Semi auto for the rest of your life.


August 10, 2003, 11:30 AM
Which semi auto pistol would you choose if you could only have one for the rest of your life? Not one make or model but just one pistol.

I would choose a gun in a caliber that would be around in the future (no .45 GAP, .357SIG, etc.). I would also choose a gun that has been around long enough that parts, grips and mags will be common. I would also choose a gun that is not too big since it will be my only semi auto forever, something like a med frame.

I am thinking an all metal 9mm. Maybe a BHP or a SIG 239 or 228.

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August 10, 2003, 11:33 AM
You read my mind...:D

August 10, 2003, 11:44 AM
I wouldn't choose an alloy framed pisol, like a Sig 239. Examine a police trade in Sig some time - the rails do get sloppy with use.

One gun for life? Something "do it all" like a steel Sig 210, or BHP. There are lots of guns that would work, but I'd want steel, accuracy and a common caliber. A really solid hammer forged bore would be nice, too.

August 10, 2003, 12:01 PM
A BHP....of course!


4v50 Gary
August 10, 2003, 12:56 PM
C-96 Mauser in Schnellfeuer, detachable magazine & shoulder stock holster.

August 10, 2003, 01:16 PM
I'm so pleased with my BHP that, if I were not ever allowed to get another pistol in my life, I would still be happy.


August 10, 2003, 01:21 PM
Having only one semi auto to last me for the rest of my life is just about the only thing I can think of that would induce me to buy a Glock 19.

So that's my (odd) choice....


A gun I don't like in a caliber I don't like...:barf:

Im glad I'm old and gonna die soon.

August 10, 2003, 01:36 PM
A few years ago, I had to trim my collection down. I ended up selling all but one P7M8. If I were to do it again, it would be a front runner in which one would be my only one.

Sean Smith
August 10, 2003, 01:37 PM
Mine is in the mail back from getting its hard chrome finish... a customized Delta Elite. :D

Andrew Wyatt
August 10, 2003, 03:37 PM
a 1911 of one stripe or another, probably a lightweight commander.

Marko Kloos
August 10, 2003, 03:58 PM
If I had to stick with only one autoloader for good, I'd keep the HK P7M8.

August 10, 2003, 04:08 PM
Kimber Custom Target in 45. ACP. Slim enough to hide, and I just love the longer sight radius. Parts can be had from just about any place. I doubt there is another handgun that has so many parts and assessories made for it. There is also a wealth of knowledge and experience assimilated for old "slabside". If I had to have a 9MM, it too would be a 1911 model.

Mark IV Series 80
August 10, 2003, 04:09 PM
I would keep my tuned, Series 80, Combat Commander.


I shoot this gun better than any other centerfire, semi-auto, handgun.

It's 100% reliable with factory hollowpoints and Wilson 7-round magazines.

Never needed major parts, but they're available from many sources.

August 10, 2003, 04:11 PM
My Springfield Pro would be my preference, but any good 5" steel 1911 should do the trick. Change springs every so often and the barrel once every umpty-jillion rounds, and it'll long outlast me.

Chris Rhines
August 10, 2003, 04:15 PM
Probably the CZ-85, but a 1911 would be a close second.

- Chris

August 10, 2003, 04:26 PM
I'd choose my Glock 17.

August 10, 2003, 04:42 PM

That's it.

Both have had more units and parts made (one over a long time and many countries and the other ramped up for ww1 and ww2 production, plusthe MOST coustomized pistol in the world. Parts are everywhere.

August 10, 2003, 05:03 PM
Good arguments for the 1911 as the semi-auto for the rest of your life. But I'm so attached to the SIG P220ST I'll take my chances.

August 10, 2003, 05:12 PM
Even though I have never owned or even fired one, I would also choose the 1911 (make mine an Ed Brown or Wilson please!). I love my P99 and all, but I think the all steel design of the 1911 lends to longer life. There would also be plenty of parts and ammo available and just about every gunsmith knows the 1911 in and out.

August 10, 2003, 05:12 PM
I don't think that you are taking any chances. The firearm you have chosen is a fine one, and I believe that it will serve you well.

August 10, 2003, 05:35 PM
I'd go with my Glock 23 or possibly the Glock 35. Either way, I've had tremendous results with my 23 and currently I have enough spare parts to keep the gun alive for about 10yrs of heavy use, plus its very easy to diagnose and fix any problems with the weapon.

August 10, 2003, 05:52 PM
If only one it would be between a couple contenders:
-my CZ 75B
-A 1911 from any of the major makes (Colt, Kimber or SA) or my Charles Daly
-A BHP/FN HP (don't own yet, but I think it would probably be up there from what I know of them)

Navy joe
August 10, 2003, 06:36 PM
My Rem Rand. It's already survived the government, unknown owners, me blowing up a barrel, installing a barrel, trigger jobs, etc. It has character that only a parkerize job older than it's owner can have. There are blueprints, if it breaks in two I can weld it back together to spec.

I love my Glocks, just couldn't get that sentimental about them.

BHPs? I love them, they have a harder time standing up to a lifetime of hard use than a 1911 does. I suppose it'd be my third choice though.

August 10, 2003, 06:47 PM
Very high quality 5" 1911.

August 11, 2003, 12:05 AM
Based on the criteria in the original post, it would have to be a very popular pistol so that there would be a surplus of spare parts for years to come.

This makes it a HiPower, Beretta 92, CZ75, Sig P226.

It also needs to be a common caliber available around the world. Sorry guys, I carry a 1911 every day, but outside the U.S. borders .45ACP ammo is hard to come by. So it would have to be 9mm NATO ammo.

August 11, 2003, 12:18 AM
My Sig P239 which I just happen to plan on keeping for the rest of my life.

August 11, 2003, 12:25 AM
I'm happy with my Glock 22. Its the only handgun I own and I plan on keeping it forever.

Doug Add
August 11, 2003, 01:39 AM
I'm so pleased with my BHP that, if I were not ever allowed to get another pistol in my life, I would still be happy.
Wes said exactly what I was thinking. Make mine another selection of the Browning Hi-Power.

August 11, 2003, 03:32 AM

August 11, 2003, 04:23 AM
5" 1911

August 11, 2003, 08:03 AM
If I had only one I could buy, I'd move...;) but for the sake of arguement, it'd be my Beretta 92FS.

August 11, 2003, 09:08 AM
My Sig P228

August 11, 2003, 10:40 AM
Glock 19. Tough, reliable, and you can find 9mm anywhere on the planet.

Island Beretta
August 11, 2003, 10:45 AM
I do not know the longevity of alloy or polymer framed guns (they have not been around long enough) so if it is just one for the rest of my life a steel gun would be the best choice. This gun would have to have high parts and gunsmithing skills availability in a widely available cartridge. It would have to be ergonomic, reliable, accurate and comfortable to carry (meaning for steel it would have to be slim profiled, as it would inherently be heavy)..based on this I can only think of 1 gun....

August 11, 2003, 11:47 AM
9mm something, but I'm not ready to choose....

August 11, 2003, 12:34 PM
I'd keep my Ruger P89. Rugers are all lifetime guns. Less replacement parts out there, but don't worry, you wouldn't need them.

August 11, 2003, 01:04 PM
10mm for the versatility. Probably my S&W but I might go 1911.

August 11, 2003, 01:07 PM

August 11, 2003, 01:13 PM
I have many guns that will stay with me for the rest of my life. That being said, if I had ONLY ONE it would be either one of my Glock 20's or my Glock 29.

Ala Dan
August 11, 2003, 01:59 PM
Probably my 9m/m West German SIG-Sauer P228; cuz
of the ammuntion availability, virtually world-wide*!:D :uhoh:

*FootNote- if the .45 ACP were available as is the 9m/m,
then I certainly would have chosen my West German SIG-
Sauer P220A!:D :rolleyes:

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

August 11, 2003, 02:07 PM
Just one? Tough. But probably the first semi-auto I bought: Glock 26. Accurate, reliable, durable, inexpensive ammo, concealable, easy to maintain, popular.

August 11, 2003, 11:31 PM
A lot of people pick 9mm for its "worldwide availability".

Do y'all take your pistols overseas a lot? :confused:

August 11, 2003, 11:44 PM
Make mine a Glock 17! Though a CZ 75 variant is a good contender too.

August 11, 2003, 11:59 PM
Beretta 92

August 12, 2003, 12:25 AM

I just like the 9mm cartridge. It scores well under all criteria, and excels under several.

It also fits a lot of lead spitters, which increases the odds of success when ammo foraging.

Ala Dan
August 12, 2003, 01:01 AM
Hey Tamara-

I haven't been oversea's in quite a while; but if I were called
into action, then I would definitely like to have my SIG P228
with me.! In this day and age, one never knows where he
or she may end up?

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

AZ Husker
August 12, 2003, 05:45 AM
All steel, no MIM, stainless Ed Brown Kobra Carry. Simple, proven design with unbelieveable workmanship and durability.

August 12, 2003, 10:00 PM
Sometime in the future be moving 'verseas
and if allowed to a ripe old age, Id
have me a revo. if auto only, prolly .25
Beretta Jetfire? Plastic? 50yrs from now
Ill be checking the local flea market under
"junk" for these early ploymers.
Presently- an AK,..oh handgun? CZ75

August 12, 2003, 11:37 PM
Walther P99 in 9 mm or 40

J Hoss
August 13, 2003, 01:39 AM
HK P7 family - Not the M10. Well you say rest of your life. I suppose an M10 would never wear out. :D

August 13, 2003, 02:12 AM
Probably my Springfield Mil-Spec 1911.

Accurate, reliable, fun to shoot, effective caliber (.45 ACP) and easy to get parts.


August 13, 2003, 02:22 AM

Baba Louie
August 13, 2003, 02:46 AM
Just to be a little different, I'd say a good quality .22lr since I shoot them more than all of the others (combined if truth be known).

Probably just pick a plain jane vanilla Ruger MKII w/ fixed sights, a few bricks and have fun.

Good for plinking at all sorts of targets or putting food in pot, cheaper to feed, etc. and I'm sure that when we all meet at some range somewhere, you're ALL going to want to shoot my little .22 while I borrow your big boys for a string or two :D


August 13, 2003, 06:24 AM
Colt 1911 .45 auto!
Dang, which one of my stable do I chose? Government, Officer's, Commander?
The .22 conversion unit would come along. As would all the Wilson mags. And spare parts I have collected over the years.
A reloading press..
Overseas? Not likely, too old to play grunt in the grass and the land of the 'free' is one of the last places you can easily get and keep a fine handgun. Been there, done that....(and carried a 1911A1!)
If I had time to 'get ready' for this one gun thing, I might go ahead and give Caspian a call for a officer's sized titanium frame, commander length damascus slide and all the high quality internals to go with. would be a 1911 .45 auto!

August 13, 2003, 07:31 AM
I think I agree with Tamara on this one. I'd definitely go with one of my 1911's, and after some thought I'd have to say my Springfield Pro would be the one. It's 100% reliable. It's been tested more thoroughly than perhaps any other pistol. Durable. Accurate. Concealable if need be. Parts are widely available. And as any 1911, fairly easy to work on.

August 13, 2003, 08:37 AM
Make my first choice a 'T'-series Hi-Power, with a backup by CZ75B.

Dave Markowitz
August 13, 2003, 08:56 AM
My BHP Practical.

August 13, 2003, 12:47 PM
only one...

My G23


My CZ75-B


My SP2009

oh forget it...I'm keeping them all!

Safe shooting,


August 13, 2003, 01:00 PM
SIG 220ST in .45 ammo should be able to found even over seas for occasional recreational use or I could bring said ammo.

P7M8 is my second choice but only second by a very small margin.

If we are talking about a dangerous, war, SHTF situation where I am stuck over seas or anyplace else where .45 is not readily available I just shoot some other poor schmuck and liberate his weapon(s).

Think WWII liberator.


Gary A
August 13, 2003, 11:47 PM
Going to extremes, the two favorites I would have to choose between are the Hi-Power and the Ruger P95. Yeah, I know, but the choice is not all that clear cut between them (for me). Different but both great pistols.

December 10, 2010, 03:34 PM
beretta 92

December 10, 2010, 03:58 PM
I like the post from the first page where he said 357sig won't be around in the future. Ooops

December 10, 2010, 04:31 PM

December 10, 2010, 04:41 PM
Probably a H&K P2000 LEM .40. It's a do-it-all kind of gun and durable enough to last a lifetime without needing replacement parts other than a few recoil and magazine springs.

Buck Snort
December 10, 2010, 05:04 PM
There's a "full life" pistol laying in my gunsafe, its a Wilson Combat CQB. ;)

General Tso
December 10, 2010, 05:29 PM
Glock 17

December 10, 2010, 05:31 PM
1911s forever

December 10, 2010, 06:10 PM



Les Baer TRS

December 10, 2010, 06:25 PM
A 9mm Glock. Most likely I would take a 19.

December 10, 2010, 06:58 PM
rellscout, that baer has such a nice look to it. What finish is on the frame and slide lock?

December 10, 2010, 07:16 PM
Hard to say...either my Beretta 90-Two .40 or my Walther PPK/S .380...

Erik M
December 10, 2010, 08:18 PM
I wouldnt trade my IMI Jericho for anything. Beretta 92 would be a close second place.

Sauer Grapes
December 10, 2010, 08:32 PM
BHP or 1911

Justin Holder
December 10, 2010, 08:37 PM
Glock 20 10mm

December 10, 2010, 08:47 PM
Steel commander size 1911.

December 10, 2010, 08:55 PM
Beretta/Taurus 92.

-Happy Holidays

December 10, 2010, 10:13 PM
If only there were a great pistol design...that shot a big caliber...felt good in your hand...all steel...great trigger...multiple safety mechanisms...that was proven to be reliable with nearly a hundred years of combat experience...and the standard choice for competitive pistol accuracy. Hmmmm.

I might choose something like that.

December 10, 2010, 10:14 PM
My Guncrafter No Name 1911.

December 10, 2010, 11:12 PM
Glock 17

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