Which semi-auto do you trust w/your life?


General Tso
September 1, 2010, 01:44 AM
Just wondering what every one thought. I have a Beretta 92, Colt 1911 Delta Elite 10mm, and a Glock 17. The only reason I won't sell the Glock, is because it's the only one I trust with my life. I'm not really a Glock fanboy, it's just that they have such a good reputation for reliability. What say you all? BTW, the others haven't given me any trouble.

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September 1, 2010, 01:48 AM
Forget their reputations. How do they work for YOU? Which one would you shoot best under stress?

I have an M-9 on my hip right now and I would gladly trade it for a 1911 or a Glock.

September 1, 2010, 01:49 AM
Glock or XD.

September 1, 2010, 01:52 AM
My Springfield 1911 is my nightstand gun. If my state had CCW I would carry it; I would say that I trust it with my life.

General Tso
September 1, 2010, 02:26 AM
I don't know why, I just can't trust my 1911. It's never failed me, but I just read about a lot of "issues" with them, feeding and such.

Carl N. Brown
September 1, 2010, 02:31 AM
Best of mine is H&K USP. Doesn't mean best of all, but it has always been best of mine.

September 1, 2010, 02:41 AM
I've spent a lot of years trusting my life to either a Sig 226 or 220...and I had the option of picking from a list of 45 approved pistols...when it was my duty gun. They just offered a good combination of (carefree) reliability and accuracy (shot placement beats caliber) in a gun that I could carry both on and off duty.

For general use, I've found that a service size 9mm offers a good balance for weight and capacity...my choices have been the Sig 226 and Beretta 92

For more discretion, I'm really taken with the various Kahrs...but I'm giving up capacity for a smaller package, which isn't always a great idea

September 1, 2010, 03:10 AM

September 1, 2010, 04:01 AM
My family will have a P226 9mm real soon in the house.

September 1, 2010, 04:04 AM
Glocks in 9mm, 40, 357sig, and 45acp(minus the G36).

September 1, 2010, 04:07 AM
1911, standard for years for a reason

September 1, 2010, 04:22 AM
Glock 23, primarily.

September 1, 2010, 04:24 AM
G21, over 1000 rounds through and not a single FTF or FTE. I want many guns, I will only ever NEED this one.

Full Metal Jacket
September 1, 2010, 04:28 AM
springfield armory 1911's, CZ's, glocks.

September 1, 2010, 06:06 AM
I'm not saying by any stretch this is the best gun in the world or the most reliable ever....I bought a Taurus PT709 Slim early this year, the pistol works every time I pull the trigger and is accurate. Since its my EDC/HDG it is the gun I spend the most time with, obviously I trust it to do its job if ever needed.

September 1, 2010, 06:56 AM
Beretta 92 inox by choice Sig pro by way of issued and only weapon allow on duty.

be safe

September 1, 2010, 07:16 AM
There comes a point where you have to just accept that no machine is perfect, they will all fail eventually, and that you will have to settle for 'good enough'. To most of us, this means, if it is a gun you are comfortable with, and you shoot it well, and will fire 200 consecutive rounds with the ammo and magazines you will carry with no malfunctions, then it will work.

September 1, 2010, 07:38 AM
G30 in the nightstand, Winchester 1300 under the bed, G27 on hip. The G27 goes every where I go. What ever you have and what ever you feel comfortable using.

September 1, 2010, 07:44 AM
Any 3rd-Generation Smith semiauto. You may want to get it gone over by a smith 'smith if you buy a well-used one--but almost any version is highly reliable in my experience. Were I carrying a concealed semiauto as a primary gun, it would be a smith 3913.

Jim H.

September 1, 2010, 07:45 AM
My nightstand holds a Beretta 96G Elite 1A with Speer Gold Dot LE JHPs.

September 1, 2010, 07:52 AM
Glock...Any Glock.

September 1, 2010, 08:35 AM
Any 3rd-Generation Smith semiauto

September 1, 2010, 08:45 AM
Any 3rd-Generation Smith semiauto.

Absolutely. The 3913 in particular is my all-time favorite, and I have complete trust in mine.

Thaddeus Jones
September 1, 2010, 08:50 AM
3913 and a 4566. Only semi auto's that I own that have never malfunctioned.

The Bushmaster
September 1, 2010, 09:11 AM
Any Colt 1911 and any Kimber 1911

September 1, 2010, 09:20 AM
I know that many badmouth them but my EDC gun is a PT145 and my bedside gun is a 9m/m 24/7 with a TLR1 light. I have put hundreds of rounds through both guns with not FTF,FTE or any problems of any kind.
I feel very comfortable with both guns.

September 1, 2010, 09:25 AM
Colt Combat Commander .45ACP, with some nice customization by the Colt Custom Shop.

September 1, 2010, 09:25 AM
The reliable ones that send lead down range. I have a few that do that...most notably my kimber and my glock.

September 1, 2010, 09:33 AM
I trust all of the semi-autos I own, but if I had to choose one I would say Glock 19 or maybe Kimber Ultra Carry II...it is difficult to name only one :eek:.

cracked junior
September 1, 2010, 09:46 AM
my xd 45. been awesome. only one round wouldnt fire. it also wouldnt fire in 2 other pistols.

September 1, 2010, 09:52 AM
My only - 1997 Sig P-6.

Bass Ackwardz
September 1, 2010, 10:01 AM
After putting over 200 rounds down range in a very broad range of projectile sizes and shapes, I can honestly say my Sig P238 as a carry gun, and my Kimber Warrior as my house gun get my approval.


September 1, 2010, 10:02 AM
I dont think its hard to find a gun you can trust your life too, As ill have a gun fixed or gotten rid of if i cant.
Currently my PT1911 and XD SC .40 are my trusted weapons.

September 1, 2010, 11:05 AM
My Dan Wesson CBOB

September 1, 2010, 11:25 AM

September 1, 2010, 11:33 AM
I bet I am the only one here that will say Llama..I have an IX-D .45 doublestack 1911 clone...And havent had any issues for over 1000 rounds, other than it hammer bites me every time we go to the range...I have a taurus 24/7 pro, but havent had it long enough to say...

September 1, 2010, 12:31 PM
While reputations are an important indicator of future performance, you should trust the gun that has been dependable for you. If they all work, trust them all.

I own quite a few handguns from different manufacturers, including Glock, and I trust them all to protect my life or the lives of my family.

September 1, 2010, 12:38 PM
There are a number of semi auto which I believe have historically shown to be super reliable, I am most familiar with Glock and 3rd generation S&W's such as the 5906 or 645. I also have expereinced total reliability with my CZ-75, S&W 99, S&W M&P9 and S&W M&P45 - however I have not had them for a decade of continued use. In my mind the 1911's are more fussy with respect to ammo than the guns I mentioned.

September 1, 2010, 12:42 PM
A friend of mine wanted me to interject these two:

7mm STW

Ala Dan
September 1, 2010, 12:56 PM
SIG .45 caliber P220A and 9m/m P228~!

September 1, 2010, 01:01 PM
If you shoot the Glock well, I would take that.
They have a great track record (perhaps the best) for reliability, plus its durable.
Last, if for some reason you have to pull your gun, Heaven forbid, the cops are probably gonna take it, the Glock is less expensive and easy to replace.

September 1, 2010, 01:03 PM
My Dan Wesson RZ-10.

September 1, 2010, 01:13 PM
Actually, every handgun I have is reliable, or I wouldn't have it. My choice would be one of my 1911s or HKs (HK45, HK45c, P30, P7M8).

September 1, 2010, 01:13 PM
I have never had a problem with any of my S&W 3rd generation pistols, and would trust any of them for PD.

September 1, 2010, 01:21 PM
My Berettas, Stoegers, CZ, S&W, and Ruger. If I didn't trust my life with any of them, they would not be in my collection.

September 1, 2010, 02:14 PM
CCW - STI Shadow, STI Ranger II, or Kahr PM9.

HD - Springfield XD45 Tactical, or HK USP

I am very accurate with any of those, and none of them have had a malfunction yet.

September 1, 2010, 02:15 PM
Kimber 1911

Also the Ithaca 12Ga. -semiauto is the house defense gun.

September 1, 2010, 02:29 PM
Any of my five M&P's. They have all been flawless for many thousands of rounds down range.

September 1, 2010, 02:31 PM
My Beretta 92FS is my carry gun and nightstand gun.

But, unless its a 22 or something like that - I won't keep a gun that isn't reliable.

September 1, 2010, 03:01 PM
My Pre 80's Colt Combat Commander....45ACP.

September 1, 2010, 03:13 PM
1. Old Sig P6
2. Kimber Pro .45acp
3. Taurus 24/7 PT Pro C 9mm
All 3 have proven to be reliable. Two that I have wouldn't make the list:
1. Kahr CW .40
2. Bersa thunder .380 Del.(mag. problem I think)

September 1, 2010, 03:17 PM
Last, if for some reason you have to pull your gun, Heaven forbid, the cops are probably gonna take it, the Glock is less expensive and easy to replace.

All of mine are easy to replace. If it saves my life, it saves my life. I have others at home...so I don't care if the cops confiscate a $3000 1911 or a $400 glock. I carry whatever I shoot the best or whatever best suits my needs.

September 1, 2010, 03:23 PM
My carry and 100% sure fire pistol is a 2nd Gen S&W Model 669.
9mm, 12+1 capacity, never a failure out of more than 2,000 rounds so far.
I have an XD-45, a Walther PPS and a Sig P6, but my goto gun is the 669 every time.

September 1, 2010, 03:26 PM
Walther P99C
Walther P5
Walther PPK/S

September 1, 2010, 03:51 PM
All of mine are easy to replace. If it saves my life, it saves my life. I have others at home...so I don't care if the cops confiscate a $3000 1911 or a $400 glock. I carry whatever I shoot the best or whatever best suits my needs. +1.

September 1, 2010, 04:39 PM
^^Yep. My grandfather's Inland carbine is in my closet at home right now. It is an heirloom and I want to keep it that way. BUT, if it came down to saving a life or hesitating to make sure it doesn't get confiscated, well, if my grandfather were around, he would smack me for hesitating.

When I was about five, he let me ride his big old bike around the block. I went too far off of a curb, and turfed it into the middle of the street.He was upset, and I told him I was sorry about the bike. He told me; "I can get a new bike. I can't get a new you." I think this applies here.

September 1, 2010, 04:51 PM
In that regard, my Glock 19 is #1 for me

September 1, 2010, 05:11 PM
Never had a malfunction with my Glocks, but they do not give me the warm and fuzzies a Beretta 92FS does.

September 1, 2010, 05:19 PM
S&w m&p 40

harmon rabb
September 1, 2010, 05:22 PM
I trust any of my semi-autos that have proven reliable.

September 1, 2010, 05:31 PM
My G-19 or G-26

Full Metal Jacket
September 1, 2010, 05:36 PM
Any 3rd-Generation Smith semiauto


you mean the ones s&w just ceased production on?

September 1, 2010, 06:43 PM
you just need to prove to yourself with XXX amount of rds that your pistol is reliable enough for carry. whatever that means to you. 20 yrs ago tap, rap, bang was an accepted part of carrying a 1911 for me. not any longer though.....

I've got several that have been 100% so far.
G19 - 2000 rds
G33 - 200 rds (it's still new)
Walther P99 40 cal - 600 rds
Steyr M357A1 - 500 rds
Steyr M40 - 500 rds
S&W Sigma 9mm - 200 rds

Those that didn't inspire confidence-
G27- mine was a jammomatic
about a half dozen various 1911's over the years would choke occasionally
dept. issued G22's- mine was good for about 1000 rds till a rail broke off the frame and I observed various other malfunctions with other issued G22's. Some were good and some were not. YMMV

September 1, 2010, 06:44 PM
they do not give me the warm and fuzzies a Beretta 92FS does.

I've owned many different guns. That old, trusty 96 I sold gave me the warm fuzzies and I seemed to enjoy shooting it more (maybe it was just fond memories) than some guns I own costing 2-3 times as much. Go figure.

September 1, 2010, 07:12 PM
My G17, G23, G26, XD45, M&P.40C and S&W 642 for starters.

September 1, 2010, 07:13 PM
Any 3rd-Generation Smith semiauto
you mean the ones s&w just ceased production on?

Yes, those.

I'm another S&W 3rd gen true-believer, because they've proven themselves to me, and just fit my preferences as personal-defense workhorses.

I carry a 3rd gen 411 every business day, and a 4006 (in a pushbutton lockbox) also stays in my desk at work. A 5904 is my "nightstand" gun. A 3913 is my wife's carry. I own a 4013, (bought used but looks dead-mint-new and so-far I'm inclined to keep it that way so I've never carried it as a CCW), and a 908 is my latest S&W 3rd gen addition, and the only one I've purchased new (from Bud's a month or two ago,) and I'm carrying it more all the time for summer-casual IWB.

I'm not advocating 3rd gens for as "best" for everyone, just answering the OP's question.


Full Metal Jacket
September 1, 2010, 07:16 PM

September 1, 2010, 07:29 PM
M&P .40

Thats more a function of the limited number of autos I own, but I picked it for comfort, heavy (safer to my mind) trigger, the lack of a cocking indicator (XD) and my hideous deformity of "too stupid to hold a glock right without bleeding"

September 1, 2010, 08:14 PM
you mean the ones s&w just ceased production on?
F_M_J, what's wrong with a 3rd Gen S&W? To heavy for ya or not enough plastic?
I have had a few over the years and would put my 4506-1 up against ANY Glock in a reliability test. Will a G21 feed empty brass?

S&W can make more money with "plastic" guns like everybody else, or just charge close to $1800 for steel guns like the 945.

September 1, 2010, 08:23 PM
Any of my SIGs ... P220 (German), P220 Carry, P220 Combat or P225 (German). I have a very nice Kimber Tactical Entry II which is now working perfectly with Wilson Combat magazines, but it's too early to say that I trust my life to it. Maybe in a few thousand rounds or so.


September 1, 2010, 08:36 PM
Actually, every handgun I have is reliable, or I wouldn't have it.

This. My Glocks, Springfield's, H&K, Kimber, Ed Brown, CZ, etc. If they weren't reliable, they'd be gone :)

September 1, 2010, 08:48 PM
Beretta: 92FS, M9A1, PX4, PX4sc, CX4, 84F .380
Sig: P220 Elite Dark, P226 Blackwater
Springfield: XD45c, XD9sc, XDM 40, XDM, XDM 3.8
Kahr: PM9 (carry every day)
Glock: 30SF (keep in my truck 100% of time)

All of these are accurate and reliable.

September 1, 2010, 08:51 PM
sig 229, beretta 92 fs

September 1, 2010, 08:59 PM

September 1, 2010, 10:40 PM
Anything from my WWII Mauser P-08 to a new CZ or HK. They all work.

September 1, 2010, 10:50 PM
Glock 23
Kimber CDP Custom II 5"
Dan Wesson Valor
Kahr p380

Those all get carried. The Glock and Kahr IWB, the 1911's OWB. Except for the p380, each has done 1000+ rounds since thier last failure. 2000+ for the Glock.

September 1, 2010, 10:54 PM
I only really trust individual weapons that have proven themselves, regardless of make and model, and the semiauto that I currently trust the most is MY M&P40. That said, more generally (and less stringently) I would trust M&Ps, Glocks, HK service pistols, 3rd generation S&Ws, and the current generation of Sigmas, at least based on my limited experience with and general impression of these semiautos. There can and always will be some "lemons" though, so I'd have to test the individual weapons to be sure.

September 3, 2010, 09:36 AM
My 1911, first choice.Been carrying them over 20 years. Then my PT 845 Taurus. Both perform flawlessly.

September 3, 2010, 09:45 AM
Auto-Ord 10mm Auto or my 92fs

September 3, 2010, 10:44 AM
Beretta or CZ.....Why, because everyone I own has been flawless after 1000s of rounds. Not to mention both brands seem to be quick, natural pointers with excellent accuracy.

I don't need anymore proof than that! ;)

September 3, 2010, 10:55 AM
I would trust any of the guns I own!
Why carry them if they will not do their job! :evil:
I own Ruger's and SIG's and that is just my personal taste.
Do not carry any tool that will not do it's job.
Guns, trucks or tools all the same. :uhoh:
I buy what works for me and will do the job!

Now every one is different so what I feel good with may not work for someone else.

That's why we have so many different guns.....:what:


September 3, 2010, 11:00 AM
Well said Lateck!

September 3, 2010, 11:05 AM
Kel Tec P-11. After a few hundred rounds I have not experienced any reliability issues. That being said, when I graduate the academy I plan on buying a G19 RTF2.

September 3, 2010, 12:09 PM
As an LEO I carried many different autos. I trusted my life and those of others to the following handguns:

Glock G17
Glock G34
Glock G19
Glock G22
S&W 3904/3906
Wather P99 (9MM and .40S&W)
SIG P239 .40 S&W
SA 1911 .45ACP
Beretta 92
Beretta 96


Colt Agent
S&W 442
SIG P230

Mike J
September 3, 2010, 12:14 PM
I would trust my XD-40 or My Ruger P-944.

September 3, 2010, 04:22 PM
I would trust any of the guns I own!
Why carry them if they will not do their job!

Where is the word "carry" mentioned in the OP's original question? The point is, any firearm that might be used in defense of your life had better work. It doesn't matter if it's on your hip, in the glove box of your car, by the bed or in the safe, when you grab for it and pull the trigger, it had better go bang, bang, bang, bang, ....., bang! What I find interesting is what it takes for an individual to feel 100% confident in that firearm. 50 rounds, 100 rounds, 1000 rounds, 10,000 rounds? Also, it's possible that some of us have firearms in our collections that are strictly used at the range, hunting or even safe queens. Not EVERY firearm has to be trusted to work perfectly every time ... only the one that you have in your hand during a "dynamic critical incident" ... the latest/greatest catchphrase.


September 3, 2010, 04:32 PM
my xd service model(s)

glock 19

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