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BeyondTheBox 11-01-2012 08:26 PM

When purchasing a new handgun, or searching for something new to add to a collection, do you have particular things your guns must all have or be in order for you to consider them a viable contender?


- Semi-auto
- SA trigger
- Manual hammer
- LRHO slide lock
- Manual safety
- Onboard tooless takedown system
- Windage adjustable rear sight
- Single stack

JonM 11-01-2012 08:34 PM

has to function each time the trigger is pulled.

trip286 11-01-2012 08:40 PM

SA or DA only (I don't like DA/SA)
prefer steel but it's not a deal breaker.
No tools takedown.
Mag release by trigger guard (unless it's a revolver)
Non adjustable, low snag or snag free sights.
Manual safety (unless it's a revolver)
The biggest deal breaker, deal maker: it MUST fit my hand.
Calibers are negotiable, but I would prefer larger capacity for smaller calibers, or magnum in smaller calibers (ie, 6 shot .357 mag, or a minimum of ten 9mm)

I won't go into capacity vs caliber arguments, this is just what feels right to me.

I'm very cozy with my 7 shots of .45's.

Edit: what Jon said too.

texaswoodworker 11-01-2012 08:41 PM

If it feels good in my hand, shoots well, and is well made, I want it. I don't really care about SA VS DA, or what kind of safety it has on it. I can learn to adapt to those things. I care a little about the sights, but unless I intend on shooting competition with it, or carrying it, I won't put too much though into them. For the most part, they can be changed if I decide I don't like them.

KG7IL 11-01-2012 08:50 PM

Browning Design
Good Trigger
Large Caliber
Single Stack

BeyondTheBox 11-01-2012 08:59 PM


Originally Posted by KG7IL
Browning Design
Good Trigger
Large Caliber
Single Stack

You just reminded me of one I forgot, single stack mag!!! Thanks.

What's a bad trigger feel like? I read all the time about people getting trigger jobs, but don't understand what it is exactly is being done. Does it have to do with pull weight or length? Maybe tension consistency?

BeyondTheBox 11-01-2012 09:02 PM

What is it about some that this "fit" thing is such a big deal? Is it comfort? Are your hands just really small and make it hard to find one that fits? I've never handled a gun that didn't "fit" well, other than every single revolver and derringer I've held, but that's just due to lack of comfort because of awkwardly curved handles. Interesting for sure.

jjfuller1 11-01-2012 09:06 PM

it must go bang everytime, it must be comfortable. have a decent trigger. and i have to like/need it. (i NEED every gun ever made)

KG7IL 11-01-2012 09:08 PM


Originally Posted by BeyondTheBox (Post 998337)
What is it about some that this "fit" thing is such a big deal? . . . . Interesting for sure.

SW 469 is a dbl stack with a wrap around grip.
Gives me a much control as holding a beer bottle.

If fact as much control as a case of beer bottles.

Even quiting years ago, hasn't made the grip any better.

SatoriNoir 11-01-2012 09:40 PM


Originally Posted by BeyondTheBox
What is it about some that this "fit" thing is such a big deal? Is it comfort? Are your hands just really small and make it hard to find one that fits?

Having the grip "fit" your hand is extremely important because it directly affects your trigger reach, and in turn can be the single factor that is keeping you from shooting accurately.

Having the right gun fitted to your hand is more of a big deal for people with rather small hands, myself included.

Imagine someone with thinner and shorter reach fingers trying to wield a N-Frame (or for a more exaggerated example, a X-Frame) S&W revolver. It is general consensus that the pivot line on your first joint of the index trigger finger should rest perfectly in the middle of the trigger blade of any gun you are using. On a larger gun like a N-Frame that inevitably has larger grips, someone with smaller hands like me will only be able to reach the trigger with just the tip of their index finger, which is a lot harder to pull the trigger with the weak flat pad of the fingertip.

This is opposed to having it "fit perfectly" with more leverage on the index joint, which could just mean simply finding thinner or smaller grips to allow you to get that optimum reach.

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