Finish this comment..."the handgun I buy has to...."


March 11, 2009, 05:43 PM
I'll start;

The handgun I buy has to digest the WalMart Value Pack ball ammunition properly at the range; this is the reason I've always liked Sigs, I had a P228, now I have a P225, and those guns always ran real nice on the 9mm VP ball ammo, and I never had an ammo hiccup on either gun. I have plenty of the 9mm VP, plus a 50 round box of non-VP Winchester and a 50 round box of UMCs that I'm going to run through my new Springer Loaded 9mm this weekend, so we'll see what happens with this one.

I once had a CZ 75B in .40S&W reworked by a pistolsmith, with new Wolff XP recoil & mag springs, because it would stovepipe the 165gr Winchester VP ball ammo on a regular basis, yet it usually ran O.K. on the non-VP 180 gr. Winchester variety. Really good gun once I had it worked over, but the early problems I had with it kind of soured me on .40S&W; I really prefer 9mm and 45acp.

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March 11, 2009, 06:02 PM

March 11, 2009, 06:44 PM
... be reliable, dependable, accurate, fit my hand, contain a potent caliber, have parts available for it ... and have Walther stamped somewhere on its side. :)

March 11, 2009, 06:56 PM
Be dependable. I've bought some budget guns, and I've worn some parts out on high end guns.

That only goes for 'serious' guns. There are some I buy as range toys or collectors. I don't buy a pre-war Colt as an everyday shooter.

March 11, 2009, 07:13 PM
Have external hammer

Anna's Dad
March 11, 2009, 07:19 PM
...not be legal in California. ;)

March 11, 2009, 08:09 PM
Fire an ammunition type that gives a good bang for the buck. ex: I would pick a .44 mag DE over the .50AE model.

March 11, 2009, 08:15 PM
Work....EVERY time!

The Lone Haranguer
March 11, 2009, 08:15 PM
Shoot every time. There are other considerations, but this is first and paramount.

March 11, 2009, 08:55 PM
Be accurate, reliable and easy to conceal.

March 11, 2009, 09:54 PM
be made of steel!

March 11, 2009, 10:13 PM
go bang each and every time - anything else is secondary

March 11, 2009, 10:16 PM
"be a 1911" :cool: ;)

2nd 41
March 11, 2009, 10:50 PM
to be:
Target Quality (except for house/conceal guns)
Be reliable
Well made.
Nice finish.
Has to be Colt, S&W, SA, Sig, Beretta or Browning

March 11, 2009, 10:56 PM
...100% everytime.

March 11, 2009, 11:00 PM
Work everytime.

oh, and have an arched mainspring (or similar profile)

March 11, 2009, 11:01 PM
WORK x2 and keep working without major rebuilding every few hundred rounds .

Headless Thompson Gunner
March 11, 2009, 11:04 PM
...have a good single action trigger pull. Shooting a handgun well is hard enough already. There's no sense in making it even harder with a crummy trigger pull.

March 11, 2009, 11:07 PM
shoot what I load and be backed by a good company...

March 11, 2009, 11:13 PM
work everytime & make me look good shooting it :cool:

March 11, 2009, 11:13 PM
Be the size of a pocket pen, have the accuracy and power to kill an elephant at 200 yards, and whatever it shoots must not be able to penetrate drywall.

March 11, 2009, 11:23 PM
the handgun I buy has to...

...serve an intended purpose and fill a particular need.
I don't buy safe queens or range-only guns. If it doesn't have a specific roll, I will find myself wondering why I have it. Just my $0.02 FWIW.

March 11, 2009, 11:34 PM
... include a free weekend at a suite at the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas, and be hand-delivered by a gorgeous redhead with green eyes and freckles, who has fantasies about fulfilling the dreams of grumpy ol' desert cats.
If I get all that with it, I don't care if it's made of wood and propels marbles! :D

March 11, 2009, 11:48 PM
Has to me something I want, not popular...

March 11, 2009, 11:58 PM
work all the time and feel JUST right in my hand.

March 12, 2009, 12:51 AM
. . .has to earn my total trust and confidence every time it is fired. Not too hard with my Berettas and M&P9.:D

March 12, 2009, 01:06 AM
...make me smile when I pick it up.

March 12, 2009, 02:10 AM
be reliable.

March 12, 2009, 03:40 AM
Go bang every time I pull the trigger & only when I pull the trigger.............WVleo

March 12, 2009, 05:06 AM
The handgun I buy has to go bang every time and have sufficient stopping power. Ideally I would like it to have a grip angle that matches a 1911 for true point of aim.

March 12, 2009, 08:20 AM
Allow me to press-cock it.

Just One Shot
March 12, 2009, 08:27 AM
Go bang when I hit the trigger and incite fear into those that find themselves on the wrong end of the barrel. :neener:

March 12, 2009, 08:29 AM reliable, easy enough to clean, and most important to me is durability. I like knowing that a gun I buy will never break.

March 12, 2009, 10:14 AM
Give me goosebumps when I touch her.....:uhoh: Ohh and of course function properly.

March 12, 2009, 12:14 PM
...have a good trigger, good sights and be completely reliable.

March 12, 2009, 01:37 PM
Interest me.

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