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Old 09-09-2013, 01:12 PM   #1
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What would you consider the 5 most significant handguns designed and marketed in the past 100 years? And, more importantly, why?

Now, the 100 year limit is troubling for me, because it knocks out what would be my top two choices if were increased the time limit only slightly -- the 1911 and the Smith and Wesson Model 10. Okay, I know technically that there were no Model 10's until the 50's, but re-naming an existing model doesn't count for this contest, as the Smith and Wesson M&P and earlier hand ejector models, which were essentially the same gun, were around since before the turn of the 20th century.

Okay, my choices:

(1) The Smith and Wesson "registered" .357 magnum, which later evolved into the Model 27. The first .357 magnum revolver -- need I say more?

(2) The Browning Hi Power. I am not completely certain of this, but I believe it was the first high capacity 9 mm pistol. It is certainly the first one I'm aware of, and it set the standard for 9mm autos for years. Used by a wide variety of countries militaries for decades.

(3) The Glock. Sigh, I hate to say this, but the Glock did, imo, change the firearms industry more than any other gun in the past 50 years.

(4) Smith and Wesson .44 magnum, which later became the Model 29. Took handguns and handguns hunting to a whole new level.

(5) Hmmm. I've used all the obvious ones I can think of now. I'm going to say the Ruger Mk I automatic. The first gun produced by Strum Ruger, sold tens of thousands, the standard, imo, which reasonably priced .22 autos are judged.

Okay, what are your thoughts?
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Old 09-09-2013, 01:30 PM   #2
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Just 5? Tough sledding getting it down to 5.

What's a couple years between friends? The 1911 deserves to be on any list of "most significant" handguns. You can't discuss the last 100 years worth of handguns without the 1911 intruding into the discussion repeatedly. How about we say "most significant of the 20th century?"
I would also include the CZ 75 series pistols. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the sheer number of CZ clones and derivative designs out there must mean it's a heck of a pistol and certainly worthy of consideration. "Europe's 1911" is the term often bandied about.
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Well since you said past 100 years and the 1911 is at year 102 I would have to say the beretta m9/92fs deserves to be number 5. The number of military and law enforcement that has used this weapon speaks volumes. It did replace the awesome 1911 in the u.s.military you know. Dang gone it, why did I sell mine??? Maybe the luger deserves mention as well. Idk maybe 5 isn't enough, you should of said 10 lol
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So effectively, we are talking about the top 5 handguns excluding the 1911 or Single Action Army.
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Yeh 5 this is going to be tough, but here goes................

1. The Colt Revolver

2. The Colt Model 1911

3. The Ruger, take your pick.

4. The Glock, here again take your pick.

5. The Magnum Research, again take your pick.

I guess that will do !.............
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1. The very first blackpowder pistol no real model number as it was handmade. Pretty much changed everything

2. Very first blackpowder revolver see above as to why.

3. Colt single action army. Pretty much showed everyone how to do a cartridge revolver right.

4. Webley revolver. Just ask the victims of english colonialism how game changing and historic that thing was

5. Colt 1911. The symbol of american handgun excellence. Even with the adoption of the m9 its still in service with us military several decades later and showing no signs of going anywhere

Might get somewhere around 378 before I would list glock since the only thing they revolutionized was how to market a schlock product....
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Walther p38 #5

S&w model 39 aka mk 22 mod 0 #4

Browning high power #3

Beretta m9 good concept with slide cut out to reduce jamming issues and effective round when not using NATO ball ammo #2

Ar and ak pistols because anything that uses a loophole to thumb it's nose at stupid unconstitutional laws is great. #1
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Historically speaking:

The 'first' revolver, I am not sure who made the first one.

Colt Peacemaker

Colt 1911

S&W modern DA (N, L, K, and J-frame)

Glock (first poly gun)
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What would you consider the 5 most significant handguns designed and marketed in the past 100 years? And, more importantly, why?

Now, the 100 year limit is troubling for me, because it knocks out what would be my top two choices if were increased the time limit only slightly -- the 1911 and the Smith and Wesson Model 10. Okay, I know technically that there were no Model 10's until the 50's, but re-naming an existing model doesn't count for this contest, as the Smith and Wesson M&P and earlier hand ejector models, which were essentially the same gun, were around since before the turn of the 20th century.

Okay, my choices:

(1) The Smith and Wesson "registered" .357 magnum, which later evolved into the Model 27. The first .357 magnum revolver -- need I say more?

(2) The Browning Hi Power. I am not completely certain of this, but I believe it was the first high capacity 9 mm pistol. It is certainly the first one I'm aware of, and it set the standard for 9mm autos for years. Used by a wide variety of countries militaries for decades.

(3) The Glock. Sigh, I hate to say this, but the Glock did, imo, change the firearms industry more than any other gun in the past 50 years.

(4) Smith and Wesson .44 magnum, which later became the Model 29. Took handguns and handguns hunting to a whole new level.

(5) Hmmm. I've used all the obvious ones I can think of now. I'm going to say the Ruger Mk I automatic. The first gun produced by Strum Ruger, sold tens of thousands, the standard, imo, which reasonably priced .22 autos are judged.

Okay, what are your thoughts?
Ditto you, except for no.5
I choose the beretta M9
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The 1911 has gone through a few minor design changes over the years, so it counts. (technically)

1. 1911 - Over 100 years of reliability, and effectiveness. Still one of the most popular guns in history.

2. HK VP70 - First polymer framed gun. Predates the GLOCK by 12 years.

3. Ruger Mark I, II, III, and 22/45 - A very successful line of .22 pistols that are among the most popular today.

4. Smith and Wesson Model 29 - Who doesn't like a big beautiful 44 magnum?

5. Browning High Power - Used by militaries and police all over the world for decades.
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