There’s undoubtedly been a host of new, innovative handguns released from a number of different manufacturers thus far in 2014. From a full-sized fighter like the SIG Sauer P227 Nitron, to a handcrafted 1911 like the Guncrafter Industries No. 1 .50 GI, or the Colt Mustang XSP .380 which has been upgraded with top-notch tactical enhancements, there’s certainly been no shortage of options for the discerning operator. Fortunately, has put together a list of the 25 “can’t miss” handgun offerings of the year so far.

“I was very pleased with the performance,” William Bell writes of the Sig P227 Nitron. “Unlike many of today’s pistols, it doesn’t have an interchangeable backstrap, but it fit my medium-sized hand comfortably, and I’ve never really picked up any Sig Sauer pistol that wasn’t tip-top in the ergonomics department. As a gun writer, I’m always happy to evaluate a firearm that works and works well, as did the P227 Nitron. I’m less impressed with what a handgun will do on a paper bullseye target than what it will do when fired rapidly and repeatedly on a combat course, so for my money I don’t think you could do much better than the Sig Sauer P227 Nitron if you want a full-sized handgun in .45 ACP.”

Meanwhile, Dennis Adler was full of praise the Colt Mustang XSP .380.

“A little less than two years after Colt reintroduced the Pocketlite, here is the gun I was waiting for, the polymer-framed Mustang XSP,” Adler writes. “Rather than just doing the obvious to the resurrected Pocketlite, Colt has taken the gun to the next level and done so in a way that makes this an altogether new pistol that retains all of the virtues established by the Mustang, and in one broad stroke, cures all of its ills. For Colt fans, this is the gun we have been waiting for.”


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