In 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.
- This is a no-brainer, and a fair number of readers believe we could stop the discussion about combat pistols right here — the John Browning-designed 1911 has been serving the U.S. admirably for over a century. Today companies like SIG, Ruger, Remington and, yes, Browning still produce 1911s, and they remain popular with police and military professionals, competitors and defensive shooting instructors. The 1911 is one of the greatest pistols of all time, and even if you believe the design is dated, it’s hard to argue with the numbers.