9 Best Hunting Handguns Right Now

9 Best Hunting Handguns Right Now

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.


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