Starfield Best Handguns Tier List (Pistols)

This tier list ranks the best handguns in Starfield based on damage, rate of fire, mods, ammo type and other stats.

Here’s a best handguns tier list in Starfield where you can pick the best pistols for your gun fights. When venturing across the stars in Starfield, having the right tool for the job can make all the difference between victory and defeat. As a spacefaring explorer, you’ll find yourself in a dangerous situation, where combating threats up close requires a reliable sidearm. That’s where handguns come in – powerful ranged weapons perfect for defense.

With so many handgun choices in Starfield, it can be challenging to know which ones deserve a spot on your hip. So here’s a Starfield tier list of the best handguns.

Best Starfield Handguns (Pistols) Tier List 

S Tier – Va’Ruun Starshard

Va'Ruun Starshard

The Va’Ruun Starshard deals massive damage, with a base of 26 ballistic damage plus 80 laser damage per shot. Unlike other weapons that use only ballistic or energy ammunition, the Starshard inflicts damage from both sources. It also comes with seven mod slots, allowing for extensive customization.

  • Damage: 26 + 80
  • Type: Ballistic + Laser
  • Fire Rate: 12
  • Accuracy: 70.1%
  • Range: 30
  • Mods: 7

A Tier – Magshot


The Magshot pistol is capable of dropping enemy threats quickly. While its range and accuracy of 20 meters and 62.8% are slightly below average for a pistol, these stats are easily improved through mods. Whether one focuses on boosting damage, magazine size, or other attributes, the Magshot can be specialized to fit any playstyle.

  • Damage: 64
  • Type: Ballistic
  • Fire Rate: 25
  • Accuracy: 62.8%
  • Range: 20
  • Mods: 6

B Tier – Urban Eagle

Sir Livingstone's Pistol

Boasting seven modification slots and decent base stats, the Urban Eagle is one of the most customizable pistols available. Its 25 rounds per minute fire rate and 67.7% accuracy allow reliable damage delivery. With seven mods, the Urban Eagle can be tailored for stealth with a suppressor, boost range with a long barrel, or add stopping power via penetrator rounds.

  • Damage: 43
  • Type: Ballistic
  • Fire Rate: 25
  • Accuracy: 67.7%
  • Range: 20
  • Mods: 7

C Tier – Sir Livingstone’s Pistol

Sir Livingstone's Pistol

Sir Livingstone’s Pistol is one of the best early-game weapons you can acquire. This special variant of the Old Earth Pistol deals high-damage and comes pre-modded with two upgrades – Large Magazine and High Velocity.

  • Damage: 28
  • Magazine Capacity: 15
  • Rate of Fire: 67
  • Mod Slots: 4
  • Mass: 1.8

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