Anyone's favorite handgun never change?


Mike Irwin
January 9, 2003, 03:35 PM
I'd have to say that my favorite handgun has always been the S&W Model 19. Even when I didn't have one, it was always the handgun to which I aspired.

Anyone else never change their preference?

If you enjoyed reading about "Anyone's favorite handgun never change?" here in archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join today for the full version!
January 9, 2003, 03:46 PM
Not counting my 22's, I would have to say my P7M8. It was my second handgun, the only gun I had when I had to sell everything off and (to me), the coolest.

January 9, 2003, 03:52 PM
Has and always has been SIG 220.

January 9, 2003, 04:08 PM
Up till now, my all time favorite has been the same gun I learned on.

My fathers six inch S&W 586-0.

Of course now it sits in MY safe; with a one-inch reddot on a burris mount and hogue laminated rewood fingergroove grips.

Still my favorite but I'm trying new stuff all the time...


January 9, 2003, 04:11 PM
My favorite changes all the time, but the common thread is that they are always an N frame in either .45 caliber.


January 9, 2003, 04:36 PM
I wouldn't be able to pin it down to a specific model but I would agree my favorite revo would have to bear "the name that cannot be spoken." :neener:

Stephen A. Camp
January 9, 2003, 04:38 PM
Hello. Browning Hi Power 9mm.


January 9, 2003, 04:41 PM
I carried colt 1911's.Then I bought a sig 220.I don't own a 1911 anymore(had 6 of them.)

January 9, 2003, 04:50 PM
My favorites haven't changed;

Wheelguns: Colt Python, Smith & Wesson Model 19 and Colt 1873

Self-loaders: SIG Sauer P220 and Kimber 1911


January 9, 2003, 05:01 PM
Maybe not my favorite, but I sure do waffle back and forth on my house gun. 1911's always get that nod.
Maybe I like variety or maybe I just can't make up my mind.
I love all my 1911's and my snubby 44 Magnum too.
Decisions, decisions......

January 9, 2003, 05:05 PM
Always has been the SAA

Wil Terry
January 9, 2003, 05:06 PM
In a solid second place is the Double Action sixgun. The S+W has always been my favorite DA sixgun but the COLTS have also tickled my fancy a time or two.
In a DA 357MAG sixgun there is no finer member of the tribe than the S+W M19. My old 4" M19 has just under 50,000 rounds through it and is still going strong. That total is about evenly divided between 38SPL and 357MAG cartridges. At round 39,110 [ if memory serves...] I shot the gasring in the cylinder loose. It was back at S+W for a week and was back in my hands.
I have a 6" M19 also that is a peach of a sixgun which shoots screaming hot 357MAD 125jhp handloads with exquisite target accuracy, the only 357MAG I have ever owned capable of this. I'm not sure this newer 6" M19 has had 1000 rounds through in the 18 years I have owned it.
I do indeed love the S+W sixguns in J, K, L, N, and X frame sizes, but THEY AIN'T NO SINGLE ACTION SIXGUN....
AN still my heart....sigh

Just in case you're wondering I also own all those newfangled shellshuckin' sumbiscuits and they're ain't nothin to 'em atall. A passing fancy in the world of real guns...
A real-honest-to-god sixgun has a heart, a soul, and a personality all its' own...go find that in a GLOCK or a SIG, OR A CZ, or a KEL-TEC....OR YOUR FAVORITE 1911/1911A1...can't be done because an autoloading pistol is just a machine to squirt bullets.

January 9, 2003, 05:18 PM
No - always been my HK P7 PSP hardchromed.

January 9, 2003, 05:30 PM
First I liked revolvers then I went to 1911's, now I love both.

4v50 Gary
January 9, 2003, 05:48 PM
While never practical, I've never forsaken my childhood love: Mauser 96.

January 9, 2003, 06:01 PM
Even though I carry a SIG 220; my all time favorite is still a custom 1911.

January 9, 2003, 06:03 PM
Always the BHP. A friend I hadn't seen in twenty years (we were best friends when we were 10 yeas old) visited, and while checking out the BHP in my gunsafe said "A Browning Hi-Power, that always was your favorite gun."

January 9, 2003, 06:10 PM
1911 and BHP....always...

January 9, 2003, 08:48 PM
I've romanced a few other girls over the years.....

.....but I always come back to the Browning sisters 1911 and HiPower. All dressed up or just the way they come there's nothing prettier.

January 9, 2003, 10:01 PM
Not exactly a "handgun" only cartridge - but I'd have to say the .22LR in a Ruger Standard Model semi-auto is my all time favorite.

A close second was a Ruger Speed Six, 2.75" barrel .357.

So in answer to the question - NO, my favorites haven't changed. Though I have flirted with other calibers and handguns.

January 9, 2003, 10:46 PM
My 686 Snub seems to spend the most time with me. It's the one I'm most comfortable with on a daily basis. With that being said, I won't hesitate to grab my "28".

January 9, 2003, 10:57 PM
What Mr. Camp Said.


January 9, 2003, 11:32 PM
HK USP fullsize. Started with a .40, then a 9mm for a short time, and for the last few years a .45.

January 9, 2003, 11:45 PM
When i first started the 1911 Colt was my favorite , but The Beretta 92fs kind of grew on me :)

January 9, 2003, 11:48 PM
It would be very hard to knock the USP off the lofty perch where I put it.

Very hard :D

January 9, 2003, 11:57 PM
The Browning Hi-power until the 10mm auto was invented. So it's been the Glock 20 for some years now.

Though the Glock doesn't have the beauty or the feel of the Browning, I really like the bullets it launches and how it launches them.

January 10, 2003, 12:02 AM
1911 style in 45ACP
first gun I ever shot as a wee lad.
BHP is 2nd
mod 19 3rd

happy old sailor
January 10, 2003, 12:04 AM
no firm answer. like having more than one dog. can't just pet one. gotta pet em all.

the guns?? they all have their uses and are put to that task. some are a bit large for all day ccw. some are too small for real work. some disappear on my body, some don't. sheer weight prevents carrying them all at once, even to the range.

my answer: no firm answer.

January 10, 2003, 12:08 AM
Its still the 1911. Its the first handgun I've learned to shoot accurately, and it wasn't hard at all.:)

January 10, 2003, 12:59 AM
Ruger Security/Service Sixes, 4" barrel, in the various permutations--daily since 1980, and old proven friends. If I had not grown to like these I would have an equal number of M19/66s and cherish them. Like the 101st motto, 'we stand alone together'.

Other companions:
S&W M18 stocked identically to above;
S&W M442;
Ruger Std. .22 auto

Sort of an unscientific conclusion from 40 plus years. These all show a lot of wear whereas the rest, nice as they are, tend to stay in the safe. Must be a moral in there someplace.

January 10, 2003, 01:11 AM
Models within the genre have varied, but I've always preferred auto loaders.

As a little kid, I thought they were cool.

Even when I've had nice reliable revolvers, I didn't appreciate them because what I wanted was some kind of auto.

Never outgrew that....

January 10, 2003, 01:12 AM
M27 or M58

January 10, 2003, 01:14 AM
It's a toss up between 1911 style guns and SIG's.

January 10, 2003, 01:45 AM
I have to say my Enhanced Colt GM is still my favorite. I am typing quietly so the other guns in the safe don't hear me. I would't want them to get mad at me. :D


January 10, 2003, 11:41 AM
I'm a gun slut.

Neil Casper
January 11, 2003, 03:54 PM
I have a lot of handguns that I really like, but like Mike Irwin, the 4" S&W Model 19 has always been my favorite. If I could only take one handgun with me it would be my S&W M-19!

January 11, 2003, 04:30 PM
I'm a gun slut.

Guess I'd be a skankier, just out of prison, OD'd on viagra gun slut then. S/W revolvers have always ranked high but yep I'm a bed hopper on this front.

January 12, 2003, 07:39 AM
While I seldom shoot it these days, my all time favorite has to be the Colt Python 4" that I carried as a duty weapon for years until the introduction of the S&W 686.

It has it's faults, like the tendency to go out of time with prolonged use, but for me there has never been a finer shooting revolver. The Python trigger is unlike any other IMO, almost like having a 2 stage, and the accuracy is hard to beat.

It now sits in my safe and gets fondled often but not shot much.

January 12, 2003, 11:29 AM
Yep. S&W model 66, 4 inch barrel has always defined a handgun for me.
I don't use it that often, but it's the one I had to have and will always keep.

I actually shoot 9mm through my Glock 17 or Beretta 92 most weeks, but they are just tools.


January 12, 2003, 04:52 PM
Unfortunately, my favorite handgun changes everytime I go to a gun show. Keep going back to my Glock 19, though.

January 12, 2003, 04:52 PM

January 15, 2003, 02:44 AM
I was about 12yrs old the first time I hit anything with a handgun. It was a Sig 228 9mm. Before then I pretty much just pulled the trigger and never hit anything. EVER SINCE THAT DAY I LOVED THE SIG 228!!:)

I LOVE 1911's too!!

January 15, 2003, 08:40 AM
Unfortunately, my favorite handgun changes everytime I go to a gun show. Keep going back to my 25 year old Glock 19, though.

Anytime you can get handgun that many years before it's been produced hold onto it ;)

January 15, 2003, 10:47 AM
for 12 years now its been Big Dan (6" compensated Dan Wesson .357)..........and I don't see it changing anytime soon

January 15, 2003, 12:23 PM
But it appears that combinations of 1911's and SIG 220's have smitten others as well. Good shooting:)

January 15, 2003, 02:12 PM
I liked several different things until I settled on a double stack 1911. Pretty much don't like anything else.

I have tried to like Glocks (failed miserably) I have tried to like Sigs (almost made it) and assorted others but just always come back to a fat 1911.

January 15, 2003, 06:09 PM
Keep going back to my 25 year old Glock 19, though.

OOPS! :what: Egg on my face. I should have said I was 25 years old when I got it. It was made in 1988 or 90, I can't remember which. But hey, I was only off by 10 years or so. :D

I'll fix the original post.

Johnny Guest
January 15, 2003, 06:47 PM
That's easy. My consistent favorite has been the 1911-series auto pistol, even before I ever fired one. The PARTICULAR favorite has varried: GI service gun, Commercial Government Model, National Match/Gold Cup, Commander - - But always that TYPE, and they usually had a rampant colt roll mark on 'em.

There are, oh, maybe a dozen other handguns, closely tied for a distant second place.:D


January 15, 2003, 07:39 PM
Figured it was something like that SouthpawShootr, I typo more before 9am than most people typo all day :D

January 15, 2003, 11:26 PM
But I always seem to gravitate towards my 4" S&W Model 19. Weird, ain't it, Mike?

January 16, 2003, 08:13 AM
Well, along the way, I've become really fond of the SIG 210, the H&K P7, the CZ75 design, the BHP design and a few others. But the first gun I ever lusted over was a 1911, my first centerfire handgun was a 1911, the most recent handgun I bought was a 1911, if I could only keep one handgun it would be a 1911, when I try out a handgun I compare it to the 1911. Well, you get the point. :p

January 16, 2003, 11:32 AM
I'm with Smoke on TRYING to like Glocks. Well, I like the full-size 17 ALOT, but am severely disappointed by the mini-26. My all time favorite pistol is the 1911, in .45 ACP, followed closely by the Walther P-99, in 9mm (I want one sooooo bad it hurts, even though I have a 990 DAO), and then a nice .44 Magnum DA revolver, think S&W 629/29 with a 4" barrel. Oh yeah....

January 17, 2003, 12:31 AM
Only way my favorite (1911) will change is when I change it on purpose. NP3...Bomar...

January 17, 2003, 10:47 AM
My favorite handgun is my USP45. It's been my favorite since I bought it back in '97. I sold it once, because I thought my favorite gun was a USP in general, and at the time, my favorite round was the .40... I wasn't even remotely happy with the USP40, so I got rid of it and got another USP45 :D Won't make THAT mistake again!

January 17, 2003, 12:23 PM
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Milspec 1911 slightly modified to fit my needs. Always have been, always will be.

January 17, 2003, 05:27 PM
Back when I was 16 or 17, my favourite handgun was a Browning High Power. After watching too many Mel Gibson and Bruce Willis movies, the BHP was replaced by the Beretta 92F, which itself was soon replaced by the SIG 226, when I read that it was the weapon of choice of some "elite" units. Then, when I become active in the army reserve about six years ago, I thought I should get the new HK P8 (military USP9f) as a first handgun. I thought about the USP Expert for a very short period, until I renewed my interest in Glocks. When I found out that there was a long version of the Glock 17, the 17L, that one became my favourite handgun. About a year later, she was mine. :)

January 17, 2003, 06:04 PM
My latest acquisition has always been my favorite...

1) Glock 17
2) CZ 75B with Hakan Grips (
3) Valtro 1998A1 Valtro Images ( Official Website (

If the excrement hit the fan, I'd grab the Valtro stoked with 8 rounds of ProLoad +P hollow-points.

January 17, 2003, 06:17 PM
My very first handgun back in 1987 was a four-inch Smith & Wesson Model 19...I've had a few K-Frame Magnums pass through these hands over the years and I don't own one currently...but a sweet, blued four-inch 19 with either factory target stocks or, better, a set of Skeeter Skelton grips from Blu-Magnum, is something I'd LOVE to have again.

I briefly owned a Springfield Mil-Spec 1911 in '96 and too-quickly parted with it after only a few months. Finally got back into the 1911 scene in late 2001 and got my first Kimber in early 2002...I always want to have a good, solid 1911 nearby now!

January 17, 2003, 06:20 PM
Grew up thinking that a Luger was the best possible handgun to own.
Learned a lot since then.

45ACP is my favorite now.

January 17, 2003, 06:29 PM
For 15 years the gun by my bed has been a Charter Arms Bulldog .44 Special. I have others that I shoot, but this is the one I count on.

January 22, 2003, 11:20 AM
My three favorite guns have always been the HK P7, the 1911 and the S&W Centennial. Current fav variants of all three genres are: the PSP, Colt 1911A1 WWII repro and the S&W 340PD

January 25, 2003, 06:40 AM
Flirted with a lot of them, but 1911's and N frame Smiths just have a way about them.:D

January 25, 2003, 10:01 PM
SIG P220! Always has been...always will be.


January 27, 2003, 04:25 PM
92G Elite II but my P7M8 is getting mighty close.

January 27, 2003, 06:17 PM
I keep flipping back and forth between my Glocks and my lone HK..

A new HK P7M13 added to my inventory could change my whole perspective rather quickly....

Now, if I could only save up the dough. :D

January 27, 2003, 09:34 PM
Yes, after owning exclusively semi-autos, I bought my first revolver at the end of the year.

My new favorites are two older S&Ws: a model 10-5, and a model 15-2. I now know what I've been missing and really needed to have all along . . . these two fine guns!

January 27, 2003, 11:10 PM
I used to say there is nothing better than Glocks. Then I opened my mind and found the world of 1911s :D

Baba Louie
January 28, 2003, 08:14 PM
Waaaay back in time, when I was a little Baba Louie, (circa 1962 or so) my dear old Dad purchased a 1911a1 Colt, marked Property of US Govt. which he paid a whopping $35 for. He/We next bought a Luger for $50, about 1965 (5th grade). Some of my saved allowance made me part owner. Finally, in 1967, he bought a Colt Single Action in .357. (Don't tell Mom, but he paid $75 for it with his/our MAD money... He called it MAD money cause if Mom ever knew he had it she'd get pretty mad :D )

When I go back and visit my parents, I always ask to see "THEM".

They were the first handguns I ever saw, held and shot.

The bittersweet thing about them is that they'll be mine some day, but as far as I'm concerned that day should never come.

But they are the things that a boy dreams of. Even 48 year old boys.


If you enjoyed reading about "Anyone's favorite handgun never change?" here in archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join today for the full version!