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Your concept or a perfect handgun battery?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Abominable No-Man, Oct 14, 2003.

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  1. Abominable No-Man

    Abominable No-Man Member

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    So, what would you personally like in your battery of pistols that would make it "perfect"?

    Here is my idea of a "perfect" handgun battery:

    For woods running/hunting/trail running/etc., a .357 mag S&W revolver and a 10mm auto.

    For defense, a .40 caliber auto backed up by a 9mm.

    ANM
     
  2. 10-Ring

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    Currently, I'd like to see a HK USP in 10mm :D
     
  3. Randy63

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    The Perfect Battery for Me Would Be...

    The Basics:

    1) 6" K22

    2) BHP

    3) 5 or 6 Inch Model 27


    Randy
     
  4. Doug S

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    I like a good 22 plinker (rev or auto)

    Small pocket pistol for those times when you not otherwise carrying a gun.

    357 Revolver or 9mm Auto would be my 3rd pick.
     
  5. El Tejon

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    4 copies of primary carry, 4 copies of bug. Rail car full of mags, another rail car full of ammo.
     
  6. C.R.Sam

    C.R.Sam Moderator Emeritus

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    Most of my mags are cylindrical and stay in the gun.
    Otherwise, agree with El Tejones.

    Sam
     
  7. MPFreeman

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    El Tejon hit the nail full square on the head.
     
  8. BigG

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    El Teej (and CR Sam) I take it if you don't have to buy a spare house to keep your ammo and extra mags, you need to buy more? :eek: :neener:
     
  9. jercamp45

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    Not having a a million bucks to spend on goodies.....

    I narrowed it down somewhat.....
    Colt Government Model for house, casual competition, and SHTF tactical ballet......
    Colt LW Officer's model for CCW and BUG.
    Ciener .22 conversion unit for Officer's for plinking fun...
    And, if I needed to take up the hunting sports again, or moved to big critter country...I'd add a Clark Custom Guns drop in barrel/comp for the .460 Rowland for the Gov't.
    And if the rimfire bulleyes bug befell me(an incurable virus, I hear)..then I'd add a Marvel .22 conversion for the Government.
    I have others...I'll get more. But that is my basic handgun battery.
    Of course, lots of ammo and lots of mags and lots of holsters and lots more guns besides!!!!:D
    Jercamp45
     
  10. C.R.Sam

    C.R.Sam Moderator Emeritus

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    MP...nepotic response ? :D

    Big G...nah, just buy sea containers and bury em in back yard.

    Sam
     
  11. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

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    My guns don't need batteries.

    :D

    Nothing like seeing your certified SmartGun(tm) decide it needs to reboot with a bear trying to chew off your left foot.

    Ok you need at a minimum:

    a .22 lr target pistol
    a .357 revolver
    a .45 acp 1911
    a 9mm hi-cap wondernine
    a back up gun of some sort .25-38 cal
    a .44 or higher caliber monster magnum to deal with the aformentioned bear.

    The fact that you live in the Florida keys and will never see a bear does not change this equation. Let's say a bear gets out of the zoo...
     
  12. Oracle

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    I think that the perfect handgun battery consists of:

    A .22 pistol/revolver - I have a Buckmark

    A full size pistol/revolver, chambered in a defensive caliber - I have a Glock 17

    A compact (more easily concealed) pistol/revolver, chambered in the same caliber as your full size pistol/revolver - I have a Glock 26

    A deep-concealment gun, small enough to hide very well on your person (the gun you carry when you can't carry a gun) - I have a Keltec P32

    A woods gun (for this I prefer a larger caliber loaded with hard-cast lead bullets, but your preferences may be different) - I have a Ruger Birdshead Vaquero in .45 Colt

    You could add a hunting handgun, something like a Thompson Contender or an adjustable-sighted revolver in a hunting caliber, but I don't hunt with handguns, so I don't see the need, for me.
     
  13. BigG

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    A Colt "Government Model" Automatic Pistol in 45 ACP;

    A S&W "44 Magnum;"

    A S&W "Centennial Airweight;"

    A S&W K-22 Masterpiece;

    A Colt "Delta Gold Cup" 10mm Auto;

    A S&W ".38 Master" Auto .38 Special Midrange Wadcutter

    A LAR "Grizzly" .44 Magnum, for big fun

    A P08 Luger, of course, need one a those!

    How many more choices do I have? ;)
     
  14. Brian Williams

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    Gun collection minimum battery for Handguns

    TYPE------------------------------------ WHAT I have
    22 auto --------------------------------Ruger MKII Slabside
    22 Revo ------------------------------- Ruger Single six
    Mouse gun ----------------------------25 cal no name from father in law
    Small snub ----------------------------S&W 940
    Serious fighting revo ----------------S&W 13 3"
    Range/hunting revo------------------S&W 586
    Wondernine---------------------------Glock 19
    1911 -----------------------------------Sistema Colt
    Large bore DA revo------------------Taurus Tracker in 45 colt
    Large bore SA revo -----------------??? I want a Ruger OM Blackhawk in 45colt
    Old time collectable -----------------S&W 1905 4th change on hold at FFL
     
  15. Mike Irwin

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    Perfection was achieved in the early 1950s by Smith & Wesson with the Combat Magnum, later known as the Model 19.
     
  16. MrPink

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    1) A pair of HK P7PSPs for daily carry and a spare

    2) A pair of 1911s - fullsize Government Models. Ed Brown Class A. For when you want something more.

    3) A pair of S&W 340PDs. For when you want something less.

    4) S&W 629 3" round butt and 66 F-Comp. For walks in the woods. In MD use the 357, in VT tote the 44.

    5) Various 1911s because I have a 1911 fetish. Original WWI Colt 1911, Les Baer Premier & Stinger, various customs

    6) HK USP Tactical with Gemtech can. Super quiet fun. If I want a heavy punch, load it up with 45 Supers or SMCs.

    7) SIG 229, 228 & 239. Because they are super reliable and feel good in the hand.

    8) Range guns: P7, 1911 and 340PD. Because shooting is a perishable skill and as I get older, I like cleaning guns less and less.

    Notice no big hunting handguns, for that I use a rifle.
     
  17. BerettaNut92

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    A pair of P2000s -- one for training and one for carry, one P2000 subcompact as a BUG.

    If we ever see them in California. :banghead:
     
  18. El Tejon

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    BigG, nah, the warehouses near the railyard house them for me.:D

    Check local listings for railyard in your area. :p
     
  19. BigG

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    El Tayhone: :eek: I've got this tactical bridge I want you to see... :D
     
  20. Series 70

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    A 1911 for primary carry. An airweight for pocket carry.

    We have others, but these are the daily tools. I find that I can spend enough time practicing with these two to slowly improve my skills. But trying to work a third into regular practice would hamper my time with the main two. Not willing to do that.
     
  21. OEF_VET

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    The must have handgun battery:
    S&W .357
    1911
    BUG
    .22 plinker
    wundernine
     
  22. chaim

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    The perfect "minimum" battery is:

    -A small framed revolver. A J-frame is great for many CCW type missions

    -A medium framed .357. In 3" lengths it is great for CCW, in 4" it is decent for CCW. It is fun, and it is suitable (minimum caliber) for camping/hiking defensive use against furry creatures that may see you as a meal.

    -A big bore revolver (.41mag, .45lc, .44mag). Great for camp/hiking defense. Good for hunters. Can be bunches of fun.

    -A small pocket or pocketable auto. Perfect for CCW. Can be fun too.

    -Medium/smallish CCW piece. Even if not in a CCW state I see it as a need. The state laws can change, and this is simply a major catagory of gun. Selected properly, it can be a decent range gun as well (some are quite accurate).

    -1911. Classic .45acp

    -Hi-cap 9mm.

    -.22lr plinker in a revolver or auto (minimum), or preferably both.
     
  23. MPFreeman

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    Sam, lol
     
  24. W Turner

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    If you are going just for the neccessities, here is my list:

    .22LR target style gun- for plinking and small game
    Pocket Gun- obvious reasons, wahtever your flavor(Kel-Tec, LW .38 spl, etc)
    Compact Big Bore- revolver or semi, to serve as primary concealed carry
    Full Size- fighting pistol of whatever caliber and action you chose

    For a good wide variety:

    WHAT-------------------------------------------------------------------------MY VERSION
    .22 LR Target Semi-Auto Ruger 22/45
    .22 LR S/A revolver NOT YET
    .380 or smaller pocket semi-auto NOT YET
    .38/.357 j-frame type SW 642
    .357 4" bbl. Ruger GP 100
    Big Bore snubby revolver NOT YET
    .44 mag./.45 Colt S/A revolver NOT YET
    9mm S/A capable semi-auto (preferably CZ 75 or BHP) CZ 75
    10mm auto of some type Glock 20
    1911 in .45 acp RIA 1911
    Carry gun- your choice for primary concealed carry....my choice if money were no object would be a Ed Brown Kobra Carry with an alloy frame (yeah I know he doesn't make these)....since I live in the real world it will probably be a LW Commander type with the Bobtail conversion.
    For right now my 642 gets more carry than any other.

    Mino
     
  25. Johnny Guest

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    Yep, pretty basic battery - - -

    Some of the above replies have come very close to my thoughts - - In fact, I could "make do" with exactly their choices.

    Given: Handguns are my primary area of (shooting) interest.
    Further stipulated: I like to fit the tool to the job. As a thinking human being, I am adaptable, though. For instance, I could get along with a Webley Mk VI - - Self defense, even carry concealed with some inconvenience, kill game for food, enjoy plinking. For a couple of these activities, I'd sure want a full handloading setup! :D

    But for personal preference, I'd prefer some specialty items- - -

    .22 plinker/small game piece-- Ruger Standard, Buckmark, old Colt auto, or a high quality revolver.

    Work and everyday carry - - Colt Commander

    Pocket piece - - Alloy frame 2" .38 Spl.

    Various matches and home defense: Full size 1911-type

    Woods/desert/prairie - - A stout, powerful revolver. Any of about three would work well for me.

    A handgunner ought to have a proper mouse gun, of course. And a 9mm, just to train new shooters and because a Browning High Power is - Wait, though - - Now we're into collecting, not basic battery. But, have you ever known a dedicated fisherman to be content with one tackle box?

    Best,
    Johnny
     
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