Handgun of the year 2012


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el Godfather
November 10, 2012, 03:07 PM
Dear THR,
Which company made the best gun of the year 2012? It is not necessary that the gun should be the new edition to the line up. It can be and older model, but for the gun of the year.

This is more or less opinion poll to show what different people preferred in 2012.

Thanks

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krupparms
November 10, 2012, 03:59 PM
Kel-Tec PMR-30 can't wait to get one!

TarDevil
November 10, 2012, 04:17 PM
Sig P290RS.

narcoden
November 10, 2012, 04:18 PM
S&W Shield

Sent from my Nexus 7

vito
November 10, 2012, 06:57 PM
Ruger sr40c. Excellent, solid, reliable and accurate compact auto with reasonable capacity (9+1 in the smaller of the two mags that come with this gun, 13 in the larger mag). Plus, its the only gun I bought in 2012.

wlewisiii
November 10, 2012, 06:59 PM
S&W 625 Mountain Gun.

brutetc
November 10, 2012, 07:04 PM
Still in love with my 9mm HK USP after 13 years.

-Sean


Typoed on my iPhone.

MedWheeler
November 10, 2012, 07:10 PM
Ruger SR-22. There, I said it.

Scuba_Steve
November 10, 2012, 07:21 PM
The poll doesn't list handguns ( which I realize would be difficult) so it is really manufacturer of the year. Given your poll is for 2012, not older firearms, I voted SIG for the p938.

First time I shot one (rented) I immediately sold my p238 because there was no need to have one anymore. I have had my p938 for about a month. Picked it up, cleaned and lubed it and have 400 trouble free rounds through it. I'm not going to clean it until I have 1000 rounds through it because if it runs reliably dirty, it will be reliable clean. It has been a great small firearm.

ArchAngelCD
November 11, 2012, 12:36 AM
IMO adding custom gun makers like the Les Bear to a list with factory guns ruins the poll.

snakeman
November 11, 2012, 12:41 AM
My vote went to smith and wesson for the very fine M&P line. I love mine and hope I get to keep it for a long time.

Inebriated
November 11, 2012, 01:14 AM
It's been a Glock year for me, more than any other. Picked up 3 of them (planning on a fourth), and just been getting into them a lot.

Second would be S&W for the 5" 629 that I recently shot, and have vowed to buy in 2013. It has changed my opinion on revolvers and .44 magnum.

RmB
November 11, 2012, 01:33 AM
I vote Ruger. Because I love my new Super Blackhawk in .44 mag. Wonderful gun.

hardluk1
November 11, 2012, 08:53 AM
Even with the recall I would say the Caracal for a new pistol. Just to easy to shoot well.

tarosean
November 11, 2012, 09:32 AM
Nighthawk - Bob Marvel Custom, Costa Line and a 22lr Conversion.

bikerdoc
November 11, 2012, 09:40 AM
CZ = boringly dependable.
Honorable mention to ATI for their 1911"s

Ledgehammer
November 11, 2012, 09:44 AM
I vote kahr for the CM line.

bigfatdave
November 11, 2012, 09:55 AM
Ria tcm

wow6599
November 11, 2012, 10:00 AM
Tied for first between the S&W Shield and the Walther PPQ.

RX-178
November 11, 2012, 10:01 AM
Ruger, for the SR22 pistol.

Trad Archer
November 11, 2012, 11:00 AM
I have more fun shooting a Colt SAA than any other gun. There is a reason this gun has been around since 1873, as well as the 45colt caliber.

ApacheCoTodd
November 11, 2012, 12:57 PM
No vote - Too broad based as a listing of manufacturers rather than actual handguns.

Water-Man
November 11, 2012, 01:02 PM
Caracal gets my vote, inspite of the recall.

Sal1911A1
November 11, 2012, 01:19 PM
Sig Sauer P250 in 45acp Compact;)

Hunter125
November 11, 2012, 10:01 PM
My vote goes to the XDs or S&W Shield. Never shot either, but they are for sure the most innovative of the year.

FMF Doc
November 11, 2012, 10:15 PM
Love my S&W M&P Shield! One of the best CCW/ BUG options available today.

el Godfather
November 13, 2012, 04:32 PM
Shield is good introduction as there is still lack of quality subcomp in the market.

Rexster
November 14, 2012, 12:42 AM
Well, I started carrying my Les Baer again in 2012, after a decade of living by the one-auto-system-at-a-time rule. (Glocks 2002-2004, SIG DAK 2004-2012) Not only did the 1911 manual of arms come right back to me, feeling very natural, but I learned I can switch back and forth from DA-only to SA-only with no fumbles. If I'd had the money, I would have bought myself another Baer, and a candidate at a local dealer very nearly got put on layaway. I love the way Baer frames are sculpted at the junction of the front strap and trigger guard.

mljdeckard
November 14, 2012, 10:13 AM
What, is this Motor Trend? What are the criteria, does it have to be a new model from THIS year?

ExTank
November 14, 2012, 11:43 AM
I voted Walther, for the most excellent PPQ.

mtnkid85
November 14, 2012, 12:05 PM
Again, Ruger hit a few home runs this year. SR22 and the SR1911.

Charlesincharge
November 14, 2012, 12:58 PM
S&W Shield.

psyopspec
November 14, 2012, 01:21 PM
S&W for the Shield.

I don't own one, nor do I have the desire to. But it certainly hit a sweet spot for a lot of CCWers going for a single stack that handles like a duty-sized.

TEAM101
November 14, 2012, 01:51 PM
CZ Specialist 1911 is on my short list.

TennJed
November 14, 2012, 11:19 PM
Ruger sure made a lot
sr22
single ten
single nine
22/45 light
sr1911
sp101 22lr

Cee Zee
November 15, 2012, 01:58 AM
There's so many great handguns it's hard to pick. I went with Ruger because of the LCP. It's a great entry in the pocket pistol category. But I love CZ, Sig, S&W, Springfield and a long list of others. I have at least one from every company I mentioned plus I have some others that are also excellent handguns. It's a tough choice but IMO Ruger has pushed the envelope the most in the recent past. The LCP is a reliable and fairly accurate pocket pistol. Considering how popular that type of gun has become I think they are leading the gun industry into the future (something they have done often IMO). And I'm not even a Ruger fanboy. Some of their stuff I wouldn't own just because of the fanboys.

firesky101
November 15, 2012, 02:25 AM
I picked up 2 ruger handguns this year. A new KLCR, and a 1993 redhawk. When I am looking for a new handgun (or rifle for that matter) to scratch an itch I am looking Ruger first. Though if I were buying a duty carry I would be looking elsewhere. But most of my shooting is recreational, and I think Ruger has too good of a selection for that.

Quick Shot xMLx
November 15, 2012, 02:28 AM
Obviously the M&P Shield. You have to pray to be able to find one. It does live up to the hype though. Honorable mention to the XDs, and the PPQ if it was released in 2012(might have been last year idk).

Kahr33556
November 15, 2012, 07:53 PM
Wow ruger ahead.
I own 4 ruger pistols and 2 rifles but didn't vote ruger.
I have there LCP but dont care for the design or trust its safety.I like a gun with a fireing pin block.

forty5
November 15, 2012, 08:27 PM
Springfield for the XDs.:)

Rembrandt
November 15, 2012, 08:32 PM
I think the best new handgun based on design innovation is the Boberg XR9-S. This is something JMB would be impressed with.

http://www.bobergarms.com/video/boberg-xr9-patentpending-feed-1

45crittergitter
December 1, 2012, 04:55 PM
That's Les BAER.

19-3Ben
December 1, 2012, 04:59 PM
My vote goes to the XDs or S&W Shield. Never shot either, but they are for sure the most innovative of the year.

I agree that they are great guns, but what makes them innovative?

Hunter125
December 1, 2012, 11:01 PM
I agree that they are great guns, but what makes them innovative?

Maybe innovative is the wrong word, but they for sure brought single stack striker fired sub-compacts more into the mainstream than they were before.

kayak-man
December 1, 2012, 11:31 PM
The Ruger SR line up. I have the SR9. Round count hit 5K last month. I've had one, MAYBE two malfunctions, and they occurred in very unforgiving weather conditions.

This gun rocks.

Chris "the Kayak-Man" Johnson

TennJed
December 2, 2012, 12:33 AM
Sig P290RS.
Gets my vote

19-3Ben
December 2, 2012, 01:06 AM
Maybe innovative is the wrong word, but they for sure brought single stack striker fired sub-compacts more into the mainstream than they were before.

I'd buy that if you were sellin' it. :)

Alnamvet68
December 2, 2012, 04:33 PM
I nominate the newer S&W "Classic" Model 40 and/or Model 42; both discontinued, but can still be found NIB.

460Kodiak
December 2, 2012, 09:51 PM
Wow, that's a wide range to look at isn't it?

Umm... I voted for Springfield for the XDs.

S&W has began production on the 460V again, so for an old gun being produced again, I guess them.

MCgunner
December 2, 2012, 10:28 PM
Ruger SR-22. There, I said it.

+1 Everything the Walther P22 shoulda been.

Twiki357
December 3, 2012, 01:12 AM
I voted Smith & Wesson. Not sure why, but I think it may be because I have more S&W's than all other makes combined. :)

el Godfather
January 3, 2013, 12:48 AM
^so basically you voted your favorite brand.

Lucky Derby
January 3, 2013, 07:45 AM
The answer remains the same as it has since 1935-FN

PabloJ
January 3, 2013, 07:49 AM
Dear THR,
Which company made the best gun of the year 2012? It is not necessary that the gun should be the new edition to the line up. It can be and older model, but for the gun of the year.

This is more or less opinion poll to show what different people preferred in 2012.

Thanks
I'm happy to say the year belonged to Strum & Ruger. Given that let us go with SR1911. Wee, wee.

OilyPablo
January 3, 2013, 08:23 AM
SR1911 was 2011

2012 is the Springfield Armory XD-s all the way. A superbly reliable, very small .45ACP with extreme accuracy.

jimbo555
January 3, 2013, 09:04 AM
S&w shield!

il.bill
January 4, 2013, 01:04 AM
My $201.50 delivered Zastava Yugo M57 with two magazines in 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Liked it so much I ordered two more that are due for UPS delivery tomorrow. Sure, there will be more cosmoline, but I like 'em. I am anxious to see what kind of shape these will be in.

mes228
January 4, 2013, 06:53 PM
I voted S&W because of the new M&P C.O.R.E. pistols. The ability to accept the mini-red dot into the pre-machined slide cut away is a great concept. Pioneered by FN in their Tactical Models, this small change elevates pistols to another level of performance. At least I tried to vote S&W, however I got "flagged" that I had already voted. I don't remember what I voted for but suspect it was FN for the same reason as S&W.

doc2rn
January 4, 2013, 07:28 PM
Colt, one word so many snake guns to choose from!

Robbins290
January 5, 2013, 08:03 AM
i voted sig, p290.

second would be s&w for the shield. i still want one

iwilc2
January 5, 2013, 06:05 PM
S&W Shield


Len

bigtubby
January 6, 2013, 11:07 AM
I voted for S&W not for there new stuff but for my 627-3 V-comp prelock.

It is my favorite gun, best shooter and holds 8 rounds of .357 I think it will always be my gun of the year!!

mesinge2
January 6, 2013, 11:16 AM
My favorite two of the year are my 8-shot 357 S&W model 627 Performance Center and my S&W Shield 9mm. So, I had to vote S&W.

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XD 45acp
January 6, 2013, 10:18 PM
Vote for the Springfield XDS here

herkyguy
January 7, 2013, 05:30 PM
XDs gets my vote, so Springfield takes it according to this survey. Also, I'm impressed with their stock XDm 5.25. out of the box it's ready to party.

BigJimP
January 8, 2013, 12:30 PM
Wilson Combat 1911's ....hands down / the best guns in my safe !

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