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Old 08-10-2009, 03:16 PM   #1
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Pistol, revolver, caliber - I could go on and on. It's a daunting selection for newbies as every platform has advantages and disadvantages. Every caliber has it's advantages and disadvantages as well. How do you know what's right for you?

Simple answer is you learn through experience. I swap lots of guns and I've probably had nearly 100 pass through my hands in the past couple of years. During this time I've learned a few things:

a. Nothing compares to a good 1911 trigger - period. Buy a 1911 first and you'll save a lot in the long run.

b. Generally the "you get what you pay for" adage rings true about guns. If a gun is "cheap" there's generally a reason why.

c. For your primary defense handgun, pick the largest caliber YOU shoot comfortably and accurately. For me it's .45 (from a 1911).

d. You will buy more than one handgun as they're addictive.

e. Real fun can be had on the cheap with .22 handguns (I have 4).

YMMV

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Thanks. Went and saw the new movie yesterday and Scarlett is SMOKING hot in it. She is in amazing shape. And the treadmill scene is one for the ages.

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There are only 4 semiauto pistols you ever need to buy.

A Colt 1911 and a Browning Hi-Power. that is it end of story. Close the thread.

Ok and a Ruger MkII or Browning BuckMark.

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Default I agree but don't forget wheel guns

I totally agree but I took my 686 and 629 to the range this morning and fell in love all over again.

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Best single-action semi automatic: The Colt manufactured 1911 .45 ACP

Best double-action semi automatic: The Para LDA .45 ACP (if you've ever worked the trigger on these, you know how light and smooth the DA stroke is)

Best striker-fired semi automatic polymer wonder: The Springfield Amory XD series

Best service quality double-action revolver: The Ruger GP 100

Best compact (i.e. sub compact) handgun: Kahr PM series (the only bad mark is the cost of these things)

Best low dollar (aka poorhouse) value handgun: Hi-Point series

Best handgun to over compensate (small penis syndrome) with: Desert Eagle .50

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Best single-action semi automatic: The Colt manufactured 1911 .45 ACP
Blasphemy!

*cough* NIGHTHAWK!

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Nighthawk = *cough* overpriced


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Nighthawk = *cough* overpriced


Not true at all. If you think you can get a Colt, with the same quality/fit/finish and features as a Nighthawk, you sir, are sadly mistaken.

And, you said the Colt was the "Best Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol"

I would disagree on every single front of that statement.

Colt may be the oldest, that doesn't make it the best.

Regardless of what Cane is going ot try and tell you.

Psssst! Even CANEBRAKE WANTS A NIGHTHAWK!!

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