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Top ten handguns

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Barry the Bear, Apr 28, 2013.

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  1. tarosean

    tarosean Member

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    From ones I own.

    Wilson Proffessional
    S&W 66-3
    Browning Hi Power Practical
    Colt LW Commander
    Beretta 92c Type M
    S&W 1006
    Ruger Single Six
    Walther PPK
    Brown Special Forces
    Bear Monolith Heavyweight (just added but a sweet shooter)
     
  2. wow6599

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    Colt 1911
    BHP
    Sig P210
    Redhawk in .454
    Glock 20SF
    CZ 75B
    Ruger MKI
    Colt Python
    Kahr PM9
    Sig P226
     
  3. Teachu2

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    1. Glock 30SF
    2. Les Baer SRP 1911 .45acp
    3. Ruger 22/45 MkII
    4. S&W Shield 9mm
    5. S&W 686+ Pro
    6. S&W K-22
    7. Glock 34
    8. Colt 1911 Stainless
    9. Glock G21SF
    10. Glock G26
     
  4. foghornl

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    Hmmmmmm

    No particular order...

    old model 3-screw 357 Blackhawk
    OM 3 screw Super Blackhawk
    S&W .22 "Kit Gun" Old pre-model number K G
    Springfield Armory "GI-45"
    Security Six 4" SS
    Ruger P-90
    Ruger MK II
    Single-Six Convertible
    Bird's Head 45 Vaquero
    4' Skinny Barrel Mdl 10 S&W
     
  5. Arizonagunrunner

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    Have:

    Ruger GP100 4 SS
    Ruger Redhawk blued 5.5 bbl
    Ruger Speed Six 2.75bbl SS
    Ruger Single Six 5.5 bbl (Bicentennial)
    Ruger MK II standard 5.5 bbl
    Virginia Dragoon blued 6 bbl
    Taurus 431 blued 3 bbl
    Taurus 85 SS 3 bbl
    Rossi 720 SS 3 bbl

    WISH/WANT:

    Ruger Redhawk 357 5.5 bbl
    S&W Model 624 in 4in bbl
     
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  6. grimjaw

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    I can't list anything like ten of them, but in no particular order:

    BHP and its clones
    CZ75B
    Glock 27/23
    Ruger BlackHawk convertible
    Ruger Single Six convertible
    S&W J-frames

    jm
     
  7. NormB

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    1 -Colt SAA 1873 Peacemaker - I know people who still carry these, hunt, shoot, collect. An archetypal firearm if there is one.
    2 - Colt M1911A1 - over 100 years, dozens of copycats, not going anywhere soon.
    3 - S&W Model 10, 19, 36 (nearly equal). From ankle, to pocket, to hip.
    4 - S&W Model 29 - Was that 5 shots or 6? Do you feel lucky? A serious game-changer.
    5 - Luger P08 - but no one carries these anymore do they.
    6 - HK P7M8 (thumb, not bottom, mag release), flat, compact, accurate.
    7 - Glock 17 (with light trigger mod) Classic.
    8 - SIG - several come to mind, but I'll pick 226 in 9mm for CQB Alex for $500
    9 - Makarov 9x18 - various styles. Cold war symbol of state power now $250 for C&R holders... ammo purchased separately.
    10 - Well, that's 11, but what the heck.

    Chosen for utility, world-wide distribution and market penetration, reliability, longevity.

    I still shoot my grandfather's 1911 from WW1. Mfd in 1913 it's still pristine, blue, reliable as anything else in my collection. When I carry, it's usually a 1911 variant, but I'm also fond of the HK P7M8 since I first learned about it while learning to shoot from a CIA spook some years back. I have a couple of first gen. Colt SAAs that will be working long after I'm no longer able to. Walther PP came to mind, but it's really more of a niche market. Very nicely tooled, finished, I've owned a half dozen of them, never got close to any of them.

    YMMV.
     
  8. BlindJustice

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    In no particular order

    1. 1911 of some sort,
    Mine is a S&W 1911 with the usual bling features but I'd be happy
    with a Colt Goverment MOdel Series 70
    2. S&W K-Frame - S&W has sold more of the K-frames since the '1st'
    one, which became the K-frame, 198 1st Model Hand ejector 1898
    Mine is a 617 .22 LR 10 shot - my first handgun circa mid'60s Model
    18 K-22 Combat Masterpiece 4" bbl.
    3. S&W N-frame in .45 ACP ( .45 Auto Rim ) S&W has been making
    various models since the M1917 continuously except during WWII
    and they complement the 1911
    Mine's a S&W 625 5" Bbl.
    4. Luger P-08 - it's just a sexy one....
    5. CZ 75B - first of the Super 9s of the and yah need
    at least one, DA/SA
    6. Colt Single Action Army ..45 Colt
    7. Ruger Blackhawk Convertible .45 Colt / .45 ACP
    8. S&W 27-2 .357 Mag 5" Bbl.
    8. S&W 610 5" Bbl .10mm AUto/.40 S&W
    9. S&W J-frame
    Mine is the Model 60 Chiefs Speccial 3" Bbl. .357 Mag adj. Rear sight
    10. S&W M&P 40C .40 S&W

    Kinda wheelgun heavy but that's what I started on
    and carried the 1911 on Duty USN

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  9. mrt949

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    1=tc contender
    2= ruger secutity six
    3=ruger sp101
    4=ruger redhawk
    5=ruger mk11
    6=ruger Blackhawk
    7=ruger super Blackhawk
    8=seecamp 32.
    9=beretta 21a
    10=sw mp 40 c
    I LIKE RUGERS :D
     
  10. g_one

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    Some of these are on the list because of how fun they are to shoot, others are on there because of how well-built and beautiful they are. I actually think about this list every now and then and try to consolidate everything into one, all-encompassing, 'Top 10'. The order of ranking may change now and then but the guns that appear on the list don't. You can probably tell that I'm a big fan/supporter of Dan Wesson.
    1. Dan Wesson Razorback 10mm
    ...and then everything else is a few ranks below that. The RZ-10 is the greatest handgun ever built IMHO.
    3. S&W Model 629
    4. Browning High Power
    5. Dan Wesson VBOB (great carry gun)
    6. Gen4 G17/G19 (Caliber doesn't matter. It fits my hand so well and is a BLAST to shoot)
    7. Any Monson-era Dan Wesson .357 Revolver
    8. Coonan Classic (1911-inspired .357 autoloader, expertly designed)
    9. SIG P210
    10. Ruger LCP (my EDC)
     
  11. jolly roger

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    Top Ten as far as range time

    Beretta 92FS Inox
    Glock 21SF
    Glock 30
    Ruger Bisley 44 Special Flat Top
    Ruger MKII Government Model Stainless
    S&W Model 28 Highway Patrolman
    S&W Model 629 44 6 inch
    S&W K22 5 screw made in 1948
    S&W Model 21 44 Special nickel
    Sig 220 ST

    Wish I had

    Baer 1911
    Colt SAA from the early period up to about 1900 or so
    Colt Detective Special 1st model NIB
    Luger of some sort
    S&W Registered Magnum...probably would never shoot it though
    S&W 27 with 3 1/2 barrel in pristine condition
    S&W Triple Lock 44 Special
    Sig P210

    Thats 8 on the wish list
     
  12. Lj1941

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    Top Ten For Me

    S & W Model 19 -4
    S & W M & P Full Size 9
    S & W M & P Full Size 45
    S & W Shield 40
    Ruger Super Blackhawk 7.5
    Ruger Mark 2
    CZ 82
    1911A1 RIA (45 ACP- What else?)
    S & W 625
    S & W 29-4
    :)
     
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  13. OldBrownDog

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    Have:
    1. Colt 1911 - classic
    2. S&W K-frame (Model 65) - I like having the option of .357
    3. Browning Buckmark - can't forget a .22
    4. S&W Model 17 - maybe the prettiest gun I've seen in person

    Working on:
    1. USGI 1911 - just for the history
    2. Colt SAA in .45LC - classic. Might go .357 to share ammo with the other revolvers
    3. S&W Model 27-2 5" bbl - I think this would be the perfect all around .357. Now to find one...
    4. Les Baer TRS 1.5" - because I want a semi-custom 1911
    5. Freedom Arms Model 83 - because I want an absolute hand cannon. Ruger SBH might be good too
    6. Another Colt 1911 (maybe commander sized) - if 1 is good, 2 is better. Right? :D
     
  14. Ed Ames

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    I've been following this thread off and on for awhile now. My reaction almost every time I see it is, "What an impossible question!"

    Best at what? Where?

    Here's the best I can figure...

    Best for learning to shoot a handgun: Ruger MkII Gov't Target. Runner Up: DA revolver of some sort.
    Best for annoying everyone around you at a public range: S&W 460es snubby. Runner up: Ruger Old Army with smokey powder.
    Best for making public safety videos: Glock 22. No competition.
    Best for making you look like a wanker: Desert Eagle, gold plated. Runner up: AR pistol
    Best gun for reminding yourself shooting isn't about accessorizing or following trends: S&W m10. Runner up: SP101?
    Best gun for accessorizing and showing that you are part of the tribe: 1911. Runner up: Glock 17.
    Best gun for hunting: Ruger Super Blackhawk. Runner up: Freedom Arms whatever they call it.
    Best gun for Concealed Carry: Kel-tec P3AT or clone. Runner up: J-frame.
    Best gun for open Carry: S&W m29. Runner up: Ruger Alaskan.
    Best gun for just looking like it would hurt to be around: T/C Encore pistol in 7mm magnum. Runner up: Same sort of deal with the bolt action "pistols".

    Seems like i'm missing some.... Best gun for using as a basis for sci-fi props: Mauser c96. Best gun for causing arguments on the internet: Taurus Judge. Best gun for using when the chips are down: the one you are best with....

    :)
     
  15. helitack32f1

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    Well, the OP never even used the word "best". He just asked "What are your top ten guns? Ones you own or would like to own."
     
  16. Ed Ames

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    Doesn't really change the problem. "Top ten" is the same as "best ten" as far as I can tell. As for 10 I'd like to own, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like to own (only) ten handguns. ;)

    Then again, I'm interested in the history as well as the functionality of these things. On the history side 10 is barely sample of one era.
     
  17. JDR

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    Ones I own or have owned;

    1) BHP 9mm Hard Chromed
    2) SW1911 (fixed sights)
    3) Sig P220 NS
    4) H&K USP 40
    5) Sig P228
    6) Glock 17 Gen3
    7) Glock 22 Gen4
    8) Sig P225
    9) Springfield Loaded 1911 in 9mm
    10) S&W Model 27 Revolver
     
  18. beatledog7

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    Based on what I own or have shot enough to talk about, and not in rank order...

    CZ-75B / CZ-75B-SA
    Browning Buckmark
    Magnum Research / IWI Baby Eagle (aka Jericho)
    S&W J-frame .38Spl
    Ruger Redhawk .44Mag
    Ruger Security Six
    Browning BDA / Beretta 84
    Sig P238
    Beretta M9 / 92FS
    Glock 22 (or any other duty-size Glock)

    Actually, there only two of those I don't own. My list is fluid, as I'm pretty sure all ours are. A lot of famously great handguns don't make my list simply because I don't have enough experience with them to judge.
     
  19. TreeDoc

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    1. Ruger Mark II, stainless bull barrel
    2.Glock 26 3rd gen
    3.S&W Model 10-5, tapered 38
    4.Ruger GP 100 Stainless, 5 inch barrel
    5. S&W 638 airweight
    6.Ruger speed six, stainless, 2 3/4 inch barrel
    7. Ruger New Vaquero 357
    8.Ruger Single Six, Stainless
    9. Ruger sp 101, 3 inch, 357
    10. NAA 22 mag, 1 1/8 barrel
     
  20. justice06rr

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    1. Smith and Wesson M&P 9/40/45
    2. HK USP45 Tactical
    3. Glock 18/19/21
    4. Colt 1911A1
    5. Ruger 357
    6. Springfield XDM9 3.8
    7. Kriss Vector Pistol
    8. Berretta 92FS
    9. S&W 44mag (not sure of the model)
    10.Deseart Eeagle 50 (just because!)
     
  21. David E

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    Handguns that would rate, but in no particular order:

    1) Ruger Standard .22 semi-auto

    2) Colt .22 Peacemaker

    3) Colt 1911 Combat Commander, .45 acp

    4) Smith & Wesson M-29

    5) Smith & Wesson M-642

    6) Smith & Wesson M&P Pro

    7) Smith & Wesson M-66

    8) Glock 19

    9) Colt 1911 Govt, 9x23/.38 Super/9mm/.22

    10) STI 2011 in .40

    Of course, my list could change tomorrow....
     
  22. loose noose

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    1. Colt Gold Cup Ntl Match
    2. S&W 29 8 3/8"
    3.Colt Detective Special
    4.Ruger Super Black Hawk .44 Mag
    5.Springfield XD-40
    6.Browning Buckmark
    7.Ruger Super Single Six
    8.Ruger MKI
    9.TC in .44, 357, .22, .223 etc
    10.Taurus TCP in .380;
    ;)Allmost forgot my nickel plated 4" Model 19 in place of Taurus TCP
     
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  23. Goju

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    1. Colt 1911
    2. H&K P7M8
    3. Browning Hi Power
    4. Colt Woodsman
    5. Colt Python
    6. S&W Model 657 Classic Hunter
    7. CZ 75
    8. S&W Model 19
    9. Glock 17
    10. T/C Contender
     
  24. mf-dif

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    In no particular order, semis...

    Glock 17
    Browning Hi Power
    Colt 1911
    Ruger MKII
    FNX Tactical
    Sig 226
    HK USP
    FN FiveseveN
    Walther P1/38
    DEagle
     
  25. Proud Southern Son

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    1. Beretta 92fs inox
    2. Glock 22
    3. Glock 23
    4. S&W Model 19 (2 1/2 inch)
    5. S&W Model 686 (4 inch)
    6. S&W 5906
    7. S&W 4506
    8. Browning Hi Power
    9. S&W Model 29 (6 inch)
    10.Colt 1911 Gov't.
     
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