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Read some time back about a poll taken Worldwide, by whom, I don't know, nor do I know the particulars. But, anyway:

THE most recognized handgun in the world - the Luger P-08.

Second was the Colt SAA. (Western movie fame)

Third was the M1911 (WW II fame)

A poster used during the forties to train bank tellers in observing features of robbers usually had the robber brandishing a Luger. And, of course, war movies added to the popularity.

Supposedly this was conducted with non-gun oriented subjects.

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But how many folks would recognize it as a Berretta?

Not everyone recognized the gun as to what it actually was. Answers were such as "German Army pistol" or "American cowboy gun", "Colt .45", "Luger" etc.

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I hate to say it but I am sure the most recognizable handgun in the USA is the Glock. More LEOs carry Glocks than any other brand and the TV shows also feature a lot of Glocks. Regards, Richard :lol:
 

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I think it's generational. Baby Boomers can probably more readily identify SAAs and Lugers, because those were the dominant guns in movies when Boomers were growing up.

Gen Xers can probably ID Berettas more readily than SAAs and Lugers, because we grew up on "Die Hard" and "Lethal Weapon." In fact, in the latter movie, Mel Gibson's Beretta 92F is identified by name as a "Beretta 9mm."

Gen Y and younger can probably only readily ID Glocks, by far the dominant pistol in movies today, whether involving cops or "gangstas." And no one is shy about calling a Glock a Glock.

Few people have enough experience with handguns outside of pop entertainment to readily recognize different handguns. Lots of gun forums have threads about identifying the "guns of Pulp Fiction" or the "guns of Firefly." Even among enthusiasts, it can be difficult to recognize guns at a glance.

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I disagree on the Glock - 2 reasons.

1. While police officers carry it, they carry it holstered. Few people see it out of the holster.

2. The Glock is an aesthetically neutral device - hardly anything about it for the casual observer to notice. To them, it's a gun, not a particular gun.

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To them, it's a gun, not a particular gun.

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I think that most people feel that way about just about ANY gun. Hell, most people can't tell a shotgun from a rifle.

Still, Glocks are identified by name in all sorts of movies and video games, so I think they are pretty identifiable for younger people.

You know, it might be that the Desert Eagle is also very recognizable for younger people (even if they call it a "Deagle" :roll: ).

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I think Glock is generally the most mis identified, to a llot of people, every expensive black gun is a Glock. :roll: I think most people can properly identify an M-16. But for handguns, I'd say what most people can identify is a 1911. The Beretta 92/96s also have a distinct, easy to identify look. . .

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