The 10mm car may not have attracted anybody but it never vanished due to its intended position on law enforcement.
The 10 have recently been rediscovered by more outdoor men and women. It has more punch than a powerful magnet, while at the same time being easier to hold, fire and reload than a large revolver with maximum power loads.
Moreover, the ammunition holds twice. For all these reasons, many Alaskans who know much more than I do about bears bring a 10 mm.4 Top Handguns for Hunting and Defense
The 10mm is ideal for lighter activities, such as whitening, hunting and snapping cows (with 180 grains of hollow dotted), etc.
I tested these four new (and new) weapons last summer and measured accuracy and functionality by firing about a thousand rounds of efficiency and range from Federal Premium and Sig Sauer. The Federal Vital-Shok 180-grain Bonded Soft Point Trophy was the
most accurate load for each gun (five fired at 25 yards).4 Top Handguns for Hunting and Defense
Specs: 38 oz. • 8-round, single-action 1911 semiauto • Average 5-shot group at 25 yd.: 2.8″ • Best group: 1.4″ • Malfunctions: 1
This is the new Delta Elite 1911, which led to keeping the 10mm car out of the dark. The weapon is not as similar as the Kimber (see
other page) for which we have averaged much larger groups. However, it was the most reliable of the 1911 box, with a lack of feeding.
The composite grips with the Delta signature look cool but rough in the palms after a full-strength magazine.
28.15 oz. • 15-round striker-fired, double-action-only semiauto • Average group: 2.62″ • Best group: 1.9″ • Malfunctions: 0
This firearm is large with a 6-inch barrel (capacity regs prior to hunting) and a grip large enough to fit a double-stack 15 round magazine. But the most controllable gun tested was quickly. It went smoothly, and the costs for the
next cheapest weapon are little more than half. The revolutionary modular optics system (MOS) from Glock allows you to install
a sight-style reflection, which makes the gun even more useful for hunting.
38 oz. • 8-round, single-action 1911 semiauto • Average group: 2.1″ • Best group: 1.5″ • Malfunctions: 3
If you want to show your buddies a 10mm pretty, get this. It was very good and flawlessly fit and done.
The most exact gun of the test, it was also very tight, possibly the cause of the three malfunctions.
Kimber suggests a 500 round break-in that we haven’t reached yet.
The gun is the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s official licensed commodity.
39.4 oz. • 8-round, single-action semiauto • Average group: 2.15″ • Best group: 1.2″ • Malfunctions: 0
With its model name, fiber optic adjustable sights and camo finish, Sig is sure to have hunters purchase this firearm. While it was a Tackdriver with zero dysfunctions and the best sights of the test, the size and weight of the gun and two action fire for defense purposes would have appealed to me. The checks may also be a little bigger, such as the diaphragm and protection.