The 1970s bore witness to the golden age of handguns, marking a pivotal time in the transition from classic revolvers to the modern semi-automatic pistols. During this era firearms were introduced with unprecedented designs, technological advancements, immeasurable reliability, reshaping personal and law enforcement weapons for all eternity. Here are 15 of the most sight after handguns of the 1970s.

Heckler and Koch P7

The Heckler and Koch P7 was designed to replace the older 7.65mm caliber pistols for the West German police, it is one of the few weapons that is safe to carry with a loaded chamber because of its iconic squeeze-cocker grip.

Source: Imgur

Eventually it became widely used by law enforcement all over the world, cited for its impeccable balance and one of a kind safety features.

Smith and Wesson Model 19

The Smith and Wesson Model 19 quickly became known as the gun of the decade in the 1970s. It was highly sought after amongst the law enforcement community because of how accurate it is.

Source: Imfdb

The way it is designed makes it almost perfect for duty use, eventually this led to the stainless steel version, the model 66.

Beretta 93R

In the late 1970s Beretta crafted the 93R, a select firearm pistol designed specifically for military and police use.

Source: Wikipedia

It offered something called a burst of fire mode, which for its time was very innovative. Showing that Beretta was committed to evolving and adapting their weaponry to the tactical operation needs of the time.

Beretta 92 Series

Introduced in 1976, the Beretta 92, introduced in 1976, intiated the onset of the “Wonder Nine” era with its double-action/single-action (DA/SA) trigger system and double-column magazine for enhanced capacity.

Source: Wikipedia

It maintained its core strengths of the older version, the Model 951, while adding new features that would revolutionize modern combat pistols.

Benelli B76

The Benelli B76 was a single-action 9mm pistol that was cited for its precision and innovative design.

Source: Facebook

It was part of Benelli’s movement to gain popularity in the pistol market. The Benelli B76 offered a unique combination of aesthetic and undeniable reliability.

Beretta 21A Bobcat

The Beretta 21A Bobcat was a small framed semi-automatic weapon that was created to cater to those who wanted to conceal and carry.

Source: Wikipedia

It had a unique flip-up barrel design that made it extremely easy to clear malfunctions and to load. It quickly became a popular choice for those needing a compact backup weapon.

Colt Cobra

The Colt Cobra was actually introduced in 1950, but its second issue was released in 1970.

Source: Colt’s Manufacturing LLC

Featuring a new and improved version of this already loved handgun. It gained notoriety for its lightweight design and reliability.

Beretta Cheetah

The Beretta Cheetah, which is also known as Series 80, was a part of a group of compact pistols that became well known for their one of a kind design and unwavering functionality.

Source: Wikipedia

They were a popular choice for both civilian and law enforcement use, and were well regarded for their ergonomics.

Ruger Security-Six

The Ruger Security-Six was first introduced as a rugged yet reliable double-action revolver.

Source: handgunsmag

It was an affordable and durable option, making it a popular choice for both civilians and law enforcement.

SIG Sauer P220

The P220 introduced features that would set the tone for the more modern line of SIG Sauer P220.

Source: Wikipedia

Originally it was created for the Swiss army, it was quickly taken up by military and law enforcement worldwide. Known mostly for its reliability and precision.

CZ 75

The CZ 75 was an iconic design that combined all the best features of pistols before it. It was an ergonomic, accurate, and very consistent firearm.

Source: gundigest

It is globally favored because of Its double-action/single-action mechanism and high capacity.

Browning Hi-Power Mark III

The Hi-Power was introduced in 1935, but maintained its popularity among law enforcement, military, and civilians through the 1970s and well after.

Source: Wikipedia

Well known for its powerful 9mm cartridge, consistency, and reliable firing power.

Walther PPK/S

The PPK/S is a variation of the PPK, it was brought into production and introduced to the American import criteria of the Gun Control Act of 1968.

Source: Wikipedia

It held onto its distinctive classic design of its original version while adding a little longer of a grip and larger capacity.

Beretta 87 Target

The Beretta 87 Target was a .22 long rifle caliber pistol that was designed for precision shooting specifically.

Source: Wikipedia

It is cited for its balance and consistent accuracy, and was a favorite amongst competitive shooters and gun enthusiasts.

Beretta 70 Series

The production the the Beretta 70 series started in earlier years but it kept its momentum of popularity well into the 1970s.

Source: Wikipedia

It was most noted for its reliability, and its use by the fictional spy character James Bond. It was also loved by the military and police force alike.