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If you could only have one semi auto hand gun?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Biggums, Dec 17, 2006.

  1. Biggums

    Biggums Member

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    If you could only have one semi auto hand gun say under $1500 for self protection uses which would it be? Size, concealment, shooting deer on occasion, experience etc. doesn't matter. What is your choice if able to pick one semi auto gun for general defense here in the US?

    I may buy the one that's highest rated so this is my way to get good info.

    Thanks

    Dave
     
  2. Cousin Mike

    Cousin Mike Senior Member

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    Sig P220, no question. OK, that was easy..

    NEXT?! :D
     
  3. mmissile

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  5. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    The SIG .45 caliber P220A would be hard too beat, IMHO. It most definitely
    would rank as my #1 choice in self-loaders priced under $1500~!:cool: :D
     
  6. Vitamin G

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    I'd take one of the para-ord doublestack .40's, and have the barrel swapped out to 10mm. Its hard to argue with 16 rounds of 10mm.

    200gr for Deer.
    180gr for penetration (winter carry)
    155gr in the transitional seasons
    135gr for high expansion\low penetration in the summertime.

    Any of the above, loaded like a .40 for plinking. Its just WAY too versatile.


    If i wasn't a fan of 1911's, I'd take a serious look at the EAA Witness or Glock 20. No barrel swap needed, and same capacity.
    If i was going for more concealed carry, i'd either get the glock 29, or go "custom" and get a glock 20 chopped to the subcompact frame. I mean hey, if i can only have one, i might as well invest enough in it to LOVE it.
     
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  8. MrDig

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    $1500.00 would buy Two Browning Hi-Powers and give me some spare change for grips. If I just bought one I could have it tricked out the way I wanted it and still have a lot of Spare change for ammo. My vote would be a BHP.
     
  9. Jamie C.

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    Either a Browning Hi-Power or a 1911 of some kind.
    The 1911 doesn't have to be a high-end custom. I've never been one for "bells and whistles", and I also don't do "caliber wars". Either the 9mm or .45 acp works just fine on humans, or most anything else I'm apt to feel the need to shoot.

    Hell, for $1500, I can probably manage one of each and still have money left over for ammo. :D

    But since you said "one", I'd probably take the first good deal I found for either one, then buy a couple of nice holsters and plenty of ammo.


    J.C.
     
  10. 1 old 0311

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  11. nero45acp

    nero45acp Senior Member

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  12. Walkalong

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  13. rbernie

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    I probably would have suggested a CZ75B in 40S&W, but I've recently become smitten by the M&Ps as the best blend of capacity, balance, weight, and shootability (for me).

    M&P 40.
     
  14. McCall911

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    Well, son, I'm damn near there right now.
    When I get my S&W 5906 (Christmas present) tomorrow, Lord willing, I can retire my MAB P-15 and say:

    I'll take the S&W 5906 as my one semi-auto. Reason: It's all the handgun I'll likely need for the foreseeable future.
     
  15. SoCalShooter

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  16. Iggy

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    Already have it... 1911 in 10 mm and a bunch of ammo..
     
  17. Brian Williams

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    Springer US GI for new, a Systema Colt for used. I almost bought a Colt CCO for $795, that would have been great.


    I also would put if I could only have one handgun, it might be a Colt Woodsman
     
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  18. MCgunner

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    I'm very happy with my Ruger P90, but with a price ceiling like that, I'd have to start lookin' at Sigs. :D I would still have money left over for lots of reloading components.
     
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    I guess it would depend on which one I found first. Colt's WWI repro or a SIG P210.
     
  20. gudel

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    I'd love to have the MK23 ;) complete with its goodies.
     
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  22. JLStorm

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    Full Size USP 45, it would normally be a tough call between Sig and HK, but Sig doesnt make a left hand or ambi safety for us Left handed shooters so HK wins hands down IMO.
     
  23. Bobo

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    I am exactly where you describe...

    I wanted one gun for self-defense that I could have within instant reach 24/7.

    I have it - KelTec P-3AT with ArmaLaser.
     
  24. Baba Louie

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    For the $1500 I'd opt for two Colt Commanders, make certain they both work they way I wanted, put one away and shoot the other.
     
  25. mrcpu

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    My instructors ed brown 1911. Hold his dog hostage until he sells it to me for 1500...
     

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