Please pick only one, not one for every caliber, not one for target shooting and one for concealed carry, just ONE, and gush about why it is your favorite.
If you are having trouble picking, assume the gun-grabbers win, and for whatever reason say, fine, you may have one handgun, no new ones, and we're coming to check your compliance. Which one would you want to live with for the rest of your life? (I know, not the most realistic scenario--don't let it hijack the thread please.)
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February 22, 2003, 10:02 PM
My favorite is still my first. A S&W 629 classic. I have shot it alot in the 10 years since I bought it and it is still my baby. There are others I have shot more, and others I shoot better but there is still something about the first one.
February 22, 2003, 10:29 PM
Tough limitations ... but I've also seen similar threads where a "single gun" question became a gun-for-every-occasion thread ...
But ... I'd have to say it's my 3913. :what:
Sure, I REALLY like .45 ACP ... and like all of my handguns, both revolvers & pistols ... but if I was going to be limited to a single handgun, I'd dedicate it to close range personal defense use, and pick a 9mm ... and that would be the 3913.
I've always considered the 3913 to be pretty much state-of-the-art for compact 9mm pistols.
Decent DA/SA transition ...
The shortest SA reset in a defensive centerfire pistol, making follow-up shots very fast ...
More than sufficient "defensive" accuracy ...
Minimal perceived recoil, and faster in shot-to-shot recovery out at 10-25 yards than with my .45's, .40's, .357 & .44 Magnums ...
The currently available JHP ammunition has been shown to be capable of potential penetration & expansion in actual shooting situations of an "average" range from 10-17"/.45-.65 ... and the performance potential of much of the newer & better 9mm JHP ammunition is very, very good ...
Acceptable capacity at 8+1, which is the approx "middle ground" of compact 9mm pistol magazine capacity ...
The grip frame angle it uses has been shown to be ergonomically neutral for a wide range of people, requiring the least effort to "point" naturally ...
9mm FMJ training ammunition is available virtually anywhere in the US at very inexpensive prices ... and it's a very common L/E caliber ...
MY 3913 has always functioned perfectly, regardless of ammunition brand & type, and so have all of the other agency & personally owned 3913's of which I'm aware ...
It has a Lifetime Warranty through S&W ...
Last, but not least, it's such a convenient size and weight for legal concealed carry ...
February 22, 2003, 10:33 PM
I agree with Jeeper. I have a 629 4 inch and I can do anything with it that I want to do with a handgun. Second choice would be a 1911. Back to the M629, in my ammo shelf is 300 grain Federal Cast Core (hunting/bear SD), 240 gr JHPs (hunting whitetails), 240 grain LSWCs (for utility/IDPA/SD), 200 gr CCI Gold Dots (for SD). Nothing else is as flexible.
I've competed in IDPA with it and it's small enough for concealed carry.
February 22, 2003, 10:43 PM
Ruger super single-six. Stainless, 5 1/2" barrel, Liberty edition.
It's a 'handed down' thing. :)
February 22, 2003, 11:02 PM
My home built 9mm 1911. Caspain lower, S.A. slide and hand fitted Kart barrel. Boringly accurate! :)
Its followed by my accurized CD, also with handfitted Kart barrel. Sorry ' can't help it. I have to mention her or she might get jealous. :)
February 22, 2003, 11:09 PM
Note: Not a Series 70/80 or any clone, but an honest 1911A1.
Why? Because it was the first gun I ever wanted.
February 22, 2003, 11:31 PM
Ruger Standard Model Auto .22LR.
- It's very accurate (I hit what I point at more often than not)
- It's reliable (for a .22 anyway)
- It's cheap to feed (fraction of the cost of centerfires)
- Most anyone can operate it effectivily with little difficulty
- It can throw a lot of lead in a hurry to exactly where you
want it to go
It's just an all around useful handgun
February 22, 2003, 11:47 PM
The Browning Hi-Power because:
Been Around since 1935
Brainchild of JMB
First Hi-Cap 9mm
Still in use today
February 22, 2003, 11:54 PM
Another vote for a S&W 629 Classic. Not the best choice for everything but it can do it all if needed.
February 22, 2003, 11:58 PM
When I had t consolidate my collection many years ago, I sold off all my guns except my P7M8. It's easily the gun w/ the nicest trigger & the quickest to put on target.
February 23, 2003, 12:40 AM
My Novak-customized Colt 1911A1 Series 80.
February 23, 2003, 12:45 AM
I make no apolagies for showing this pic again .... because this (a replacement for an earlier one I used to have) represents to me the nirvana of handgun possession!!
Quite simply, this 5" barrel version of the Mod 27 is the ultimate wheel gun for me . it is large, strong, and so balanced as to be orgasmic!!! I chose the original one, back in about 1981 .. because I ''fell in love'' ... this is more esthetic than pure funtionality I admit .. but it shoots well enough too. I still drool when I handle it ....... even this replacement .. purchased a mere few weeks ago.
My favorite is my Kimber Compact. Chosen because it is reliable, very accurate, has good stopping ability, and conceals well.
February 23, 2003, 01:32 AM
J-Frame Smith .38 spl. Kept Me alive for many years and still going strong.Kinda like a Timex.tom.:D
February 23, 2003, 01:54 AM
Accurate enough for defense.
Fits my hand like a glove.
Can fill many of my needs.
Ulitmate compromise of features for me.
If this was which two handguns....
February 23, 2003, 03:49 AM
Since I am limited to what I have...
My Sig P225 would get the vote. I like my Glock, Charles Daly 1911, etc, but I think the Sig fits the best overall. Easy to fire, cheap to fire, accurate, and looks good while doing it. Not too big, not too small.
February 23, 2003, 04:28 AM
You know there are some hypothetical questions that are fun to think about. Well, this is not one of them:o
I guess it would be my Sig Sauer P226 9mm. Its the one pistol I really wanted ever since I got interested in shooting and has lived up to my expectations. Its marvelously accurate, reliable as all heck, and its in a caliber thats easy to find. I also figure when I'm old, feeble, and recoil sensitive I could still shoot it without too much trouble.:p
I'd sorely miss my Glock 23 and Colt 1991 though. What a terrible world that would be.:banghead: Oh course I'd have to get a bunch of shotguns and rifles instead.
February 23, 2003, 04:46 AM
I'ld have to go with a colt 1911--
I assume that under these circumstances, we wouldn't be able to replace firearms and also that parts would be scarce and repair probably out of the question--
With the 1911 parts I have on hand I could prob keep a 191 alive for several lifetimes--
February 23, 2003, 06:34 AM
After living over half a century I've come to the conclusion that there's 3 things in life that can handle just about every situation.
1.) $1000.00 in cash.
2.) A good swift kick in the groin.
3.) A 240 gr JSP @ 1400 fps.
Best thing for throwing #3 I own is a Smith model 29.
February 23, 2003, 08:52 AM
My favorite: Springfield Armory Stainless Loaded Target
My favorite is the bright stainless .38 super in the center of this pic. attached.
February 23, 2003, 02:23 PM
I'd take the M29-3, my first big bore. (Then I'd use it to keep the rest?):D
February 23, 2003, 02:36 PM
Oops. Forgot the pic.
February 23, 2003, 02:41 PM
My user name says it.
February 23, 2003, 04:10 PM
I'll take my 625-6 in 45 colt,it's very accurate with silvertips and my reloads.I can carry it for PD,hunt with it,load snakeshot if i wanted to
and it's my favorite.
February 23, 2003, 04:13 PM
Man, this is a toughie. Despite my handle, I'd go with the Kimber Eclipse II .45 that I have now. However,let me think about this for awhile, I might be inclined to change.
February 23, 2003, 04:45 PM
Para Ordnance P14.45 Limited in stainless.
It fits my hand perfectly. (I have large monkey paws)
It has never, stovepiped, jammed, failed to feed, etc. (5000+rds)
I love the whole 1911 concept, where else can you get that kind of history? How long has Glock been around?
It is very accurate at the distances it is intended for.
I just love .45acp
It looks good.
I shoot it better than any other handgun I have ever tried.
14+1 of .45:D
3 mags on the belt and 1 in the gun equals 57rds:what:
5" slide and large grip that fits means regaining sight picture is much quicker than smaller guns.
February 23, 2003, 06:26 PM
er duh <-------------.. the reason why , one its different because of the caliber and its semi auto , its finish and fit is exceptional , the accuracy is great , reliablity is good too .oh may i also say the power is awesome . it gets the full benifit of the magnum round . and its different from the crowds .
February 23, 2003, 06:38 PM
I will probably be one of the only ones here but I am saying it. My glock 23.
February 23, 2003, 07:09 PM
At the moment it's one of my Glock 19's..
That, and peer pressure.:rolleyes:
February 23, 2003, 07:10 PM
Probably still my Colt 1911 Mark IV on the left. It's still my baby even though I now own a Kimber Ultra CDP. Probably because I self-customized it turning it into the tack driver it now is. Don't shoot it much these days, but soon I'll go back to working up those special loads.................
.45 ACP will always be my caliber
February 23, 2003, 07:28 PM
My S&W 3'' Model 66-----full power .357's if the need arises----cheap .38's for plinking and small game.
Simplicity and reliabilty of a revolver---very little to go wrong or break down.
Not my first choice in more than one gun world---but if limited to only one---this would be it----a small(but not too small)--jack-of-all-trades .357.
If I need something bigger----I'll be using a rifle.
February 23, 2003, 07:58 PM
I find it interesting to see such a strong representation of the venerable .44 Magnum cartridge. Several years ago this would've been my immediate choice, as well. It can do just about anything someone would reasonably require that a handgun be able to do, and then it can be loaded to address tasks which are beyond the performance envelopes of less powerful handguns.
The reason I wouldn't select it as my first choice any longer ... but which doesn't at all diminish my respect for those that have selected it for this thread ... is that I've experienced more wear & tear, with more frequency, on my various .44 revolvers than with my "less powerful" caliber pistols & revolvers. Quite simply, even my later "improved" S&W 629-4 Classic, Ruger Super Blackhawk & my Ruger Redhawk have required more "adjustments" and maintenance than my smaller caliber defensive pistols have ever required.
Okay, maybe they might do better if I restricted my ammunition to standard factory magnum and special loads, but I grew up being told that .44 Magnums were "intended" to be shot with Elmer Keith's favorite magnum load. :)
Fortunately, one of the other armorers is a revolver armorer, so it's not an issue whenever one of them needs some minor adjustment after a lot of heavy factory loads and handloads ...
But what if those services weren't easily available any longer? I've become of the opinion that it's easier to keep a service pistol running trouble free for longer than a service revolver ... and it's rapidly becoming more common to encounter folks that shoot a LOT more than we used to ...
I've got many thousands of rounds through some pistols, and I also have a couple of friends that have easily exceeded 20,000 & 25,000 rounds through their personally owned 9mm's, .40 S&W and .45 ACP pistols. I'm not sure my .44 Magnum revolvers would give me the same level of endurance ... but there are more and more pistols that will. Sigh ...
Besides, while I carried a couple of my .44 revolvers for off duty weapons for several years, I eventually grew tired of carrying the extra weight around.
My answer may change when I retire in another couple of years and move somewhere farther out in the country, though ... I always did like the balance and "feel" of my 4 5/8" Blackhawks.;)
February 23, 2003, 10:27 PM
That is easy. My G20C. Amazingly accurate. Surprisingly quick follow-up shots (compared to my G20). I can put in a 6"KKM bbl for .41 Mag power, or .40SW, or .357Sig bbl for fun. It can take care of the defensive role as well as bag a black bear or deer!
February 23, 2003, 11:00 PM
OK, I'll cheat a little. It would have to be my Dan Wesson .357. Why? Because I can shoot everything through it from powderpuff .38 wadcutters at 650fps to my pet .357Mag hunting load 158LSWC at 1550fps. The 'cheat' is the interchangable barrels. Screw in a 2-1/2" for CCW and the 4" or 6" for normal use, and the 8" for hunting. Like having four different guns in one. Also, with the unique stock mounting system, there's no worries abour round or square gripframes. I can change from a small wood compact grip for concealability to my favorite Pachmyr Grippers.
February 24, 2003, 10:43 AM
I'd have to go with a full-size 1911. I carry a Kimber Custom. I have good leather and good magazines for it...it's reliable, conceals well, has plenty of "power," and ammo is affordable and plentiful.
February 24, 2003, 11:32 AM
My 1911. No doubts about it. When I get a milspec, it will be the one I keep. A pistol that served our country for what, 80 years or so? I'll put my trust in mine.
Besides, nothing else feels as good in my hand, and I just love the old fashioned steel and wood! (which I also like in my rifles... M1s, Enfields, Mausers, Mosins... etc... )
February 24, 2003, 01:51 PM
My Beretta 92FS Centurion.
February 24, 2003, 02:28 PM
Pinned and recessed S&W Mod 19 with 4 inch barrel and Herrett's Roper style stocks.
Why? Because it was given to me by someone who loved me. I trust that gun implicitly.
February 24, 2003, 02:35 PM
M66 .......6 inch.
gush gush gush gush gush gush...etc.
February 24, 2003, 09:27 PM
Glock 21, accurate, rugged, reliable, hi-capacity, light and it fits my hand very well.
February 24, 2003, 10:44 PM
Les Baer TRS
I believe that this is a fine example of a fighting 1911. Not only is it functional, it is very classy as well.
February 25, 2003, 12:38 AM
Right now my #1 pistol is my second gen Glock 17. Right now I want to trade it for a third gen Glock 17 because of the finger groves. The third gen Glock 17 would by my only choice right now in a carry pistol. Why? Well 9mm is cheap to shoot. A Glock 17 w/ a 3.5# trigger job has the best trigger. It's the most practical choice. But it's not the pistol I realy want. That would be a 1911. A new Rollmark Colt 91A1. But I can't afford 1911 period. I would have no problem w/ 1 pistol. Except I have to have 2 exact copies of that 1 pistol.
February 25, 2003, 12:54 AM
Hard call between a good 1911 and my P7.
I think I'll have to pick the P7 tho. It's just too cool...
It's also been more reliable than any of several 1911s I've owned, is cheaper to shoot and just as accurate.
February 25, 2003, 01:11 AM
:uhoh: If it had to be just one of my favorites for everything, it would be my S&W M657 4-inch with Teddy's grips on it. It can be loaded up (250grWFNGC at 1350fps) or down to the 10mm's range.:neener: I can carry it in my ELP rig or concealed in my DeSantis rig. I've taken everything from 'dillers to wapiti with one. Done gushin' for now. RKBA!:cool:
February 25, 2003, 01:44 AM
My old model super blackhawk is my favorite.
It was the first handgun i bought.
Super high quality bluing on it.
And it reminds me of all the western i wached when i was a kid.
I have a lot of other guns i shoot and carry more, but thats a diff. question.
February 25, 2003, 10:05 AM
My stainless 2.75" Security Six. Hard choice, but it's a "go anywhere, do anything" gun and that's what you need if limited to 1.
February 25, 2003, 02:57 PM
If I had to pick any it would be a third model hand ejector in 44 special with a 5" barrel if it's what I own my 6 1/2" S&W 27.
The 357 cartrige can do most any chore needed and is alot more controlable than most 44 mags. The 44 special can do anything I would need out of a 44 mag just fine- few kieth loads, a couple of shot, some realy good hollow points, and maybe a few wad cutters should cover everything.
February 26, 2003, 11:25 PM
Browning or FN High Powers. Perfect fit and an excellent carry gun with 17 rounds available.
February 26, 2003, 11:58 PM
Fits me, I like the 45ACP rd, and has proven to ME to be rugged and dependable.
February 27, 2003, 12:07 AM
HK USP 45 Compact.
It's been 100% reliable with any and all ammo. I shoot it more accurately than any other pistol I own. It fits me like a glove. It makes me happy! :D
February 28, 2003, 09:14 PM
My generation three Glock 19. It just feels right to me. A perfect fit. I really like this pistol. Didn't care for Glocks until the re-designed generation three grips. Now I can't get enough of them. Oh, and shoots great as well.
February 28, 2003, 09:39 PM
3" S&W M65. Not the best for everything, but close enough that it's the last gun I'd part with.
March 1, 2003, 03:27 PM
It's a tie between a my Sig 226 and my Dad's Glock 17
But they share the same points:
they work. Every time.
Accurate enough for what I need.
I'm used to them.
So, it all boils down to 'it works'. In the end, that's what really matters, right?
March 1, 2003, 05:50 PM
Backing up gbelleh, I gotta hold the USPc, except that mine's a .40 (no .45 when I got it), and for his stated reasons, plus one more: it can be the CCW for a "small" person!
March 1, 2003, 06:08 PM
Glock 30 because it blows a great big hole in the bad guy!
March 1, 2003, 06:10 PM
My favorite big bore is the only one that I have right now, a CZ-97B in .45acp.
March 1, 2003, 06:49 PM
Just one? thats rough.
I think my 25-5 Smith, .45 Colt, is THE favorite. This 6 inch N Frame has been totally redone. Brushed Chrome finish, tritium sights, beveled cylinder, melted corners, extra cylinder fitted for .45ACP, hand carved rose wood stocks. It is one serious shooter. looks pretty good too.
March 1, 2003, 07:51 PM
If "limited" I'd pick one of my GP100's, but the question was "Favorite"............
I got this lightly tweaked (Nowlin barrel, hardchromed, both by Mr. Cogan at www.apwcogan.com) EAA Witness in 9x19. It's a one-off, with some oddities in its shape.
I got this 1911, Caspian of course, that is the pinnacle of high-quality parts; Bar-Sto, Ed Brown, EGW, CMC, Bo-Mar, Caspian, Ahrends, Nowlin, and NP3'd by the fine folks at www.robarguns.com, then correctly 'smithed by anon friend into a piece of 45 ACP perfection..............
Both guns are 'bet your life' guns, with the only bobble in the Caspian (other than during experiments with "how light can I go" loads) caused by a known-bad case that slipped into my stash, and the Witness, which has to be at or past 30K rds, has NEVER failed IF the ammo fits the chamber (that Nowlin chamber was left tight, and this gun flat shoots).
Heck, they both stinkin' accurate.
But only one........fav..........the Witness.
March 1, 2003, 08:19 PM
gun grabbers get their way and i can only have one hmmm....... how about an Uzi :evil: :evil: :evil: http://www.imi-israel.com/imi/doa_iis.dll/Serve/item/English/188.8.131.52.2.1.html
March 1, 2003, 08:56 PM
This is really tough. Let's see, out of the few I own...
My most common carry is a P239 9MM, but its 8 round mag would knock it out of contention. Nice shooter, too. And it has never jammed.
The P229 .40 and the P94 .40 are both guns that I expect will last much longer than I will, but I'd be better off with a more common cartridge. Too bad -- I have lots of mags for the Ruger. And the Sig is my favorite to shoot.
The Springfield 1911 is fun to shoot, and will probably last forever too. Pretty common ammo. I like more capacity, though. ARRGGHHH.
Dang. Both the 357 and 44 mag wheel guns are very accurate and pack a whallop. Love shooting them. Easy to make sure I don't lose casings, so I can reload. Do revolvers ever wear out?
Okay, there are a few other also rans, but at this very moment I'd have to pick my Ruger KP95DC. Common ammo, tough, good shooter, lots of pre-ban mags for it -- it is just the best compromise of all that I own. Not the best shooter, not the most compact, not the prettiest (may be close to ugliest), not the most durable nor the funnest.
I'd better press the button before I change my mind.
March 3, 2003, 10:07 AM
You asked two questions really.
1)What is your favorite handgun?
That would be the SIG Sauer 220. Any of them but the 220ST is my personal favorite. The 220 has always been my favorite handgun all the way back to being a little kid and having role playing characters carry one.
It is reliable to a fault, robust, looks great, has some snob appeal and shoots what I believe to be one of the finest defensive rounds ever made, the .45 ACP.
2)If I could only choose one gun should the gun grabbers come.
It would be my Ruger Vaquero in .357. More than usable enough for any defensive need I am ever "likely" to encounter and very versitile in what it can shoot, from .38-.357. It is rugged and simple to maintain, makes a good club in a pinch and is very very purty.
The big reason though is because it was the first gun that Sheslinger ever bought me and she did it in a way that I knew nothing about it. She just handed me the box one morning as I was laying in bed and it was so cool. Not the gun itself so much as the thought that went into it and the fact that It was the first gun Sheslinger ever bought. She went out on her own and did it all. I rank this one up there with some of my childhood memories so the Vaquero never gets sold, given away or taken away period. It is my cold dead hand gun but for my own very sentimental reasons.
No other auto pistol fits my hand as perfectly as a 1911. Nothing has that classic style and utilitarian look of the 1911. Nothing can be the same pistol, from being the plain jane military 1911, all the way to a tricked out race gun.
Inherant power... the .45ACP is a known manstopper. No drawbacks there, and with various types of loads, there is quite enough versatility to go from target shooting, to self defense.
Magazines are PLENTIFUL and aren't very expensive.
Ammo is easily reloadable. Cases can be reloaded dozens of times.
So if it were down to ONE gun, for everything, I would grab a trusty 1911. Preferrably a milspec.
[edited to say:] Dang... I already replied to this one... but my answer was the same.
March 3, 2003, 07:57 PM
Sweetest shooter out-of-the-box I've ever had and the slide just "glides" on the rails.
March 3, 2003, 10:22 PM
Colt Gold Cup fine tuned by Clark in La. Calo .45ACP
Why : i guess i just love the feel of it. It is easy to shoot I have had a M1911 A1 , of some sorts, ever since 1963.
Have many other auto's and rev. But that is the one that will alwasys be with me. Radmeter
March 3, 2003, 11:05 PM
Sig P220- I was out shooting with a friend. He handed me a 220 and said Try this, it's very accurate. Luckily it was his second p220 and for sale. I never handed it back. It hits what I point at more consistantly than any other gun that I have.
March 3, 2003, 11:37 PM
BUT FOR MY "OFFICIAL" ONE GUN WOULD HAVE TO BE THE MOST VERSITILE ONE I OWN. COLT 1911. CONVERTABLE FROM 45 ACP TO 9MM AS WELL AS 22 WITHOUT A NEW FRAME. ALSO CAN BE USED FOR BIG GAME IF YOU CAN LOCATE A S.A.S.S. UNIT IN 308 OR SUCH. I CAN ALSO FIT A COMMANDER TOP END FOR CCW IF I WISH(AND I HAVE ON MY CURRENT 1911 IT HAS 4 SLIDES )
March 4, 2003, 07:07 AM
After a lengthy delay due to a complete computer crash;
I'm back up and running after overhauling my system.
Now, for the answer to your question; my one and only
weapon of choice would be the SIG-Sauer P220A in .45 ACP. Reason? Reliability and the availability of .45
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
March 4, 2003, 08:36 AM
Right now, I'd have to say my Wilson Tac Elite.
I only have about 1000 rounds through it but it has not had a single malfunction - something that can't be said for even my HK USP's.
Recoil is a non-issue. Follow up shots are easy. The trigger is sweet. It's way more accurate than it needs to be for my purposes. The workmanship is first class. The company stands behind their work.
March 4, 2003, 07:02 PM
March 4, 2003, 10:46 PM
My P7M8, 1st pistol I ever bought. Still my favorite after many others.
March 5, 2003, 02:40 PM
Essentially you've asked two different questions here. First you say "what is your favorite handgun" then you turn it into "which would you keep if you only could keep one". Those questions don't necessarily have the same answer.
Which is my favorite? I have several guns that I like that don't come close to being a favorite but my top four are so close that anyone can be at the top depending upon my mood at the time. It doesn't help that each one is different enough and serves enough of a different purpose that it is hard to say. Also, any difference is such a small splitting of hairs that I have recently quit trying to decide which is my favorite (today, as they are so close that when I did it could be a different answer the next day)- picking one would be similar to asking a parent which kid is his/her favorite. My four are my 6" S&W 586, 3" S&W 65LS, Charles Daly 1911 and my CZ 75B.
If I could only keep one it would probably be the 65LS. It is a beautiful gun, it is accurate, 100% reliable, concealable (should CCW become an option for me), etc. It can shoot powerful .357mag ammo, good strong .357 defensive ammo, good .38 and .38+P defensive ammo and cheap .38 plinking ammo depending upon my needs at the time. The CZ is a close second, and depending upon my mood and the specific situation should that become a necessary choice, could possibly get the nod instead (accurate, reliable, it's narrow and concealable for a full-sized double stack auto, strong +Ps, good defensive ammo and cheap practice ammo). Both choices are in very flexible platforms and chamberings, are guns I absolutely love (look and feel thing), are accurate and extremely reliable- and both are guns that I wanted and waited for before buying for some time.
March 5, 2003, 02:47 PM
That is absolutely beautiful. Both the gun and the sentiments behind its selection.
March 5, 2003, 03:10 PM
If you are going to hold me to one it would be a magnum flavor N-frame in brite blue or nickel. Bet you thought I was going to say Colt Gummit Model! :D
March 5, 2003, 03:16 PM
Tough choice, but for me its the Browning Hi Power. Simple, single action, slim, elegant, very accurate and 100% reliable with all types of 9MM.
March 5, 2003, 05:14 PM
Springfield M1911A1 for reasons already stated.
March 5, 2003, 06:24 PM
This is an easy one... USP .45f.
It's my only handgun (for now).
March 6, 2003, 04:25 PM
I got such a nice feeling reading people recall the reasons for why a particular gun is their favorite. Just goes to show how much of a passion our hobby and interests can become...
so, on that note, I would have to say my favorite would be my blue 4" colt python. I had wanted one for so long, and a friend of the family figured he had held on to one long enough and knew that it would be given a proper home and care. He didn't exactly 'give' it to me, but for what I see them selling for now, it seems he did. Best money I ever spent.
March 6, 2003, 05:40 PM
colt lwt commander xse. It just feels right.
March 7, 2003, 09:32 AM
I've been thinking about this a bunch since it was posted. The answer is "It depends". If ammo availability is a potential problem then I would select the Ruger NMBH in .357/9mm to give more ammunition opportunities. If ammo is not an issue, it would be a KGP141 .357.
I recently got a BlackHawk in 45LC/45ACP. I really like fact that I can shoot relatively cheap 45 ACP with out magazines or moon clips. No chasing brass and I can load from light wad loads to top end floored with out any concern of damaging the gun. After a few hundred rounds, it may become the "only one gun".
March 7, 2003, 09:22 PM
I'm a gonna stick with the Model 24.
I'm not rich but I own or have owned most every kind of handgun
I ever wanted. I tried the rest.
When it comes down to 1 it will be my 4"M24.
Plenty powderfu for any handgun task, more accurate than any human can hold it and a real joy to use, and carry.
March 11, 2003, 08:01 PM
It would have to be my Beretta 92fs. I have a little over 1700 rounds thru it and, most importantly, I can hit what I aim at! :D
March 12, 2003, 11:57 AM
My favorite would have to be my 1943 production Remington Rand 1911A1. My grandfather carried it as a Marine in the Marshalls during WW2. My father took it with him to Vietnam as a Marine where it served him well. I took it with me to the Persian Gulf and Somalia as a Marine.
This gun easily has 10,000 rounds through it, sounds like a bucket of bolts when you shake it, and only functions with 230gr. FMJ ball ammo. And yet, it has never let down the 3 generations of Marines that have carried it.
I have newer guns. I have neater guns. I have more powerful guns. This one is still my favorite.
March 12, 2003, 12:13 PM
Easy. My Phaser! Set to Stun or set to Vaporize, my Phaser does it all!
Well, okay. Real life? My Sistema. It does the job.
March 12, 2003, 12:31 PM
I'd have to say my Sig 229. It gives me all the versatility I need. It came in 40 S&W and since then I've added a factory 357 Sig bbl and a Bar-Sto 9mm bbl. They all work great in the 229. Not one single hiccup or FTF.
It would be the perfect weapon if I could find some way fit a 45 bbl into it. :rolleyes:
March 12, 2003, 04:20 PM
I'd have to pick my Sig P225. It's fairly easy to change things like grips, sites, holsters etc. I can get 9mm anywhere. It fits my hand and I shoot it well. And it'll fire the federal EFMJ 9mm just fine.
March 12, 2003, 07:57 PM
H&K USP Compact .40 S&W. with night sights. its the only handgun i own. good for plinking, carrying, defense. has plenty of power 10+1 capacity, tough as nails and semi-reasonably priced practice ammo. option to carry cocked and locked or hammer down/saftey on or off. best of all worlds in my opinion.
March 13, 2003, 02:47 AM
S&W 629 hands down one of the nicest guns I've ever owned.
Too bad S&W won't abandon the HUD agreement so I can get some more
March 13, 2003, 07:02 AM
Gold engraved unfired Colt series 80 45 acp. According to the Web site they are still for sale at around $1800, I paid no more than a good used price for it:what: The pawn shop didn't know what they had, I did. Still haven't fired it yet.:)
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