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Best off brand handgun you've ever owned?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by bestseller92, Jan 21, 2007.

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  1. bestseller92

    bestseller92 Member

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    Let's turn the other question around somewhat: What's the best "off brand" handgun you've ever owned (assuming you've ever owned one).

    Mine would be the Llama Comanche III 4" .357 I bought new when I was 17 (my mother did the paperwork thingie). Wal Mart still sold pistols then (it was 1985), and they had a Smith 19 for around $235 or the Llama for $176. Being a nearly broke teenager, I opted for the Llama, and it turned out to be a very good revolver. Was nicely blued, perfectly timed, pretty accurate (I once shot a skunk with it, rapid fire double action, at about 50 yards, and hit him 3 out of 3 shots -- I can't shoot better than that with any gun), and it had a nice cam system that prevented the hammer from contacting the internal firing pin when it was at rest.

    I eventually sold it to my brother, who still has it and uses it as a vehicle gun, keeping it in the pickup he uses to check the gas wells he's responsible for.

    What's the best off brand handgun you've ever owned?
     
  2. Euclidean

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    Pre Taurus Rossi M971. A clone of a .357 Magnum K frame Smith and Wesson essentially. Easily the best off brand handgun I've ever had.
     
  3. RH822

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    Erma KGP-68A .380 it was a sweet little 3/4 scale copy of the German PO8 Luger. Got rid of it because I am stupid sometimes.

    RH
     
  4. SnWnMe

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    EG Makarov import.

    Gawd that thing is like the Energizer bunny.
     
  5. 10-Ring

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    I've never had any luck w/ off brand handguns...all have had issues and all have gone bye bye
     
  6. absolute0

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    I wouldnt exactly call a Makarov an "off brand" :p
     
  7. gunmn74

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    Firestar M-40

    I dont know if you would consider it an "off brand" but one of my favorite
    guns is a Firestar M-40. It shure is not a common piece and I shoot it
    as well as my Kimber Custom.
     
  8. doncameron

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    Well, I'd have to say Llama...
    had a MaxI in .45acp for quite a few years and only replaced the extractor.
    lots and lots of rounds fired thru it. traded it for a EAA witness .45

    have a Llama .380 (since 1986) use it as a carry weapon. very happy with it.
     
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    Charter Arms .357 Bulldog. I bought it used back in 1986. Best $148 gun I ever owned. It fits me better than a S&W Model 60.
     
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    I have always heard bad things about Rossi revolvers, but a couple of years ago I bought a used 720 (.44 Spl). I was very impressed with the fit and finish and absolutely delighted with its accuracy; this three incher shoots like a target gun! It's the lower one in the pic.

    [​IMG]
     
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    CZ52. Made in 1954 at a Warsaw Pact state run gun factory by people who knew what they were doing! Neat gun.
     
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    FEG .380 years ago. Its since gone down the road traded. But it was my pocket ccw for a few years.
     
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    Norinco 1911 Copy

    Maybe because it was the first handgun I learned to shoot but of all the 1911's I have owned/shot since, none have been any better.
     
  15. Pumpkinheaver

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    Depends on the definition of off brand. I would say the EAA Witne.ss I had or the Taurus PT100 I had. Both where good but the EAA left when I left communist NY and the Taurus went so It could help buy my Kimber
     
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    The Bersa Thunder I just picked up.
     
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    Astra Constable in .380. Walther PPK/s look alike. It was a great little pistol.

    Charter Arms 'Undercover' in .38 Spec. Nice little .38. It'll get your attention if you shoot a couple of +Ps in it! (No steady diet of them, that's for sure!)
     
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    Both the Llama semi autos I've owned were pretty decent guns for the price. Don't own any now but they were decent.
     
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    The Makarov PM 9x18, in the Western hemisphere this was once a odd ball gun and round, And still is for some.
     
  20. Ranger61

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    My Star Firestar in 45 acp. It always shoots smaller groups than my series 70 Gold Cup.
     
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    my stoeger luger in .22lr, accuracy is on par with the shorter ruger mark II's has fixed sights, but shoots straight and i can normally hit a 1'x1' target 10 out of 10 times at 50yds, I just about always bring this to the range with my bigger guns, and it will rapid fire all 10 rounds faster than any other pistol I have ever fired pictured with my p22 [​IMG]
     
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    Bersa 380
     
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    Polish Gward .38 revolver. Armscor Model 200 .38 revolver.
     
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    For sure its my Bersa Thunder .380....great guns made even better by the price tag.
     
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