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Sound suppressors provide military and tactical operators a means for applying deadly force while remaining in a covert, low-profile mode. As a result, they can move in on a target and strike unseen and unheard.

And, while there is a wide range of suppressors designed for shoulder-fired weapons, there is an obvious role for suppressors mounted on handguns for the ultimate in close-range, covert strikes.

Today, more than a dozen handgun manufacturers offer pistols that are suppressor-ready right out of the box. What constitutes suppressor-ready varies from company to company, but at the very least it means the barrels are threaded for the attachment of a sound suppressor.

“There is an obvious role for suppressors mounted on handguns for the ultimate in close-range, covert strikes.”

Some companies go the distance and offer the pistols with taller sights, accessory rails and special corrosion-resistant finishes to make true tactical guns.

Here is a look at 15 different suppressor-ready pistols currently on the market today.

Beretta M9A3 (beretta.com)

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 5.1 inches
  • OA Length: 8.7 inches
  • Weight: 33.3 ounces (empty)
  • Grips: Polymer
  • Sights: Three-dot tritium
  • Action: DA/SA
  • Finish: Flat Dark Earth Cerakote
  • Capacity: 17+1
  • MSRP: N/A

FNX-45 Tactical (fnhusa.com)

  • Caliber: .45 ACP
  • Barrel: 5.3 inches
  • OA Length: 7.4 inches
  • Weight: 33.3 ounces (empty)
  • Grips: Polymer
  • Sights: Three-dot
  • Action: DA/SA
  • Finish: Matte black or Flat Dark Earth
  • Capacity: 15+1
  • MSRP: $1,399

CZ P-09 (cz-usa.com)

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 5.23 inches
  • OA Length: 8.8 inches
  • Weight: 29.6 ounces (empty)
  • Grips: Polymer
  • Sights: Three-dot
  • Action: DA/SA
  • Finish: Matte black
  • Capacity: 19+1
  • MSRP: $577

Glock 17 TB (glock.com)

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 5.04 inches
  • OA Length: 8.35 inches
  • Weight: 22.4 ounces (empty)
  • Grips: Polymer
  • Sights: Fixed
  • Action: Safe Action
  • Finish: Matte black
  • Capacity: 17+1
  • MSRP: $649

HK45 Tactical (hk-usa.com)

  • Caliber: .45 ACP
  • Barrel: 4.46 inches
  • OA Length: 8.03 inches
  • Weight: 31.2 ounces (empty)
  • Grips: Polymer
  • Sights: Three-dot
  • Action: DA/SA
  • Finish: Matte black, tan, OD green
  • Capacity: 10+1
  • MSRP: $1,399

Kimber Custom TLE/RL II (TFS) (kimberamerica.com)

  • Caliber: .45 ACP
  • Barrel: 5.5 inches
  • OA Length: 8.7 inches
  • Weight: 39 ounces (empty)
  • Grips: Synthetic
  • Sights: Three-dot tritium
  • Action: SA
  • Finish: Matte black
  • Capacity: 8+1
  • MSRP: $1,326

MasterPiece MPA930DMG (masterpiecearms.com)

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 3.5 inches
  • OA Length: 8 inches
  • Weight: 46 ounces (empty)
  • Grips: Decal Grip
  • Sights: Adjustable
  • Action: SA
  • Finish: Black, Burnt Bronze, Flat Dark Earth, gunmetal, tungsten
  • Capacity: 17+1
  • MSRP: $679

Nighthawk AAC Recon (nighthawkcustom.com)

  • Caliber: .45 ACP
  • Barrel: 6.1 inches
  • OA Length: 9.22 inches
  • Weight: 40.4 ounces (empty)
  • Grips: Aluma-Grips
  • Sights: Heinie Ledge Straight- Eight Suppressor
  • Action: SA
  • Finish: Matte black
  • Capacity: 8+1
  • MSRP: $3,595

Para Black Ops Combat (para-usa.com)

  • Caliber: .45 ACP
  • Barrel: 4.2 inches
  • OA Length: 8.9 inches
  • Weight: 41.1 ounces (empty)
  • Grips: VZ Operator G10
  • Sights: Tall suppressor
  • Action: SA
  • Finish: Black Cerakote
  • Capacity: 14+1
  • MSRP: $1,325

Remington 1911 R1 Enhanced Threaded Barrel (remington.com)

  • Caliber: .45 ACP
  • Barrel: 5 inches
  • OA Length: 9 inches
  • Weight: 42 ounces (empty)
  • Grips: Wood laminate
  • Sights: Fixed
  • Action: SA
  • Finish: Matte black
  • Capacity: 8+1
  • MSRP: $1,158

Sig Sauer P226 Combat TB (sigsauer.com)

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 5 inches
  • OA Length: 8.3 inches
  • Weight: 35.3 ounces (empty)
  • Grips: Polymer
  • Sights: SIGLITE night
  • Action: DA/SA
  • Finish: Matte black/FDE
  • Capacity: 10+1, 15+1, 20+1
  • MSRP: $1,348

Smith & Wesson M&P9 Threaded Barrel Kit (smith-wesson.com)

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 4.25 and 4.75 inches
  • OA Length: 7.63 inches
  • Weight: 24 ounces (empty)
  • Grips: Polymer
  • Sights: Three-dot
  • Action: Striker-fired
  • Finish: Matte black
  • Capacity: 17+1
  • MSRP: $669

Sphinx SDP Compact Alpha (sphinxarms.com)

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 3.7 inches
  • OA Length: 7.4 inches
  • Weight: 28.4 ounces (empty)
  • Grips: Polymer
  • Sights: Fixed
  • Action: DA/SA
  • Finish: Matte black
  • Capacity: 15+1
  • MSRP: $995

STI Tactical SS 4.0 TR (stiguns.com)

  • Caliber: .45 ACP
  • Barrel: 4.2 inches
  • OA Length: 8.9 inches
  • Weight: 41.1 ounces (empty)
  • Grips: G10
  • Sights: Night sights
  • Action: SA
  • Finish: Black Cerakote
  • Capacity: 8+1
  • MSRP: $1,999

Walther PPQ M2 SD (waltherarms.com)

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 4.6 inches
  • OA Length: 7.8 inches
  • Weight: 25.6 ounces (empty)
  • Grips: Polymer
  • Sights: Three-dot
  • Action: Striker-fired
  • Finish: Matte black
  • Capacity: 15+1, 17+1
  • MSRP: $649

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