Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Sean Smith, May 26, 2005.
Hi Power, because it is functional, yet beautiful.
They're amazingly reliable and durable, have condition one, good capacity, they fit my hand well, and I shoot them very well. I carry cocked and locked, and the SA trigger is good (even better with the match trigger installed).
K-frames, just the right size and weight, pointable, shootable, and durable.
1911, I shoot them well, they fit, and I like 45 acp.
Glocks, I like them because they work every time on time.
the 1911 platform because of familiarity and it fits my hand well (feels good) and the Ruger GP 100 because I'm accurate with it, though not as quickly as with an auto.
1911 is my favorite. Started with a revolver, went to a 1911 and never returned. I've tried other semi-autos--S&Ws, Glocks, SIGs, HKs, BHPs, Berettas, and Walthers.
In 45ACP, with the exception of an HK USPc, no other gun was so easy for me to shoot, and made me look so much better than I am. Ergonomically, the 1911 points easier than any other 45 I've tried, balances more naturally, and the 1911's single action trigger beats a DA everytime for accuracy, and most other single-actions as well. Only the HK USPc keeps up with the 1911('s chopped cousins). The only reason I don't favor the HK equally is it didn't CCW as well for me. It's width just made it too problematic for me.
If I had my druthers, I'd druther contend with the recoil of a 9mm, and in that case, my choice would be BHP. One thing I like about the Browning designs is the placement and direction of his thumb safety. I dunno why some of the other manufacturers are 180 out on that....but if the safety is "safe" down (ala some S&W's and the Walther PPK/s), I won't even consider that gun. It just doesn't seem a natural motion to swipe off the safety 'up' as I grab for the iron.
"Everyone" says the minimum power defense load should be based on a 45acp, not 9mm, but frankly, I like the BHP for its' smaller size and higher round count. I carry a LW Commander almost exclusively, with the hope that 8 is enough. If it ain't, that'll be the time I regret not carrying a BHP.
1911 because of it's comfortable grip, high hold/thumb on safety with two hands makes a large caliber bullet easy to shoot.
Of course, the SA trigger makes it easier to shoot as best as I can. It's SA trigger and manual safety was a natural for me since it's similiar to all the shotguns and rifles that I have owned.
It's simplicity is good, even at a glance. Hammer cocked, thumb safety down...it can fire. Thumb safety up or hammer down...no bang.
A trained monkey could disassemble and reassemble...which is good for me.
Just plain fun to shoot.
1911's and Hi-Powers - Basic, without all the customization. These are classic yet functional. No-nonsense get the job done appeal.
S&W revolvers(any frame) - Classic; blued finish and wood. Warm, smooth and reliable.
Makarov - Simple, rugged and reliable. Nostalgic "cold war spy movie" feeling.
SAA - The cowboy days... John Wayne and all.
I tried to collect one of each "major" design type... I usually go with what I can find locally...
- 1911 - got to have it
- Glock - polymer frame pistol - not the first, but certainly one of the most popular
- HK USP - a hybrid between the old, and the new
- Luger P08 - who doesn't like a Luger.
- C96 - jigsaw puzzle - what not to like
- BHP - most popular pistol in WWII - using by both sides.
- Russian Nagant revolver - interesting design... cheap too boot, right now, too
- Webley 45 - break top revolver - the tool of the Imperialism
- Walther P-38 - another WWII Classic
Then I got broke and have no more money for guns.
I still have a long list of what I want to get...
Colt 1911 - When I was 13, my father's best friend visited us from 800 miles away and brought this Colt 1911. I didn't even get to hold the gun, but I really liked it.
Colt Python - My father was shooting his early '60s Python when his buddy came to visit. I didn't shoot that one, either, but I love the look of the ribbed top rail and the full underlug.
Colt AR-15 - Never knew that civilians could own one and that there were semi-automatic versions until I was 20 years old, so.....I bought one as soon as I found out.....Now, I have two.
I like all other guns, but these three are the ones I love. The two pistols because I was quite impressionable at the age of 13 and remember that day when my father and his best friend were shooting in our back yard, and the AR-15 purely for the evil-blackness of it and finding out that I could own one......something that NO ONE I knew actually owned at the time.
I like my Hi Power because it is the most natural pointing pistol I have ever handled, because it has been utterly reliable, because I can carry it with 18 rounds of potent 9mm ammo and it just plain looks good.
I like my Model 38 Smith Snubby because it is so light I forget its there, because it has been utterly reliable and because I shoot snub nose pistols with a self defense level of accuracy that is very comforting.
1.)Sig Sauer "classic" series (220/228/229 etc.) Because I shoot them well, they're reliable and I like them. I think of them as perfect "duty" guns.
2.)Browning Hi-Power I shoot it well, it fits my hand,I like it and it's a classic. God bless John Browning.
3.)S&W M27/28. Nothing says strength and power like a S&W N - Frame six shooter.Especially if it's in .357 magnum. The first round I learned to shoot 25 years ago and still my favorite.
4.)S&W 686. It's a sweet shooter. It may not have the bulk of my beloved N frame, but it's a trooper.
5.)Ruger GP100. Okay I admit it. I have a fondness for this meat and potatoes wheel gun. It grew on me and now I'm glad I gave into the impulse and bought it.
6.)Browning Buckmark. It's fun. Sometimes that's enough.
7.)Colt Detective Special. Hey if it worked for Sam Spade and the cops in LA Confidential.
8.)Ruger BLackhawk. I like to think of this handgun as what would have evolved if Colt had kept modernizing it's SAA design over the decades.
Okay that's it. I have others (many others) but those are my favorites. Not necessarily in that order.
My favorite Glock is the model 19.
I like the way this frame size fills my hand better than any of the other sizes, this makes it more pointable for me. I also like having the same trigger pull for every shot.
I also like the 1911.
With a straight backstrap I can wrap my hand around it easily, and it also points well for me. The same trigger pull for each shot is also important to me.
I like both pistols quite a bit, but the CZ-75 and BHP also deserve special mention because they have similar characteristics (in my hands).
Plenty of other good pistols out there, and I have owned or shot many of them.
Why do I like what I like? Well, because the things I like are cool. Duh.
I was pretty fortunate to be exposed to a fairly decent variety of auto-loaders when I first started shooting regularly (or maybe I first started shooting regularly because I was fortunate enough to be exposed to a decent variety of 'em ). I've come to the opinion that there are quite a few quality affordable guns out there, but for me the best are the 1911-types and the Hi-Power. I hold some other pistols and they are okay, but when I pick up my Series 80 Colt, it just feels so. . . so natural . I guess it's like when you meet someone for the first time and after talking for 5 minutes, you feel like you've known the person for years.
My Colt's been 100% reliable so far, but I bought it in spite of all the stories about supposed lack of reliability "out of the box" because I figured that if any problems came up, I could get it fixed, but you can't add ergonomics, pointability, or that trigger-pull into another platform.
And yes, I do like the way those guns look (I guess you can blame Hollywood and the toy gun industry that used to make toys that look like real guns ). But that's secondary (or at least, I think it is. . . ).
Note: It's hard to be original when you talk about classics like the 1911 and the Hi-Power. To put it simply, I heard the hype, tried it out for myself, and found it to be true, at least for me.
I have two favorites.
1. The 1911 Colt. I owned one for a while and loved it. I loved the power it had and the way it felt in my hand. It seems to point well and handle like it was made for me. Of course, being a military gun nut, I am a bit partial.
2. The Remington '58 .44 (WIth .45 Conversion cylinder and as C&B) and the 1875 Remington which are close to the same revolver. I love the feel and the balance and they look a heck of a lot cooler than the 1873 Colt. The ones I have are extremely accurate and lots of power.
My general preferences are for 1911s and the CZ75-based guns. They do pretty much everything I want for recreational and for more serious purposes. 22 conversions are available and with a bit of work (sometimes with none), both can generally be made to be extremely reliable and have excellent triggers. I also like the Kahr design esp the Covert series and the TP9s
I also appreciate the Glock for what it is though I don't fawn all over it or anything - they usually go bang. SIGs and Berettas I also appreciate though they aren't really for me.
my personal favorites are as follows...
#1. 1911A1 Colt or Clone
It just fits my hand
#2. HK USP
I like the way it looks, I like the fit, and I'm a Sucker for German engineering.
#3. Walther P99 and P22
Again, fit and feel, and the whole German thing.
There are some things I like about Glock(Simplicity, durability, etc), but,
my main beef is the way they line up. What feels right to me ends up about 3 feet over the target.
just to name a few.
1911A1--Because when I need something hit fast, accurately, and hard there is nothing else that comes close in a handgun.
GP-100--It's pretty bad in the wheelgun world when blued and stainless Rugers become the "old school" wheelies. I have over 5500 rounds through mine now, mostly full house magnums, and there is not even the faintest hint of trouble.
XD9--Most of the goodness of that Austrian pistol with a lot fewer ergonomic sins.
I like my collection because it took me 41 years to accumulate. I like the individual firearms in it, because, I obviously know more than you!!!
Sig Pro 2340 40 S&W. For the money it is what I could shoot best off hand. Every time I pull the trigger it goes bang and shoots better than I do. Never had a FTF, jam ex.
Why I like
Well, I don't know a lot, but I liked the Colt GM 45 I had. It shot well, and often. The S&W Mdl 19 I had looked like what a revolver is supposed to look like. Wish I still had both.
Of the guns I've got now, I like the Kel-Tec P-11, because it's a small, compact, powerhouse that shoots a lot better than I do at the ranges I would expect to ever use it at. It's light enough to carry, but not so light as to kick hard enough to be unplesant. It doesn't have a lot of buttons and bows to have to remember to operate, just a long trigger pull. So far it's gone bang all but one time I've pulled the trigger. 10+1 shots. And it fit my budget at the time.
Ruger Single Six. It's a 22 cowboy gun. What's not to like?
Makarov 9x18. It's a commie pistol. That is just too cool. Never thought I'd see one, much less own one. Again it fit my budget. Haven't shot it yet, but plan to today.
Taurus 85CH, 38. The first gun I ever seriously "carried". I was living in a rough part of town. That little Taurus in an Uncle Mikes IWB holster sure felt good late at night.
Yeah, what he said...
I also like my Colt Trooper.357 because that was the first handgun I purchased
My Bersa Thunder .45....because it was affordable, it looks good (in my opinion at least), it shoots pretty straight, and has yet to jam or fail to fire with anything from WWB FMJ to 185gr Cor Bon +p. Good enough for me. I just wish magazines weren't so damn expensive.
1911 & Clones
1. It is the easiest pistol to shoot accurately
2. It is the easiest to shoot quickly with some sense of precision
3. I can CCW it wth comfort, the only service-sized weapon that I can
4. My wife can shoot it well and its grip is small enough to fit her petite hands
5. My particular specimen (SW1911) is really accurate and made like a quality S&W
6. It can be had in .45ACP
S&W Revos, (Specifically L-frame)
1. Best potential trigger of any/all revos
2. Strong enough to shoot hot .357mags all day/week/year long
3. Recoil even from the hottest .357mags is moderate
4. Qulaity, easy to see, adjustable sights
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