Handguns: A Look Back (2007)

Taurus Raging Bull 223
Perhaps the ultimate new predator-hunting pistol for 2007, the Taurus "Raging Bull" has been expanded to encompass the hot, flat-shooting .223 caliber round. Available in matte-stainless steel finish, the 7-shot revolver has an integral scope mount and a special cushioned grip to greatly reduce recoil. It sells retail for $1,014.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan .44 Magnum
Ruger's famous Redhawk line of heavy-caliber handguns takes on a new look with this easy-to-handle model featuring a short 2.5-inch barrel with the devastating hitting power of the .44 magnum cartridge. The stainless steel, double-action, six-shot revolver measures 8.5 inches overall, weighs 42 ounces and has completely adjustable rear sights. It sells for around $700.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Walther P22 Brushed Chrome-Antracite Finish
This classy little .22 caliber long rifle handgun holds 11 rounds, weighs about one pound, and is a joy to shoot. It features a 3-dot adjustable sight and a 3.4-inch barrel. MSRP is $365.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Beretta PX4 Storm Sub-Compact Pistol
Responding to demand, Beretta has made the PX4 Storm in a smaller, downsized version---the "Sub-Compact." But it's big on firepower and high-end features. Available in either 9mm (13 rounds) or .40 caliber (10 shots), the PX4 "Sub" has 3-dot "Superluminova" sights, ambidextrous safety, no glare finish, and a visible automatic firing pin block. It has a MSRP of $650.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Smith & Wesson Model 29 Classic (blued) .44 Magnum (6.5-inch barrel, in presentation case)
This classic revolver is being re-introduced by S&W; and should be well received by shooters, especially big game hunters who love the knock-down power of the .44 magnum. Offered in a stylish presentation case, this 6-shot single/double-action revolver measures 12-inches overall, weighs 48.5 ounces, has walnut grips, a carbon steel frame and cylinder, holds six rounds, and sells for $1,067.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Colt Concealed Carry .45 ACP
The legendary Colt name is packing a .45 caliber round in this small, lightweight handgun. It serves well as a protection firearm, and easily stows in a pack for hunters and campers. Easy to handle and simple to fire, this gun packs a lot of punch in a small package. MSRP is unavailable.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Ruger Model 10121 Stainless Steel .22
This classy-looking .22 caliber long rifle semi-auto handgun offers a fluted stainless steel bull barrel for a distinctive look and feel---just right for hunters and plinkers alike. It has a 10-pound clip, a polymer-satin black-finish checkered grip, and adjustable sights. Weighing 29 ounces and measuring 8.5 inches in length, it sells for $375.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Umarex USA Desert Eagle
Umarex USA Desert Eagle
This is the first CO2 pellet pistol with a blow-back system, operating much like a full-size center-fire semi-automatic handgun. This hard-hitting gun fires .177 lead pellets, and features integral rails for mounting optical sights, lasers, and lamps. It sells for $189.95.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Umarex USA Desert Eagle
Umarex USA Desert Eagle
This is the first CO2 pellet pistol with a blow-back system, operating much like a full-size center-fire semi-automatic handgun. This hard-hitting gun fires .177 lead pellets, and features integral rails for mounting optical sights, lasers, and lamps. It sells for $189.95.Outdoor Life Online Editor

More and more hunters are accepting the challenge of big-game hunting with handguns. But there are a lot of adjustments long-gun shooters must make when downsizing. Bob McNally's review of the latest models will help you understand what features you need to buy the right gun.