Gun Collection "Must Have" - Handgun


September 19, 2003, 02:18 PM
What do you consider to be the "must have" handgun(s) for any gun collection.

I'll start -- a 1911 in 11.43x23 (.45ACP). Preferably a Colt.

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September 19, 2003, 02:23 PM
A .22 target pistol for cheap practice and teaching newbies

A full-size auto (wundernine, 1911, whatever)

A carry piece (which might be your full-size, depending)

That is pretty much all the "must haves" in my opinion.

Everything after that is just because you want it :evil:

September 19, 2003, 02:31 PM
It really depends on the individual and whether or not they have a theme idea, a practical idea or just want a bunch of guns.

Me I want all kinds of different actions, single action, double action, P7 squeeze cocker etc.

As for a "collection" must have handgun I would agree on a Colt 1911 and would probably add everybody should have a SAA revolver of some type preferably a Colt but basically a Single Action Army revolver is a necessity.


Ala Dan
September 19, 2003, 02:36 PM
I would say a NIB Smith & Wesson "Registered Magnum".

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

September 19, 2003, 02:40 PM
For me, there are 'must haves' in diff't calibers & configurations. In 45 acp, a 1911, in 9mm, a P7M8, in 38/357 mag, a S&W wheelgun & in 22lr, the S&W mod 41.

September 19, 2003, 02:49 PM

Guns schmuns, I want this 31-rd USP magazine :p

September 19, 2003, 02:53 PM
What are you, some sort of Metric Snob? :)

I'd say a 1911A1.

September 19, 2003, 02:57 PM
1911 - .45 (full-size)
Browning Hi-Power - 9mm
Ruger/Browning/Whatever - .22
S&W - .357/.38
SIG P210 - 9mm (OK, not "must have"... but want A LOT)

September 19, 2003, 03:16 PM
The one and only .45 Luger toggle top. Until I get that, I don't have a collection -- just some shootin' irons.... :D

September 19, 2003, 04:04 PM
"L" or "N" Frame Smith & Wesson wheelgun

Zach S
September 19, 2003, 04:05 PM
Seems like we did this once already, recently.

September 19, 2003, 06:01 PM
Smith Model 57 six-inch .41 Magnum.

September 19, 2003, 06:20 PM
something small
S&W Revolver
Ruger Revolver

September 19, 2003, 07:16 PM
same answer....
1911 .45 acp, good leather, wilson mags, 22 conversion unit!
Everything else is gravy!

September 19, 2003, 07:31 PM
These are my top four must haves:

1. 1911 45ACP
2. Glock full sized
3. D-frame Colt Revolver 38Spl
4. N-Frame S&W Revolver 44Mag or 357Mag.

September 19, 2003, 08:10 PM
Something 9mm, .38 special or .357 mag
Something in 45ACP
Something in .22LR

At least one should be a revolver.

Standing Wolf
September 19, 2003, 09:30 PM
I would say a NIB Smith & Wesson "Registered Magnum".

Wrong. Two of them, consecutively serial-numbered.

September 19, 2003, 10:06 PM
I'd say everyone should have at least one good large frame magnum revolver, one good large frame semi-auto and one .22 in either revolver or semi-auto. That's the bare minimum.

September 19, 2003, 11:10 PM
Makarov! Don't forget Makarov!


Ala Dan
September 20, 2003, 12:02 AM
Greeting's Standing Wolf-

With two of them, I would think I was a banker !:D

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

September 20, 2003, 01:16 AM
Okay ... it'll take more than one.
1) Quality 1911A1.
2) S&W N frame in .41/44 Mag
3) S&W K/L/N frame in .357
4) Ruger Mk II

September 20, 2003, 01:34 AM
How about

1) .22 plinker for training newbies
2) Fullsize centerfire handgun, caliber of your choice
3) Compact centerfire handgun for CCW
4) Centerfire Pocket pistol of some sort
5) .22 Target pistol for bullseye
6) .45 Target pistol for bullseye


September 20, 2003, 10:10 AM
Any collection would have to include a Colt SAA in .45 Colt or a high quality copy.

September 20, 2003, 06:52 PM
Browning Hi-Power - 9mm

September 20, 2003, 07:30 PM
Must Haves

Sig 229 .40S&W


September 20, 2003, 09:02 PM
Everybody needs a Beretta 92FS, preferably two!

September 20, 2003, 10:39 PM
Must have a Glock and any Smith or Colt wheelgun in .357 Mag!

September 20, 2003, 11:33 PM
Must have?? Hmmm. To be honest, there are lots of good ones.

To be opinionated: Hi Powers (both MKIII & GP Comp), several Smith .357's & .44 Specials, and probably two Glocks (a G19 & a G23).

There are others I'd definitely enoy, like a TC Contender in several calibers for hunting.

September 20, 2003, 11:48 PM
No collection is complete without a P7M7.

September 21, 2003, 12:12 AM
Collection is the operative word here. Since we assume there is to be more than one gun, i.e. for self-protection, home defense, etc. I would say every collection needs at least one .22. Simply put, .22s are the most fun you can have shooting, and fun is also a great argument to throw up to the antis. I prefer Rugers, but any quality .22 will do.:D

September 21, 2003, 09:16 PM
A 1911

September 21, 2003, 10:37 PM
Colt 1851 navy .36 cal
Colt 1911 .45acp
Colt Saa .45colt
S&W mdl 10 .38spl
S&W mdl 29 .44mag

These would in my opinion be a good start.

September 22, 2003, 01:28 AM
My mimimum musts (also some of my firsts, go figure):
-S&W K-frame (or equivelent), preferably in .357mag but .38spl is acceptable. My choice is a 3" K-frame .357 as ideal.
-9mm auto

With those you are ok. The 9mm ammo and .38s out of the K-frame are cheap enough that you can get by without a .22. However, a .22lr would be a good addition as well.

September 23, 2003, 03:41 PM
All of them in my safe are "must have's" .... at least that's what I tell my wife!


Brian Williams
September 23, 2003, 03:53 PM
Gun collection minimum for Handguns
22 auto -------------------------Ruger MKII Slabside
22 Revo -------------------------- Ruger Single six
Mouse gun -------------------------25 cal no name from father in law
Small snub -------------------------S&W 940 being held at local shop for me
Serious fighting revo -------------------------S&W 13 3"
Range/hunting revo-------------------------S&W 586
Wondernine-------------------------Glock 19
1911 -------------------------Sistema Colt
Large bore DA revo-------------------------Taurus Tracker in 45 colt
Large bore SA revo -------------------------?????? I want a Ruger OM Blackhawk in 45colt
Old time collectable -------------------------S&W 1905 4th change on hold at FFL

September 23, 2003, 04:17 PM
Hmm... There are a lot of guns listed here as "must haves" and I don't have any, nor want them!

I don't own any Beretta's. I have SIG's.
I don't any Rugers or Colts - just Smith's. But a Colt Python or SAA would be nice.

And I don't own, nor will I ever own any Glocks. :evil:


September 23, 2003, 08:15 PM
That's too bad - you are missing out on a fine weapon, especially the G19.

This from a man with 10 Sig's, mind you...

September 23, 2003, 09:27 PM
1911A1 .45 ACP
22 semi auto
Ruger revolver .357 or .44 mag.

Jim Hall

Abominable No-Man
September 23, 2003, 11:04 PM
Let's see:

IMO, you need a .22 pistol (revolver or auto is left to the individual), a self-defense pistol (caliber and action again left up to the individual), a magnum revolver (.357 or .44.....if you asked me, I'd say S&W or Ruger), and one "this-one-is-really-cool" pistol (Desert Eagle, MAC10, M11/9, or whatever else turns your crank...).

Of course, you can add to this list: One "I-saw-Arnie/Jean-Claude/Sly-use this-one-in-Marked-for-Certain-Bloody-Screaming-Death-XVIII" pistol (oops,
this is probably the DE...well I liked Marked for Certain Bloody Screaming Death......). One "this one is a plastic wondergun" (hadda get one in on the Glock guys:neener: ), and one "this 1911A1 costed me $1800 far....."

Okay, okay, I'll stop.......


September 24, 2003, 06:45 PM
A. Sig P210
B. Mauser C96 (Broomhandle)
C. Smith and Wesson Registered Magnum with four inch barrel

Captain Scarlet
September 24, 2003, 08:26 PM
my interest is mostly WWII era pistols and my collection must haves are:

* US 1911A1
* Walther P-38


ruger fan 101
September 24, 2003, 09:09 PM
Got to have a Redhawk!!

September 24, 2003, 10:17 PM
Open Carry pistol
something big, scary and impressive like a HK USP, Glock 17, SIG P226, 1911, Walther P99, etc for open carry usage for all to see. I'll take the USP in .45acp!

Concealed Carry pistol
a small but powerful ccw gun for concealment, like maybe a SIG P245 or P239, Colt Officers, micro Glock, Kahr, etc. Gimme the P239 in .357 SIG!

Hideout pistol
ultralight .38 special/.380 small hideout gun like a Ti or Sc Smith & Wesson Jframe, Taurus titanium, old S&W or Colt aluminum frame revolver, Colt Pony or other small .380, etc. I'll take that S&W 360 in .357mag!

Target/Plinking pistol
something really really accurate and (preferably) cheap to shoot too. For target use to keep your eye sharp, and plinking just for fun too... A quality target grade .22LR, somethig like a Browning Buck Mark, Ruger MkII, SIG Trailside, etc. Gimme the Trailside!

Thats pretty much my "minumum"...

On top of that, and given some more funds and other sitiuations I'd add:

Woods/hunting sidearm
something to carry as a sidearm when walking/hiking/hunting with a long gun. There for emergency use and maybe mercy shots or possibly some small game up close under the right conditions. A 4 inch double action .38/.357/.44/.45 revolver pops to mind here, but a short barreled Colt SAA would do nicely too. An older S&W Mountain Gun or one of the new ultralight Lframes might do nicely, as would a S&W 625 in .45acp (albeit kinda heavy). Colt Diamondback/Python is heavy too, but would be nice as well. If S&W ever made a Sc "M325" in .45acp I'd probably take that, until then I'll have to stick with the "heavy" version, the 625.

Hunting pistol (smallgame)
A 4 to 6 inch .357 would be nice here, as would that 625 in .45acp/ar or even a lightweight 4" .41/.44/.45colt with light loadings, again, something like a S&W mountain gun would be nice. A decent .22LR revolver or autoloader will fill in here nicely for the really small stuff, and if you pick your big game hunting pistol well then they will balance each other nicely and leave no gaps in your hunting capabilities. My favorite is the 625 here too, it serves double duty I guess.

Hunting pistol (big game)
Something like a 6" to 8 3/8" .41 or .44 mag, or maybe a stout old Ruger in .45 Colt with some hotter loads. A T-C Contender in .35 Rem/.45-70 or one of the powerful wildcat calibers would be nice too. I'll take the T-C Contender with 2 barrels, a 12" hunter in .223, and a 12" hunter in .45-70. That would be a pretty useful combination.

On top of these I might add a few "competition" pistols, like a revolver or single shot pistol in a high velocity caliber for Silhouette shooting, and maybe a couple of accurized Bullseye guns in .22lr and .45acp.

I'd just order another barrel for my T-C here for the silhouette, maybe one in .357 Max or .30/30. And for the Bullseye shooting I'd go with a pair of 1911s, both homebuilt then sent out for tweaking, one a .22LR and the other a .45. Both setup as identically as possible.

Well, thats pretty much my "minimum" :D

September 25, 2003, 12:21 AM
A "must have" is one wher your collection is incompleat without it. It depends on your defination of collection also. Is it a shooting collection or a collecting collection? There would be different "must haves" for each collection. I give my must have for both lists.

Collecting collection:
Colt 1911
Walther P-38
Walther PPK
Broomhandle Mauser
Colt SAA
S&W revolver of some type

Shooting must have collection
.22 semi-auto
9mm auto
.357mag revolver

Baba Louie
September 27, 2003, 12:11 PM
All good choices so far.

My take (FWIW) of "must haves"

Black powder... a single shot flint or percussion cap
Black powder... a Colt 51, Paterson or Walker replica revolver
.22... a revolver (SA and DA) and a semi-auto
.38... S&W M&P/10
.357... your pick, I settled on a 586
9mm... Broomhandle, Luger, BHP and P-38
.44... S&W 24 and 29
.45... SAA (Colt) and 1911 (acp)


I kinda like Tamara's decision to limit her collection to only own every S&W revolver that they ever produced, but I'm not going to give up mine, just to frustrate her goal of having them ALL


September 27, 2003, 12:28 PM
Kahr P40
Ruger Redhawk in 44 magnum

With these, I'd be halfway there... :D

September 27, 2003, 06:23 PM
Must have...the next one. And the one after that. Unless the wife finds out.:D

September 27, 2003, 10:18 PM
S&W .357
1911A1 (.45 ACP, naturally)
some kind of .22 lr
some form of wondernine


(Heh, heh, post #500. Man, I need a life.)

September 28, 2003, 12:25 AM
How about one that doesn't exist? Like a Glock 34 or 35 size gun in say 357 SIG or even 9x23 Winchester?

Or a Glock single action revolver? What would that look like?

September 28, 2003, 01:02 AM
Must Have:
A Handgun which:
- You can carry on your hip (concealed)
- Fires a cartridge capable of reliably penetrating a minimum of 12" of properly calibrated ballistic gelatin.
- Can discharge these cartridges with a very high degree of reliability in all conditions you expect to find yourself in.

The following are "should haves":
- .22lr for cheap practice, ideally very similar to your carry weapon.
- Back-up gun, probably a revolver, and probably .38 Spcl.
- A spare for your carry gun, in case it goes down.
- A gun to lend out to friends who might need one, but didn't see the light before their life became in danger.

The following are "nifty to have":
H&K P7
A 10mm
P-35 / Hi-Power
SIG P210
Something really, really powerful.


September 28, 2003, 06:24 AM
# guns that I'D never part with:

COLT .45acp Government Model
686 S&W 4" .357 7 shot
CZ75B 9mm

My carry is a 342PD that I'd not likely part with but doesn't make the "must have" list.

Want/Must have: target .22 Pardini, Walther, etc.

September 29, 2003, 06:17 PM
I've posted something like this before but here goes:

You need a 1911. Because by god this country's freedom was defended with such an arm. It should say Colt on the slide, though I'm open to letting it say Springfield or Valtro. JMB was on our side.

You need a 22 target pistol. After all you have a new legions of shooters to train in the art of handgunning and nobody starts off with a 454 ruger conversion.

You need snubby wheelgun. Maybe it was Jack Webb on Dragnet, or Magarret on 5-0 that kept you thinking about needing six for sure when the bad guys were packing brass knucks and icepicks. Besides, it conceals well in a small book or purse if you feel like loaning it to your significant other.

You need a hicap wondernine. It can be plastic or steel and domestic or foreign. One way to show your disgruntled attitude over the 10 shot magazine limit is to buy a pistol that holds 16 plus cartridges and HOARD all the reliable mags you can. Pass them on to future generations of patriots.

You need a cowboy gun. That's right, Lone Ranger and Tonto alike carried an SAA Colt. Well, thanks to cowboy action shooting, inexpensive Italian revolvers and Ruger, you can well afford to learn fanning, spinning loaded guns around your trigger finger and other stupid tricks ... I don't recommend either practice btw. Practice your Eastwood smile instead.

You need a big honkin anti bear projectile launching system that easily mounts in a hip holster. Not that You would knowingly PICK a fight with a brown bear in down town Detroit... but due to loss of bear habitat the big bruins have been known to roam looking for new habitat. You should be prepared. Exotics are fine, in fact encouraged. After all you really need an excuse to own a Desert eagle 50 if you aren't starring in an Action Pic right?

You NEED a pistol that has been there and done that. Where it did it and when isn't really all that important. A luger brought back by an Uncle (who traded a carton of dry socks for it for all you know) a 357 SW revolver used in a bank hiest, sold to you by a guy "in the know".. the point is it should have some dubious "history" of being fired in anger. Only the closest of your friends should be allowed to fondle or even ogle this historic firearm.

You need a BBQ gun. Never know when Anne Richards might invite you over for Brisket. See related threads. Ivory, engraved, silverplated, etc encouraged. Make sure your gunleather is equally up to the task. Besides, you always wanted a 38 super.

You need James Bond gun. Ok Man From Uncle/Alias/Our Man Flint will work in a pinch. Something that says 'shakem not stirred' and looks good in a shoulder holster under your tux jacket. The Bond series is full of relevant pistols and revolvers, it doesn't have to be a PPK.

You need a carry gun. Fininsh worn down, skateboard tape on the grip, practical sights. You don't care what it looks like this is your 'serious piece'. This is the weapon you reach for when the chips are down because it has become an extension of your hand and will. You practice with it religiously.

You need a piece of curiousa. A lemon squeezer, a Chicago palm pistol, perhaps a pepperbox. Something to tickle your intellectual needs, and yet that you can still throw laed down range in a fun, if impractical manner. Gyrojets, Dardicks, FrankenColts fall in this arena. Besides who among your friends actually HAS a 4.5mm VeloDog?

You need a smokebox. That's right. You need to get a Black powder handgun. Why? Well they still work and the mastery of pistol craft is in the shooter not the sixgun. Besides, Wild Bill, Kit Carson and John Wesly Hardin did just fine with a cap 'n ball shooter. Match it with a Bowie knife or tomohawk for when it jams or fails to fire.

You are also going to need a bigger safe.


September 29, 2003, 11:58 PM
As much as I'd like to say 4" M&P or 6" Python .357, if I had to pick one 'must have' as the post indicates...

Make it a Glock 19.

Powerful, reliable, corrosion resistant, 16 rds. of 9mm on tap, and economical to shoot as well.

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