, the USP was created based on two guiding principles: the use of a molded polymer frame and the creation of a pistol paradigm. The pistols are adapted by the German State Police Forces and the United States Department of Homeland Security.

5. FN Herstal FNP

Debuting in early 2006, FN Herstal FNP is a series of semi-automatic, polymer framed pistols developed by FNH USA in Columbia, South Carolina. The pistol includes an ambidextrous decocking lever and a reversible magazine release with a tactical accessory rail. It is the only polymer-framed autoloading pistol on the market with a fully replaceable frame rails.

6.Glock Pistols

Manufactured in Austria, the Glock Safety Action Pistols are the preferred firearm of law-enforcement agencies in the United States including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the New York Police Department (NYPD) and numerous national armed forces and security agencies in the world. Passing all endurance and abuse tests in 1982, the Glock-17 outperformed eight other pistols to be adapted in the Austrian Army. To avoid accidental discharge, Glock-17 has three independent safety mechanisms which include an external integrated trigger safety and two automatic internal safeties: a firing safety and a drop safety.

7. Heckler & Koch Mark 23

The Heckler & Koch Mark 23 was adopted by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in the early 1990s. Considered as a match grade pistol, it was built as an offensive handgun for the USSOCOM. With exceptional durability in harsh environments, it is waterproof and water resistant. It also features an ambidextrous safety and magazine release on both sides of the frame.

8. Springfield Armory XD

Also known as HS200, the Springfield Armory X-treme Duty (XD) are series of pistols which are polymer-framed and has a detachable box magazines. It is a short recoil-operated breech striker fired semi automatic pistol. It has been adopted by the Croatian Army and law enforcement as a standard issue sidearm up until this day.

9. Walther P99

A replacement for the Walther P5 and the P88, Walther P99 has a polymer frame and steel slide. It has four internal safeties which include iron sights adjustable for both windage and elevation, tool-less take down and an ambidextrous magazine release incorporated into the trigger guard. It is used by law enforcement agencies such as the Royal Malaysia Police and the Finnish Defense Forces, among others.

10. Beretta 92

The Beretta 92 first appeared in 1975 and was designed for sports and law-enforcement use. Because of its durability and reliability, it was accepted by the military forces in South America. It has an open slide design which ensures smooth feeding and ejection of ammunition and allows easy clearing of obstructions. It is used by the Albanian Special Forces, Brazilian Armed Forces and Italian Armed Forces and many other law-enforcing agencies all over the world.

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