Although underrated in the attention they receive, the dedicated hunting handgun has a solid following. Handgun hunting presents its own unique challenge for those that want to get up close and personal with their quarry, but still want to hear something go “bang.” Here are seven great options for the handgun hunter from this year’s SHOT show floor.

Kimber Super Jagare

Kimber Super Jagare
Kimber Super JagareKimber

One of the hottest cartridges right now, both for hunting and backcountry defense, isn’t new at all. The 10mm auto is becoming more popular by the day, and gun manufacturers are listening. This handsomely built pistol by Kimber is made with hunters in mind. It has a ported barrel and slide, does not include any iron sights, but comes with the rugged Leupold Delta Point Pro reflex sight. 10mm Auto; Semi-Auto Single Stack; MSRP: $2700

MSRP: $2700

Colt Delta Elite

Colt Delta Elite
Colt Delta EliteColt

Another pistol that 1911 enthusiasts will love is the Colt Delta Elite. It’s a fairly straightforward model without a lot of bells and whistles, and bears the legendary Colt name. It will be just as effective at hunting as it is in a tactical or carry application. It’s a great option for the handgun hunter looking for power, dependability, simplicity, and value, all in one package. 10mm Auto; Semi-Auto Single Stack; MSRP: $1099

STI Marauder Hunter 5.0

STI Marauder Hunter 5.0
STI Marauder Hunter 5.0STI

Another great option in the popular 10mm theme comes from STI. STI has made a name for themselves in the race gun world, and this double-stack model will add some capacity to the traditional 1911 design. It includes Tritium sights, as well as a tactical-style magazine well. If you like this one, you’d better hurry though, because it is a limited edition being offered this year only. 10mm Auto; Semi-Auto Double Stack; MSRP: $2400

Lone Wolf Distributors: Signature Series

Lone Wolf Distributors: Signature Series
Lone Wolf Distributors: Signature SeriesLone Wolf Distributors: Signature Series

Lone Wolf Distributors is an innovator in Glock-style pistols, and they are now offering full pistols with their timberwolf frames. These frames are built with the Glock features we like, and without the ones we don’t like. They have several options as far as slide selection and come with or without an optic, to best suit your needs. The 9mm cartridge doesn’t get much attention for hunting, but with good load selection, it’s a great option for a semi-custom, sweet shooting rig for medium-sized game. 9mm; Semi-Auto Double Stack; MSRP: $1500

Smith and Wesson Performance Center: 460XVR

Smith and Wesson Performance Center: 460XVR
Smith and Wesson Performance Center: 460XVRSmith and Wesson

There are plenty of options for the revolver hunters out there. One of the benefits of revolvers for hunting is of course, they can typically pack a lot more punch than semi-auto cartridges. The new 460XVR is no exception. This is not a carry gun, but a hunting cannon through and through. It has a 10.5” barrel with adjustable iron sights, and a rail built into the barrel for optics mounting. The .460 packs a punch for a handgun cartridge, and is a solid go-to for big game. .460 S&W Special +P; 5-Shot Revolver; MSRP: $1630

Magnum Research BFR Revolver

Magnum Research BFR Revolver
Magnum Research BFR RevolverMagnum Research

Not exactly new to the hunting revolver world, the BFR still firmly holds its place. Offering several rifle chamberings in a revolver has drawn and still draws a fair amount of attention. Now, there are options for a more classic and even Bisley style handles. This one, in the venerable .30-30, carries plenty of performance to make it an adequate big-game hunting revolver. They have bigger offerings as well, but for the deer handgun hunter, this one might just fit the bill. Revolver; .30-30 Winchester; MSRP: $1200

Browning: Buck Mark Contour Stainless URX

Browning: Buck Mark Contour Stainless URX
Browning: Buck Mark Contour Stainless URXBrowning

No hunting handgun lineup is complete without some configuration of the Buck Mark pistol. This classic design has been a go-to for small-game hunters for years. This version in stainless will fight corrosion on those cold, snowy days chasing bunnies or running a trap line. It has adjustable iron sights, as well as a full-length rail for mounting a red dot or whatever else you desire. It’s a time tested and field proven design with even more flexibility. Semi-Auto; .22 LR; MSRP: $579

Ruger Mark IV Hunter

Ruger Mark IV Hunter
Ruger Mark IV HunterRuger

The Ruger Mark Series is another classic rimfire pistol that has been proven as a reliable and accurate small game hunting platform. You’ll find that the new Mark IV has essentially everything you love about previous versions with one big exception: This model field strips much easier and more quickly than any before it. With one button, you can take down the pistol in just a few seconds, and it reassembles just as easily. This model has elegant target style grips, a fiber optic front sight, and a fully adjustable rear sight. Semi-Auto; .22 LR; MSRP: $799