Sure, concealed carry seems to be all the rage these days. But what if you want a larger gun with more firepower on tap—maybe for duty, target practice, home defense or hunting? This is where full-sized pistols reign supreme, with large, hand-filling grips packing plenty of ammo and standard barrel lengths that offer exceptional ballistics and stopping power.
COMBAT HANDGUNS is all about showcasing the best self-defense pistols to hit the market, and 2015 saw the introduction of several full-sized designs, from 1911-style .45s to 21st century, striker-fired pistols. Here we’ve rounded up some of the best full-sized pistols featured in COMBAT HANDGUNS this past year, and this group includes AR-style megapistols and semi-automatic versions of submachine guns like the CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Pistol and MasterPiece Arms MPA935-SST. These 9mm powerhouses feature several enhancements that make them perfect for home-defense duty, like long sight radiuses and large magazines. In the more traditional pistol realm you’ll find Wilson Combat’s BCMGUNFIGHTER 1911, a top-notch .45 ACP semi-auto spec’d by the one and only Bravo Company. It’s truly ready for battle. The roundup doesn’t stop there—we’ve got hits from Springfield Armory, Nighthawk Custom, Sig Sauer, IWI, Walther, Magnum Research, Auto-Ordnance, Ruger and much more. Scroll through the gallery above to see which full-sized handguns made the list!
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Heckler & Koch
Magnum Research – Desert Eagle 1911 GSS
Magnum Research – MR9 Eagle
Magnum Research – Mark XIX
Rock Island Armory
Rock River Arms
Sig Sauer – MPX-P 9mm
Sig Sauer – P226 X-Five Short 9mm
Sig Sauer – P227 Tacops .45 ACP
Smith & Wesson
Wilson Combat – Bravo BCM Gunfighter 1911 .45 ACP
Wilson Combat / Colt 1911 A1