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If soldiers could choose their sidearm

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by bushmaster1313, Jul 25, 2010.

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  1. Strahley

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    lol @ using ls2 smiley here. i do it too :eek:
     
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    I used that smiley just for you flirt.gif
     
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    Probably the FNP-45, or in fantasy land of Pentagon budgets any STI 2011 in .45 ACP. :neener:
     
  5. Shadow 7D

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    Generally, what I'm issued, that way I don't have supply chain difficulties

    If I could, PPSH with a bunch of mags, actually got to try one in Iraq before we had to hand it over, wow, that does the up close work nicely, M-4 isn't that bad of a second.
     
  6. todd_g

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    I carried a Colt 1911 as my secondary in the Corps. It was the ugliest rattle trap you ever saw or heard, the front site blade would always come off after 7-14 rounds. I could hit anything anywhere with that handgun, it seemed to compliment my well used K-Bar, my vote would have to be a 1911 45ACP all the way. All was lost when we switched to the 9mm.
     
  7. Allentown

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    I havent read all of the choices but i dont think the issue is the side arm, its the ammo. 9 MM FMJ?

    Because hollowpoints are "inhumane" according to NATO while hitting them with .50 cal and rockets is "more humane"?

    What BS.

    Id have to ask for a .45 with the current limitation to FMJs...and id have to have something in a 1911 style or possibly a Sig .220 Weight is not the issue as has been mentioned already in (for combat).
     
  8. Jackal1

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    My brother and sister have served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, they both returned home and purchased the XD 4" .45 ACP Compact. They also encouraged everyone else in the family to purchase the same pistol - and we did. My brother is a combat medic and says that his instructors swore by the .45 ACP rounds and wanted the Army to do away with the 9mm round.

    My grandparents, father, and uncle who served in the Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf war all swear by the 1911 5".

    Bottom Line: A .45 ACP pistol with as many rounds as you can possibly carry!
     
  9. Seven High

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    The front sight comes off of a military 1911 during firing? That doesn't sound like the the military 1911s that I am familiar with!
     
  10. Hanzo581

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    I am partial to my 4" XD45 but I think a soldier would enjoy the 13+1 capacity.
     
  11. aliasneo07

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    Well I mean I would chose a 9mm because of all the 9mm nato rounds everywhere. So I would choose a Glock 19. Maybe a 17, I don't know.

    But, since I will have to carry FMJ, IF the ability of ammo of any caliber I choose was guaranteed, then I would definitely carry a G21 SF.
     
  12. ttheel

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    I love the 9mm. As a matter of fact it is the gun closest to me when I lay down at night. That being said, as far as military purpose goes I would not pick the 9mm because of the requirement of FMJ's. Now if a soldier could pack them full of +P hollow points I would go 9mm all the way because of capacity plus power. With modern +p and +p+ ammo the 9mm is a very effective round. That being said our soldiers cant use that type of ammo.
     
  13. FIVETWOSEVEN

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    I would go with a SIG Sauer P220 in .45 ACP.
     
  14. iMagUdspEllr

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    FNP-45 Tactical .45 ACP-15 rounds with a red dot scope mount, a threaded barrel for a silencer, and a rail for light and/or laser. Oh and its fully ambidextrous so even south paws aren't left out.
     
  15. mongo4567

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    I was issued an M9 as a medic, I was very happy with it. Fortunately I never saw combat. If I could make my own choice, it would be a Glock 21 or 1911.
     
  16. Allentown

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    Right..all the ex-military types are saying .45 (and i agree) due to the FMJ rule. (i really think these guys are ONLY thinking about this from the "fmj" view point thats so ingrained in them).

    A proper 115Gr 9mm+p is as effective as a .45 fmj but with a higher capacity, faster follow up, and easier to get back on target accurately.

    Having said that...a .45 in hollow point is yet even better...for combat purpouses..id have picked the 9mm hollow point..its a damm shame thats not an option.
     
  17. zombienerd

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    I'd probably pick from the time and battle proven designs already out there...

    Rifle: M1A/M14 Socom
    Pistol: Beretta M9 or Sig 226
    Shotgun: Mossberg M500 with shoulder stock and short barrel.

    If I were a larger framed gentleman (The weight is adding up here), I'd probably add a 40mm launcher in there somewhere, either mounted to the M14 or carry a M79 in a pack.
     
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    The Beretta M9, with in spec magazines is one of the finest pistols in the world. Our military is well served by it. However, those that choose a non issue pistol usually choose from what I've read:

    1)Glock 19 (PMC's/soldiers that battle field pick up.)

    2)Glock 22 (CAG "DELTA.")
     
  19. razorback2003

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    I like my 1911, but 45 ammo is probably hard to come by in the military compared to 9mm. I'd probably just go with the Beretta...thick gun in grips.. because you can easily get magazines and ammo for it...and other parts to switch out...easy to service....the more ammo to practice with the better...also a lot of Iraqis use 9mm's and that's more 9mm to seize to practice with if it is clean.

    I kind of figure if you have to use a handgun overseas in the sandbox instead of your M4/AR style rifle...you are in a real bad situation...so I wouldn't be too picky with the handgun and have a real nice rifle that fits me well..the AR carbines are nice and easy to carry and shoot....get a good scope...plenty of practice ammo....on top of the 9mm ammo to practice with the Beretta.
     
  20. Quickstrike

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    I'm kinda glad they don't have a choice. Many options can be A LOT worse than current issued weapons IMO. :uhoh:
     
  21. TexasBill

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    SIG Sauer P226 in 9mm. For a polymer-framed pistol, FNP-9 or PX4 Storm (love those 20-round magazines). If Uncle Sugar is going to let me choose my own sidearm, the least I can do is use his ammo. ;)
     
  22. Dionysusigma

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    You realize this picture is CG, right?

    You realize you would still have a rifle, right? :scrutiny:

    I would vote for the Sig P220, but that's only because 1) no HPs allowed, and 2) I have large hands.
     
  23. iMagUdspEllr

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    Sure... I don't see why only my rifle can have a red dot.
     
  24. rscalzo

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    When was the last 1911 produced for the milirary? The late 50's?
     
  25. the_right_reverend

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    M3 "grease gun"
     
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