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What are your three finest shooting autoloader?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 460Shooter, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. aarondhgraham

    aarondhgraham Member

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    CZ-75B in 9mm (and her kid sister in .22 LR).
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    In the 7 years I've owned it I've never had a malfunction with any factory ammo,,,
    This is my recreational "toy" pistol pretty much for range use only.

    I have had a few jams with my hand-loaded ammo,,,
    Which is why I gave up on re-loading my own.

    Beretta Cheetah Model 85 in .380 ACP (and her kid sister in .22 LR).
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    This is my briefcase gun and it's never jammed on me,,,
    I shoot it about twice a month just to keep the oil from getting hard.

    Bersa Thunder 380 ( and her kid sister in .22 LR).
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    This was my very first carry pistol,,,
    It needed some break-in to make it reliable,,,
    But after that first couple of hundred rounds it's worked just fine.

    Now to qualify why I chose these three.


    I'm really not a great shot at all,,,
    I think the best description of my skills is adequate,,,
    So I truly can't evaluate which one of my pistols is my "finest shooting auto-loader".

    What I can say is that these three guns are all natural pointers for me,,,
    They feel good in my hand and have all proven to be reliable.

    For those reason alone I'll never part with these three sets.


    Aarond

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  2. doubleh

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    I have no pictures to post---and wouldn't know how if I did. I'm pretty handy at some things, computers ain't one of them. :notworthy:
     
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  3. Cornhusker77

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    Recently acquired a CZ P-09, and despite what my first target says, it's a pretty darn good shooter, and the groups tighten up every time I shoot it.
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    S&W M&P Shield .45 is surprising accurate and comfortable to shoot.
    It's my main carry gun for that and other reasons.
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    The S&W Victory .22, practically shoots itself.
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  4. Garandimal

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    Springfield 1911-A1 "Mil-Spec"
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  5. Dragonfly

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    I'm going to cheat a little bit and add three more. These were all pistols that felt "off" dry firing them at home, but at the range felt great.

    First is my Desert Eagle .44. I always wanted to try one so picked one up a couple of years ago. Trying it out at home it felt heavy and awkward but when I tried it at the range it was great fun to shoot...pleasant recoil and surprising accuracy.
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    Here it is in action:


    The H&K P7 is next. The trigger pull on my P7 feels a little mushy when dry firing, but oh my goodness does this pistol love to be shot, and shot fast, with live ammo.
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    At the range a couple of years ago:


    Finally I'll add the Walther P99 .40 S&W. The grip on the pistol just felt off to me...too slippery and an odd shape. But when firing it live it was a revelation—comfortable recoil, amazing trigger pull and easy recoil control. The faster I shot it the more accurate I was!
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  6. lsudave

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    Since you started it, I'll add in 3 that I have, that feel funny. They either have an odd grip angle, or seem to be made in a weird manner... but they've been remarkably accurate and haven't given me any problems.
    These are nobody's idea of 'great' pistols, i don't think... but I like what they've done for me.
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    My Norinco T-54 in 9mm. I've owned 2 and kept this one, which was my first purchased pistol, came new in the box from a gun show maybe 2 decades ago. Got it for $150. Like others have said, has the ergonomics of a T Square. Came with the Tokagypt grips, which I still have but replaced pretty early on, despite the fact that I am a lefty and the lanyard loop dug into my hand. Over the years I have shot well beyond the "2K recommended life" of the gun, with no peening or other evidence of soft metal. Mine is not a 213, it takes original 7.62x25 mags, either with a spacer or with the rds floating in the wide mags. It has the wider ejection port, too. The tacked on safety is crappy, and on the other T-54 I had, the safety actually fell apart and jammed the gun up (the screws sheared and crumbled, leaving metal 'sand' to get stuck in the sliderails). I am perhaps very fortunate with this one, but the finish has remained nice, the gun still is in good condition, and it shoots WAY above it's price range... you know how some people say "you get what you pay for"? This pistol has embarrassed A LOT of more expensive guns at the range. I trusted it with my life post-Katrina, and would do so again if it was all I had. It certainly falls into the "most accurate" category on pistols I own, and might well be THE most accurate with 9mm fmj, as far as shooting plates. I currently have some WW2 era rough checkered wood Tokarev grips on it, obtained from a seller on Gunboards. I don't take it out as much now, but it's not ever going away.

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    My PHP MV9. I picked this up a couple years ago, for the novelty of it. It's clearly a bizarre attempt at a service pistol, from the Bosnian conflict of the 90's. The Yugoslavian gun maker was in Serbia, so when things split, Croatia had to scramble to fill holsters. This fugly thing actually eventually evolved into the XD (not in design, but it's the same company). Everything about it screams "local garage manufactured"... the 'blueing' is a chocolate or coffee brown, the small parts feel almost brittle, the magazines are a little thin in the metal and you can distort them if not careful. It's a cousin to the Beretta I suppose, because it clearly doesn't have any Browning heritage- no swinging link or cammed barrels. The recoil guiderod is a spike permanently fixed to the frame. The takedown is... complex. The safety is quirky. The slide-stop hold open tends to slip. The gun seems to emit a "clink" when working the slide, instead of a smooth click. It's fairly heavy, and has a blocky grip: for those that ever complain that such-and-such gun feels like a 2x4 in the hand, I say- find THIS gun, and compare it to whatever. And you will then appreciate your other grip a lot more.
    And yet, for the limited rounds I have put through it, it's SHOCKINGLY accurate and soft shooting, to the point that I've wondered about someone reviving the design for a target gun. And zero malfunctions in maybe 100 rds. I didn't intend to shoot it that much, since the parts are totally nonexistent and apparently hand-fit to each gun, but... the darn thing was making cloverleafs on the bullseye at 10 yds. I couldn't stop after just a couple mags, as intended.

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    My Daewoo DP 51.
    This is a bit of a cheat in this post, since it actually came VERY close to making my original list of 3 favorites. When I got it, the trigger bar was worn down, causing problems with DA shooting (it wouldn't fire). I replaced that (the part dropped in), and the gun has since amazed me. It is a very comfortable shooter, and very easily accurate enough for combat purposes (like shooting bottles at 15 yds). It feels a lot like a Sig in the hand and trigger, just something about the quality and ergos even though it's a bit worn down. Controls seem closer to the CZ, but with an inverted safety (goes the correct up/down, but the pivot is forward, not rear). Native 13 rd mags, or takes S&W 59 series.
    This is the gun that Lionheart decided to re-import, as the LH9. It makes sense to do so, as it's still in production in South Korea, and is a very fine shooter.
     
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  7. sigarms228

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    Hmm. Probably these 3 though in my old shaky hands but I have others very close.

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  8. WestKentucky

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    Im sidestepping this question because I have owned a bunch and currently am down to 3, none of which I would say are all that enjoyable. I’m going with the 3 best I have had.

    Taurus pt99, the first one I had and traded off for something dumb. It was a great shooter and I got bored with it, but it was one of my first pistols and I thought I was upgrading. I have had 4 now, and the current one isn’t bad, but it’s not what the first one was. I dislike the rail on the current gun.

    Llama minimax .380. I did not intend to part with the little 1911, but I got guilt tripped into it. I had “sold” a shotgun to my dad when money was tight. He was grinning and giddy like a schoolboy after his first kiss when he laid down the trade offer and guilt trip. I will get it back.

    The third I still own, but I have worn it out. It’s a Phoenix hp22 and I have worn the framerails thin. 14000 shots through a $80 gun was fun though.
     
  9. ifit

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    FN 509 Tactical
    Sig Sauer P320/with FCU, not sure if this counts but sure is a blast to shoot
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  10. bluzman

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    Kimber Custom II TLE, Springfield Armory Loaded and Kimber Tactical Pro II

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  11. SwampWolf

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    I probably have too many to pick from but my three favorites are a Browning Medalist, a Smith & Wesson Model 52-2 and a Smith Model 945. Close also-rans include a Colt Series 70 Gold Cup and a SIG Model TTT.
     
  12. GE-Mini-Gun

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    My fathers Gold Cup National Match...absolute tack driver
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    His High Standard, tack driver also

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    unable to load the third pic...my first 1911 build. Very, very close in accuracy of the Gold Cup
     
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  13. Nature Boy

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    This is easy for me as I only have three so they would be my favorite.
     
  14. Jonesy814

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    I have sold off a lot of auto loaders and replaced them with revolvers but by far my best shooting semi auto handgun is my SR9c. The trigger is fairly light at about 5# and it just feels right. A friend has one too and he also thinks his is his best shooting gun
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  15. mongoslow

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    I have 5 that can make a ragged hole at 25 yards as long as I cover the fundamentals, they are all more accurate than I'm capable utilizing to their full potential
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  16. PzGren

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    P210-4 and -6

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  17. mongoslow

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    with the BHP and the Beretta tossed in this thread seems to be dominated by 4 pistols in all their variants: a 1911 of some ilk , the Sig classic P-series (220,226,229..) the HK USP family ( USP, P30 P2000 ) and the CZ 75 in some shape or form.....looks like quality is shining through when it's time to make those quarter sized groups from 10+ yards :)
     
  18. Striker

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    Beretta 92, SIG 220, Ruger 512 MkII.
     
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  19. 460Shooter

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    There's some real lookers in here. Some ugly ducklings too but that don't matter in this thread.
     
  20. Riomouse911

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    I'll say these are my best three...A Springfield Armory V-16 long slide in .45 Super; A Ruger Mark II Government Model 6.5"; and it's a toss up between my EDC duty Glock 34 and the Glock 17L with an Apex trigger...but I'll fade towards the 17L.

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    I love these threads. It gives me ideas for future purchases, it's an expensive habit but I love shooting new and different guns.

    Here are mine though I dont have many semi auto handguns;
    Springfield custom shop 1911 with a Clark barrel.
    EAA witness match elite in 10 mm.
    Dan Wesson Valor.

    None of those have ever malfunctioned and all are superbly accurate. I cant seem to miss with them, though I hate chasing brass from the 10mm.
     
  22. Nature Boy

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    As I mentioned above, I only have these 3 so they are my finest

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  23. 460Shooter

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    All nice looking guns, but the CZ is beautiful.
     
  24. Everready73

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    I am at work and dont have pictures but:

    CZ 75b- Has some cajun gun works spring mods and hammer

    Browning High Power- 1986 FN Production. My dad gave me this one and it is my favorite. Has some spring upgrades and trigger job by gunsmith and sights added. I am considering some new grips and either having it sent to Robar for NP3 or getting it cerakoted

    CZ P07- Couple spring upgrades from CGW and upgraded sights (dawson). Thinking of getting this milled for RDS
     
  25. Trey Veston

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    I only have two autos that are exceptional.

    My G29 gen 4 has the lightest and most crisp trigger of any stock Glock I've owned. It's capable of 1" groups at 25yds...

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    My carry pistol is an XDS 40 that is also amazingly accurate for what it is. It will do sub 2" groups at 25yds with cheap ammo.

    It easily outshoots my G35 match pistol.

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