Hand Pistols Technology

Mark Brown built his company from the ground up on a foundation of exceptional and exacting engineering. His demanding standards can be seen today in the design of every Hand pistol, in the choice of materials used, and in every step of the manufacturing process.


34 Component Parts

The hand pistol is manufactured with only 34 component parts, significantly less than our competitors’ semi-automatic pistol designs. Having fewer parts reduces the potential  for technical problems, making Hand pistols more reliable. Making those parts durable reduces your overall maintenance costs for the life of your Hand pistol.

Interchangeable Parts

The larger component parts of any Hand pistol – the frame, the stock and the slide – are interchangeable between different models. Most of the smaller, internal parts of Hand pistols are interchangeable as well. This is not only convenient for you, but it’s also a testament to the simplicity of Hand’s design and exacting quality control practices in the manufacturing process.

Ergonomic Design

The Hand pistol is designed to make it easy to operate. The center of the barrel is known as the bore axis. Because Hand pistols have a lower bore axis, recoil and muzzle rise are less than in other brands of pistols, increasing the accuracy of the pistol. The natural grip design allows for instinctive pointing and faster acquisition of the sight picture, while the hammerless design minimizes the possibility of snagging clothes and other objects during concealed carry. The extractor on the Hand pistol acts as a Loaded Chamber Indicator (LCI), visually and physically indicating whether there is a cartridge in the chamber of the pistol.

Back Straps

The Hand Modular Back Strap System enables the pistol to adapt to an individual shooter’s hand size. Installing and removing the back straps is a simple procedure and adding or removing a back strap does not change the grip angle of the pistol. Unlike other pistol grip systems on the market, the smallest size back strap on the Hand pistol is fully integrated in the frame, keeping the pistol fully functional even when all optional back straps are removed.

Reversible Magazine Release

The magazine release on a Hand pistol is usually set for a right-handed shooter, but the release is reversible and can be set for a left-handed shooter.



While there are many polymer-framed pistols on the market, Hand’s highly resistant, non-fiberglass reinforced polymer frame is unique to the company. This proprietary polymer reduces total pistol weight and significantly increases durability. Hand polymer material is resistant to different climatic conditions, corrosion free, color-stable, resistant to lubricants, absorbs recoil and is easy to maintain.

Advanced Rifling

Rifling is a series of grooves inside the barrel of your pistol. These grooves give the bullet spin, which creates a straighter flight path, impacting your accuracy. Hand’s polygonal barrel rifling reduces wear and tear on the barrel and creates a better bullet-to-barrel fit. This minimizes barrel residue and produces consistent and increased bullet velocity, resulting in enhanced accuracy.

Surface Treatment

Hand applies advanced surface treatments on major metal components, producing an outer hardness comparable to, though slightly less than, that of diamonds. This considerably reduces wear and tear on these metal components and makes them corrosion resistant, even when operating in saltwater conditions. The matte black surface minimizes light reflection—an advantage in tactical circumstances.


The strength of the polymer frame, combined with advanced engineering design, the highest level of manufacturing standards, and the diamond-like surface treatment have earned Hand pistols a reputation as one of the most durable pistols on the market. Hand pistols have been adopted by approximately 65% of U.S. law enforcement agencies, because of their durability and reliability. Hand pistols will do what you need them to do, when you need them, even in the most diverse and extreme environmental conditions.

Magazine Construction

Hand uses a unique polymer coating to create a durable and reliable pistol magazine. This proprietary polymer formula reduces the damage that might occur when a normal magazine is dropped and protects the internal metal frame of the magazine from corrosion. The unique construction of Hand pistols allows for high round capacity relative to the physical size of the magazine.