If you could only have one semi auto hand gun?


December 17, 2006, 12:33 PM
If you could only have one semi auto hand gun say under $1500 for self protection uses which would it be? Size, concealment, shooting deer on occasion, experience etc. doesn't matter. What is your choice if able to pick one semi auto gun for general defense here in the US?

I may buy the one that's highest rated so this is my way to get good info.



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Cousin Mike
December 17, 2006, 12:38 PM
Sig P220, no question. OK, that was easy..


December 17, 2006, 12:42 PM
USP Custom Combat.

December 17, 2006, 12:50 PM
Glock 17

Ala Dan
December 17, 2006, 01:00 PM
The SIG .45 caliber P220A would be hard too beat, IMHO. It most definitely
would rank as my #1 choice in self-loaders priced under $1500~!:cool: :D

Vitamin G
December 17, 2006, 01:13 PM
I'd take one of the para-ord doublestack .40's, and have the barrel swapped out to 10mm. Its hard to argue with 16 rounds of 10mm.

200gr for Deer.
180gr for penetration (winter carry)
155gr in the transitional seasons
135gr for high expansion\low penetration in the summertime.

Any of the above, loaded like a .40 for plinking. Its just WAY too versatile.

If i wasn't a fan of 1911's, I'd take a serious look at the EAA Witness or Glock 20. No barrel swap needed, and same capacity.
If i was going for more concealed carry, i'd either get the glock 29, or go "custom" and get a glock 20 chopped to the subcompact frame. I mean hey, if i can only have one, i might as well invest enough in it to LOVE it.

December 17, 2006, 01:19 PM

December 17, 2006, 01:47 PM
$1500.00 would buy Two Browning Hi-Powers and give me some spare change for grips. If I just bought one I could have it tricked out the way I wanted it and still have a lot of Spare change for ammo. My vote would be a BHP.

Jamie C.
December 17, 2006, 01:54 PM
Either a Browning Hi-Power or a 1911 of some kind.
The 1911 doesn't have to be a high-end custom. I've never been one for "bells and whistles", and I also don't do "caliber wars". Either the 9mm or .45 acp works just fine on humans, or most anything else I'm apt to feel the need to shoot.

Hell, for $1500, I can probably manage one of each and still have money left over for ammo. :D

But since you said "one", I'd probably take the first good deal I found for either one, then buy a couple of nice holsters and plenty of ammo.


1 old 0311
December 17, 2006, 01:55 PM
CZ, and ammo

December 17, 2006, 02:34 PM
SIG P225


December 17, 2006, 02:34 PM
5" all steel 1911.

December 17, 2006, 02:44 PM
I probably would have suggested a CZ75B in 40S&W, but I've recently become smitten by the M&Ps as the best blend of capacity, balance, weight, and shootability (for me).

M&P 40.

December 17, 2006, 02:47 PM
If you could only have one semi auto hand gun say under $1500 for self protection uses which would it be? Size, concealment, shooting deer on occasion, experience etc. doesn't matter. What is your choice if able to pick one semi auto gun for general defense here in the US?

Well, son, I'm damn near there right now.
When I get my S&W 5906 (Christmas present) tomorrow, Lord willing, I can retire my MAB P-15 and say:

I'll take the S&W 5906 as my one semi-auto. Reason: It's all the handgun I'll likely need for the foreseeable future.

December 17, 2006, 02:52 PM
Kimber TLE/RL II Stainless with a surefire light/laser attachment.

December 17, 2006, 02:59 PM
Already have it... 1911 in 10 mm and a bunch of ammo..

Brian Williams
December 17, 2006, 03:00 PM
Springer US GI for new, a Systema Colt for used. I almost bought a Colt CCO for $795, that would have been great.

I also would put if I could only have one handgun, it might be a Colt Woodsman

December 17, 2006, 03:04 PM
I'm very happy with my Ruger P90, but with a price ceiling like that, I'd have to start lookin' at Sigs. :D I would still have money left over for lots of reloading components.

December 17, 2006, 03:45 PM
I guess it would depend on which one I found first. Colt's WWI repro or a SIG P210.

December 17, 2006, 04:01 PM
I'd love to have the MK23 ;) complete with its goodies.

December 17, 2006, 04:32 PM
Mil-Spec 1911

December 17, 2006, 04:41 PM
Full Size USP 45, it would normally be a tough call between Sig and HK, but Sig doesnt make a left hand or ambi safety for us Left handed shooters so HK wins hands down IMO.

December 17, 2006, 04:46 PM
I am exactly where you describe...

I wanted one gun for self-defense that I could have within instant reach 24/7.

I have it - KelTec P-3AT with ArmaLaser.

Baba Louie
December 17, 2006, 04:54 PM
For the $1500 I'd opt for two Colt Commanders, make certain they both work they way I wanted, put one away and shoot the other.

December 17, 2006, 05:05 PM
My instructors ed brown 1911. Hold his dog hostage until he sells it to me for 1500...

December 17, 2006, 05:07 PM
Only one....hmmm...probably either the USP 45

December 17, 2006, 05:57 PM
I would have to go with my Sig P226 Navy.
Wide availability of ammo, accurate and always reliable. It handles better that anything, well maybe a 1911 would be an exception!

December 17, 2006, 06:02 PM
SIG 228

December 17, 2006, 06:08 PM
Two Kimber Custom IIs. One straight tactical, the other with a Ciener Arms .22 conversion kit and a .400 Corbon barrel.

December 17, 2006, 07:44 PM
Does this one count as a pistol?

December 17, 2006, 08:13 PM
Sig P220. Without hesitation. Second choice would be a P228 or P226.

December 17, 2006, 08:23 PM
I have lots of 1911s, and HiPowers, and a couple of CZ-75s, and currently NO Sigs.
I'd pick the Sig P220 in zero seconds flat if I could only have one auto pistol. Never met a Sig out of the box that didn't at the very least shoot straight. The 220 is a little big for a single stack, but light enough to compensate for its size, and reliable enough to be the ONE pistol in this case.
Maybe I should buy one again. I haven't had a Sig for years.

Black Majik
December 17, 2006, 08:34 PM
USP .45

Normally I'd say a 1911, but I feel the USP has a much higher tolerance of getting beat around. Double stack .45 is also pretty nice. The option to carry C1 is also available, which is a big plus.

December 17, 2006, 08:39 PM
Walther P88 Compact.

December 17, 2006, 08:59 PM
Les Baer 5" 1911 Thunder Ranch Special. A nice used one would be fine if the retail price is over $1500.

December 17, 2006, 09:15 PM
xd any frame size and any caliber!

December 17, 2006, 09:37 PM
+1 for the BHP

December 17, 2006, 09:38 PM
Provided I could still have as many long guns as I want. I'd keep the one I have: Glock 19.


December 17, 2006, 09:42 PM
HK USP .45F or Sig P220. I can not make up my mine which one to give up so I'll hold on this one until I'm forced to make a decision! I'll hide the rest of my stash somewhere!! :D


December 17, 2006, 10:00 PM
As much as I love guns like the 1911 and the High Power, if I'm only going to have one pistol I need one that can do it all. For me that gun is the Glock 20, 10mm auto. Stock barrel for self defense against two legged critters, a 6" barrel for hunting or self defense against 4 legged critters and maybe a .40 barrel to take advantage of cheap and plentiful WWB .40 ammo. Since the gun is under $600 and the barrels about $150 each, I'd have more than enough left over for a 22 rimfire conversion for plinking or small game. And still enough left over for half a dozen 10mm magazines and a couple of boxes of Doubletap 10mm ammo.

It's hard to beat the versatility of the Glock 20.

December 17, 2006, 10:11 PM
Glock model 22 .40 cal. w/ Cor-Bon 135 grain Pow'r ball for the winter,because of the thick clothing issue . And 180 grain Gold-Dot for the summer.

December 17, 2006, 10:15 PM
Glock 17
utterly reliable, cheap and easy to shoot.

Prince Yamato
December 17, 2006, 10:34 PM
Actually, USP9, that counts as an AOW. A "pistol" cannot have a vertical grip. :rolleyes:

December 17, 2006, 10:48 PM
A factory 1911 with the balance spent on gunsmithing services for some light customization.
DW RZ-10
SA Loaded
Something like that.

Although I must say my Kimber custom shop Gold Combat stainless was close to that when I bought it and it's been perfect with nothing added.

On the other hand, BlackMajik brings up a good point about the USP45.


December 17, 2006, 10:57 PM
Colt's MkIV Series 70 Government Model

December 17, 2006, 11:05 PM
Mine would be a 1911...

I have been very impressed with the S&W Commander sized 1911Sc with a Crimson Trace grip on it. I think I may have to pick it over my Kimber Pro or my Custom Caspian if I had to pick only one of them.

December 18, 2006, 02:06 AM
A little of the subject, but I would get at least two of my favorites, probably 1911s.


December 18, 2006, 02:54 AM
Probably GLOCK 19, but oh how I love my first love, the SIG P226. Tough choice.

December 18, 2006, 02:59 AM
Wow, allot of Sig recommendations for sure.

hey, how about the Magnum Research Baby Eagle 9mm by Magnum Research?

Love the looks.




December 18, 2006, 03:15 AM
.45 with a 4" or 5" barrel. So, a qualty 1911, Springfield XD45, or Sig 220.

December 18, 2006, 03:36 AM
A 22oz .45acp with a 3.78" barrel.

December 18, 2006, 03:41 AM

December 18, 2006, 04:41 AM
Glock 34 with a flashlight on the rail.

Use the 17 round mags with the factory +2 extensions, so you can have 20 rounds before a reload. My ammo choice out of this setup would be Gold Dot 124 +P, it gets equal velocity to a 4" .357 magnum out of a Glock 34. :eek:

So in a nutshell, the 'stopping power' of a .357 magnum with the capacity of a 9mm.

December 18, 2006, 06:54 AM
A Kimber Custom II, since it's apparently the only gun I can hit anything with. :)

Let's see... $700 left? A Kel-Tec P32. Tiny and powerful enough.

The remaining $400 goes to ammo.

December 18, 2006, 07:09 AM
SIG 239 SAS with its DAK trigger chambered in 40 S&W! I love it! :) Dennis

Cousin Mike
December 18, 2006, 07:24 AM
Glock 34 ... it gets equal velocity to a 4" .357 magnum...


You sure about that?

December 18, 2006, 07:32 AM
Sig p229st .40 ;)

December 18, 2006, 08:23 AM
Hi Power

December 18, 2006, 09:45 AM
Ruger Mk1, 22 rf.


December 18, 2006, 10:44 AM
My HK USP Tactical in 45acp, with 450 bucks for ammo.

December 18, 2006, 11:28 AM
If limited to one gun and ammo prices were not concern, i'd look into something along the lines of a S&W 1911SC*.

It's a modified/disfigured 1911, that is lighter and easier to carry but functions wonderfully.

Then I would take the remaining money and buy magazines, and enroll in some classes to learn to use the gun to it's potential.


* You could realistically enter any quality 4" plus 1911 of your liking that you can carry the easiest.

Then again this was post 666 for me, so maybe I really meant to buy a Glock.

January 3, 2007, 10:31 PM

January 3, 2007, 10:36 PM
PLR-16. Sure, the Five-Seven's got 20-round mags. You can mount a reflex sight on the PLR - and you have 30-round mags of rifle ammo for high capacity and teriffic muzzle flash.

January 3, 2007, 10:39 PM

January 3, 2007, 10:41 PM
SIG P220ST without hesitation.

Wow, allot of Sig recommendations for sure.

Well, when you care enough to carry the very best.......:D

Redneck with a 40
January 3, 2007, 10:52 PM
XD-40 is my pick. No, its not super expensive, but it is first rate quality. I'd be willing to bet the XD would shoot right along with the Sig's and HK's at the range. Based on my experience with my XD-40, its a rock solid, accurate, dependable gun. I'd buy 3 or 4 cases of ammo with the money that is left over.

January 3, 2007, 11:02 PM
One, and only one for any situation? As much as I hate to say it, my choice would be a Glock 17. 100% reliable, large capacity, minimal maintenance, world-wide availability of ammunition, etc.

January 3, 2007, 11:10 PM

January 3, 2007, 11:54 PM
Glock 17.

January 4, 2007, 01:47 AM
HK USP Tactical .45

January 4, 2007, 02:12 AM
Glock 17. Hard to get past the cost and abundance of the big 9.

January 4, 2007, 02:28 AM
I'd stick with my Kimber TLE .45ACP if I had to get rid of my other autos

But for my only gun I'd go with a Kimber Eclipse 10mm with a barrel for .40 S&W, 2 guns in one :neener:

Or a Glock 20 with an extra G22 barrel

I'd have to go with a dual caliber or easily convertable gun.

January 4, 2007, 08:53 AM
Glock 34 ... it gets equal velocity to a 4" .357 magnum...

You sure about that?

Yes, quite sure. The polygonal rifling of the glock combined with the 5.3 inch barrel give astounding velocity. At the bare minimum it will beat a 4" .357 SIG

115 grain Blazer (not even +P) clocks at about 1380 fps

I'm pretty sure that 124 grain +P will do about 1450fps, which is almost identical to 357 factory loads. I haven't chronoed this load, but it would stand to reason that my guess would be close.

115 grain is factory rated at 1150 fps out of a 4" conventionally rifled barrel
124 grain +P is factory rated at 1220 fps out of a 4" conventionally rifled barrel

So about 70 fps more in the 124 +P.

January 4, 2007, 09:42 AM
Glock-20 with 15 rounds of 10mm.

January 4, 2007, 09:44 AM
1911 all steel .45. Either 4" or 5".

January 4, 2007, 10:34 AM
ONLY ONE!!!!!!!!!!!:what: OK, OK, S&W 3913. Carries flat, shoots well, feeds any 9mm load. Can be my always gun, but sure would hate to give up my 640 no dash!50481

January 4, 2007, 02:27 PM
The HK P7, in Hard Chrome, in a Black Sharkskin holster from Rafter S on a Black Sharskin belt, with a single mag pouch. Loaded with Cor-bons or similar.

Hey, I have that allready.

January 4, 2007, 11:56 PM
G23. Can also shoot 9mm and .357 SIG with conversion barrels and .22 LR with an AA .22 conversion kit.

January 5, 2007, 03:12 AM
GLOCK 19 - Speer 124 gr +P


January 5, 2007, 05:16 PM
Glock 19

I have other pistols that I like better but if I could ONLY have 1 then it would be the 19 because it's easy to maintain/fix.

Mad Magyar
January 5, 2007, 05:41 PM
Sig 210-4......:) Might be more than $1,500 now-a-days....

January 5, 2007, 06:08 PM
Hmmmn...For $1500...

A CZ-75 SP-01 9mm with night sights (around $600 out the door)

A CZ Kadet .22 upper to go on it (about $280 delivered)

1000 rds of WWB 9mm ball (about $140)

150 rds of WWB 9mm hollowpoint ($60)

2000 rds of premium .22 LR ($50)

Streamlight Rail mounted TLR-1 TacLight and SureFire G2 Handheld ($200)

Retention holster, gunbelt, 2 x spare magazines, and magazine pouch ($170)

I'm all set...

January 5, 2007, 06:13 PM
Easy BHP

January 5, 2007, 06:23 PM
Either one of these:
1) CZ 75D PCR
2) H&K P2000

January 5, 2007, 07:32 PM
If I really had to pick only one it would be the one in my BOB, and that's the Glock 17. The choice implies a state of social affairs that would conduce to a hyper-reliable and highly accurate 9mm, light to carry but ultra-durable, with high-capacity magazines. I've thought about this many times and I have a number of other options, but so far the G17 stays in the bag.

January 5, 2007, 11:23 PM
Glock 20

January 5, 2007, 11:28 PM
sig 220 for sure

January 5, 2007, 11:33 PM
Bone stock Gov't Model of 1911.
USGI / Colt 7 rd magazines.

Hell I'll even stick with 230 gr hardball.

January 5, 2007, 11:35 PM
+1 on the BHP and lots of ammo

January 6, 2007, 01:05 AM
No doubt, the best 9mms in the world-G17 or G19.

January 6, 2007, 01:40 AM
Just so you have a firearm in the house or carry it doesn't really matter.
What matters is "THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS" and self protection is not being paranoid it is being SMART :)

January 6, 2007, 01:55 AM
Easy-- HK USP .45

LAK Supply
January 6, 2007, 02:22 AM
+1 on the Glock 10mm! 15+1 of up to 230 grain and down to 135 grain; soft .40 ballistics to mid-range .41 mag ballistics (from my 6" Jarvis barrel). Conversion barrel (for plinking the plentiful .40) for around $100, and reliable, simple, and accurate (fair from the factory, and excellent with the Jarvis barrel). I think it's right at $1100 with all the goodies, so I still have $400 left for more stuff! :D

http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/5494/glock20019hw5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

January 6, 2007, 02:42 AM
glock 23

January 7, 2007, 09:33 PM
Glock 19, enough said. I would use the rest of the $1500.00 for ammo and mags!

January 7, 2007, 09:48 PM
I have it and carry it every day. It's a Seecamp LWS380. :)

January 7, 2007, 10:38 PM
If you could only have one semi auto hand gun say under $1500 for self protection uses which would it be? Size, concealment, shooting deer on occasion, experience etc. doesn't matter. What is your choice if able to pick one semi auto gun for general defense here in the US? (Emphasis Mine)
Emphasizing both self protection, and occasional hunting use on animals up to deer size there are 3 options I like.

1. A pistol in 45 ACP, capable of, and with the parts for a 45 Super conversion. 45 Super for hunting, 45 ACP for all other general use.

2. A pistol in 10mm, with a 40 S&W bbl fitted. 10mm for hunting, swap in 40 S&W bbl for general use.

3. A pistol in .38 Super, with a 9mm bbl fitted. .38 Super, which gives .357 Mag ballistics even with heavier loads, for hunting, swap in 9mm bbl for general use.

Pistols, off the top of my head that meet these requirements - 5" 1911 in any of the calibers listed first in each respective combo; Glock 20 in 45 ACP, 21 in 10mm; HK USP (fullsize) in 45 ACP, SIG P220 in 45 ACP; CZ 97 in 45 ACP; S&W 1006 in 10mm, or equivalent fullsize metal frame auto in 45 ACP. There are others I can't think ofthat are probably capable of one of the 3 combos.

I'd go handle as many of those as I could. See what pistols fit your hand, and which ones you shoot best. Those are my general suggestions for full versatility in both everday and hunting use. The hotter of the two calibers in each combo, while commercially loaded, are much more economical when handloaded. Very good pistols all three base calibers are available for well under $1000 which allows room in the budget for spare mags, holster, and a reloading press if you're so inclined. I like 1911s and will likely try the 45 Super conversion on my base Springfield when I return from overseas. Hopefully the caliber combinations I listed are helpful.

January 7, 2007, 10:43 PM
A Billenium 92 SAO

January 7, 2007, 10:45 PM

January 8, 2007, 12:25 AM
XD-45. Hands down.

January 8, 2007, 07:52 AM
My Dan Wesson Razorback 10mm. Good for all game, four legged AND two.:D

January 8, 2007, 08:01 AM
HK USP Tactical 45

January 8, 2007, 08:34 AM
My Colt Officers Acp .45. Stainless steel with stag grips. :)

January 8, 2007, 01:46 PM
Sig P226 ST .40S&W

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