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While guns always matter, they matter especially so during times of crisis, for it’s during times of crisis that you’re most likely to encounter life and death situations that could leave you or your loved ones deader than a doornail.

Take the ongoing coronavirus crisis, which has emptied some grocery stories, driven some Americans to madness, left some (many, in fact) without a source of income and devastated some (a lot, in fact) of the economy.

As of early April, nobody knows what lies ahead for America. Will the lockdowns end soon? Will the economy rebound once they do? Will things return to normal? Or will the economy continue to spiral out of control?

All that’s known for certain is that the American people are scared and have therefore been justifiably rushing to gun stores (and ammo shops) to protect themselves.

And so with that in mind, the folks at Guns.com have put together a list of six durable handguns that any American can rely on if the “Schiff” ever hits the fan.

And so without further ado …

SMITH & WESSON K-FRAME

Smith and Wesson is among the top three original gun manufacturers in America, and much like its creator, the K-frame line of guns is indelible.

“S&W has seen big success over the past 120 years or so when it comes to their medium-frame double-action revolvers,” Guns.com notes.

“K-frame six-shooters in .357 Magnum, such as the Model 13, Model 19, Model 65 and Model 66, typically with 4-inch barrels, were a staple of home defense and law enforcement for about half of the 20th Century. That means tens of thousands of these guns are in circulation in used and in Big Blue’s ‘Classics’ series of new revolvers.”

They’re timeless both in appearance and function.

Learn more about the K-frame below:

M1911A1

Designed in 1911 by John Browning, the M1911 earned its keep as the standard-issue sidearm of the U.S. Armed Forces from 1911 to 1986. After its use in World War I, however, the M1911 was upgraded to the M1911A1 in 1926.

With the upgrade came five major improvements, according to American Rifleman magazine: Size improvements to front and rear sights, extension of the tang on the grip safety, the installation of semi-circular relief cuts at the rear edge of the trigger guard on both sides of the frame, the shortening of the trigger and the arching/checkering of the mainstream housing in the lower rear corner.

Decades later, this refined upgrade is still a killer — no pun intended — that’s available for purchase practically everywhere.

“Although when compared to more modern designs, the all-steel single-acton single-stack can seem kind of dated, a version of the M1911A1 is currently produced by just about every big-name gun maker ranging from Colt and Smith & Wesson to Remington, Sig Sauer, and Ruger,” Guns.com notes.

Learn more about the differences between the M1911 and M1911A1 below:

BROWNING HI-POWER

Also designed by John Browning, this piece was his masterpiece.

It “took cues from his earlier M1911 while having a simpler takedown and a double-stack 13-round 9mm magazine. First put into production in the mid-1930s, the Browning Hi-Power went on to become one of the standout pistols of World War II and was used by both sides and in all theatres,” according to Guns.com.

“After the war, coupled with FN’s FAL rifle, which was dubbed the ‘Free World’s Right Arm,’ the Hi-Power was so widely adopted in military use that it was something of the ‘Free World’s Sidearm.'”

But despite reportedly being used by the armed forces of 50 countries, it was never formally adopted by the U.S., which preferred to stick with the M1911A1.

Outside of the United States, however, the HP can be found everywhere.

Learn more about it below:

BERETTA 92

Though produced by the oldest gun manufacturer in the world, the Beretta 92 doesn’t share its manufacturer’s stunning 494-year history. And yes, you read that right.

Rather, this sleek line of pistols emerged in the mid-1970s and has since faced multiple evolutions — from the “revolutionary” 92 to the 92S, the 92Sb, the 92F and so on.

“With its 15 or 17-round flush-fit double-stack magazine, the full-sized double-action pistol was revolutionary when it appeared on the market and was soon adopted as a military sidearm and police duty handgun, phasing out older single-stack pistols as well as wheel guns,” Guns.com notes.

“The U.S. military gave the Beretta 92 the nod after a series of contentious handgun trials in the early 1980s and the M9 is still in extensive use although it is being replaced by the more modular Sig Sauer P320. Beretta magazines, as well as aftermarket and military-surplus replacements, are readily available. Likewise, springs, internal parts, and the know-how to maintain them are in wide circulation.”

Learn more about the particularly unique 92FS “police special” below:

SIG-SAUER P-SERIES

The history behind this line of firearms is complicated.

The manufacturer emerged in 1976 as a partnership between the Swiss company Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft and the German company of Sauer & Sohn.

Over the years, it’s been sold and repurchased multiple times, with the modern iteration of Sig-Sauer consisting of two separate companies: SIG Sauer GmbH and SIG Sauer, Inc., the latter of which is based in the U.S.

“First imported to the U.S. in the late-1970s as the Browning BDA, the double-action Sig Sauer P220 kicked off an American love affair with these alloy-framed Swiss-German pistols. The family expanded to the double-stacked P226, P228, and P229 as well as the more scaled-down P224, P225, and P227 in a host of calibers,” Guns.com notes.

“Adopted for use widely and popular on the commercial market, by and large, the same manual of arms and maintenance techniques apply across all models and most are still in series production by Sig.”

Learn more about this classic line of firearms below:

GLOCK 17/19

Are introductions even needed?

If you know guns, you ought to already know the Glock 17 is the “perfect home defense pistol,” while the Glock 19 is the “perfect handgun,” as noted by Alien Gear Holsters.

What makes the Glock 17 and Glock 19 particularly enticing is the fact that they’ve “set the standard for a modern ‘combat’ handgun,” according to Guns.com.

Of course, there are some notable differences, though deciding between the two only requires answering a few questions.

“The Glock 17 is a perfect home defense pistol, as it’s easy to maneuver and use, and can be equipped with lasers, lights or a laser-light optic,” AGH notes. “The 19 can as well. Another thing to be aware of is that the 19 has smaller grips, which can be much better suited for shooters with smaller hands.”

“So, are you looking for a nightstand or car gun? A concealed carry pistol with high capacity…or a gun that can do it all? The 19 will do everything well, the 17 is a little harder to conceal. What about you? Are you a bit on the smaller side? The 17 isn’t going to be the easiest to conceal and if your hands are a bit small you may have issues handling it.”

Learn more about the differences between the two below:

Vivek Saxena

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