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Which is a better pistol make

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Firepower!, Jan 3, 2008.

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Which handgun make do you prefer?

Poll closed Feb 2, 2008.
  1. Glock

    150 vote(s)
    20.2%
  2. HK

    106 vote(s)
    14.3%
  3. Sig

    168 vote(s)
    22.7%
  4. Springfield

    126 vote(s)
    17.0%
  5. Kimber

    79 vote(s)
    10.7%
  6. Khar

    24 vote(s)
    3.2%
  7. Colt

    117 vote(s)
    15.8%
  8. Beretta

    66 vote(s)
    8.9%
  9. Taurus

    37 vote(s)
    5.0%
  10. Browning

    70 vote(s)
    9.4%
  11. Makarov

    27 vote(s)
    3.6%
  12. Smith & Wesson

    180 vote(s)
    24.3%
  13. Ruger

    144 vote(s)
    19.4%
  14. Desert Eagle

    13 vote(s)
    1.8%
  15. Para-Ord.

    16 vote(s)
    2.2%
  16. Other

    81 vote(s)
    10.9%
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  1. Firepower!

    Firepower! member

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    I am interested in expanding my handgun collection. Thus, I want to know which do you think is a better pistols make?
     
  2. Ed Ames

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    No CZ?
     
  3. Firepower!

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    No CZ

    Because where I live....there is no CZ
     
  4. Ed Ames

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    Yikes. What country is that?
     
  5. larry24

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    Many of the above guns are excellent engineered peices of craftmanship and I would feel very safe at night with any of them by my side. However, if I could only own 1 automatic handgun ever, it would without a doubt be my GLOCK Model 19!
     
  6. armoredman

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    All of the above., but my first choice is Glock.
     
  8. tinygnat219

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    You have Blech... HK, but no CZ? What's wrong with you man? :)
     
  9. Mainsail

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    It's funny to see Colt getting such a good rating since they haven't put out a quality handgun in decades.
     
  10. rantingredneck

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    I own mostly Rugers but there aren't any inherently "bad" choices on your list. Some of them seem to get more QC complaints than others here and at TFL, so do some searching and you'll see some specifics. You'll certainly pay more for some on the list than others. Does that mean you are getting a "better" gun for that money? Maybe, maybe not. What does "better" mean to you?. There are also differences in features and feel between them, and different action types represented on your list. Those choices are largely personal and you'll have to see what fits you best.

    I've always gravitated toward Rugers, lately their .45ACP models, due to their combination of cost, reliability and accuracy.
     
  11. DFW1911

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    You've got some really nice stuff picked out. I'd recommend at least looking at Springfield when you're shopping.

    I own several of their 1911s and XDs in 9mm and .45; all have been excellent. Prices on Springfields seem to fluctuate quite a bit - you might be able to save some money on a certain model by driving across town.

    Good luck and have fun.

    DFW1911
     
  12. weisse52

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    Colt is a proven product. Springfield 1911's are excellent with reasonable prices. BUT as OP ask, what do we prefer.
     
  13. NG VI

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    where is CZ? i voted HK and other
     
  14. CountGlockula

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    What about getting one of each?:evil:
     
  15. Firepower!

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    Well...

    Well I visited the shop today and I am leaning toward getting one each of the following:

    Sig P226 for rugged use
    Glock 19 arm holster
    Glock 26 for conceal carry on anckle
    and HK P2000 since it was way to smooth to fire.

    suggestions?

    I do have Taurus in .45 as well Colt 1911.
     
  16. NGIB

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    Just bought a used Sig P226 yesterday and will fire it a bunch over the weekend. I sure like how it looks, feels, and the quality of construction...
     
  17. SageMonkey

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    CZ. Can't imagine why its not on the list.
     
  18. doc2rn

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    If I could buy just one, I would go with the overbuilt Ruger.
     
  19. Pilot

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    I voted other as I prefer the CZ line of firearms.
     
  20. Fishman777

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    My preferences...

    For revolvers, I prefer Ruger DA revolvers. I think that Ruger DA revolvers are the best revolver design on the market. Ruger's aren't that great cosmetically speaking and they have heavy triggers. Neither of these "problems" bother me because they are easy to fix. Rugers are, by far, the most durable DA revolver design on the market (solid frame and triple locking cylinders). I like Smiths and Colts, but I would never buy guns from either of those manufacturers. Rugers suit me too well to switch brands.

    Autoloaders are a different story. I don't trust Rugers. I also don't trust 1911s, either.

    In my opinion, there is no one company that makes the best autoloaders. Here are some lists of the guns and companies that I like and have experience with:

    Metal frame autoloaders:
    1. Sig arms (p226). I like them alot. Best overall quality in their class IMO.
    1a. Beretta (92fs and 90two). I actually like the 92 series better than Sigs, but I think Sig uses better materials in their guns. If I ever buy a metal framed autoloader, it would probably be the Beretta 90two.
    2. CZ. Very nice pistols. Great value.
    3. Browning (I only would get one if I could find one of the discontinued HP chrome models)

    Polymer frame autoloaders:
    1. HK (USP and p2000). I think that the overall quality is better than Glock, but they are too expensive for my taste. I don't think that they are $200 better than a Glock.
    1a. Glock (17 and 19) (Some of the best overall guns on the market)
    2. Springfield XD
    3. Smith and Wesson M&P.

    In some ways, I like the XD and the MP better than Glocks, but they are both still relatively new. After a few more years, I might be willing to move one or both of these manufacturers ahead of Glock.

    There are a lot of great options out there. I still don't own any autoloaders, but I plan on getting one this year (unless I find a 4" SS Ruger RedHawk at the local shop). I rent autoloaders at my local range every so often and have gotten a good feel for what I like in an autoloader. I only plan on getting one autoloader, and I'd like to wait a little longer to see how the Sig p250 works out. The gun is a little small for my taste, but I might consider getting one if Sig puts out a full-sized model in the next year or so. I don't want to have a huge handgun collection, I just want what I think I could one day need: .22, .357, .44 magnum, and one 9mm.
     
  21. MountainBear

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    I voted for smith and wesson, but should qualify that by saying if your going to add a S&W revolver to your collection (everyone should have one or two or several...), then buy an older model with no internal lock. I do like their line of 1911 autos though...
     
  22. Remmi

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    I'll vote for Smith and Wesson as well, simply because they're a classic. I think everyone should own or have fired a M29 at some point in their life; good enough for Dirty Harry, after all.

    However there's a difference in preference, I like Sig and Springfield better then Glock, but I dislike most polymer pistols sheerly because they seem to 'jump' more with the reduced weight; could be just me, but It's noticeable enough when I've fired to make me avoid them.

    As stated before, Springfield 1911's are a joy to shoot, often pretty things too.
     
  23. lee n. field

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    I'll be contrary and say Makarov. The real answer is: "for what purpose?".
     
  24. Kind of Blued

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    Although I have shot handguns by each of the manufacturers that I chose, I basically chose the brands which I feel one could nearly buy sight unseen without any question that they would be reliable and accurate firearms. That is a wonderful attribute to be able to assign to any product by a manufacturer.

    I chose Kimber, Sig Sauer, & Smith & Wesson.

    If someone said they had a make and model by any of those manufacturers and needed to sell it ASAP to pay the bills, I'd probably be willing to pay a couple hundred bucks under going price, if nothing else, for resale value.
     
  25. 10-Ring

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    I like HKs, Glocks & Colts
     
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