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Best "quality" pistol made?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Katty, Sep 19, 2007.

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  1. Katty

    Katty Member

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    As far as quality made.
    Something that's sold everyday. Smoothness, materials used, realiable, just everything? Is there one that stands alone?
     
  2. sm

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    Welcome to THR.

    Semi's : Browning Highpower in 9mm

    Revolvers: Older Smith & Wesson K frames such as model 10, 64, 65, 66
    and Older Colt revolvers such as Detective Specials.
     
  3. Deer Hunter

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    You're opening a can of worms for various manufacture zombies.

    Here's a few of the opinions you'll get:

    HK
    Sig
    Glock
    Berretta
    CZ (my personal favorite, of course)
    Colt (Or any 1911, for that matter)
    S&W
    Ruger
    etc etc.
     
  4. Princi

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  5. Lonestar49

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    No

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    As mentioned above, many manufactures put out high quality, beautiful finish, and reliability, NIB, to the range guns.

    The "quality" is the one that feels like quality in your hand/s, as if part of your hand/s and arm/s, weight and balance, point to aim, and of course, delivers at the range.


    LS
     
  6. rcmodel

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    Nothing made today can even come close to the quality of the old hand-fitted and finished S&W's, Colt's, Brownings, and Walthers.

    With that said, todays S&W's and other companies guns may in fact be more accurate on average, then the old guns, due to CNC precision making them all exactly the same.

    It's pretty hard for a CNC Milling Machine to come in with a hangover and worry about the sick kids all day while running the old, wornout, Bridgeport mill by hand.

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    rcmodel
     
  7. M92FS

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    my selections :

    a list of general manufacturers, hi-end manufacturers not included.
    in alphabetical order. :)

    Beretta
    Browning
    CZ
    Colt
    FN
    Glock
    H&K
    Ruger
    SIG
    S&W
     
  8. bigred82

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    Welcome to the forum Katty. The truth of the matter is that there is not a "best" pistol out there. As you will find out the longer you are in this - everyone has their own opinions as to what is the "best" - and the "best" generally tends to change as people go through mood changes.

    If you are asking the question because you are just starting to shop around, the best thing for you to do is to go to a gun store and hold every single handgun that they have. Go to a rental range and shoot as many different handguns as you can. Take your time, and shop around for at least a month or two of renting and shooting different handguns. Spend many many hours reading through all of the posts on this forum - do searches through the archives about the various pistol types you are interested in. If interested in HKs - go to hkpro.com and read what they are saying there. If interested in SIGs - go to sigforum.com and read what they are saying there. If interested in Glocks - go to glocktalk.com and read what they are saying there. Same goes for every other manufacturer and forums. Then make an educated purchase based on your own personal opinions and based on your own personal experience of renting and shooting.

    I cannot repeat this enough times - your personal experience and whether you enjoyed or disliked a handgun when renting and shooting it is the only thing that matters. If everyone on this board told you to buy the G19 or P-01(which many of us would and will), and you base your opinions on that alone - you are making a mistake because it might turn out that you hate this or that about either pistol. Only YOU can choose which handgun is "best" for YOU. What is "best" for me might be "horrible" for you. this is why you see a handgun market that is so wonderfully diverse.

    I have and like the G19, P226, and P2000. I want the P-01. My P226 is my favorite. The G19 is probably the most useful in terms of carry etc.

    I hope that helps!
     
  9. CWL

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    Welcome Katty!

    Ask yourself this: Is there really a "best" of anything? Is there a best car, one pair of shoes, pizza, etc... There may be a "better" but this is based on your individual needs.

    Everything is relative in regards to cost. There is also a personal factor based on your level of experience with firearms that is very important as well.

    My suggetion is that you spend some time here and read the postings, then go to a gunrange and rent several pistols to determine what feels best for yourself.
     
  10. Katty

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    Thanks all for the welcome! I have now a Glock 27 and like it. I have been around other guns and have shot many. I do see in the newer pistols things that do look and feel really cheaply made. Some of the metal guns do have a better feel to me but some are ok and some are really nice. Internally and externally I am wanting a quality piece. As a femal I don't have a huge hand and the Glock 27 fits and is even a bit short in the handle as with most everyone. I know all about the Glock but don't feel it's the best quality out there by far. Great gun though. I've looked at the Kimber, Baer etc. and am not really impressed greatly with the newer guns. I do however like the older Colt pistols for some reason.
    I'll keep looking! Thanks very much!
     
  11. Werewolf

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    SemiAuto - Sig - ultra reliable, more accurate than many, easy to maintain

    Revolver - slight advantage to S&W - very reliable - very accurate
     
  12. Jim Watson

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    Plenty of good serviceable pistols on the market, but if you want something of really top quality and fine workmanship, it will take a large check to a custom gunsmith or boutique manufacturer. If Les Baer did not enthuse you, send a very large check.
     
  13. Scorpiusdeus

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    For me the answer is simple and clear. Sig P series.

    AS others have stated, there are a number of quality gun manufactures. Also suggested to you was the idea of renting them at a range and seeing what you like. I support that 100%
     
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    Factory guns? HK.
    Custom guns? Any good 1911 smith will turn out a pistol of unmatchable quality. You will never get a polymer auto or any other autopistol to feel as smooth and solid as a perfectly-made 1911.
     
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    I am a member of several gun forums and all you will get from posts like these is opinions and you know what they say about opinions!! I agree the older guns like a Colt Python would be near the top of my list as well as an older 686, I have the 686 and can dream about the Python, modern guns would range from the Sig, Beretta,HK, Glocks etc...
    Pick your poison.
     
  16. yesit'sloaded

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    As much as I don't want to admit this as a revolver guy. My uncle and I have not managed to jam his Glock 17 yet. The new M&P from Smith and Wesson looks promising, but I have yet to personally fire one.

    For the ultimate in high end...one word...Korth.
     
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    yesit'sloaded, plus one on Korth. Sig 210 also comes to mind.
     
  18. Baba Louie

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    SIG P210... tho it's not one you'd say is sold every day, you can find them on Gunbroker (5 or 6) for somewhere around $3K+/-.

    Maybe a Python... also, not sold everyday (or mfg at all) but available for about half the cost of the P210.

    In that strata of price point you also enter the world of Wilson, Baer, Brown, Rock River, etc, in way of semi-autos... Bowen, Freedom Arms etc in way of wheelguns.

    Out of the above, just for grins and snickers, I'd vote for a Freedom Arms 97 in .45 Colt (5.5" Octagonal barrel thank you very much) and I'd be one happy camper. (Note to self: hammer over empty chamber! Doh!)
     
  19. REPOMAN

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    Quality handguns

    Welcome Katty,,,, Look at, touch, and feel the H&K USPc in a .40cal.
    excellent stopping power in a small pkg. but not as small as baby glocks..
    My wife is petite and never shot mine but likes the way it feels in her hand.
    As for the quality...H&K, need i say any more :D
     
  20. P97

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    Welcome Katty. The Best gun is the one that you like and shoot best. That will vary with different people. Only you can find that Best gun. As time goes on the Best gun can change. Welcome to the world of Guns and Shooting. :D
     
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    1. Korriphalia
    2. Korth
    3. SiG P210

    All are basically handmade German/Swiss and priced accordingly.

    SiG 210 is 9mm Parabellum only and has been all but discontinued.

    The Korth is custom made and available as a 9mm Parabellum or 9X21 IMI for people who live in countries that caliber restrict.
    They offer caliber upgrades to .40 S&W and .45 acp as an accessory option.

    The Korriphalia can be had in any medium or large bore semi auto pistol cartridge up to 10mm Norma.

    All three are excellent, require about six months minimum to receive after placing the order, and are ungodly expensive.
     
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    Over in photography forums people will twist themselves into absolute knots over that last 1/10 of a LUX of light gathering and so forth between the top 5 high end lenses.

    I've noticed a similar situation with firearms. The top "dawgs" (listed above, I won't repeat) probably all shoot better than most people can manage and (barring some freak lemon or whatever) will give solid service for life (or several lifetimes) if maintained properly.
     
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    Sig 210
    Browning/FN Hi-Power
    Colt Python
    HK SOCOM

    But really it's like asking a bunch of SCCA drivers who makes the best Sports Car. I'm a Porsche guy myself, but my son will argue BMW 'till pigs fly.
     
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