Most Popular New Guns of 2010

Well, the 2011 SHOT Show is closer than the 2010 Show, so I thought I would take a look at some of the most popular new guns of 2010.  Popularity was determined based on Google keyword searches and forum posts that I read.  So, yeah, this list is pretty arbitrary, but hey, it’s my list.  Your feedback is encouraged!

Gen 4 Glock (any) – Like them or hate them, the Glock line of pistols is one of the most popular series of handguns currently in the US.  One of the few complaints about the Glock has been the size of the grip.  Answering public demand, Glock introduced the Gen 4 series of pistols that feature an adjustable grip size, new grip texture, a magazine release button update, and a double recoil spring assembly.

Initially offered in the models 17 and 22, the Gen 4 Glock 19 is now available, and the Gen 4 Glock 23 should begin shipping in the next 30-45 days.

Taurus 740 Slim – Based on the success of the 709 Slim, Taurus introduced the .40 caliber version in 2010.  The 740 Slim is a compact, single-stack pistol chambered for the .40 S&W cartridge.  Larger than the current crop of .380 pistols in the market, the 740 is still a very compact package that offers 6 + 1 rounds of a respected self-defense cartridge.  Also unlike many diminutive pistols, the 740 Slim has good sights that, while smaller than a full-size gun, are easy to pick up and are adjustable.  Read this for a full Taurus 740 review.

Ruger SR9c – The SR9c pistol is the compact version of the full-sized SR9.  Ruger has re-made itself in recent years, offering many more concealed carry and tactical products like the LCP, LCR, and SR556.  The 9mm SR9c is a continuation of their self-defense concept.  I have not been able to shoot an SR9c yet, but from all indications, Ruger has a real hit with this pistol.

Smith & Wesson Bodyguard – Smith & Wesson has always been known for their great revolvers.  Armed citizens and cops alike have favored the J-frame revolvers for pocket and ankle carry, with models like the 442 and 642 being some of the most popular guns in the S&W catalog.

This year S&W introduced a polymer-metal hybrid revolver with an integrated laser called the S&W Bodyguard chambered in .38 Special.  The revolver looks similar to the J-frame ‘hammerless’ revolvers that sell so well for S&W, but apparently are a complete redesign, sharing no parts with their all-metal predecessors.  One of the obvious changes is the ambidextrous cylinder release that was moved from the side of the revolver to the top where you would normally find a hammer on a revolver.

Sig Sauer P226, P229 E2 – Who knew so little could do so much?  Sig Sauer redesigned two of their guns, the P226 and P229 E2 pistols, enhancing the ergonomics based on the feedback they have gotten over the years.  The result is a pistol that fits most hands MUCH better, offering improved trigger control and shootability.  Just looking at the pistol, you wouldn’t think that you would notice any improvement.  But picking the gun up for the first time, you “get it.”

I recently received a Sig P226 E2 and took it to the other officers in my department (which issues the older P226).  Passing it around to more than two dozen officers, almost every officer (90+%) thought the changes were a significant improvement, with many being shocked on how much Sig had improved the gun’s ergonomics.

Chiappa Rhino – The Chiappa Rhino is expected to ship in the next few weeks, so it is not strictly one of the most popular new guns for 2010 yet, but I expect it will be.  Chiappa turned the revolver design paradigm upside down with the Rhino.  Time will tell if the revolver with remains popular, and if so, whether it influences other revolver designers, but for now, it is certainly generating a lot of buzz this year.

By Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, amateur historian and - most importantly - a dad. He's done a lot of silly things in his life, but quitting police work to follow his passion of writing about guns was one of the smartest things he ever did. He founded this site and continues to manage its operation.

3 replies on “Most Popular New Guns of 2010”

Hey Richard, I just purchased the Ruger SR9c last week and I am really impressed. So much so that this gun might replace my Glock 23 as my fave carry gun. Even though I love Glocks (I own seven of them) the SR9c has a great feel in my hands (I have smaller hands) — a feel I certainly don’t get with the older Glocks. The only knock I have on the SR9c is that it feels heavy compared to my other guns of similar size. I haven’t checked the specs for weight, but I’m guessing Ruger uses more metal than polymer in its design. Anyway, I highly recommend the purchase.

Hey Jim!

I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about the SR9c, so I may have to drop the money on one. Of course, my wife will likely want one too, so I better budget for two of the darn things.

Guns are an expensive hobby…


The Lee’s Summit, Missouri Police Department has just made a transition of most department issued Glocks to the new Glock Gen 4 Model 22. So far about 100 have been transitioned and the vast majority of officers have expressed their liking the new Glocks features. Some of the key features that officers like is the enlarged magazine release button, and the ability to change the back strap to fit the desired grip of the inidividual shooter. Some have indicated that they have felt a difference with the new double-enclosed slide spring, and that it reduces recoil and allows faster and more accurate follow-up shots. Others say they can’t tell a difference. Most have expressed their liking of the new grips for control, but at least at first they are a little rough on the hands with prolonged shooting. The sights are a little different than the older Glocks in manufacture, but nobody seemed to have problems with them – or even notice.
Overall I think the new additions add to the practicality of the Glock and make the pistol a more all-around selection for different shooters.

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