What Handguns Keep You Comapny On Those Long, Cold, and Lonely Night's?


Ala Dan
January 8, 2003, 09:48 PM
Greeting's All, I thought this would be an interesting subject!

For me, let's start with the Revolver: My all time
favorite J-frame is a Smith & Wesson model 60 (- nothing)
with a "R" serial number prefix. Commonly referred to as
a stainless steel "Chief's Special" this little gem has a 2"
barrel, and is of .38 Special caliber. Introduced in 1965
by Smith & Wesson, they became a "fan favorite" of
U.S. service personnel assigned to the hot, humid
jungles of Southeast Asia. This fine firearm currently
serves in the role of a "duty firearm"; as I am hereby
restricted to revolver's in my job as a security consultant.

Next up here in the cold month of January, is the newest
member of my stable of firearms; a.357 Smith & Wesson 6"
barrel 686-5. Produced in 2000 it is of course, the round
butted configuration. Accurate as all get out; and very
capeable of excellent target work, or putting small to
medium sized game on the table. However, the DA
trigger pull is not quite up to snuff; but these day's,
most of my shooting is done in the single-action mode.

Moving on up the ladder, we have a 1999 production
Smith & Wesson 629-5, 5" barrel .44 magnum "Classic".
Aw! another fan favorite; cuz you gotta love 'em 5" tubes.
"Classic" is an excellent name for this firearm, as the
workmanship is almost unbelieveable on this weapon.
Fit and finish are superb; not to mention a double-action
that is "buttery smooth", and would rival that found on
some of the older Smith & Wesson N-frames.

Next, our second category will be Auto Loader's.

Kicking off this segment will be the stainless steel,
American made Walther PPK that I purchased this
month back in 1995, for my daughter. Actually, she
picked it out; and I footed the bill. With all the bad
publicity out there concerning this small autoloader
of .380 caliber; we have NEVER experienced any
kind'a problem with it, using all types of ammo
including JHP's. I guess we got a good one, UH?
At any rate, this serves as her primary defense
CCW piece; constantly accompanying her where
ever its legal!

Next, in line is my West German produced and
assembled SIG-Sauer P228 9m/m. All the good
qualities of SIG-Sauer firearms were put into
this weapon! And I was lucky enough to obtain
one compltete with (2) preban high capacity
magazine's. This gun is highly accurate for a
"compact" firearm; quite often out performing
my previously owned two-tone SIG-Sauer P226.

Now, I saved the best for last. Yes, thats right!
My famed and beloved SIG-Sauer P220A, a 1995
West German produced and assembled .45 caliber
self-loader. A firearm of which I have entrusted my
life to since the summer of 1988 (as it was the very
first one); and one that has saved my bacon during
my days as a LEO! One word sums up this firearm:
design, superb accuracy, andf superior craftsmanship
all aid the benefit's found in this out-standing firearm.

And there you have it, as these great firearms will keep
me and my family company for many year's to come, I
hope? Cuz, in my way of thinking: If something work's
well; I ain't about to change!

Good Night Ladies and Gentlemen, and Thanks For Reading-

Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

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January 8, 2003, 10:14 PM
Ala Dan,
Why don't you tell us how you really feel about the SIG P220? :)

I like my winter pistol to carry a bit more oomph, to penetrate several layers of clothing and winter coats. My choice? Why the SIG 220 of course. I like 'em in all flavors; old-school West German heel release models, American models, and my new darlin', the 220ST.

But in winter, you think the cold-heart of Russia, so I like Makarovs as a winter gun....cold, old, and commie. You can almost smell the beet soup and Vodka!

January 8, 2003, 10:16 PM
G20, G29, DeltaElite or my Delta Gold Cup.
Sometimes my P13. :D

January 8, 2003, 10:17 PM
Most nights S&W Mod 36 and P32 KelTec. I always have them with me theses days.

January 8, 2003, 10:18 PM
Hi, very interesting that in these days of auto-pistols.
That there are still shooters that by choice or regulations..
are still carrying Revolvers.

I Had to carry a model 66 for many a year. The day i was
able to carry a .45 ( my off-duty gun). I felt FREEE!
Kind of makes you wonder if the security agencies
and some police depts will ever change over to autos??

As you like SIGs very much. I hope that you can someday
carry one at your work.
Also liking SIG autos. I'm kind of the Black Sheep of firearms.
Finding the CZ75 to be the best fitting/shooting 9mm ever
for me. The SIG 220-the best .45 acp.

Now that CZs are no longer a 'mystery gun' we have more options. one of them is the CZ-P01. A compact 13-shot NINE
with features of old and new Cee-Zed technology.

Yes, even a light rail is on it. Gives it a no nonsense business
look. The P-01 is light on the hip, and handles very well.
PT-Nites for low light..or the Streamlight M-3 tactical lamp.
Not to mention- the one-of-a-kind P-01 custom Hakan grips.
Speer Gold-Dot 124 gr +P or South African SENTRY rounds...
With 2 CZ 15-shot hi-caps as spares.

January 8, 2003, 10:34 PM
HK USP 45:cool:

January 8, 2003, 10:39 PM
Like my friend AlaDan I'm also restricted to revolvers on duty. Recently changed over from my 3" 65 to a 2 1/2" 19. Switched grips and use same holster so not much change really. 19's just a bit more fun to make small groups with because of better sights. I do miss the chamfered chambers for reloads A LOT more than I would have expected.

Now on my own time my 4506 has been getting a lot of workouts lately:cool:

Ala Dan
January 8, 2003, 10:47 PM
Greeting's CZF, And A Big Ole' Hearty Welcome To THR

Many thanks for the kind word's, my friend. In regards
to self-loader's, I think that most police departments
are now comfortable with officer's toting these on an
every day basis. OTOH, the private security industry
just seems to not want to accept the responsibility for
their officer's carrying a semi-automatic handgun.

Take in my case, I am restricted to a revolver as I said;
and for GOD's sake, they don't even want me to carry
that! OUCH But in my daily routine, quite often I am
confronted by drug addict's, wine O's, street whore's,
gang banger's, pan handler's, and the like. I hereby
go on record as flatly refusing to work this job without
proper protection; mainly a firearm! So, the little
Smith & Wesson model 60 .38 caliber "Chief's Special"
rides in a padded Safariland thumb-break holster every
day that I report for duty. I qualify regularly at the local
police department firing range; never shooting less than
a 100% with the snubby. The company's insurance under
writer's say I have too be there; so I can't seem to see
the problem?

As the ole' saying goes, "Its better to have a gun and
not need it; than it is to need it, and not have it". I
refuse to be a victim!

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

January 9, 2003, 12:11 AM
On cold nights!
My cold wife.....:eek: Just kidding!!

One of these 3

Kahr carrier
January 9, 2003, 12:21 AM
I like my Glock 21 on cold nights. PdShooter-nice stable.:)

January 9, 2003, 12:23 AM
My buddies!

USP Compact
Sig 232


January 9, 2003, 12:27 AM
I work nights as well, and I carry what they Issue, a S&W Model 65 .357mag.

Off duty I carry a Sig P239TT with Siglites in .357Sig.:D

January 9, 2003, 12:54 AM
G23 (nough said)


January 9, 2003, 01:16 AM
S&W 66 and/or model 10, Both loaded w/ Winchester .38 spl Silver tip.

Stephen A. Camp
January 9, 2003, 01:21 AM
Hello, Ala Dan!

Though I prefer either the BHP or a 1911, my primary bedroom pistol is kind of up your alley, so to speak, a SIG-Sauer P220 .45 ACP. The reason is that my wife, not a shooter, has and can use a SIG-Sauer P225 and this one works the very same way.


I still have a pretty good supply of Corbon +P 200 gr JHPs, the "pre-Gold Dots" that feed fine and group really well.

It's loaded with either the load mentioned above (left) or the Federal 230 gr "Classic" JHP. Both did well in the "scientific" mud tests. Hahahahaha! Seriously, I've shot animals with both and both "worked" fine.


My "always" gun is close to hand as well. I'd prefer the automatic, but would grab this one instead of yelling "help" were that the only other option.


It's loaded with Remington 158 gr +P LSWCHP, but in other snubs not rated for such use, I use Federal's 125 gr std pressure Nyclad HPs, though my supply is down to about 200 such rounds.

Here they are...


...and after "scientific" testing...


Were it just me, I'd go with a 9mm BHP or 1911 .45 ACP.


January 9, 2003, 02:19 AM
You know I am going to pass on my original answer the same reason Casey passed on the first pitch.;)
But I can't believe someone hasn't tee off on it yet. :D
As for a serious answer I would go with my Hi Power.

January 9, 2003, 03:47 AM
My USP9f.

Been my companion since I acquired it August 2001 :D

Ala Dan
January 9, 2003, 04:54 AM
As a matter of fact, some very nice weaponary thus far.
And as always, Mr. Camp gave us an excellent point of
view! Many thanks Steve; and when you grow tired of
your collection, remember I'm in Old DixieLand. (LOL)

Keep the fire going folk's; the mercury is suppose to
dip into the low 20's here, within the next few days!

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

January 9, 2003, 06:53 AM
Kimber Ultra Carry or Glock 26 with a Beretta 950 stuck in my pocket.

January 9, 2003, 11:47 AM
USP .45 has always given me the warm fuzzies, just the thing for those long and lonely nights.

January 9, 2003, 02:58 PM
I`m such a tramp. My BHP`s, my BDM, my 1927, my little friend the Kahr MK9 or maybe the Model 10 or my NYC walking around gun, the Colt DS. You`re never outgunned with a revolver that you`ve shot a few thousand rounds through.:D

Nice Sig Steven. Hmm.

January 9, 2003, 03:15 PM
Winter (ha!!!) in the desert means 70 degrees and maybe some rain!!! The pistol selection does not change. Glock 36, Glock 29, or Kahr MK9 Elite. Right now, it's the MK9.

January 9, 2003, 05:10 PM
When out and about around town it's my SIG Sauer P220. If I'm out in the desert it's my G20. Sometimes I carry something else, but most of the time it's my P220.

January 9, 2003, 10:28 PM
preWife days: Springer MilSpec-made itself by keeping me safe more than once. Now Revolvers all around: Model 10HB/M49/various Rugers. Blame it on having a guaranteed date; cant spend all that time fondling steel.:)

January 9, 2003, 10:38 PM
On those cold nights, I always have my 686-5 Snubby close at hand. Stocked with Craig Spegel's boot grips and stoked with Remington 158gr. SJHP's, It gives me that "Warm & Fuzzy" feeling.
I truly hope my wife doesn't read this!! :eek:


January 10, 2003, 11:35 PM
Welcome aboard!

KY Moose
January 11, 2003, 12:14 AM

Every night, even on the cold and lonely ones, I carry one of the three pistols pictured here. I find myself packing my Glock 36 with an extra magazine more than the others. It just feels good and conceals well in it's Milt Sparks VM-2.

January 29, 2007, 08:18 AM
Is your 2000 686-5 stamped with a y2k logo? Is it a 6 inch barrel?

January 29, 2007, 09:11 AM
My BHP, sometimes supplemented by my Springfield MilSpec.



January 29, 2007, 09:21 AM
My "house gun" i.e. always loaded and in a place where both my wife and I can get to it fast is our S&W model 15-3. When I carry it is my S&W model 640 no dash. I also qualify on my Glock 17 so I can carry it if I see the need.

January 29, 2007, 11:58 AM
Is your 2000 686-5 stamped with a y2k logo? Is it a 6 inch barrel? A buddy of mine just picked one up and I cannot find any info onit. He was told it is 1 of 120.

January 29, 2007, 01:09 PM
Thanks to Shipwreck, a Walther P99c with Federal 124g Hydra-Shoks.
Feels good, shoots good, looks good.

January 29, 2007, 01:43 PM
I keep three ready to go - don't know if Ala Dan will speak to me after he finds out one of them is a SIG/Sauer P226 in piddly 9mm caliber. :uhoh:

Another is a Glock 23 in 40 caliber, and, last but not least,

a S&W 940 in 9mm caliber - (J frame Centennial) :evil:

Ala Dan
January 29, 2007, 02:06 PM
Yep BigG My Ole' Bud-

I will always speak too you; even if you stepped back a notch, and picked
up a lowly 9m/m P226 (Laughing Loudly :D :D :D). You see, SIG's are just
great firearms regardless of their caliber. As you know, I have shot 'em for
years with amazing results. And, all of 'em have been straight out of the
box~!;) You don't have to search for a competent gunsmith too make 'em
run. Just for the record, my two West German variations ain't going on the
trading block in my lifetime~! And those are, a) P220A in .45 ACP, and b)
P228 in 9m/m. I kind'a like the flavor of those two firearms~!:cool: :D

BTW, when I wrote the first post of this thread (back on Jan. 8th-
2003), I was on a very tight budet with little wiggle room. Well, I'm
still on a fixed income but my toy chest has grown considerably.
Mainly due to my employment in the firearms business. So, if a
bump is heard in the middle of the night the challenge could be
met with one (or more) of several firearms~!

January 29, 2007, 02:21 PM


January 29, 2007, 02:27 PM
SIG 229 with Trijicon sights. Laser grips for one of the forty-fives is on the wish list for this year.

Black Majik
January 29, 2007, 02:37 PM
USP .45 for me too.

January 29, 2007, 02:49 PM
CZ75B SA. Sometimes I put my pocket gun (S&W 642-2) under the pillow if I'm too tired to open the safe up, but that's okay. It's really accurate, and I like it.

The CZ is the best fitting service handgun I have ever played around with. I carry it when I want a bigger gun. Very accurate and easy to shoot, and very reliable.

January 29, 2007, 03:13 PM
Winter comfort?
G19 with 147gr hydra-shoks. At home and in the car.
Sometimes I throw my p232 in my coat pocket (loaded with Santa Barbara surplus ammo).
Took a walk last night in the neighborhood. Very cold and dark. In my down jacket I carried a S&W 431PD (.32 mag j-frame). Light as a feather and six shots instead of five. My chosen load is GA Arms 100gr.
I must say there are few firerams that comfort me more than the Glock. Something about 15+1 capacity in a reliable, accurate firearm keeps the worries away when I'm driving down a deserted road, heading through the projects to a crime scene, or hear a strange bump in the night.

January 29, 2007, 03:25 PM
My Concealed Carry Gun(s).
Not so important what these are.
More important is the fact I use the same guns for everything. CCW, CCW while at home...
Shoot one gun and know it if you will.

January 29, 2007, 03:32 PM
My carry piece will always be handy, but my always gun stays in the night stand, this one. I often carry it, too, though. It's easy to grab and go, also.


January 29, 2007, 05:24 PM
Here is my recipe for sound sleep. :)


January 29, 2007, 05:40 PM
Glock 23

January 29, 2007, 06:12 PM
CZ 2075 RAMI with DT Gold Dots:


CSA 357
January 29, 2007, 06:23 PM
my glock 30 is always near, when im in the bed my smith&wesson 27-2 5 inch is hanging on the bed post, i can cut a flip and have a 629 0r 29 or pre 29, 624 my other 5 inchn 27-2 or the 4 inch, 4 inch 624 66-1 14-1or a 1911 45, yea im a smith man for sure! csa:)

Sniper X
January 29, 2007, 06:34 PM
My bedside peice is my carry peice, a Kimber Tactical Custom II with tritium sights and backup on the nightstand on a lonely night, a Taurus model 605 with Packmeyers and a SF Z9P. In the 4 wheeler it is the Kimber Pro Carry with the Ultra Carry as BU, and when hunting my Uberti Cattleman in a quick draw holster and my Taurus model 88 in 3 inch loaded very hot in a crossdraw holster.

January 29, 2007, 07:47 PM
1917 Colt New Service Army... big enough to use with gloves. See also BRNO Mauser w/winter trigger guard. You know, just in case.

I've shot my Colt autos and BHP clone in cold weather... no fears of malfunction.

January 29, 2007, 07:53 PM
1911 and Springfield XD

January 29, 2007, 08:05 PM
I've worked a couple of times as an armed security guard. At one time I had a really nice Colt 38 revolver, I have no idea what the model number was, and the other time, a Smith and Wesson 38, probably a model 10. It was a long time ago.

These days, most of the time, it's my Makarov.

January 29, 2007, 08:13 PM
My close companion has changed quite a bit, because when ya got 5 or 6 handguns in the safe, and they're all quality guns that you can bet your life on, it's hard to choose. For the past couple weeks it's been my XD45 ACP 4" Service Model, along with my trusty Remington 870 Express Magnum 12 gauge shotgun. I live in a pretty quiet neighborhood, so most of my friends think I'm an over-paranoid gun nut that is asking for trouble. Yeah say that when you come close to getting stabbed by a guy hell bent on doing you harm in the middle of a Wal Mart parking lot. Not to mention Alaska's winters are dark and cold, so it makes it easier for burglars, rapists, murderers, and other violent criminals to do their "jobs".

January 29, 2007, 08:49 PM
For the most part, when out and about or in bed during this coldest part of the winter, it my H&K USP45C. Nothing says reliability like H&K. Usually a P-32 BUG in the back pocket when out, also.

January 30, 2007, 12:21 AM
Glock 23 with Glock 22 magazine. Winchester Ranger JHP 155gr.

January 30, 2007, 12:19 PM
Well, my .38 S&W's are long gone, they're now replaced with a Keltec P11 (loaded with Corbon 115 gr HP's ) and a Saiga 12 not far away. I moved here in Texas (from IL.), so its not too cold anymore!

..not sure about the lonelyness, though. :)

January 30, 2007, 09:09 PM
The best combo for long cold nights is my very well-put-together red headed girlfriend who keeps a M-65 Ladysmith on her nightstand.;)

January 31, 2007, 12:19 AM
Jay wins.

January 31, 2007, 12:41 AM
A CZ-70 in .32 ACP. Until I go to bed - then it's that and a 1911 GI 45 with Lasergrips with a 7rd and 10rd mag.

January 31, 2007, 11:56 PM
Glock 26

February 1, 2007, 06:52 AM
Usually a Series 1 Kimber, but a 4" model 19-3 lately.

February 1, 2007, 07:54 AM
A sweet little SIG 229 40 cal. and a couple of mags of hydoshocks. We have been friends for a while:D

February 1, 2007, 05:34 PM
Glock 26. Once you go black you never go back. :cool:

February 2, 2007, 12:52 AM
Got tired of rolling over on them cold pistols while sleeping in bags of polyester.
Duck down didn't fix the the cold and a Colt, S&W, Detonic's, Walther or Ruger never made any heat.
I went for a 88 pound Doberman. She is short haired and likes to stay inside and safe.

February 2, 2007, 04:59 PM
None of my guns put out.

February 3, 2007, 12:53 AM
Well at work I have no choice a 226 w german 147 win along with a m-4.
Personal is usually a glock 23 with 40 rds of goldot. Sometimes a 226 in 357 sig with remington bonded golded saber . Custom 45's staying in safe along with 405 winchester if need large bore.

February 3, 2007, 09:20 AM
I bought my wife one of those garter holsters so on cold nights I can keep my gun near and my hands warm at the same time. LOL!:what:

February 3, 2007, 11:46 PM
My guns never change, really.

Carry - Taurus 605 snubby in .357.
Bedside - Ruger P90 or my very old S&W M&P in .38 special.
Truck - Taurus PT99.

Thats pretty much the sum total of all of my "combat" guns be it rain, sleet or snow.

February 4, 2007, 12:11 AM
Right now a CZ SP-01.

I forsee moving one of my 1911s up to nightstand status soon however...

February 4, 2007, 12:39 AM
Springfield 1911 .45 ACP.

February 4, 2007, 05:26 AM

Jim Z.
February 5, 2007, 10:05 AM
but I have my little J frame near me most of the time.

S&W MOd. 29-5 6" .44 mag Classic DX
S&W Mod 19-5 4" .357 mag Combat Master
Ruger Securioty Six 4" .357 Mag
S&W Mod 642-2 2" .38 spl.



February 5, 2007, 02:29 PM
my guns don't change really. Glock 23 rides just behind my left hip on hot and cold days. my truck gun is Glock 23 w/ a Glock 22 mag and a Ruger 10/22 rifle behind the seat. at home, i rest comfortably with a Sig 226 loaded with 180 gr. hydrashoks and the winchester 1300 with 5 rounds of buckshot in the mag. tube. the selection stays pretty constant throughout the year.

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