Pick your brand.


el Godfather
February 18, 2012, 09:10 AM
Dear THR
If you could have just one handgun, which brands would you consider and specifically which model?

This is more or less popularity poll as I know everyone will vote for their favorite brands.


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February 18, 2012, 09:34 AM
I didn't vote because Kimber is not on the list

February 18, 2012, 09:43 AM
Only one? At the end of the day, I prefer Sigs and I don't have patience or forgiveness to wait for $3000 gun to function reliably (affectionatly called "break-in period").

February 18, 2012, 09:46 AM
For autoloading pistols all my needs are filled by SIG and Walther.

February 18, 2012, 09:54 AM
If I only could have one semi-auto it would be my S&W 5903. Third generation S&W autos are reliable, accurate and workhorses. They are less expense than Sigs but still have all the main features.

The Bushmaster
February 18, 2012, 10:05 AM
Just for starters...Where's Kimber, Bersa and many others that are missing from your poll.

And guyfromohio, I'm one of those guys that had to do a 300 round "breakin" on his carry piece (Kimber UCC II). I know of no machinery that does not require a breakin period and besides, every one needs to put atleast 500 rounds down range with any new handgun for the [needed] practice, to get completely familar with the weapon and to insure it WILL function everytime.

February 18, 2012, 10:06 AM
Welcome to THR,

Cant vote as I have 5 "go to" auto's. 2 CZ-75's, 2 Tauri, and an ATI that is fantanstic.

Oh, and a Bersa, 380 for church duty.

February 18, 2012, 10:14 AM
Mine is a kind of cheat. I selected 2, but they are actually under 1 parent company...


My CZs have always been flawless (triggers aren't wonderful out of the box, but easily fixed with a little elbow grease and a spring swap) and my DW Pointman7 has been as well.

February 18, 2012, 10:21 AM
Sig for me. I'm also a fan of H&K, Glocks and CZ. But when someone asks about a favorite I look at what does almost everything well. Well made, accurate, reliable and even things like not needing regular tinkering and ease of field stripping. Please remember this is only my humble opinion based on my experience.

February 18, 2012, 10:23 AM
S&W dominates my handgun collection for a good reason.

Model 1

February 18, 2012, 10:27 AM
I am a semi auto guy. I do have a M19 S&W. If I could only be one it would have to be a S&W whatever revolver. I believe that in the end, it would out last any auto when you consider recoil springs, mags, etc. For everyday use I still use my semi auto of the day but we're talking a totally different scenario here.

February 18, 2012, 12:21 PM
There is Glock and then there is just everything else!

February 18, 2012, 12:23 PM
S&W M&P9c

February 18, 2012, 12:24 PM
SiG 226 or G17.

February 18, 2012, 12:26 PM
Turkish imports?

February 18, 2012, 12:27 PM
I haven't had a chance to try them all out yet, so I can't make an informed decision!

February 18, 2012, 01:51 PM
I picked Smith & Wesson. My M&P 9C has been a trusty carry/range gun for years now. A nice 3913 is getting groomed to replace it now.

My wife bought me a NIB 5906 for Christmas.

February 18, 2012, 02:10 PM
I didn't vote because Kimber is not on the list
That HAD to be an OOPS.

I own 3 Springfields and 2 Rugers.

February 18, 2012, 02:28 PM
What, no ATI, Bersa or Charter Arms or Rock Island or Regent choices?

For now though, I'll stick with my SR9, EMP .40, CZ 83, S & W 66 Combat and one of the most underrated manufacturers, Bersa Thunder 9 UC Pro.

I won't include my Taurus mod 66b4 due to the headaches I've had with their lack of customer care.

February 18, 2012, 02:36 PM
High Point.

el Godfather
February 18, 2012, 02:37 PM
I guess Kimber would fall in others category.

February 18, 2012, 04:10 PM

February 18, 2012, 04:19 PM
Wow, tough call. I love the M&P line and I have to say my M&P9 Pro is my personal favorite pistol I own.

BUT, based on the OP's full question, I voted Glock.

If I could only have ONE handgun, it would be a Glock 19. It's the total package... Concealable, reliable, extremely common caliber, relatively inexpensive to shoot, good enough for self defense, and up to a 33-round capacity. Yeah, I don't own one, but it is on my short list for sure.

February 18, 2012, 05:18 PM

February 18, 2012, 06:18 PM
Colt, most likely a Commander. A 1911 that can fill most roles well, if not perfectly.

February 18, 2012, 07:46 PM
Imo I love ny fnp9, atleast until I add a 1911.

February 18, 2012, 09:54 PM
If I could only have one, I would want the best...Knighthawk GRP Recon

February 19, 2012, 12:19 AM
I'm currently trying to branch out and try new guns, but if I were forced to choose only one brand of semi-auto handgun it would be Glock.

February 19, 2012, 12:22 AM

If I could just pick one, Sig.

February 19, 2012, 12:23 AM

February 19, 2012, 12:35 AM
I voted Ruger, but I've got S&W's, Springfield's, Para's, Armscor, and half a dozen other brands that all seem to work equally well or I would have traded them off. My favorite gun is a .380 FEG APK, but it's a "fun gun", not a "work gun".


el Godfather
February 19, 2012, 03:56 AM
This really changes from time to time. I gun have not let go off even after 18000+ rounds is the second generation Glock 19 made in USA. But If I ask myself today which one gun I would keep, it would be some 1911. Tomorrow I might feel diferently, a few days back when I went to 'hairy' place ways out of my locale, I would not even thing of 1911- capacity issue. I felt that while I was there, in fact, a handgun in general seemed like pretty useless unless a last ditch effort back up. I was carrying 15+1 P30 by HK and a NFA item I care not to discuss.

Jed Carter
February 19, 2012, 08:13 AM

February 19, 2012, 08:16 AM
Springfield Armory XD

February 19, 2012, 08:18 AM
My two favorites are not on the list.


February 19, 2012, 08:30 AM
Browning ... Hi-Power specifically. 'spose that could fall under FN.

February 19, 2012, 08:51 AM
My favorites for everyday use would be Glock 19 or Sig 226 Tac Opps. I included HK as dream pistol to show my fondness for VP 70-M.

February 19, 2012, 09:05 AM
I voted Beretta because they have been my all time favorite but FN is getting awfully close. They both make good guns, as do several others.

February 19, 2012, 09:15 AM
Browning ... Hi-Power specifically. 'spose that could fall under FN.

It should fall under FN, since that's who makes them. That's where I put my vote for my beloved Hi-Power, even though it's Browning-branded.

February 19, 2012, 09:53 AM
M&P 40. Made in the USA as well. I sold my Glocks because i like the M&P so much

February 19, 2012, 09:58 AM
Glock 17/19

Reliability and accuracy trumps looks and stigma

February 19, 2012, 04:21 PM
thats like asking a parent who has children that are all good,well behaved,well manered,helpful,considerate,and creative to pick his favorite child!!!
Colt model 1908 pocket .25
S&W model 4506-1 .45acp
Kel-Tec P11 9MM
Bersa thunder 40 pro .40 S&W
NAA-mini revolver .22LR
NAA-32 guardian .32acp
H&R model 660 GUNFIGHTER .22LR

February 19, 2012, 04:25 PM
Bottom-feeder: Sig
Wheelgun: Colt, S&W and Ruger

February 19, 2012, 04:37 PM
Sig 229 or 220

Steve H
February 19, 2012, 04:47 PM
Springfield Armory XD here. My XD 45 & XD 9 have been flawless and fit me well. If the poll was for 22's I'd go with my Ruger MkII

February 19, 2012, 04:48 PM
Overall I'd say an HK product. The HK45 or the USP Tactical 45.

I wouldn't feel undergunned if I had to pick a Glock, a Sprinfield XD, a Walther, or a CZ. I'd take a Smith or a Ruger if that's all that was available. I wouldn't mind a Taurus if I could take it out and test it first, make sure it was one of the good ones (I'm not a fan of their "lottery" style of gun-making, you get a good one and they work forever, or you get a crap one and it gets sent back to Taurus to sit on a shelf forever.)

February 19, 2012, 09:55 PM
Interesting and informative poll. I was surprised.

Ala Dan
February 20, 2012, 07:35 AM
Les Baer

February 20, 2012, 08:47 AM
WILSON COMBAT...nothing can touch my CQB

February 20, 2012, 12:51 PM
I voted Colt as my favorite brand. I own quite a few of them and for whatever reason they always seem to be my first choice as far as semi-autos go.

February 20, 2012, 12:55 PM
HK P7 for concealed carry.

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February 20, 2012, 01:02 PM
I voted for Smith & Wesson since that is what I own.

February 20, 2012, 01:04 PM
Revolvers - S&W
Autos - Sig

One or the other? S&W.

February 20, 2012, 01:44 PM
Based on my personal life experiences, the brand would be CZ, and the pistol would be this one.


February 20, 2012, 01:55 PM
Nighthawk GRP Recon or Wilson CQB. Because if I can only have 1 pistol, I want it to be a 1911, and I want it to be one of the best.

February 20, 2012, 02:39 PM
I live in a very rural area and carry a Colt 1911 in 38Super, used it this morning on a coyote. Go to town carry is a Colt XSE in 45 auto.

Been carrying Colts for a long time and have found them to be very reliable and accurate with the Super being dead on past 100 yards; most pistols don't have that first shot accuracy.

February 20, 2012, 02:43 PM
If I could only have one, it would be my Glock 26.


February 20, 2012, 08:51 PM
Glock G23

February 20, 2012, 11:56 PM
Glock 29 (10MM) with a .40 conversion barrel. :)

She will run with G20 15 round magazines as well......:D

el Godfather
February 21, 2012, 02:42 PM
I see many choosing Glocks. Quite surprised at CZ being that low.

Doug S
February 21, 2012, 02:57 PM
If I could only pick one, it would be the Glock 26 with standard mag for CCW, and with a 17 round mag for HD.

February 21, 2012, 03:56 PM
#1 colt defender
#2 kimber (any model you are comfortable with reliability
#3 dan wesson 1911

February 21, 2012, 09:20 PM
I think I might have to change my gun from the Glock 19 to the Glock 23.

I bought one last week and have a 9mm and .357sig barrel on order. One gun, three calibers. All you need is 9mm mags, the .40 mags fit .357 rounds.

In the event of a SHTF/Ammo shortage emergency, 3-gun-in-1 is nice. :cool:


February 21, 2012, 09:33 PM
I didn't vote because Kimber is not on the list
I voted other, because I love my Kimbers as well. Ultra Carry II in .45 and my Solo when I can't carry the .45. Love them both.

February 21, 2012, 11:08 PM
If I could only have one, it would be my Glock 26.

That's my vote too.

February 21, 2012, 11:32 PM
I picked FN, based on the FNP-40 that I own. Compared to both my Glock 17 and 22, my groups are better with the FNP. I have Colts, Auto-Ordinances, S&W's, Sig-Sauers, Walthers, and Berettas. Most of these have never been fired, so my vote is very limited in diversity.

February 21, 2012, 11:34 PM
I have Colts, Auto-Ordinances, S&W's, Sig-Sauers, Walthers, and Berettas. Most of these have never been fired

*scratches head*....Did I read this right?

February 22, 2012, 12:39 AM
I voted for Glock since you didn't have Hi-Point listed....

JUST KIDDING!! :neener:

February 22, 2012, 01:03 AM
I chose Glock. It's not my favorite (Sigs are) but I don't dislike them. The choice is driven by the fact if I conceal carry I like the capacity of the 45 ACPs.

February 22, 2012, 01:13 AM
Allaroundhunter, should I have used the ' between the name and the "s"?

February 22, 2012, 07:03 AM
Allaroundhunter, should I have used the ' between the name and the "s"?
No he was probably wondering why someone would buy guns like that without firing them. I suppose it's the same as buying cars and not driving them. Short of ultra rare/collectable, I also find it confusing why someone would do such a thing...

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