I can just have one handgun, what should it be?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by TheNYResistance, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. TheNYResistance

    TheNYResistance New Member

    New York state granted me the privilege and honor of a pistol permit for my home. The also make it difficult to get more than just one handgun.

    I was thinking of a glock 30 for home defense, carry if I have some situation where carrying is more important than following stupid laws, ie, I am threatened and need to travel, or if I get my Florida ccw and head down south for vacation.

    I like the 30 because it has a light rail, good power with a 45 acp, and plenty of firepower with 9 rounds,

    It is also small and compact for a 45.

    I was thinking about the 27 but no light rail makes me nervous in the home.

    357 is a hell of a gun, but something of a white elephant, if it's small enough to carry, it is usually hard to control. If it is full sized and good to fire, hard to carry.

    So any ideas?
  2. Shade

    Shade New Member


    Handguns are like shoes pick one that fits you. By that I mean one
    that is comfortable and natural for you to hold and aim with, one that
    you can operate, safeties, cycling the action etc. Something you can
    operate with ease and confidence.

    For me that's a 1911, for others it might be a Glock for my wife it was
    a .357 Magnum revolver, semi's were too "mechanical" for her.

    "Selecting" a rifle are more of a science, "fitting" a handgun or a
    shotgun is more of a feely thing.

    I will add that my wife can handle full load .375 hollow points, but
    she practices with light .38 spl target loads. If you are a reloader,
    as I am, you can load a bigger (+P) round for defense and light load
    rounds for practice.
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2012

  3. TimKS

    TimKS Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter


    Heaven help you if that wasn't a completely honest typo. :D
  4. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

    For your "only" home defense pistol, there's nothing wrong with 9mm, 40sw, 45acp, or 357mag. Glock, Sig, 1911, revolver, etc...they're all viable options. It's just about what prefer. Opinions vary on caliber vs capacity vs barrel length, etc. It just boils down to your skill and comfort level with any given platform.

    If I was in your shoes and in the market for a Glock, I'd probably just get a model 23 and add a Lone Wolf 40-9 barrel ($120). That way you could shoot either 9mm or 40sw via a 30-second barrel swap from your only gun. The only question is, is the model 23 (and its full capacity) legal where you live?

    I have one gun that wears a rail mounted laser/light. Maybe someday it'll prove itself useful. But for me, the lack of a rail would never be any kind of deal breaker.
  5. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    If I could only have one gun for home defense, it would be a .357 revolver.
  6. orangello

    orangello New Member

    This would make it easy for you to teach others how to use it, less intimidating.

    I am single, so i would probably go with my XD45 for 13 rounds of 45ACP goodness, considering carry was very unlikely or would be very infrequent.
  7. kenhesr

    kenhesr New Member

    If I could only have one, it would need to handle a .22lr conversion kit.

    Kinda like having two handguns on one permit, powerfull or cheap ammo, take your pick.
  8. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    I'm single, too. And live alone. But my kids would not be intimidated by a semi-auto. I think revolver because my revolver has never jammed, misfired or 'misbehaved' in any other way. Every time you pull the trigger it goes "BANG".
  9. TimL2952

    TimL2952 New Member

    I'm kind of in the same boat here. I'm almost 21 and I'm thinking day and night about what I want. It's a little easier for me because I don't live in NYC, but we DO have a 10 round magazine limit. This is really influencing my decision.

    Why get a 9mm that is capable of holding 15, 16, or 17 rounds If I'm only gonna be able to put 10 round mags in it? That cut my choice right down to a .45 or .40 automatic or a revolver.

    Currently It's a toss up between a Springfield 1911, Glock 17, or a Smith and Wesson Model 19/686.
  10. CaseyPhoenix

    CaseyPhoenix New Member

    Find the gun that fits you. I switch between my glock 19 and my sw 38 special. Only one choice is tough.
  11. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg New Member

    Owning a pistol is not a privilege it is a right afforded by the 2nd Amendment I would move far far away from that communist state, if that is not an option I would go with a 357 gp100 for a home gun and for a carry gun there are plenty of mid size and small revolvers, some use a 5 shot cylinder so it is a little smaller, S&W J frames, Ruger LCR or SP101 are some examples of smaller ones, then you have the ability to shoot lighter loads in the 38 special if you like. The suggestion of something like a Glock with extra interchangeable barrels is a good idea if you like to have different caliber options and you like the Glock, I don't care for them. Biggest thing is it has to be comfortable in your hand or you will hate it and it will be next to impossible to be proficient with it if it doesn't fit. If you like the striker type gun like the Glock, check out S&W m&P series, Springfield XD, and Ruger SR9 or SR40 series, all good guns as well if that's what you are into.
  12. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

    Nothing mechanical is foolproof. I had a revolver jam up so tight it almost had to go to a gunsmith. When a revolver does jam, it is usually catastrophic. An auto can usually be cleared. The 1911 replaced the revolver because of battlefield reliability not for the extra round.
    There are a lot of options out there. The G30 seems to be having some issues. The suggestion of a G23 with multiple barrels would be a good one. One pistol could give you 40 S&W, 357 Sig and 9mm. I would also look at the XD pistols. An XD45c is not much different in size than a G30 although it is a little heavier.
  13. Shade

    Shade New Member

    Good thing she doesn't read any of this... LOL
  14. Shade

    Shade New Member

    And faster reloading.
  15. mcb

    mcb New Member

    I personally prefer a 357 mag revolver. My 6" 686 is near my bed and my second choice after my Mossberg 500.

    HOSSFLY New Member

    The Glock 30 is a great HD & CCW weapon & since you already like it------(and I dont even like Glocks but I did own the 30 ) :eek:
  17. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter


    I would stay with the 40 or 45 cal. The Glock 30 is a good choice or some of the following.
    220 Sig 45
    Springfield XD 40 or 45
    27 or 23 Glock Compact 40 cal.

  18. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

    The Sig Sauer platform was designed for countries that only allow one gun per household. The trigger assembly can be removed and placed into different frames. The reason this is important is that only one serialized firearm (on such Sig models the trigger assembly is what has the serial #, NOT the frame), can be moved into different sized frames/barrels that could serve different purposes.

    If I could only buy one gun, for sure I would choose a 9mm semi-automatic. What exact gun you choose should be your choice based on your hand and your eye.
  19. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    Find a used Peters Stahl in Multi-Calibre.
    You can have barrels from 9mm to .45ACP and keep the same serial number.
  20. BCMjUnKiE

    BCMjUnKiE New Member

    Beretta 96 A1, G27, or S&W M&P .40C. Each are different and each are customized to my HD and carry liking. And are ALL VERY GOOD Handguns.