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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. armedwalleye

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    Third Gen S&W 5906, 9mm that eats anything I can find, feeds empty beer cans if I can load them into the magazine, and will function as a reasonable facsimile of a hammer in a pinch. If I wanted to give up wait to trade for concealability, it'd be the 6904. Lighter weight, shorter barrel, and it's black so it hides well. Other factors remain the same.
     
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  2. RedlegRick

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    Just one? My G17 I have now, or a decent medium frame .357 like an SP101 or similar. Both are still small enough to carry concealed in a pinch and powerful enough for most possible needs.
     
  3. stonebuster

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    It would take me a long time to figure that out.
     
  4. 460Shooter

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    NO! We don't do those here!

    La, la, la, la, I can't here you!
     
  5. Jack B.

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    Always good to have a plan B.

    I survived the crash without liquidation but afer going through 3 plant closings and the financial distress that followed I learned nothing is sacred.

    Now we face retirement and a future of fixed income so...
     
  7. NIGHTLORD40K

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    Uhhhhhhh.....is that a funny?

    But, yes, the Python does resemble the 586.:what:
     
  8. ATLDave

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    So the reason for the "just 1 gun" restriction is that we're (hypothetically) broke? OK, then better pick something cheap to buy and cheap(er) to feed.

    The answer would likely be different if the reasons for the restriction was regulatory. There are some european nations, for instance, where it's possible to get a permit for 1 handgun, but impractical or impossible to get permission for 2. If that's the reason for the restriction, then picking something that can be converted between calibers becomes pretty valuable, cost be danged.
     
  9. Michael A Ferber

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    Sorry!
     
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    Help Help, we're being repressed!!
    Sorry about that...

    Either a P226 or a 1911, too close to call.
     
  11. George P

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    4-5 inch 357, preferably 7-8 shots
     
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  12. 460Shooter

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    I’d have a hard time choosing anything polymer if I could only have one, for any reason.
     
  13. Jeb Stuart

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    Don't really know, but would not rule out this gun below. Rugged, dependable, shoots 38.cal, 357. and the much available 9mm.

    Blackhawk Convertible.

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  14. Robert Highhawk

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    New Model Blackhawk, 45 Colt
     
  15. Bama59

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    If I had to choose and be practical would keep my 9mm Shield . I would have to be really desperate to sell my 686 and 5906
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  16. Michael A Ferber

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    I may be down to one soon anyway. My Sig Sauer Nitron Compact. Good for everything, home, range and carry. No plastic in this bad boy! jkshdgfhdj.jpg
     
  17. MedWheeler

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    I'm gonna be the odd one out here.

    As much as I love guns, they are indeed just tools. If I were down to just one, it would be just one tool, and would therefore have to do as many things as one could do. It would have to do them while beating me up, in the hand and in the wallet, as little as possible. Since I don't hunt, the three purposes for which this gun would exist for me would be home defense, self defense, and recreational fun.

    The one gun that would do this for me best of all would be a high-quality, pocket-possible handgun in .22LR. There, I said it.

    So, it would be something along the lines of an older (Interarms-vintage?) Walther PPK/S in .22LR. Of the guns I currently own, my Taurus PT22, Bersa Thunder 22, and Interarms-imported FEG AP22, would all be in the running.
     
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    1911 in 10mm with 22 conversion kit? From squirrels to Cape Buffalo in the proper stuntman’s hands. Then I’d probably find the guy that limited me to one gun, shoot him, and take his gun.
     
  19. PapaG

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    My stainless 200th year Blackhawk 357. But I'll sneak in a Pro Carry too.
     
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    Well.....the grip module (which acts as a frame backstrap), the magazine floorplate, and follower are all plastic.

    But its still a mighty fine pistol.:)
     
  21. CapnMac

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    AR-15.
    Barring that, an M-1 Carbine.
    Then, a Garand.

    I'd much rather hav a handgun fight at rifle ranges--but I'm cranky that way.
     
  22. LiveLife

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    Glock 22 with 40-9 conversion barrel:
    • Able to shoot both 9mm and 40S&W
    • Reliable
    • Low maintenance (5 dabs of oil and almost no cleaning)
    • Cheap magazines
    • Cheap police trade-in option now
     
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    my sig p220 45
     
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  24. DaStray

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    S&W 686 w/ 4" barrel.
     
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  25. bullseye308

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    Depending on the situation it would either be a g17 or Springfield Range Officer 9mm with 10 round mags.
     
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