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Semi auto for the rest of your life.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by firestar, Aug 10, 2003.

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  1. firestar

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    Which semi auto pistol would you choose if you could only have one for the rest of your life? Not one make or model but just one pistol.

    I would choose a gun in a caliber that would be around in the future (no .45 GAP, .357SIG, etc.). I would also choose a gun that has been around long enough that parts, grips and mags will be common. I would also choose a gun that is not too big since it will be my only semi auto forever, something like a med frame.

    I am thinking an all metal 9mm. Maybe a BHP or a SIG 239 or 228.
     
  2. varoadking

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    I am thinking an all metal 9mm. Maybe a BHP or a SIG 239

    You read my mind...:D
     
  3. SelfProclaimedExpert

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    I wouldn't choose an alloy framed pisol, like a Sig 239. Examine a police trade in Sig some time - the rails do get sloppy with use.

    One gun for life? Something "do it all" like a steel Sig 210, or BHP. There are lots of guns that would work, but I'd want steel, accuracy and a common caliber. A really solid hammer forged bore would be nice, too.
     
  4. Randy63

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    A BHP....of course!

    K22
     
  5. 4v50 Gary

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    C-96 Mauser in Schnellfeuer, detachable magazine & shoulder stock holster.
     
  6. BHPshooter

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    I'm so pleased with my BHP that, if I were not ever allowed to get another pistol in my life, I would still be happy.

    Wes
     
  7. Hal

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    Having only one semi auto to last me for the rest of my life is just about the only thing I can think of that would induce me to buy a Glock 19.

    So that's my (odd) choice....

    Sheesh!

    A gun I don't like in a caliber I don't like...:barf:


    Im glad I'm old and gonna die soon.
     
  8. 10-Ring

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    A few years ago, I had to trim my collection down. I ended up selling all but one pistol...my P7M8. If I were to do it again, it would be a front runner in which one would be my only one.
     
  9. Sean Smith

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    Mine is in the mail back from getting its hard chrome finish... a customized Delta Elite. :D
     
  10. Andrew Wyatt

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    a 1911 of one stripe or another, probably a lightweight commander.
     
  11. Marko Kloos

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    If I had to stick with only one autoloader for good, I'd keep the HK P7M8.
     
  12. Dobe

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    Kimber Custom Target in 45. ACP. Slim enough to hide, and I just love the longer sight radius. Parts can be had from just about any place. I doubt there is another handgun that has so many parts and assessories made for it. There is also a wealth of knowledge and experience assimilated for old "slabside". If I had to have a 9MM, it too would be a 1911 model.
     
  13. Mark IV Series 80

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    I would keep my tuned, Series 80, Combat Commander.

    Reasons:

    I shoot this gun better than any other centerfire, semi-auto, handgun.

    It's 100% reliable with factory hollowpoints and Wilson 7-round magazines.

    Never needed major parts, but they're available from many sources.
     
  14. Tamara

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    My Springfield Pro would be my preference, but any good 5" steel 1911 should do the trick. Change springs every so often and the barrel once every umpty-jillion rounds, and it'll long outlast me.
     
  15. Chris Rhines

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    Probably the CZ-85, but a 1911 would be a close second.

    - Chris
     
  16. Oracle

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    I'd choose my Glock 17.
     
  17. Dr.Rob

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    BHP/1911.

    That's it.

    Both have had more units and parts made (one over a long time and many countries and the other ramped up for ww1 and ww2 production, plusthe MOST coustomized pistol in the world. Parts are everywhere.
     
  18. Ian11

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    SIG P220ST

    Good arguments for the 1911 as the semi-auto for the rest of your life. But I'm so attached to the SIG P220ST I'll take my chances.
     
  19. slh02

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    Even though I have never owned or even fired one, I would also choose the 1911 (make mine an Ed Brown or Wilson please!). I love my P99 and all, but I think the all steel design of the 1911 lends to longer life. There would also be plenty of parts and ammo available and just about every gunsmith knows the 1911 in and out.
     
  20. Dobe

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    Ian,
    I don't think that you are taking any chances. The firearm you have chosen is a fine one, and I believe that it will serve you well.
     
  21. BZ422

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    I'd go with my Glock 23 or possibly the Glock 35. Either way, I've had tremendous results with my 23 and currently I have enough spare parts to keep the gun alive for about 10yrs of heavy use, plus its very easy to diagnose and fix any problems with the weapon.
     
  22. chaim

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    If only one it would be between a couple contenders:
    -my CZ 75B
    -A 1911 from any of the major makes (Colt, Kimber or SA) or my Charles Daly
    -A BHP/FN HP (don't own yet, but I think it would probably be up there from what I know of them)
     
  23. Navy joe

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    My Rem Rand. It's already survived the government, unknown owners, me blowing up a barrel, installing a barrel, trigger jobs, etc. It has character that only a parkerize job older than it's owner can have. There are blueprints, if it breaks in two I can weld it back together to spec.

    I love my Glocks, just couldn't get that sentimental about them.

    BHPs? I love them, they have a harder time standing up to a lifetime of hard use than a 1911 does. I suppose it'd be my third choice though.
     
  24. Soap

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    Very high quality 5" 1911.
     
  25. garrettwc

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    Based on the criteria in the original post, it would have to be a very popular pistol so that there would be a surplus of spare parts for years to come.

    This makes it a HiPower, Beretta 92, CZ75, Sig P226.

    It also needs to be a common caliber available around the world. Sorry guys, I carry a 1911 every day, but outside the U.S. borders .45ACP ammo is hard to come by. So it would have to be 9mm NATO ammo.
     
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