Best handgun you ever fired?


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el Godfather
October 4, 2012, 04:44 PM
Dear THR:
Which is the best handgun you ever fired? One that you absolutely enjoyed firing.

It may be surprising, but I really like my luger p08. Too bad its temporarily out of commission at the moment.

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Friendly, Don't Fire!
October 4, 2012, 04:53 PM
Freedom Arms 454 Casull Stainless in 10" barrel with T'SOB triple-ring mount and 4X Leupold EER Silver Scope. I worked up an extremely accurate load using flat-nose copper jacketed bullets.

I could consistently shoot a 1.4" group off a bench at 100 yards.

Another one of those that I never should have sold.

Cocked & Locked
October 4, 2012, 04:54 PM
This 6" S&W 10-5 .38 special. Feels good in the hand, great trigger, and is an accurate shooter.

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6486421/328391445.jpg

HDCamel
October 4, 2012, 04:58 PM
An original short-rail Cz 75.
It just felt "right".

It's still my holy grail gun, but hell if I'll ever be able to both find AND afford one at the same time.

MedWheeler
October 4, 2012, 05:10 PM
A 1960's era Colt Police Positive .38 revolver. After leaving law enforcement, I signed up for another weapons class aimed at civilians (was gonna use it for a security license, not being able to get a clear answer from the state then as to whether or not my LE training records, which were more than sufficient, would be accepted.) Just before the class, my own service-sized revolver was stolen, so I arrived at the class with only my Charter Arms Undercover .38 snub. The instructor wanted me to take the class with a service-type weapon, so he let me shoot it with his. Very nice and well-kept, with a smooth action and trigger. Shot quite well with it, too.

I also shot a rented Sig 1911 recently, too. It had definitely had some work done to it to tune it up, and it was nice to shoot. However, I can't let it claim the title of "most enjoyable" gun I've shot simply because I'm left-handed, and the gun was not, requiring too many adjustments in technique.

pendennis
October 4, 2012, 05:15 PM
I got this one new in early 1979. I had helped my brother set up his partnership, and he and the partner let me select anything I wanted from the display cases. I chose the Python over everything else. It has over 3k rounds through it, and the timing is still spot on.

I replaced the original stocks with a set of Herrett's Shooting Masters, modifying them to fit my hand. The Generation Three stocks are still in the original box.
http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu331/pendennis1947/ColtPythonModelILFT.jpg

David White
October 4, 2012, 05:17 PM
I had a Brownin HP that was spot on fantastic! I never would have sold it if I didn't have to.
Now it is too expensive to replace.
Who knew? This was over twenty five years ago.

*NOVA*
October 4, 2012, 05:30 PM
Ruger Super Redhawk. I might not be as good as a previous poster claims to be, but I do enjoy hitting a pie plate at 150 feet with all six rounds.

highlander 5
October 4, 2012, 05:39 PM
Smith and Wesson 625

silicosys4
October 4, 2012, 05:51 PM
A S&W 10-8 ppc gun, fully tuned.

IMTHDUKE
October 4, 2012, 06:07 PM
http://i700.photobucket.com/albums/ww2/imthduke/GUNS/P7.jpg

jimbo555
October 4, 2012, 06:43 PM
My first handgun,a s&w model39.Nothing I have purchased since fits my hand as perfect as that!

Esoxchaser
October 4, 2012, 06:50 PM
I really enjoy shooting my EMP 9mm . Even more than the Hi-Power or 92fs. Just something about that little EMP, shoots like it's big, handles like it's small. Sweet gun all around.

BullRunBear
October 4, 2012, 06:56 PM
This is a tough one. I thought about the Ruger Mk II, then the Uberti 1860 Army C&B.

But have to go with the S&W K-38. Love the caliber, it points beautifully, and has the nicest trigger of any gun I've even used.

Jeff

usp9
October 4, 2012, 07:15 PM
One that you absolutely enjoyed firing.

No way to choose one. I like many. A few put a smile on my face. My short list;

Any HK
Daewoo DP52
Beretta 92fs INOX Vertec

CharlieDeltaJuliet
October 4, 2012, 07:19 PM
Wheelgun: A 1969 Colt Python 2 1/2" with custom trigger work from Colt. (Sold it and miss it).lol

Semi auto: Sig P220R (I stoned the sear to smooth it out).

Iggy
October 4, 2012, 07:40 PM
It would be a toss up between a S&W 38/44 Outdoorsman and a K-22 Outdoorsman.
http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p246/Iggy25/005.jpg
The quality and accuracy of these 1930's vintage revolvers is just plain astounding.

Starter52
October 4, 2012, 07:41 PM
S&W Model 52.

madstabber
October 4, 2012, 07:42 PM
i really enjoy shooting revolvers and my favorite is my s&w 627 pro

351 WINCHESTER
October 4, 2012, 07:44 PM
A Colt 1911 made in 1951 that had been accurized by an expert. Outstanding, it was so well tuned and fitted by loving hands that it would feed and eject a full mag. of empties almost every time.

Vern Humphrey
October 4, 2012, 07:58 PM
I'd have to say the Holy Grail -- my Colt Woodsman made in 1938.

Running close beind is my Colt M357 which I carried on my first tour in Viet Nam, and then my Colt New Service in .45 Colt.

Cocked & Locked
October 4, 2012, 08:07 PM
My first handgun,a s&w model 39. Nothing I have purchased since fits my hand as perfect as that!
oh yes...model 39 is fine

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/23681386/399676573.jpg

rule303
October 4, 2012, 08:19 PM
Ruger MKI with 6 7/8" tapered barrel. Points like a dream, looks great, puts the shots right where I want them, and is not ammo sensitive. In a centerfire, (sure to get flamed for this!) it is my Taurus PT99AF. That thing feels great in my hand, recoil is almost non-existent, the controls are in just the right place, will feed anything, and is the most accurate service pistol I have ever fired. I actually had a Beretta 92 which I sold after owning them both for a few years, since the Taurus was more accurate, and I liked the safety better.

oldcelt
October 4, 2012, 08:31 PM
My all-time favorites are S&W 6" k22 6" K38 AND 1950 target .45acp.

HammerheadSSN663
October 4, 2012, 08:52 PM
sigp250

jackblack86
October 4, 2012, 08:52 PM
well I would have to say my sigpro2340 first time out at the range 40' first shot bullseye very accurate gun nice trigger

greyling22
October 4, 2012, 09:02 PM
best? cz75 tac sport
favorite - mkii gov model that's been of to see VQ.
best pointing - 1851 navy conversion
one I want to like the most but just don't - hipower

Zeabed
October 4, 2012, 09:15 PM
H&k p7m8.

whtsmoke
October 4, 2012, 10:23 PM
my first handgun ever fired, a 1914 Erfurt P08 that had only been fired at the mfg. plant, This came from a museum in Germany during WWll, I really loed that thing.

el Godfather
October 4, 2012, 11:59 PM
Come to think of it, I also really liked webly 455 manstopper.

There is something about the old guns.

19-3Ben
October 5, 2012, 12:06 AM
My model 19-3. Best trigger I've ever felt on any gun ever, period.

rswartsell
October 5, 2012, 12:07 AM
Smith & Wesson Military & Police Model of 1905 target, 6 1/4" bbl. Hand made target grips, manufacture date 1910, 100 yrs. of honest wear to slick the action to unbelieveable. Look up tack driver to see it's picture.

Sadly retired now in deference to it's age. Ah memories!;)

OilyPablo
October 5, 2012, 12:27 AM
6" Colt Trooper III with light trigger and hammer springs. Pretty amazing $400 revolver. So amazingly accurate, so perfect in my hand.

ColtPythonElite
October 5, 2012, 12:33 AM
My 6" Colt King Cobra.

Pukindog12
October 5, 2012, 01:03 AM
6" S&w 686.

armsmaster270
October 5, 2012, 01:28 AM
6" S&W 586 with Bill Davis Combat tune.

http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff207/armsmaster270/Guns/DSCF1535.jpg

Wish I still had my Trooper Mk III

KansasSasquatch
October 5, 2012, 02:55 AM
Desert Eagle chambered in .357. I was at a range one day and a complete stranger offered to let me shoot it. He had it loaded up with 6 rounds of his reloads. I fired 2 at a 25yard target and fell in love. I looked at my two buddies that were there with me, both eyeballing the gun and praying that I wouldn't empty the magazine. It was hard to hand it off but after asking its owner if it was okay I reluctantly handed it to one of them. Those were 2 of the 3 most enjoyable rounds I've ever fired. The 3rd was a .50bmg round fired from a single shot AR upper. Other than that, I really like shooting a well broken in 5" Springfield XD.

Inebriated
October 5, 2012, 03:19 AM
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb201/Name890/GlockV.jpg

Tophernj
October 5, 2012, 04:56 AM
Ed Brown Kobra Carry.

My buddy has one and when I have the $$$, I'll be gettting one. I think I want one inexpensive gun which will be the next purchase. After that, I am thinking I may start saving. Perfect in my hand and wicked accurate.

C

45_auto
October 5, 2012, 07:18 AM
I chose the Python over everything else. It has over 3k rounds through it, and the timing is still spot on.

Your timing is off. According to some of the posters here, a correctly timed Colt will not have a drag line on the cylinder. The drag line on yours is very obvious in the photo.

303tom
October 5, 2012, 09:34 AM
Dear THR:
Which is the best handgun you ever fired? One that you absolutely enjoyed firing.

It may be surprising, but I really like my luger p08. Too bad its temporarily out of commission at the moment.
Well over time I have had several, right now it is my Ruger Blackhawk in .327 mag., it will do everything the .357 will & a lot more controllable & it holds 8 rounds...........

MtnSpur
October 5, 2012, 10:05 AM
Your timing is off. According to some of the posters here, a correctly timed Colt will not have a drag line on the cylinder. The drag line on yours is very obvious in the photo.

Not to get off topic BUT a drag line on a revolver's cylinder can occur by incorrectly closing the cylinder without pushing the cylinder latch backwards (on a Colt) and indexing the chamber to the barrel upon closing, thus allowing the bolt to drag against the cylinder when turning it into it's "locked" state. A revolver that has seen that many rounds, and obviously has been cleaned a great deal, can often develop a cylinder turn line while still being perfectly in time.

To get back on topic:

This 1940 Officers Model .38 Heavy Barrel is probably the sweetest and most accurate shooter I've had the pleasure to fire:

http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h351/MtnSpur/1940ColtOM1024x575.jpg

Quiet
October 5, 2012, 10:15 AM
Sig p-210

tarosean
October 5, 2012, 10:22 AM
5" S&W 29

Perfection

ColtPythonElite
October 5, 2012, 12:53 PM
A drag line is normal on a Python that has been used. It is not a sign of being out of time or incorrect use. Sure, you can baby one and index the cylinder every time you close it and prevent the line, but I don't see that as being an option for duty/carry/sporting guns, which is what Pythons used to be.

I would guess many Pythons left the factory with drag lines. My NIB guns have them....I buy/sell my fair share of Colts and don't let the line or lack of it influence price.

meatballs
October 5, 2012, 01:49 PM
Browning Hi Power.

OrangePwrx9
October 5, 2012, 02:10 PM
4" Ruger Security Six

6" S&W 686 factory ported (Pro-Port?) is pretty good too.

Claude Clay
October 5, 2012, 02:17 PM
kimber (1998) custom stainless gold match
followed by a hard chrom H&K P7
and from 1902 a Colt short/long 32 6" target model

Dr.Rob
October 5, 2012, 03:16 PM
Browning Hi-Power

HK P7

Colt New Service

brnmuenchow
October 5, 2012, 03:27 PM
1975 Colt "Python" Orig. wood grips. Absolute heaven!:D

Captcurt
October 5, 2012, 03:40 PM
1911 Colt that shot 38 spl wadcutters. Shot really nice.

Certaindeaf
October 5, 2012, 03:40 PM
The Hi-Power is the best.

tarosean
October 5, 2012, 03:52 PM
P7 is gathering a few votes. Is it really that good?
Never seen one much less fired one, but you all are peeking my interest.

beeb173
October 5, 2012, 04:00 PM
H&k usp 45

Pete D.
October 5, 2012, 07:32 PM
Best? In what way? All of my guns make me smile....that is why I own them. The best gun in terms of accuracy, the one that is mesmerizing to shoot is this one:
http://i492.photobucket.com/albums/rr287/PeteDoyle/Pardinirightside.jpg

An old Pardini Free Pistol. Best triggers ....one half ounce. You don't actually pull the trigger; you think about pulling the trigger.
Pete

Doc3402
October 5, 2012, 08:14 PM
This is a very interesting thread. So many revolvers, so many S&W, so many Colts... and one Glock.

Mine? A S&W 19-2 with target trigger and hammer.

ColtPythonElite
October 5, 2012, 08:20 PM
Hey, I have a Glock....It is my first pick to leave on top of my safe when I am gone. Hopefully the thieves will take it, be satisfied, and not try to bust the safe and get the good stuff.

Doc3402
October 5, 2012, 08:28 PM
I have one, too. It's a decent gun, and I carry it often. It's just not the best gun I ever fired. It is in the top 10, though.

Inebriated
October 5, 2012, 11:01 PM
This is a very interesting thread. So many revolvers, so many S&W, so many Colts... and one Glock.

I can't actually pick a favorite, so I posted Glock because of the revolvers.

That 21 is among my favorites, though.

montanaoffroader
October 5, 2012, 11:05 PM
Colt SAA 5.5" in .357 Magnum. Everything about it just feels right, has from the first time I held it. My King Cobra is a close second, though.

Drail
October 5, 2012, 11:11 PM
A Ruger Bisley in .41 Mag. with a 1.5 lb. trigger break. Sweet.

jfrey
October 6, 2012, 12:10 AM
Briley Versatility Govt. model

TarDevil
October 6, 2012, 12:15 AM
Easily, my Colt Police Positive in .38 S&W.

wlewisiii
October 6, 2012, 12:52 AM
Most fun so far is my Mauser C96 Bolo. Recently refurbished at The Broom Closet, there's nothing quite like rattling off a string of ten shots from the a gun that makes a 1911 look like the new kid on the block :) My Mauser HSc is pretty kewl too.

I do have high hopes for the fun factor of the S&W 625-9 .45 Colt Mountain Gun I put on Layaway yesterday though...

Stumpknocker
October 6, 2012, 01:18 AM
Back in the early 90s when I was in the USAF one of our senior NCOs (Ray) invited me to charity shooting match at the local FOP range. They had steel knockdown targets for .22 and bowling pins for larger calibers, as well as a "combat course". I had a Taurus PT92 I liked until I shot Ray's guns. He had a little .38 that had the smoothest DA trigger and it was fun, but the one I really loved was a 1911 style pistol in 38 super. It had a long slide and far from a factory set up. It was the first "race gun" I ever shot, and was just amazing. I'm sure that the handloads he used also played a role in its awesome handling. Wish I had paid more attention to what kind of guns those were.

Sent from my phone, so any typos are its fault.

biohazurd
October 6, 2012, 02:40 AM
Most comfortable, Smith and wesson m&p 9. I can shoot that thing for a week straight...

Doc3402
October 6, 2012, 05:26 AM
I can't actually pick a favorite, so I posted Glock because of the revolvers.

That 21 is among my favorites, though.
It is hard to pick an overall favorite. I picked the 19-2 I had way back when because overall it was the best I've ever fired, and it allowed me to shoot the best I ever have. I could just as easily have picked a HiPower I once had except for the occasional failure to feed. I also could have picked an old Python I fired, but there were two things wrong with it. It felt just a tad front heavy, and it wasn't mine.

My point wasn't to knock Glocks. It was more to point out their absence in spite of their apparent popularity. People love the reliability, people love their accuracy, people love their ergos, but according to this thread people don't love them as much as they once loved something else.

Seriously, I would trade every gun I have to get my 19-2 back as long as it was in the same condition it was in when I sold it. Heck, I still remember the serial number 35 years after I sold it. That's got to be an indication of how much I loved that gun and why it is on this list.

mavracer
October 6, 2012, 07:21 AM
BEST Geez I ain't got a clue I own a Goldcup and a Python and I'm not sure they both make the top ten in my collection.
I mean which is more fun rolling a tin can with a target 22 or knocking over distant steel with a big bore revolver, Cowboy action or IDPA.

weisse52
October 6, 2012, 10:44 AM
S&W model 25-2 in .45 ACP. Why I let that get away is still a mystery 30 years later.

2zulu1
October 6, 2012, 05:57 PM
A friend that I worked with had the sweetest shooting M27/6" that I ever shot. It was his duty carry and I offered to trade him my M66 straight across while at the range and he just smiled. Both of our Smiths had been worked over, but his M27 was in a different league.

tobenheim
October 6, 2012, 09:30 PM
I like the Ruger GP 100 .357 for revolver and the Berretta M9 for semi-auto. To me both just feel the way a gun is supposed to feel.

WoodchuckAssassin
October 6, 2012, 09:57 PM
Colt Official Police 4 inch barrel. Points where I aim, hits what I aim at, and just feels so...so good in my hand. Best compulsive purchase I ever made!

Dirty Bob
October 7, 2012, 09:27 PM
Some awesome choices, people! I was tempted to go with the S&W 629 I once fired for pure classiness, or the same friend's Glock 20 for sheer fun, but after a minute's thinking the choice was clear: my neighbor's Smith & Wesson Model 41. Accurate, with a sweet trigger and crisp sights. It's the kind of pistol that brings out the best shooter in just about anyone. I wish I'd bought one back in the day. Great pistol.

The Ruger .22 semiautos provide most of the joy at a lower price, but there's something about a Smith Model 41...

Dirty Bob

Sheepdog1968
October 8, 2012, 12:10 AM
I've enjoyed the Sig 220 and 226 a lot. It just felt great in my hand. Most guns feel fine in the hand but the Sigs were just at a whole different level. I'm not saying the other brands are inferior. It's just these two for some reason felt better in my hand.

cheesebigot
October 8, 2012, 12:57 AM
Mauser P-08 in 9mm. I think it's the grip angle combined with the knowledge that I'm shooting something my grandfathers prized. Plus, it always attracts on-lookers at the range.

tuj
October 8, 2012, 04:20 PM
Pardini SP.

http://renkucorp.com/jf/pics/guns/pardini/pardini_sp.jpg

doc2rn
October 8, 2012, 08:27 PM
I really like a S&W mod 10 3", even more than I like my Python.

WoodchuckAssassin
October 9, 2012, 03:53 PM
I've never fired one, but it looks real fun/comfortable to shoot. Fine choice!

Now what are you going to buy next? Haha!

beag_nut
October 9, 2012, 06:49 PM
Enjoy, rather than have the envy to try?
Enjoyed mostly my Ruger GP100 in .357 mag, and any handload I had the nerve to try. The thing is one of the few I would use the word "awesome" with.

sappyg
October 9, 2012, 09:07 PM
For me it's my 7.45 LDA Para Ordnance. I don't shoot it often but when I do I have absolute confidence in it.
I like it so much that I have two 22/45's as understudies. Still, nothing really compares to that Para.

C0untZer0
October 9, 2012, 09:13 PM
HK P7M8

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=173225&stc=1&d=1349831569

murf
October 9, 2012, 11:42 PM
i enjoy shooting all my pistols.

the best is the bearcat!

murf

GlockFan
October 9, 2012, 11:47 PM
I need to stop looking at this thread. I am feeling remorse on selling my p7s. I'll admit they were awesome to shoot...what a trigger.

KTXdm9
October 10, 2012, 09:30 PM
I'm gonna go with my SR1911. That being said, there are a lot of guns on my list that I've yet to try.

bannockburn
October 11, 2012, 08:38 PM
In a revolver I would have to say my Ruger Vaquero in .45LC. Very accurate shooting offhand at 20 yards with both factory ammo and handloads, there is just something so intrinsically enjoyable about shooting a single action revolver.

For the semi-auto it's a close call but I would have to give the nod to my Colt Combat Commander from Colts Custom Shop. This gun can keep up with a Gold Cup any day of the week while still being able to reliably feed any kind of .45 ammo I can load up in the mag. My runner-up gun is my Browning Hi-Power Mk.II which has the best out-of-the-box trigger on it than any other Hi-Power I have ever tried. Even with fixed sights it is incredibly accurate for a service grade pistol.

Peter M. Eick
October 12, 2012, 08:34 AM
Best?

http://eickpm.com/picts/single_action.jpg

1939 Registered Magnum, 50 shots of hot 2400 reloads at 15 yrds offhand. This gun is the 1939 Camp Perry championship prize gun speced out by a Detroit PD officer who won it. I never tire of shooting it.

Cocked & Locked
October 12, 2012, 09:35 AM
I can understand that! :what:

DM~
October 12, 2012, 10:37 AM
"Best" will mean different things to different people...

Lucky for me, i was smart enough to keep my "best" and unload the "others"!

So, i still have my OLD S&W M-29 44 Magnum that put a lot of meat in my freezer for me! I still have my amazing origional S&W 357 Magnum! and i still have my OLD S&W M-19 that i've carried for years and years!

A couple other "best" that i have are my OLD High Standard Victor that i won match after match with! And my OLD Colt Woodsman that i've carried trapping and my OLD S&W M-18 that also put a ton of meat in my freezer!

I just don't have a need to keep any second best!

DM

highpower
October 12, 2012, 10:59 AM
Peter, that registered magnum is just breathtaking.


Hands down, the best handgun I've ever shot was a friends S&W pre-war third model .44 Handejector target revolver.

The best handgun that I have shot that I own is my Python.

Sheepdog1968
October 12, 2012, 02:20 PM
"Best" will mean different things to different people...

Lucky for me, i was smart enough to keep my "best" and unload the "others"!

So, i still have my OLD S&W M-29 44 Magnum that put a lot of meat in my freezer for me! I still have my amazing origional S&W 357 Magnum! and i still have my OLD S&W M-19 that i've carried for years and years!

A couple other "best" that i have are my OLD High Standard Victor that i won match after match with! And my OLD Colt Woodsman that i've carried trapping and my OLD S&W M-18 that also put a ton of meat in my freezer!

I just don't have a need to keep any second best!

DM
Best to me is a mixture of how it feels in the hand unfired and fired. The other key part is reliability. I think pistol accuracy is overrated as most will shoot better than you are capable of.

My vote based on the criteria above were a Sig 220 cosely followed by a 226. For me, it just doesn't feel any better. Don't get me wrong, I can live quite contently with others as well.

musicman10_1
October 12, 2012, 10:40 PM
My S&W 500 Magnum is the best I have ever fired. The 8" barrel and overall heft of the revolver is unlike anything I've ever experienced. The feel and sound of the gun being cocked is deep and rich (I'm struggling to find the right words). The accuracy is amazing. I can hit my 8" gong at 100 yards with ease. With heavy hunting style loads it unleashes a blast that can be seen, heard, and felt from a considerable distance.

I love it
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d139/musicman10_1/IMG_6577.jpg

PO2Hammer
October 12, 2012, 11:03 PM
Compensated 1911's, shot a pair of them at a match. Won it rather handily without half trying, even with 230 gr cast bullets at 1000 fps, also borrowed
Wow, that's impressive. Looking at your posts over the last couple weeks I realize we are fortunate to have access to your knowledge and skill.

Keeterbird
October 13, 2012, 09:36 PM
I'm glad that someone put up the official police. When it comes to feeling perfect in my hand, that is the best for me. It is accurate and marked New York State police. I picked it up at a show and will never part with it.

guitarguy314
October 14, 2012, 03:36 PM
I may not have fired as many guns as you guys have, but so far, my favorite is a S&W model 25 (-9 if anyone cares) with a 6 inch barrel. It's in my favorite round (45 colt) and the trigger pulls (both DA and SA) are spectacular. White outlined rear sight with an orange front sight make this gun deadly accurate. I just want more old S&W's now.

Guillermo
October 14, 2012, 10:10 PM
I am very blessed and am proud to possess some truly great guns

HK P7
Python
Diamondbacks
K22s
Officer's model target .38
long action S&W (hand ejector 3rd)
S&W 41




But the best is my .22 Officer's Model Special

http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/tt82/BillLoeb/photo44.jpg

Ky Larry
October 15, 2012, 07:12 AM
3-way tie.

Colt Python 6"
S&W Model-17 6"
Kimber Custom Defender II .45ACP

AirForceShooter
October 15, 2012, 07:22 AM
Agree on the Luger

Awesome ergonomics

AFS

Certaindeaf
October 15, 2012, 09:19 AM
Wow, that's impressive. Looking at your posts over the last couple weeks I realize we are fortunate to have access to your knowledge and skill.
Who are you quoting/talking to? I kinda tried to find it but didn't really find it.
If you quote someone, it comes in handy to attribute that quote to the author.

coop2564
October 15, 2012, 01:54 PM
Kimber custom target II 10mm. Just fun.

coyotemoon
October 15, 2012, 07:45 PM
Ruger Black Hawk 44mag 101/2" bbl.
TC 14" 730 Waters
XP100 FL 308
XP100 7X47
TC 10" 7TCU
RIA Compact 45 & 9mm

speedway
October 16, 2012, 04:06 PM
http://i700.photobucket.com/albums/ww2/imthduke/GUNS/P7.jpg
x2


If I had to choose a modern gun, it would be the HK45c.

razorback2003
October 16, 2012, 06:03 PM
Wilson 1911 9mm. Colt Python 357 as far as center fires.

22 handguns I have enjoyed Rugers, Brownings, and Hi Standard semi autos.

orionengnr
October 28, 2012, 05:29 PM
Probably an S&W M25-5 in .45LC, "sweetened up" by Hamilton Bowen. I was fortunate enough to own it for a period of time. Sold it a year or two back to another board member who shall remain nameless, unless he chooses to do otherwise. :)

d4xycrq
October 28, 2012, 06:31 PM
S&W Model 25 in .45ACP.

Colt Gold Cup in .38 Special.

When target shooting, either of these two is like cheating.

Ray

larry237
October 28, 2012, 10:19 PM
A Smith and Wesson Model 66, 4", with an action job and Fuzzy Farant grips that were matched to a drawing of my hand. Carried it as a duty weapon and shot it a lot for many years. I shot it better than any other handgun. I sold it and have regretted it over the years.

bigdogpete
October 28, 2012, 10:37 PM
6 inch barreled Python

GaryP
October 29, 2012, 02:34 AM
I would have to say, all things being considered my S&W Model 14-1 6". Really Sweet!

Sealevel
October 29, 2012, 07:57 AM
My S&W K frames; but two really stand out as favorites - a 10-6 and a 13-3, both 4" heavy barrels and fixed sights

weisse52
October 29, 2012, 08:08 AM
S&W model 25-2 in .45ACP in centerfire and a S&W model 41 in rimfire.

Brian Williams
October 29, 2012, 09:57 AM
Best, probably a 44 Automag way back in '78, did enjoy owning and shooting a S&W 27-2 for awhile. But my Custom S&W 65 with a 4" standard "pencil" barrel is my BEST right now.

Brian Williams
October 29, 2012, 09:57 AM
Best, probably a 44 Automag way back in '78, did enjoy owning and shooting a S&W 27-2 for awhile. But my Custom S&W 65 with a 4" standard "pencil" barrel is my BEST right now.

PabloJ
October 29, 2012, 10:42 AM
dear thr:
Which is the best handgun you ever fired? One that you absolutely enjoyed firing.

It may be surprising, but i really like my luger p08. Too bad its temporarily out of commission at the moment.
While I hate shooting for me it was S&W 12-2 rb. It makes no sense but I got excellent groups with 158gr Hornady JHP loads with minimum effort. The gun had rudimentary notch for rear sight and about 2" barrel.:what:

C0untZer0
October 29, 2012, 10:46 AM
I took my P7M8 out of the box in 1985, it was clean from the factory - no metal shavings, grit, crud or anything, I cleaned it anyway and gave it a light coat of CLP. It fired flawlessly, no break in period. I have never had any failure of any kind with this pistol. I haven't fired milsurp, reloads, shot shells, Glaser Safety Slugs or the cheap Russian stuff through it, but otherwise I've fired every bullet weight, shape and design from every major manufacturer and I've never had a single failure of any kind - period.

This is the pistol I trust my life to:

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=172688&stc=1&d=1348960387

PabloJ
October 29, 2012, 10:49 AM
For me groups shot with S&W12-2 easily beaten those obtained for PSP 9x19 pistol (early P7 with bottom of grip magazine release).

thecarfarmer
October 29, 2012, 09:25 PM
Best?

Best revolver would be my friend Randy's... Smith & Wesson? (haven't been into revolvers at all; just finally ran across a Colt that was at a right price) Had about a 4" barrel, and shot .357... with a trigger pull that must have measured in ounces.

Neat gun.

Best semi? I shot a 1911 type Kimber in a class; liked it a lot, but my fave would have to be my little .22 Ruger Std. When I brought her home as a newbie, she was so full of lead and powder residue that I couldn't believe she was ever gonna' shoot worth a darn.

After an hour of cleaning (literally, about a half teaspoon of shmutz came out of the reciever, bolt, and other nooks and crannies), and another hour figuring out how to get a Ruger Standard back together (hint: Google searchstring should include "youtube", "dingle" and "cheese"), I got her ready for the range.

7 yards, first one down the pipe went through the black part of the target... KEEPER!

I've since then honed that sear mechanism and fiddled with springs; very light trigger. Just recently added one of those extended mag releases, too.

The grips' checkering is worn halfway off, I finished off the original magazine and extractor claw (had to replace 'em after several bricks - on top of whatever she'd had before) and the finish is really tired - but it's my favorite, over my G21, FEG PA-63, FN 1906, Browning Hi Power, or my Detective Special.

I'm not an awesome shot, but on a good day, I can put a magazine of ammo all on a pie plate from as far as I can run a target out at Sam's (70 or 75 feet). Which is better than I ever do with anything else.



-Bill

funkeecowboy
October 29, 2012, 09:32 PM
Colt 70 Series made around 1978. Even with crappy GI sights it shot exactly where you aimed. Regretfully sold it when I needed money more than a great gun.

MistWolf
October 29, 2012, 10:03 PM
S&W Model 41. It was very easy to shoot and I was nearly as accurate with it as I was a .22 rifle. I just could not miss with that pistol

S&W 686 with 6" barrel and tuned action and Hogue grips. Smooth and accurate whether shooting hot 357s or mild 38s. It has several thousand rounds through it

Colt Gold Cup Commander. I have always loved the 1911 and this one in particular, a Commander built to Gold Cup specs. This one too has thousands of rounds through it

Walther PPQ. The 1911 of striker fired, polymer framed pistols

All of the above always put a smile on my face and are very enjoyable to shoot

bluetopper
October 29, 2012, 11:40 PM
The best I've ever had? I don't know about that but these two are worthy of honorable mention and their pics are handy........:)

Fusion 9mm Longslide and my Freedom Arms 10" 44 Magnum.
http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o182/bendebval/IMAG0108.jpg[/IMG]


http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o182/bendebval/fa441.jpg

walnut1704
October 30, 2012, 02:45 PM
Gonna be a toss up between a Colt Python Target in .38 spl and a High Standard 10-x .22

horsemen61
October 30, 2012, 02:59 PM
So far it has been my LCR.

The M
October 30, 2012, 03:40 PM
Is a toss up between my Kimber 1911 and my Smith 686. Apples and oranges I know but each is so satisfying to shoot it its own way.

Rexster
October 31, 2012, 01:40 AM
USFA Single Action. This one was, and is, an absolute joy, from the first round. I have followed-up this one with more USFA Single Actions, in various configurations, and a Colt SAA, which are all largely the same when fired. I was a late-starter with single action sixguns, in my mid-thirties.

I must give honorable mention to my S&W Model 17, a K-frame .22 LR sixgun, which is my most-fired firearm.

Quite simply, I elected to go with the sixgun throwing the biggest hunk of lead, as that adds to the fun, which relegates the .22 to second place.

aarondhgraham
October 31, 2012, 04:31 PM
K-frame S&W revolvers with 4" barrel,,,
More specifically the Model 15 Combat Masterpiece.

http://aarondgraham.com/lwat/handguns/12-stella.JPG

Everything about this pistol feels good to me,,,
But the most important thing is I hit what I aim at with this gun.

This would be the last pistol I ever let go of.

Aarond

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johnnydollar
November 1, 2012, 12:32 AM
Hk p7.

Shoot66
November 2, 2012, 06:52 AM
SIG P210 Heavy Frame
Colt Python

Pilot
November 2, 2012, 07:24 AM
I can't decide. It is between these four.

HK P7M8/PSP
Browning Hi Power
Colt 1911
CZ-75 variant

Kyle M.
November 2, 2012, 08:41 AM
Definately the Sig Sauer 1911 TacOps, I could shoot one hole 8 shot groups offhand at 10 yards with that pistol.

SeanMTX
November 2, 2012, 12:57 PM
Nothing I have shot comes close to my Dan Wesson CBOB in 10mm. Best trigger I've had out of the box, and accurate to a silly level.

I shot a 3.5" diameter cedar post from a standing, elevated position (deck) in a two hand combat stance at 100 yds. I'd love to brag that it was me that made that shot, but the gun made me look a lot better than I am.

Jaxondog
November 2, 2012, 03:59 PM
It would have to be one of these big boy's. The little 44 mag Ruger is also fun at anything under 50 yd's, it is simply a tack driver. I love recoil.lol

http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p633/jaxondog102/Picture098.jpg

http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p633/jaxondog102/Gunsandthings022.jpg

http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p633/jaxondog102/Gunsandthings023.jpg

wlewisiii
November 2, 2012, 08:37 PM
New Answer: S&W 625-9 Mountain Gun in .45 Colt. Pure grin making machine with handloads of 250 gr LSWC backed by 9 gr or Unique. That's the good stuff.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-dl3MB5m9Cu0/UJLCHWhX-7I/AAAAAAAAEsg/87jqzH6kNFI/s640/PB011090.JPG

Vern Humphrey
November 2, 2012, 10:02 PM
That's a little warm by SAAMI standards, but a modern revolver like the 625 can handle it easily. I expect you're getting around 900 fps.

In my Colt New Service, I use 12.5 grains of HS6 behind a 255 grain cast bullet -- that is about equal to +P for the .45 ACP, which the New Service is known to handle nicely -- and gets around 1200 fps out of my 7 1/2" barrel.

wlewisiii
November 2, 2012, 10:49 PM
My understanding is that the 625 in Colt can handle, without problem, anything the .45 ACP firearms can handle. So I load for it on that basis, keeping in mind the differences for the long case.

harmon rabb
November 2, 2012, 10:51 PM
Dear THR:
Which is the best handgun you ever fired? One that you absolutely enjoyed firing.

It may be surprising, but I really like my luger p08. Too bad its temporarily out of commission at the moment.

Overall, I think I love my EMP the most. Everything about it is just right.

lefteyedom
November 2, 2012, 11:37 PM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/39/S%26WModel15-4_02.jpg/300px-S%26WModel15-4_02.jpg

Issued
The Model 15 38 Special that I was issued at Mt Home AFB 1988-90. Some where in its life it had received a target grade trigger job. At the time we where allowed to replace the wood grips with Pachmars grips. Best duty revolver. ( ok, would have been better if chambered for 357).


My own Best ?

Frankenstein 1911. 45 acp
Remington-Rand slide,
Essex frame,
top dollar parts, and .
built smith that knew 1911s.

justice06rr
November 3, 2012, 12:47 AM
Best handguns I've fired:

M&P9 full size
Beretta M9

bannockburn
November 3, 2012, 07:58 AM
Best handgun I ever fired:

Revolver-Ruger Vaquero .45LC
Semi-Auto Pistol-Colt Combat Commander

morgaj1
November 3, 2012, 08:31 AM
I have put thousands of rounds through both mine and my dad's Ruger MKII. They are extremely accurate, have a good trigger and are just plain fun.

PabloJ
November 3, 2012, 09:59 AM
New Answer: S&W 625-9 Mountain Gun in .45 Colt. Pure grin making machine with handloads of 250 gr LSWC backed by 9 gr or Unique. That's the good stuff.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-dl3MB5m9Cu0/UJLCHWhX-7I/AAAAAAAAEsg/87jqzH6kNFI/s640/PB011090.JPG
You can get same size piece in .44 Magnum with ammo at Walmart or option of shooting .44 special from LGS.

madstabber
November 3, 2012, 05:13 PM
S&W 627 pro

wlewisiii
November 3, 2012, 09:16 PM
PabloJ - Sure, I could. However:
1) I got this at a really really good price
2) I already reload .45 Colt
3) I've shot .44 Magnum and prefer shooting .45 Colt.
4) Shooting this gun put the biggest grin on my face that a shooting iron ever has.

My load will go in the front end of a bear and come out it's back end. Personally, I find that sufficient.

YumaKid
November 4, 2012, 12:31 AM
Can anybody jump in here?

Try not to laugh; best ever for me is/was an S&W Model 13-4 Heavy Barrel (4"). Yes, notch-and-post sights, no ejector shroud, top it all off with a VERY well-worn nickle finish. Hated it when I first saw it, still didn't like it all that much when I held it; bought it anyway and fell in love on the third shot. Once owned a Python, pretty gun, and nice weight/balance. The action was NOTHING like this used gun-show Smith; which I swear could read my mind. "Target acquired, ease into the action cycle.... just a little more.... right about, (BANG!)" I use a jewelers rouge cloth to rub the powder out after a good cleaning, takes away the dislike for the looks of nickle. Got a good "hand" on it by replacing the Magna Grips with a Monogrip. Paid $290 for it at a Murphy's Gunshow almost 20 years ago.
This summer, I "went in halvies" with my son-in-law to get my daughter a Model 66 for her birthday - it was a clsoe as we could get to "just like Mom's".
(Did I forget to mention that my wife "took over" the Model 13 - Monogrip and all? She still lets me shoot it now and then)
The 66 has better sights, ejector shroud's weight brings down the incidence of muzzle flip, li'l bit wider hammer, not as "chrome-y"; and the lockwork is almost as perfect as my wife's "chrome-plated wondergun".
Oh yeah, my 50% purchase of the 66 cost me $10 more than I paid for the 13.
It was and is still worth it. I get picture mail of my kid's latest targets semi-regularly; especially the ones with multiple cloverleafs.
Who needs a horse with a snake's name, anyway?

AKMtnRunner
November 4, 2012, 12:20 PM
I have three in three different classes. For hunting, my S&W 500 with 6" ported barrel. It's very close in power to a 12 gauge slug but can be holstered to leave hands free. And really, not anymore uncomfortable to shoot than a 12 gauge slug either. The 460 may be a tad better, but I've not shot one. For personal defense, my Glock 29sf. 10+1 of 10mm peace of mind tucked comfortably IWB. For fun, my Browning Buckmark 22lr.

What probably makes these my 'best' are that they are (for me) the most comfortable, accurate, and reliable handguns in their classes. I would live a long and happy life with just those three.

Three handguns that are definitely NOT my best are a Ruger Super Redhawk 44mag with 2.5" barrel (too heavy for such a short barrel), Springfield .40 XDm 5.25" barrel (too low and too narrow grip), and Ruger LCP (hurts my hand as much as it'll hurt the bad guy).

Stevie-Ray
November 4, 2012, 08:55 PM
My Colt Mark IV with my own loads.

HKGuns
November 6, 2012, 07:07 PM
http://hkguns.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v2/p383707263-5.jpg

Queen_of_Thunder
November 6, 2012, 10:26 PM
Webley-Fosbery

Viper1357
November 7, 2012, 04:03 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v88/viper1357/Guns%20stuff/SA%20Omega/omegaclsdsldtrgt24.jpg

SharpsDressedMan
November 7, 2012, 06:07 PM
^^^That is interesting. A friend of mine had nothing but trouble with his Omega, and eventually gave up on it. Extraction/ejectiion, etc.

EVIL
November 7, 2012, 10:28 PM
6" S&W 586 with Bill Davis Combat tune.

Wish I still had my Trooper Mk III

Mine's not as pretty as yours, but it has it where it counts. Man, I love shooting my S&W 586 "no-dash" 6." Best trigger on any handgun I have ever fired --- it's a dream DA or SA. It is exceptionally accurate too, but I think it is the combo of the trigger, balance, and excellent pachmayr grips.

http://i894.photobucket.com/albums/ac150/Viking_Leather/Guns_Holsters/5861.jpg

Of all the Handguns I've had, this one will definitely be passed down to my son as a family heirloom --- unless they bury me with it ;).

alienbogey
November 7, 2012, 10:49 PM
I had to break it into two classes.

Revolver — 1968 vintage 4" Python:

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b35/alienbogey/PythonAfter3of9.jpg

Pistol — HK P7 PSP:

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b35/alienbogey/P7Fixed2.jpg

k_dawg
November 9, 2012, 09:13 AM
Ed Brown Classic Custom [ sadly, not mine ]

mgkdrgn
November 9, 2012, 11:17 AM
Ruger Blackhawk in 30 cal carbine.

Without a question the most accurate handgun I've ever shot. (not that I'm that good with a handgun ... but this thing was impressive none the less)

papaairbear
November 9, 2012, 11:25 AM
I have several favorites, but the one that I'm having the most fun with is the CZ 75B. Smooth, accurate, easy to shoot and a perfect fit for me. Dang tough question to answer!

sansone
November 9, 2012, 12:16 PM
B h p

searcher451
November 9, 2012, 07:27 PM
Walther P5, hands-down. It's as good as anything on the market, at any price, and it's probably the finest pistol that Walther has even built, which says a great deal.

mope540
November 10, 2012, 08:18 AM
Semi auto...Ruger MK II.
Revolver..S&W 627 PC, 6 1/2". Scary accurate..left the first range trip with a puffed chest thinking i was the world's greatest marksman.

ExTank
November 10, 2012, 09:30 AM
Walther P99 and PPQ. The recoil is a tad higher than "ideal" for me (they being polymer guns) but they are the best naturally pointing, 10-ring-after-10-ring shooters I've shot.

clamman
November 10, 2012, 09:52 AM
My Ruger Super Blackhawk convertible in 45-45LC.

jrod
November 10, 2012, 10:26 PM
Wheelgun : Colt Python in 1995
Semi-Auto : Colt Combat Elite in 1987

Glock Jeremy
November 11, 2012, 01:40 AM
CZ 97 Awesome pistol and I can't think of anything better. I wish that I had one

WCraven
November 11, 2012, 04:18 PM
A lot of intersting picks.. I guess it's hard to beat a T/C Contender with a 14" super bull in 35 Remington ..


But for overall fun it's my Ruger Single Six shooting 22Mag .

jensb
November 11, 2012, 06:36 PM
Smith&Wesson model 15 and 66,great guns,Model 1917 and 29 ranks high.But the K frames rule.

1911Legacy
November 11, 2012, 11:45 PM
For me its my Remington Rand National Match 1911. Competed with my grandfather at Camp Perry in 1947 and 1949. Went through Europe, Korea, and Vietnam with him.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v738/GasserKid/100_0499.jpg

PzGren
November 12, 2012, 12:18 AM
Besides the guns that I own myself, I particularly enjoyed a Hämmerli 240 in .32 S&W Long WC.

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