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Handguns are used in every arena of the firearm world, including self-defense, competition, hunting, recreational target shooting, and in the military. We carry a vast selection of semi-automatics, revolvers, derringers and more in numerous variants and options. We have a wide variety of handguns for sale from reputable brands like Sig Sauer, Heckler & Koch, CZ-USA, Ruger, Smith & Wesson and more. Whether you are looking for a concealment pistol or 1911, a competition or collectors firearm, we have handguns that will meet your preferences. At Hinterland Outfitters, our extensive top-branded handgun selection is offered in numerous calibers from 9mm to 500 S&W. Whether you are a seasoned competitive shooter or a novice, our team can help find the right handgun for you Read More...

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Hinterland Outfitters online gun shop carries a full range of top brand handguns for sale at discounted prices. Semi-automatics or revolvers, full-sized or compact, sub-compact or concealed carry, pocket pistols, hunting pistols, derringers – you name it – we have them all!

We have all major brands of pistols for sale including:

Our selection of handguns includes all the most popular calibers, ranging from .22 Long Rifle rimfire to.45 ACP and just about everything in between. View our full selection of handguns for sale online via Handgun Manufacturers or Handgun Calibers.
To buy handguns online, federal regulations require that they must be shipped to a gun dealer holding an active Federal Firearms License (FFL).

This can be a local gun shop, sporting goods store, pawn shop or other licensed individual in your area. The handgun will be shipped to your local dealer, who will arrange for your background check to be completed and handle all necessary paperwork associated with the transfer. For more information on the transfer process, please see How to Buy Firearms Online before ordering a handgun online.

Semi-Automatic Handguns

Semi-automatic handguns have been around since the late 19th century. The first semi-automatic pistol was created by Austrian Josef Laumann in 1892. In 1896, Paul Mauser introduced his famous Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" semi-automatic pistol, which was the first mass-produced pistol with a high capacity magazine that held twenty rounds. Used worldwide by the military, police, bodyguards and concealed carry civilians alike, semi-automatic pistols are among the most popular handguns on the market today.

Manually pulling back and releasing the slide mechanism of a semi-automatic extracts the first round from the magazine and loads it into the chamber. Using the energy produced by the recoil of the fired round, an autoloading pistol ejects the spent cartridge casing, automatically extracts a fresh round from the magazine and inserts it into the chamber after each pull of the trigger. Unlike a fully automatic weapon such as a machine gun or machine pistol (both of which civilians are generally prohibited by law from possessing), a semi-automatic’s trigger must be pulled separately after each shot. Semi-automatics are commonly used for competition shooting, self-defense, small game hunting and just plain old tin can and bottle "plinking."

Semi-automatic handguns can be single action (SA), double action (DA) or double action only (DAO). A single action semi-automatic pistol needs to have the hammer cocked either manually by thumb or by pulling back and releasing the slide to chamber a round. A classic example of a single action semi-automatic pistol still in use today is the Colt Model 1911.

Most of today’s semi-automatic pistols such as the Beretta 92 or Walther PPK are double action, which allow the option of either cocking the hammer manually before pulling the trigger or by pulling the trigger to release the hammer, strike the firing pin and discharge a round. In a double action only handgun, once a round is chambered, each pull of the trigger cocks and releases the hammer, fires a round, automatically chambers a new round and re-cocks the weapon. Autoloading handguns generally have greater magazine capacities and are faster and easier to reload than revolvers, which tend to make semi-automatics good defensive weapons. Because they are relatively thin, compact and sub-compact semi-automatics are easier to conceal than revolvers with their thicker frames and protruding cylinders.

The accuracy of semi-automatic handguns makes them a favorite among serious target shooters. A disadvantage of a semi-automatic pistol is that because of the moving parts associated with the complex reloading and firing mechanisms, they can be prone to misfires and jamming. Hinterland Outfitters carries a large selection of semi-automatic handguns for sale from top manufacturers that represent the finest handguns on the market.


Derringers are small, non-repeating handguns with one or more barrels holding a single round each. They have been around for hundreds of years - it was a derringer that John Wilkes Booth used to assassinate president Abraham Lincoln at Ford's theater in 1865. Easily concealable because of their small overall size and short barrels, derringers are ideal for close range personal protection. Usually without sights, derringers are intended for shooting targets at point blank range. They are highly inaccurate for hitting anything beyond a few feet. Derringers are available in calibers ranging from .22 Long Rifle to .45 Colt.

Among Hinterland Outfitters’ handguns for sale online are a selection of derringers from manufacturers manufacturers like Bond ArmsCharter ArmsChiappa FirearmsCimarron and Cobra Firearms. See Derringers to view our full selection.

Single Shot Pistols

Single shot pistols are the simplest form of handguns. Handguns first appeared in China in the 14th century. The earliest handguns were crude, single shot muzzle-loading weapons that were fired by lighting a flame or match cord at the touch hole, which ignited the propellant in the chamber and launched the projectile. Used today mostly by black powder enthusiasts, muzzleloaders began to fade from popularity with the introduction of cartridge ammunition in the early 18th century. Although some single shot handguns are derringers, most are either large caliber hunting pistols or used for target shooting. These break action pistols are available in a variety of calibers. Some also come with interchangeable barrels, and can be fitted with telescopic sights.

The popularity of single shot pistols has decreased in recent years in favor of autoloaders and revolvers. One popular modern day single-shot handgun is Thompson Center Arms’ break action Contender, which features interchangeable barrels and is available in a variety of calibers ranging from .22 Long Rifle to .45-.70. Although Remington Arms Company discontinued manufacturing its highly popular single-shot, bolt action XP-100 in 1998, it is still a favorite today among serious target shooters and varmint hunters.


A revolver is a repeating handgun with a rotating cylinder magazine that has multiple chambers to hold ammunition. Modern day revolvers typically have cylinders with five or six chambers, although some models have as many as eight.

The two basic types of revolvers are single action and double action. After a round is fired from a single-action revolver, thumbing back the hammer causes the cylinder to rotate, bringing the next chambered cartridge into alignment with the barrel in preparation for firing the next round. With a double action handgun, the hammer can be either manually cocked )as with a single action handgun) or the trigger can be squeezed to cock the hammer, advance the cylinder and fire the round in one step.

Forerunners of modern-day revolvers, the first firearms with multi-chambered cylinders were introduced in Europe in the late 16th century. Considered something of a novelty at the time, they failed to gain widespread acceptance. It was not until the 19th century that revolvers became popular, due largely to Colonel Samuel Colt, who would later introduce the first mass-produced revolvers. His Colt Single Action Army "Peacemaker" revolver is a famous piece of Americana known as "The Gun That Won the West." Although the term "revolver" usually refers to a handgun, there are other types of firearms with rotating chambers, including rifles, shotguns and even military grenade launchers.

Revolvers were the preferred handguns for law enforcement and self-defense until the latter half of the 20th century, when new and more reliable semi-automatics such as the Beretta 92 and Glock 17 were developed. Although autoloaders have almost completely replaced them in the military and law enforcement, revolvers are still widely used by police as back up and off-duty weapons and for private sector defensive and sporting uses.
Double action revolver cylinders swing outward for quick ejection of spent rounds and fast, easy reloading, whereas with single-action handguns casings must be removed and replaced individually through a side loading gate on the pistol’s right-hand side.

Two advantages revolvers have over semi-automatic handguns are safety and reliability. Revolvers also have fewer moving parts, which make them easier to disassemble, clean and reassemble than their autoloading counterparts. They also have the capability of shooting much larger calibers such as the .44 Magnum, .460 Smith and Wesson and .454 Casull. Some revolvers, however, are slightly less accurate than semi-automatics, due to possible minor variations in the cylinder’s chambers. Revolvers typically hold fewer rounds, are slower and more difficult to reload and also bulkier than autoloaders, which makes them harder to conceal.

Buying Your First Handgun

Considered by many to be the most difficult of all shooting sports, proficiency with a handgun requires self-discipline, concentration and of course, practice – lots of practice! Although usually light in weight, handguns can be difficult to steady, since unlike long guns, they are not supported against the shooter’s body when aiming and firing.

When purchasing a handgun, the beginner should consider either a revolver or semi-automatic pistol with adjustable sights and a barrel four to six inches in length. Although they do not provide magnification, Red Dot sights can be useful to a beginning shooter, since they allow him or her to concentrate on the basics of breathing, grip, proper stance and trigger squeeze. Either a revolver or autoloader in .22 Long Rifle caliber is often an excellent choice for a first handgun, since they are affordable, have little or no perceivable recoil and the ammunition is inexpensive, allowing for extensive practice.

Whether you are a target shooter, hunter or are looking for a defensive handgun, we offer a full selection of quality handguns for sale at Hinterland Outfitters online retailer.

Understanding Action Types in Handguns

  • Single Action Only
  • Double Action Only
  • Double/Single Action
  • Striker Fire

Single-Action vs. Double Action Handguns

Understanding a pistol's action is one of the first steps towards understanding their function and selecting a handgun to buy that meets your needs. Many first-time handgun buyers get confused about the true definition of single action and double action, but functionally it’s a pretty simple concept.

Handguns in a single action mode will have a shorter and lighter trigger pull, while handguns in a double action mode will have a longer and heavier trigger pull. Mechanically speaking, single action means that the trigger performs a single function - it releases the hammer (which already has to be cocked). Double action means that the trigger pull does two things – it first cocks the hammer, and then releases it.

Today, pistols come for sale in Single Action Only (SAO), Double Action Only (DAO) and in Double/Single Action (DA/SA).

Understanding Action Types in Revolvers

Revolvers come for sale in three different action types. Single Action Only (SAO), Double/Single Action (DA/SA) and Double Action Only (DAO). Modern revolvers with an exposed hammer are designed to allow the shooter to fire in either a single action or double action mode. With the hammer forward (double action mode) a longer, heavier trigger pull will rotate the cylinder and cock and release the hammer. After the first shot, the action will go into single action mode, which will have a much lighter trigger pull. Many handgun target shooters will appreciate the single action mode allowing for a crisp light pull and more accurate shot ( 00000 ).  However, single action revolvers are less safe.

Understanding Action Types in Semi-Automatic Pistols

Semi-automatic handguns come is three different action types: Single Action Only (SAO), Double/Single Action (DA/SA) and Double Action Only (DAO).

Single Action Only (SAO) Semi-automatic Pistols

Single action only semi-automatic handguns can only be fired after the hammer has been cocked, either by racking the slide or with the thumb. The popular 1911 handgun is an example of a single action only firearm. 1911s are very popular with target and competitive shooters because of the single action only trigger pull. Many types of SAO handguns will feature external safeties because of the lite trigger pull. Many military and law enforcement  personnel will carry these types of handguns with the hammer cocked, so an external safety is imperative.

Double/Single Action (DA/SA) Semi-Automatic Handguns

Double/single action pistols are one of the most popular types of actions with semi-automatic handguns. Usually carried with the hammer forward, the first shot will be a double action shot and all subsequent shots will be in single action (since the moving slide automatically cocks the hammer/striker during the firing cycle). Many types of DA/SA action handguns will feature an external safety. Some feature an external safety and a decocker, which allows the hammer to be lowered safely while in single action mode, placing the firearm back in double action, which is considered to be a safer method of carrying. The Sig Sauer P229 pistol is a good example of a double/single action handgun.

Double Action Only (DAO) Pistols

Like a double action only revolver, DAO semi-automatic pistols have only one firing mode, which will consistently be a longer, heavier trigger press when compared to a similar model shot in a single action mode. Many law enforcement agencies and personal protection buyers like to buy double action only pistols because of the heavier, longer trigger pull. This requires more intent to shoot than those pistols that can be fired in a single action mode. They also appreciate that there is no external safeties or decockers to worry about – they can just point and shoot. The H&K P30 pistol and Sig P250 pistol are good examples of double action only handguns.

Striker Fired Handguns (SF)

Hammer operated firearms fit more neatly into the SAO, DAO and double/single action category of handguns. Regardless of whether or not the hammer is exposed or hidden, it's the hammer that drives the action. Striker fire handguns utilize a striker/firing pin held back under the tension of a spring.

Two widely popular striker fire handguns are the Glock and Springfield XD. Internally, the Springfield XD could be categorized as a single action (racking the slide fully cocks the striker/firing pin mechanism, yet externally, they mimic the longer, heavier trigger press of a double action only handgun. Springfield calls this their Ultra Safety Assurance Trigger System. Internally, the Glock falls halfway between a single action and double action mode. When the Glock pistol's slide is racked, the striker/firing pin mechanism is only half cocked. Once the trigger is pressed, the firing pin is fully cocked, then released.

The Springfield XD and Glock will mimic the double action pull. The Bueau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (ATF) categorizes the Glock as a double action only pistol.
Striker fire pistols usually feature external trigger and grip safeties, and are extremely popular for tactical applications.

They are widely used by law enforcement, military, and government agencies around the world. Roughly 65% of law enforcement agencies uses striker fire Glock pistols. The FBI and many other government agencies also prefer to buy striker fire pistols and use them as their designated sidearm.

Handgun Size Types

  • Subcompact Pistols
  • Compact Pistols
  • Full Size Handguns
  • Large Frame Handguns
  • AR Pistols

Knowing the purpose of your firearm is imperative to picking out what size handgun to buy. Different frame sizes of handguns for sale on the market today will obviously be put to a variety of different uses. For example, a typical lady would not buy a Smith and Wesson 500 revolver for concealed carry in her purse, and a police officer wouldn't use a pocket pistol for his service weapon. 

Subcompact Pistols

Pocket pistols, sub-compacts and snub-nose (2"-3" barrel) revolvers have the advantages of being easy to carry concealed on your person, and they allow a more versatile dress code than larger handguns. However, they are among the hardest handguns to shoot accurately due to their small frame.

The most popular handguns for sale in this category are the Bersa Thunder, Sig Sauer P238, Walther PPK and the Glock 26. Most of these pistols range from about 11 to 22 ounces, with a barrel length of between 2 and 3 inches. The most popular caliber for sub-compacts and pocket pistols are .380 ACP, 9mm and 38 special. These small but effective rounds make concealment far less problematic.

Compact Pistols

Compact pistols have a barrel length of 3.5" to 4". They are usually based on a full size version with a 5" barrel such as the Sig 229 compared to the Sig 226. In this category of pistol, you will find that what creates the most difference in weight is the material from which the frame is made. The polymer Glock 19 pistol will be far lighter than the all steel CZ 75 pistol.

Some of the more popular pistols for sale in this category are the Glock 19, Colt Commander, HK VP9 and P30, Beretta 92, and the Sig Sauer P229 pistol. Given their size, compact pistols are easier to conceal than their full size counterparts, and are also much easier to control than a sub-compact pistol.

Full Size Handguns

Full size auto pistols and revolvers are usually 4 to 6 inches in length and are chambered in 9mm, 357 Magnum, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. Full size revolvers will include 38 Special, 357 Magnum and .45 ACP.
With a much larger frame on full size firearms, the magazine capacity increases –especially in 9mm, with the Glock 17 having a 17 round 9mm capacity. Magazine capacity is also dependent on whether the magazine is a single or double stack.  Nearly all firearms chambered in 45 ACP will be a single stack magazine due to their size.

Very few civilians these days carry a full size handgun, due to its weight and lack of discretion. However, many still carry the firearms in this category for their longer sight radius and improved controllability, as well as the sheer power that most of them possess.
One of the most popular styles of full size autos is the 1911. Widely preferred by most competition shooters, the 1911 is mainly offered in 9mm and 45 ACP.  This iconic firearm was designed by Browning and built by Colt to be used as the primary side arm by the US Armed Forces over 100 years ago. Today, they can be fantastic collectors’ items, competition pieces, and even side arms.

There are other wildly popular competition firearms not included in the 1911 family, like the CZ Tactical and the EAA Witness. Several companies have begun designing full size handguns for their own competition teams to compete with. The longer sight radius proves key in this category for optimum control and accuracy.

Large Frame Handguns

Next on our list are large frame autos and large revolvers. These are far more rare and are most often used as range toys and collector's pieces. The Desert Eagle and the Glock 40 are examples of the autos found in this category. The Smith and Wesson 500 and the Taurus 454 Casull are monster revolvers that most people would not just carry around. 

Revolvers definitely own this section and they are normally chambered in magnum cartridges. Calibers include .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, .454 Casull, .460 S&W and .500 S&W. The Desert Eagle or mini hand cannon is available in the 44 Magnum and the 50 AE. These are generally heavy guns with the autos having barrel lengths anywhere from 6 to 8 inches, and the revolvers being at least 6 inches long. The Smith and Wesson 500 has an available barrel length of 10.5"!
Many large frame autos and large revolvers are even used in the hunting world for hogs, wild boar, etc. The .454 Casull and the .500 S&W are often hunting favorites for anything you may encounter in the wild.

AR Pistols

The last and certainly the newest category of handguns for sale is commonly known as the AR pistol. Due to increasing government regulation on short barrel rifles, manufacturers have begun to introduce pistols for sale based upon rifles for close quarter battle. These unique firearms are seemingly identical in appearance to an AR-15, with just a few changes to the stock.

Many of these new firearms are built on frames such as Glock or Beretta, but with a longer barrel and a pistol buffer tube. Primary Weapons Systems, Sig Sauer, Wilson Combat, and Nemo Arms are some of the companies that have entered into the brave new world of AR Pistols. By and large, one can see that each size of handgun (the small and light handguns vs. the huge and heavy handguns) has cartridges that generally match their professed purposes. At both ends of the scale, we have similar problems of controlling recoil.

However, one of the great things is that you have a plethora of choices when purchasing a handgun; you just have to decide what you want and what is going to suit your needs!

Handgun Safety Types

There are many different types of safeties on today’s modern handguns. The primary purpose of a safety, of course, is to help prevent the accidental or negligent discharge of a firearm. Most firearms will have some type of external or internal type of safety.

Manual Safety (Thumb Safety)

This is the most common type of handgun safety, and looks like a switch or lever that is meant to be engaged with a strong thumb (hence, thumb safety). When this type of safety is engaged it will prevent the trigger from being pulled and firing the firearm. Some custom handguns will feature ambidextrous thumb safeties for left hand shooters.

Grip Safety

This is a safety that features a lever on the back of the handgun’s grip which must be pressed by the shooter’s hand, as a natural consequence of holding the firearm in a firing position, in order for the pistol to fire. A good example of the grip safety can be found in the popular 1911 pistol design.

Trigger Safety

This is a safety that features a small lever connected to the trigger. The safety is naturally deactivated as the shooter presses the trigger. Both parts of the trigger must be aligned together or the firearm will not fire. These types of handgun safeties are popular with striker fire handguns like the Glock and Springfield XDs.


These types of safeties are designed for double/single action handguns. When carried in its double action mode with the hammer down, these types of handguns are considered in a safe mode because of the heavier, longer trigger pull. When the handgun is in a single action mode the hammer is up and can be engaged with a light trigger pull. To bring the handgun’s hammer back down to a safe mode, the decocking lever allows the hammer to be dropped on a live cartridge without the risk of discharging it.

Loaded Chamber Indicator

One of the most common accidents that happens with semi-automatic handguns is when someone releases the magazine thinking that they have safely unloaded the pistol and forget to check the chamber for a loaded round. A loaded chamber indicator offers a visual warning to the shooter that there is a round left in the chamber.

Magazine Disconnect Safety

A magazine disconnect is an internal mechanism that engages a mechanical safety such as a block or trigger disconnect when the handgun’s magazine is removed.

Drop Safety

These types of safeties are designed to reduce the chance of a firearm accidentally discharging when its dropped or roughly handled. Drop safeties include safety notches, firing pin block, hammer block, and transfer bars.

If you need any further assistance in choosing the perfect handgun to buy for you, please do not hesitate to reach out to our dedicated service team by email or by phone at 877-446-8370. We're always glad to help!

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