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What Handguns Keep You Comapny On Those Long, Cold, and Lonely Night's?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Ala Dan, Jan 8, 2003.

  1. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Home Of The First Capitol Of The Confederate State
    Greeting's All, I thought this would be an interesting subject!

    For me, let's start with the Revolver: My all time
    favorite J-frame is a Smith & Wesson model 60 (- nothing)
    with a "R" serial number prefix. Commonly referred to as
    a stainless steel "Chief's Special" this little gem has a 2"
    barrel, and is of .38 Special caliber. Introduced in 1965
    by Smith & Wesson, they became a "fan favorite" of
    U.S. service personnel assigned to the hot, humid
    jungles of Southeast Asia. This fine firearm currently
    serves in the role of a "duty firearm"; as I am hereby
    restricted to revolver's in my job as a security consultant.

    Next up here in the cold month of January, is the newest
    member of my stable of firearms; a.357 Smith & Wesson 6"
    barrel 686-5. Produced in 2000 it is of course, the round
    butted configuration. Accurate as all get out; and very
    capeable of excellent target work, or putting small to
    medium sized game on the table. However, the DA
    trigger pull is not quite up to snuff; but these day's,
    most of my shooting is done in the single-action mode.

    Moving on up the ladder, we have a 1999 production
    Smith & Wesson 629-5, 5" barrel .44 magnum "Classic".
    Aw! another fan favorite; cuz you gotta love 'em 5" tubes.
    "Classic" is an excellent name for this firearm, as the
    workmanship is almost unbelieveable on this weapon.
    Fit and finish are superb; not to mention a double-action
    that is "buttery smooth", and would rival that found on
    some of the older Smith & Wesson N-frames.

    Next, our second category will be Auto Loader's.

    Kicking off this segment will be the stainless steel,
    American made Walther PPK that I purchased this
    month back in 1995, for my daughter. Actually, she
    picked it out; and I footed the bill. With all the bad
    publicity out there concerning this small autoloader
    of .380 caliber; we have NEVER experienced any
    kind'a problem with it, using all types of ammo
    including JHP's. I guess we got a good one, UH?
    At any rate, this serves as her primary defense
    CCW piece; constantly accompanying her where
    ever its legal!

    Next, in line is my West German produced and
    assembled SIG-Sauer P228 9m/m. All the good
    qualities of SIG-Sauer firearms were put into
    this weapon! And I was lucky enough to obtain
    one compltete with (2) preban high capacity
    magazine's. This gun is highly accurate for a
    "compact" firearm; quite often out performing
    my previously owned two-tone SIG-Sauer P226.

    Now, I saved the best for last. Yes, thats right!
    My famed and beloved SIG-Sauer P220A, a 1995
    West German produced and assembled .45 caliber
    self-loader. A firearm of which I have entrusted my
    life to since the summer of 1988 (as it was the very
    first one); and one that has saved my bacon during
    my days as a LEO! One word sums up this firearm:
    design, superb accuracy, andf superior craftsmanship
    all aid the benefit's found in this out-standing firearm.

    And there you have it, as these great firearms will keep
    me and my family company for many year's to come, I
    hope? Cuz, in my way of thinking: If something work's
    well; I ain't about to change!

    Good Night Ladies and Gentlemen, and Thanks For Reading-

    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
  2. agony

    agony Active Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Ala Dan,
    Why don't you tell us how you really feel about the SIG P220? :)

    I like my winter pistol to carry a bit more oomph, to penetrate several layers of clothing and winter coats. My choice? Why the SIG 220 of course. I like 'em in all flavors; old-school West German heel release models, American models, and my new darlin', the 220ST.

    But in winter, you think the cold-heart of Russia, so I like Makarovs as a winter gun....cold, old, and commie. You can almost smell the beet soup and Vodka!
  3. DeltaElite

    DeltaElite Participating Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Next to my Delta Gold Cup
    G20, G29, DeltaElite or my Delta Gold Cup.
    Sometimes my P13. :D
  4. PATH

    PATH Senior Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Rockland, New York
    Most nights S&W Mod 36 and P32 KelTec. I always have them with me theses days.
  5. CZF

    CZF Participating Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    Hi, very interesting that in these days of auto-pistols.
    That there are still shooters that by choice or regulations..
    are still carrying Revolvers.

    I Had to carry a model 66 for many a year. The day i was
    able to carry a .45 ( my off-duty gun). I felt FREEE!
    Kind of makes you wonder if the security agencies
    and some police depts will ever change over to autos??

    As you like SIGs very much. I hope that you can someday
    carry one at your work.
    Also liking SIG autos. I'm kind of the Black Sheep of firearms.
    Finding the CZ75 to be the best fitting/shooting 9mm ever
    for me. The SIG 220-the best .45 acp.

    Now that CZs are no longer a 'mystery gun' we have more options. one of them is the CZ-P01. A compact 13-shot NINE
    with features of old and new Cee-Zed technology.

    Yes, even a light rail is on it. Gives it a no nonsense business
    look. The P-01 is light on the hip, and handles very well.
    PT-Nites for low light..or the Streamlight M-3 tactical lamp.
    Not to mention- the one-of-a-kind P-01 custom Hakan grips.
    Speer Gold-Dot 124 gr +P or South African SENTRY rounds...
    With 2 CZ 15-shot hi-caps as spares.

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  6. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    HK USP 45:cool:
  7. Blueduck

    Blueduck Participating Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Like my friend AlaDan I'm also restricted to revolvers on duty. Recently changed over from my 3" 65 to a 2 1/2" 19. Switched grips and use same holster so not much change really. 19's just a bit more fun to make small groups with because of better sights. I do miss the chamfered chambers for reloads A LOT more than I would have expected.

    Now on my own time my 4506 has been getting a lot of workouts lately:cool:
  8. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Home Of The First Capitol Of The Confederate State
    As A Former LEO

    Greeting's CZF, And A Big Ole' Hearty Welcome To THR

    Many thanks for the kind word's, my friend. In regards
    to self-loader's, I think that most police departments
    are now comfortable with officer's toting these on an
    every day basis. OTOH, the private security industry
    just seems to not want to accept the responsibility for
    their officer's carrying a semi-automatic handgun.

    Take in my case, I am restricted to a revolver as I said;
    and for GOD's sake, they don't even want me to carry
    that! OUCH But in my daily routine, quite often I am
    confronted by drug addict's, wine O's, street whore's,
    gang banger's, pan handler's, and the like. I hereby
    go on record as flatly refusing to work this job without
    proper protection; mainly a firearm! So, the little
    Smith & Wesson model 60 .38 caliber "Chief's Special"
    rides in a padded Safariland thumb-break holster every
    day that I report for duty. I qualify regularly at the local
    police department firing range; never shooting less than
    a 100% with the snubby. The company's insurance under
    writer's say I have too be there; so I can't seem to see
    the problem?

    As the ole' saying goes, "Its better to have a gun and
    not need it; than it is to need it, and not have it". I
    refuse to be a victim!

    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
  9. PDshooter

    PDshooter New Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Illinois (PRI)
    On cold nights!
    My cold wife.....:eek: Just kidding!!

    One of these 3

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  10. Kahr carrier

    Kahr carrier Senior Member

    Dec 30, 2002
    I like my Glock 21 on cold nights. PdShooter-nice stable.:)
  11. Slick

    Slick New Member

    Jan 1, 2003
    My buddies!

    USP Compact
    Sig 232

  12. DerRottweiler

    DerRottweiler New Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    West TEXAS
    I work nights as well, and I carry what they Issue, a S&W Model 65 .357mag.

    Off duty I carry a Sig P239TT with Siglites in .357Sig.:D
  13. eagles1181

    eagles1181 New Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    G23 (nough said)

  14. Longbow

    Longbow Participating Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    City by the big lake
    S&W 66 and/or model 10, Both loaded w/ Winchester .38 spl Silver tip.
  15. Stephen A. Camp

    Stephen A. Camp Moderator In Memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Hello, Ala Dan!

    Though I prefer either the BHP or a 1911, my primary bedroom pistol is kind of up your alley, so to speak, a SIG-Sauer P220 .45 ACP. The reason is that my wife, not a shooter, has and can use a SIG-Sauer P225 and this one works the very same way.


    I still have a pretty good supply of Corbon +P 200 gr JHPs, the "pre-Gold Dots" that feed fine and group really well.

    It's loaded with either the load mentioned above (left) or the Federal 230 gr "Classic" JHP. Both did well in the "scientific" mud tests. Hahahahaha! Seriously, I've shot animals with both and both "worked" fine.


    My "always" gun is close to hand as well. I'd prefer the automatic, but would grab this one instead of yelling "help" were that the only other option.


    It's loaded with Remington 158 gr +P LSWCHP, but in other snubs not rated for such use, I use Federal's 125 gr std pressure Nyclad HPs, though my supply is down to about 200 such rounds.

    Here they are...


    ...and after "scientific" testing...


    Were it just me, I'd go with a 9mm BHP or 1911 .45 ACP.

  16. faustulus

    faustulus Participating Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    Middle Tennessee
    You know I am going to pass on my original answer the same reason Casey passed on the first pitch.;)
    But I can't believe someone hasn't tee off on it yet. :D
    As for a serious answer I would go with my Hi Power.
  17. New_comer

    New_comer Active Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Manila, Phils.
    My USP9f.

    Been my companion since I acquired it August 2001 :D
  18. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Home Of The First Capitol Of The Confederate State
    Not half bad, folk's!

    As a matter of fact, some very nice weaponary thus far.
    And as always, Mr. Camp gave us an excellent point of
    view! Many thanks Steve; and when you grow tired of
    your collection, remember I'm in Old DixieLand. (LOL)

    Keep the fire going folk's; the mercury is suppose to
    dip into the low 20's here, within the next few days!

    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
  19. ruger357

    ruger357 Participating Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Kimber Ultra Carry or Glock 26 with a Beretta 950 stuck in my pocket.
  20. krept

    krept Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    USP .45 has always given me the warm fuzzies, just the thing for those long and lonely nights.

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