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One revolver and one semi-auto

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Anna's Dad, Feb 15, 2010.

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  1. Anna's Dad

    Anna's Dad Member

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    After I received my first gun as a gift from my wife I went, well, a little nuts. A few years later, I realize that I have many more than I need.

    Anyway, I've decided to sell about half of the guns that I currently own. Probably more than half before all is said and done.

    After I'm finished with the big sell-off, I was thinking that I'd like to buy one revolver and one semi-auto and would love some recommendations and reasons why.

    My requirements are few:
    1) Under $1000 each
    2) Any caliber than can be purchased in a store or online (I don't reload)
    3) No polymer (I have that covered already)
    4) Not to sound shallow, but I want looks to be a factor. I have utility covered already and want something that will make me smile. :D

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. JTQ

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    If I could only have one of each it would be

    - Auto - Colt 1911 Series 70 Reproduction

    - Revolver - S&W Model 29 (.44 Mag) 4"
     
  3. Babarsac

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    A nice GI 1911 and a S&W Model 22 (modern model 1917). Both fire the 45 ACP and represent the sidearms of two world wars.
     
  4. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

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    S&W Model 13 with 3" barrel and a Colt Woodsman 1st series.
     
  5. wlewisiii

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    A nice GI 1911A1 & a S&W Model 10. The two best of their types in the 20th century.

    William
     
  6. svtruth

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    Hard to imagine

    being disappointed with a S&W Model 19, and a 1911.
     
  7. Gunfighter123

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    What did you plan for these two forearms --- hunting , plinking , home defense , CCW , bullseye/IPSC/IDPA/SASS/competition etc.

    Without knowing --- I'd go with a stainless Colt Gold Cup .45/Para-Ordnance P-14 and a S&W 625 .45 -- or a S&W 629.
     
  8. Anna's Dad

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    Wow, fast suggestions and looks like 1911 / S&W has an early lead! I was thinking perhaps an older 1911 but I don't want to sway opinion since I haven't really decided on anything yet.

    Brian Williams: I have a Colt Huntsman in like-new condition that I was planning on keeping. Is the Woodsman significantly different enough that I should sell the Huntsman and upgrade or do you think the Huntsman covers that need/want?

    Gunfighter123: Sorry, should have specified. These are just for fun, I have defense, CCW, plinking, etc. covered and am not a hunter.

    Best Regards...
     
  9. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

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    If you like the Huntsman, keep it it will do very well in it's own right. I just like that long barrel that the Woodsman has over the Huntsman.
     
  10. Onward Allusion

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    S&W 327 M&P R8 (8 shot .357 revolver w/rail) - However, keeping it below $1,000 will be pushing it...

    S&W 5906TSW (old school all SS 3rd generation 59 series w/rail) - This one will be way under $1,000 so for $2K I would get both! :)


     
  11. fourdollarbill

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    S&W 327 M&P R8 for the revolver. And for the auto, just get moon clips for the revolver and practice like bullets are free ;)
     
  12. 19-3Ben

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    Ruger GP100 4"
    S&W 4006tsw

    I'm assuming you don't need a carry piece here since you didn't say so.
     
  13. TXHORNS

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    Finding a Colt Python under a grand will take some searching but its possible. That would be my pick for revolver. And a WW1 repro for a semi.
     
  14. jonnyc

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    I think Babarsac hit the target with a 1911 and a Smith 1917, both excellent and fun shooters, and they share ammo. If I were in your boots, I'd go for nice GI versions of both. I would also suggest getting or keeping a decent .22 auto.
     
  15. eldon519

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    I would get a compact, carryable 9mm for the semiautomatic. For the revolver, I would probably get a 4" Ruger Redhawk in .44 magnum or .45 Colt.

    My reasoning: both can still be enjoyable to take to the shooting range. 9mm is cheap and enjoyable to shoot in a small package, and naturally lends itself to a carry weapon. Semiautomatics typically do not have the capacity for power that revolvers commonly do, so I'd go with a practical big-bore. Both are enjoyable to shoot with .44 Special or .45 Colt factory ammo. You could get the .45 cut to take moonclips and go with .45 ACP for even more affordable practice. .44 magnum or some of the boutique .45 Colt +P ammo would be great for hunting, big game protection or just fun.

    Between the two, you get a lot of flexibility.
     
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    Revolver - Colt Python. Yes, they can still be had for under a grand if you are willing to take your time and hunt for one. 4" would be my preferance, as that's would be a "do all" revolver. Small enough to carry, and cream puff .38's to full house magnums to choose from.

    Auto Loader - Colt Woodsman, or any of it's variations, or a Smith & Wesson 41. You've got to have a good .22 for inexpensive shooting.
     
  17. Ala Dan

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    Well, lets see- I think I have all of your requirements covered here:

    LNIB 4" factory nickel Smith & Wesson model 19

    and

    LNIB Colt Series 70 5" Government Model
     
  18. SharpsDressedMan

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    When I think about "making do" with a few firearms, I look at the four I managed to find that were made in the year I was born. All in all, they would make a fine group of self defense/home defense guns, and can be used for hunting, also. I have a Winchester Model 12 with riot gun barrel, a stock Model 94 Winchester in .30-30, a Colt Detective Special .38, and a Colt Government Model .38 Super. The riot gun might be short for ducks, but great for close encounter small game, adequate with slugs or buckshot for bigger problems, and the .30-30 will drop deer or even elk at close range, should I hunt outside of OH or WV. The two handguns fill the self defense bill perfectly. The .38 fits a pocket, or the several holsters/carry methods that I use, and the .38 Super is like a .357 Magnum with 9-10 rounds at the ready, and much easier to carry and shoot. For a fun option, check out the guns that were being made when you were being made. The quality was probably pretty good back then. Maybe hard to do better. [​IMG][/IMG]
     
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    If I had to go with one of each it'd be a S&W Model 57 (.41 Mag - 6") for fun and hunting, and a Combat Commander (.45 ACP) for carry. My actual choice, if limited to only one would be a PM45, but you said no polymer.
     
  20. richw

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    might be easier to tell us what you will own after you are done selling (and maybe what you are selling)...

    but if you don't want a polymer semi, you are got what, sig, cz/jericho/eaa, 1911/hipower, and beretta m9 (and derivatives)....of that list, under 1000, you kinda lose sig and for the most part the 1911s...
     
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    That narrows it down a bit. Tried to buy .45ACP lately?
     
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    Or 41 Magnum and 45 Colt for that matter. 44 Magnum is almost as easy to find at .40 S&W, but it costs a bunch.

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    Well, I'll answer this one as if it were me with $1,000 to spend on one revolver and one auto each. And in a fairly common, affordable caliber.

    For the auto, I've already got a 1911. I'm thinking a Browning HiPower of some sort in 9mm.

    For the revolver, I'd go for a .357 Magnum S&W pre-Model 27 5 screw, blued finished, preferrably with a 5" barrel. Oooo, I'd love to have one of those!
     
  23. 230therapy

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    Why in the world would you do this? Crazy!

    Semi-Auto:

    Dunno...something sorta nice. Maybe a Colt World War I repro, a really nice SIG or a pocket gun.

    Revolver (prelock):

    S&W Model 27
    S&W Model 19
    S&W Model 66
    S&W Model 686


    Any one of these guns would be very nice.
     
  24. lions

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    Others have nailed it:

    S&W Mod 19 blued
    whichever 1911 you like in stainless
     
  25. orionengnr

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    That is a fair question.
    --Some of the more desireable characteristics of a good conceal carry weapon are quite different from those of a hunting revolver.
    --A competition gun can be a very specialized device.
    --You can use anything to plink with, but a good plinker should take cheap ammo--when I think plinker, I think .22LR. As much as I love my .22s, if I were to have one pistol and one revolver for the rest of my life, I'm not sure that either would be a .22LR.

    If I had to have two and two only to make me happy for the rest of my life my picks at this point would be a Commander sized 1911 (maybe in alloy frame) and a six inch S&W in .41 Mag or .45LC.

    Since you stated that you do not reload, I would make the revolver a five inch M-27 in .357 Mag.
     
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