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    top 5 pistol manufacturers

    hey everyone, i know everyone has their own opinions so i wanted to know what most people consider the top 5 handgun manufacturers. for me and what i have experience with it would be, not in any order:

    ruger
    fnh usa
    hk
    s&w
    cz usa

    im ssure alot of you disagree but these are the only manufacturers i have tried pistols from so do not have an opinion on some of the other brands like, glock, walther, beretta, browning, colt, etc. thanks for any replies

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    S&W
    Colt
    Glock
    Sig Sauer
    H&K

    This is not in any particular order!
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    CZ USA
    Colt
    Sig Sauer
    S&W
    Ruger

    Glock only makes 1 pistol in different calibers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Indio View Post

    Glock only makes 1 pistol in different calibers!
    Glock also commands 65% of the market share of handguns for United States law enforcement agencies. Not to mention the civilian market share.

    Just sayin!
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    Top 5 and second 5

    My top 5 handgun manufacturers, in terms of quality of the product over time, would be:

    1. Sig Sauer
    2. Heckler & Koch
    3. Smith & Wesson
    4. Colt
    5. Glock

    And my second five would be:

    6. Browning
    7. Walther
    8. Kimber
    9. Ruger
    10. Kahr
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    In no particular order, except for HK being my number one.

    HK
    Sig
    Springfield
    Glock
    Colt

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    The top/major makers of firearms as ccw9mm sees 'em:

    • Glock -- high quality, durability, reliability
    • Heckler & Koch -- high quality, durability, reliability
    • CZ -- high quality, durability, reliability
    • Smith & Wesson -- decent quality, wide range of products
    • Ruger -- decent quality, reliability


    FN probably deserves to be on the list, as well, though I don't have any direct experience with them beyond a few shots with one model, way back when.

    By comparison, I'd say that many of the rest (of the makers) are hit-or-miss propositions. These are ones I have direct experience with, having owned or shot extensively.
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    Pretty impressive for makin just one gun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericb327 View Post
    S&W
    Colt
    Glock
    Sig Sauer
    H&K

    This is not in any particular order!
    Exactly.
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    I am not sure about some of the names mentioned, however, it would be hard for me to justify spending $3,000. or more on a hand gun. My most expensive carry gun was $550. JMHO however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bandrich View Post
    I am not sure about some of the names mentioned, however, it would be hard for me to justify spending $3,000. or more on a hand gun. My most expensive carry gun was $550. JMHO however.
    Who makes a $3,000 pistol? I'm sure they're out there but......
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    Quote Originally Posted by ruger91 View Post
    hey everyone, i know everyone has their own opinions so i wanted to know what most people consider the top 5 handgun manufacturers. for me and what i have experience with it would be, not in any order:

    ruger
    fnh usa
    hk
    s&w
    cz usa

    im ssure alot of you disagree but these are the only manufacturers i have tried pistols from so do not have an opinion on some of the other brands like, glock, walther, beretta, browning, colt, etc. thanks for any replies
    I'm trying to understand what you mean by "top 5" - the ones you like the best? The ones with the best quality? Best value? Fit your hand the best?
    And are these the top 5 you've chosen out of many more, or just the 5 whose guns you own? Do you also have a "bottom" list?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    I'm trying to understand what you mean by "top 5" - the ones you like the best? The ones with the best quality? Best value? Fit your hand the best?
    And are these the top 5 you've chosen out of many more, or just the 5 whose guns you own? Do you also have a "bottom" list?
    'Concur. The criteria is undefined. There are many brands in my safe, each (ok - most) chosen for a specific reason. Each and every one was the #1 choice for their intended purpose.
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    Ruger
    S&W
    Springfield
    Kahr
    Kimber

    In no particular order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indio View Post
    CZ USA
    Colt
    Sig Sauer
    S&W
    Ruger

    Glock only makes 1 pistol in different calibers!
    As if COLT makes so many different ones too :)
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