Handgun Comparison Guides

Trying to find the right carry gun can be hard with so many choices out there, but Alien Gear Holsters is here to help with our handgun comparison guides! Our gun comparison guides are here to give you the skinny on some of the most popular handguns for concealed carry and other purposes, in order to help you narrow down your choices.

There's no perfect gun, but there may be one that's perfect for you. How to find out which gun is better? Start with learning about the differences between various handgun models. There are plenty of features and aspects to individual make and models of firearms that can add up to a gun being not only a good gun, but the right gun for you.

Torn between the M&P Shield and the Glock 43? We'll give you the 411 on it. Wondering if the old-school Beretta 92 is a better pick of full-size 9mm than a Glock 17? We'll go over that as well. You'll get a better understanding of what each gun is about and what sets it apart from a major competing model.

Then again, you could always look at at a gun comparison and get both. Why not? Variety, they say, is the spice of life and there's no reason why you can't add a little diversity to the old gun safe. We recommend it! In fact, there are several hundred guns in the Alien Gear gun library and we love every one of them in their own way.

Granted, a gun review and comparison is only part of the story. We can tell you specs, give you an idea of consensus on how a gun handles, but ultimately it's going to come down to your subjective experience. The best way to get to know a gun is to shoot it, so it's strongly recommended that you - after you read a handgun comparison - get to a range or gun shop that lets you rent pistols and shoot them. Get some trigger time under them! That will let you know a lot better.

We will be adding more gun comparison articles to this collection as time goes by, to give you more resources to draw on when trying to narrow down which is the better carry gun that you might be considering. Want to read a specific comparison? Let us know what you'd like to see by sounding off on social media or leaving us a comment. We'd love to hear what you have to think.

Sig P220 vs P227: Because Sig Doesn't Make a .46

sig p227 vs p220  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you wanted a big, old-school Sig Sauer but just can't be bothered with some lame old 9mm, that will inexorably lead you to deciding between the P220 vs P227. Trying to decide between these guns is actually rather difficult, because the difference between them is so slight that it's amazing that Sig actually sells both.

M&P Shield vs. Ruger LC9s: Subcompact Shootout

ruger vs smith and wesson  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you're after a subcompact striker gun, two of the most popular candidates on your list will likely be the M&P Shield vs Ruger LC9s. In fact, those happen to be two of the most popular holster models we sell here at Alien Gear and with good reason.

H&K VP9 vs. Sig P320

p320 or vp9  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Thinking of a big 'ol striker gun but think Glocks are totally lame? You might end up torn between the VP9 vs. P320 and both would be solid choices.

XDS vs XDM: Which Compact Springfield Should I Get?

Which should I get, the springfield xdm or xds  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Springfield makes many firearms that are great for concealed carry. Here, we focus on the two that most concealed carriers end up weighing together: the XD(M) and XD-S. Two of Springfield's most popular compact firearms... How do they stack up against each other?

Sig P320 vs. Sig P226: Which Should You Get?

The Sig P320 vs Sig P226  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Both the Sig P320 and Sig P226 are strong contenders for a Sig 9mm, but how do they stack up against each other? Alien Gear Holsters stacks up two of the most popular firearms for concealed carry side-by-side so you can make the most informed decision.

Sig P250 vs Sig P320: Sig Showdown

Sig Showdown, Sig P250 vs Sig P320  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Looking to get a new Sig? You may end up having to choose between the Sig P250 and Sig P320. How do they stack up?

Walther PPQ vs VP9: Which Is The Top CCW Tack Driver?

Walther PPQ vs H&K VP9 for concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Looking for a plastic fantastic but don't want a Glock? Two strong competitors are the Walther PPQ and H&K's VP9.

Sig P938 vs Glock 43 For Concealed Carry

concealed carry with g43 or p938?  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

When looking at single-stack 9mm subcompacts, you might find yourself deciding between the Sig P938 and Glock 43.

1911 vs Beretta M9: Battle Of The Service Guns

Battle of the service pistol: 1911 vs Beretta M9  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Two solid choices of service sidearm for carry are the 1911 and Beretta M9. Which one of these would be best for you?

Glock 19 vs Glock 26: Which Is Better For Concealed Carry?

The Glock 19 vs Glock 26  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Some people will take nothing less than a 9x19 Glock. If you're one of those people, eventually you'll have to pick between the Glock 19 and Glock 26

Sig P938 vs Kimber Micro 9: Mini 1911 Comparison

Sig P938 vs Kimber Micro9  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Both the Sig P938 and Kimber Micro9 are excellent CCW pistols or bite-size backups to bigger guns, but which is better? Which should a person get?

S&W J-Frame vs Ruger LCR: Best Of The Snubbies

Ruger LCR vs S&W J-Frame 2 inch for concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

When considering a CCW snubbie Revolver, two come to mind. Which is better, the Ruger LCR or S&W J-Frame?

M&P Shield vs. Sig P938: Battle of the Subcompacts

Battle of the Subcompacts: Sig P938 VS M&P Shield  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Both have so many strong points in their favor that a person deciding between the two would have the devil's own job of figuring which was better to get.

Taurus PT111G2 vs S&W Shield: Which is the Better CCW

Taurus PT111 Millennium G2 vs S&W M&P Shield  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

For the person looking for a quality concealed carry gun on a budget, two that get brought up a lot are the S&W Shield and the Taurus PT111 Millennium G2.

Single-Stack Showdown: M&P Shield vs XD-S

Springfield XDs Series  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Certain you don't want a Glock, but definitely a single-stack subcompact striker gun? That'd be between the M&P Shield or Springfield XDs.

Which is Better: Sig P320 vs Glock 19

The Sig P320 vs the Glock 19  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you had to only have one, it would be the devil's own job of trying to choose between Sig P320 vs. Glock 19.

Beretta 92 vs Glock 17: The Wonder Nines

beretta 92 vs the glock 17  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Both of these guns have track records that speak for themselves. Both are iconic. Who will come out on top in this matchup?

Glock 43 vs M&P Shield: Attack of the Single Stack

Glock 43 vs S&W M&P Shield  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The big debate these days for which carry pistol to get is Glock 43 vs Shield. Both are great choices for a CCW gun, but which should a person get?

M&P Shield 45 vs Officer Frame 1911

1911 vs shield 45  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If a person is set on carrying a compact big-bore, two very popular choices are the M&P Shield 45 and an Officer 1911, as both are easily concealed and chamber the .45 ACP round. Both are known as strong choices.

Smith and Wesson Shield vs M&P Compact

compact vs shield  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Smith and Wesson make some of the best CCW pistols around, and what a number of people come down to is choosing a Smith and Wesson Shield vs M&P Compact. Both guns have their merits, and it would be hard for a person to go wrong with either one.

M&P Shield Performance Center Or Normal M&P Shield?

shield pistol  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Obviously the deluxe model of anything has benefits to it, which leads some people to ponder if they should spring for the M&P Shield Performance Center over the stock M&P Shield. It's like buying a car: the base model seems great, but is it that much better if you add the powered seats, infotainment suite and the rich Corinthian leather?

Glock 26 vs Glock 43: Which Of The Baby Glocks To Get

glock 26 vs glock 43  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

When it comes to a subcompact Glock, the eternal debate seems to be Glock 26 vs Glock 43. Each is a very popular CCW pistol, and each has a lot to offer the person who carries it which has led to both becoming a very popular CCW gun.

Glock 17 vs Glock 19: Which is Better?

glock 17 vs 19  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Given the popularity of the two pistols, a lot of people debate the issue of Glock 17 vs Glock 19 for concealed carry or just as an addition to the gun safe. Each gun has serious merits and both are among the most popular handguns on the market to date. You won't go wrong with either...but there are a few instances where one is a bit better than the other.

Glock 42 vs Glock 43 For Concealed Carry

which glock is better for concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Choosing a subcompact Glock for concealed carry often comes down to the choice of Glock 42 or the Glock 43 since those are the most compact of the baby Glocks. Each has their benefits and drawbacks, so it's really up to the person doing the shopping to make the choice.