The earliest handguns appeared in the second half of the 14th century. There have been a fantastic number of designs and improvements since then. Some designs endured and improved while others were replaced. Some guns were so effective, so popular or played such an important role in history that they have become icons. Others made their owners into icons. Check out the gallery above to see 13 of the most iconic combat handguns in history.



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