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Handguns by Caliber for sale

Browse handguns by caliber including popular pistols such as the Sig Sauer P238 for .380 ACP, Glock 19 for 9mm, Smith & Wesson M&P40 for .40 S&W, and Colt 1911 for .45 ACP. The 'best' handgun depends on your needs and preferences, from plinking to self-defense. Find the perfect pistol today.




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Guide to Pistol Calibers: Finding the Right Handgun for You

In the world of handguns, calibers are like the unique personalities of these weapons. Each caliber brings with it specific benefits, catering to different needs and preferences of the shooter.

Whether you're looking for the perfect concealed carry piece or a reliable target shooting gun, understanding calibers is key. Let's embark on a journey through the world of pistol calibers and explore the handguns that embody them.

.22 Long Rifle (LR)

Handgun Showcase: Ruger Mark IV

The .22 LR is the intro song to many shooter's handgun symphony. It's a lightweight, affordable round with minimal recoil. The Ruger Mark IV, for instance, offers exceptional accuracy and is an excellent choice for beginners. With this caliber, you can practice your shooting skills without breaking the bank on ammunition.


  • Great for training and target shooting.
  • Low recoil, making it easy for new shooters.
  • Affordable ammunition.

.380 ACP

Handgun Showcase: Walther PPK

The .380 ACP is the stylish younger sibling of the 9mm. It’s compact, allowing for smaller pistol designs, making it a favorite for concealed carry. The Walther PPK embodies the elegance of this caliber.

Its sleek design combined with a rich history (think James Bond) makes it a go-to for those wanting discretion without sacrificing style.


  • Compact design for concealed carry.
  • Sufficient stopping power for self-defense.
  • Manageable recoil for most shooters.

9mm Luger

Handgun Showcase: Glock 19

Arguably the most popular caliber worldwide, the 9mm strikes a balance between power and size. The Glock 19 exemplifies this balance, being a versatile, reliable, and widely used handgun.

Its size is optimal for both open and concealed carry, and it offers a larger magazine capacity.


  • Widely available ammunition.
  • Good balance of power and recoil.
  • Versatile for both self-defense and target shooting.

.40 S&W

Handgun Showcase: Smith & Wesson M&P40

Born from law enforcement’s desire for more stopping power, the .40 S&W hits harder than the 9mm. The Smith & Wesson M&P40, with its ergonomic design and rugged reliability, showcases this caliber's potency.

This round brings more punch to the party, ensuring that when you aim to stop a threat, it stays stopped.


  • Superior stopping power.
  • A favorite among many law enforcement agencies.
  • Recoil is still manageable for many shooters.

.45 ACP

Handgun Showcase: Springfield Armory 1911

The .45 ACP is like the rockstar of the pistol world, renowned for its stopping power. The 1911, a classic and iconic design, has championed this caliber for over a century.

It's a hefty gun with a punch to match, perfect for those who want a powerful sidearm with a legacy.


  • Hard-hitting with outstanding stopping power.
  • Rich history and proven performance.
  • Larger bullet for bigger impact.

.357 Magnum

Handgun Showcase: Smith & Wesson Model 686

For revolver enthusiasts, the .357 Magnum is a must-have caliber. Offering both power and versatility, it can fire .38 Special rounds for lighter recoil.

The Smith & Wesson Model 686, with its stainless steel construction and 6-round capacity, showcases the .357's potency and adaptability.


  • High versatility with the ability to shoot .38 Special rounds.
  • Excellent stopping power.
  • Widely recognized as a top choice for self-defense revolvers.

Choosing a handgun is a personal decision, heavily influenced by the caliber. Think about your intended purpose: Is it self-defense, target shooting, or perhaps a mix of both? Your comfort level with recoil, handgun size, and the cost of ammunition are other significant factors. By understanding the unique offerings of each caliber, you can find a handgun that not only fits your hand but also your shooting aspirations.

So, arm yourself with knowledge, try out different calibers, and shop DEGuns to find the perfect companion for your shooting journey!