Simple & Effective Semi Auto


November 19, 2006, 10:57 PM
I have been a S&W Revolver fan for several years and carry one daily. I also have bought and tried some semi-autos over the years and never really liked any of them. Question; does someone make, or used to make, a semi-auto with just one safety, that a person can take apart, clean and re-assemble without the assortment of punches, needle nose pliers, etc required to put together most of the ones made today. I do pretty well on most stuff as a hobby gunsmith, but there should be a better way to build a pistol. (without all the lawyer interfernce) A 1911 style without the grip safety might be OK. Anybody got any referrals for me. I would appreciate it.
P.S I am new to this site but have been around and worked on guns for over 2 decades now.

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November 19, 2006, 11:13 PM
Uhmmmmm, how about a Browning High Power to start? One safety, lock the slide back and push out the slide release (with a finger, no punches required), relaease slide lock, pull slide off the front.

And there are abunch of others just as simple. EAA Witness series, CZ75, on so on.

November 19, 2006, 11:16 PM
My ol' Ruger P95 is extremely simple to take down without tools, and it's as simple as a DA revolver to operate. Of course, there are still clearing drills and whatnot, but the operation itself is about as close as I've found.

November 19, 2006, 11:21 PM
I did own a real Browning Hi-power once. Very well built piece of equipment. The only problem was/is my hands are large enough that the slide made 2 little marks on the web of my right hand if I wasn't real careful about my grip. Also owned a EAA Witness in 40S&W. I love the caliber, but the gun would start to jam after shooting 75 rounds or so in IDPA match. I got pretty good at clearing jams on the clock. I have not owned a CZ 75 and am considering it. I just recently sold a Glock 22 (40S&W). It shot everything I put thru it. I just prefer metal over plastic. I have owned a Beretta 96, Taurus PT-92 and those are a real bear to take all the way down to the bare frame and reassemble. :cuss: I did own a CZ 52 for a while. Very good shooter but a little tricky to totally disassemble and tune up. I am getting picky in my old age. lol.

November 19, 2006, 11:37 PM
Let me be the first to say "Get a Glock!" as I understand it, only 33 pieces & no tools required ;)

Where are my manners??? Welcome to THR :D

November 20, 2006, 02:18 AM
Eek. just one safety and no grip safety.Beretta?

Ohh if you count your brain as a safety then a GLOCK.

Can't get any simplier or more efficient than that.

November 20, 2006, 02:48 AM
Everyone gets all fired up that the Glock has no "safety" but it is the same concept as a revolver. And if you don't like the lighter trigger pull you can make it heavier, more like a revolver DA trigger.

High Planes Drifter
November 20, 2006, 09:20 AM
If you classify the trigger as a safety (hey, you said you were a revolver guy:) ), that opens things up to semis with decocker only. Sigs are great guns; so are Ruger P-series DK.

Sylvilagus Aquaticus
November 20, 2006, 09:37 AM
Welcome to THR.

I'll second the SIG Classic series as one of the simplest in terms of takedown and operation. One lever flip and the slide is off. All the (mechanical) safeties are internal.

Another excellent choice, in my opinion, is the CZ75 family. I consider the 75 to be an 'evolved HiPower'. A decocker model, such as the PCR (CZ75D compact) shouldn't bite your web too badly, either, and meets your criteria of simplicity.

After handling the Browning/FN PRO series and the Beretta PX4 I find them to have good ergonomics and traits that would lend themselves to what you want, should you decide to go polymer.


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