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Old 08-03-2013, 09:02 PM   #11
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garbage! i don't even HAVE 5 handguns....

i reject this thread, and will be reporting future posts as being insensitive to the handgun disadvantaged.
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How can we have a 5 limit ??
So many too choose from.
1911A1
Ruger Standard Model Auto.
Luger.
Single Six
Vaquero
1896 Mauser
S&W 29 for bragging
Red Hawk for Shooting
P-38
Hi Power
Not in any order
And on, and on, to infinity.
Have some of the above.

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So what would your number 5 be?
Me personally, I like to keep a .40s&w on hand, the old "buy a 9mm because ypu will always be able to find ammo if something happens" theory has been pretty much shot down as of late.

Although .44 magnum is pretty easy to find as well.
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in spirit of thread:

22 auto
9mm auto
357 snubby (for your purse/pocket)
44 cowboy revolver (to accompany your lever rifle)
12 or 20 gauge sawed off dbl pistol
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I am in line with you With exception of the .44 magnum.

A .454 Casull will fire .44 mag. Maybe one of those BFRs.
44 mag, or I think you mean 45 long colt? and schoefield

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Me personally, I like to keep a .40s&w on hand, the old "buy a 9mm because ypu will always be able to find ammo if something happens" theory has been pretty much shot down as of late.
i agree..the 223/9 will be everywhere theory has shown some serious holes lately.
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I am in line with you With exception of the .44 magnum.

A .454 Casull will fire .44 mag. Maybe one of those BFRs.

Im a little late, but i thought a 454 revolver would shoot 45LC, not .44mags.
I could be wrong, just clarifying.
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Okay, I'm bored today, and you guys here aren't helping much. There hasn't been a good, spirited discussion here in a while, so let's see where this goes:

What are the five handguns you feel are necessary, and that everyone should own. More importantly, say WHY. Base your answers on any scenario or standard that you want to, but of course, other poster have the opportunity to . . . ah . . . discuss the merits of the standards you make your choices from.

Okay, I'll start:

1. 4" .357 magnum revolver. For reasons I have stated in other threads, I believe a 4" barrel .357 is the most useful all around handgun there is. To paraphrase a comment another member made, the .357 may not place first in a particular category, but it comes in at least second in just about all of them. It would be a hard choice for me to choose between a Smith N frame and a K frame; I think the N frame would edge out the K frame by a hair.

2. A .22 revolver or automatic. Everyone should have a good .22 pistol; for inexpensive practice; for plinking; for fun; for small game; and, yes, it could even be used for self defense. Once again, a difficult choice to choose from, but I think the Ruger Single Six Convertible would narrowly win first choice here.

3. A 1911 in .45 caliber. Everyone should have a 1911. Classic design, classic caliber, and, to my mind, the best combat pistol ever made. My first choice would be the 20 year old Springfield Armory that is my first and only project gun, and I have it just as I like it. If I had to buy a new one -- Colt Gold Cup.

4. 9mm automatic. Those who follow my posts know that I normally wouldn't spit on a 9mm -- I am both rationally and irrationally prejudiced against this caliber, partly because so many misguidedly worship this caliber. But . . . it is the caliber of many of the world's military handguns, and ammo is common. My choice, hands down, would be a Browning Hi Power.

5. .44 magnum revolver. Everyone should own one, in case they need to put down a charging cape buffalo. Sure, you may not ever have an occasion to do so, but when the need arises, it's better to be prepared. My choice would be between a Ruger Super Blackhawk and a Smith Model 29. The Smith is more elegant, the Blackhawk arguably more rugged. I think I would give the Ruger the benefit of the doubt.

Looking over this list, I realize that I lack the 9mm and the .44, both of which I've owned in the past, but am currently without. Maybe I need to do a little gun tradin'.

So, what's your choice?
I basically agree with your list, although I'm lacking a lot of it.

1. My only .357 Magnum is a 2.5" right now, but that will change in the future. I really want a S&W model 627 with a 4" bbl. 8 rounds of .357 Magnum? Sign me up.

2. My current .22 is a Bersa Thunder. It is too ammo finicky to be my only .22 permanently. I'd like to get an M&P22 because the M&P is our plastic gun of choice right now. So the M&P22 would be a good trainer. I'd also like to get a Kel-Tec PMR-30. 30+1 rounds of .22 Magnum seems like it would be practical. Although I don't think its available here in Kalifornia... I'd also like either a US Firearms model 12/22. Highest capacity revolver of .22LR, I believe - 12 rounds. Or a S&W 617, which only has 10 rounds.

3. I need some 1911s. I don't have any. Lately I've been getting the itch.

4. I agree with the category. I've never held or shot the Hi Power so I can't comment on that. But as I said, we have M&Ps, mine is the compact and my wife's is the full size, both are 9mm.

5. I've been wanting a .44 Magnum too. Either the S&W 29, 329, or 629.

I agree with you on every category. Clearly I have some serious guns to buy...
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A little off topic, but it would influence my choices.
When used with half moon clips, can a .357 revolver shoot 9mm, as they are very similar in diameter?
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I believe I have one of each on your list.
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