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razorback2003
June 26, 2013, 08:06 PM
In some foreign countries, you are limited to one handgun for self defense. You can carry that handgun, keep at home for protection, and shoot it at the range, but you are limited to one handgun.

What handgun would you choose when limited to one?

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Certaindeaf
June 26, 2013, 08:10 PM
Here's a few threads to consider..

http://www.thehighroad.org/search.php?searchid=11754217

Topkick
June 26, 2013, 08:12 PM
Only one? - 1911A1, .45 ACP!!.!!

oneounceload
June 26, 2013, 08:46 PM
That would all depend on what ammo is easily and readily available - if in Europe, and 9mm is not verboten because it is the military and police cartridge, then I would go with that. Here, 9, 40 and 45 are all readily available (last few month's silliness aside) so pick one you like. The Glock 19 or similar comes to mind for both carry and nightstand

Sheepdog1968
June 26, 2013, 10:24 PM
Glock 21 or that new high capacity Sig (cross between 220 and 226).

ColtPythonElite
June 26, 2013, 10:25 PM
4" Colt King Cobra

tactikel
June 26, 2013, 10:27 PM
Hi-Power 9mm. :D

beatledog7
June 26, 2013, 10:34 PM
Glock 20SF and both a .40S&W and 357Sig barrel.

Is that three guns?

rodinal220
June 26, 2013, 11:03 PM
Glock 17/19. 9mm is probably the most commonly encountered pistol round. Glocks are pretty durable and easier to repair than most other designs without specialized tools(1/8" punch),short of changing sights or the firing pin channel liner.

ritepath
June 26, 2013, 11:25 PM
p229 in 40 with a 357sig and 9mm barrels and 22 conversion slide.

huntsman
June 27, 2013, 12:37 AM
P-250 with the multi frame package .45acp

CSG
June 27, 2013, 01:53 AM
If the ammo wasn't an issue, probably something like my FNP-45. If it were something like a 9mm it would be hard to beat a Glock 19.

Dandyone
June 27, 2013, 01:58 AM
I see this as being one and the same question faced by new shooters looking to buy their first handgun.

If they have hands like mine, I'd recommend a Walther PPQ. Personally, I prefer the 9mm, but there is a mote powerful 40 cal version.

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Oceanbob
June 27, 2013, 02:02 AM
Glock 20SF and both a .40S&W and 357Sig barrel.

This^^^^add in a 9X25 caliber as well. (kinda like a .357SIG but faster)

I reload 10MM and .40 already. The Glock 20 SF is perfect because of a simple barrel swap.

Shooting .40 out of that big frame is really tame.

thorazine
June 27, 2013, 04:34 AM
Limited to One Handgun

In some foreign countries, you are limited to one handgun for self defense. You can carry that handgun, keep at home for protection, and shoot it at the range, but you are limited to one handgun.

What handgun would you choose when limited to one?

Yikes only one pistol?

They must have a high rate of suicide.

Something in the flavor of .45ACP I suppose... to do the job quickly.

Manny
June 27, 2013, 07:58 AM
I'd most likely go with my Glock 17L. While somewhat long for CCW it could be managed with a bit of creativity such as a Safepacker. Otherwise it works very well for most other handguns uses I have. The 9mm chambering is adequate as well for the vast majority of uses I'd have for a handgun, especially with the long 6" barrel extracting the best performance from the cartridge.

pockets
June 27, 2013, 08:01 AM
This thread again?
Has it been a month already?
.

Goblin
June 27, 2013, 10:00 AM
Yeah....45 auto and lots of extra mags! :)

SKILCZ
June 27, 2013, 10:39 AM
Glock 20SF for autoloader, and I'm not really a Glock guy. Can get other barrels for it easily. Handles large critters. Hard to pack a better combination of power and capacity into a handgun.

For revolver, I'd go with a 4" heavy barrel .357 magnum that can stand up to steady magnum loads for longevity. The ability to use .38 spl is nice.

Ed Ames
June 27, 2013, 10:56 AM
I see this as being one and the same question faced by new shooters looking to buy their first handgun.


I don't know about that. If you know you can buy more, you can think about progressions and strategy. You can buy a .22 to get lots of practice (normally) and a full size gun for home/range use, and a compact for summer CC. If you know you can't do all that, you must skip the intro and try to find a compromise that covers all the bases.

To answer the OP...it may not matter what I want. If they limit how many I can have, they probably also limit what I can have.

Maybe an IOC ANMOL 32. :(

Arizonagunrunner
June 27, 2013, 11:09 AM
Ruger GP100 4in stainless.

Walkalong
June 27, 2013, 11:12 AM
I vote for move out of the country.

MedWheeler
June 27, 2013, 11:23 AM
Typically when this thread comes up (which is quite regularly), I answer it based on what is available here, rather than trying to guess what might be in "some other" country. The last time I answered it, it was also based on ammo availability before December of 2012.

I'll answer again with the same mindset.

There is nothing I do with a handgun that cannot be achieved with a quality .22 rimfire autoloader, so that's the way I'd go. It would be something that is enjoyable to shoot, easy to carry, and widely available (to avoid scarcity of parts, should any be needed.) I have an AP22 by FEG of Hungary, and that would be ideal except for that last criteria.

So, it would be a similar gun, such as a Walther PPK/S in .22, Bersa/Firestorm .22, or Ruger SR22. A double-action first-shot trigger would be important because this would also be a defensive-use piece.

Certaindeaf
June 27, 2013, 11:26 AM
Living in South Africa would sure be odd but at least they can have and carry a gun.
I'd say a Hi-Power.

Torian
June 27, 2013, 11:29 AM
Hi-Power 9mm. :D
Ditto.

gopguy
June 27, 2013, 11:37 AM
This has been brought up so many times I have lost count and it gives me the same sick feeling each time...

I would really rather not even think about the premise as there are politicians here who would love to do this to us if not just ban handguns or for that matter all guns outright. So rather than even accept the thought of it or discuss "what if", lets just make sure it never happens by voting against anti gun politicians every chance you get. From county dog catcher on up to the White House you need to make that your policy and convince others to do the same. That is how we make sure this never happens.

Godsgunman
June 27, 2013, 11:50 AM
.357 mag 4", useful in almost any application.

Corpral_Agarn
June 27, 2013, 01:01 PM
Can't go wrong with a Hi-Power but I would like a Sig P226 with 9mm, 40, 357 barrels and 22 conversion slide.

If size/conceal-ability was an issue then the 239 would be my choice, although I conceal my 226 on a regular basis (not in summer very much, though).

razorback2003
June 27, 2013, 08:10 PM
From what I have read, South Africa limits you to one handgun and maybe a couple hundred rounds of ammo. If you can own it, you can carry it. It looks like if you are a competition shooter, you can have more handguns. I'm sure some South American countries have the same practice.

Some politicians here would love for Americans to be limited like that.

Deaf Smith
June 27, 2013, 08:26 PM
I'd pick my Glock 33, in .357 Sig. Add a .40 S&W barrel, add a Lone Wolf 9mm barrel and some 9mm magazines, and a AACK .22 unit and some .22 magazines!

YES, FOUR GUNS IN ONE!

Same can be done to the Glock 32 or 23, 22 or 31 (mid and full sized Glocks.)

Deaf

Bovice
June 27, 2013, 08:51 PM
Well, assuming it's in a foreign country, and all holds the same...

It would have to be 9mm, high capacity, and with a good reputation.

Either a P226 or a G17.

wkuban
June 28, 2013, 01:14 AM
4" .357 revolver. Mine would be a K or L frame.

b.thomas
June 28, 2013, 01:20 AM
Revolver in .357 magnum with a four inch barrel! :D

Tomac
June 28, 2013, 09:02 AM
Sig P250 compact. Small enough to CCW, large enough to aim accurately, 15+1 capacity. Modular system allows you to swap frames/bbls/mags for different size handguns *all w/the same serial #* (FS, compact, subcompact).
Tomac

jmr40
June 28, 2013, 09:33 AM
9mm is about the only ammo readily available world wide. Try finding 45, 40, 10mm, 357 mag, or 357 Sig in most any other country. Most of it is hard enough to find here right now. Imagine having that problem all of the time. I'd choose whatever 9mm were commonly available in that location. A Glock 19 if possible.

45_auto
June 28, 2013, 09:46 AM
I guess if I could only have one, then I would have to keep one of my 1911 frames, along with the .22, 9mm, 38 super, 40 S&W, 45ACP, and 45 Super top ends.

tarosean
June 28, 2013, 10:02 AM
Those same countries that limit your guns also limit you from owning military calibers. That would further complicate choices.

Combatcomm
June 28, 2013, 10:38 AM
Easy, H&K USPC in 40.

The Bushmaster
June 28, 2013, 11:09 AM
Limited to one handgun or rifle thread...Why?!!? I live in America. Presently I don't have that problem. And I really don't care how it is in other countries.

Can't we come up with better questions like how do we solve OUR problems?

mdauben
June 28, 2013, 11:30 AM
In some foreign countries, you are limited to one handgun for self defense. You can carry that handgun, keep at home for protection, and shoot it at the range, but you are limited to one handgun.
Assuming this is strictly a SD/HD gun and their are no other restictions on brands, chambering or ammo type and availability, I would probably chose the Glock 19. Small enough for CC but not so small as to impair grip and handling. A reasonably effective choice with modern, high-performance JHP rounds.

Potatohead
June 28, 2013, 12:00 PM
This thread again?
Has it been a month already?
.
you dont have to partake ya know? just go to another thread. not all of us have seen this thread

tipoc
June 28, 2013, 12:54 PM
What handgun would you choose when limited to one?

If I was limited to one gun I'd take it and go find the person who keeps asking this question. Then I'd take their one gun and that way I'd have two. So what kind of one gun do you have?

tipoc

BlindJustice
June 28, 2013, 01:21 PM
Combat (Steel frame) Commander
Stock Bbl. .45 ACP
extended 5" Bbl. in .45 ACP
same in .400 CorBon ported

& a .22 LR conversion kit.

R-

Hangingrock
June 28, 2013, 03:11 PM
This thread again? Has it been a month already?

There are repetitive questions/subjects such is the nature of a forum. One may choose to simply ignore the question/subject being posed without offending the OP. If one is a member of a forum over a long period of time there are numerous repetitive questions/subjects along with answers.:)

Certaindeaf
June 28, 2013, 03:25 PM
At least this one conceded that fact that some people (SA) can only have one carry gun. A half new twist for some to wrap their brain around.

Potatohead
June 28, 2013, 03:32 PM
There are repetitive questions/subjects such is the nature of a forum. One may choose to simply ignore the question/subject being posed without offending the OP. If one is a member of a forum over a long period of time there are numerous repetitive questions/subjects along with answers.:)
amen brother

huntsman
June 28, 2013, 03:59 PM
Limited to one handgun or rifle thread...Why?!!? I live in America. Presently I don't have that problem. And I really don't care how it is in other countries.

Can't we come up with better questions like how do we solve OUR problems?
this is a legitimate question because not everyone is blessed with the means to own multiple guns and with the recent rush to buy guns many newbies may only choose to own one gun, that may be hard for gun guys to wrap their head around but we live in different times now.

arizona_cards_11
June 29, 2013, 01:43 AM
Haha! I did this very thing. Sold every other handgun I owned for a Les Baer.

It was worth it.

L-Frame
June 29, 2013, 04:39 AM
3" GP-100 .357 mag.

Roadking Rider
June 29, 2013, 06:02 AM
Czpo-1

huntsman
June 29, 2013, 10:40 AM
Haha! I did this very thing. Sold every other handgun I owned for a Les Baer.

It was worth it.
One good handgun is all I need also, I just haven't found that one good gun yet. ;)

easyg
June 29, 2013, 04:49 PM
This....

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n165/allenXdog/IMG_0006.jpg (http://s112.photobucket.com/user/allenXdog/media/IMG_0006.jpg.html)


Or this....

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n165/allenXdog/IMG_0016_zpse2def9fa.jpg (http://s112.photobucket.com/user/allenXdog/media/IMG_0016_zpse2def9fa.jpg.html)

tomrkba
June 29, 2013, 04:56 PM
If it has to do it all, and I cannot escape the country, then I'd go with a revolver in 44 Magnum with 4" barrel and boot grips. I would use hot 44 Special for defense and various 44 Magnum loads for other tasks. An alternative would be to go with a Glock 21 or 1911 and a 460 Rowland conversion.

Certaindeaf
June 29, 2013, 05:20 PM
If it has to do it all, and I cannot escape the country, then I'd go with a revolver in 44 Magnum with 4" barrel and boot grips. I would use hot 44 Special for defense and various 44 Magnum loads for other tasks. An alternative would be to go with a Glock 21 or 1911 and a 460 Rowland conversion.
You must be from seven shot New York city. I understand. Oh, the rest of the world hasn't heard of the .44, let alone carry/support it.

tarosean
June 29, 2013, 06:56 PM
Limited to one handgun or rifle thread...Why?!!? I live in America. Presently I don't have that problem. And I really don't care how it is in other countries.



Perhaps it's because this is the World Wide Web and not the United States of America Web.
While you may think highly of yourself, others do not, nor care what country your a resident of..

Answer the question or move along.. It's that simple

Queen_of_Thunder
June 30, 2013, 10:55 AM
I would have to go with a Desert Eagle in 41 mag.

razorback2003
June 30, 2013, 03:17 PM
I think if I was limited to one handgun, it would depend on ammo availability. If the local autoloader ammo, like 9mm, was not reliable, I would probably go for a 3 or 4 inch barreled stainless 38/357. If there was a good source of 9mm ammo I would go for a Glock 19. I am sure Sigs and S&W M&P's are not as common around the world as they are here.

Lj1941
June 30, 2013, 03:51 PM
S&W 625 JM:evil:

Salmoneye
June 30, 2013, 05:12 PM
Ruger GP-100: Model KGPF-340

.357 Magnum
Stainless
Fixed Sight
Half Lug
4"
Small Lett's Grip

mwmjones
July 1, 2013, 11:09 AM
Any 1911

bannockburn
July 1, 2013, 11:34 AM
A Colt Government in .38 Super with a 9mm. barrel assembly, a .22LR coversion kit, and lots of ammo and magazines for all three calibers.

tubeshooter
July 1, 2013, 12:19 PM
I would get a .357 of some sort.


If carry/CCW is the primary consideration then I would go with the SP-101, 3" barrel. If not, most any duty-sized .357 with a 4" barrel would be fine.

22-rimfire
July 1, 2013, 10:27 PM
I'm glad that I live in a country that still allows you to own more than one handgun or firearm. Only one.... probably a 4" Colt Diamonback 22LR or 4" SW Model 18 (or 4" 617). The Diamondback was my first serious handgun and still remains my favorite. I'll make do with the self defense usage and associated arguments pro and con.

DNS
July 1, 2013, 11:21 PM
Easy.

I'd go with a Bearcat, Single Six or Ten.

jimsmith80
July 1, 2013, 11:34 PM
sig p226 in .357 sig with a .40 S&W barrel. Night sights and a tac rail., oh I do have one of those, ok I'm good.

MCgunner
July 1, 2013, 11:38 PM
In some foreign countries, you are limited to one handgun for self defense. You can carry that handgun, keep at home for protection, and shoot it at the range, but you are limited to one handgun.

What handgun would you choose when limited to one?

I'll stay in Texas, thanks. :rolleyes:

The one gun I carry most is a Kel Tec P11, but I'm in my revolver mood lately and have been totin' my Taurus 85SSUL. Between those I guess, as to which I'd toss if I had to. I just hope I never have to.

Hunter2011
July 2, 2013, 01:13 AM
I am from South Africa. And yes, the laws are strict and much more of a slep now than it has been in the past. But any person can own 2 handguns. One for SD and one for sport shooting. That is my situation. I own a .22LR pistol for sport shooting and a 9mm for SD. You may only own 200 rounds of ammo for each firearm you own. For my SD pistol, I'm fine with that. For my sport .22, it sucks. You do need more than 200 rounds per weekend as 200 shots are done in half of the afternoon, what then, you must go home with a empty gun..

But you can if you want apply for what they call dedicated status, then you may get as many firearms as you want and can motivate. I am busy with that and will get a G34 also for sport shooting. Then I'm done, it is all the handguns I could ever need.

To the OP. I don't know if you will carry daily. So I don't know if you want a smaller gun. But I would go for a G19 if I'm you.

Hawkeye20
July 2, 2013, 01:40 AM
A 1911 in 10mm. Massively powerful round, great for self-defense, would drop a bear in the woods, and you just can't beat the M1911 look!

22-rimfire
July 2, 2013, 11:15 AM
I would have to go with a Desert Eagle in 41 mag.
Interesting choice Queen. I didn't know you were a 41 mag fan.

oldbear
July 2, 2013, 03:57 PM
I've limited myself to one caliber for years, the .357 Magnum. I have not limited myself to one .357 Magnum revolver though. If I had to limit myself to one revolver it would be a Smith and Wesson M-586 with a 4" barrel.

kendak
July 2, 2013, 10:00 PM
9mm Hi-Power

musicman10_1
July 3, 2013, 10:54 AM
If I could only have one handgun it would be my Ruger GP100 4" revolver. For a long time it was my only handgun.

OregonJohnny
July 3, 2013, 01:03 PM
I can't resist these "only 1 gun" threads, even though they pop up about every week or 2. But my answer changes all the time, so here are my 2 contenders this week:

Either a Ruger GP100 4" Stainless, or some kind of .45ACP semi-auto with a rail and night sights. The semi-auto choice would come down to either a stainless 1911 Government, Sig P220, or a polymer striker-fired high-capacity gun like the M&P45, XD45, or Glock 21SF.

If I chose the .45, I'd have additional extra-power mag and recoil springs for heavy hardcast loads from Buffalo Bore, if the gun is going out in the wilderness.

This week, I guess I'm leaning toward the .45 semi-auto.

PabloJ
July 3, 2013, 03:57 PM
In some foreign countries, you are limited to one handgun for self defense. You can carry that handgun, keep at home for protection, and shoot it at the range, but you are limited to one handgun.

What handgun would you choose when limited to one?
Provided ammo could be found G20. I have two Gen 4s and given choice would not want anything else.

22-rimfire
July 3, 2013, 04:43 PM
I am from South Africa. And yes, the laws are strict and much more of a slep now than it has been in the past. But any person can own 2 handguns. One for SD and one for sport shooting. That is my situation. I own a .22LR pistol for sport shooting and a 9mm for SD. You may only own 200 rounds of ammo for each firearm you own. For my SD pistol, I'm fine with that. For my sport .22, it sucks. You do need more than 200 rounds per weekend as 200 shots are done in half of the afternoon, what then, you must go home with a empty gun..

But you can if you want apply for what they call dedicated status, then you may get as many firearms as you want and can motivate. I am busy with that and will get a G34 also for sport shooting. Then I'm done, it is all the handguns I could ever need.

To the OP. I don't know if you will carry daily. So I don't know if you want a smaller gun. But I would go for a G19 if I'm you.
200 rounds would really suck especially with 22LR. One bulk pack here is more than 200 rounds as a comparision. I wouldn't be surprised that some powers in the USA would like a similar requirement. Regulate ammunition sales and you control the majority of the guns.

I suspect once you get the "dedicated" status and pick up a Glock you'll want a few more just in case. I would want one to hunt with personally. That like archery hunting is one of the ultimate sporting challenges.

sheephearder
July 3, 2013, 04:54 PM
If only one then a 1911 with a 22lr conversion to allow 45 ACP and 22lr.

SharpsDressedMan
July 3, 2013, 05:43 PM
One handgun, four chamberings: .45, 10mm, .38 Super, & 9mm. Drives those CSI and gun control people nuts. http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC05356.jpg (http://s106.photobucket.com/user/matquig/media/DSC05356.jpg.html)

helitack32f1
July 4, 2013, 02:27 AM
Desert Eagle in 50AE

ArchAngelCD
July 4, 2013, 08:34 AM
I'm not that much of a semi-auto guy but if you could own only 1 gun there are several I would choose from.

First choice would probably be a 1911A1.
If the 45 Auto isn't for you how about a SIG226 or SIG229?
Last but not least would be a Glock G19.

whetrock
July 4, 2013, 11:15 AM
I could see a real classy, full size, automatic pistol, chambered in 9MM like a CZ 75 B as being a serviceable enough, and aesthetic enough weapon to be my one an only pistol, also with a Kadet conversion unit it'd be an economical choice as well. I dunno if the conversion unit would have any specific legalities attached to it in some countries or not, so it might be out of the question, even at that 9MM, while not necessarily cheap to shoot, is affordable.

gazpacho
July 5, 2013, 07:47 PM
Mini Uzi

That's a pistol, right? :D

Oh! How about a Serbu! That's sort of handgun sized.

I also like my AR pistol.

MikePaiN
July 5, 2013, 09:54 PM
Glock 26
With all the new laws here in CT and the purchase of a new Harley this year, I decided it was time to cut down to one gun(for a while, anyway). I needed a "do everything" handgun, so I sold off just about everything until I was down to the Glock 26 and Ruger SR9c.....As much as I liked the Ruger I decided on the Glock, its a little smaller and lighter but I shoot it just as well, it also survive anything, the gun's reliability and longevity is unquestioned.

lobo9er
July 5, 2013, 10:36 PM
pocket .380

Theres a shotgun for everything else.

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