What is your gun type/brand preferences?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by vinnydee, Nov 28, 2015.

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  1. vinnydee

    vinnydee Member

    Nov 20, 2015
    The South
    I was checking the handguns in my gun safe. Sometimes I just order guns and am not really aware of which types and brands of guns I seem to prefer. I have had about 60 guns pass through my hands in the last 5 1/2 years. Enough guns to get the attention of the ATF asked my LGS about me. He told them that although I buy a lot of guns, I trade most of them in and they know me for 5 years. It also helps that I liaison with several Federal Security Agencies and have background checks every few years.

    My inventory of handguns shows that I prefer revolvers as the type of gun I buy most. I already knew that I prefer all metal guns over polymer. I grew up with metal guns and played with plastic guns as a child. Over the last 45 years I have used a lot of guns for various things. I have tried most brands of guns except for the new ones that popped up in the last few years like SCCY, DB, etc.. The brands I now own, I own due to their reliability compared to other brands in my personal experience over 4+ decades. Many guns are reliable if I just use them for range shooting a few times a year but when you put them to hard use like training courses and competition, you separate the men from the boys. I have found that saving money by buying an inexpensive gun, ends up costing me more in the long run when I sell it for a loss and replace it with another gun. How about you? What are your preferences? I know a few guys who will just list Striker fired, Glock and Polymer. I like to buy good examples of the top manufacturers.

    Type of gun:

    6 Revolvers
    4 1911 style guns. SA with manual safety
    4 Striker fired polymer guns
    3 DAO pistols
    1 DA/SA pistol


    12 All metal
    6 Polymer


    4 Sigs
    4 S&W
    3 Glocks
    3 Rugers
    1 Colt
    1 HK
    1 NAA
    1 Springfield
  2. Trunk Monkey

    Trunk Monkey member

    Dec 25, 2011
    3 Smith and Wessons

    Nothing follows
  3. joem1945

    joem1945 Member

    Oct 6, 2014
    Mostly S&W, few Colts and some military semi's but all metal.
  4. huntsman

    huntsman Member

    Apr 11, 2003
    ohio's northcoast
    Center fire handguns:
    1 plastic
    3 metal
    2 .45acp
    2 .380acp
    2 DA/SA
    1 SA
    1 DAO
    2 Ruger
    1 Browning
    1 S&W
  5. Red Wind

    Red Wind Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    Rock Harbor,Florida
    4 Smith & Wesson revolvers:

    1 .44 Magnum
    2 .357 Magnums
    1 .38 Special
  6. pblanc

    pblanc Member

    Dec 30, 2014
    I have been rather fond of Berettas and I also feel that all-metal pistols seem to be more confidence inspiring, and I tend to stay away from pocket guns and subcompacts. I have just bowed to the march of time, however and bought my first polymer-framed, striker-fired pistol. The list as of now is as follows:

    1 revolver (because everyone has to have at least one), a Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum. Built like a tank.

    3 Berettas and one Stoeger Beretta clone: DAO Beretta mini-Cougar 9mm, Beretta mini-Cougar F .40 cal S&W, Beretta 92 FS 9mm, Stoeger Cougar F .45 cal ACP.

    1 model 1911 (because everyone has to have one of those as well: Springfield Armory .45 cal ACP.

    1 Walther (Umarex) P22 .22 LR. A true POS but good for training purposes.

    Latest acquisition, a SIG Sauer P320 full-size in .45 cal ACP.
  7. vinnydee

    vinnydee Member

    Nov 20, 2015
    The South
    I rarely carry my LCP, choosing my Colt XSP instead. However, I have a Veridian Laser sight on its way to me and I will use the LCP as my nighttime pocket gun. My eyes are not what they used to be due to age, so I have been gradually putting lasers on my carry guns and getting holsters for the various gun/laser combinations.

    My LCP will be getting some attention soon. It is the 4th one I have bought but the only one that I kept longer than 6 months. I can hit a bullseye at 7 yards with it and have proven that to others who insist that the sights on their LCP are crooked. :) The only reason I have not been carrying it is because I cannot see the sights in dim light. That will change soon.
  8. vinnydee

    vinnydee Member

    Nov 20, 2015
    The South
    My first semi was a Beretta, the one James Bond used to carry in his early career. When he switched to the PPK, so did I. Back in the early 70's, in Texas, semi autos were not as popular as revolvers. Everyone liked a 1911 but they did not reliably feed hollow points without work being done on them. A .357 was considered a real man's gun.

    I had a 92FS but found the grip to big for my hands. It was a good shooting gun that never jammed but I did not like the grip and I was getting rid of my DA/SA guns at the time. I also like Walthers but do not own any of them either. Don't know why though.
  9. pblanc

    pblanc Member

    Dec 30, 2014
    The 92 FS does have a fat grip. It was a little thicker than ideal for me and I have moderately large mitts. A pair of low profile VZ grips and a Wilson Combat short reach trigger made a significant difference.
  10. Reloadron
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    Reloadron Contributing Member

    Jul 6, 2012
    Cleveland, Ohio USA
    I lean towards the older S&W and Colt Revolvers. I also have several of the older Colt Government MK IV Series 70 1911 type guns. Then a few 22 LR target pistols to sort of round things out. Something I have been waiting on to come along is a minty Colt Government Series 70 chambered in 9mm, I have one in 38 Super. Anyway, I like the older all metal flavors over the newer guns. Then too, I am older so there may be some bias there. :)

  11. ColoradoShooter77

    ColoradoShooter77 Member

    Jul 26, 2015
    All of my guns are in my sig.....I'm not brand loyal, lol.
  12. walnut1704

    walnut1704 Member

    Nov 26, 2010
    Houston, Texas
    In centerfire:

    4 SA/DA Revolvers
    1 Single Action Revolver
    2 1911 style guns. SA with manual safety
    1 Striker fired polymer gun
    2 DA/SA pistol


    9 All metal
    1 Polymer


    3 S&W
    1 Ruger (SA)
    1 Colt
    1 Hungarian FEG
    2 Taurus
    1 Kimber 1911
    1 Springfield 1911

    Not include in the above: (3) .22's
    1 S&W Revolver
    1 High Standard
    1 S&W Auto

    So including the .22's: (5) S&W's out of (13) total.
  13. Bullseye

    Bullseye Member

    Jan 2, 2008
    Type of gun:
    Revolvers DA - 6
    Revolvers SA - 5
    Semi Auto DA -2
    Semi Auto SA - 4

    Stainless Steel - 6
    Blue - 6
    Polymer - 1
    Other - 4

    Colt - 1
    Remington -1
    Rock Island Armory -1
    S&W - 2
    Ruger - 3
    Taurus - 1
    Rossi -1
    Uberti Pietta Cimarron - 5
    Sig - 1
    Phoenix -1

    How about caliber?
    45 Colt - 2
    45 ACP -3
    44 Mag -1
    44 spl -1
    44 Black Powder - 2
    40 S&W - 2
    357 mag - 3
    38 spl -2
    25 acp -1

    It looks like my preferences are a .357 Stainless Steel Ruger Revolver , 1911 Stainless 45 Auto, and 45 Long colt Uberti SAA. But I like em all for different reasons.
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2015
  14. Overkill870

    Overkill870 Member

    Nov 17, 2015
    My preferred pistol material is stainless steel.

    My preferred pistol type is revolver.

    My preferred pistol brand is smith & wesson.

    My preferred pistol caliber is 357 magnum.
  15. Twiki357

    Twiki357 Member

    Jan 26, 2011
    Prescott Valley, AZ
    37 Revolvers
    34 Smith & Wessons (Only 1 with a lock) - 22LR to 44 Mag.
    1 Colt SA - 22 Mag
    1 Beretta SA (Probably by Uberti) - 357 Mag
    1 NAA SA - 22LR

    2 O/U Derringers – 38 Spl

    6 Semi-autos; 6 different makes and only one is Tupperware.
    22LR – Ruger Mk III
    380 – Llama Micro-Max
    9mm – Browning HP
    9mm – Kel-Tec P-11
    38 Super – Taurus
    45ACP - Kimber
  16. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Member

    Jan 8, 2011
    I have a Colt or two.
  17. bannockburn

    bannockburn Member

    Apr 24, 2007
    Mostly Colts (typically something in the way of a 1911), S&W (mainly K and J frame along with one L frame revolver), and Ruger (single action revolvers and a SR9c and a Mk.II). A couple of SIGs, a Glock 17, Steyr M9, Kahr CM9, Browning Hi-Power, CZ P01, and a Manurhin P1 round out most of the rest of the herd which is primarily 9mm. in nature. There's also a Springfield Armory M1911A1, Beretta Stampede, KelTec P3AT, and a Baby Browning.
  18. amprecon

    amprecon Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    1. Glock 21
    2. Glock 21
    3. Glock 21
  19. TennJed

    TennJed Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    13 Semi ( 5 DA/SA; 3 SA; 3 Striker)
    11 Revolvers (6 DA; 5 SA)

    6 - 22 lr
    4 - 9mm
    4 - 357
    3 - 45acp
    3 - 380 acp
    2 - 45 colt
    1 - 38 sp
    1 - 32 acp

    Ruger 9
    S&W 3
    Beretta 2
    Colt 2
    Sig 1
    Walther 1
    Glock 1
    Kimber 1
    Taurus 1
    Makarov 1
    NAA 1
    Remington 1
  20. antiquus

    antiquus Member

    Apr 15, 2010
    11 DA revolvers. (2 K frames, 1 J frame, 2 L frames, 1 CA, 1 Miroku, 1 Taurus, 2 H&R, 1 Ruger)

    Damn I didn't realize.... but figures as my daily carry is usually a snubbie...

    7 DA/SA Autos (2 CZ's, 2 FEG's, Norinco, Walther, H&K)

    1 DA/Striker (LCP)

    1 SA Auto(Taurus)

    1 SA Auto (MKIII)
  21. Tabequache

    Tabequache Member

    Oct 28, 2015
    Divide, CO
    I have a small collection.

    10 - Revolvers (6 cowboy action)
    11 - Pistols

    4 - 1911 style (45 ACP)

    3 - polymer (1 striker fired)
    18 - metal

    Armi Jager - 1
    Beretta - 2
    Colt - 1
    FN - 1
    IWI (MR) - 1
    NAA - 1
    Para-USA - 2
    Pietta (Traditions) - 2
    Ruger - 5
    S&W - 1
    S.A.M. (CAI) - 1
    Taurus - 1
    Uberti (Taylor & CO) - 1
    Walther - 1

    2 - 22 LR
    2 - 22 WMR
    1 - 25 ACP
    2 - 357/38 SP
    1 - 380 ACP
    4 - 45 ACP
    7 - 45 Colt
    3 - 9mm
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2015
  22. modifiedbrowning

    modifiedbrowning Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Bozeman, MT
    8 Walthers
    4 Bersas
    2 Sigs
    3 Colts
    2 FNs
    2 Hi Powers
    2 Cz and 1 Canik 55 clone
  23. DeepSouth

    DeepSouth Member

    Jan 14, 2009
    Heart of Dixie
    I own more autos, I carry more autos, but interestingly I'd say I shoot my revolvers quiet a bit more, I know I enjoy them more.

    I'll tell the wife I need to rectify the situation by acquiring more revolvers. :D

    I also own more polymer pistols than steel, but I much prefer the steel.
    Probably a result of having so many carry options, I'll take the poly for carry and the steel to shoot and enjoy.
  24. psyopspec

    psyopspec Member

    Sep 28, 2004
    Cape Cod
    I view guns first as tools; that means I'm looking for reliable, accurate guns that can be user-maintained at little cost. Personal preference also means one type of trigger pull, in a service caliber, with affordable magazines and accessories. Something that I won't care if it shows wear or gets knocked around. Glocks it is.

    That aside, I don't see an advantage to listing out a collection on the internet. It contains a bit of this and that, more semis than wheel guns, but a bit of what's available across the full range (heh).
  25. TennJed

    TennJed Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    I am glad i can view them as tools AND a hobby I enjoy and designs i can appreciate.

    Guns can be tools. They can also be so much more
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