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Best choice for emergency, social unrest, etc... GLock? Ruger? S&W?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Kymasabe, Nov 11, 2012.

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  1. Kymasabe

    Kymasabe Member

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    Now I just need to find myself a nice clean used G3 trade in.
     
  2. psyopspec

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    Good luck with your doomsday preparations, don't get hit by pieces of falling sky.

    In the meantime, if you would like to be able to shoot a baby Glock without any hardware, spend some time with Hickok 45. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wHUEwWmklE at about the 18:00 mark he talks about shooting with extended mags by taking the pinky out of the equation, which he also does with the flush fit ones.
     
  3. ATLDave

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    The best handgun for any reasonably forseeable and survivable circumstance is the gun that you shoot best and is reliable. If you're in survival mode, you aren't going to be shooting up your ammo for fun or practice. You will never get to combat shoot a pistol enough to wear it out... you're not going to survive 1000 rounds of handgun combat as a solo/family survivalist unit. And you'll almost assuredly starve or die of water-borne disease long before you die of combat.

    In short, you may enjoy this question as a thought exercise. But it would be the height of folly to give ANY weight to such considerations when buying a pistol.
     
  4. greenlion

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    Buy whatever handgun you need for concealed carry on a normal day, or home defense at night, and stop watching prepper TV shows. Your normal home defense handgun will also serve during a crisis situation.
     
  5. Fiv3r

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    One of the main reasons I love my G26 is that it accepts all 9mm Glock mags. I shoot it better than any other 9mm I had in my stable. I shoot it so well, in fact, that I liquidated a couple of 9mm pistols simply because they were never going to get shot.

    I bought the 26 to conceal it, but I fell in love with it because I could shoot it better than any other pistol I own.

    As a do it all, it's very hard to find a better pistol in an emergency than any of the 9mm Glock family. They aren't the most comfortable and they aren't the most accurate, but for a combat firearm shot at combat ranges and potentially ridden hard and put away quite literally wet they hard to beat...or rather, hard to beat to death.

    I've recently jumped on the 100+ year old 1911 bandwagon. If you made me pick a gun that not only shot well but that would be easy to find magazines and parts for (as well as be a formidable bludgeon), the old warhorse would be up there. However, they just don't run and run and run like the Austrian Tupperware. In short, the 1911 would tag along until it ran dry or became too heavy. I'm not ever dropping the 26.
     
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    What do you expect from a Glock that you're not getting with your Ruger?
     
  7. smallbore

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    My Gen3 Glock 19.
     
  8. FIVETWOSEVEN

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    Any reliable sidearm that works. I would be more concerned about a rifle more than anything.
     
  9. Baba Louie

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    Whichever one you have on or near you when things get agly, along with plenty of spare ammunition to see you through the emergency and back to the daily norm.
    Everyone has their favorite. Might be a BHP, CZ, Springfield or Colt or ? (pick one... who knows, maybe even a lowly 5 shot J frame?)
     
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    I concur. I would also be more worried about providing food, water, shelter, and medical supplies for my family more than finding spare parts for my sidearm.
     
  11. BSA1

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    The O.P.'s question is biased several ways.

    First he suggests that it is necessary to have dedicated handgun for emergencies, etc. that is more reliable, better quality than what you may use daily.

    Second he totally excludes revolvers and their advantages over semi-autos.

    Third he places the Glock over all over handguns. I realize that Glocks have a cult following but there are many other handguns that are just as good or better quality and reliablity.
     
  12. WinThePennant

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    There are a lot of great guns out there, but you have to admit that Glock has some very nice advantages over other guns. Other than their supreme reliability, they are probably the easiest guns to work on. Every man a gunsmith when it comes to Glocks. Buy a couple parts kits, and you should be good-to-go. Throw in mag interchangeability and you have a hard to beat SHTF/TEOTWAWKI hand gun.
     
  13. FIVETWOSEVEN

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    Semi auto advantages are more than a revolvers, why do you think no Police Department issues them as a main sidearm for duty use?

    Probably find spare sidearms too! :D
     
  14. Ash

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    And since police departments began issuing autos over revolvers, the numbers of rounds fired by police to no effect have risen dramatically. I'm not sure what advantage the police have really achieved with autos other than spray and pray.
     
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    You must be a Marine. :D
     
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    Nope. Not a Marine. But they have some great toys. If the poo hit the fan, I'd rather have a combat jet or chopper than any handgun.
    Either one of my suggestions would take care of any zombies I may run into.

    Pistols are terrible combat weapons.
     
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    Allrighty. I am going to lock this one on account of our long-standing policy of not entertaining SHTF threads.

    But, let me address the question first. It's just my opinion, but use whatever your most comfortable with. Selecting a gun specifically for emergencies, that you are not comfortable with, isn't great planning.
     
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