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12 Best Combat Pistols Available Today

by Brad Fitzpatrick   |  June 30th, 2014 13

Glock-17In practice, combat pistol shooting focuses on defensive handgun deployment for personal protection or sport.

Today’s crop of quality combat pistols include a combination of designs that are more than a century old, as well as new models utilizing modern polymers.

Many of these guns feature ambidextrous controls, accessory rails and corrosion-resistant finishes. Additionally, the need to accommodate shooters of all sizes has prompted many companies to offer interchangeable grip inserts. Design features vary from one model to the next, but what they do have in common is utter reliability under the worst conditions.

Ultimately, the choice of which one suits you best is largely a matter of taste and preference. Here’s a look at 12 of the best combat pistols available today.

  • Ergo

    the cz75 is the most widely fielded service pistol worldwide and you stick the polymer abomination on the list. Are you guys even trying anymore?

    • ComeAndTakeIt

      Take it easy Ergo…The Glock has earned its place on the list of Best Combat Pistols.

  • rebart

    I agree with Ergo, the CZ75 is one of the finest pistols ever made.

    • peter

      Anyone who is serious about this genre knows that the “best” is totally dependent on the person holding the weapon!
      Obviously there are NO customs here as most of us cannot afford the ransom! Kimber isn’t here,the Springfield 1911′s aren’t here(TRP),various 1911′s,Colt is not here and a number of others like Beretta,S+W et al do Not appear here,H+K isn’t here,so,there are many people who swear by what they own or wish they owned which are NOT here!

      Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder so,those who claim to KNOW what’s the best are just needing some love,some respect but you won’t get it from me as I own what I deem the best for ME!

      • bigwigunguy

        Well said Peter, well said! It’s is too easy for loudmouths with big egos to spout off about how others are wrong. Just offer your opinion about what is best for you and back it down a bit. If I can control and shoot my favorite accurately I can inflict any necessary hurt to defend myself.

        • peter

          Thanks bigwig!!
          You sound like my kind of guy!

    • George Estepp

      I agree. I have fired A CZ 52 in 7.62×25 and it is one sweet pistol.I do wish it held A couple more rounds but its awesome. CZ makes great pistols of excellent quality

  • 2War Abn Vet

    I pounced on the CZ P-09 (in .40) as soon as I could acquire one, and was disappointed to fund the trigger pull to be anything but “crisp”.
    Oh well, I guess I’ve been spoiled by decades with the M1911.

  • Charles Kiser

    As always, the very best gun was left out. The Steyr M-A1 and family will perform with the $1000 guns and sell for 1/2 that.

  • bigdukesix101

    Can’t stand the slide release on the M&P9 just ruins a great gun.


    As an 80 year old (revolver six-shot shooting) sheriff,.. I am still a bit nervous about automatics for fear of “jamming” at the wrong time, and it is all over, but the more I hear you younger dudes talk, I am still thinking about trying for a 1911 -.45 auto…..maybe shoting one will change my mind…..think?
    S&W, Remington, Colt, Browning, or ???

    • EDK

      Stay with made in USA name. The Ruger SR1911 and Remington R1 are very good performers and fantastic values. Colt 1911′s are good but over priced. S&W enhanced 1911′s require a higher investment, but are high quality. Stay away from barrels under 5″. 1911′s with barrels under 5″ are where operating problems start. They require specific ammo be used. Always clean and lubricate your 1911 before going to the range. 1911′s should always be properly lubricated. Dirty or low lubrication lead to failures to feed or eject. Also, keep magazines clean. Do not leave a magazine loaded for long periods as that will weaken the spring, leading to feeding issues.

      • BIGEAGLE

        EDK: Appreciate your advise…thank you….

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