List of Handgun Manufacturers

So if you prefer to browse by the name of the handgun manufacturers, such as Glock, Ruger, Springfield Armory, and Smith and Wesson, I have supplied  the full list of them, and a brief description of each for your reading pleasure.  All the the handguns reviewed at THR will be under their respective companies. 


is a Austrian company started by Mr. Gaston Glock.  Although his knowledge of firearms was limited, he was an expert in Synthetic Polymers and created a line of "Safe Action", semi-automatic pistols.  Popular models include the G17 & G19. 

Smith & Wesson (S&W)

is a firearms manufacturer here  in the United States. The headquarters is in Springfield, Massachusetts. Founded in 1852, Smith & Wesson's firearms have become widely used and world recognized as one of the top handgun manufacturers.

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Incorporated

is based in Southport, Connecticut, but known as Ruger to many. Ruger produces a wide variety of firearms like bolt-action, semi-automatic and single-shot rifles, semi-automatic pistols, and single- and double-action revolvers. Ruger is one of the largest manufacturers in the United States.

Heckler & Koch GmbH (HK)

is a German defense manufacturing company producing handguns, assault rifles, submachine guns, and grenade launchers.  Produces some of the best quality handguns in the world. 


is a manufacture based in Brazil. Beginning as a tool and die manufacturer, the company now consists of divisions focusing on firearms, metals manufacturing, plastics, body armor, helmets, and civil construction.

Springfield Armory

is located in the City of Springfield, Massachusetts—from 1777 until its closing in 1968—was the primary center for the manufacture of U.S. military firearms.  Now the manufacture of the popular line of XD pistols.


is an Argentine based arms manufacturer.  The company was founded in the mid 1950's by an Italian immigrant, and now manufactures the popular Bersa Thunder 380.  


is an Italian firearms manufacturer. Beretta firearms are used worldwide for a variety of civilian, law enforcement, and military purposes. It also manufactures shooting clothes and accessories. Beretta is the oldest active firearms manufacturer in the world.  The Beretta 92FS is well known and a staple in the US military for many years.  (M9)

Magnum Research Inc. (MRI)

is a privately held corporation based in Fridley, Minnesota which manufactures and distributes firearms.  MRI was responsible for the manufacture of the popular Desert Eagle, some call it "Deagle" for short. Since 2009, the Desert Eagle Pistol has been assembled in the USA at MRI’s facility in Pillager, MN.

Kimber Manufacturing

is an American company that designs, manufactures, and distributes popular pistols such as the 1911.  Kimber was founded as "Kimber of Oregon" in 1979 by Greg and Jack Warne in the small town of Clackamas, Oregon.  The 1911 line of pistols produced by Kimber are know by many as the gold standard.

SIG Sauer GmbH

is the German subsidiary of Switzerland-based manufacturing firm. 

In 1985, Sigarms Inc. was created as the American branch of SIG in Tysons Corner, Virginia.  In 1987, Sigarms relocated to Herndon, Virginia, and in 1990 moved to Exeter, New Hampshire.

As one of my LE friends said, "It's the Cadillac of handguns"


is a German arms manufacturer. For more than 100 years, Walther made major breakthroughs in the development of pistols. Known for the Walther PPK, P99, and also the P38.  One of Germany's top Handgun Manufacturers, the PPK is a big hit, and will be reviewed here at THR.

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