When speaking about best selling handguns in 2022, various research centers and social surveys point out that more firearms are being bought by more U.S. citizens than ever before.
The selling reports contain weapons from all categories of firearms, but the sales statistics indicate the vast share belongs to many of today’s popular handguns.
While gun sales have been climbing for decades, current nationwide sales trends show that first-time buyers are leaning towards more expensive guns, in the range of $400 or more.
If you are curious about what are the best-selling handguns in America right now, the answer is the same guns as it was in 2021 – polymer-frame, striker-fired pistols.
In 2022 people who want to protect themselves, their families and property typically bought semi-auto striker-fired handguns. But besides this specific category, there is more interesting information based on sales statistics.
If we scratch a little deeper throughout available data from online sales this year, we will find other three handgun trends:
– The continuing popularity of ultra-compact 9mms
– Revival of handguns originally made in 1935 and 1955
– Imported handguns or at least partially made outside of the United States.
While the Glock still remains one of the most popular worldwide sidearms on the market and the king of pistols, there are more affordable guns that would be the perfect choice for budget pistols.
We have completed the list of top 8 Best Selling Handguns In 2022 while considering different manufacturers, weapon sizes, weights, and calibers.
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As mentioned above, the Glock G19 popped as the number one seller for 2021 and continues to rule in 2022. The double-stack, 9mm, polymer-framed G19 was designed for concealed carry, for home defense, and even duty use by police and military forces.
This flagship model of Glock’s imperia comes through 5 generations with several improvements including a fingerless grip, an extended bottom lip for easy magazine extraction, and a flared magazine well for easy reloads.
This Glock a do-it-all gun in its fifth generation, also offers an ambidextrous one-piece slide lock and an enhanced trigger spring assembly design.
If a Glock 19 is a slimmed-down version of the Glock 17, following that analogy, the Glock 44 is basically a rimfire clone of the G19. With the same overall and barrel length (7.28 inches and 4.02-inch) as Glock 19, G44 feels, looks, and shoots like a Glock 19, but with less felt recoil.
The G44 from Glock is a hybrid design that combines durability with lightweight construction. At 16.4 ounces when fully loaded the G44 is exceptionally lightweight due to the steel/polymer construction.
For increased accuracy and precision, G44 sports the same well-known Glock Marksman Barrel (GMB) found on other Gen5 Glocks.
While the G44 is the first-ever .22 caliber chamber from Glock, the main feature that separates Glock 44 from the other rimfire counterparts is the non-fixed barrel which is a truly innovative feature in a rimfire world.
Furthermore, along with Taurus TX22, the Glock 44 is the only striker-fired rimfire pistol on the market.
When it was released in 2020, Glock 44 became an instant favorite for the new shooters searching for their first pistol. The G44 is also perfect for training guns for would-be G19 shooters.
The Taurus G3C comes to our list as the best budget concealed carry a handgun and a great opportunity for new gun owners. The newest Taurus addition, the G3C comes from their G line as a compact model of the standard size Taurus G3.
The Taurus G3C is also a successor of the ever-popular G2C and can be considered as the Taurus next Gen budget pistol.
With an overall length of 6.3-inches and weighing in at 22 ounces, the G3C is sized somewhere between a Glock 26 and a Glock 19. In terms of weapon design, the G3C is built to be used for effortless 24/7 defensive carry. As a primary CCW handgun, the 9mm Taurus G3C comes with a respectable capacity of 12+1rounds.
Built around a reinforced, railed polymer frame, the Taurus G3c fall in line with other striker-fired pistols. However, besides trigger block safety, it sports an added manual thumb-activated safety on the left frame side.
Designed as a concealed carry-oriented pistol, the Taurus G3C provides surprisingly solid gun control due to the rough-textured grip, ideal height, and trigger that has a light take-up with a fairly light pull.
This affordable concealed carry firearm features front and rear cocking serrations and aggressive stippling panels. It also boasts memory pads. These index pockets in front of the takedown lever serve as a place for your thumb or trigger finger.
Among Glock-style`s crop of plastic handguns from every part of the globe, one American-made polymer gun deserves our attention. It is a Smith & Wesson M&P45 M 2.0 45 ACP full-sized 10-round pistol, released in 2017.
Since it was introduced in 2005, the M&P line of pistols offered innovations like interchangeable palm swells and ambidextrous slide stop and magazine release features.
The M&P line of plastic, striker-fired pistols are offered in a broad array of sizes and three calibers: 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP.
As a part of the Smith & Wesson legendary M&P (Military and Police) series this large caliber, striker-fired, semi automatic pistol became highly successful in its own right.
The full-sized version of the M&P45 2.0 features a 4.6” barrel and a grip frame that accommodates a 10-round magazine
Designed as an entirely new platform, The M&P45 M2.0 is purpose-built for personal, sporting, and professional use.
The M&P45 2.0 selling point is an extended stainless-steel chassis that allows for more control of the recoil.
Though firing heavy, big bore .45 caliber bullets, the M&P45 M2.0 is an easily controllable gun due to the low barrel bore axis which reduces muzzle rise and helps in faster aim recovery. In addition, the four interchangeable palm swell inserts combined with aggressive grip texturing also contribute to comfortable shooting.
Further, the new M&P M2.0 pistols have changed grip angle to 18 degrees for better ergonomics and a more natural hand position than previous S&W models.
In comparison to the first generation’s version of M&Ps, the 2.0 model boasts an improved trigger with a cleaner, crisper trigger pull and 5.5 lbs. heavy trigger pull.
One thing that Smith & Wesson always does is listen to its customers and make new models based on users’ critiques.
The latest addition to the M&P M2.0 family is the innovative M&P 380 Shield EZ pistol. It is the answer for shooters who want a lightweight and easy-to-carry handgun yet as easy to shoot as most full-size guns.
Chambered in .380 ACP, the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ created an entirely new class of handguns.
In comparison to the M&P Shield, the EZ is offering an easy-to-rack slide and an easy-loading magazine.
While the S&W M&P 380 Shield EZ is longer and taller than the 9mm Shield it is quite comfortable for all-day concealed carry purposes.
Although the M&P 380 Shield EZ is ideally suited for a variety of applications, it is primarily designed for personal and home protection purposes. Being one of the most popular concealed carry handguns, this mid-sized pistol chambered in .380 is also suitable for recreational shooting.
While with its steel-reinforced polymer frame, the M&P 380 Shield EZ looks like a typical striker-fired gun, it is in fact a hammer-fired pistol. An internal hammer requires much lighter springs than the striker-fired adversaries and provides a smoother trigger.
This compact pistol comes in at 6.7-inches in overall length and has a capacity of 8+1 rounds. The stainless-steel 3.7 inches barrel and slide are covered in a proprietary Smith & Wesson finish called Armornite.
The 380 Shield EZ features a textured grip that sits at an 18-degree angle and has an optional manual thumb safety.
Another feature worthy of note is the noticeably large grip safety, a feature not often found on compact pistols.
It’s not surprising that with an increased number of CCW permits, the best-selling gun on the planet is the Glock 43X.
The Glock 43X is an improved version of the G43, which in turn is a compact version of the Glock 26 with a lower magazine capacity. While both Glocks are still small guns, the Glock 43X is a bit longer and thicker than the G43. It means that the G43 has a larger capacity as a result of a slightly widened and lengthened magazine.
In comparison to G19, the grip length is a bit thinner which grants excellent controllability.
While not so ultra-concealable as the original G43, the 43X is an accurate pistol that would allow a marksman to shoot with precision at 50 yards.
With ten rounds plus 1 in the barrel, the Glock 43X set the new standard for concealable single-stack 9mms.
As a part of Glock’s new Slimline series, the G43X features a short trigger distance, a full-height grip surface, and standard Glock frames, but a thinner slide for optimal concealment in any environment.
Like all models from the Gen5 series, this single-stack nine boasts match-grade GLOCK Marksman Barrel, polygonally rifled barrel, fingerless grip, and magazines with an orange follower for higher visibility, as well as the tough nDLC finish on the slide.
As most of us gun enthusiasts know, the celebrated Browning Hi Power or P-35 was released in 1935. Hence its name. Being one of the most widely used military handguns in the world, the fame of this iconic handgun has never faded and many clones were made worldwide with less or more success.
Today we present you the latest copy of the timeless Browning design which, in our opinion, has every right to bear that famous name.
The European American Armory company imported in 2021 the first batch of P-35s clones manufactured in Turkey by Girsan.
The second generation of EAA’s MC P35 was closely patterned after John Browning’s Hi Power, but with modernized features and improved ergonomics.
Like the military “old school” Hi-Power, the EAA Girsan MC P35 is an all-steel construction, short recoil operated 9mm pistol with the same rounded lines that resemble the iconic and instantly recognizable Hi Power slide.
Other classic design elements found on EAA’s MC P35 are the magazine disconnect safety, external extractor, and a traditional contoured curved, slim trigger that allows for a short trigger reset.
An ambidextrous manual thumb safety with properly sized and contoured paddles took care of the further resemblance.
Except for the two-tone Cerakote finish, the other notable differences in the MC P35 are the Commander-style hammer and double-stack magazine with 15 9mm rounds capacity.
When we are talking about rimfire revolvers, undoubtedly the best value in the rimfire category belongs to Heritage Arms Manufacturing and their 4.5″ Rough Rider .22 LR / .22 WMR (22 Long rifle, 22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire) revolver.
Heritage Arms has been making high-quality old western-style replica revolvers, but they were acquired in 2012 by Taurus and today represents the largest revolver manufacturer in the US.
The 6-Shot Rough Rider is Heritage’s most popular single-action revolver designed as a replica of the famous Colt Single Action Army.
The Heritage features modern-day technology to make rugged, high-quality rimfire revolvers such as Rough Rider.
Like all Heritage revolvers, the Rough Rider has an aluminum alloy frame, a cylinder machined from 12L14 steel, and a loading gate made of hard ABS plastic.
The simple 6-Shot Rough Rider comes with many features unexpected for a low-cost single-action revolver. It is equipped with a Picatinny rail section positioned on the top strap, a threaded muzzle, and a thumb safety (a hammer block) placed on the left side of the cylinder.
The Heritage Rough Rider revolver is for slow shooters as its cylinder can be loaded and unloaded with one cartridge at a time.
Though marketed as a fun, old western-style plinker, the .22 LR Heritage Rough Rider revolver is available with the .22WMR cylinder. Considering a more powerful .22 Magnum round and optic-ready configuration, the Rough Rider is an excellent tool for pest control and small game hunting.
While there are countless options on the market, we have selected and reviewed eight of the top best selling handguns in 2022.
Our candidates are ranging from mid-priced to the cheaper options, but all of them are accurate, and good-looking handguns offering consistent, comfortable, and reliable usage.
We are hoping that after reading our overview your buying decision may be simplified with the above presented information.