BEST 10MM HANDGUNS.
BARREL5.25″ Hammer Forged Steel, Melonite® Finish, 1:16
SLIDEForged Steel, Melonite® Finish
SIGHTSFiber Optic Front, Fully Adjustable Target Rear
RECOIL SYSTEMOne Piece w/ Full Length Guide Rod
Many gun aficionados have heralded the 9mm handgun as the ideal self-defense firearm, but despite its popularity, the “nine milli” is not the only worthy choice available.
On the contrary, the 10mm is making a big comeback and it’s got just as many excellent attributes as its counterpart.
First developed in 1983 thanks, in part, to the concerted efforts of the FBI and the Smith & Wesson gun company.
The 10mm is a rimless large pistol with a maximum pressure of 33,000 psi that has some serious power.
The most powerful factory-loaded handgun cartridge that still fits into a service pistol-sized semiauto is the 10mm.
The “big 10” has a stout reputation among Alaskan bear guides and hunters for its stopping power. It’s also capable of taking down medium-sized game at reasonable distances (out to 100 yards) with the right load and a steady hand.
I won’t pit revolvers against semiautos, just know, it does take much more of a time investment and skill to become accurate with a big bore wheel gun than a semiauto.
And though semiautos are not easy to shoot accurately, you do have the added benefit of more ammo capacity for multiple follow up shots and faster reloads.
If you’re going to hunt with a 10mm, the 1911s have manageable recoil and are supremely accurate. The downside is they can be unreliable if you don’t keep them clean and well maintained, which can be difficult to do in the backcountry.
They also don’t have the magazine capacity of double-stack, striker-fired pistols and are heavy, so it’s best to buy a chest holster for wilderness carry if you plan to buy one. Polymer-framed pistols are going to give you more durability and are less susceptible to the elements.
They have a higher magazine capacity, are easier to manipulate in all conditions, and they’re lighter. If you can mount a red dot and white light on one, that will make for a fine sidearm.
If you’re in the market for a hunting/self-defense handgun, these are some of the best 10mms you can buy. Plus, why you need a red-dot sight, and the right ammo to feed your pistol, so you can get optimal performance from your next 10mm.