You can argue over which brand of handgun you like, but when it comes to features, there is little room for argument. Most shoppers are looking for a gun that is compact, lightweight, and accurate. And for good reason: People want to arm themselves with handguns that are easily concealable and can fill the role of a personal defense weapon.
Top sellers prove small but mighty
GunBroker.com, the world’s largest online auction house for firearms and accessories, identifies the five best-selling firearms on its site for every month over the first six months of the year. While it lists the leaders in every major category of firearms sold (breaking them down between new and used), for our purposes here, I limited the selection to the five best-selling new semiautomatic pistols, likely the most popular category of firearms in the country.
It should be noted that GunBroker.com does not list specific numbers for guns sold or total dollar values. In order to estimate their relative popularity, I compiled all the monthly lists and assigned them values according to their rank on the list (first was worth five points; second, four points; and so on) and their number of appearances. Then, I calculated the totals for each model and arranged them from most points to least. Here is my approximate list of most popular handguns:
Fourth place (tie): Glock G43 and Springfield XD-S.
The Glock and Springfield Armory models each garnered the same number of points.
Major gunmakers such as Smith & Wesson, Beretta, and Kel-Tec have competing models on the market, but the G43 was launched as an easily concealable, single stack 9mm pistol. By comparison, the Springfield XD-S is also a single stack, but the 3.3-inch model has the benefit of coming in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP versions. Both models, priced at $500 or more, fall on the pricier end of the spectrum.