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Best 10mm Pistols & Handguns: Go Big or Go Home

Sometimes you need something a little bit bigger. These are the best 10mm handguns out there that pack a punch at all different price ranges.

When discussing the power and accuracy of handgun cartridges, the debate is usually centered around the 9mm vs. .45 ACP vs. .40 S&W debate. 

But there’s another gun that’s often left out…the 10mm.

Inceptor 10mm 90 grain ARX frangibles and a trio of 10mm handguns. Matches made in frangible heaven.

And depending on who you ask, some shooters will tell you that the 10mm is one of the more powerful handgun calibers out there

The benefits of this cartridge include deeper penetration and greater muzzle energy than the 9mm and .45 ACP, but that comes at a price. 

So, let’s take a tour through the 10mm. We’ll talk about its history and even give you some recommendations.

Summary of Our Top Picks

  1. Best 1911 10mm

    Rock Island Armory TAC Ultra MS

    While easy on the wallet, the quality, fit, and finish are still excellent on this 1911.

  2. Best Metal Frame 10mm

    Sig Sauer P220 Legion 10mm

    What is lacks in capacity it makes up for with an excellent trigger and outstanding accuracy.

  3. Editor's Pick

    Glock G20

    Legendary Glock reliablity and aftermarket support encompasses all of their pistols, including the 10mm lineup.

  4. Best Compact 10mm

    Springfield XD-M Elite Compact OSP 10mm

    A solid feature set and a great size to performance ratio make this great for those who want to conceal a 10mm.

  5. Best Striker-Fired 10mm

    Sig Sauer P320-XTEN

    Good ergonomics, a solid trigger, and great accuracy make this an easy gun to shoot.

Table of Contents


PPT Editor Wyatt Sloan contributed to this article update.

Origin Story: 10mm Auto

The 10mm was designed in part by Colonel Jeff Cooper, a marine, firearms instructor, and 1911 lover who was looking to improve on the .45 ACP cartridge. 

Col Jeff Cooper
Lt. Col Jeff Cooper

Col. Cooper was known for a number of incredible feats, but one of his most notable contributions to the firearms world was his assistance with the 10mm Auto — a powerful caliber capable of reaching 1,200 feet per second and able to maintain accuracy beyond 50 yards.

10mm Round
10mm Round

Despite being an incredibly popular cartridge in the early 1980s, the 10mm Auto became yesterday’s news seemingly overnight as law enforcement phased out 9mms in the wake of the infamous 1986 FBI Miami shootout

1986 FBI Miami Shootout

This gun battle led to the FBI creation of the .40 S&W — a shortened and arguably suboptimal version of the 10mm Auto.

While the 10mm didn’t get all of the notoriety that it deserves, it is a well-rounded caliber, which is one of the reasons why it’s garnered a cult following over the years. 

Side-by-Side Comparison of the Most Popular Handgun Cartridges
Side-by-Side Comparison of the Most Popular Handgun Cartridges

And it’s experiencing a resurgence as new hobbyists are discovering just how awesome this cartridge is.

Whether you’re interested in purchasing your first 10mm handgun or just want to add a new gun to your growing collection, we have some picks for you.

Pros and Cons of 10mm

Why would anyone want a 10mm, you ask?

Well, there are a few reasons…

First, it’s got a bit more oomph than your standard 9mm round. This is especially handy if you intend to do any hunting with a handgun.

A Badger Boar with a 10mm

The added power lends itself well to hunting with greater penetration and increased muzzle velocity.

But that’s not without some tradeoffs…namely the recoil.

10mm can have some recoil if you’re not expecting it. That said, it can be managed, especially in a larger platform pistol.

pew pew Glock 20
Yes, you can shoot 10mm one-handed.

This brings us to point number two on the con side…gun size. Most of the 10mm guns you find are going to be full-sized.

For hunting, this is a-okay, but if you want to concealed carry…well, that can get trickier. You might have to get creative with your wardrobe, is all we’re saying.

Best 10mm Handguns

1. Rock Island Armory TAC Ultra MS

At first glance, you might be reluctant to even shoot the TAC Ultra MS because of how beautiful it looks. 

But don’t let its flashy design fool you; this 10mm pistol performs with the best of them and might do you everything that your .45 ACP 1911 does and then some.

The G10 grips and full-length dust cover really complete the sleek look. (Credit: Practically Tactical)

Aside from its flawless craftsmanship, I like the attention to detail that was put into the Rock Ultra MS. 

The magazine well has a slightly larger-than-usual opening that works brilliantly with the gun’s tapered 8-round magazines, making reloading on the fly simple and convenient.

Another nice perk is the fiber optic fight sight, which makes target acquisition much easier than guns using standard iron sights. 

So pretty…

That, combined with the gun’s smooth design to reduce holster snag, makes the Ultra MS an excellent weapon for tactical situations.

If you’re one of those people who prefer solid guns with a sturdy feel over polymer-based pistols, you’ll love the Ultra MS. 

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2. Sig Sauer P220 Legion

The P220 Legion is the 10mm Auto variant of Sig’s famous P220 line of handguns.

While it’s one of the pricier 10mm pistols out there, buying a Sig Sauer means you’re guaranteed dependability and pinpoint accuracy with every round fired.

The P220 has long been a venerable platform for .45 ACP, but now we have access to a souped-up version in 10mm. (Photo: Americas 1st Freedom)

The P220 Legion ain’t no slouch. It’s big, bulky…not something you’ll holster and forget about. 

With that said, it’s a beautiful gun that perfectly combines the power of the 10mm cartridge with Sig’s superior engineering.

And when you look at all the perks that come with owning this gun, you start to justify its price tag.

Perks like…

  • Aggressive grip texture that lets you grip firmly on the gun without irritating your hands.
  • Solid stainless steel slide and frame.
  • Ambidextrous safety system that feels natural and easy to operate on the fly.
  • Adjustable rear sight and tritium fiber optic front sight.
  • Match-grade barrel for improved accuracy over longer range.

But can we just take a moment and appreciate how the gun looks?

Best Metal Frame 10mm
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3. Glock 20

You didn’t think we’d do a handgun write-up and leave Glock off the list, did you?

It’s a Glock – ’nuff said. 

Glock 20 Target and Ammo

With the G20, you get all of the durability and accuracy that Glock models are revered for, but you also get the power advantage that comes with the 10mm cartridge.

The thing that I like about Glocks is that they’re always the safe option.

If you’ve become accustomed to shooting one of them, then you’ll be able to handle any of them comfortably.

Slide Locked Back Glock 20
Slide Locked Back Glock 20

The G20 is essentially a slightly bulkier version of its 9mm counterpart, the G17. 

Aside from having slightly wider grips and a weight of 27.6 ounces unloaded, as opposed to the 22-ounce G17, it feels almost the same in your hands. 

Glock 20 and lots of ammo

If you’re looking for something slightly slimmer, Glock also makes the G20 in Short Frame (SF).

For me, making the G20 your go-to defense weapon makes perfect sense because of its generous 15+1 capacity. 

RDS Glock 20

And choosing the Gen 4 variant of this gun means that you get Glock’s dual recoil spring, which gives the kick a noticeable reduction.

We have a complete Hands-on Review of the Glock 20 that you should take a look at!

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4. Springfield XD-M Elite Compact OSP

Is 10mm a spicy round? Absolutely. Do some people still want a spicy round in a small gun? Abso-freaking-lutely.

Designed for people who want to harness the power of 10mm in a concealable package, the Springfield XD-M Elite Compact is a welcome entry into an otherwise lacking category of smaller 10mm pistols.

Those who wanted smaller 10mm handguns previously only had the choice between the Glock 29 and EAA Witness compact. (Photo: Handgunsmag.com)

Sporting a 3.8-inch match-grade barrel, this gun is definitely doable for those who wish to carry a 10mm and not be weighed down with a boat anchor.

It should be noted that 10mm is a very efficient cartridge, only losing about 25-75 feet-per-second of velocity between a 3.78-inch barrel (G29) and a 4.61-inch barrel (G20). With the Elite Compact, you are still getting most of the juice out of the cartridge.

The flared magwell is nice, but users with larger hands may find the grip a bit cramped. Luckily, it can be removed, as shown above. (Photo: All Outdoor)

Springfield’s flat-faced trigger is a notable improvement over the previous XD series triggers. It breaks pretty cleanly around the 5-pound mark, which is a reasonable weight given its intended role.

The gun also features fully ambidextrous controls, a fiber optic front sight, a removable flared magwell adapter, and interchangeable optics mounting plates included for mounting your red dot of choice.

Two 11-round magazines are included, and extended 15-round magazines with grip sleeves are also available.

Best Compact 10mm
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What’s your take on the Springfield XD-M Elite Compact OSP? Give it a rating below.

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5. Sig Sauer P320-XTEN

While it may be the newest gun on the list, the P320-XTEN showed us that it was up to the challenge.

The P320 has been around for the better part of about ten years and has established itself as a major player in the world of striker-fired handguns.

Although it may be a bit big for concealed carry, it sure is fun as hell to shoot.

Sig took their existing platform and scaled it up to accommodate the beefier 10mm cartridge.

A thinner, more ergonomic grip module with aggressive texturing and a generous beavertail help to tame the 10mm cartridge into a more pleasant shooting experience.

Best Striker-Fired 10mm
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You also get a flat-faced trigger that breaks around the 4-pound mark, a 5-inch bull barrel, X-Ray night sights, and an optics-ready slide.

The P320-XTEN has a standard capacity of 15 rounds and comes with two magazines, and the optics cut is compatible with the ROMEO2 and Trijicon RMR.

Interested in learning more? Check out our full review of the P320-XTEN here or watch our video review below.

6. Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 10mm

Like the P320-XTEN, the M&P 2.0 10mm is a newer entry in the world of 10mm pistols.

Smith & Wesson took their tried and true M&P platform and adapted it for the heavier-hitting cartridge. The result is an excellent duty pistol with a solid capacity of 15 rounds.

The S&W M&P 2.0 10mm is built on the same frame as the previous M&P pistols in .45 ACP.

Some keen design choices were made here, including a new trigger that uses a flatter face for a crisper, more natural break.

Additionally, the gun is optics-ready and comes standard with tall sights that will co-witness with most standard height red dots.

An ambidextrous slide release, reversible magazine release, and interchangeable backstraps help ensure that most users will find this to be a relatively comfortable gun to hold.

Smith & Wesson hopped on the current train of putting the optic mount in front of the rear sight, meaning you don’t lose your rear sight when running a red dot.

It is available in both 4-inch and 4.6-inch barrel versions and can be had with or without a thumb safety. Another nice bonus is the inclusion of three magazines rather than the industry standard of two.

You can check out our full review of the M&P 2.0 10mm here!

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Final Thoughts

Some people feel like the recoil from a 10mm is a tad too strong, causing them to sacrifice accuracy for power, while other shooters describe the 10mm’s recoil as noticeable but easy to manage. 

Glock 20 with HP Ammo
Who doesn’t love 10mm?

At the end of the day, it’s all about how the gun feels in your hands. So give the 10mm a try. See how you like it.

Do you use a 10mm? Let us know all about it in the comments! Interested in using your 10mm as your CCW? Well, maybe you can – read up on How to CC A Full-Sized Pistol.

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  • Commenter Avatar

    Yes, please look at the new Hi-Point JXP 10 and the FN 510 for your next review.

    January 29, 2023 7:17 pm
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    Uh, WTF? 1911, such as Nighthawk, Wilson, Dan Wesson, Colt, etc. ??

    January 27, 2023 10:47 am
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      Jacki Billings

      Thanks for reading! We can't include every gun out there on our list, so we have to make some cuts. Doesn't mean we don't like those guns, just that we don't have the space to rope in everything we love.

      January 27, 2023 10:50 am
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    Would love to see a review of the new FN 510 tactical as well…

    January 27, 2023 5:24 am
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    Chuck Cochran

    Two years ago this coming March, I almost bought the Rock Island featured in 10mm. What stopped me then, was the unavailability of Ammo. I couldn't find any at the LGS's,, and what little I found online had ridiculously exorbitant prices. Couldn't even find new or once fired brass to load my own.
    One of these days, but with our current economy, I haven't been buying much of anything.

    January 26, 2023 8:01 pm
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    Marc Pilotte

    I have a Glock Model 40 Gen 4. It’s my EDC. Big? Yes. bulky, yea..but I’ll continue to make it my EDC. I’m not a huge guy, 5 11, 235 lb., and 75 years old. I do not mind the size, or bulk it provides me. I prefer the Underwood rounds while carrying at home in the country. Any other time, away from home, Liberty rounds are what I use. I realize it’s full potential, and respect it. I carry a minimum of 2 spare mags. Better to need ‘’um+have ‘um than not…it seems to have less recoil and noise than 40 cal. 9mm, while I would not care to be hit with, in my humble opinion, is just not powerful enough. No beats though, in my area of GA. I fired a friends Model 20, and really liked it. The 40, though somewhat bigger w/a 6.02” barrel, was all I could find, and boy I’m really really glad I got the 40!❤️

    August 23, 2022 6:47 pm
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    Sepp Van Arnhem

    I currently own a Gen3 Glock 21 and a Gen5 Glock 19. While I love my .45, the newer Gen5 feels much nicer in my hand, thanks to the lack of finger grooves on the grip. My point? I'd like a Glock 20 10mm, but don't want the Gen4. Any word in the ether if and when Glock decides to modernize their non 9mm line and move the rest of their calibers into the modern Gen5 world?

    April 24, 2022 3:47 pm
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    Nathan Ritchie

    I feel like I read this article last year when I was shopping for a 10mm. It looks like the exact same list. End of 2021 and the XDM 3.8" comes out and you fail to mention it. The two SW models come out, and you fail to mention them. They have great reviews! People torture tested the shit out of those guns, and they definitely don't have the same issues as the Colt...so I feel like this article is recycled with a changed date.

    March 25, 2022 5:23 pm
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      Jacki Billings, Editor

      Hey Nathan, thanks for the feedback. We tweak and update articles on the regular. That said, we try to offer our opinions on guns we've tested. So, if it's not on the list we haven't had the chance to test it out. But we're getting our hands on new guns so we'll do our best to update with newer models as we can. Thanks for reading!

      March 28, 2022 6:45 am
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    I actually liked seeing someone shooting a pistol with one hand. There are so many conflicting claims about how you can't chamber a round because you may have only one hand, yet the shooting is always with two hands, no matter what.

    March 12, 2022 3:36 am
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    Jonathon Douglas

    The article conspicuously fails to review the lighter, smaller higher capacity Springield XD Elite 10mm which is 3.8" barrel for concealed carry, has 11 round standard magazine and larger extended mag, and fits a hex sight. BAM!

    December 26, 2021 7:29 pm
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      Nathan Ritchie

      I just got the 3.8" XDM elite, and it's amazing so far! I replaced my Hellcat as my daily driver and my G20 as my woods 10mm with it. It's small enough to carry around and ballistically you don't give up that much of an edge with the shorter barrel compared to other cartridges. My only complaint is the cheap plastic parts on the frame. I broke my magwell clean off and the screws up top for the optics mount were torqued way too much and I need a smith to remove them so I could add my Firefly. Otherwise, it's an amazing pistol.

      March 25, 2022 5:20 pm
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        Jonathon Douglas

        Sweet. I guess I was being a bit of a Springfield apologist. I like(d) Springfield and think it seems intentionally overlooked when people write things about one gun and omit what Springfield has over them. I do have a Sig M18 which has that short barrel with great capacity. I will shoot for first time in a couple of weeks to see where it fits in.

        March 25, 2022 5:28 pm
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    I want to get a 10mm and I'm torn between a G20 and G40. On paper the extra barrel inch of the G40 doesn't seem to give it too much of an advantage in velocity over the 5" G20 (per Ballistics By the Inch). I already have a G23 .40 cal for EDC, and it penetrates plenty for two legged vermin in self defense situations. I'd be too concerned with over penetration with a 10 as an EDC.

    My hope is that PA allows semis for big game hunting some day. Straight wall cartridges in manual rifles were just legalized this year for special regulations areas ( i.e. higher population areas). If semi-autos are eventually legalized that 10mm would become my primary local deer cartridge.

    So my million $ question, does the extra barrel inch in the G40 justify it's cost over the G20 for hunting deer sized game?

    October 20, 2021 11:57 am
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      Clinton L Booker

      Reduced recoil, longer sight plane and accuracy.

      March 17, 2022 5:36 am
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    Rollo Tomassi

    I enjoyed the read on the 10mm and the various models available. The firearm and round intrigues me but I carried a Colt .45 Auto in the Army, then 30 years in law enforcement; with a .38 special (wheel gun) for 25 years and the 9mm approved as an option my last five years of LE service. I have to admit, I am not a fan of .38, 9mm, or .40 Cal (real size being .36 caliber) and I only wish they increased the .45 ACP speed to 1200 fps. In a .38 Caliber experience with a suspect, I can only say that I thought I missed but realized after nine hits (my six) and three by my partner, they just didn't have much affect on the suspect. He eventually went down but not fast enough! I retired and carried only .45 ACP thereafter. The 10mm intrigues me but I'm more comfortable with the after impact expanded size of the 230 grain JHP in .45 ACP and the reason for the invention of .45 ACP in the first place. The 10mm is only one mm bigger than a 9mm and the speed, power, and distant accuracy of 10mm is intriguing, but I worry about over-penetration. Gelatin ballistics tests show the 10mm bullet traveling a long distance, in some cases through the other side of the 24 inch gelatin block. For hunting self-defense purposes, I would be a 10mm fan but not for concealed carry personal defense against animals of the two legged variety. A well placed shot to the head with .38, 9mm, 40 Cal, 10mm, or .45 should put a human down but in the heat of battle, the well placed shot just doesn't always avail itself. I've seen many people shot with 9mm and they just kept on a running. The autopsies I witnessed and the wound channel from the 230 grain JPH .45 is impressive. I'll stick with my .45 ACP. It is just a personal comfort thing.

    October 18, 2021 11:53 am
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      My father (former south african combat medic during Angolan war) has echoed this to me many times… he carries a 45.

      October 18, 2021 9:15 pm
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    If we're going to mention the FBI shootout (and of course we must), we should also mention the guns that replaced their Nines -- for a while: The S&W 10xx series. While I'm partial to the 1006, they made a number of different configurations, now sadly discontinued, but still available on the used market. But if you want one, you best hurry, because prices keep going up. I paid about $600 for my used 1006 some ten years ago, but they go for double or triple that now - and I think they're still worth it. They don't look as smexy as the Delta Elite, but you'd have to work pretty hard to break one.

    October 17, 2021 5:57 pm
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    I love my G29. I purchased it for backpacking (a little heavy of weight sensitive) and day hiking. Test fired at a range prior to purchase and I found it to be very manageable. I can’t say that for a short barreled 357 which my palm still reminds me never again.
    I wanted a protection tool and not a “non-shooter” caliber in a lite frame that you only shoot once and hope it hits what you aimed at, or it’s ammo was so expensive it becomes more of a novelty you bring out at the field range and get looks.
    Double Tap ammo (if you can get any)creates ammo as large as 230 grains that is true double tap, and another that’s made specific for big game including large bear. The later showing the ballistics of the ammo shot with the G29.
    It’s a Glock and can use the same magazines of its larger framed family.
    The only fails have been from limp wristing so squeeze it hard and it will serve you faithfully.

    October 17, 2021 11:31 am
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    Iv been considering getting a g20 barrel/heavier spring and a couple g20 mags to convert my G21 if I wanted to slap some 10mm. Haven’t done it yet. But think I will at some point.

    October 16, 2021 9:32 pm
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    Ya, no Tanfoglio (EAA)? Sorry, I’ve shot all the guns on the list and none of them compare to the Tanfoglio Stock III.

    October 15, 2021 4:17 pm
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    No EAA Witness, no XDM? I remember going to a casual match at my local range. It included multiple reload and moving drills. Of the 10 of us, the one-armed guy with the 10mm 1911 placed middle of the pack, he clobbered me. I sure learned a lesson about the value of training that day.

    October 15, 2021 6:17 am
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    Tom Jamison

    All good pistols, but I would consider adding Springfield to the list. I own the TRP Operator in 10mm which is a beautiful gun and quite well built. I have owned the XD-M 10mm as well and never had a problem with it.

    October 15, 2021 6:09 am
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    Great article.
    Someone looking for power minus the size and weight can get a 6 inch barreled 357 Sig. with Lehigh 90 or 65 grain solid copper ammo.
    This stuff can be loaded safely to rifle velocity using a 6 inch barrel and Longshot powder.
    I couldn't believe the velocities I was getting from my chrono and energy matches the 10mm or 357 Mag......800ft. lb.+
    The bonus to this setup is that noise and recoil are amazingly minimal.
    Minimum barrel length for this formula is 6 inches.

    October 15, 2021 3:30 am
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    I have a Kimber and it runs smooth with no hick-ups ever. I would stake my life on it to function every time. You can feel the speed compared to a 45 acp.

    October 14, 2021 10:33 pm
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    If u haven’t tried 10mm, you should. On a full size steel frame, the recoil is no big deal! My experience is with a rock island armory, nice gun!

    October 14, 2021 9:08 pm
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    JJ Supple

    The Glock G29-SF (short frame) is ideal for concealed carry. It is noticeably heavier and thicker than a 9 mil but that's necessary due to the higher pressures of the 10mm round. Capacity is 10+1. Additionally, there are some good IWB holster options for this weapon. The felt recoil is definitely stronger than firing a 9 but, that's expected when moving 180 grains at 1,300 FPS, hitting with 600 ft lbs. of energy which is about twice as much as .45 ACP and 9.

    October 14, 2021 6:17 pm
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    Gregory Scott

    Have had a Colt Delta Elite for a couple years. Slim enough to carry comfortably in an IWB holster, heavy enough to handle genuine full power loads without issue. Functions flawlessly with OEM mags and about 95% of the time with after market Ed Brown and Wilson (won't lock slide on last round). If you can find affordable .40SW, Midway USA sells a replacement 1911 barrel and Wilson Combat has .40 cal 1911 mags that work well enough to justify the added expense. Performance against two or four legged predators is more than adequate. All that with 1911 looks and feel are hard to beat.

    October 14, 2021 5:15 pm
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    How about something without any plastic or MIM parts?

    Wilson Combat or Nighthawk Custom?

    October 14, 2021 2:16 pm
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    RUGER SR1911 10MM

    August 29, 2021 7:43 pm
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    article did not mention KIMBER CUSTOM 2 10MM. I LOVE mine!! it is just as good as the COLT DELTA ELITE but cost much less!! colt....$1200.......Kimber.....$600-$700 when I bought mine. it did not mention RUGER SR1911 either, but I do not have one of those. I had a GLOCK 20. I loved it, but it was just too thick. I had a Springfield Armory XDM 10MM......much better grip than GLOCK. I may have to buy one of those again!!

    August 29, 2021 5:35 pm
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      Ed Day

      Or the Kimber TLE II, how could you not mention Kimber but include plastic guns?

      October 14, 2021 4:29 pm
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    Tom N

    If only SIG put out a P220 with a mag capacity of 15 rounds to compete with the G20, I’d be sold.

    March 26, 2021 9:17 pm
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    Tom N

    If SIG would only put out a P220 with 15 round mag capacity to compete with the G20 I’d be sold.

    March 26, 2021 9:16 pm
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    Ben K

    Glock needs to make a single/single-and-a-half stack, G19 sized (especially width-wise), 10mm with a 10+1 capacity. I'd buy that in an instant.

    March 25, 2021 2:24 pm
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      Look at g29 i haven't read the article but might be what your looking for.

      April 9, 2021 9:20 am
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    Jeff Martin

    I've been carrying a G20 Gen4 for a year now. Absolutely love it!! It's become an extension of my hand when I use it. If your looking for an entry platform into 10mm, the G20 is it!

    February 16, 2021 5:24 pm
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      Is there a lot of muzzle flip to the G20? I had previously owned a G23 which I felt had a little too much muzzle flip for a pistol chambered in .40. It seems like the G20 would be nearly uncontrollable in a rapid fire situation.

      July 14, 2021 4:02 pm
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        Glock Fan

        Surprisingly controllable compared to Glock 23. Extra size and weight, combined with Gen 4 recoil spring make this a gem to shoot. Just be sure to practice to ensure proficiency.

        October 15, 2021 3:36 am
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    Mike Shell

    My favorite is the Glock 40 MOS. It my house gun and CC in my vehicles. The G20 is my personal CC piece.

    For CC I use BT ammo. But roll my own for range and cans. I love the way the 10mm makes a can jump.

    I’m such a 10mm fan boy I also have a Ruger revolver and an AR-15 that uses Glock mags.

    Long live the 10!

    January 13, 2021 7:59 pm
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    bob hayes

    i would like to cc a good 10mm, but also want one i can get some accurate distance out of. suggestions

    December 6, 2020 10:54 am
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      Mike Shell

      I’d recommend the G20.

      January 13, 2021 8:03 pm
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    Deon Paone

    I overpaid for my glock 20 gen 4 10mil. But it was after covid and riots. Only gun i would ever do that for. What an amazing piece of hardware. Barley feel a difference than my glock 22 40cal gen 4. But you can hear the difference. So much fun

    December 2, 2020 5:15 pm
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    Not sure if anyone already said this but that FBI shootout is what prompted the adoption of the 10mm round. That round was very powerful and was considered by many to have excessive recoil. So the FBI then considered the .40 as a replacement for the 10mm.
    Do your research and shop around. All too many ammo manufacturers are selling "watered down" 10mm ammo! There are many others, however, that are selling the real deal. Some of the better ones exceed 1200 fps and the best ones 1300-1500 fps! As always your mileage may very, depending on barrel length, etc.

    October 24, 2020 9:31 pm
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    Andy Bones

    I really wish Beretta made a 10mm in the 92/ 96 frame. Yes the 96 is chambered for the .40 and I have heard of people modifying it for 10mm, but obviously that's gonna be a pain in the ass & never have the reliability of a purpose-built weapon. I love Berettas. They're beautiful, reliable, comfortable & they've got higher capacity mags out of the gate. And who doesn't love the cutaway slide on these Italian gems. Glocks are excellent weapons but I just don't like their look and polymer frames, rugged and light as they may be. I don't want to be stuck with Glock as the go-to quality handgun with good mag capacity. I want steel dammit

    September 21, 2020 9:51 pm
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      David, PPT Editor

      I hold out hope that someday we'll see a 92 frame in .45 ACP. I would take 10mm too though!

      Would also love to see the CZ97 get a facelift, bigger mag and cut for a red dot would be awesome.

      September 22, 2020 6:55 am
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    Where is the EAA witness, full size and compact in steel or polymer frame? They are half the price of some of those you listed and are better quality than the glocks.

    August 18, 2020 7:50 am
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      September 23, 2020 11:08 am
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    Steve Howland

    Curious that your article never mentions or shows (for comparison) the .41 Remington magnum. What, no love for Elmer Keith?

    May 11, 2020 12:39 pm
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      Andy Bones

      I know very little about the .41 Remington Magnum- is that a round made primarily for revolvers? I don't think I've ever seen .41 in a semi-auto, but then again Coonan makes that 1911 chambered for .357 magnum. Forgive me if I'm way off, I am no gun expert.

      September 21, 2020 9:59 pm
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    Bob long

    I can tell you have never taken a rock island apart or stripped one Because if you had you would see the so called craftsmanship which isn’t there. Slop should never be part of a 1911 trigger but it comes standard with rock island 1911s. Love the rest of your recommendations but I can tell who sponsored this review to get RI first on this list

    May 3, 2020 5:35 pm
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      David, PPT Editor


      None of our reviews are sponsored, the order of the list has no correlation to what we recommend first or most. It's just formatting!

      May 3, 2020 7:16 pm
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      John Lutz

      Rock Island. 10mm. Are junk. Way to much slop and jamming

      October 3, 2021 12:50 pm
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    Joachim Goerner — Osnabrück/Germany

    Hi! Well I think this here is THE ultimative cartridge for Your 10 mm AUTO pistol: Underwood 10 Xtreme Penetrator 100 gr solid copper bullet with muzzle speed — ATTENTION! — 1'850 fps. It's the same velocity that Sellier & Bellot's Tokarev cartridge produces but due to the very much more greater bullet weight the momentum is now what You need for effective one-shoot-knockdown in defence situations. Note that standard ammunition in this calibre typically leaves the barrel with only few feet per second above sonic speed, so that on the way to the target the bullet's speed switches from supersonic to subsonic and at that point the bullet's trajectory gets a knick so that the bulllet nipps off and veers away. That's an aerodynamical inevitability You know. A very high bullet velocity makes it much more easy to hit targets that move unregularly. And the recommended Underwood Ammo does not have the murderer recoil of the standard cartridge with 200 grain projectile and momentum far above 200'000 grfps* ................. Regards! Jim *grain-feet-per-second [momentum = weiht X speed]

    May 1, 2020 4:47 pm
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      Jim Goerner

      If Yo have the money: Ed Brown! Or the very brandnew Kenai Special from Les Baer. And do not shoot onto animals just for fun please. By the way in Germany we do hunting suchaway that the animal dies in time by one precise single shot. And hunting with pistols is prohibited .....

      May 1, 2020 4:55 pm
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        Much respect

        October 15, 2021 4:43 am
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    Jim L.

    G20 Gen4 with Delta Point Pro red dot for my country pistol and G29 Gen4 for my city pistol. Both have, what I consider the most important upgrade to ANY Glock, get rid of the plastic guide rod and go to tungsten.

    April 18, 2020 9:11 am
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    I carry a g40 in the winter. Sometimes even with a 7" kkm (either 10mm or 9x25 dillon) barrel. Never had a problem with concealment. When I go back to g19 in summer, feels like a toy. Occasionally carry the 10mm match champion ruger revolver. Super comfortable in 1791 leather holster.

    April 12, 2020 4:24 pm
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    Dan Myers

    A very nice caliber to handload for with the range of bullet weights and powders. My pistol is a glock 20sf with a lonewolf longslide 6.61" barrel, linear compensater, Haley Skimmer trigger, steel guide rod, 24lb spring, vortex venom 3moa, and crimson trace laser. It's a big rig but still lighter than a 6" revolver and with over double the shots. The longer barrels can really take advantage of high power loads and hit the target. This is one of two pistols i've owned that will hit anywhere you aim it, the other being a colt anaconda.

    March 29, 2020 8:47 pm
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    Carson Caudill

    Glock 20 SF isn't flashy but does function well. Not the accuracy or trigger of any 1911 but goes bang and carries nearly twice the rounds of a single stack with less weight. The monster grip remains to be dealt with, one of the reason it took me from 1976 and my first Colt Commander to 2003 to finally drink the Kool-aid and get a Glock 20 and another few years to upgrade to the G20SF.

    March 13, 2020 6:30 am
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    Springfield Armory. XDm 10.

    February 22, 2020 5:41 pm
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    Jimmy Guidry

    I have fired a Colt delta elite and a Kimber eclipse custom 11 . Both were flawless at the range. I just liked the feel and looks of the Kimber more. I bought one. I took a black bear with it in Me. The 10MM is a serious hunting round.

    December 17, 2019 5:56 pm
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    I recently picked up the RIA 1911 A1 FS. I enjoy several 1911's in .45 and 38 super. The 10mm does not disappoint. Right out of the box I was punching accurate shots at 25 yds with little adjustment to my grip. I had an issue with the included mag and Rock Island replaced it without hesitation. This has become my #1 carry in the field. It is a super value at $580.

    November 28, 2019 3:19 pm
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    Bill Mancuso

    I know the hate against Springfield but my TRP 6" is pretty sweet as is my Rock Island double stack but just became my favorite and will be my walking around deer firearm is the CMMG 10mm 8" pistol....wow nelly

    October 30, 2019 9:58 pm
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    Brandon, You have the wrong Rock Island Armory Pistol listed This one is a .45. Their 10MM is a different model number.

    October 3, 2019 9:04 am
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    Glock 20 for home and camping...G29 for edc.

    September 25, 2019 11:29 am
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      My EDC

      September 28, 2019 6:41 am
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    May 22, 2019 2:05 pm
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    Springfield Armory??

    May 22, 2019 2:03 pm
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    No CZ??? No Dan Wesson???

    May 22, 2019 2:01 pm
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    Billyjojimbob (an abvious sudonym

    Why not the Ruger SR1911 10mm?

    I was between the Ruger and Delta Elite 10mm when I learned the Ruger has full case support and the Delta Elite does not. What really put me over the top is some 10mm ammo state NOT to shoot with the Delta Elite because of this case support issue. In my mind, that puts the Ruger above the Delta Elite if you are looking for a 1911 10mm.

    May 21, 2019 12:05 am
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    Dog Soldier

    I have had a Colt Delta Elite 10mm pistol for years an excellent and very serviceable pistol. I was trained trained with 1911 type .45 A.C.P. pistols for a back up weapon for my primary weapon a rifle. In May 1966 I had a malfunction my XM-16-E1 Rifle and and I was wounded and could not use My left hand so I gave my extra rifle ammunition to my fire team and went back to the landing zone to be medically evacuated and over the years the strength of my left hand has seriously decreased and at my age I am not longer making air assaults against an armed human enemy. Today I am only hunting wild boars. I just want to say wild boars are exciting to hunt and with the recopies my friends and I have they are magnificent eating! Today I carry a Glock Model 20 in 10mm. The most surprising thing about it is the the perceived recoil is much better and it is easier to use more accurately. So I carry it all the time.

    May 17, 2019 6:11 am
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      Thomas Larabee

      I agree, I'm damned near to 60, with failing eyesight. Built a custom Glock 20 SF Longslide from Lone Wolf. About to swap out my basic Trijicon night sights with the TruGlo TFX Pro sights. Also ordered a Timberwolf frame and parts kit. Already have their Ultimate adjustable trigger in my SF. Can't wait to take it Deer hunting on Kodiak Island this Fall.

      June 23, 2019 4:07 pm
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    The 10mm has long been a favorite of mine and I'm very happy to see the renewed interest and support. Years back I was fortunate enough to come across the 10mm in a revolver, the S&W 610 w/6" barrel. Definitely not for conceal carry and not the first choice for a defensive weapon, but for hard plinking and solid hunting, this is a great pistol.

    April 28, 2019 7:31 am
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    Hayden D McCall

    The link to the Rock Island 10mm sends you to a .45 ACP model.

    April 17, 2019 8:17 am
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    You forgot the EAA/Tanfoglio Witness line. They were still making a full size, all steel 10mm when almost every manufacturer dropped the cartridge from their line-up. It's based on the CZ design and definitely gives the rest a run for their money, I know, I own a the Witness, RI 10mm, and the G20. I prefer the Witness, all steel, double/single action, 14+1 capacity, and very accurate.

    January 20, 2019 7:00 pm
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    The margins on each side of the page are kind of wide--on other pages there's less scrolling and they set stuff out with mag capacity accuracy etc--genuinely hope this helps

    January 18, 2019 2:53 pm
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    F Carlton McLean Jr.

    I can't see how any 10 mm pistol can beat the Glock 40. I have hunted and collected guns since the 1950's when I was 10 years old. Shotguns, especially Brownings, are my favorite firearms & I would have bet decades ago I would never like or buy a plastic pistol. I was wrong. It is ashamed that the Glock 40 doesn't look more like a 1911 because I have always thought they were what all pistols should look like (steel with grip safety, & perfect design), but the Glock 10 mm is really different & shoots more like a rifle. If a zombie apocalypse ever happens or an alien invasion occurs overnight, I will be comfortable knowing that I am carrying a Glock 40, but I will go one step further and have to admit that the Sig Hunter appears to be one beautiful piece of craftmanship.

    September 23, 2018 4:11 pm
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      dennis W Bechtel

      recently purchased a 10mm ruger src,1911 pistol ,its more accurate then my Glock 40 and way more accurate than my colt delta elite ,the rear sight of the colt flew off the top of the barrel ,when I fired it,the glocks trigger right outta the box is terrible,the ruger is different with a ramped bull barrel and a captured slide spring and full length guide rod,shot about an inch at 37 ft. with 24 rounds right out of the box ,adjustable trigger is a big plus and it is easily tunable by a user /shooter .180 grain seiler & Beloit ,czek ammo.

      October 30, 2018 5:48 am
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    Juanrudy Verdin

    I love my G20sf ,and I have seen the Rock islands 1911 version,I've done a few mods line a ghost 3.5 #trigger bar with 5#spring kit and a maritime firing pin plunger 22#tungsten recoil spring and crimson trace trace laser .I I had my choice I would go the Sick 220 or Dan Wesson or rock island

    July 29, 2018 1:24 pm
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    >SIG's superior engineering

    Where did you even pull that from?

    July 22, 2018 8:21 pm
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    Timothy Yates

    I would also agree with 10mm Jesus. The DW Silverback is the 10mm king. I denounce his reference to God.

    July 20, 2018 8:33 pm
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    10mm Jesus

    Dan Wesson Silverback. The best 10mm hands down. Then Glock 20, then Sig P220, followed by Rock Island Tac Ultra ( after sent in for service twice ), then ruger Blackhawk, Delta elite comes next, Glock 29, dan Wesson vbob classic rounds the list.
    This is my list based on what I own. If you have the funds, the Silverback is by far the best of the bunch. Got rid of a 10mm nighthawk, and les Baer after issues and fell in love with the DW.
    10mm is GOD. The real one. Not the make believe one.

    June 30, 2018 8:06 pm
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      It's entirely possible to provide gun feedback without invoking God or Jesus. What an ass.

      November 5, 2018 6:55 pm
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        If there is no God then why do they always have to constantly say their isiant one. Lol.

        January 27, 2019 7:17 pm
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      its not jesus bitch

      December 5, 2018 9:15 am
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      James Sanderson

      I too denounce your ignorant statement.

      October 11, 2019 10:09 pm
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    great for EDC and can be hot rodded for hunting

    March 18, 2018 12:01 pm
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    How about the new line of Tanfo's like the new STOCK I with a CZ design?

    October 24, 2017 8:28 am
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    You missed Kimber off the list they have been supporting the 10mm for years in various models. I shoot a TLE. I had a Delta Elite back in the early 90s. Found the 200g Black Talon to be the most accurate and controllable of all the rounds available at that time. I still use the BT for my carry rounds. 200g @ 980 fps is just right. For range ammo I use a 180g JHP @ 1,050fps. At these weights and speeds the gun is controllable. I am not a big guy so trying to control rounds in the 1,300 fps range would not work for me. I shot UKPSA with a 1911 .45 for years but always thought the 10mm was the way to go for a combat handgun round. In the 80's the emphasis was still on concealed carry stages and loads that you would carry for self defense. The popular round at that time was a 200g semi wad cutter at 1,000 fps. Always made Major. Now, the IPSC is a gun game with game loads, race guns, and gaming equipment. You have to go IDPA now to match the original concepts. People spout that the 9mm is a great stopper,, but I disagree. A typical 9mm will have 15 rounds, the 10mm has 10, in a 1911. I have the confidence that in a situation that even if one of my double tap rounds is wild or a wing shot, the one to center mass will stop the threat. I do not believe the same can be said for the 9mm. You must get your shots in the A zone with a 9mm.
    Yes I can double tap head boxes at 7 yds, and center mass at 25. OWB draw and fire from concealed 1.34 secs average (7 yds). This is getting good hits.
    I chose to switch to the 10mm from the 45 years ago because I wanted the challenge. Still loving it.

    October 18, 2017 4:28 am
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