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Any love for the older more experienced handguns?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by jar, Aug 8, 2019.

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Do you shoot or carry an older handgun?

Poll closed Aug 15, 2019.
  1. Yes both shoot and carry an older handgun.

    38 vote(s)
    46.9%
  2. Yes, shoot but do not carry an older handgun.

    39 vote(s)
    48.1%
  3. No, I prefer something that is new.

    4 vote(s)
    4.9%
  1. bearcreek

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    If I had to worry about a specific threat, (that was actually known about ahead of time and was unavoidable) I'd upgrade to an AR15 or .308 and a bunch of trained friends with same. :thumbup:
     
  2. jar

    jar Member

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    Another one that works well as a pocket gun in my JP Sauer & Sohns 38h that was made in 1942. It's typical war finish and came from the estate of a member of the 91st Infantry Division so most likely acquired in Italy not long after it was made.

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    Many of the features like the decocking lever at the forward edge of the grip will show up about a half century later on the Sig P230.

     
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  3. Kendahl

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    A few years ago, a gangbanger held up (of all things) a clothing store. On his way out, he ordered the clerk not to report the robbery to police. The clerk ignored the order and police found and jailed the robber. If the clerk mentioned the threat at all, I expect police told him not to take it seriously. On orders from the robber, another gangbanger went to the store and shot the clerk.

    A law abiding citizen was scheduled to testify against a drug dealer. After receiving death threats from the dealer's associates, he obtained his CCW permit and began carrying.

    Both are examples of definite, credible threats that would justify keeping an effective handgun constantly within reach as you go about your daily business. Since the time and place weren't specified, it wouldn't be practical to carry a long gun. (If the time and place were specified, the wise move would be to have police waiting for the assassins while you were safely elsewhere.)
     
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  4. bearcreek

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    Obviously I was talking about a threat that had a known time and place, not just a known person. You make good points though.
     
  5. Bama59

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    I like shooting my 5906 but it is tiresome to clean because can't stand a to leave a speck of crud on the stainless. I shoot my EDC Shield more often , just wipe it down with CLP and done . I also use less ammo with the Shield can go through 200+ rounds easy with big heavy 3rd gen.
     
  6. RevolvingGarbage

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    My Enfield carries nicely.
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    There's a lot to be said for a 6 shot revolver that's got very low recoil and reloads quickly. It's also an interesting historic firearm that served the British in WWII, and has clearly had an interesting journey since.
     
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