What Is Your Absolute Favorite Handgun and Why?

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  1. Capybara

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    Those are amazing pistols, what a history! I am a C&R guy so those speak to me in a way that modern guns never can.
     
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  2. .45Coltguy

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    How do you like the Tisas 1911? I've heard some pretty good things about those.
     
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    Up until this, I only had a (Canadian) Para GI Expert and a Ruger SR1911 Commander. Accuracy is on par with them (better than I am).

    The Tisas has front and rear cocking serrations, as well as a Picatinny rail. All of the edges are SHARP. After I got it home and decided that I was keeping it, I got out some jeweler's files and brushed the corners of the rail and front serrations. Out of the first box of 50, I had one failure to go into battery early on. Dropped the mag, ejected the round, plunked it back in, no further problems. When I got home and cleaned it, there were two stainless slivers on the table, leading me to believe that there were some burrs from machining.

    A lot of words to say that fit and finish aren't on par with 1911's that cost twice as much, but a little break-in and some polish work seemed to fix the issues. As I mentioned, I am keeping it. For $600, I got a stainless Government model 1911, with lowered and flared ejection port, flared magwell, ambi safety, extended beavertail and controls, Novak sights, skeletonized hammer and trigger, and (coulda done without) a rail. All it needed was a little work, which most 1911's get anyways.
     
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    I've had I've had 1911s from Colt, Springfield Armory, STI, Ruger, one built on a Caspian frame, and probably one or two I've forgotten. All except one needed, or at least benefited, from a little tweaking. The exception was the Caspian. It didn't need tweaking. It needed a torch, hacksaw, sledge hammer, anything that would take it from 90% useless to totally inoperable.
     
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    Im an unofficial C&R guy. No license or anything, just a love for the old stuff. Be it pistol, rifle, or shotgun. My most 'prized' possession is a Colt Shooting Master 38. It was beat to H.E. DoubleToothpicks long before my grandpa bought it. Its still shiney, its just been shot a ton!

    Colts and Winchesters are what gets my heart beating.

    My reasons for "last guns i would give away" were based off pure sustenance living. That lil 22-410 can take anything from a mouse to a cow to a duck if using the right ammo.
     
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    A buddy has one. It was impressive for the then 400 dollar price tag. Definitely worth it as a budget pistol over a hi-point imo
     
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  7. Old Dog

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    This is not a hard one to answer. The one I grew up with, carried for the first thirteen years of my military careerStill my all-time favorite, even though I can't see the sights anymore.
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    Favorite would be my S&W Model 15-6 mostly because it has the best trigger of any revolver I own. And a 15 was my first centerfire handgun, so there's that. If I could have only one, would probably be my S&W model 28-2 four inch because it is heck for stout and versatile. But I would look long and hard at my Colt LW Commander in .38 Super.
     
  9. chicharrones

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    But it probably points like your finger. :cool:
     
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    Smith and Wesson 5906. Built like a tank ,accurate.
     
  11. wiscoaster

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    I'd have to give the edge to my Springfield 1911 A-1 Milspec, and why? Probabably because it was the one of the first pistols I ever bought. So, just for having been such a faithful companion, I suppose.
     
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    I have absolutely no absolute favorite handgun but many that I enjoy for different reasons. I had long competed with a Hammerli International in ISSF games and it is a great shooter that I love dearly but the handgun I like most is pretty much my 1969 rimfire Korth.
    After more than 40 years of working out on the heavy bag and the simplest of makiwara boards, my hands and wrists surprisingly are holding up pretty well but the interest in .44 Magnum full power loads and other big kickers has subsided over the years. Maybe I am growing up after all?

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    You can get the EZ without the thumb safety. DA trigger pull on mine is 5 pounds and I find that to work on a carry gun.

    I too have arthritis and have a difficult time racking the slide of my old autos. I bought the EZ 9 and it eliminated that problem. I also shoot great with it but I don't shoot a lot because of the cost of ammo.
     
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    It is easier to choose which is my favorite son.
     
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  16. JEBruns

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    1. Easy one for me, CZ Shadow 2 Orange.
    2. Super accurate, wonderful trigger and just a joy to shoot.
    3. If I had to get down to just one, it'd probably be my Sig P229 Legion RX. The trigger on the Shadow 2 is just too light for carry IMO, and it's a big gun for EDC too.
     
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    I'm grateful to live in a gun friendly state.The governor even lifted the sales tax off of guns and ammunition.I feel for the people who live in states like California,Maryland and New York.I'm even more blessed to live on the family farm,where I have a 100 yard range in my back yard.WV's not a state with a lot of high paying jobs,but at least we have our freedom.I walked into the LGS yesterday and the manager pulled me to the side and asked if I'd be interested in a new Sig P320 Compact in 45ACP.I wasn't looking for one,but he gave me a very good deal on it because they'd ordered a dozen for the local deputies and they only needed 8,so he priced the rest to sell.I walked out with one of them,no waiting period or other hassle.
     
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    M1911.
     
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  19. Capybara

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    Having true freedom like that is a blessing. I am only in California because I have to be for my work, I am in the entertainment business so am unfortunately tied to having to be physically near Hollywood. However, I am part of new startup
    for a transportation energy company though, nothing to do with the entertainment business, and we are working hard to convince the owner/our boss that we need to move our growing little company out of this State ASAP. So fingers crossed that our business will be successful
    and that we can escape this place, it truly is living behind enemy lines here.
     
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  20. Capybara

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    I've owned the 75 SP-01. How does the Shadow 2 Orange differ from my 75 SP-01? Cannot buy any CZ new except for the few on the handgun roster. I've seen used versions of your
    gun going for $2,500 here and they sell at that price. Is it more of a race/competition gun than the stock 75 SP-01?
     
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    I have owned my HK P7M8 since 1985 and never had a jam, failure to feed, stove pipe, failure to eject or anything like that, and I've used all sorts of crazy ammo in it.

    Shot from out of the box with NEVER a single problem.

    NEVER

    Not one problem.

    The magazine release is the easiest I've ever used.

    It's completely ambidextrous for firing.

    I also think the sqeeze-cocking mechanism is the most ingenious thing ever invented for a handgun, BASICALLY giving my P7M8 a smooth single-action trigger pull.

    I can't say enough about the HK P7M8, I wish they still made em.

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    This one is not mine, it was once an ad for Robar NP3:

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  22. DR505

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    Likely this Colt Combat Elite. I got it the day I received my commission in the USN. Shot the heck out of it, carried it all over for a counter-drug tour, CCW with it, etc. Qualified with it 8 times a year, quarterly each with USN and DOJ since I was assigned from USN to DOJ and had to satisfy both organizations. It was looking pretty worn so sent it off to Bill Wilson for a rebuild. Trigger now is perfect and it shoots into one hole at 25 yards.

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    This 3rd Gen Woodsman. Blued steel and wood! Great lines and such a classic history. More accurate than I'll ever be and I can take her out on the cheap. woody.jpg
     
  24. cfullgraf

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    I'm in this boat as well although I like about anything M1911, Government and Commander based models the best.

    But, if I had to pare down to one gun due to governmental foolishness, this one would probably be the last to go.

    One of my M1911 projects, 45 ACP, Olympic frame, Caspian slide, Wilson barrel, Weigand site base and Tasco sight
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  25. John_R

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    My favorite is always the one I just got.
     
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