Top 5 10mm Auto Pistols| Definitive Guide Before You Buy

 

 

 

 

The 10mm cartridge was first designed by for the F.B.I. in 1983 as a standard-issue service pistol with greater stopping power and better ballistics than the 9mm and .45 ACP. The problem with the original 10mm chambered pistols was the recoil was too strong and the pistols were too big for agents with smaller hands. As the F.B.I. started to do away with the 10mm as their service pistol, they had trouble finding a caliber that could have better accuracy than .45 ACP and better recoil control and stopping power than the 9mm. As we fast forward to 2020, there are numerous companies that produce phenomenal pistols chambered in 10mm. Our goal today is to show you the best 10mm pistols on the market today, such as the Glock 20, Glock 29, Ruger Super Redhawk, Sig Sauer P220, and the Colt Delta Elite.

What Is The Purpose of a 10mm Pistol?

Many people question the purpose of having a 10mm pistol when the ballistics of the .45 ACP and 9mm are much better than they used to be. A 10mm chambered pistol is not going to be the best option for a concealed carry weapon (CCW). Most 10mm pistols are heavier, longer, and wider than any of the top CCW’s you’ll find on the market today. The best use for this pistol is to use in a hunting application or as a hiking pistol, especially in the mountains. A 10mm has more energy than the .357 Magnum and often comes in a smaller frame than the bigger Magnum revolvers. If you’re hunting in areas with Mountain Lion, Bear, Wolves, Moose, or Elk, you have to understand that a 9mm pistol is only going to piss those animals off. I’ve seen a bear shake off 9mm bullets like they were bbs and unless you hit them in a vital organ, you’re going to be punished with your life if that bear charges you. A 10mm bullet can be fired from further distances and provides the stopping power to ensure you humanely kill your prey.

Glock 20 Gen 4

The Glock 20 is similar to the Glock 29 with firing the 10mm bullet and the always-impressive ergonomics of the Glock pistols. However, the Glock 20 is relatively huge with an 8.07″ overall length and 4.61″ barrel. The Glock 20 is built with the Glock Hi-Tech polymer to significantly reduce the felt-recoil and increase the durability of the gun. It’s built with a reversible mag catch to accommodate left-handed shooters. Similar to all Gen-4 models, the Glock 20 comes with the Modular Backstrap System (small, medium, large) to cut down on the overall size of this powerful pistol. To me, the Glock 20 separates itself with its exceptional accuracy due to its relatively long line of sight and larger frame. The longer line of sight makes it easier for the shooter to aim down the sights and fire accurately, especially at longer ranges (50-60 yards). The Glock 20 is heavier because it allows the felt-recoil to be absorbed by the polymer frame, instead of your hands.

Specs:

Weight  1.72 lbs
Weight w/unloaded mag 1.92 lbs
Weight w/loaded mag 2.49 lbs
Height 5.51″
Barrel Length 4.6″
Overall Length 8.07″
Slide Length 7.6″
Caliber 10mm Auto
Magazine Capacity 10/15
Trigger Pull Weight 28 N/ 6.29 lbs of force
Overall Width 1.34″
Slide Width 1.12″
Trigger Distance 2.85″
Line of Sight (Polymer) 6.77″
Line of Sight (steel) 6.73″
Line of Sight (GNC) 6.69″
Safety Safe Action
MSRP  $580.00


Where Can I Buy The Glock 20?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Armslist
  4. Utah Gun Exchange
  5. Cabelas
  6. RK Guns

 

 

Glock 20 10mm Gen 4 Pistol ‒ PG2050203

 

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Sig Sauer P220

The P220 Legion is built with a relatively long barrel (5″) and is almost 9″ in overall length, in order to provide a comfortable shooting pistol. The slide and frame are finished in the Cerakote® Elite grey finish to provide unequaled hardness, abrasion-resistance, and lubricity (friction-reducing inside the barrel). The grip is made with the custom G-10 grips for maximum retention and greater ability to shed water, dirt, sweat. I’ve always loved the idea of a manual safety lever, which can be easily flipped on and off without changing your grip or removing your hand from the pistol. It’s also built with the highly visible SIG SAUER Electro-Optics X-RAY day/night sights for quick and easy target identification. The P220 comes with 8 rounds and if you buy from Sig, you’ll receive 3 8-round mags with your purchase (saves you about $30). The best features are in the grip and trigger assembly because Sig provides the shooter with the best ergonomics of any of the 10mm pistols. I’m not a fan of the _Sait trigger, but the X-Five undercut in the trigger guard and the beavertail on the backstrap allow me to reach up as high into the grip as I want. This gives me incredible control for such a big and heavy pistol.

Specs:

Weight 2.75 lbs
Height 5.5″
Barrel Length 5″
Overall Length 8.8″
Sight Radius 7″
Caliber 10mm Auto
Magazine Capacity 8
Overall Width 1.3″
Slide Width 1.4″
Safety Manual
MSRP  $1,600

Where Can I Buy The Sig Sauer P220?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. RK Guns

 

 

Sig Sauer P220 10mm Kryptek Pistol

 

 

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Glock 29 Gen 4

The Glock 29 is very similar to the Glock 20, but the 29 is more than an inch shorter in length and height than the 20. The smaller gun allows you to conceal carry a 10mm pistol, which you just don’t see very often. The Glock 29 is also a half-pound lighter when fully loaded, which doesn’t sound like a big deal, but if you’re carrying it all day, you’d notice for sure. All Glock 10mm pistols are built with a heavier 6.29 lbs of the trigger pull, most likely due to the size and power of the 10mm bullet. As you can see in the video below, the Glock 29 does come with more felt-recoil than the Glock 20. Personally, I’d rather carry the Glock 29 if I were using it mainly to hike in the Rockies or forests across the country. However, I’d rather have the Glock 20 if I were living in Alaska and wanted to ensure I had the smoothest shot possible. A lot of people don’t realize that the Apex Predators in Alaska are bigger than they are in the “lower 48”.

Specs:

Weight 1.52 lbs
Weight w/unloaded mag 1.68 lbs
Weight w/loaded mag 2.04 lbs
Height 4.53″
Barrel Length 3.78″
Overall Length 6.97″
Slide Length 6.77″
Caliber 10mm Auto
Magazine Capacity 10/15
Trigger Pull Weight 28 N/ 6.29 lbs of force
Overall Width 1.38″
Slide Width 1.12″
Trigger Distance 2.85″
Line of Sight (Polymer) 5.91″
Line of Sight (steel) 5.87″
Line of Sight (GNC) 5.83″
Safety Safe Action
MSRP  $585.00

WHERE CAN I BUY THE GLOCK 29?

  1. Rk Guns
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Armslist
  4. Palmetto State Armory

 

Glock 29 Gen 4 10mm Pistol, Black PG2950201

 

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Colt Delta Elite

There are not many companies in the world that can bring a sense of nostalgia like Colt 1911 can do. The Colt Delta Elite 1911 is made for hunters or Alaskans that are likely to encounter a bear, wolves, elk, moose, or Mountain Lion. At 2.3 lbs it’s heavier than the Glock 29 by a full pound and is going to be very difficult to conceal an 8.5″ gun. I recommend shooting the 155-grain bullets from this pistol because it seems to feed better than the 185-grain bullets. The safety features include a manual safety lever and a grip safety for an added security feature. If you’re a lefty, I recommend against this pistol because it’s much more awkward for us to use the safety and I hate having to cross my hands to secure my pistol. The Colt Delta Elite is still an absolutely beautiful and effective 10mm that you’ll be incredibly happy with.

Specs:

Weight  2.3 lbs
Height 5.5″
Barrel Length 5″
Overall Length 8.5″
Caliber 10mm Auto
Magazine Capacity 8+1
Trigger Pull Weight 2
Overall Width 1.25″
Safety Firing Pin Block
MSRP  $1,299.00

 

Where Can I Buy The Colt Delta Elite?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Armslist
  4. Utah Gun Exchange

 

Colt Delta Elite Rail 10mm Pistol - O2020RG

 

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Ruger Super Redhawk

The Ruger Super Redhawk Is not only beautiful, but it’s also incredibly capable of carrying for hunting or competition shooting purposes. The Super Redhawk provides a rare combination of size, power, dependability, and accuracy. Most of these features are made possible by the triple-locking cylinder (front, bottom, and rear), which ensures the cylinder is always in perfect alignment with the barrel. The barrel is cold hammer-forged to ensure the barrel is free of debris and doesn’t corrode or warp the barrel over time. The safety is built into the hammer with a transfer bar that increases the weight it takes to pull the trigger. This feature prevents accidental discharges from drops or banging the gun on trees and rocks during a hunt or hike.

Specs:

Weight  3.31 lbs
Height 5.8″
Barrel Length 7.5″
Overall Length 13″
Caliber 10mm Auto
Magazine Capacity 6 rounds
Trigger Pull Weight about 7 lbs of force
Safety Firing pin block
MSRP $850.00

Where Can I Buy The Ruger Super Redhawk?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Bass Pro Shops

 

Ruger Super Redhawk 10mm 6.5" Revolver - 5524

 

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Conclusion

10mm pistols aren’t very common, but they can offer us a way to carry a pistol with .357 Magnum stopping power, without carrying the big bulkiness of a .357 Magnum. My top recommendation would be the Glock 20 because it’s long enough to stabilize the felt-recoil, gives you a longer line of sight for better accuracy, and it comes with the Glock name. However, the Sig P220 feels better in your hand, has better sights, and comes with a thumb safety for the added confidence in your security. If you’re looking for something with the most nostalgia and beauty, then the Ruger Super Redhawk is the gun for you. The Glock 29 is probably the only 10mm pistol that I would recommend trying to conceal carry because it’s the smallest and shortest on the list. With advantages to each pistol, you’ll have to figure out which one fits your purpose the best and be assured that any of these pistols will make you a happy camper.

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