What pistol had the smoothest slide action you've ever felt?


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gohogs93
March 9, 2011, 06:34 PM
The smoothest I've ever felt was a Wilson Classic Supergrade, but I didn't own it. Smoothest I've owned is my Sig 226

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labhound
March 9, 2011, 06:43 PM
Of the guns I own its my Beretta 92FS Inox.

Zerodefect
March 9, 2011, 06:52 PM
Les Baer 5" worked over by Severns Custom is the smoothest I've seen, followed by:

Dan Wesson Valor

Fusion

Wilson

ratt_finkel
March 9, 2011, 07:07 PM
92FS

RidgwayCO
March 9, 2011, 07:11 PM
Beretta 92 Steel 1. The slide operates like it's on ball bearings...

http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/4552/steelid.jpg

kokapelli
March 9, 2011, 07:11 PM
An Arcus 94. The slide felt like it was on ball bearings.

IdahoLT1
March 9, 2011, 07:19 PM
Beretta 92 by far.

UnTainted
March 9, 2011, 07:25 PM
a hi-power my uncle had shot a bunch for years and it was well greased.

I think that a well cleaned weapon should be pretty smooth. All mine feel great when I move the slide.

ZeSpectre
March 9, 2011, 07:41 PM
Hmmmm, of those I own it's a toss up between a SIG 229 (.40 S&W) and my full sized Witness 10mm.

By now pretty much all of my auto-loaders run fairly smooth though. <grin>

451 Detonics
March 9, 2011, 07:44 PM
A Clark Bullseye 1911 in 38 Special...one of the guns I should have never sold.

1KPerDay
March 9, 2011, 07:53 PM
Beretta 92FS. My SIG P226 is smooth, but the Beretta feels positively buttery.

balance 740
March 9, 2011, 07:56 PM
My Beretta 90-two. The 92 series Berettas I've held seem to be a lot smoother than any other pistol I have handled.

HisSoldier
March 9, 2011, 07:59 PM
All of my DW's

Cemo
March 9, 2011, 08:37 PM
+1 on the Beretta 92

Shear_stress
March 9, 2011, 09:08 PM
Beretta 92 or Dan Wesson PM-9.

Z-Michigan
March 9, 2011, 09:59 PM
Beretta Px4 storm. I think the rotating barrel design might have a little to do with it.

mr.trooper
March 9, 2011, 10:12 PM
My CZ-75. The slide feels like its on ball bearings.

Grey Morel
March 9, 2011, 10:21 PM
Sig P6. That slide felt as if it were on ball bearings.

harmon rabb
March 9, 2011, 10:31 PM
my dan wesson patriot and springfield emp are both very, very smooth. but so is my sig 226, and my worn in cz-82 for that matter.

SharpsDressedMan
March 9, 2011, 10:34 PM
I'll say of the 20 or so semi-autos that I own, and of the 50 others that I've probably owned in my lifetime, the Beretta 92FS.

Remo223
March 9, 2011, 10:44 PM
colt woodsman.

hahaha. Is that cheating?

GCBurner
March 9, 2011, 10:44 PM
The slickest I've got is a Browning FN 1921 in .32 ACP.

Onmilo
March 9, 2011, 10:47 PM
Sig P210
http://fototime.com/81EE22E800936DA/standard.jpg

MR_A
March 9, 2011, 10:50 PM
Colt Gold Gup National Match and my Browning HP a close second.

MR_A
March 9, 2011, 10:54 PM
Yea my colt woodsman is pretty slick also, I lucked out I got 3 colt mags when I bought this pistol back in the early 70's.

Remo223
March 9, 2011, 11:00 PM
Here's another couple cheating answers:

H&K P7

Truvelo ADP

(fixed barrel guns are going to have weaker springs and thus feel smoooooooth)

Nushif
March 9, 2011, 11:49 PM
Smoothest:
My Beretta 92D.
Second Smoothest:
Taurus PT911. ... so basically a Beretta.

1858
March 10, 2011, 12:06 AM
I have a Kimber and an Ed Brown and eight SIGs, and by far the smoothest is the Kimber. I've had quite a few shooters and two gunsmith/shooters comment on how glassy smooth it is.

PabloJ
March 10, 2011, 12:25 AM
PA-15 M1. While it's antiquated all steel SA only pistol. There is zero movement between slide and frame and during takedown there is no danger of anything jumping out to knock someones eye out. That gun itself is deadly weapon even when unloaded.

westwood45
March 10, 2011, 01:12 AM
Wilson CQB...smooth as silk :what:

Ala Dan
March 10, 2011, 02:58 AM
but the smoothest slide action I have ever felt was a SIG P238 (Rainbow)
that I was playing* with last week at work~! :scrutiny: ;) :D

*FootNote: Not actually "playing", but rather demonstrating~! :rolleyes:

reuben mishler
March 10, 2011, 06:06 AM
Springfield Armory Professional

michiganfan
March 10, 2011, 06:48 AM
My BHP.

kurt1305
March 10, 2011, 07:30 AM
Sig P6

Prion
March 10, 2011, 07:34 AM
My Sigs, well broken in and greased.

Murphster
March 10, 2011, 08:07 AM
Not to be a copycat but of the many, many pistols I've owned, the Beretta 92fs Inox is eerily smooth. Somebody else described them as buttery and that's how it functions. I have felt a few customized 1911's that equaled it but for out of the box, glasslike smoothness, I'd vote for the Beretta.

Shear_stress
March 10, 2011, 08:41 AM
PA-15 M1. While it's antiquated all steel SA only pistol . . . That gun itself is deadly weapon even when unloaded.

You nailed it. I've got one of these fine, heavy pistols as well and it reminds me of that line from the Simpsons: "In my day, toys were made of a little something called metal."

Pilot
March 10, 2011, 08:47 AM
My box stock Silver Chrome MK III Browning Hi Power.

(I want make the ball bearing comment) :rolleyes:

XTrooper
March 10, 2011, 08:52 AM
I agree with Z-Michigan. The rotating barrel action of the Beretta Px4 is like butter.

http://xtrooper.net/Beretta_Px4_1.jpg

woad_yurt
March 10, 2011, 09:59 AM
In my experience the all-time smoothest is that of an original Whitney Wolverine. For non-rimfires, the smoothest I've felt is on a Star MOD 30MI.

george d dennis
March 10, 2011, 10:02 AM
beretta 92a1

Winkman822
March 10, 2011, 10:57 AM
Smoothest gun I've shot is by far my Wilson Combat CQB, but not far behind is my Les Baer TRS.

jem375
March 10, 2011, 11:08 AM
Dan Wesson Pointman Major

PcolaDawg
March 10, 2011, 11:26 AM
So far - my Kimber.

varoadking
March 10, 2011, 09:26 PM
Beretta 92 by far.


Agreed...like it's on ball bearings. Nothing compares in this regard...

Hated the Beretta 92FS though, and I sold them all off years ago...

Gary Wells
March 10, 2011, 11:31 PM
My new Wilson Combat Classic Super Grade.

md7
March 10, 2011, 11:42 PM
92 fs

QUICK_DRAW_McGRAW
March 10, 2011, 11:47 PM
PT1911 like glass

dtsdave
March 11, 2011, 12:02 AM
Another vote for Dan Wesson PM-9. Like fine ball bearings. I love that pistol.

10P8TRIOT
March 11, 2011, 01:37 AM
My SIG P226 + Slide-Glide.

DC3-CVN-72
March 11, 2011, 02:18 AM
It would be my SPRINGFIELD ARMORY TROPHY MATCH CAL .45. :)

CarsonLong556
March 11, 2011, 02:48 AM
Have not fired the Baretta 92, but use to own a CZ-75 which was pretty nice. Currently own a P226 and it's the smoothest pistol I've ever fired. For a .45 the USP handles recoil very nicely but has a little muzzle flip with rapid fire because of the high bore axis.

CarsonLong556
March 11, 2011, 02:57 AM
Have not fired the Baretta 92, but use to own a CZ-75 which was pretty nice. Currently own a P226 and it's the smoothest pistol I've ever fired. For a .45 the USP handles recoil very nicely but has a little muzzle flip with rapid fire because of the high bore axis.

usp9
March 11, 2011, 08:24 AM
Beretta 92fs Vertec Inox.

The Daewoo DH40 is pretty slick too.

Mad Magyar
March 11, 2011, 09:03 AM
Walther P-1 and P-5 with the nod to the P-5.

benderx4
March 11, 2011, 09:04 AM
Beretta 92FS Steel I

13Bravo
March 11, 2011, 09:08 AM
The finish on my 92fs gives it the 2nd smoothest action I have. My EB blued commander length is smoother though. Having nothing but the blued finish, I know the fit is right.

Such a wonderful feeling a slide that glides. I like the look on someone's face when they rack it. Their eyes get wide, followed by a "wow, I like."

Giterboosted
March 11, 2011, 12:27 PM
Seriously feeling lucky because all my guns are sooo close together it's hard to say, but the top two would hafta be between my kimber and my tanfoglio

Remo223
March 11, 2011, 01:08 PM
Just a few observations here...

disregarding fit and finish and lubrication(ie quality of build being equal):

the browning type action is going to be the least smooth semi auto action and the linkless barrel versions(glock etc) being even less smooth.

weaker calibers will seem smoother than more powerful calibers

Full length rails will reduce smoothness and the glock type rails will increase smoothness

Fixed barrels will be more smooth than the browning type barrel.

Walther/beretta type actioins will be between fixed and browning type in smoothness

Pistols with a gas piston system will appear smoother than those with a full strength recoil spring.

Therefore, the ultimate SMOOOOTH pistol will be a smaller caliber, gas system pistol(aka H&K P7) with a glock/springfield XD type slide rail.

1KPerDay
March 11, 2011, 01:18 PM
You can come up with all sorts of formulas if you like... but my beretta feels smoother than my fixed barrels... and my full length rail sig feels much smoother than my Glock type rails.

Remo223
March 11, 2011, 01:22 PM
(yawn)...fit and finish...quality of build

Jeb21
March 11, 2011, 01:23 PM
Beretta 92fs

wgsigs
March 11, 2011, 02:10 PM
Deleted

Myles
March 11, 2011, 02:13 PM
Taurus PT92, new and even more so 30k rounds, and a few spring kits later.

1KPerDay
March 11, 2011, 02:23 PM
(yawn)...fit and finish...quality of build
Yawn yourself. :rolleyes:

fatcat4620
March 11, 2011, 02:59 PM
Sig 228

mgmorden
March 11, 2011, 04:32 PM
(yawn)...fit and finish...quality of build

I get what you're saying, but honestly, it makes no sense to try to ignore factors which have a huge bearing on the results.

It would be like describing the fastest cars, and then disregarding engine size. One you throw that out the window there's no more meaningful discussion to be had.

yhtomit
March 11, 2011, 05:05 PM
Besides my Cz75 (I think the smoothest one I own), I think the smoothest I've ever shot was an old 1911, rented at an outdoor range at a friend's bachelor party weekend. I don't know if that's because it was so old and abused that parts didn't have enough touching to rub, or because it was so lovingly cared.

timothy

rightside
March 11, 2011, 06:31 PM
1. Ed Brown - Molon Labe
2. Springfield - Professional
3. Springfield - TGO-1
4. Nighthawk - Talon
5. Wilson - Enforcer

In that order.....

Remo223
March 11, 2011, 08:30 PM
I get what you're saying, but honestly, it makes no sense to try to ignore factors which have a huge bearing on the results.

It would be like describing the fastest cars, and then disregarding engine size. One you throw that out the window there's no more meaningful discussion to be had.
not exactly. The fastest cars typically don't have the biggest engines.

A gun with no lube and rough surfaces can be made smooth by the owner.

lemosley01
March 11, 2011, 08:34 PM
I handled a number of different pistols guns before I got my Beretta 96, but as soon as I racked the slide on a Beretta 92, I knew it was the one for me.

WutUpGeez
March 11, 2011, 08:36 PM
Broken in Colt 1911 from WW2

RobMoore
March 11, 2011, 08:40 PM
Dan Wesson PM40

john5036
March 12, 2011, 03:48 AM
92FS... it is definitely like "butter" as previously mentioned. Plus, vs. the Glock, the 92s slide "noise" as it locks and loads is every bit as intimidating to me as a pump shotgun's.

sarduy
March 12, 2011, 04:33 AM
taurus 24/7 9mm
1911 (after 1000 rounds and well oiled)
glock-17

Sapper771
March 12, 2011, 08:41 AM
Wilson Combat CQB 1911

usp9
March 12, 2011, 08:55 AM
My brother just fondled and racked my Beretta Vertec, mentioned already in post #54, and said "OMG that's so smooooth!"

Yes, it is.:D

IdahoLT1
March 12, 2011, 04:47 PM
The Vertec is my favorite 92/96 variant. It took over 3 years to find it. It had less than 100 rounds through it and I paid $530. Helluva deal.

2ndamd
March 14, 2011, 11:58 AM
Beretta 92 that had been Np3 coated!!! WOW! Now that was a smooth and very nice gun!

mgmorden
March 14, 2011, 12:12 PM
not exactly. The fastest cars typically don't have the biggest engines.

The fastest production car in the world is the McLaren F1. It sports a 6.0L V12. You'd be naive to think that there is no correlation between engine size and typical speed. Doesn't mean that all fast cars have huge engines, or that all cars with huge engines are fast, but there is a STRONG correlation between the two.

A gun with no lube and rough surfaces can be made smooth by the owner.

The point? The question was about what was the smoothest gun someone had encountered. Anything that contributes to that has a place in the discussion.

RX-178
March 14, 2011, 12:19 PM
Smoothest I've felt, is the Sig P210 Legend at the SHOT Show.

Smoothest I own is my USP45 Tactical.

xXxplosive
March 14, 2011, 12:59 PM
My 93 yr. old 1911 Gov't Model........like grease on a door knob.

Dogguy
March 14, 2011, 01:24 PM
ESS EYE GEE 229 ESS AYE ESS.

(Apparently the software here doesn't recognize SIG and SAS are all capital letters.)

hirundo82
March 14, 2011, 01:36 PM
My West German Sig P220.

Norton Commando
March 14, 2011, 02:01 PM
The smoothest action I've ever had the pleasure of operating is on my Colt Gold Cup National Match pistol; it's like pulling back a greased piece of glass that's riding on ball bearings!

SIGLBER
March 14, 2011, 02:38 PM
Hand's down the Beretta family.

sniper4usmc
March 14, 2011, 02:46 PM
Fnp 9

daorhgih
March 14, 2011, 02:51 PM
just like my girl-friend ... ... when she's caught out in the rain. I like my B & S & L & comfy D.Eagle, .50AE, 6-in. barrel. [ I do concede having little knowledge of many of the others listed here; I found G-21 at a literal fire-sale, and have G-21C & G-30; but I like the guns I bought, from first-shoot. So why change? ] For my 1st D.E. shot: relaxed, wrists locked, take the shock by elbow-flexing and triceps, stay on target, and keep both eyes open. My first shot was like in "slo-moshun": I had locked my elbows, but unfortunately, until the second-wave of the D.E. eject/reload sequence had begun. I'm familiar with the AR- sequence, and felt it happening. But I never fired any AR- with my arms stretched out. The bolt rotated, and began to slide back. I felt the thud of it stopping to reverse cycle, and about that time two things happened: the .50 cal brass went down behind my glasses, and the hammer-spur contacted me right between the eyes. But, BOY! was it smoooooth. Dao.

jbr
March 14, 2011, 03:01 PM
Beretta 96 and cz75 - in that order

Jimfern
March 14, 2011, 04:48 PM
Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special in an auto and an S&W 15-3 Combat Masterpiece in a revolver.

Big Mike
March 14, 2011, 06:27 PM
Beretta 92/96.

coiler666
March 15, 2011, 12:56 PM
I've owned alotta high dollar gats, but the one with the smoothest slide was also the cheapest, my Star PD45....like butter:)

GLShooter
March 15, 2011, 03:43 PM
Nowlin built 45 Commander comp gun on the Watson style.

Greg

drew2500
March 15, 2011, 06:40 PM
Beretta 92FS

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