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Top 10 Most Lethal Handguns

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In this count-down we look into the world’s most lethal handguns. There are a growing number of gun manufacturers in the world; And while one brand may be better than another, I hope you will understand why I didn’t focus on the specific brands or models. Instead, I’ve assembled this list of the world’s most powerful pistols based on their caliber, stopping power and shooting velocity. Throughout the article you will see me mention “gr” or “grain,” this refers to the weight of the bullet. The general rule is: A lighter grain bullet travels faster than a heavier grain bullet, while the heaver grain bullet penetrates deeper. So without further ado, lets get started.

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  • Hjalmar Högberg

    what about those

    1.Armscor Model 206 38 Revolver

    Caliber: .38 Spl

    Capacity : 6 rounds

    Barrel: Half shroud

    Barrel Length: 2″

    Overall Length : 223 mm

    Weight, empty : 0.80 kg.

    2. EAA Windicator 357 Mag

    Fit: Right Hand

    Size: Small

    Action: Double

    Barrel Length: 2 Inch

    Caliber: 357 Magnum

    Capacity: 6 Round

    Frame: Steel

    Grips: Rubber

    Sights: Fixed

    Weight: 28.8 Ounces

    Finish: Blue

    3. FireStorm 38 Secial Revolver, 2″, Nickel

    Model: FS38R

    Caliber(s): .38 Spl

    Action: DAO

    Capacity: 6

    Barrel Length: 2”

    Front Sight: Integral blade

    Rear Sight: Fixed channel

    Finishes: Satin Nickel

    Grips: Black Wood Boot

    Construction: Steel frame/steel cylinder

    Weight: 24 oz.

    Length: 6.5”

    4. Taurus Model 85 Ultra-Lite .38 Special 2″ Fixed Sights

    .38 SPL +P

    all of those can kill easly as those 10 you ranked

  • Smiddywesson

    The 10mm was discontinued by the FBI due to reliability issues with the gun, not because “their wrists” couldn’t handle the recoil. a. The recoil isn’t much different between the two cartridges, b. The FBI had, and still has, several different weapons chambered in the .45, and c. Show me an agency that gives a single damn about their employees wrists, agencies care about money, and that’s why they got rid of these guns.

    Ridiculous foolishness.

    • Hollywood Nites

      They do carry Glock 18’s . No need for anything else. If you got an 18, everything else is just a toy.

      • Smiddywesson

        I was issued a S&W Model 13. I bought a Sig P220 in .45. The agency I work for experimented with the 10mm, and a LOT of people, including my wife, loved it, however there were reliability problems. I stuck to my .45, because my philosophy is bigger is better. That particular agency went to .40, and I’m hearing they are going to 9mm. I got a lot of propaganda from the man about how 9mm is supposed to perform the same as .40 in terms of terminal ballistics, and I responded, “Oh yeah, you run the SWAT team, are you guys switching to 9mm?” No answer there, but we all know 9mm is half the cost. Me, I’m retiring, and I’m turning in my .45 Sig for a Ruger Super Redhawk in .454 Casull. That’s it.

        • Hollywood Nites

          Alright..I here ya Smiddy.

      • Dan L

        Why do you say that, because it’s full-auto? Either way, a very silly (and inaccurate) statement. 😛

  • Smiddywesson

    Ruger Alaskan in 454 Casul,
    FN Five-Seven, a 50 grain bullet travelling at almost rifle velocities.

  • Hollywood Nites

    How about something you can actually carry. Maybe like a Glock 33 .357 Sig. Probably the most powerful handgun in the world that you can carry daily.

    • Dan L

      Glock 29 (10mm) is more powerful without a doubt, and definitely small enough for EDC.

      • Hollywood Nites

        Wrong.

      • Brent Gogel

        The 357 magnum in a 7 shot 686 or taurus tracker is more powerful than the 10 mill and 357 sig. And yes the 357 sig will tap dance on the 10 Mills tonsils

    • Brent Gogel

      357 mag is king dick when it comes to a defensive handgun. 357 sig stomps 10 mill

  • Kevin Tullos

    Anything in 9mm by a good gun manufacturer far is more deadly than all the novelty guns on this list. Considering the ultra premium self defense loads available today, it’s hard to beat any gun that is available in the big 3 (40,45acp and 9mm).

    • Brent Gogel

      All the ones you listed are good guns. I have had all 3 and enjoyed each but there is one that sets on the throne above all 3. The Mighty 357 magnum is the best 1 hitter quitter out there for predators on 2 legs. Statistically it has been proven to take bad guys out of the fight like no other. It’s only issue is capacity. But w the 686 or taurus tracker you get 7 shots. Plus speed loaders or moon clips solve that issue. Well only in the zombie apocalypse or a full fledged war it might still be one but in those impossible or improbable scenarios your pistol is not going to be your primary weapon. I do like the 45, and 9 mill. The 40 is ok but not really needed

    • Zach Fez

      9mm is a shit round. .45 all the way!!!

  • Gajonka

    in bad lieutenant 2 – with nic cage – he wears a gun in his waist… what gun is that>? i thought he said 357 mag, but he then said 44 mag. 357 seems more like a hnadgun with a spinner – for roulette, the magnum has a cratridgre inerted thr the hadnle.. wihhc is which and which is more powerful – has more stopping power- meaning one shot and your dead. ( in the rite spot) THANKS ( sorry keyboard busted)

  • EL_UNO

    I Found a used alaskian redhawk .454 for a great price. It looks brand new. This goes great in my collection. Can’t wait to get it on the range. I’m getting the speed loads too.

  • David M

    I feel the 357 Sig should be on the list.

  • Yoleberry

    I use a tauras 38 special for home protection. I once owned a Dan Wesson 44. The gun was just to much power. Why do people need such more powerful weapons. There are bullets with 75 grains of ammo. This is insane.

  • Andrew Quinn

    I would have to say practical carry would have to be 45acp. I have used the 9mm and don’t like it it don’t have stopping power. The 40 is a decent caliber but still do not have the power behind it. When it come to safety money is no matter. go with the 45

  • Temuge Enkhbaatar

    I have actually built a lego version of the magnum

  • Bryan

    People seem to be forgetting that the author rated these as the most powerful handgun and ammo combos bar none not the best manstopper combos. Most of these guns are hunting guns for big critters. I use a pair of 357’s for my list. I find them quite deadly against people and medium game but not polar bears by any means. I was going for diverse range of a applications for my own self. Will I can a .454 or a .460 concealed? Absolutely I will not. Do I live in Alaska? No. They all have their niches or they wouldn’t be around. I like economic efficiency in my uses – don’t think that money isn’t everything. Think that 9mm was proclaimed the best handgun round by police departments by true performance? Why is it so much cheaper than 10mm .357 mag or other contenders. It is all about money. And money is in short supply these days unless you are in the top 1%.

  • Rufi Dominic Espiritu

    beretta 92f , Beretta 93R & Springfield Armory Loaded 1911

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