Evolution of Handgun Designs

I have my favorite gun as do most people; mine seems to change occasionally when something REALLY strikes my fancy. During the Beginning Pistol class we actually go through a modified presentation of the history of handguns including all frame sizes, action types and calibers giving a new shooter a broader understanding of where we have come and why.

Below is a list of guns that have lead or have changed significantly the design and function of handguns. My new favorite is included because I’m writing the article. Would love to hear your comments on these guns and if your favorite is not in there tell me why your favorite has significantly changed the design and function of handguns upon its release.

1836 Colt Paterson

1836 Colt Paterson

 

Colt M1873

Colt M1873

 

Smith & Wesson Model 10

Smith & Wesson Model 10

 

Colt M1911

Colt M1911

 

1915 Colt Woodsman

1915 Colt Woodsman

1935 Browning Hi-Power

1935 Browning Hi-Power

 

1938 Walther P38

1938 Walther P38

 

1953 Ruger Single Six Convertible

1953 Ruger Single Six Convertible

 

1955 Smith & Wesson Model 29

1955 Smith & Wesson Model 29

 

1965 Smith & Wesson Model 60

1965 Smith & Wesson Model 60

 

1975 CZ-75

1975 CZ-75

 

1975 Smith & Wesson Model 41

1975 Smith & Wesson Model 41

 

 

1975 Beretta 92

1975 Beretta 92

 

1982 Glock G17

1982 Glock G17

 

1984 Sig Sauer P226

1984 Sig Sauer P226

 

2014 Sig Sauer P320

2014 Sig Sauer P320

There you have it, almost 200 years of handgun development.

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