Six handguns only - What would YOU pick?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by The Viking, May 9, 2005.

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  1. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 1, 2003
    DFW Area
    A 6" Stainless Steel .357 Magnum revolver. S&W 686 or GP100 are my recommends.

    A full size 9mm pistol. CZ-75, Glock 17, Beretta 92FS, or H&K USP are my recommends.

    A .22 Semi-auto pistol. Browning Buckmark or Ruger Mark II are good ones to start looking at.

    A 6" 44Magnum revolver. Ruger Redhawk, Super Redhawk (if scoping handguns is your thing) or S&W 629 or 29 are good pistols.

    I know you don't think CCW is a possibility, but things may change, or you may find yourself in a situation where it makes sense even in view of laws to the contrary. Therefore, I'm going to recommend a small very concealable autopistol. There are a ton of them out there in various calibers from .32ACP up to 9mm. That alone is probably worth it's own thread.

    Get something really cool. Maybe an antique like a Luger or a Lahti. Maybe something common in the movies like a Desert Eagle. Maybe a custom 1911. Just something neat that will make your collection of handguns unique.
  2. lawboy

    lawboy Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Atticus, thanks for the attaboy. I agree that the T/C could go in favor of a snubnose revolver. However, If he got a DW revolver to begin with, he could get a 2-inch barrel and a smaller grip and still have a pretty compact carry revolver, albeit, not a true pocket gun. On the other hand, pretty much nothing else can pinch hit for a T/C. It all depends on what he anticipated doing the most of. Another thought is that a subcompact Glock or compact Glock and do pretty much whatever the small frame revolver can do and then some in terms of defensive deployment.
    Regards to all.
  3. thorazine

    thorazine Member

    Jun 25, 2003
    1) Sig Sauer P228
    2) Sig Sauer P220ST
    3) Sig Sauer P226ST (.357SIG)
    4) Sig Sauer P226ST (9MM)
    5) Sig Sauer P245
    6) Sig Sauer Mosquito
  4. gm

    gm Member

    Mar 31, 2005
    a nice 22 semiauto,a small 380 for concealability as well as a small 38 special.

    a 9mm ,357 and a big bore.. 40,44 or 45 .
  5. Chrontius

    Chrontius Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    Dunno if I've posted yet... but here's the list I'd suggest.

    1. Kel-Tec P3AT. Dress it up with a colored grip and a belt clip.
    2. Serbu Super-shorty, 12-ga. Get some extra-long thunderwear.
    3. Carbon-15, with 100 round snails. Plural. And tracers.
    4. 1911 or Ruger SP-101 .357
    5. Kahr or Glock, probably Kahr K40 with diamondoid tungsten carbide finish
    6. .22 SP-101, better to practice for the .357 one

    If you don't like NFA weapons or cut-down rifle recievers, there's the CZ-52, and the NAA Mini in .22 magnum; both have reputations as firebreathers.
  6. GEM

    GEM Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 11, 2004
    1. Glock 19 for everyday carry
    2. SW 642 for pocket carry or a PM9 - same reason
    3. A 22 LR revolver - like a SW 63 or Ruger Bear Cat - as a utility gun
    4. A Model 66 SW 357 revolver as everyone should have a 38/357 gun
    5. A 1911 of some flavor
    6. Some big honker revolver for BEAR ATTACKS - maybe that Ruger 454 Snubby.
  7. Hotdog386

    Hotdog386 Member

    Mar 31, 2005
    Today's selection would be

    1) S&W M67 38 Spl
    2) S&W M642 38 Spl
    3) S&W M629 44 Mag 4"
    4) Full size 1911 45 ACP
    5) Browning's P-35 Hi-Power 9mm
    6) Ruger MkII Standard 22LR

    This list is subject to frequent change.
  8. Fenris Wolf

    Fenris Wolf Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    What about change systems? In Germany we have the same problem like you in Sveden with a limited number of handguns. But you can buy change systems with the same or smaller caliber without problem.

    e.g. if you buy a Heckler&Koch Expert in .40 S&W you can buy a Expert 9mm change system, USP .40 S&W, USP 9mm, etc. and it still counts as one gun.


    If you have the same in Sveden think about this!


    My Favorite:
    Heckler&Koch P7 9mm
    HK Expert .40 S&W
    HK P9S .45
    HK P2000 9mm
    Kimber 1911 (not sure which model)
    S&W revolver (not sure which model)
  9. The Viking

    The Viking Member

    May 9, 2005
    Well, you need a license for those, but I don't know how hard it is to get one. I have to look into that too...
  10. Boats

    Boats member

    Dec 29, 2002
    1) Ruger New Model Single Six because it comes with two cylinders, one for .22lr and .22 Mag, the other for .17HMR.

    2) Ruger SP-101 2.25 inch barrel .38Sp./.357 Magnum

    3) Ruger GP-100, stainless four inch adjustable sights .38Sp./.357 Mag.

    4) CZ-75 or 85 9mm

    5) Some euro flavor of .40S&W that I could swap a 9mm top end out for.

    6) A Colt 1911A1 in .45 ACP

    I would have the revolvers because a single action revolver is cool in a cowboy way, even if this one is just a pop gun. The double action revolvers are by far the most versatile handguns one can own because they are not ammo sensitive for function, can shoot target loads or with tremendous power, and they offer no clean-up of the brass at the range.

    I like the CZ-75 or 85 because the Kadet adapter kit for .22lr happens to be very affordable as well as one of the best on the market.

    A .40S&W/9mm frame pistol that has the ability to swap slides, barrels and recoil springs offers another pistol with something different to offer. An XD-40 might be a good choice.

    6) The 1911A1 would be essential in Europe if for no other reason than to see what all of the Americans were yammering on about. ;) Again, affordable .22lr top ends are available for this pistol, which has by far the largest aftermarket of any handgun ever made. Want to mess with the parts, the trigger pull, the grips, match barrels, etc.? This pistol is the most rewarding to tinker with as long as the jobs aren't messed up.
  11. Berg01

    Berg01 Member

    Mar 24, 2003
    Figure 6 guns @$650.00/ea. ~ $3,900.00...

    O.K., for that money, I'd take a stainless Ed Brown Classic Custom and a LNIB Royal Blue Colt Python (6" bbl.), with those two, I wouldn't need the other four anyway.
  12. Stevie-Ray

    Stevie-Ray Member

    Feb 22, 2003
    Mitchi-gun, the Sunrise Side
    Not in order:

    1. Ruger .22
    2. .45 ACP to carry (Kimber Ultra, Colt Defender, et al)
    3. .45 ACP not to carry (H&K USP or USPC or better yet a full size 1911)
    4. 10mm (Colt Delta Elite)
    5. 9mm U pick
    6. .44 Mag (I'd go with Redhawk or Anaconda)
  13. boldkharma

    boldkharma Member

    Apr 17, 2005
    North Texas
    .22 revo or auto.
    .357 mag revo
    .44 mag revo
    1911 .45
    10mm, 1911 or 10XX series SW

    With this set, your covered for everything.
  14. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    0 hrs east of TN
    Unarmed Shooter,

    Is a single handgun with changable barrel/slide/calibers considered a single gun with multiple accessories?

    If so you may want to try to look into CZ 75 or the TZ clones since you can exchange the barrels to shoot 9mm, .40 cal, 10mm, .45 cal and .22 cal. 1 gun 5 calibers. You may want to consider a .357 revolver to shoot both the magnum and the .38 cal. H&K made a pistol that could convert from 9mm to .380 to .32 to .22.

    You get the idea.
  15. taxburdett

    taxburdett Member

    Mar 18, 2004
    That's an easy one...

    6 Sig P220's.
  16. magsnubby

    magsnubby Member

    Apr 20, 2004
    S&W Military & Police. It was Dad's gun. He bought it used in 1941.

    S&W Model 63 bought new in 1980. I tought my son how to shoot using that
    little .22. Every gun collection needs atleast 1 small .22 revolver.

    S&W Model 60. I always wanted a 60. Had an action job done, bobbed the hammer, converted to D/A only, smoothed the trigger, installed an orange front sight and added Hogue Goncolo Alves grips. It's a great little .38.

    Glock 17. It just fits my hand and i shoot it better than any other 9mm i've ever owned or fired. Every gun collection should have a good 9mm.

    Glock 30. What can i say? A Glock and .45 acp make a great combo. I shoot it more than either of my 1911's.

    And my favorite:A 4" stainless steel Ruger Security Six bought new in 1977. The .357 is one of the most versitile wheelguns ever made. Everybody should have atleast one.
  17. nero45acp

    nero45acp Member

    Nov 28, 2003
    Tampa Bay area
    S&W M63 4" .22LR
    S&W PC M66 F Comp .357 Magnum
    SIG P225 9mm
    SIG P226 X-Five 9mm
    Colt Python 4" Stainless .357 Magnum
    Colt SAA 4-3/4" .45 Colt or .357 Magnum

    I hope you've got a good job. ;)

  18. The Viking

    The Viking Member

    May 9, 2005
    Well, those parts are subject to licensing too. Such a shame, and so stupid too. Without the frame and all the internals they are quite useless anyway, unless you want to attempt to build a gun. But I like the idea.
  19. Estela216

    Estela216 Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Starting small and going larger and larger:

    1. .22 autoloader or revolver (plinking, hunting, etc.)
    2. 9mm compact (not subcompact) such as a G19, Sig 228, Kahr PM9 Etc.
    3. 1911 variant Colt, Kimber, Springfield, Wilson. Pick your favorite
    4. .357 revolver. Shoots both .38 and .357 which is great for long term survival if need be.
    5. .44 magnum revolver. Large enough caliber for most gam in the lower 48 states.
    6. BUG gun that uses same ammo, and mags if possible, as number 2 or 3. For instance, a G26 for a G19 or an officers model for a government sized pistol.

    Just my .02 cents.

    Hope this helps.
  20. jeff-10

    jeff-10 Member

    Feb 14, 2004
    South Florida
    Coincidentially ,I like atleast one of the other members here have exactly 6 handguns also, so I have already chosen.

    S&W 1076 - 10mm
    S&W 686P - 357 Mag
    BHP - 40 S&W
    Ruger MK2 - 22 LR
    CZ-75B - 9mm
    SIG P226 - 9mm
  21. chaim

    chaim Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    OK, I read all of your posts, and most of the other posts.

    Lets see if I have the guidelines you have to live under fully understood. You are limited to 6 handguns (for all practical purposes, though theoretically it is possible to get more). Conversion/adapter kits allowing one gun to work on more than one caliber needs licensing (and thus I assume you mean it counts as one of your six guns). CCW and handgun hunting is illegal so you are looking at range use only. CCW sized guns probably won't be approved when you submit the license application. It is hard to get approval to buy two guns in the same caliber. Am I missing anything?

    Have you checked around to see what calibers are available in your area? You may want to modify my choices based on your local considerations.

    -Full-sized 9mm. 9mm is very versatile- cheap ammo (at least around here) in some factory loadings, yet in well chosen JHPs very effective for defense (I know you said even home defense is illegal there, but are there home visits, if not I don't know what you may actually chose to do). From what I understand it is quite available in most parts of Europe.

    -A full-sized 1911. Assuming it isn't too hard to get .45ACP ammo everyone should have a 1911.

    -A K-frame sized 3" or 4" .357mag. If the laws ever change for CCW it is small enough to be concealable (though it isn't as easy to do so as with some smaller guns).'

    -A .22lr auto or revolver. Cheap practice, low recoil, both make it ideal for introducing new shooters and for basic practice.

    -A large bore revolver. Personally I'm a big .41mag fan- power levels about mid way between the .357mag and .44mag but with much less recoil than a .44mag (and I think a more pleasant style of recoil, though heavier, than .357mag). Still, .41mag isn't particularly easy to find around here, in Europe it may be near impossible in which case I'd say .44mag or a Ruger .45LC if you want to get into reloading (.45LC can be reloaded into .44mag levels and above, but you need a strong revolver like one of the Rugers)

    -If you can get the OK from the authorities a .38spl J-frame sized snub or a medium sized auto (like a Kahr K/P series) in .40S&W if the caliber is available (since I've already suggested a 9mm). Just in case the CCW restrictions are eased or altogether abandoned you'll be ready, and they are fun at the range anyway.

    -I'm not sure what to add for 6 as these 5 seem to address the basics. Maybe a single action revolver, maybe a revolver in an odd caliber, maybe a Contender or another handgun in rifle calibers (especially like the Contender that you can switch out the barrels for other calibers), or maybe a blackpowder revolver (they are tons of fun).

    While there are plenty of other good choices (so this list is not exclusive by any stretch of the imagination) here are what I personally have chosen in these catagories (in case you want specific model ideas)-

    -Full-size 9mm: CZ 75B and I'm sure I'll add several others
    -1911: Charles Daly 1911, and I plan to add a SA or Kimber and also a Taurus once the Taurus is available. I'll get a Valtro if I ever have that kind of money to invest in a gun.
    -3-4" K-frame .357mag: A 3" S&W 65LS, a 4" S&W 19. I will add many more.
    -.22lr: I have a Ruger MkII and I plan to add at least a Taurus 94 revolver
    -Big Bore revolver: A 6" S&W 57 (.41mag). I will add a couple more .41mags, definately a .45LC or two, and possibly a .44mag eventually.
    -J-frame revolver or mid sized auto: A Taurus 85 (.38spl snub), Bersa Thunder .380 and Taurus PT140 Millenium Pro.
    -Other: I won't list all my guns, but out of the types I mentioned in the listing above I do love my two blackpowder revolvers (one a cheap brass framed Remingtion 1858 New Army clone, the other a nice Colt 1860 Army clone).
  22. The Viking

    The Viking Member

    May 9, 2005

    I honestly don't know about that one. Probably depends on the police. The police are not always that knowledgable about firearms...a guy in Gothenburg handed in an application for a Glock 18...and got it approved!
    Perhaps. From what I've heard, the policy is that if it has been approved before, it is likely to be approved again, so CCW-sized guns are possible. Glock 18's are the exception to that, now that a memo was sent out, due to a an article in a newspaper:cuss: about the horror of full auto firearms in the hands of the public.:fire:
    Homedefense isn't illegal, but it will probably get you into trouble, however there are cases when the shooter wasn't punished at all. 9mm should be available just about anywhere.
    Shouldn't be that hard.
    Thats probably what I'll have to start with. Its not a law that says first handgun has to be a .22, but it is standard procedure. Most of the time...
    Like you said about the K-frame, things might change about CCW, or the situation might be so extreme that the laws aren't enforced.
    Funny thing about the law, regarding black powder weapons...if they are manufactured before 1890, they are excempt from the licensing requirement. There is a guy I've seen around at an annual antiques/collectors show who sells black powder rifles...have to ask him about the market for antique revolvers.
  23. W Turner

    W Turner Member

    Jun 13, 2003
    Hillsboro, AL
    If CCW and handgun hunting aren't options.....

    1-.22lr semi-auto for fun and training...Ruger Mark II or Browning Buckmark
    2-.38/.357 4" bbl ...SW 686/66 or Ruger GP 100
    3-.44mag/.45LC SA revolver....Ruger Vaquero or Blackhawk, Beretta Stampede, Uberti. I would go for the classis 5.5" bbl.
    4-9mm hi-cap semi-auto.....Glock 17, Sig 226, Beretta 92
    5-.45ACP 1911
    6-WildCard...pick youre favorite toy as the rest fill all of the classic niches (.22 plinker, 4" service revolver, SA revolver, 9mm sprayandpray, and .45 warhorse)

  24. cratz2

    cratz2 Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Central IN
    Hrmm... for my needs? I'd be happy with a solid 1911 (blued NRM Colt 1991A1) a full size CZ (CZ75B SA in 9mm with a little trigger tuning) a smaller CZ (PCR or P-01) something even smaller Kahr P9 Covert). I could stop there or I could add a 22 conversion of some sort for either the 1911 or CZ and a 4" 686 or possibly a Blackhawk or Super Blakchawk in 44 or 45 if I were into handgun hunting. These are just from the guns I've owned and in all honesty, I would probably be quite happy with just the two CZs and the conversion.
  25. grnzbra

    grnzbra Member

    Feb 3, 2004
    Northern Virginia
    Six Handguns eh?

    I did that once. Bought six 1911s. Cops were out to the house the next day. :eek:
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