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If you could have only one handgun, what would you choose?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Michael A Ferber, Feb 27, 2019.

  1. cw308

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    All the handguns were great but for me the one gun would be the Colt 1911 70 series Government model in 45ACP, it's been around for a long time , maybe forever .
     
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  2. KYregular

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    The one I shoot the best. In my case, my P09. It's the one I've trained with for years.
     
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  3. JLD344

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    Very tough question to think about. I’m torn between a revolver and auto.

    S&W model 65 4” will do everything in a fairly compact size. Simple and robust, no adjustable sights to fail or snag. Versatility of .357 and .38 loads. A fine choice in my opinion.

    However I love my Sig P227. 10 rounds of 45 can solve a lot of situations. It’s a sweet shooter and was my first duty weapon.

    Beyond that the earlier reference to The Jerk is very applicable.
     
  4. brutus51

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    It is a very tough question which is why I made light of it. All guns are just tools each one is good for a given task.
    Wouldn't take a 500 Smith & Wesson to hunt jackrabbits, nor would I want a .22LR for elephant.
    Same question could apply to "If you could only have one screwdriver", flat head, phillips or torx and then you need to ponder which size is going to handle everything from 4-40 to 7/8-11. Once you've made you're choice do you now only buy things that your screw driver can handle?
    There's another migraine rendering question for ya. :uhoh:
     
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  5. huntsman

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    ^ it is a tough question even though it’s imaginary, my choice would be less practical and more emotional.

    Not the way I would normally make decisions, but then nothing locks one into the choice;)
     
  6. whatnickname

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    4” GP100 357 in stainless steel.
     
  7. dave bennett

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    I really like my latest acquisition, . . . Kimber Ultra 3 inch brl short grip 45acp . . . I'll go with that for today anyway. IMG_4481.JPG
     
  8. MillCreek

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    Through the years, I have consistently answered this question the same way: a 4 inch stainless steel .357 revolver. I am partial to the Security-Six, myself.
     
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  9. TK6411

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    My S&W 19-9 .357 Magnum.
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  10. jcord

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    Mine would be a ruger service six. 4 inch barrel 357 magnum.
     
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  11. theotherwaldo

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    -That's what I gave my sister - not that it is her only gun!
     
  12. fjblair

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    That's the first one that came to my mind. The other contender for me is whatever version of a 1911 .45.
     
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  13. hemiram

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    Revolver would be my Dan Wesson 715, with 4" and 6" barrel assemblies. I have any part I need to fix it basically forever, except the frame itself.
    Semiauto would be my S&W 5906, or possibly my "Mossad" Tanfoglio T/A 90, which is a better shooter for me. Probably the Mossad if I had to pick just one. I have a ton of mags that fit it.
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  14. spar10

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    This one is tough but today my answer is P229SAS.
     
  15. LaneP

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    Tough one.

    For an existence with only one handgun, there is no question what the caliber would be for me: .45 Colt

    Now as to platform, that would ideally be a double action, 6 shot, swing out cylinder with a barrel length between 5 and 6".

    I'm thinking something like a Ruger Redhawk platform. I need something I can shoot on Monday then use to drive railroad spikes with on Tuesday without failing its primary duty.
     
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  16. druryj

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    Sig M-11A1. Most well balanced, accurate shooting handgun I have ever shot.
     
  17. Trashyshoots

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    My single 6. I probably have a half million rounds through that little gun. Too many great memories and my best shots I've ever taken were with that gun.
     
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  18. Meeks36

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    Colt Delta elite 10mm. It'll take care of anything in the southeast 2 legged or 4.
     
  19. GEM

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    Did I say this before - 19 rules.

    Glock 19 and SW Model 19. Either works.
     
  20. hotshot357

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    It would be this, it's been "good" for over 100 years!!!! IMG_20181121_101543270.jpg
     
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    I'm going to change my mind for the beginning of this year. I would choose a Dan Wesson .357 Magnum revolver with a 3 or 4 barrels kit.

    I need at least a 2" , 4" and either 6" or 8" barrel with the 8" being first. This makes that revolver a CC gun ( 2" ), belt carry gun(4" ) and a hunting gun if need be. (6" or 8" )
     
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  22. whughett

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    Colt 1911. Specifically the GoldCup. Power, Reliability, umpteen millions of rounds available any where.
     
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    My Kimber 1911 Pro TLE II. Love it!
     
  24. John Joseph

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    A lightweight stainless double action 10 shot pocket revolver with target grips and adjustable sights with a 6.5"barrel in .45 Colt that can also chamber .22LR and 12 gauge with a built in suppressor and accurate to 200 yards.
    If you're going to have a fantasy, at least have a good one.
     
  25. ApacheCoTodd

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    If you could have only one handgun, what would you choose?

    Easy, peasy. Because it in fact HAS at one time been my only hand gun. As a young underpaid Private in the Army, I was wandering around San Angelo, Texas one day and found a Dan Wesson in a shop at *a price*. It was back when only the initiated appreciated them and the Colt/S&W crowd pooh-pooed the guns and owners as wanna-bees.

    I bought it because; it was pretty, well made and TRULY spoke to me upon picking it up. Then, I learned how stupendously accurate and versatile they are. Build it up to a scoped hunter, down to a carry snub. Shoot light .38 snake shot or full house hunting loads.
    I loved it from the moment I laid eyes on it and after taking it out to; "A Place to Shoot" (anyone remember that outside of San Angelo?) and having the owner of the range teach me to re-load... The versatility only grew.

    Yup, a DW .357, a .38/.357 hand loader and a zip-lock bag of components and you - are - set!
    I always believed that there was no pistol round more all 'round capable than .38/.357 and no hand gun more versatile than a fine DW.

    Todd.
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