Top 10 Best Smith & Wesson Handgun Options for 2021

Smith & Wesson makes one of the most complete lines of handguns in the world. Everything from compact concealed carry guns to long barrel hunting revolvers and easily concealed pistols to full-size competition guns. If you’re looking for a handgun for a particular need or use, Smith & Wesson makes it.

If you’re looking to add a handgun for a certain need to your collection in 2021, here are 10 of the best Smith & Wesson handgun models you’ll want to consider:

Model 642 .38 Special Revolver

The Smith & Wesson J-frame revolvers are among the best Smith & Wesson revolver concealed carry options ever made. These great little snubbies are easily concealed no matter what you’re wearing. The Model 642 fires five full-power .38 Special rounds and is as simple and easy to use as it is reliable.

Model 340 .357 Revolver

Like the model 642, the Model 340 is an ultra concealable J-frame revolver. But the beefier Model 340 can handle more powerful .357 loads for the ultimate in compact personal defense, making it another of the best Smith & Wesson revolver models.

Model 19 Classic .357 Revolver

A thing of beauty is a joy forever. And when Smith & Wesson brought back the classic Model 19 a few years ago, it brought joy to thousands of wheelgun lovers. The medium size K-frame revolver packs six .357 or .38 Special rounds and makes for a lot of fun at the range or a great home defense firearm.

Model 686 .357 Revolver

The venerable Model 686 is one of the most respected and best Smith & Wesson revolvers ever made. The bigger, beefier L-frame wheelgun handles either six or seven rounds of powerful .357 loads with ease and is a great option for hunting or home defense.

M&P Bodyguard 380 Crimson Trace

When concealment is of primary concern, the M&P Bodyguard 380 is the way to go. The ultra compact .380 ACP semi-automatic is easily concealed in a pocket, ankle holster or anywhere you choose to carry it. And with its built-in Crimson Trace laser, it’s always ready for personal defense duty.


If you or someone you know has trouble racking the slide on a standard semi-automatic pistol, the Smith & Wesson 380 SHIELD EZ is the best Smith & Wesson pistol for them. Built for personal protection and everyday carry, the M&P 380 Shield EZ is chambered in .380 ACP and designed to be easy to use, with an easy racking slide, easy-to-load magazines and an easy-to-clean design.

M&P M2.0 Optics Ready Compact

Smith’s line of M2.0 M&P semi-automatic pistols competes favorably with any other maker’s 9mm semi-automatics. And with its optics-ready slide, the M&P9 M2.0 Optics Ready Compact is one of the top Smith & Wesson pistols for home defense, everyday carry or even competition.


If everyday carry is what you’re looking for, it’s hard to do better than Smith’s ultra-popular M&P9 SHIELD M2.0. With a great trigger and a slim, single stack form factor, you’ll be happy to carry the SHIELD M2.0 on your hip whenever you leave the house.

Performance Center M&P9 M2.0 CORE Pro Series 5″ Barrel

Sometimes you want a little more. And if you’re someone who wants a full-size 9mm pistol that has every feature imaginable, the M&P9 M2.0 CORE Pro Series is the semi-auto for you. Bridging the gap between main production and the Performance Center, the Smith & Wesson’s Pro Series represents the next step up from standard production line models. M&P Pro Series pistols add numerous enhancements yet still remain true to “stock.” They have competition specifications and features in ready-to-go factory models.

M&P45 M2.0 Full Size

Sometimes you want (or need) a pistol chambered in a bitter round. For those times, the M&P45 M2.0 Full Size is one of the best Smith & Wesson pistol options. Having a full-size M&P45 with 10+1 rounds of big boy .45 ACP on your nightstand will give you plenty of peace of mind.

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