The 3 Best Handguns Used by Elite Military Forces

When it comes to quality, there’s no better recommendation for the best handguns on the market than those used by elite military forces. Not only are these handguns manufactured to ensure quality, but they are also consistently reliable and hold up under all kinds of environmental conditions.

If you are in the market for a new handgun, check out some of the handguns that top people in our military rely on every day.

1.) Glock 19

The Glock 19 is rapidly becoming the new handgun for many special force units of the military. While the Sig Sauer P226 was the traditional handgun of choice for Navy SEALs since 1989, Glock’s reputation for simplicity and durability is fast making it the most popular handgun in America.

The Glock 19 simply doesn’t quit. If you submerge it in water, it fires; if it gets caked in mud, it fires; if you’re in extreme temperatures, it fires; if you (empty it first) and run it over with a car, it fires. It stands up to corrosion in salt water. This durability makes it popular with Navy SEALs who are constantly running missions in all sorts of weather and landscapes.

The SEALs aren’t the only special ops forces making the switch: The Marine Corps Special Operations Command Raiders and the Army Rangers are now using the Glock 19.

It’s a big gun in a compact frame, boasting a 15+1 round magazine with optional 17, 19, 24, 31, and 33 magazine add-ons. It features a modular backstrap grip so you can customize it to your hand size and grip. With a 6-pound trigger pull on this 9mm handgun, your shoot will be consistently crisp and accurate.

2.) Sig Sauer P226 MK25 Full-Size

Before the SEALs decided to move to Glock, the Sig Sauer P226 was the handgun they used. The Sig Sauer P226 MK25 is lauded for its durability and consistency. In fact, it passed the SEALs rigorous 30,000-round endurance test. The P226 features a 4.4″ barrel, a 15+1 round magazine, SigLite night sights, and an M1913 Picatinny accessory rail. The P226 is also a double-action/single-action pistol.

The aluminium alloy frame keeps this handgun lightweight compared to some of its competitors, allowing you to concealed carry this pistol comfortably. It is corrosion-resistant, and you’ll find that it performs in all conditions reliably and consistently.

3.) Beretta M9

The Beretta M9 has been one of the foremost trusted handguns in the United States elite forces, including Army Special Forces, Army Rangers, and MARSOC. The sleek, modern design, textured grip, and testing under harsh conditions make it a reliable choice for a handgun.

The Beretta’s 3-dot sight system with a 6.1″ line of sight is designed for accuracy and confidence when lining up your shot. Beretta boasts that the pistol fires 10-shot groups at 3 inches or less from 55 yards away. At 1.5″ wide, it’s very easy to carry concealed, and at 33.3oz, it’s comfortable, too.

The Beretta M9 boasts a 15+1 magazine round capacity, and in rigorous tests, it will fire 35,000 rounds without skipping a beat. It continues to function in -40°F and 140°F temperatures consistently and reliably, displaying why it was such the top choice for the U.S. Armed Forces for over 30 years.

Much like the Glock, feel free to (empty) and drop it, submerge it in water, or run it over with a car: the Beretta will continue to fire when you pull the trigger. If you’re looking for a worthwhile long-term investment, consider the Beretta M9.

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