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txpossum 08-23-2013 12:40 PM

While looking at various threads on this forum, and thinking of possible responses, I came to the realization that my familiarity with firearms is becoming dated. I own a number of guns, but perversely the last few years I have been going backward, and buying older, more "classic" guns. In that time firearm designers - and marketing people - have pushed forward. Coupled with the fact that I don't find polymer guns attractive and dislike the 9mm, there is a large percentage of modern firearms that I have little personal knowledge about.

I think I gave Glock a fair try, having owned a Model 23 for a while, and shooting friends generation 3 and 4 models; my appreciation of CZ increased after spending the afternoon with a factory rep, getting to shoot several models; I don't own but have shot a bit with a Springfield XD, among others. But the only centerfire Smith autos I've owned were the Model 39 and the later 59; never shot a Kahr, or a Kel Tec, or even a Hi Point. So, I'm embarking on a campaign to reacquaint myself over the spectrum of todays firearms.

What makes and models do you think I should include on my "get to know list" in order to have a good sampling of the market today. I am reasonably familiar with 1911'sm Smith and Ruger revolvers -- the old standbys. Let's limit suggestions to guns that have come out in the last 10 years.

And hey -- y'all might change my mind about some things. It's happened before.

25-5 08-23-2013 03:07 PM

You have been doing just fine. I do not see any of the new toys coming close to our old standbys. Magazine capacity and smaller size may be of interest, but not for me.
Playing with the new firearms would be interesting, but not buying.
I do think its great for everyone to have so many choices. Each is entitled and free to choose what they like, as I do.

25-5 08-23-2013 03:10 PM

Oh, since I did not give a proper answer. Please check out the Ruger SR1911CMD.

Kdub 08-23-2013 03:17 PM

Glock, M&p, xd, and fn would be a good place to start. High capacity 45 like an Fnx would probably spark your interest.

mountainman13 08-23-2013 03:19 PM

Kel-tec, hi point and kriss would be a few to look into. Not all favorites by any means but platforms that are gaining in popularity I'd say.
People Love carbines.

txpossum 08-23-2013 03:57 PM


Originally Posted by Kdub (Post 1343843)
Glock, M&p, xd, and fn would be a good place to start. High capacity 45 like an Fnx would probably spark your interest.

It always sorta irritates me to see a reference to an Smith M&P, which turns out to be one of the "new" line of autos. To me, A S&W M&P is the precursor to the Model 10.

steadyshot 08-23-2013 04:34 PM

FN makes quality modern firearms. IMO they make some of the best polymer pistol.

therewolf 08-23-2013 05:13 PM

From what I see, ceramics and polymers have reached

an adolescent plateau, for the time being. Steel is making

a minor comeback. There are some nice Balkan offerings

right now, the new Zastava Tokarev, and Hungarian FEG(GP35 type)

There's also the Turkish Tri-star, and Stoegar.

There's the Israeli Kareen, another GP-35 type.

Once polymers and ceramics mature into the reliable

firearms which they will probably soon be, steel offerings,

while always having a small loyal following, will be, IMO, hard pressed

to keep up.

ScottA 08-23-2013 05:27 PM

You have to get familiar with tact-cool shotguns. You know the ones that have no other purpose besides to defend your home against marauding ner-do-wells or survival during the zombie apocalypse.

JW357 08-23-2013 05:45 PM

+1 on the new line of S&W M&Ps. Maybe some real tiny single stacked 9mms? I know you hate 9mm, but those are the craze today, so if you really want to "get with the times," you'd check out the single stacked 9mms. Shield would be a good place to start.

But I'm kinda with you. I've been getting into revolvers a lot lately. Been wanting a lot more wheel guns. And I'm itching to get my first 1911, and no I don't think a poly 1911 is acceptable for my purposes. I almost bought a Browning Hi Power at my LGS a week or so ago. It was around $450 in decent condition. Minor holster wear. Couldn't pull the trigger on that purchase, though, since I'm low on funds at the moment.

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