Top Handgun Brands in the United States
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Top Handgun Brands in the United States

Oct 15 2020

Firearms are embedded in American culture as the result of the country’s connection with firearms throughout its history. While long arms have been the weapon of choice, sidearms have a prominent place in the industry. Here is a look at the top handgun brands in the United States.

Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson is one of the top gun manufacturers in the United States. It is also one of the oldest manufacturers and has been in operation for more than 150 years. What sets Smith & Wesson apart from competitors is its ability to make handguns that are different, iconic, and well-designed. The company has many models that are well-known and well-regarded among different groups in the firearms industry. The Smith & Wesson Model 10 is one of its most well-known firearms and has a production range in the millions of units.


Colt (i.e. Colt’s Manufacturing, LLC.) is one of the oldest and most respected firearms manufacturers in the country. Colt is responsible for some of the most well-known firearms throughout history and continues to produce them. The Colt 1911, for example, is legendary among firearm enthusiasts.

One thing that sets Colt apart from other manufacturers is that it sells collectible versions of its firearms. These are meant for collectors and not meant to be used, although they could be. Many manufacturers would rather sell you a new model, but Colt embraces its place in history and on collectors’ shelves. You can find many versions of Colt’s most memorable firearms both new and used on the market.


Ruger, which operates under the official company name of Sturm, Ruger & Co., has a long history in the U.S. as well. Ruger is currently one of the two biggest gun manufacturers in the country, basically holding the top spot alongside Smith & Wesson. It is known for producing a high volume of firearms while maintaining extremely high standards.

Ruger’s current focus is making smaller sized handguns with full-sized handgun capabilities. The Ruger LCP is a perfect example of this in that it is smaller than most other firearms but still performs like a full-sized handgun. It has a full-sized magazine and the performance specs of a larger option, but ts the perfect size for a concealed carry firearm.

Sig Sauer

Sig Sauer, Inc. is the U.S.-based off-shoot of Sig Sauer GmbH from Germany. There are currently two Sig Sauer companies including the original in Germany and its U.S. spin-off company. Because of import and manufacturing laws, the company felt that the best option was to create a U.S. only company that could manufacture and import new gun models. Hence the need for two companies.

Sig Sauer is one of the best-known handgun manufacturers in the country. Its claim to fame is its handguns, which are routinely sold to military and police organizations. The Sig Sauer P938 is one of its most well-known models and Sig continues to improve on the overall design to make handguns thinner while maintaining their performance.

If you are looking for a handgun by one of these or other manufacturers, Lakeshore Guns can help you. We sell some of the best handguns for sale in Michigan. Call us at (269) 857-2248 so that we can help you find the right firearm for you.

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