Phteve’s Handgun Selection Tool

    Shopping for a new handgun is often a chore for those familiar with the market, and downright bewildering for those just being introduced to it. What should I buy, a striker-fired, hammer fired, DA/SA, SAO, DAO, semiautomatic, or revolver? Caliber? Is 9mm good enough, or do I need something with a “4”?

    There isn’t an easy way out (well, besides “get a Glock”) for most people, but there is a market for a tool that at least makes the options clearer. That’s the niche that Redditor Phteven_j seeks to fill with his Handgun Selector, which automatically brings up a selection of handguns meeting the criteria entered in by the user, with their makes, models, calibers, pictures, and other details.

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    Phteven’s Handgun Selector generates lists of handguns based on the user’s inputs, in this case for compact semiautomatics under $1000.

     

    An excellent feature of the Selector is that clicking on the price hyperlinks one to a GunBroker search for handguns of that make. The Handgun Selector does not appear to be totally finished: Notably missing were some of the more recent firearms, such as the Kimber K6S revolver, Walther PPS-M2, and Ruger American. However, Phteven included a function for users to submit handguns that may be missing from the database, so hopefully the more users the Selector gets, the more complete it will be.

    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]


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