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Handgun of the year 2012

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by el Godfather, Nov 10, 2012.

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2012 Handgun of the year in your opinion.

Poll closed Feb 8, 2013.
  1. Caracal

    11 vote(s)
    3.2%
  2. Sig Sauer

    27 vote(s)
    7.8%
  3. H&K

    8 vote(s)
    2.3%
  4. Springfield

    47 vote(s)
    13.7%
  5. Ruger

    75 vote(s)
    21.8%
  6. Walther

    8 vote(s)
    2.3%
  7. CZ

    13 vote(s)
    3.8%
  8. Smith & Wesson

    66 vote(s)
    19.2%
  9. Glock

    26 vote(s)
    7.6%
  10. Taurus

    5 vote(s)
    1.5%
  11. Colt

    10 vote(s)
    2.9%
  12. Wilson Combat

    3 vote(s)
    0.9%
  13. Les Bear

    6 vote(s)
    1.7%
  14. FN

    5 vote(s)
    1.5%
  15. Kimber

    5 vote(s)
    1.5%
  16. Khar

    8 vote(s)
    2.3%
  17. Beretta

    8 vote(s)
    2.3%
  18. Norinco

    1 vote(s)
    0.3%
  19. Zigana

    1 vote(s)
    0.3%
  20. Other........please state in your post

    11 vote(s)
    3.2%
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  1. FMF Doc

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    Love my S&W M&P Shield! One of the best CCW/ BUG options available today.
     
  2. el Godfather

    el Godfather Member

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    Shield is good introduction as there is still lack of quality subcomp in the market.
     
  3. Rexster

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    Well, I started carrying my Les Baer again in 2012, after a decade of living by the one-auto-system-at-a-time rule. (Glocks 2002-2004, SIG DAK 2004-2012) Not only did the 1911 manual of arms come right back to me, feeling very natural, but I learned I can switch back and forth from DA-only to SA-only with no fumbles. If I'd had the money, I would have bought myself another Baer, and a candidate at a local dealer very nearly got put on layaway. I love the way Baer frames are sculpted at the junction of the front strap and trigger guard.
     
  4. mljdeckard

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    What, is this Motor Trend? What are the criteria, does it have to be a new model from THIS year?
     
  5. ExTank

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    I voted Walther, for the most excellent PPQ.
     
  6. mtnkid85

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    Again, Ruger hit a few home runs this year. SR22 and the SR1911.
     
  7. Charlesincharge

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    S&W Shield.
     
  8. psyopspec

    psyopspec Member

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    S&W for the Shield.

    I don't own one, nor do I have the desire to. But it certainly hit a sweet spot for a lot of CCWers going for a single stack that handles like a duty-sized.
     
  9. TEAM101

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    CZ Specialist 1911 is on my short list.
     
  10. TennJed

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    Ruger sure made a lot
    sr22
    single ten
    single nine
    22/45 light
    sr1911
    sp101 22lr
     
  11. Cee Zee

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    There's so many great handguns it's hard to pick. I went with Ruger because of the LCP. It's a great entry in the pocket pistol category. But I love CZ, Sig, S&W, Springfield and a long list of others. I have at least one from every company I mentioned plus I have some others that are also excellent handguns. It's a tough choice but IMO Ruger has pushed the envelope the most in the recent past. The LCP is a reliable and fairly accurate pocket pistol. Considering how popular that type of gun has become I think they are leading the gun industry into the future (something they have done often IMO). And I'm not even a Ruger fanboy. Some of their stuff I wouldn't own just because of the fanboys.
     
  12. firesky101

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    I picked up 2 ruger handguns this year. A new KLCR, and a 1993 redhawk. When I am looking for a new handgun (or rifle for that matter) to scratch an itch I am looking Ruger first. Though if I were buying a duty carry I would be looking elsewhere. But most of my shooting is recreational, and I think Ruger has too good of a selection for that.
     
  13. Quick Shot xMLx

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    Obviously the M&P Shield. You have to pray to be able to find one. It does live up to the hype though. Honorable mention to the XDs, and the PPQ if it was released in 2012(might have been last year idk).
     
  14. Kahr33556

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    Wow ruger ahead.
    I own 4 ruger pistols and 2 rifles but didn't vote ruger.
    I have there LCP but dont care for the design or trust its safety.I like a gun with a fireing pin block.
     
  15. forty5

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    Springfield for the XDs.:)
     
  16. Rembrandt

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    That's Les BAER.
     
  18. 19-3Ben

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    I agree that they are great guns, but what makes them innovative?
     
  19. Hunter125

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    Maybe innovative is the wrong word, but they for sure brought single stack striker fired sub-compacts more into the mainstream than they were before.
     
  20. kayak-man

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    The Ruger SR line up. I have the SR9. Round count hit 5K last month. I've had one, MAYBE two malfunctions, and they occurred in very unforgiving weather conditions.

    This gun rocks.

    Chris "the Kayak-Man" Johnson
     
  21. TennJed

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    Gets my vote
     
  22. 19-3Ben

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    I'd buy that if you were sellin' it. :)
     
  23. Alnamvet68

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    I nominate the newer S&W "Classic" Model 40 and/or Model 42; both discontinued, but can still be found NIB.
     
  24. 460Shooter

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    Wow, that's a wide range to look at isn't it?

    Umm... I voted for Springfield for the XDs.

    S&W has began production on the 460V again, so for an old gun being produced again, I guess them.
     
  25. MCgunner

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    +1 Everything the Walther P22 shoulda been.
     
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