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Old 08-25-2012, 03:11 PM   #1
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Default Bug Out Handguns

Which two handguns (primary and backup) would you pick for a bug-out situation ? Choices cannot weight more than 5 lbs total for the handguns and ammo.

My choices are:

1. a Sig p229 in .357 Sig with an extra barrel in .40 S&W, three extra magazines (48 rds. total). 32 oz for the gun and say 24 oz for the ammo, barrel and mags (I didn't actually weigh the barrel here but I'm assuming 6 oz. for that).

2. Diamondback DB9 in 9mm Luger with 2 extra mags (18 rds total). 11 oz for the gun and say 8 oz for the ammo and mags.

I figured the ammo by bullet weight (7000 grains per pound)

Total weight here is 75 oz which should still be under 80 oz allowing for powder weight and brass casings.

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Old 08-25-2012, 03:22 PM   #2
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My choice for SHTF handgun would be my new FNP .45 and one of my 1911's.

Not sure about weight with these, but the FNP is tough and holds 15 rounds in the mag. The 1911 is one of the most popular guns around, so parts are easy to come by. Also they both shoot .45 so if one fails I can still use all my ammo.

Another good choice would be a m9, because there are tons out there so mags and parts would be easy to find, this is the same with a glock 17. But I am not that big of a 9mm fan, even though I do have a 92fs.

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Old 08-25-2012, 03:45 PM   #3
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A "bug out" pistol for me would be a have the following characteristics:
  • Polymer
  • Medium-Full capacity and frame
  • 9mm

Period. I love 1911s, steel framed guns, revolvers, and am quite happy shooting larger calibers. But...

Polymer guns are light (critical), generally high capacity, and endure a great deal of abuse and even neglect. Medium-Full because I want to carry max rounds within the gun as opposed to a multitude of extra boxes/mags of ammo. I also want a firearm I can precisely control. 9mm because it's an adequate defense round, is the easiest centerfire caliber to track down, and because it fits nicely with the two previously mentioned theories involving weight and capacity.

That's just my perspective. For me it'd be an XDm9. But a similarly designed Glock, S&W, etc would suffice.
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Will take a different direction here-

1. Dan Wesson Mdl 15 .357 Mag revolver- with two barrels- 2 inch, and 10 inch. 2 is concealable. 10 inch shoots like a carbine. 38 sp or 357, and in an absolute emergency can be jerry rigged to shoot 9mm (NOT RECOMMENDED!.

2. Ruger Mk III .22 pistol. 6 inch bbl. Quiet, 200 rds of ammo weighs a pound, found everywhere.
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Glock 17 and Glock 19.
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RIA 1911 tac 9mm - 4 mags

High Standard Military 22lr - 3 mags & 200 rds.
Ammo is expensive. Do NOT expect a warning shot!
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My Glock 27 and Sig P228.

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Guess that be the two I have at the moment glock 19 and 30 probably the 19 but I'd grab both.
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Of the guns a currently own it would be my P95 Ruger and my Ruger Single 10 in .22. .22 is THE most common round and you carry a ton of them. The P95 because it is a 9mm,light weight, medium/large frame and is hi cap. Leaving my beloved 1911's would break my heart but I would do it, of course in real a life SHTF situation I would not be limited by the limits of this thread and my 1911's would be with me.
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It would have to be the only pistol I have. My S&W 40. It should fit the bill.

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