10 Top Handgun Choices for 2017

By Dave Dolbee published on in Firearms

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.

SLRule

Growing up in Pennsylvania’s game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Dave’s writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersen’s Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business, OutdoorRoadmap.com, TheGearExpert.com and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (40)

  • BigJim

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    Fun list above! My favorite didn’t make the list, so I would add the Sig 226 Legion. It’s a dream to shoot, to clean, and to carry. I’m not into the hype around the “Legion” branding but feel like it is worth every penny when I pull the trigger. I own a couple of other Sigs, a Glock and a S&W revolver. The Legion is the first out and last in.

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  • Dan

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    S&W M&P 45 Shield. Dependable accurate and 45acp. Easy to conceal and carry. My only complaint is 6+1 but it only takes 1 accurate shot with a 45 to stop.

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  • Steven Parker

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    I am glade these are his choices and not mine.

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  • Clifford Bosken

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    I love my H&K VP9 and P320 ( with thumb safety). Both are very balanced and fit well in hand. Both are compact, a great line of sight and very responsive. In my opinion they both sh ould be on this list

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  • Max

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    “10 Top Handgun Choices for 2017″……….???
    Looks like click-bait. I was hoping for some wise insight. This is a goofy list the author put together with that title. Bit confused here

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  • Mark

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    Always liked revolvers (still do) as I own S&W 27-2 in 4″ and 686-3 in 4″. Reliable and rugged. Then a friend told me about the CZ-75D compact 9mm. Bought on and have to say it’s the nicest 9mm I’ve shot. Rugged and accurate. Actually like the feel and weight of it’s steel frame (not too heavy just right). Takes apart easily in 3 pieces! Accurate too.

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    • Spencer

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      I’m CZ fan also. My is the CZ P07 w/15 round magazines. I especially like the SA trigger pull of slightly over 4 lbs. Unbelievably smooth & crisp. Even the double action is very smooth although a little under 9lbs,
      I prefer hammer fired pistols myself. This one suits my shooting style perfectly.

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  • Edward Sendatch

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    My favorite handgun is my Walther PPQ M2. Striker fired polymer pistol in 9mm with night sights and Lehigh Defense ammo. 15 round magazine. I practice with it all the time.

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  • Auggie

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    Looking at the “Pocket Ace” reminds me of a good or bad story depending on how you look at it?
    Some years ago I knew someone who was always carrying some kind of cheap pocket pistol.
    One day we were standing around the grill cooking ribs when he wanted to show me his new pistol.
    As he was taking it out of the inside pocket in his leather coat it went off and hit the beer can in my hand.
    How mad I got is another story!
    The hammer got caught up on some thread somehow in his coat pocket and when it broke it let the hammer go. Bam!
    I never cared for them before then and guess how I felt about them after.

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    • Dale Slater

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      those things are a collectible for the quirky eclectic gun collector, a gun you can buy in a craft shop. the writer of this article must have one in their own collection and has enjoyed it somehow. I would never carry this, a .22 cal of any type, or a derringer type of pistol. If that’s your idea of personal protection to conceal, you need to reexamine your understanding of what guns do, the differences between calibers, and appropriate weapons to conceal.

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    • richard brewer

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      I have the original Sharps Pepperbox made in 1860 and featured on the cover of the Blue Book of Gun Values a couple years ago. I still enjoy taking it out to the range every once in awhile and sending a couple volleys down range and only wander the card games it attended back in the day. Sorry your friend tried to shoot you but I’m sure it wasn’t with a Sharp’s that Ivers Johnson is trying to recreate but if it was make sure your not betting on Aces and eights

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  • Daniel Pruitt

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    My favorite guns! Let’s see. Which ones should it be? My favorite: Ruger KP-89. 9mm pistol. Second, my Taurus PT 909, 17 shot 9mm. Revolver, my Ruger GP-100, a .357 Mag, 6 shot. A heavy pistol, but very good.

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