Five handguns everyone should own.

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by txpossum, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

    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?
  2. Yunus

    Yunus New Member

    1. 1911 - obvious choice, no further explanation required.

    2. .22 semi-auto - fun plinker, cheap and fun. It's going to be a bit finnicky but that will teach a person to clean their firearms. Also did I mention it's just fun to shoot and cheap?

    3. .22 revolver - excellent platform to learn to shoot.

    4. Glock - You either love it or hate it but it's popular and everyone should have experience with this firearm, I prefer the .40 full frame (Model 22).

    5. .44 or larger revolver - If I was going on a hunting trip to Alaska or anywhere deep in the woods, I would carry my rifle with me but I would also have a revolver as a backup sidearm. They are incredibly reliable and will get the job done every time.

  3. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member


    I wholeheartedly agree with 1-4, number 5 I could live without really. Not that I don't like them, just don't really have a use for it. The biggest animals in my parts are white tail deer and MAYBE the occasional black bear. Have never seen one within 300 miles of home, but i have heard of one or two.
  4. Hairtrigger

    Hairtrigger Member

    45C single action
    22 Ruger MK2
    Rem700 mid grip in 221 Fireball or 7BR
    10mm semi auto
  5. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

    So what would your number 5 be?
  6. bbertram

    bbertram New Member

    I'd change #3 to a different .45. I like my Sig P220 more than I ever liked my 1911. #5 goes to the Super Blackhawk, I reloaded for one for 15 years and there's a wealth of variety in what it can do.
  7. manta

    manta Well-Known Member Supporter

    CZ 75.
    Hi Power.
    Beretta 92.
  8. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    I am in line with you With exception of the .44 magnum.

    A .454 Casull will fire .44 mag. Maybe one of those BFRs.
  9. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

    1. Full frame polymer pistol. 9/40/45/10mm it's your choice. I pick a S&W M&P .40 with a 9mm drop in barrel. M&P is as reliable as a Glock but shoot better for me.

    2. 1911

    3. 4"or 6" .357 magnum revolver. Can't get better than S&W for that.

    4. Compact carry size pistol. S&W Shield or KelTec P11 for me.

    5. .22LR semi-auto or revolver. Browning Buckmark or S&W 22A for me.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2013
  10. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

    1. Star Trek Phaser-No legal worries when the bad guy is vaporized
    2. Han Solo's blaster-It's a man thing
    3. Men in Black's Noisy Cricket-Best concealed carry ever.
    4. P226-Best handgun ever made! My opinion of course.
    5. Full size USP in .40 or .45-Large battle pistols are awesome!
  11. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

    garbage! i don't even HAVE 5 handguns....:mad:

    i reject this thread, and will be reporting future posts as being insensitive to the handgun disadvantaged. ;)
  12. shadecorp

    shadecorp Active Member Supporter


    How can we have a 5 limit ??
    So many too choose from.
    Ruger Standard Model Auto.
    Single Six
    1896 Mauser
    S&W 29 for bragging
    Red Hawk for Shooting
    Hi Power
    Not in any order
    And on, and on, to infinity.
    Have some of the above.

    Last edited: Aug 3, 2013
  13. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

    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.
  14. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

    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
  15. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

    44 mag, or I think you mean 45 long colt? and schoefield ;)
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2013
  16. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

    i agree..the 223/9 will be everywhere theory has shown some serious holes lately.
  17. thatonespot

    thatonespot New Member


    Im a little late, but i thought a 454 revolver would shoot 45LC, not .44mags.
    I could be wrong, just clarifying.
  18. JW357

    JW357 New Member

    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...
  19. thatonespot

    thatonespot New Member

    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?
  20. Threetango

    Threetango Audentes Fortuna Iuvat Supporter

    I believe I have one of each on your list. ;)