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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. CWL

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    A fighting pistol is the one you are trained in. Brand doesn't really matter.

    No such thing as "BEST", anyone who claims a "Best" of anything is either ignorant or a fool, either way, don't take advice from that person.
     
  2. Elvishead

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    Hi cap would be key.
     
  3. kitsapcharly

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    There could be endless pros and cons but if you pick up your XD-45 I think you'll find the best fighting pistol is in your hand. :)
     
  4. skinewmexico

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    They're right, if it comes down to it, throw that XD down and run away screaming like a girl. Some mall ninja will be along to properly dispose of it after the zombies are all dead.
     
  5. JoeSlomo

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    Me too.

    Concur...

    Glock, Sig, HK, Smith, Springer, Colt, Ruger, Kimber, STI, etc, etc, etc...

    ALL make tools that would foot the bill.
     
  6. jon_in_wv

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    My SHTF pistol of choice would have to be the Glock 17. Among other reasons is they are tough, reliable, weather resistant, a common caliber, high parts interchangeability in the brand, and also there are more of them around than nearly any other pistol so finding parts and magazines will me easier.
     
  7. Ben86

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    What's in a good fighting pistol? The same stuff that is in any good pistol. Reliability, accuracy, control, etc. What matters is what's between your ears.
     
  8. ReadyontheRight

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    BEST fighting pistol? 1911 and a few extra mags to get you to your rifle.

    Reason? The trigger. I want to hit what I want to hit in an extended fight.
     
  9. UnTainted

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    I like the SIG Sauer style of "fighting" pistol. I mean, a firearm is a weapon. Those are good enough words; but I think I could prefer a style for my weapon of choice, were that to equate to my fighting pistol...

    So, the SIGs have a smooth (yes, they're great to practice and help DA revolver pull as well) double action pull for the first pull, and then each consequcitve round is ignited with that single action break-like-the-glass-on-your-mother's-doilies,-and-it-was-really-crystal (busted!) trigger. Fear NOT the DA.

    Or a 1911 or a hi-power, obviously (proven track records). Maybe the magazine release would qualify the hi-power as a "fighting" pistol in somebody's qualification of fighting ...
     
  10. thebear101

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    The new Thompson 1927 A-5 pistol, It shoots fairly well and with drum or clip and sling to hold it up with flashlight and reddot sight
     
  11. Walkalong

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    1911, Seriously :cool:
     
  12. red headed stranger

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    Don't worry about what others may say. If you have trained with the XD, and feel confident that you can handle, and it has been reliable, you've got your fightin' gun.
     
  13. Walkalong

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    The XD's are fine pistols. I really like my XD SC in .40 caliber.
     
  14. Creature

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    My snubby is a fighting pistol. So is my 1903 Colt Hammerless. And my Hi-Standard Duramatic .22. Any/every gun can be used as a fighting tool.
     
  15. possum

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    +1 i love mine as well.
     
  16. Water-Man

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    I prefer .45acp and in this caliber I'd rather fight with an XD for its dependability, accuracy, ammo capacity and the way it fits my hand.
     
  17. jocko

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    One That Goes Bang Every Time!!
     
  18. SuperNaut

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    Okay despite the fun and pithy responses about what a "fighting pistol" actually is, I decided to do some googling. It seems that when googling "fighting pistol" only one thing keeps coming up; the Tactical Response website. So it appears to me that "fighting pistol" is a manufactured term used by a single training facility that means something only to them.

    IOW it doesn't mean a thing.

    Please correct me if I am wrong.
     
  19. Colt46

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    Probably the M-1 Carbine

    The handgun is a defensive weapon. The M-1 carbine was an attempt to get an effective defensive weapon into the hands of Officers and REMF's during WWII. It turned out to be quite a success.

    Just trying to stir the pot:neener:
     
  20. WoofersInc

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    Front Sight has a training motto at there facility and that is " Any gun will do, if YOU will ". The person behind the trigger determines if it is a fighting pistol or not.
     
  21. mljdeckard

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    I have an M-1 carbine. It doesn't fit in my waistband or in a thigh holster.

    Having carried extensively a Beretta M-9, a Glock 22, a Para 12 and 14/15, a Sig 226, a S&W Sigma .40, a Colt 1991, and some others, I have settled on my Kimber Custom II, with 230 gr HSTs. It is the one that works best for me. I would carry it to war tomorrow if my command would let me. I drank the kool-aid, fell for the hype, got VERY disappointed, and wound up where I started.
     
  22. gwnorth

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    Well, I can see a practical difference between a fighting pistol and a precision range piece. One, the manufacturer designs to withstand the rigors of field carry, nasty weather, rough handling and so forth. The other is built to exceptionally tight tolerances, and with features specific for accuracy (heavy barrels and slides, fully adjustable sights and so on).

    But it's often a pretty arbitrary categorization, as a combat pistol can be rigged out as a precision marksman piece and vice versa. Look at the 1911 - precision range pieces costing thousands of dollars, budget models costing mere hundreds (that work just fine for a personal defence sidearm) and everything inbetween.

    When I think of combat pistols, I think of the amazing variety of service weapons that have actually been used in combat around the world, with military, para-military, police, ... Colts, Browning, SIG, FN, CZ, H&K plus all sorts of companies that have faded into history.

    Even within the USA, you have SWAT teams using 1911's, SEAL teams using SIGs, others using Beretta, HKs, Glocks, S&W - the list goes on.

    Among my own guns, is my SIG P226 a combat pistol and my 4" ss GP100 revolver not one? Either one, to my mind, can surely make for a highly effective personal defense weapon (or offensive one for that matter, if so inclined). My 6" GP100 is my most unwieldy weapon, but long barreled revolvers sure have seen a lot of combat in their time.
     
  23. KBintheSLC

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    1000 different users will generate 1000 different opinions.

    IMO... there is no such thing as "the best" anything when it comes to guns. That issue is far too subjective. I see no problem with the XD as a "fighting pistol"... it's not my first choice, but certainly not my last choice either. They are reliable, accurate, durable, and easy to shoot. If you like it, and it goes bang every time, what more do you really need?

    My first choice would be a Glock 20... it spits out the nasty 10mm auto, but operates smooth like warm whipped butter.
     
  24. Black Majik

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    The newest "fighting" pistol. Last year's "tactical" pistol. :D
     
  25. Turk

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    Any handgun is better than a rock but in the situation you describe I'll go with my signature. "If you know you're going to a gunfight take a rifle" I carried a 1911 for 4 months in combat as a back up for my M-60 but in the real world the 1911 was good to carry to the chow line when hot chow was flown in. If I ran out of 60 ammo or it broke I'd be looking for an M-16 over the 45.

    As other posters stated any handgun you know how to use is sufficient. If you consider the injured hands I'd go with a wheel gun my favorites are the Smith 1917 classic and 329PD. I carry my 329PD with reduced loads.


    Turk
     
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