Top 5 Handguns Rated by Likelihood of Jamming

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If you’re looking for a good handgun, it’s wise to take a look at guns that consistently make top-selling lists. Here is a list of the best-selling handguns in 2019, rated by likelihood of jamming.

5. Taurus G2C

The Taurus G2C has enjoyed great sales over the past couple of years and is one of the more affordable pistols you can buy. It has a polymer frame and a 12+1 capacity. This gun is a little small, since it was designed primarily for concealed carry. It’s easy to see why people on a budget choose this convenient little handgun for protection.

When it comes to jamming, though, Taurus doesn’t have the best reputation for jamming. The brand has also been subject to a surprising number of recalls int eh past few years. Some users report absolutely no jamming issues with their Taurus G2Cs, while others claim they are susceptible to horizontal jams. Keep that in mind when deciding whether or not it’s worth it to save a few hundred dollars on a handgun.

4. Smith and Wesson M|P 2.0

The Smith and Wesson M&P 2.0 is an attractive handgun with a 4” barrel and an easy-to-rack slide. It also has excellent accuracy.

While many users swear that the M&P 2.0 performs like a charm every time, others report that they gun tends to jam. This may be due to “limp-wristing” rather than keeping the wrist locked when cycling the weapon. S&W is known for their great warranties, so if you happen to have a problem with your gun not performing as it should, the manufacturer should be able to rectify the problem for you.

3. Glock 19

The Glock is often considered the workhorse of handguns. It’s reliable, performs well and is relatively affordable. The Glock 19 is the most popular Glock model and is commonly used for self-defense.

According to some gun owners, a Glock is more likely to have a “stovepipe” malfunction, which refers to the fired case failing to be properly ejected from the port. This can cause the case to get caught between the barrel hood and the slide’s breech face and lead to a jam.

It’s easy to avoid this by maintaining a firm grip with the firing hand while using the supporting hand to efficiently and firmly clear the empty case and chamber a new round. For this reason, the good-old Glock 19 takes our number 3 spot on the list.

2. Beretta M9

The Beretta M9 was adopted as the U.S. military’s service pistol in 1985. It is one of the most reliable semiauto handguns for concealed carry and self-defense. It is also one of the most extensively tested handguns in existence. It features a delayed blowback system and short recoil, which cycles the action smoothly.

Despite its impressive reputation, some users report that the Beretta M9 tends to jam. However, most gun experts report that the Beretta M9 has very few jamming problems when it is properly lubed and cleaned. This suggests that the gun might be hygiene-sensitive, but fires smoothly when cleaned regularly.

1. Sig P320

The Sig P320 has great reliability and is easy to use. It’s also a solid, robust pistol that doesn’t receive a lot of complaints in public forums. In fact, two versions of the P320 pistol were selected as the new standard sidearms for the U.S. Army. The full-size version weighs a hefty 29.4 ounces without a loaded magazine, and has a 4.7-inch barrel. It also shares the modest grip of the P250.

The Sig 9mm P320 also has great ratings as far as jamming goes. While the gun is known to sometimes eject a live round with an empty cartridge case, when this happens, it typically does not lead to any other malfunctions, such as “stove-piping.” For this reason, the Sig P320 takes our top spot for best handguns that don’t jam.

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Ric - June 2, 2020 Reply

Give me a trusty old revolver any time. I’ve never had a jam or malfunction with one due to a problem with the gun itself. Rarely a round will fail to discharge but that’s no fault of the revolver.

Fred Maugle - June 2, 2020 Reply

I found that my Springfield xd and xdm rarely if ever have any problems at all.

Joseph Vanchieri - June 3, 2020 Reply

I own the Sig P320 in compact. I have yet to have any of the issues listed. It goes to the range at once a week if not more. I have used an assortment if different ammo manufactures. As far as my pistol goes it is a very reliable firearm.

Ted Patenaude - July 22, 2020 Reply

I’ve never had a jamming or any other issues with my SIG 365 I’ve put about 500 rounds down range no issue at all.

MARK W TOIGO - August 31, 2020 Reply

I have the M&P 2.0 and while I don’t love it it is small enough to carry all day and night. In 2k rounds.. not one single issue FTF or FTFire and it does not have a favorite kind of ammo for practice or anything. I shoot my own loads for practice using SPEER TMJ and GOLD DOT HP in 124 gr. I devours Federal HST as well.
My wife carries the G2C Taurus with confidence, running, swimming (yes, she is a triathlete always training) and bicycling and shoots well enough to survive an idiot who might want to take her on. She loves her Taurus. She has some issues when she forgets how, to cock her pistol because it is stiff even after 3 years of carrying and using it hard. I cannot get her to trade it in for the 9EZ M&P. Period.

Terry E Hileman - October 17, 2020 Reply

I’ve had no concerns about my sig SAS. The sight system leaves you in the dark when there is no light. A red dot laser is really needed to make this gun a top ten contender

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