Pick only 3 pistols


February 12, 2012, 01:11 AM
If you could own only 3 pistols what would they be and why.

1. Glock 26- fits all my carry need and will take 26,17 and 19 mags

2. Glock 19c- It does everything I want it to

3. Glock 34- Just cause

Glocks are fair priced, they will always shoot and you can "on the cheap" do what ever you want to them.

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February 12, 2012, 01:22 AM
1. 1911 G.I.
2. 1911 Commander
3. 1911 Officer's


February 12, 2012, 01:36 AM
At the moment, they'd be:

1911 - full size, and in .45acp of course (and my .22 conversion kit if that can be 'brought along' and still be only 1 gun out of the 3)

S&W 629 .44 mag (also shoots .44 special of course)

and a cap and ball gun, probably 1858 or 1851

why? They are all a joy to shoot, and have excellent energy transfer, also not as hard on the ears as a .357 mag, (which I do enjoy shooting though), they all fit my hand great, and operate like clockwork. Also, they are all heavier guns, which make recoil enjoyable not a pain. They're also all very good lookin' :D

February 12, 2012, 01:36 AM
Swami, I like you style

February 12, 2012, 01:49 AM
Glock 21 SF

Ruger GP 100 6"

Glock 19

February 12, 2012, 01:51 AM
That's a hard one but I'll give it a try off the top on my head.

S&W M686
S&W M442
Ruger Single-Six in .22LR

February 12, 2012, 01:54 AM
Ruger Super Redhawk 454 casull (hunt)
Kel Tec P11 (carry)
S&W 5906 (general bada**ness)

February 12, 2012, 02:14 AM
Glock 17 - social work

Browning Buck Mark - hunt small game cheap

1911 Colt Commander - everything else.

February 12, 2012, 02:17 AM
- 2.25 Ruger SP101 in .357 for CCW.
- 6" Colt King Cobra for range and hunting.
- 6" Colt Anaconda in .44 mag for range and hunting everything the King Cobra couldn't take care of.

click clack
February 12, 2012, 02:21 AM
Glock 19-- does it really need an explanation
CZ 83- Compact but still a decent amount of rounds
S&W 686 ( or sp101, gp100)- any of the three really, i love all of em but you gotta have a wheel gun!

February 12, 2012, 09:08 AM
And the koolaid flows.

S&W 686 4". Carryable with some effort, accurate and deadly out to 50 yards maybe more, shoots .38 or .357. Simple, easy to shoot, good teaching pistol.

S&W CS9. Solid, concealeable.

Sig 210. Full sized for range use. Accurate, rock solid.

Yeah, variety, diversity. A unique concept.

February 12, 2012, 09:15 AM
1. S&W M&P 9, TS
In my mind, 9mm is adequate for self defense. The round is also very cheap and easy to find. The M&P platform is my favorite pistol platform. I've rented most of the autoloaders on the market and decided that I preferred the M&Ps over the other offerings. Just my opinion, of course.

I think that these pistols are extremely reliable, durable, and accurate platform. They are built with through hardened stainless steel parts. Many of these parts are then subjected to a melonite finishing process to further improve the durability of the steel components. The gun has a stainless steel chasis that supports the polymer frame. I prefer the medium palm swells. They fit me and wife extremely well. The pistols also have a low bore axis and a beaver tail to help reduce muzzle flip. I find these guns to control recoil extremely well. I can shoot them well, at least at the range. M&Ps also have excellent stock sights. The stock triggers are adequate, but can be improved with aftermarket triggers. I spent several years shooting nothing but double action, centerfire revolvers, so I don't find the triggers to be too bad. I prefer to keep my pistols stock. While Glocks probably still have the reputation of being the best polymer handguns, I think that the M&Ps are better guns. They are probably slightly less reliable. I'd give the M&Ps a slight edge in the durability department due to the fully supported chamber and stainless chasis. Sure, there are reports of Glocks that have 100,000s of rounds through them. They last and last and last. I personally won't ever shoot 100,000s of rounds through one gun. I would rather have a gun that has a supported chamber, a stainless chasis, and all stainless internal components. They are also gaining a lot of ground in the police market. To me, these are the best pistols available today.

2. S&W M&P 45, TS
Again, I stuck with the M&P platform. The .45 acp round is one of the better handgun rounds for defense. The 255 grain semiwad cutter rounds from Buffalo Bore and Corbon are also pretty darn potent for woods carry. These rounds can travel anywhere from 825 fps to 925 fps out of this barrel length. A 255 grain, hardcast, semiwadcutter round moving at 925 fps is basically a moderate .45 colt round. According to Buffalo Bore's website the standard pressure rounds, that move at 825 fps can penetrate about 27" in flesh and bone. To me that is adquate to get the job done. If you opt with the hotter round, the round would be a little more potent.

Personally, I'd be comfortable with these "hot" .45 acp rounds to defend myself against anything I might run into while camping or hiking in the woods of the Midwest. I'd rather have 11 rounds of these loads, with the potential for a quick reload, than six rounds of .357 magnum or .44 magnum for Black Bear defense. One thing that is important to keep in mind is that these loads don't feed very well in certian guns. For example, as of a few years ago, the XD series was known to have problems cycling semi wadcutters. There were a lot of complaints about this on XD talk. If you decide that you want a .45 acp for a woods defense gun in your area, make sure that it is loaded with proper rounds, and that your gun can actually cycle these rounds properly.

If I lived in Grizzly territory, I might consider either getting the M&P converted to either .45 super or .460 Rowland. While I might consider the conversion, I'd probably opt for a Ruger Redhawk in .44 magnum or .45 colt. I think that it is better to buy guns that were designed to handle really hot rounds instead of trying to beef a less robust gun up. I might even consider using a S&W 625 and loading it up with either .45 super or .460 Rowland. I'm confident that a 625 could handle the occasional .45 super round.

If I move to an area where I might realistically run into a huge grizzly, I'd probably switch to one of these revolvers, if I had to keep my gun collection at three handguns. I'd probably go with the .44 magnum Redhawk. If you don't live in an area with huge bears, or do a lot of handgun hunting, I think that a big bore revolvers are a waste of time and money. They are very expensive guns and are very expensive to feed. Besides, there are other options that are better for defense. To me, it makes no sense owning a gun that you will probably never need (when faced with either money or spousal constraints that limit you to three guns). Get the guns that make sense for you. Don't think of weird scenarios and try to prepare for threats that you will never realistically face.

3. Ruger SP101, 4.2", Stainless, .22 lr
I love revolvers, period. I don't like them for home defense because of the capacity limitations. As a trail gun, this gun is very attractive to me. It is accurate, reliable and would probably last several lifetimes. This same gun design can be used to shoot heavy .357 magnum rounds. It would handle 100s of thousands of .22 lr without breaking a sweat. To me, this is the perfect fun/trail/survival handgun.

I make very good money, but I have put a limit on the handguns to three. My top three choices that I listed will be my handgun collection within a few months. I plan to sell my GP100 and to get the SP101 in .22lr.

I love the GP100, but owning more than three handguns would ruffle my wife's feathers too much. If I have to ruffle her feathers with more guns, I'd rather get a few long guns instead of having more handguns. I want a Winchester SXP black shadow shotgun, a stainless/synthetic 77/22 in .22 lr, and either a RRA A4 Varmit or a Mini-14 in stainless/synthetic.

Those three handguns and three long guns would fill all of my perceived wants and "needs".

Brian Williams
February 12, 2012, 09:25 AM
S&W 35-1, 22lr
S&W 13-2 3"
Colt or US&S 1911A1 Govt issue

February 12, 2012, 09:29 AM
S&W .357 snubby
M29 3-4"

February 12, 2012, 09:33 AM
1) Beretta M9... I just really, really like it.

2) Glock 19... workhorse.

3) 642 for when discretion is paramount.

February 12, 2012, 09:36 AM
1) 1911 Gov't mdl in .45acp with .22lr conversion
2) CZ75 SP01 in 9mm with Kadet kit
3) S&W 629 .44mag with 6in barrel

February 12, 2012, 09:40 AM
1) Dan Wesson CCO

2) Dan Wesson Valor

3) Glock 19

February 12, 2012, 09:48 AM
H&K USP .45 (full size)
Glock 19
Ruger Old Army

February 12, 2012, 09:56 AM
cz 75

February 12, 2012, 10:00 AM
1) Double-Barreled Wheel-lock Pistol of Emperor Charles V

2) Pimped-out gold-plated 1942 Liberator with mother of pearl inlay (for BBQs)

3) Davis Industries P380

February 12, 2012, 10:34 AM
1) S&W M-686 4"
2) S&W M-18
3) S&W M-60 2"

Keep shootin'

Ghost Host
February 12, 2012, 10:35 AM
1. Beretta Storm PX4 .40 S&W
2. Beretta 92D Centurion 9MM
3. Ruger MarkII Bull Barrel .22


February 12, 2012, 11:23 AM
1) Double-Barreled Wheel-lock Pistol of Emperor Charles V

2) Pimped-out gold-plated 1942 Liberator with mother of pearl inlay (for BBQs)

3) Davis Industries P380

For the win...

February 12, 2012, 11:36 AM
Glock 19
Mauser C96
S&W 3" 586

Have the first two, still need that last one.

February 12, 2012, 11:37 AM
^^ Snowdog & for indoor use

I LoL'd :D

(I assume the Davis is also gold-plated, to compliment the Liberator and Wheely)

February 12, 2012, 11:41 AM
Jennings JA-22

Raven MP-25

Cobra Arms CA-380

Three fast throws and I can knock three bad guys out.

February 12, 2012, 11:53 AM
S&W Model 66 (357 mag)
XD40 Tactical
Beretta 92FS

February 12, 2012, 12:00 PM
Colt-made 1911

S&W Model 28

Glock 19

February 12, 2012, 12:20 PM
S&W 22/32 Kit Gun

Пистолет Макарова

Colt Anaconda

February 12, 2012, 12:29 PM
Full size 1911
Ruger single six 22lr/22mag
Ruger Super blackhawk 44mag

February 12, 2012, 12:32 PM
Full size 1911
Ruger blackhawk

February 12, 2012, 12:50 PM
1. SIG-Sauer P220 Combat
2. S&W 442/642 or similar
3. Browning Buckmark w/ 5.5" threaded barrel

P5 Guy
February 12, 2012, 12:58 PM
I'd just pick a S&W 17 that I already have and S&W 60-4 that I already have and that is all.
That is not all I own now, but the others are expendable.

February 12, 2012, 01:04 PM
CZ75 reliability and accuracy
Makarov same reason
Ruger Single-six 22 something I could shoot often and afford

February 12, 2012, 01:14 PM
1911 - Familiarity, durability, lots of; mags, ammo and parts and easy to reload ammo.

King Cobra - 2 calibers, durable, accurate and easy to reload ammo.

Browning Hi-Power - see 1911 above.

February 12, 2012, 01:22 PM
Glock m-20 high capacity
SW mod 629 44 mag Good stopping power and i can use my shotshell's for snake's, squirrels,bird's
SW 500 Mag For everything else

February 12, 2012, 01:43 PM
1) Colt M1911 .45ACP with .22LR conversion unit.
2) Browning Hi-Power
3) S&W Model 686

February 12, 2012, 01:46 PM
Belly gun
War gun
Big game gun

There is overlap

February 12, 2012, 01:52 PM
1) Colt M1911 .45ACP with .22LR conversion unit.
2) Browning Hi-Power
3) S&W Model 686
Excellent point on the 1911. I now want to amend my number one choice to include but not limited to; 9mm, .22, .38 Super, 9X23, .455, 10mm...

February 12, 2012, 01:56 PM
Excellent point on the 1911. I now want to amend my number one choice to include but not limited to; 9mm, .22, .38 Super, 9X23, .455, 10mm...
How about a TC handrifle with every caliber known to man to count as one! That'd do it?

February 12, 2012, 02:05 PM
S&W 627... 2.625" .357 magnum
S&W 625 JM... 4" 45ACP
Full size 1911..45ACP ( I also have this in 9mm, 38 Super and 9X23)

February 12, 2012, 02:13 PM
My list below is platform - not necessarily manufacture!

Because I suppose if I can only have 3 ..... Something has happened to 2A and my ability to have them all, therefore platform ranks in importance more than who made it.

1911 - .45 Auto (Taurus-Colt-S&W-Springfield-Ruger etc.)
M9/92/99 - 9mm Auto (Taurus/Beretta)
Revolver - 6-8" .357 Magnum (Taurus 608/627 S&W 686 P (7 shot preferred)

That will cover it!

February 12, 2012, 02:21 PM
S&W Mdl 41 .22cal
SIG P210 9mm
Colt Python .357 magnum

February 12, 2012, 02:26 PM
How about a TC handrifle with every caliber known to man to count as one! That'd do it?
Cool enough but no 1911.

February 12, 2012, 02:28 PM
my silenced hi standard trophy
glock 19 with plenty of 17 mags
smith 629

Vern Humphrey
February 12, 2012, 02:46 PM
1. Colt Woodsman -- the ideal gun for bumming around the woods (mine was made in 1938.)

2. M1911 -- the ideal self-defense gun. Mine is a Kimber Custom Classic (MK I).

3. .45 Colt -- for when you want a really big gun for deer or similar game. I have a Colt New Service with 7/12" barrel and a Ruger Blackhawk with 5 1/2" barrel.

February 12, 2012, 03:25 PM
S&w 617
s&w 66
s&w 629

February 12, 2012, 03:36 PM
Glock 17 for when I dont have to be discreet about carry.
Sig 228 for when I need to conceal.
Bersa Thunder .380 for when I "can't" have a gun.

Have the first two and had the third, sold it, and am picking up another one soon. I'd already have it if my local gun store would quit screwing around and let me talk to a sales guy. Sometimes I feel like I'm in a bar where you have to flash a wad of cash at the guy just to get him to give you the time of day :banghead:

February 12, 2012, 03:44 PM
Glock 19...if you have to ask, you don't understand

S&W M&P340...just love those J-frames, great to carry when the 19 is too big

Ruger LCP...great carry piece when the above are too big

February 12, 2012, 06:18 PM
#1 Sig 220 .45
#2 Ruger Super Blackhawk SS 7.5 "
#3 Ruger Mark II 5' bull bbl.
Protection....Hunting........fun...........only 3....:what:

February 12, 2012, 06:30 PM
Glock G26, daily carry
Ruger Single Six, 22lr/22wmr, small game, plinking
1911, carry, range gun, self defense

February 12, 2012, 07:18 PM
ruger 22/45
browning hi power

i would add the S&W 686 in place of the 1911 or BHP but was asked to name just 3 pistols

February 12, 2012, 07:59 PM
Glock 19 (9mm)

S&W 4" 63 (.22LR)

S&W 629 4" Mtn. gun (.44 Mag)

These three cover anything and everything I could want in a handgun.

-Plinking/small game hunting
-Kill/hunt anything that walks on earth.

February 12, 2012, 09:35 PM
1911 Commander Sized (Ed Brown) - EDC
380 (P238) - for the rare times when the 1911 is not discrete enough
22/45 - plinkling/practice/small game

It is really hard to stop at three. I'd be more comfortable if i could include an Alaskan .44 :D

February 13, 2012, 01:20 AM
1911 45acp
Sig P226 9mm
Ruger Blackhawk 357

el Godfather
February 13, 2012, 01:29 AM
Glock 18C: There is nothing like it. Those who say you cant hit anything with it have probably not fired it; and you dont have to fire on full auto all the time. Use it as carry on semi, and in need you have a very compact replacement for SMG.

Beretta 92 Combo: Rare item, accurate and reliable. Again with shorter barrel in the package you can carry it or put on the long with compensator for competition.

DW 1911 Carry VBOB: 45- gotta have one.

February 13, 2012, 01:37 AM
Glock 20 w/stormlake 5.15 tactical length barrel

1911 kimber CDP ii

S&W 686p 6" fully underlugged

February 13, 2012, 02:45 AM
Glock 22
HK MK 23 with supressor
Colt Python 6" blue.

February 13, 2012, 03:53 AM
My "classics" set:

1) 1911 Combat Commander 9mm (good quality clone fine) w/ .22 conversion kit

2) SW 686 4" w/ Ahrends grips

3) Ruger Blackhawk Bisley .45 Colt 5-5.5"

I could easily sub any of the "german police trial" pistols for the CC 9mm (P5/P6/P7) or maybe a compact single stack Beretta Inox... only medium sized hands here folks. Getting a conversion kit may be a problem for those.

Likewise a 19/66/586 (or maybe even a GP100) would be ok for the second. Could go down to a 3" on a K frame or up to a 5" on an L.

I'd be fine w/ a .44 Magnum on the last as well and could possibly be talked into a DA (29/629/Redhawk), but first choice was for simplicity.

February 13, 2012, 04:37 AM
1) glock 19
2) hk45
3 ruger mark3

February 13, 2012, 06:41 AM
S&W mod 10 3"
Colt Python
What can I say I am a wheelgun guy but the FNP is the only semi auto centerfire reliable enough to keep its place in the safe, sits right next to the Ruger Standard.

February 13, 2012, 09:34 AM
1. Glock 19
2. Smith and Wesson M&P9
3. Wilson Combat CQB

Have the first two and love them

The third is my dream handgun (at the moment) :rolleyes:

February 13, 2012, 09:35 AM
My three:

Wilson Combat CQB Elite .45 ACP (my Springfield TRP will have to do for now)
My Wilson Combat CQB Compact .45 ACP finished in NP3 (I LOVE this gun and it's my EDC)
Sig Sauer P239 DAK 9mm.

I'm familiar with the 1911 platform and as far as I'm concerned, Wilson Combat puts together the best 1911 that's balanced for tight fit, accuracy, and flat out reliability with what is among the best after sales service that I've come across. My Springfield TRP gives my Wilson a run for the money in a lot of ways though, including after sales service. I went with the Sig Sauer P239 DAK because i really love the Sig Sauer P series because they're easy to use, they're accurate, and they just work (I just acquired a new P226R over the weekend and intend to start putting it through its paces this week).

I'm sure that the above identified three pistols would be more than adequate in the event that I could only have three handguns, but since I'm not limited to three, I'll happily continue hoarding various firearms.

February 13, 2012, 09:42 AM
1) 1911

2) S&W K-frame 357 (M-19 or -66)

3) Ruger MKII .22

February 13, 2012, 09:53 AM
Ruger Redhawk 44Mag
Beretta 92FS 9MM
FN Five Seven

February 13, 2012, 10:06 AM
pocket gun

February 13, 2012, 10:50 AM
Kahr P9
S&W 442
Glock 20, but I would be happy to substitute a S&W 1086, 1006 or 1076 for the third spot.

February 13, 2012, 11:26 AM
I currently only HAVE 3 handguns:

1. Kimber Stainless TLE II - Big, beautiful, reliable, fits my hands like it belongs there.
2. Walther P22 - Cheap to buy, cheap to shoot, fits in my pocket, has NEVER jammed.
3. Century/Taurus 82 - New to me. Traded an EAA snubby for it. DA wheelguns are generally foolproof, .38 Special is generally adequate without being punishing to body or wallet.

Sure there's others i'd LIKE, but my bases are fairly well covered by this trio for now.

February 13, 2012, 01:45 PM
Glock 18C: There is nothing like it. Those who say you cant hit anything with it have probably not fired it; and you dont have to fire on full auto all the time. Use it as carry on semi, and in need you have a very compact replacement for SMG.

.....Except I'm pretty sure they are illegal for civilians to own....I don't think that there are any legally transferable Glock 18's in the US

February 13, 2012, 05:57 PM
Taurus pt 111 for pocket carry
Colt 1991 A1 for accuracy and serious work
Ruger MK III for practice

February 13, 2012, 07:53 PM
Ruger SP101 3" .357mag
Ruger SP101 4" .22lr
S&W M&P9 fullsize

oklahoma caveman
February 13, 2012, 08:11 PM
Ruger blackhawk 45 colt
ruger sp 101
ruger single six

Those 3 should cover any handgun use I have, although not nearly all I want

February 13, 2012, 09:05 PM
1. Ruger GP100, built like a tank, can handle anything you feed it, and pretty damn accurated. If I could only have 1, this would be it, with a 4" barrel in SS.

2. Glock 17...the quintesential go-to for most social purposes, and competition if you are into that.

3. Knighthawk GRP Recon...because if price is no factor, I want the best combat pistol that money can buy...and this is it!

Ala Dan
February 13, 2012, 09:29 PM
3"Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry II .45 ACP, my current EDC choice
2" factory nickel Colt Detective Special from 1971, my BUG OUT gun
and a 6" Smith & Wesson 19-5, for "special purpose occassions"~! :uhoh: ;)

February 13, 2012, 11:09 PM
HK P30 40 for CCW
Browning Buckmark for target
Colt Python for Awesome

February 17, 2012, 03:04 AM
Colt 1911 45acp
XD40 40S&W
Glock 29 10mm

If i could toss in a revolver it would be my Ruger SBH 44mag

February 17, 2012, 12:28 PM
Ruger Mk III .22LR
Higher-end 1911 .45
Probably something HK-ish or Glock-ish 9mm or .45

February 17, 2012, 01:46 PM
Sig P220 Elite
S&W 617 (4", .22LR, 10 rounds)
Romanian Draco 7.62x39 ;)

February 17, 2012, 01:50 PM
3 what a horrible thought!
SF 1911
S&W 586 4"

February 17, 2012, 01:58 PM
Full size 1911. Six inch Python. Six inch Model 17. And lots of ammo!

February 17, 2012, 02:03 PM
1) Colt "Python" reason is self explanitory. (Plus .38 Spl. is cheap to shoot.)
2) Colt 1873 SAA. I am a history buff.
3) Sig Sauer P226 "NAVY" Because I love it and .9x19mm is also cheap to shoot.
I could keep going but I only get three.

February 17, 2012, 02:25 PM
S&W 629 - for hunting, of course
22LR revolver - take your pick - Colt, S&W, Ruger, whatever - for something that will feed any kind of 22LR ammo without issue
Sig 226 - because having three revolvers takes too long to clean!

Andrew Wyatt
February 17, 2012, 02:33 PM
Glock 19

Glock 19

Glock 19

February 17, 2012, 02:40 PM
S&W 686
SS Single Six

February 17, 2012, 02:47 PM
Ruger LCP - carries and conceals ANYWHERE
Ruger Mk2 .22LR - because nothing beats a .22 for practice
<insert whatever striker polymer-framed wonder-nine here> because having a lot of rounds sometimes feels nice. Glock 17, S&W M&P, Ruger SR9, or whatever is fine. They're all mostly the same to me.

February 17, 2012, 03:13 PM
Full size 1911 .45acp
Ruger blackhawk .45 colt
Springfield XDm .40

Then I would get a .22 conversion for the 1911, and a 9mm and .357 conversion for the xdm. That's not cheating, is it?

February 17, 2012, 09:28 PM
.22 plinker
large caliber sidearm
CCW piece

I've got a '57 Ruger Std. that I couldn't bear to trade for any other .22; that one's settled.

I've got a G21; bulky, but a good, affordable .45 that holds 13+1. If I need more than that, I might need a rifle...

I'm currently thinking about what to get for a CCW piece (my FEG in 9X18 is short on power, short on ammo capacity, and could be slightly smaller). Since my other 'social use' pistol is a Glock, I'm thinking of a G36 or G30.


February 17, 2012, 09:57 PM
P32 gray frame
P32 black frame
P32 green frame

But that's just a parody of the OP.

I'd actually want a .22lr, a semi auto like 9mm or 45 ACP, and then a revolver in 38 and or 357.

Justin Holder
February 17, 2012, 10:01 PM
#1 Smith & Wesson 651 .22 Magnum - Small game


#2 Smith & Wesson 657 Mountain Gun .41 Magnum - Big Game


#3 Kimber Stainless Target II 10mm Auto - Everything else


I wish these were mine!

February 17, 2012, 10:13 PM
Ruger Security Six .357
High Standard .22
Freedom Arms 44mag

February 17, 2012, 10:26 PM
I would say the following:

Glock 17 for when I can carry it openly or in a SHTF situation.

Glock 19 for an everyday carry pistol.

Glock 26 for more discrete situations.

February 18, 2012, 12:08 AM
Glock 19 for every day carry
USP Tactical .45 for your suppressor
FN57 for the range

February 18, 2012, 01:56 AM
I thought about my collection which spans everything from .22LR to .44Mag and semi autos to black powder C&B guns.

I feel your overall 3 gun limit is just far too unrealistic for a proper gun nut.

Now if you asked about 3 semis, 3 DA revolvers. 3 SA revolvers and 3 black powder guns for an overall total of 12 guns as a minimal collection then I may be able to get on board with this rather unfathomable concept.....:D

David E
February 18, 2012, 02:45 AM
It all depends on the why, as that would impact the choices.

House is burning down, which 3 do I save?


New government restriction?

Just getting started, what 3 should be first?-

Jim NE
February 18, 2012, 10:19 AM
-.22 plinker (mine's a 22a)

- a concealable .38. (mine are a Rossi .38, or if I want an extra shot, 2" Military and Police)

-A powerful gun. Since I can only have three guns, it makes sense to have one that has some ammo redundancy with one of the other guns, so a .357 would do. On the other hand, if you have a concealable .357, then I guess you don't need a concealable .38 - that would make the third gun something like a .45 or .44 caliber (which I don't have.)

February 18, 2012, 11:22 AM
It would be the three I own now.
Glock 19
Springfield 9mm emp
Sig p238

February 18, 2012, 11:29 AM
I haven't done one of these in a while, so why not?

1. Glock 19 - I just bought one, and I really like it. Not my first Glock, but my favorite.

2. Ruger MkII - Who doesn't want a .22 pistol?

3. Ruger GP100 - Good defense, hunting, and general purpose revolver.

If you bumped it up to four, I would pick a .45 auto, probably but not necessarily a 1911.

David E
February 18, 2012, 06:31 PM
As an extension of the question....if you can only have 3......do you already own them? If these are your "best picks," you should already have them. If not, why not? (especially if you currently own more than 3)

Steve CT
February 18, 2012, 06:37 PM
Dan Wesson 715 (.357 Mag): Hoping you'll accept the Pistol Pack with 2"/4"/6"/8" barrels, if not, just 6"

S&W Model 59: HiCap 9mm, mine is functionally perfect and very accurate

Buckmark; with TacSol 4" and Burris Fastfire

Vern Humphrey
February 18, 2012, 06:39 PM
As an extension of the question....if you can only have 3......do you already own them? If these are your "best picks," you should already have them. If not, why not? (especially if you currently own more than 3)

Excellent point. One thing I noticed on this thread is that many people pick 3 pistols for the same use -- usually self-defense. It makes you wonder why?

It seems more logical to pick a plinker/practice/small game pistol (mine is a Colt Woodsman), a self-defense/carry gun (mine is an M1911) and a big bore hunting gun (mine is a Ruger Blackhawk in .45 Colt.)

February 18, 2012, 06:40 PM
Glock 21 sf
Colt anaconda 44 mag
and a t/c encore in 378 GNR.

February 18, 2012, 07:33 PM
This is a toughie -- and I could come up with any number of mixes that I would find personally satisfying, but for now, I'll say:

1) S&W 63 4" .22LR (plinking, small game, inexpensive practice, can digest a staggering array of .22 rimfire ammo variants)

2) S&W 360PD .38/.357 snub (extremely light, concealable and comfortable for belt or big pocket carry; ability to take two cartridges enhances versatility)

3) S&W 65 3" .38/.357 (home defense, can CC in a pinch, indestructible for all practical intents, surprisingly accurate)

I am assuming that I also have rifles and shotguns for any other shooting needs or wants...


February 18, 2012, 08:08 PM
1)Ruger MkIII Competition (22lr)
2)Springfield XD40 Tactical (40sw)
3)Ruger Blackhawk (45 colt)

February 18, 2012, 10:26 PM
We have talked of overlap. How 'bout one handgun?

I know.. different thread - big whoop.

David E
February 19, 2012, 12:29 AM
Ok, TODAY I'd choose:

1) 1911 with top ends or barrels for .22, 9mm, .38 Super, 9x23, .40, .357 Sig, .400 Corbon, 10mm, .45 acp and .460 Rowland.

2) GLOCK 35 with top ends or barrels to create a: 17, 22, 31, 34, 37 and a .22 conversion.

3) Smith and Wesson Model 29 w/ 6" barrel.

3 guns, 13 different calibers.

larry syverson
February 19, 2012, 08:26 PM
I'd pick a Ruger GP-100 in .357 caliber and learn how to shoot it well. Doubt you'd need anything else. But in the spirit of the question...

My CZ-52 is about as nasty a handgun as you can find. Its scary. Anyone that owns one, knows what I mean. It will punch holes thru 1/2" steel plate at 30 yds like its not even there. When I have someone shoot it, then ask them later if they'd like to shoot it again, they usually decline.

My .40 cal Beretta Centurion is nice too but I'd still prefer my Ruger revolver when the chips are down.

February 19, 2012, 10:56 PM
1st: 500 S&W for maximum performance.
2nd: Glock 17 RTF with 33 rd mags of course.
3rd: FN 5.7 for defense and small game.

February 19, 2012, 11:04 PM
Glock 19 9MM. social work. Takes G17 and G18 mags.
Glock 29 10MM; with spare .40 barrel and G20 magazines
Colt .45 auto series 70 national match with .22 conversion kit

I own all of these and more. :D

February 19, 2012, 11:10 PM
6" 629 S&W .44 Magnum
7" S&W Model 41 .22 L.R.
H&K USP 9mm

February 20, 2012, 01:18 AM
Hmmm, I only own a Glock 21 and a S&W Model 10 right now. For a third I'd consider going back with a Glock 19, they are just all-around nice handguns. But I've also been eye-balling a Browning Hi-Power and a Sig P220.

I like keeping my calibers to a minimum, but if I HAD to purchase a third handgun it'd probably be the Glock 19, I just miss it's "carry-ability".

February 20, 2012, 03:04 PM
If you could own only 3 pistols what would they be and why.
Glock 26 because it is just about the perfect concealed carry pistol.
Good capacity (10+1), good enough self defense caliber (9mm+P), very reliable and very rugged.


Ruger GP100 because I love the .357 magnum caliber from a 4" revolver.
It can be used for self defense or hunting or target shooting.
You can shoot powder-puff .38 special loads, or fire-breathing-dragon .357 magnum loads.
It's just a great caliber and a great revolver.


S&W M&P45c because it's a .45 caliber pistol that offers decent capacity (8+1) yet it is still light enough and compact enough to carry concealed.
And who doesn't like the .45ACP caliber? :)


February 20, 2012, 03:27 PM
Glock 21 and 30 for carrying and ammo magazine compatibility.
Sig 220 becuase I just love the way it feels in my hand.

All are 45 ACP so I only need stock the one size.

February 20, 2012, 04:10 PM
Smith and Wesson M&P 340 no lock (discreet CC)

Glock 19C. or Glock 23C with a 9mm conversion barrel.

Smith and Wesson 617 with a 4 inch barrel. Or 6 inch. Or 4. Or maybe an SP101 3". crap.

Ask me tomorrow, and I'll have a completely different answer.

February 20, 2012, 07:08 PM
SR-9C or Beretta 92-FS
SR-40C or Pro Series M&P .40
SR-1911 or Para P-12

I have all those pistols, so it's a moot question.:D


February 24, 2012, 09:01 PM
Only 3? That's cruel! Pelosi cruel. OBAMA CRUEL! Are you listening? CRUEL!

Well, anyway:

4" Ruger Security Six (the one they'll pry from my cold dead hand)
Ruger Redhawk .44 mag. (for hunting)
Ruger Mark II Target model .22rf (was gonna say Single Six, but the Mark II is more reliable and accurate)

February 25, 2012, 12:19 AM
Damn I'd hate to limit myself to just 3!

I dunno depends on the situation.

If it's a can only own three thing then,

Browning Buckmark for varmints and .22 plinking
Glock 26 for CCW
Kimber Gold Combat for house defense pistol.

If it's an end of days type of bug-out I'd forget about the .22 and go with another center-fire.

XD40 Service in an urban setting
Glock 20 if I'm heading for the back country.
Might also go with my Ruger SP101 .357 magnum instead of the G26 if it's a head for the hills scenario.

Now if it were 3 to carry on my person at all times.

Kel-Tec P11 deep cover
Glock 26 BUG
XD40 on the hip

February 25, 2012, 01:11 AM
1. Springfield 1911 45 ACP 3 1/2" shorty with 8 round extended clips
2. 22 conversion Kimper with a 1011A1 Frame with two ten shot mags
3. 45 ACP Carbine barrel that uses the 1911A1 Frame with three 10 shot mags

In lue of these one short 12Ga Shotgun Pump.

February 25, 2012, 08:15 AM
1)Ruger SP-101 3"
2)Glock 19
3)Glcok 26

February 25, 2012, 08:00 PM
A Glock 19 and two something or others. :)

February 26, 2012, 11:20 AM
Glock 27 - for carry in city
Ruger .357 - for carry in woods
Colt 1911- it's a 1911

February 28, 2012, 11:22 AM
Commander 1911 with a 22 conversion kit
Glock 19 with a 22 conversion kit
Sig Sauer P226 with a ... You know....

February 28, 2012, 11:26 AM
Browning Hi-Power
Ruger GP100 6in
Springfield 1911A1

Lee D
February 28, 2012, 11:26 AM
Ruger MkII Target model...it will put food on the table if needed
Ruger SBH 7 1/2" .....it will also put alotta food on the table
Beretta 92....it goes bang every time and is more accurate than my Glocks

February 28, 2012, 11:49 AM
1 my Blackhawk, which is accurate, indestructible, and can digest an amazing variety of different ammunition, from .38 target wadcutters to heavy magnums.

2 A GI-issue style 1911, just because

3 My tuned Ruger Mark-III, as it's the most fun to shoot.

Axel Larson
February 28, 2012, 12:04 PM
1. 1911 in 9MM
2. Tracker five shot 44mag five inch barreled revolver.
3. Kel tec PF9

February 28, 2012, 12:21 PM
1) S&W K-Frame .38
Because I can knock flys off a beer can without spilling a drop

2) Beretta 92FS
Because I carried it in the Military and it feels at home in my hand

3) I'm wanting to get a 1911 in .45
Because it will stop bad guys from whatever they are doing.

February 28, 2012, 06:21 PM
S&W 686-4 4" 357 (Hunting/Trail)

Dan Wesson VBOB 1911 45acp (HD/CCW)

CZ 75B 9mm Stainless with Kadet Kit (Competition/SHTF/plinking)

February 29, 2012, 05:52 PM
S&W K38 Masterpiece aka the Model 14

Colt 1911 National Match

T/C Contender with a bunch of barrels.

February 29, 2012, 09:09 PM
Only two for me:

SW 442/MP 340: concealed carry

SW MP .45: range, all around use

A third? Any Colt 1911 .45 full size or a Mag Res Desert Eagle

February 29, 2012, 09:31 PM
-Beretta Px4 9mm
-Uberti Cattlemen, Charcoal Blue in .44-40
-S&W MP40, or something in .357 SIG

February 29, 2012, 11:47 PM
As someone else stated...I feel the same....
1. 1911 G.I.
2. 1911 Commander
3. 1911 Officer's

March 1, 2012, 12:04 AM
I currently have 3:

Kahr PM9 ns
Kimber Pro Raptor
Glock 20sf

Works for me

March 1, 2012, 12:29 AM
HK P30
Glock 17
Small .38 revolver.

March 1, 2012, 05:25 PM
1. S&W 5904
2. PT-92
3. Bersa .380

March 3, 2012, 02:29 PM
1) 1911 S&W E-Series .45 ACP
2) FNP 45 (w/ 3 14 round mags)
3) Colt Woodsman .22 Match Target

March 3, 2012, 04:16 PM
SA 1911A1 MilSpec
Ruger GP100 .357
Ruger Mk2

March 3, 2012, 08:46 PM
Beretta 92FS
Sig Sauer SP2022 (Springer XD9) tied for 2nd place
Glock 26 gen 4

Shamus MacD
March 4, 2012, 06:41 AM
Dan wesson 445 super mag (hunting)
Glock 30 (ccw)
Ruger MK III (fun)

March 4, 2012, 08:25 AM
Ruger Mark II Target for plinking.
Walther PPK for concealed carry.
Colt Python 4" Electroless Nickel for everything else.

March 4, 2012, 08:40 AM
s&w 29

March 4, 2012, 10:01 AM
Hello friends and neighbors // I can barely imagine being down to three handguns, so I'll cheat just a little.;)
From those I own.

1) Dan Wesson Pistol Pack, 15-2 , .357/.38 ,6 shot, 2 1/2",4",6",8" and 15"barrels, multiple grips for CCW,Target and Hunting.
Hard to get a more versatile set up. You could even make a shoulder stock for use with the 15" barrel.

2) S&W, 617, .22 , 10 shot, 6" barrel - Great to have a cheap way to practice, hunt and teach.

3) This is the tough one.
My first handgun ,a Stoger American Eagle Luger, .22, 4", 11 +1. OR
My most used and trusted, a S&W, 586, .357/.38, 6", 6 shot OR ...

It took years to obtain so I choose the 1908, Colt, SAA "Bisley Model" ,.45lc, 4 3/4", 6 shot- Numbers match, lock up is tight and still sees the occasional range trip.

I should note that this list is subject to change at any time.:evil:

March 4, 2012, 11:02 AM
Glock 17
Colt 70 series
Smith & Wesson Jframe

March 4, 2012, 11:05 AM
Glock 21 - Next to the bed
Glock 26 - CCW in summer
Glock 23 - CCW the rest of the year

March 4, 2012, 11:12 AM
Hmmm, I'll go with three that i have

Bersa .380, because i cant afford a real Walther and this thing has never jammed...i mean NEVER.
S&W .38, becauseeveryone needs a revolver. I won this one, if Ihad bought it it would be a .357mag.
Ruger SR1911, ok, so I dont havethis one yet...but I'm on the list and tired of waiting.

March 4, 2012, 11:27 AM
1.) Beretta 92A1
2.) Ruger LCP (silly, I know, but I love that I can carry it anywhere)
3.) Ruger GP-100 .357

March 4, 2012, 09:31 PM
Glock 21
M&P 9
Tokarev tt-33

March 4, 2012, 10:21 PM
S&W .460. It fires .460, .454 casull or .45 colt for hunting. .45 colt, .45 scoffield, or .45 cowboy action special for home defense, small game, target.

Ruger .357 blackhawk with extra 9mm cylinder. Fun to shoot, hunt, cheap to shoot. Lots of components.

Ruger .22 auto. Good for small game, plinking, very cheap to shoot, varmit control.

March 5, 2012, 02:49 AM
CZ P-01 I love shooting it. Actually the best group I have ever shot was a rental one

Glock 18 Is it not obvious?

Colt Delta 10mm Elite- I am 10mm fanboy and think that was the best form of a pistol in 10mm

el Godfather
March 16, 2012, 05:26 PM
Sig Sauer P220 Elite carry
HK P30
Colt Anaconda or Python (toss up)

March 16, 2012, 06:04 PM
Smith 686... Needs explaining?
Thompson Encore - swappable barrels!
HK45 - nice semi auto

March 16, 2012, 06:18 PM
1. Kimber Ultra CDP II in .45acp. For CC and .45acp caliber power projection.

2. SIG P228, general purpose, can be concealed and for its high capacity 15 round mags.

3. SIG P226R tricked out with light on rail and mini red dot sight. For high volume of fire with increased accuracy. Night time or stand off engagement. (We are talking hypothetically, right?...real use: the range :) ).

March 16, 2012, 07:14 PM
S&W 686 6" - for hunting and hiking out in the bush and versatility of .38.

Stoeger Cougar 8000 F - general all purpose high cap metal 9mm.

Bersa Thunder 9UC Pro/Kahr CW9 - tough one here but whichever it is it would be for carry.

I just recently acquired a Walther P99 AS so it is new to me. After I get more time on it it might supplant one of the bottom two.

March 16, 2012, 09:16 PM
Colt Match Target .22
Walther PPK .380
Colt Python .357 - 4"

March 16, 2012, 11:30 PM
Colt Python 6"
Colt Commander
Colt Woodsman

Hunting, plinking, or SD/HD, I'd be covered.

March 16, 2012, 11:57 PM
The first two I have no question on:
-Ruger LCR w/ Crimson Trace grip in either .38 or .357
-Glock 17L

It's the third that gives me pause, .22lr LCR, .22lr Ruger Charger w/EOtech, .454 Revolver? Not knowing much, it's a guessing game as to what would be best. For now I'd chose the Charger/EOtech combo.

March 17, 2012, 12:42 AM
Manny, I assume it depends on your intended usage. The Charger looks like a fun piece.

I could also be happy with
GP100 4"
Redhawk 7.5"
Mark 2

same purposes, different remote controlled drills. (Sorry, Mas, I think I ripped you off with that one.)

March 17, 2012, 03:28 AM
1. Sig P226 Tac Ops (side-carry 9mm)
2. CZ 2075 Rami (CCW 9mm)
3. Dan Wesson Valor (1911 .45)

Not exactly my dream guns but I got em and I like em. Actually, saving up for the third one.

March 17, 2012, 07:58 AM
If you could own only 3 pistols what would they be and why.

1. Kel Tec p11. Deep concealment
2. FNP 45 Tactical (Earth Tone). 16 rounds of 45acp...
3. S&W 686. 4" barrel. I want it.

Carl N. Brown
March 17, 2012, 08:35 AM
1. .22 Ruger Mark II 6 inch barrel
2. .357 Ruger Security Six 4 inch barrel
3. .40 S&W H&K USP
1. Inexpensive target practice, has proven useful in pest control.
2. Target practice (actually moves a swinging steel target), sidearm for out of doors, comfort on the nightstand at home.
3. Gift, does meet local modern military target match requirements, also has been a carry weapon for long trips late at night.

March 17, 2012, 09:12 AM
.357 Revolver
.45 Semiautomatic
T/C Contender or Encore with one of every barrel ever made.

March 17, 2012, 02:39 PM
Keltec P3AT
Glock 17
Kimber .45/.22 conversion

March 18, 2012, 03:54 PM
For right now, and subject to change:

1. 2" 640-1 because it is an always gun in 357/38;
2. 3 1/2" to 4" M27/627 - the eight shooter S&W in 357/38 and a great all around piece;
3. A G35 with barrels for 357Sig and 9X19: three good calibers and in 357Sig it has laser accuracy and the power of the 125gr 357Magnum. And these are ridiculously easy to maintain.

Revolvers are self contained (no mags to loose), and flexible in ammo.

My wife gets her 3 too, right? Cool, that saves two 1911's & a J frame.

March 18, 2012, 08:55 PM
.45 colt Blackhawk - loaded mild to wild, it will do almost everything

.22 Single Six convertable - Hey, .22 lr and .22 mag covers everything the .45 colt won't.

.45 acp 1911 - one must have a 1911 there is simply no choice.

March 19, 2012, 03:48 AM
nicely done jeepnik

March 19, 2012, 04:42 AM
cz-82, cz-P07 Duty in 9mm, and cz-75 b. I have a thing for them Czech pistols. Last two are on my wish list hopefully I'll have enough to purchase them after my 13 weeks on Parris island.

March 19, 2012, 03:31 PM
Smith Mod 19 or 66 in a nice 4" barrel for that gotta hit it now moment.
Sig 1911 because it's slightly easier to conceal than the Smith.
Sig P238 because with some clothing a .380 on the hip beats a .45 in the safe.

March 19, 2012, 08:07 PM
I live in 'merica, in the United States of Freedom, dangnabit, and ah kin own as many guns as ah kin convince mah wife ah need.

No freaky arbitrary number limits, no sir, not for me.

I "need" one pistol - a CCW that can go anywhere. I have a number of others because, well, I want them, and I think that's a good enough reason.

.38 snub = CCW
.38 kframe = because I wanted it.
.357 kframe = hiking, hunting backup. Oh, and I wanted it.
9mm CZ = primary home defense/city carry w/a jacket on. And I wanted it.
.22 semi = lots of fun to shoot, and carry when my wrist can't take anything heavier. Was my first and only gun for years. Wanted it. Reminds me of why every time I take it out.
.22 Ruger Single Six = shoot any .22 rimfire ammo, plink 100 yards, play at hunting with a pistol, etc. Range toy, except my daughter loves it. Wanted it.
9mm compact = a gun my wife carries sometimes.

Too easy to double the 3 in the OP's premise.

March 19, 2012, 08:13 PM
S&W 642 -- goes everywhere, concealed

S&W 686 4" -- full power for most needs, on the belt

S&W Model 18 -- rimfire practice

March 19, 2012, 08:19 PM
1) Kel-Tec PMR-30 .22wmr
2) Glock G30 .45acp
3) EAA Match Witness 10mm

The first is for target/varmint hunting/etc. The second is a fantastic carry piece and good for combat-type situations. The third is big game hunting/combat/competition/occasional carry.

On a different day, I might replace the Kel-Tec with a pocket .380 like Kahr, LCP, or BG380 for everyday/everywhere carry.

March 19, 2012, 08:30 PM
The folks that have posted the T/C Contender as one of their choices have made me reconsider.

I picked the S&W 63 kit gun as one of my choices because I wanted a .22 LR, and initially wanted it to be a repeater.

Now, for my third gun, I will take the T/C Contender with a .22 LR match barrel, in either 10" or 12" configuration. That gives me the option of easily adding quite a few hefty handgun (and some rifle) calibers...

My other two guns will still be a J-frame .38/.357 snub and a K-frame .38/.357 with 3" barrel...

...Subject to change without notice... ;)


March 19, 2012, 10:29 PM
1. Smith Wesson 1911/45 ACP
2. Smith Wesson 629/44 maggie
3. Smith Wesson M 41/22LR

Seeing a trend here?

March 19, 2012, 10:39 PM
1. Colt Detective Special
2. 686+ 6"
3. Ed Brown 1911

March 19, 2012, 10:47 PM
CZ Czechmate
CZ 75 Shadow Target
S&W (custom) 9mm revolver

March 20, 2012, 03:49 PM
1911 /45acp

March 21, 2012, 06:57 AM
I'd pick 3 of the guns I have.

1) S&W 686. It can be used as a defensive weapon as well as to hunt medium game with.

2) Beretta PX4. Probably pick the compact as it still maintains a decent capacity and carry ability.

3) Ruger Mark III. While it does give me a headache trying to disassemble and reassemble, it's cheap as hell to shoot and could also be used as a small game hunting weapon. And it's just flat out fun as hell to shoot.

March 21, 2012, 09:48 AM
Freedom, How do you like that Kel-Tec?

March 21, 2012, 05:11 PM
Actually, I don't own that Kel-Tec. :( It'll be a while before I get around to getting one because there are other projects I feel are more important (rifles). Someday! I find it ugly as heck, but I think I would find it to be the most fun target/varmint handgun on the market. LOL

hariph creek
March 21, 2012, 07:57 PM
My minimum essential number is 3. These are what I have and the roles they fill:

1.) Kimber Eclipse Custom II in 10mm. =Heavy caliber platform for woods/carry/house duty.

2.)1950 Colt Detective Special in .38special =Compact service caliber platform for ''polite society.''

3.)1957 Ruger Single Six (original lock work) in .22lr. =.22lr, a must have, in any collection. Great fun, and cheap and fun.

If I could only have one. Probobaly a 3" S&W model 65.

March 21, 2012, 08:54 PM
Glock 19 3rd gen
Glock 26 3rd gen
These two because ammo is cheap and I can practice alot.
Last but not least Seecamp 32 acp. The only gun I want to carry all day long.

single stage
March 21, 2012, 09:17 PM
S&W mod. 27
Browning HP
Ruger Redhawk

March 26, 2012, 09:11 PM
Taurus PT 92 AFS 9mm 17+1 cap.

Smith & Wesson 29-2 44 magnum

Sig P220 45 acp

March 27, 2012, 04:04 AM
Colt Python 6"
Glock 22 competition compensated
Colt Officers 1911 in 9mm

March 27, 2012, 06:54 AM
Glock 19 - high cap, easy to shoot and carry if need be. Ammo is also plentiful, it's dead nuts reliable and easy to maintain.

S&W 637 - Go any where gun that I can't live with out.

Ruger New Vaquero .357 - I need to have a fun gun.

March 27, 2012, 11:29 AM
If you could own only 3 pistols what would they be and why.

S&W Model 617, .22LR, 6-inch - Target & Small Game
S&W Model 686, .357Mag, 4-inch - Self-Defence, Medium Game
Glock 19, 9mmP - Concealed carry, self-defence.

March 27, 2012, 01:10 PM
I'll play. To keep things simple I will stick to one cartridge, the 45 acp. As for pistols, they are listed below.

Sig 220 - I just love the way it feels in my hand.
Glock 30 - good carry gun. Based on ammo capacity and weight.
Glock 21 - good carry gun. Can use these mags in my Glock 31. I'm a big believer in at least two guns when u carry.

Elm Creek Smith
March 28, 2012, 12:29 AM
S&W Model 37

S&W Model 13-3

S&W Model 10-5

I have rifles and shotguns to handle what these cannot.


March 28, 2012, 12:41 AM
Cz 75 with kadet kit 9mm/22lr
Ruger single six 22lr/wmr
Ruger Blackhawk .357/.38/9mm
All versatile, rugged, fun, and reliable.

March 28, 2012, 07:13 AM
Elm creek, Those are some really nice wheel guns you got there. BTW my home town is not far from you.

March 28, 2012, 07:24 AM
My newest "carry"

April 8, 2012, 06:34 PM
S&W MP 40
S&W 10-5 38 spl.

April 8, 2012, 07:01 PM
1. Not a Glock
2. Not a Glock
3. Not a Highpoint

You thought I was going to say "Not a Glock" for #3..... didn't ya!

April 9, 2012, 04:33 AM
If I could only have three:

Sig P210 with .22 kit (if only two) full size / range gun
HK P7 (if only one) EDC
Walther PPK/L .32 (if only two) smaller, lighter

Three from the safe:

FN Hi-Power SFS with .22 kit
Walther PPK .380

When I only had three:

Beretta 92fs
S&W 3914
beretta 21a

April 9, 2012, 05:31 PM
Stoeger Cougar 9mm compact
Ruger SR9c 9mm
Bersa Thunder .380

April 10, 2012, 02:40 PM
Glock 19 Good carry gun, I like the way it shoots, ammunition is plentiful.
1911 A1 Good stopping power, I like it better than the Glock but too heavy for daily carry.
High Standard FK 101 Field King Because I have one and like the way it shoots. 6 inch ported barrel and is a good small game gun.

April 10, 2012, 05:20 PM
"Pick only 3 pistols
If you could own only 3 pistols what would they be and why.

1. Glock 26- fits all my carry need and will take 26,17 and 19 mags

2. Glock 19c- It does everything I want it to

3. Glock 34- Just cause

Glocks are fair priced, they will always shoot and you can "on the cheap" do what ever you want to them."

Guess you weren't around when Gaston G. was buying his way into LEO's by offering his guns for near cost, which was around 150.00.

Isn't the 19c and 34 redundant? I can see the 26 and 34, but not the 19c.

My tastes run a bit higher:

Ed Brown Kobra Carry Lightweight

or the Executive Target

Detonics Combatmaster

And I'd have to have a custom Jack Huntington FA 83
either in .475 Linebaugh or .500JRH.
On the otherhand, a custom Ruger in .500 Maximum might be in there, just because it shoots both .500 Max, and .500 Linebaugh, and .510 GNR.
Also custom by JRH Custom Gunmsmithing.
Or maybe this .41

And then you need a .22 LR
Would have to be a Colt Trooper:
Dont forget the .357 Snub, and everyone needs a .45 Colt.

April 10, 2012, 07:41 PM
I currently own them & a few more, but if I had to chop the collection:

1) S&W 642 (formerly dad's)

2) S&W 686 Power Port (formerly dad's)

3) Beretta 92FS Inox

Cactus Jack Arizona
April 10, 2012, 10:01 PM
Glockbots are sooooooo predictable. :neener:

For my three, I chose:
CZ75B (9mm)
IJ-70 18AH (9x18 Makarov)
Ruger Super Redhawk (44 Magnum)

April 11, 2012, 06:41 AM
3 pcs of SIG 47/8 - P210 :neener:
...and a coulple of revolvers of difrent size, make and caliber

April 11, 2012, 04:20 PM
Glock 26 - ten reliable rounds in a convenient carry package
H&K P7M13 - thirteen reliable rounds, very safe design, ambi, and will act as a brick when empty for further fighting
FNH FiveSeven - ten or twenty rounds with long-range, ambi, low accidental penetration, and low noise/low recoil

(oh, I'm left-handed)
bonus round:

H&K MP5 Pistol (instead of the FNH) - ten to thirty 9mm rounds, superior range, can be shot accurately if need be, if not, it's still an awesome design. Solves the 'unified cartridge theory' conundrum.

April 11, 2012, 04:37 PM
To me, when there is a 'limit', it implies the need for pragmatism and practicality. To me, that is self-defense. A topic that is typically not at the top of my list. But for this exercise it is.

[QUOTE=Vern Humphrey;7969945]Excellent point. One thing I noticed on this thread is that many people pick 3 pistols for the same use -- usually self-defense. It makes you wonder why?


April 11, 2012, 04:39 PM

1. dw valor--it hits where i point it.:fire:

2. my new ruger mark 3 target ss--with volquartsen upgrades--dead on.:what:

3. my awc amphibian s--oh yeah--deadly quiet.:evil:

AZ Desertrat
April 11, 2012, 05:07 PM
Glock 19 - easy to shoot and take care of...easy to conceal...awesome track record
of performance and reliability. Easy-to-do-mods.
S&W Chief's Special - when concealment is of utmost importance, as well as "go bang"
all the time.
Ruger Super Blackhawk - boat anchor tough, shoots pussy cat up to MAX with no hiccups.
All-around, my favorite "do everything" handgun...plinking to hunting.

April 11, 2012, 07:52 PM
1. FNH Five Seven, for its 30 rounds of "zombie hunting".
2. FNH FNS-9 Competition for its combat capabilities.
3. Sig Sauer P938 for carry.

April 11, 2012, 10:51 PM
#1 Colt Gov series 7 in .45acp 5"
#2 Kimber in 3" .45acp with Crimson trace
#3 snub nose .44 sp
All for self defence

September 27, 2012, 10:56 AM
1) DW Valor V-BOB, Severns Hardhat and Dehorn W/ accuracy enhancements I carry it daily, fail proof!

2) Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley Hunter 45 Colt. Main hunting repeater

3) TC Encore 460 S&W 16" W/Ross Brake Big Game to small Long range to short, with the rite boolit.

Love them 45's, don't leave home without one!!

September 27, 2012, 11:03 AM
SIG Sauer P220, Glock 17, and River Mk III

Something for every purpose

David E
September 27, 2012, 11:06 AM
SIG Sauer P220, Glock 17, and River Mk III

Something for every purpose

You don't handgun hunt, do you.

September 27, 2012, 12:41 PM
Gen 4 Glock 26 (9mm)
Gen 4 Glock 20 (10mm)
S&W Model 617 (.22LR)

September 27, 2012, 12:44 PM
Les Baer TRS, HK P7, Browning Hi Power

September 27, 2012, 08:15 PM
S&W M&P 9mm For EDC, HD, Range
S&W M&P Shield 9mm For BUG, Deep Conceal, Wife
S&W M&P 22 For Plinking, and friends and kids and siblings and stuff

September 28, 2012, 09:30 AM
1. A good full size 1911 for defensive purposes, long proven design that parts will surely be available for for a long time

2. A bull barrel Ruger mkII for small game, target shooting

3. S&W model 460V. Should be able to take any game animal in North America. Could also be used for defense against dangerous game, if its still alive after 5 shots from that gun then I don't have any business hunting it and it deserves to eat me. Plus I could load it with .45 long colt for open carry.

Door Gunner
September 28, 2012, 11:14 AM
Interesting thread. Three pistols. By definition a pistol differs from a revolver; two different critters.

Since I’m a retired GI from the Vietnam Era my 1st choice is the 1911 .45-cal. I was lucky enough to serve with a National Match Pistol Champion some many decades ago. He mentored me for a couple of years on pistol-craft. Long story short; I always fired Expert with a handgun because of my good fortune to know this man! I also carried one in Vietnam and know firsthand what it is capable of doing with simple ball ammo.

9mm pistols are another great contender. Glock has fairly well mastered the 9mm pistol. Affordable, reliable. However, since I can only pick one… Glock Model 19, 4-in barrel. Easy to conceal and potent. One reason I like 9mm is because it is the pistol cartridge selected by NATO. If the fecal matter hits the fan finding ammo can become nearly impossible. Because billions of rounds exist among my pals in the military it is much more likely to procure this ammo.

I have many other candidates, but I will stop at two. People own and fire handguns for a variety of reasons. My reason is personal self defense. I practice with that in mind, rather than as a hobby or hunting. When you focus on self defense in the world in which we find ourselves now-a-days you simple must consider availability of the ammo.

If we have an economic collapse, martial law, or any major natural disaster of monumental scale you must realize that Wal-Mart and other commercial stores will be ransacked within days, maybe hours. No one will go to work either because the money you are paid is worthless, or the situation, security-wise, prohibits routine travel. When the “legal” procurement of ammo dries up your only likely place will be friends and sympathizers in the military or law enforcement. That means 9mm.

September 28, 2012, 08:48 PM
When I started this thread I believe I said Glock 17,19,34. Which I still stand by but my S&W M&P is pretty awesome. I would also say M&P 9c, 9 and glock 19.

September 29, 2012, 11:21 AM
g-30 sf

September 29, 2012, 11:33 AM
1) HK P7M8 for general purpose

2) Buck Mark Contour 7.25 URX - very accurate, long line of sight and a 7¼" barrel make it a versatile firearm.

3) EAA Witness Hunter 10mm - a big gun with a 6" barrel, can take out big predators and take down big game the other two calibers can't.

September 29, 2012, 06:49 PM
1) Colt 1911 .45ACP target, action shooting, defense, bowling pins(auto)

2) S&W M29 .44M silhouette, hunting, bowling pins(revolver), PPC

3)S&W M41 .22LR target,practice, plinking, bowling pins (rimfire)


September 29, 2012, 10:05 PM
Glock 27 G4

Smith & Wesson 686 6"


David E
October 3, 2012, 10:48 AM
Curious..... Those of you listing 3 guns.....do you currently own them?

If not, do you own more than 3? If so, then it's interesting that you don't own the 3 you listed.

It's not unusual in threads line this for folks to cite guns they don't own, which makes me shake my head in amused puzzlement.

"These are the best/top/most useful three handguns known to man.....I own 2 dozen guns, none of which are the three listed but.....if it came down to owning only three, I'd go out and get them..."

Yeah, ok.

October 3, 2012, 11:57 AM
M&P compact primary
M&P compact BUG
M&P compact in case primary or BUG need to go to the shop

October 4, 2012, 05:53 AM
1. a "reliable" Kel-tec PF9 of EDC

2. a Glock 19 for everything else

3. another Glock 19 for the other hand

October 4, 2012, 06:13 AM
David E Curious..... Those of you listing 3 guns.....do you currently own them?

If not, do you own more than 3? If so, then it's interesting that you don't own the 3 you listed.

It's not unusual in threads line this for folks to cite guns they don't own, which makes me shake my head in amused puzzlement.

"These are the best/top/most useful three handguns known to man.....I own 2 dozen guns, none of which are the three listed but.....if it came down to owning only three, I'd go out and get them..."

Yeah, ok.

It doesn't seem so strange to me. Someone buys one gun today for whatever reason another one another time and so on. Then they look back in a few years or decades, and they have a rambling collection.

In my first response to this post I listed NINE guns. Three from any, three of MINE, and my first three.

If I could only have three:

Sig P210 with .22 kit (if only two) full size / range gun
HK P7 (if only one) EDC
Walther PPK/L .32 (if only two) smaller, lighter

Three from the safe:

FN Hi-Power SFS with .22 kit
Walther PPK .380

When I only had three:

Beretta 92fs
S&W 3914
beretta 21a

I gave careful consideration to the first five or six guns I bought. I wanted to buy to fill a need at a price I could afford. Then I started buying what I WANTED mainly for FUN.

For example in the case of my first gun I picked what was of course my only gun based on "if I could only have one". I thought something small enough for CCW if needed, large enough for comfortable shooting, and quality to last. I narrowed down my choices to one of the German police pistols of the time, the Walther P5, SIG/Sauer P6, and HK P7. I could not afford any of those 20 years ago, so I "settled" for a S&W 3914.

Being limited to three handguns has not been a consideration in my selection process since gun number three. Even then I knew someday I would have four.

In the case of the differences between three from what I have now and three if I were really limited to three. I could by a few more guns for the price difference between a PPK and a PPK/L, same with the Hi-Power VS. P210. If I were limited to three that price difference would not be a factor.

Pete D.
October 4, 2012, 06:33 AM
Colt 1911
S&W model 10 or K38
A High Standard or Ruger .22


October 5, 2012, 02:00 PM
Colt Commander
Glock 19
Smith 686 or Ruger GP100

November 24, 2012, 10:57 PM
1) Dan Wesson .45 Valor
2) Walther P99 AS (9mm)
3) Kimber Ultra Carry II (.45 ACP)

November 25, 2012, 11:01 AM

my current handguns.

The .22 revolver would go first. I bought it on a whim, and it's the only .22LR I own these days.

The 1911TC (SS Full Size) stays. The Officers ACP is my EDC, and it stays.

The PM9 vs the GLOCK17 gets tricky. I really only bought the glock becuase it shares magazines with my SUB2000. It is my least favorite pistol, but it makes a good set with the SUB2k.

The PM9 is so very concealable- it's my go-to for dressed-up carry, and shoots sweetly- it's the smallest, most shootable pistol I've owned, accurate and reliable.

I suppose I could get rid of both the 9MMs and get a GLOCK 19 or even a 26, and have something more concealable that will still be able to use Mags from the SUB2k (it's a G19 model) but I really dislike the grip on the 26, and the 19 is no smaller than the Officers Model...

tough call, but I think the GLOCK loses.

November 25, 2012, 07:24 PM
Walther PPK/S for carry

1911 .45 acp, Kimber at the moment

625 revolver in .45

I'd have to part with SAA replica, in .45 colt. That's kind of tragic. But my 625 is my comp gun.

November 25, 2012, 07:32 PM
I know they're not all auto's but here goes. 4" smith and wesson 357 concealable and hard hitting. Ruger single six it was my dad's and I've taken a whole bunch of rabbits and rattlers with it. Smith and wesson m&p 9mm. It's high cap, reliable, and accurate.

November 25, 2012, 08:09 PM
I'm changing my three
1. pocket gun LCP
2. sidearm 4566
3. hunting Blackhawk .45acp/.45C

November 25, 2012, 08:17 PM
well put I like it

November 25, 2012, 08:46 PM
If it was three pistols I'd go with a Ruger Mark series .22, Beretta 92 or M9 and a 1911 of some sort. If it's three handguns we're talking about, then I'm in for a .22 revolver (like my trusty Dan Wesson 22), a .357 revolver (the 686 comes to mind) and a .45 ACP like a 1911 or Glock 30.

Posted from my car phone.

November 25, 2012, 09:27 PM
Actually I'm going to change mine as well. Different situations & all that since my earlier post.

Concealed: Mauser HSc in 32 ACP
Small Sidearm: S&W 65, 3" .357 Magnum
Full sized Sidearm: S&W 625 Mountain Gun in .45 Colt

Still need to find that Model 65 (or a 13 would do too) but I'd actually be quite happy once I do.

November 25, 2012, 09:39 PM
I change mine every week.

November 25, 2012, 09:45 PM
Ruger LCR .22
Ruger LCR .38
Ruger LCR .357

I love the LCR platform (can you tell) and I like only having to know and practice with 1 battery of arms. So .22 for practice, .38 for carry and .357 for HD.

November 25, 2012, 09:46 PM
Ruger.22/45 or Browning Buckmark
Ruger Blackhawk .45acp/.45Colt
Dan Wesson .45acp Commander Bobtail

November 25, 2012, 10:16 PM
I would pick the exact three I currently own...the two that were my dad's: a) S&W 686 PowerPort 6" .357 magnum revolver; b) S&W 642 snubby .38 spl +p revolver; and my Beretta 92FS Inox 5" 9mm parabellum semiautomatic pistol; due to bad spending decisions I have had to intermittently sell firearms and what I have left is what I like the most

November 25, 2012, 10:50 PM
Right now I only have two:
XD40 Service
Glock 22

Same caliber(40S&W) one for the wife and one for me.

3rd is a toss up. I would like a MP shield, but also want a 1911... I have rifles for hunting, but if I had to have a pistol for hunting I guess my 3rd would be a large caliber wheel gun.

November 26, 2012, 04:17 AM
638 for ease of carry, always carry gun
Single six, 22/22mag, versitle gun and cal. hunting, plinking, great woods gun.
G17 for home defense, good service pistol, light attachment

Have all 3

November 26, 2012, 06:19 AM
Of my handguns:

.22 Colt Woodsman 4 3/4" Sporter - Who doesn't love .22s
9mm Sig P226 - Great pistol and my first hand gun
.45 Colt Model 25 - At least one big bore has to be in there ;) (Also a BP reload option)

November 26, 2012, 09:07 AM
Glock 17 CCW 24/7.
M1911A1 Springfield Armory .45 ACP pin shooting gun.
S&W M629 6-inch .44 Mag for deer hunting.

My Mossberg M500 12ga shotgun backs them all up.

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