Often overlooked, handguns have just as much a place in a hunter’s gear as any other lead thrower out there.
Whether used for varmint control, taking large game or as a sidearm in bear country, pistols are certainly capable of packing some serious firepower in a small package. Though the options are more varied than most long guns, there are plenty of handguns available to take down just about any kind of game you might encounter. To make your shopping experience a breeze, we rounded up the best hunting handguns so you can be ready when its time to get out in the field.
- <h2>Smith & Wesson 629 PC</h2><a href="http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Category3_750001_750051_757896_-1_Y">Smith & Wesson’s Performance Center</a> spits out highly tuned pieces of hunting-tool art, and this new take on the legendary <a href="http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product4_750001_750051_785507_-1_775655_757896_757896_ProductDisplayErrorView_Y" target="_blank">Model 629</a> is no exception. Dirty Harry would be green with envy. The 7.5-inch barrel sports a muzzlebrake that takes the bite out of the .44 Magnum, making it pleasant to shoot as well as great to look at. The barrel has an integral Picatinny rail, making mounting a scope both easy and extremely secure. <p> <strong>Price: $1,329</strong>