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Pick only 3 pistols

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Infidel4life11, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. Infidel4life11

    Infidel4life11 Active Member

    Nov 28, 2011
    Where the Army puts me
    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.
  2. Swami

    Swami New Member

    Mar 16, 2010
    1. 1911 G.I.
    2. 1911 Commander
    3. 1911 Officer's

  3. iLikeOldgunsIlikeNewGuns

    iLikeOldgunsIlikeNewGuns Active Member

    Oct 11, 2011
    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
  4. Infidel4life11

    Infidel4life11 Active Member

    Nov 28, 2011
    Where the Army puts me
    Swami, I like you style
  5. Mot45acp

    Mot45acp Participating Member

    Oct 28, 2005
    Glock 21 SF

    Ruger GP 100 6"

    Glock 19
  6. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Senior Elder

    Nov 25, 2006
    Northeast PA, USA
    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
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2012
  7. TennJed

    TennJed Senior Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Ruger Super Redhawk 454 casull (hunt)
    Kel Tec P11 (carry)
    S&W 5906 (general bada**ness)
  8. Shadez

    Shadez New Member

    Jan 20, 2012
    Glock 17 - social work

    Browning Buck Mark - hunt small game cheap

    1911 Colt Commander - everything else.
  9. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Mentor

    Jan 8, 2011
    - 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.
  10. click clack

    click clack New Member

    Oct 17, 2010
    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!
  11. Plan2Live

    Plan2Live Participating Member

    May 17, 2011
    Columbia, SC
    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.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2012
  12. Fishman777

    Fishman777 Active Member

    Sep 20, 2007
    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".
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2012
  13. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 22, 2002
    Kampong Cham, Cambodia
    S&W 35-1, 22lr
    S&W 13-2 3"
    Colt or US&S 1911A1 Govt issue
  14. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    Jan 16, 2012
    Wet Oregon
    S&W .357 snubby
    M29 3-4"
  15. guyfromohio

    guyfromohio Participating Member

    Nov 23, 2011
    1) Beretta M9... I just really, really like it.

    2) Glock 19... workhorse.

    3) 642 for when discretion is paramount.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2012
  16. MikeRussell

    MikeRussell New Member

    Mar 23, 2007
    Carencro, LA
    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
  17. davidalyn

    davidalyn New Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    1) Dan Wesson CCO

    2) Dan Wesson Valor

    3) Glock 19
  18. cane

    cane Active Member

    May 29, 2004
    H&K USP .45 (full size)
    Glock 19
    Ruger Old Army
  19. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 8, 2008
    Southern Virginia
    cz 75
  20. Snowdog

    Snowdog Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Hendersonville, WNC
    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

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