10 Best Guns on the California Roster

The California Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale is simply a short list of handguns you can buy in California from an FFL. An easy way of putting this is that if the handgun you want isn’t on the roster, then you can’t transfer it through an FFL unless you are buying it from another California resident.


1. Glock 19/17 (Gen 3)

If you want the Honda Civic of guns, a Glock is perfect. It won’t be flashy but it will be outstandingly reliable and has room for a host of modifications and upgrades.


  • Cytac Light Bearing Holster (Iten# CY-PL-G17G4) fits Glock 17, 22, 31 (Gen 1,2,3,4); Glock 17 Gen 5 with gun light.  
  • Cytac Light Bearing Holster (Iten# CY-PL-G19G4) fits Glock 19, 23, 32 (Gen 1,2,3,4); Glock 19 Gen5; Glock 19X with gun light.
Light Bearing Holster for Glock 19

2. Beretta 92FS / M9

A classic in film and for our military there is a surprisingly decent selection of Berettas on roster for you to pick from. If you want the pure classic style then the 92FS is for you. If you want to mount a light, get a M9A1. If you want to get something a bit more fancy, take a look at the Elite II, Brigadier, or even a compact or Inox model.

3. Bersa Firestorm

Based on the Walther PPK the Bersa is a DA/SA single-stack .380 ACP pistol with a wonderful single-action trigger pull and a decent double-action.

4. CZ 75 B / SP-01

These are full-sized guns that aren’t lightweight so you might not want to EDC CC one — but they are amazing for competitions, range shooting, and long training days.

5. CZ P-01

It just fits perfectly for almost any hand size or shape.

6. Smith & Wesson SD9VE

Basically a Glock design with a slightly different grip angle and almost half the price generally, the SD9VE is a great gun.

7. Sig Sauer P226 / P220

P226 / P220 has been combat-proven since its release and continues to serve around the world for police and military.

8. Wilson Combat 1911

This won’t be cheap, but it is amazing.

9. Smith & Wesson M&P Shield

Small modern CCW guns are hard to find on the CA roster and the M&P Shield is one of the best.

10. Browning Buckmark

For .22 LR pistols, we don’t have many good options, the Buckmar is about the best we have and it’s…passable.



On the bright side, think about all that money you save by not being able to buy all the cool things the rest of the nation gets to buy!



Reference: https://www.pewpewtactical.com/california-roster-handguns/

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