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Pick your all round pistol!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by el Godfather, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. el Godfather

    el Godfather Well-Known Member

    Dear THR:
    If you were choose only one handgun, which one would you pick as your all round gun depending upon your needs?

    Please state your reasoning for which you chose a particular handgun.

    Let's have gun!
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2013
  2. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    Bought 4th gen. G20. I can shoot .40S&W equivalent or full power 10mm loads. I like everything about this gun. Great universal pistol.
  3. RBid

    RBid Well-Known Member

    Which list are we choosing from?
  4. scramasax

    scramasax Well-Known Member

    Don't see a list but if you want an all around Handgun he best choice is a 4" K rame smith .357. A classic that will fill the needs of anyone east of the Miss. Small enough to carry in the city and powerful enough with the right loads to take game in the woods.

    Not sexy or trendy, just solid perforamnce and versatility.
  5. gunnutery

    gunnutery Well-Known Member

    I'll be the first obligitory Glock fanboy. I would choose my G22 as my all round handgun. It's so simplistic to manipulate and has a consistant triggerpull every time.

    BADUNAME2 Well-Known Member

    You're not asking for much, are you? I mean, the reason they make 4 trillion models and variants of models is that they are all good at different things. But I'll play. Things I do with handguns:

    • CCW
    • Target practice
    • Deer hunting
    • Competitive shooting

    For the purposes of this game, we'll pretend I'm not a cowboy shooter, as one pistol won't get you in that door, and a cowboy gun is pretty sub-optimal for CCW.

    Since pretty much anything can be used for target shooting, that basically leaves the fundamental dichotomy to be resolved, of finding a good deer gun that can also be carried. To my mind, that means a medium barreled .44 revolver, such as an S&W 629 in 5" or 6", or a 5.5" Redhawk. Medium barreled, because shorter than 5" isn't legal for deer in Ohio, and longer than 6" gets silly for CCW, (because a 3 lb magnum's not already silly.) A revolver, because of the versatility in handling multiple loading levels.

    That leaves competition as the tie-breaker. While neither is exactly ideal for USPSA Revolver, they both would work. The edge does go to the Smith, I think, as the Redhawk DA trigger can't be gotten as nice.

    Those are my thoughts, anyhow.
  7. chris in va

    chris in va Well-Known Member

    'All-around' is a vague term. Basically it just means a gun that covers an individual's needs.

    For my needs, my CZ P01 is perfect. SD/HD, competition, range gun.
  8. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    I can't do it. I want at least 3 semiautos and a revolver or two. If I could only have one, I would grudgingly take a 3rd gen G20SF or G21SF.
  9. trickyasafox

    trickyasafox Well-Known Member

    a four inch 357 is a tough player to beat for '1 handgun'. however, since we are in autoloaders, A decent 1911 with a 460 rowland kit can do most anything you ask of a handgun at 50 yards or less.
  10. snooperman

    snooperman Well-Known Member

    My series 70 Colt 1911 is my favorite.
  11. Xfire68

    Xfire68 Well-Known Member

    My first pick would be the Glock 20 for it's simplicity, versatility, accuracy and power.

    My second choice would be the CZ SP01. Accurate accurate accurate!
  12. critter

    critter Well-Known Member

    I like the idea of a S&W 19 or a GP 100. The .357/.38 versatility is good.

    I also have a PO P16 in .40 caliber AND a .357 SIG barrel. It would be a good autoloader for almost everything. (And, YES, I can and do carry it concealed sometimes.)
  13. Torian

    Torian Well-Known Member

    10mm in a reliable auto platform. For me, that is an EAA Elite Match. The 10mm properly loaded can approach the .41 magnum and exceeds full .357 magnum loads.

    Lots of bullet versatility too. Can shoot 135 grain Noslers at 1600 FPS or 220 grain hard leadcast at 1200 FPS.
  14. orionengnr

    orionengnr Well-Known Member

    Just one, eh?

    I think my S&W 1911PD, scandium frame bobtail commander-ish size, with a extra .22LR "top half" would do me pretty well.
  15. funnelcake

    funnelcake Well-Known Member

    A custom Commander-length 1911 in 9x23 Win.

  16. Creature

    Creature Well-Known Member

    I cant go with just one. I would have to pick two: Ruger GP100 and a Sig P226 in 9mm.

    VINTAGE-SLOTCARS Well-Known Member

    Ruger SA 4-5/8" barrel in 45 long colt. Light and heavy mag loads cover most of my needs. :)
  18. easyg

    easyg Well-Known Member

    For home defense, concealed carry, hunting, and everything between it would be either my Ruger GP100 or my Springfield Armory XD 45.


    Last edited: Feb 24, 2013
  19. gazpacho

    gazpacho Well-Known Member

    Beretta 93R or maybe a Glock 18
  20. MCMXI

    MCMXI Well-Known Member

    SIG P220 because ...

    Reliable with most every ammunition known to man
    Outstanding combat accuracy
    No safety
    External hammer
    DA/SA trigger
    .45 Auto
    Easy to carry IWB or OWB

    Here are my three.



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