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WHat handgun has far exceeded your expectations?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by techmike, Sep 14, 2003.

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  1. techmike

    techmike Member

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    Seeing the thread on dissapointing guns made me think about this. What handgun have you purchased/traded for that exceeded your expectations.

    I have been pretty lucky this way (or maybe I just have low expectations).

    Generally I have been really impressed with MY USP's (compact and tactical), they are much hyped, but the ones I own exceed my expectations. YMMV.

    Most recently I am most impressed with a Springfield Champion (parkerized) that I picked up for $450. Decent trigger(about 6#...a bit heavy, but very crisp!) Good fit and finish and great accuracy. 1 1/2" - 2" at 25 yards. Not bad for a stock pistol.

    What are some of your guns that exceeded expectations?
     
  2. BigG

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    I think the little S&W hammerless snubbies - Centennials - meet and exceed all my expectations. Just point and click! They are perfect for what they are designed for.
     
  3. Edward429451

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    Ruger revolvers. Redhawk & SBH.
     
  4. stans

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    Ruger GP-100, very strong, produces top velocities, more accurate than the shooter.
     
  5. MikeJ

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    I have three guns that far exceeded my expectations.

    S&W 5906 9mm that I bought new back in the late 80's - fantastic trigger, ultra reliable and very accurate.

    Sig 229 in .40S&W - unbelievable accuracy and ergonomics.

    S&W 640 .357 Centennial - how I shoot this thing so well is beyond me.
     
  6. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    Any SIG-SAUER "Classic" P-series self-loader

    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
     
  7. C.R.Sam

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    A 6" pre 82 Model 19 that I bought bout 5 years ago.
    Bout 180 out the door including tax and couple boxes good ammo.
    It is user friendly.
    Newbies shoot well with it.
    I use it as a trainer.
    It has won matches for me and for others.

    Sam
     
  8. El Tejon

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    The Crock. A great gun for the dough.
     
  9. makarov1

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    Makarov.
     
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    1st generation Glock 17.

    Back in the 80s, this seriously ugly plastic import looking like a major POS appeared on the scene. Then I bought one. :)
     
  11. MrPink

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    The HK P7.

    Five of them sit in the safe and I wear another CCW. 3 PSPs, 2 M8s and an M13.

    I am also very impressed with the SIG classics. I usually like the P7, 1911 and S&W Centennial, but I have really come to like my SIG 229 and 239. The DA/SA transistion is a little tought to get over though.
     
  12. Dr.Rob

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    FEG Hi-power

    Best bang for the buck I ever spent.
     
  13. Ky Larry

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    The CZ-75 B and BD's. IMHO, the best value in hand guns. They are rugged,accurate,and eat anything I feed them. You can pay a lot more for a pistol but you won't get a lot more gun. FWIW.
     
  14. David4516

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    I think I mentioned this it the other thread, but I'll say it again: Makaorv

    The Mak is simply AWSOME, and you can get one for $150. I wasn't exspecting much from such a cheap gun when I first bought it, but man was I wrong...
     
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    Ruger SRH .454

    In reading 2 short reviews I figured my new SRH would be a fine 50 yard gun for deer but not for much over 60 yards due to accuracy. Well I was pleasently suprised when I visited the range and found it to be a tack driver. Will it ever be a FA? No, but the deer I've wacked with it will never know that :D
     
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    Hi-Power...

    ...after some trigger work...:D
     
  17. jarhead

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    SA XD9
     
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    FN Forty Nine.
     
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    Another vote for the XD. It's a great gun for the money, I now have two, the Subcompact 9 and the Duo Tone .40.

    The Bersa Thunder 380 is also one of my best buy favorites. accurate, dependable and cheap.-Oneshot
     
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    Another vote for the Springfield XD-9. Good price, great ergonomics and pointability. Quite accurate. Reliable.
     
  21. TamThompson

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    The Glock 30 (subcompact .45). It shot very accurately straight out of the box, and was reliable. Good gun for the money!

    The Keltec P32, after smoothing down the feed ramp, cleaning, and oiling it. But then, it only cost my $199, so I'm not griping about it being a kit gun. Surprisingly accurate for a 2.5" barrel.
     
  22. NJ3

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    I would also say the Glock 30. The Glock I should have kept. :(
     
  23. jercamp45

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    My Para Ord LDA Companion!

    I only bought it because I was mandated a DAO or DAw/decocker by my security commision(NO cocked and locked). It fit in my holsters, used my supply of Wilson mags and ammo as my perferred Colt's. And of course, there was no difference in feel, nor any real change in manual of arms.
    I have put 2500 rounds though it in the last year and a half, and have had only one problem attributed to me not changing the recoil spring.
    A marine buddy and I just put 300 rounds through it and another 200 rounds through a rented Para P-14 LDA. He had never shot the LDA and now a Tac-Four is on his shopping list!
    I have shot in mutiple quals with it and it is phenomenally accurate(shot nothing les than 94 % and two were 100)! I just received a new Milt Sparks VM2H that wears wonderfully and hides it very well. I carry it everyday, and off duty...well, I have to make a tough choice...my Para or my customized LW Officer's
    Jercamp45
     
  24. 10-Ring

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    I expected top notch guns when I got my HK's & thankfully, I haven't been disappointed. The guns I've been surprised w/ have been my revolvers; specifically my S&W mod 60 & 19. Like'em so much I wnat more!
     
  25. RWK

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    Springfield full-size Armory Kote TRP (1911A1)
    Sig P226 (.357 Sig and .40 S&W with Bar-Sto barrel)
    Smith 625-9 .45 Colt Mountain Gun
     
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