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Have you ever found a model gun that makes your other guns seem irrelevant?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 460Shooter, Oct 25, 2019.

  1. Buckeye63

    Buckeye63 Member

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    image.jpeg If I had to only have one semiauto pistol .. I would pick my Glock 27
     
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  2. larryh1108

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    I emphasize yes. This also comes into play as you age and cross over the age 50 range.

    Nah, the greener grass theory plays a part. Less hours may mean less happiness or less fulfillment. Usually more pay means more headaches and
    more stress. The grass may look greener over there but it may be painted green to hide the warts.

    Per the thread, I've had and loved my PCR for 10 years now. It was all I wanted in a carry piece plus it is a CZ! It replaced my Kahr PM9 which I also
    loved. After the PM9 sat unused for a few years, I decided to sell it. I miss it occasionally but only because I loved it for so long but I liked my 14+1
    CZ a lot more than the PM9s 6+1 (I never warmed to the ugly extended mag). If I got nostalgic for the PM9 I'd look up some prices for
    some used ones and realized that I didn't miss it that much. Knowing I could replace it tomorrow, if I wanted to, eased any regrets.

    I was intrigued with the Sig P365 when it came out. I waited for the growing pains to get worked out and finally bought one this year. I haven't shot it enough to
    say it's my new carry piece (over the PCR) but I really like it. It shoots well and has the 12+1 in a smaller package than the PCR. It would have
    to overwhelm me over time to retire the PCR but if it does become my go to gun, I'd have to decide if I want to sell my PCR (I highly doubt
    it) or let it sit by doing nothing more than looking pretty.

    Now, to screw up things even more, the new Hellcat has piqued my interest to a point of me buying one in a year or so after the beta
    testing has sorted things out. It could/may relegate the Sig to the depths of darkness. Would I sell the Sig? Yes, if the Hellcat is as good or better.
    In my mind, they are so similar that I would not need 2 pistols with similar everything. I like the red dot capability of the Hellcat. So, if I
    prefer the Hellcat over the P365, the P365 would go. I could always replace it if desired. The PCR is a metal (alloy) gun with a hammer
    and good capacity and is hard to replace. I believe I'll always keep it since it is a great gun.

    So, the answer is, it depends. It depends if you have any type of attachment to it and if it can be easily replaced if you get seller's remorse.
     
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  3. doubleh

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    Nope. One gun is no fun. Hey I made a rhyme. :)
     
  4. BSA1

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    I am one of the dreaded “p*****rs” that are so looked down here on THR. I believe in “3 is 2, 2 is 1 and 1 is None” which means I have been focusing mainly on the “2 is 1” part of my firearm stash. A couple of weeks ago I acquired a S&W Model 64 4” Heavy Barrel as match for a S&W Model 10 4” Heavy Barrel I have. I haven’t shot the Model 10 in several years which will likely become the case with the Model 64 after I shoot several hundred rounds through it to make sure it is reliable.

    While I have matched 1911’s and Beretta 92’s due to the popularity of the 45 Auto and 9mm I also have matched guns in cartridges such as 32 Magnum. The second biggest lesson I learned during the Great Obama Ammo Panic (the first lesson was to be ready before it happens) is as ammunition dry up the remaining choices may be in less popular cartridges. So if all I can find is 32 Magnum I am good to go. (I reload most of my ammunition but this is my story and I am sticking to it).

    I have recently become a member of @GunnyUSMC AR Cult so this has opened a entirely new gun and ammunition area for me.
     
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  5. George P

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    My SIG 365s are going to be making my 9mm Glocks go away
     
  6. Ironicaintit

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    I need to get a parrot that says, "bawk browninghipower baaawk browninghipower" because that seems to be my answer to every "favorite pistol" type threads.
    That being said, I reeeeally love my hi-power and would be just fine if that were my only one.
     
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  7. 460Shooter

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    Wanted to say thanks to everyone for the thoughts on this topic. I found the above quoted advice particularly useful. Yesterday in between loading sessions I did exactly that. I pulled my handguns out one by one and thought about why I bought each of them originally.

    "This one dose this better than that one." "But that one can do that better." "This one carries nicer than that one, but that one is chambered for a different cartridge."

    I think I lost sight of the reason I've bought several of the guns I bought. When the potential use comes to mind, many of them still have a niche fulfillment that I just haven't really had use for in a while.

    The one overlap is between the above pictured Wilson/Beretta, my VP9, and my Shadow 2. All are full size 9mms, but they do all have a bit different feel and usage.

    I will likely pick up a TSO, and possibly even a second Shadow 2, but I think after this exercise, I realize I'm not ready to execute on the trade in system.

    I think I just need to keep in mind that choosing to focus on a particular model doesn’t dictate other guns must go, it just means I need to be willing to tolerate some dust accumulation. Really, I have a very small and reasonable collection.
     
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  8. kidneyboy

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    I go through this same thing periodically, and not just with guns. Guitars and amps cause the same problems. I fix it with the occasional purge where almost everything goes. Then I either start over or move on to something else.
     
  9. hq

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    Irrelevant? Not really. But whenever I pick up one of my double stack 1911:s, I seem to forget other guns even exist. Then again, my well-worn Beretta 92F and IMI Jericho evoke the same feeling sometimes.
     
  10. spar10

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    Exactly this.
     
  11. jmohme

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    I am with you on the CZ. I recenly picked up a second hand CZ 75B and am already considering another.
    That said, each of my handguns were purchased for specific reasons that are all still quite valid, so no, the CZ has not rendered any of my others irrelevant.
     
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  12. jmohme

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    There is a lot to like about the SR9C. I bought one for my wife, and sometimes swap it out with my G19 for a day at the range.
     
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  13. hotshot357

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    I would have to say no. I'm not super rich so when I buy a firearm I really think about why I want this weapon. It serves a purpose. The next one may serve another purpose.I don't own so many so I shoot each one of them regularly. I have a fair amount of calibers because variety is the spice of life. I'm sure I wouldn't sell one to buy another. I like each one for their own reason, and that will never change.
     
  14. Wanderling

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    G26. If I had only one gun that would be it. Shoots as well as any full size, compact, uber reliable.
     
  15. Robbins290

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    Mine is a s&w 3906. Nothing fits my hand better.
    A p239 is a close second. I have not handled the p225-a1 yet.
     
  16. IlikeSA

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    Are you going to carry that pistol in Alaskan bear country or the African plains? See, you have to have another handgun. :)

    In all seriousness, I view my handguns like a carpenter his 3 saws, 4 hammers, and 2 levels. He has a favorite of each, but there are specialized tools the carpenter reaches for that are appropriate for the job.
     
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  17. Tallball

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    I never trade away or sell a gun that I really like. Thus there are none that I miss.

    No handgun has made all of my other handguns irrelevant, but my S&W K22 Masterpiece has made all of my other (non-snubby) 22lr revolvers irrelevant.

    My LCPII has done the same with all of my other tiny 380's.

    That's probably about it. All of my other categories have two or more very nice options.
     
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  18. Wanderling

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    G26.

    First, it made my G17 irrelevant - as it was way easier to carry and just as much fun to shoot.

    Now, it is making my LCP somewhat irrelevant - I have finally found a holster that works for comfortable longtime IWB carry for me, and I shoot Glock way better.

    Yesterday, I've rented a G43 and I don't think it would replace G26 for me. It's a pleasure to shoot and to carry but it's a whopping 4 rounds less - basically, a thin semi auto revolver in 9mm. Nope.

    I haven't tried Sig 365 yet, perhaps it would replace G26 for me...
     
  19. JDR

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    The best is still the first centerfire semiautomatic pistol I ever shot many years ago, the Browning Hi Power. I look at the 2 I have now & think how could (FN) discontinue these? When if ever will they start making these again?

    The BHPs are followed closely by my Sig P228, my Dan Wesson Valor, my STI Trojan 9mm 1911, my CZ 75B, and my HK P30.
     
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    There aren't any guns that are "irrelevant", just "gun owners". ;)
     
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    Yes,
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    and it's a 1911:)
     
  22. huntsman

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    I’m anticipating my next handgun will make all others irrelevant, but I thought that of my last two purchases as well.
     
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  23. tomrkba

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    I like variety too and don't get rid of guns any more. I made too many mistakes in letting the wrong guns go.
     
  24. Bongo Boy

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    Not brand consolidation or consolidation at all really, but I have hit two 'milestones' if you will, where I've simply found a particular gun 'style' or technology to no longer be of any interest. When I first started shooting an M&P 45c it pretty much wiped my P220 off the map--the P220 simply served no purpose for me, and didn't 'do anything' I needed a gun to do. But this wasn't a brand thing--just a case where the reality of an accurate, comfortable, fast and high capacity 45 easily displaced a big, heavy, slow low-capacity one...for my personal needs and preferences. The other 'event' was the discovery of 10mm Auto, which, as a handloader, meant I had no real reason to look at 40SW or 45 Auto options anymore--bein' as how I can get the entire spectrum of loads and capacities in one caliber. This reduced my interest in single stack anything even further, and has gone a long way toward taking the 1911 largely out of the picture permanently, for me. Wow...I think I feel my eyes tearing-up a bit there.

    The P220 is the only gun I've ever outright sold though, and I doubt I'll ever sell another gun except maybe the G20--probably the only thing I own that I have no intention of ever shooting again. That would be my 'brand' example I guess of a gun that has been totally displaced by others I find far preferable--I can't imagine ever buying another Glock.
     
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  25. WestKentucky

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    I don’t get it. I love guns and I love the technology of guns. It’s the little differences that make big differences for me. But I am embarking on a new road, I’m about to start down a path I feel may lead to an abyss, I have drawn plans for a couple custom builds starting with essentially nothing but raw materials.

    But in a way I do kinda feel the same way. Every time I fire a semiauto, I grin and wonder why I am wasting ammo in a gun so vastly inferior to a revolver. It is yet to be determined whether my sentiments will ever land on either side of the fence to single or double action revolvers... but I did just buy a Mauser 1914 in 32acp so there’s still some room for semiauto love in my heart. And when it comes to 9mm pistols specifically I look to that brig-tac shown by the OP and wonder if there is anything that can surpass such a wonderful pistol. I’m open to try many, but doubt I find one that does. But a CZ pattern 10mm is in my future.
     
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