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Seriously, What is the BEST fighting pistol?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Supertec, Oct 13, 2008.

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  1. Supertec

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    I just bought a Springfield XD in .45 acp and I like it but I've heard alot of guys on here say it's no fighting pistol. If armageddon ever breaks out, which the way things are going in this country it probably will and familys have to fight for there life what is the best and most reliable pistol you could own and you could also operate it with injured hands? Also what caliber? I want cold hard facts and not just brand loyal opinions. Please make this a serious discussion with no bickering. Thanks.
     
  2. hankdatank1362

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    Anyone that says your XD is not a fighting pistol is a fool.
     
  3. Doc Alamo

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    For a serious combat pistol, I would have to grab one of my GLOCK's. I probably shoot my G30 the best, but my G17 or G21SF would be close at hand. I shoot the G17 in USPSA and IDPA, and the G30 in IDPA only. Since I shoot these in "staged combat", and the gun just feels right in my hand, for me, it would be my GLOCK.

    Dr. Bill
     
  4. DougW

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    I think this is a personal preference. I prefer my Glocks, but I would feel well armed with a 1911, my High Power, or any of the mid level and up auto loaders over 9mm.
     
  5. Ala Dan

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    Why would I own four extra magazines for my .45 ACP Springfield XD;
    if it were not a fight'in pistol~? :banghead: :eek:
     
  6. Loosedhorse

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    Fighting pistol? 1911. You only need so many shots to get back to your rifle. :)

    Hold-them-at-gun-point-until-they're-cuffed pistol? Might be smart to use a DA or DAO pistol with a groaningly awful trigger pull. Examples are many.

    Or use a 1911 and train properly.
     
  7. Prepster

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    The Internet commando crowd seems to love the FN Five Seven series. I like them too, but I like them because they're fun to shoot, not because of their mythical abilities.

    A poster on another forum put it this way: "you should get something in .357 sig, because people generally look awkward with a carbine in their pants."

    Seriously though, your XD more than fits the bill.
     
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    Glock 17 or a 1911A1, because you can pick the 9mm/.45ACP bullets from zombies.
     
  9. hoosier8

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    I don't know enough about the XD but if it is anything like the Glock, no problem. I have many other types of pistols but if I were to rely on a SHTF pistol, I would take the Glock.
     
  10. gotime242

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    Whatever pistol YOU are most efficient with is what is best.
     
  11. possum

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    alot of people at www.getoffthex.com and folks that train with tactical response seem to think that the xd isn't a fighting handgun, i beg to differ. i took 4 days of there training and my gun ran like it always has and does. maybe i got lucky but i must have gotten lucky 2 times because i have 2 xd's that run, one with over 8k and the other with over 2k. i respect the opinons and the backgrounds of the folks there at tactical response and the people that train with them, they are big glock fans, and they are right glocks are aweosme, and i would be happy with one, but there is no gun that i shoot, or know better than my xd service model.

    there are many acceptable fighting guns out there, glock 19, some 1911's, sigs h&k etc. there isn't a gun that i have that i can't fight with, and or trust my life with in a fight, my guns are reliable, accurate and can withstand the abuse of a fight/ training course, whatever i can throw at it. my 1911, my 2 xd's, i have tested them, and they run.
     
  12. Supertec

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    I here what you guys are saying but what about being able to operate one with injured hands? I mean worst case scenario.
     
  13. possum

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    i have no problems operating a glock, my xd, or a 1911 with one hand, strong hand only or weak hand only, reloading, clearing type 1,2, and 3, malfunctions and the like.

    i dedicate alot of range and training time to one hand shooting, and manipulations. i integrate it into every range trip. one hand manipulations with the strong hand are easy for me, but pretty hard with just the weak hand, the reloads i have down pat weak hand, but the type 3 malfunctions are a little tough still, as i am sure they will be for a while.

    btw welcome to thr.
     
  14. atblis

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    Easy.

    Whatever you've got in your hand when the fight breaks out.
     
  15. possum

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    i agree don't get so warpped around the tools, if you have the right mindset and skillset, you can overcome almost anything with whatever tool you have at the time.
     
  16. XD-40 Shooter

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    Why would I have 10 extra magazines for my XD-40 if it weren't a fighting pistol.:D
     
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    "Fighting gun". Like "tactical", this is another meaningless expression. If you are in a tight situation and are about to pull the trigger, you have a fighting gun in your hand. No offense intended, I'm just a stickler for clarity.

    Cordially, Jack
     
  18. possum

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    yeah me too, can never have enough, people think i am crazy when i go to the range and i pull out all my mags.
     
  19. possum

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    if i have a choice then i am gonna use what i want, but that isn't always an option and then you use whatever you can.
     
  20. wristtwister

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    Anything with high capacity magazines is a good "fighting pistol". The more rounds you can send downrange, the better. I've got a Beretta 92FS, Ruger SR-9, Smith 5903, Smith 4006 and a host of others that are 8 round clip feeds... and you don't want to be downrange of any of them.

    "Fighting pistol" is a misnomer anyway. If you're shooting at body armor, it takes the right kind of load and bullet to penetrate it. If you're shooting at people dressed in street clothes, a .22 can be a fighting pistol... so don't listen to too many idiots out there that have any particular kind of gun and claim that its the only "fighting pistol" out there.

    Pistols are selected because of their features and caliber. If you want "knockdown power", big slow bullets like .45 caliber or .40 caliber... if you want penetration, go to a revolver with .357, .44 mag, or .45 long colt. If you want a "hail of fire", go to a 9mm high capacity like the SR-9 or Beretta 92. Whatever you need is what you should use, and you have to choose the purpose and kind of characteristics you want it to have. You also have to see if the gun feels right to you as you shoot it... and you can boost their characteristics by using +P and +P+ ammo, if they're good for it.

    Personally, my "fighting pistol" is the one I can reach at the time I need it.

    WT
     
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    Don't know if I would go so far as to call them a fool...but they sure be ignorant.:barf:
     
  22. SuperNaut

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    Can someone define "fighting pistol" for me please?
     
  23. everallm

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    A "fighting pistol" is any pistol, wheel or semi, that

    You have in your hand
    Is reliable
    Your comfortable with
    Is "minute of bad guy" accurate

    'nuff said
     
  24. Tacbandit

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    Supertec, don't get caught up in the hype...everyone has their favorites, but no matter what anyone says, get a gun that suits you, and P-R-A-C-T-I-C-E...For me it's the Glock(pick one), and my Kimber(1911) in .45.....Your XD is a great gun. Shoot it whenever you can, as much as you can, and get comfortable. In the scenario you described, like I've heard it said here before...use your handgun to get back to your rifle. I suggest having a rifle and shotgun to back up your handgun of choice. Know how to use them all, and pray you never have to. Best-O-Luck to ya..........:)
     
  25. SuperNaut

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    That works for me.
     
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