If you could start over, pick your first 5 handguns?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Poink88, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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    Inspired by this thread http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f14/beginning-pistol-collection-where-start-39898/

    Knowing everything you know now...pretend you are a newbie who can only save $150/month. (excluding other expenses like ammo, range fee, accs. etc.)

    How would you build your initial 3-5 handguns? Note that you can buy anything you want but expensive ones may take forever at $150/mo adding on your firearm fund.

    What will you buy 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th?

    I will probably start with a 9mm CZ 75 SP01 for $600.00 (4 months)
    Followed by my .22LR Buckmark for $300.00 (2 months)
    Then a really nice .45ACP 1911 $2,400.00 (15 months)
    Later add a .357mag S&W 686 $700.00 (<5 months)
    Maybe a 9mm Walther PPS for carry $600.00 (4 months)

    It will take 2.5 years but I think I will be very happy with this setup and will be worth the wait.

    What would you do?
     
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  2. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    1) CZ 75b, $450-600. Good learning platform, acceptable defensive firearm.
    2) Browning/Ruger 22lr $250-500. Still haven't decided which I'll buy.

    If you're not carrying concealed, you can get by on those two for quite a while...and I'd probably add some long guns in the mean time...12ga SG, 22lr rifle, AR-15. I don't even enjoy shotguns, but very few options are more versatile for defense, hunting, survival, emergencies than a $300 pump SG.

    3) Springfield Milspec or other nicer entry level 1911, $600-900.
    4) Ruger GP100, 4-6" barrel 357mag. Basic, sturdy revolver. $400-500, because I'll buy it used.
    5) Carry Gun. I'll give the $700 Kimber Solo a try. If not carrying, I'd look into a tacticool polymer 9/40/45.


    I have five pistols myself (plus a Kimber Solo on order), but somehow I have yet to own a dedicated 22lr, 1911, or revolver. I'm strongly considering parting with my P226 to land a rimfire pistol and get a start on a 1911 with what's left over. The current liquid gun funds are being directed toward a rifle project (AR-10) I just started.
     

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    1. colt series 70 new manufacture
    2. colt new agent for easier ccw
    3. bersa thunder 22
    4. bersa thunder 380
    5. colt python 357mag 6inch royal blued.

    i would definately not re-purchase the sig mosquito and i wouldnt liekly get another ruger mk series.
     
  4. BlindOldMan

    BlindOldMan New Member

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    what i have

    I'd likely go with what I have currently:
    Remington 700 .223
    Remington 597 .22
    Winchester Model 70 .270
    S&W 642 .38
    G22
    G19

    They are all inexpensive firearms and arguably ugly or ornery or boring. But I've been with them so long that I've gotten attached to them.

    Oh...I'd add a shotgun too..not sure which though.
     
  5. dunerunner

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    Colt Government 1991A1 .45ACP
    Smith and Wesson Model 27 .357 6"
    Colt New Agent .45 ACP 3"
    Colt Special Combat .45 Hard Chrome
    Colt Combat Commander .45 4.25"
     
  6. mesinge2

    mesinge2 New Member

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    1) I'd probably start with a .357 Magnum Ruger Security Six (Good balance of home defense and carry).
    2) Then I would but a Snubbie 5-shot Smith or Ruger in 357 or 38 for discreet carry.
    3) My next choice, with no good concealed weapons wound be to safe for a Colt 1911; probably my Combat Elite (I can't imagine not owning it).
    4) An inexpensive (but not cheap) 22 for the range.
    5) Then I would probably buy a Colt Defender for my 5th gun.
     
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  7. General_lee

    General_lee New Member

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    I'm not far from where I would like to be if I had to start over.

    If I did have to start over, it would probably go something like this:

    1 Glock 19 - for a reliable all purpose gun
    2 Springfield Milspec 1911 - because no gun collection is complete without a 1911
    3 Ruger LCP - for pocket carry
    4 Ruger Security Six in stainless - because that's my favorite revolver
    5 Ruger MKIII - for cheap .22 plinkin' fun
     
  8. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    I'd get the same five all over again...
     
  9. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    1 GSG 1911-22 22lr
    2 BHP 9mm
    3 Colt LightWeight Commander 45 ACP
    4 Colt Python 357 Mag
    5 S&W N 44 Mag
     
  10. bgeddes

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    1) Used Ruger MkII ~$250 + $50 ammo (2 months)
    Get to the range and shoot.

    2.6) Used 1911 - I've seen many top names for $5-600 (4 months, 5 w/ ammo)
    A defense gun starts in a caliber with a .4 a good one starts with 1911

    2.6) Used .357 Revolver -Ruger, S&W something in 4" $3-400 (3 mo W/ammo)
    These are the STEAL on the used gun market. Great guns, great prices.

    2.6) Used Snub .38/.357 - Many choices, shop around. ~$300 (2 Months)
    Shares practice ammo with the 4" .357 and makes a great carry gun.

    5) Pocket .380 - LCP, P38T, ect. You'll never leave it at home. $300 (2 mo)
    You'll need some practice ammo, but you won't shoot it for fun.

    The 2.6 means whichever you get a deal on first. Then the next and so forth....

    Call it 15 months with good carry ammo.
     
  11. wmille01

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    1.) Colt 1911 orginal style
    2.) taurus judge with the long barrel
    3.) the super shorty twelve gauge
    4.) Browning High Power
    5.) Sig Saur P229
     
  12. CHLChris

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    1) Commander 1911 .45acp (I want protection power FIRST)
    2) Defender 1911 .45acp (I want to carry second)
    3) Browning Buckmark .22lr (I want to plink cheaply for practice)

    Here's where it gets tough, only two more choices. Which way to go? 9mm? 38/357? Teeny mouse gun?

    4) Browning HighPower 9mm (THE definition of 9mm)
    5) Kahr P380

    This is cheating:

    6) Kahr PM9 9mm
    7) Smith & Wesson 686 4" 7-shot .357/.38
    8) Ruger LCR .38spl+p
     
  13. Lindenwood

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    I like having few guns. I'd rather have only a few that I really can handle well, than a bunch of objects in a safe. I'd definitely skip the Kel-tec PF9 (didn't work well, and I hated shooting it), and I'd probably replace my P22 with a pistol better suited for plinking and target shooting.

    But, I would probably just go with the following three guns:

    1) Glock 19 (MAYBE a 26) for general concealed carry and HD.

    2) A browning buckmark .22 pistol.

    3) Either a nice long-barreled revolver in either .44 mag or .357mag, or some rifle in either a similar caliber or a basic rifle caliber (.308, .243, .30-06, etc). Possibly a single-shot, just because I've always found them elegant.

    4) I suppose a barrel and suppressor for the Buckmark technically count as the 4th "firearm," haha.

    5) And then I suppose suppressing the rifle would be the 5th, heh.
     
  14. wb_carpenter

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    S&W M&P pro

    Browning Buckmark

    keltec Pf9

    1911 build (too many to choose but a budget build)


    A 357 revolver(maybe j frame) to diversify my skills a little(cant shoot a revolver well).
     
  15. jeepcreep927

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    Stainless Ruger Bisley in 45 Colt with 5 1/2" barrel
    4" Ruger GP 100 .357 Mag.
    1911 in 38 Super
    XP-100 .221 Fireball
    Smith and Wesson 622 6" barrel
     
  16. USMC-03

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    1- Glock 19 because I think it is the perfect first handgun and incredibly versatile.

    2- M&P .45

    3- S&W 686 .357 mag

    4- Glock 17

    5- M&P full size .40
     
  17. Gojubrian

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    1. Browning Buckmark .22
    2. CZ SP-01 Phantom .40
    3. Dan Wesson Valor
    4. Smith 686 .357
    5. Sig 239 SAS for carry

    I have number 1 and 5. I also have a great 1911, but I was starting over I wouldn't know about it.
    I hope to get the phantom and 686 one day. My 1,5,and 3 are filled. :)
     
  18. Uncle Tom

    Uncle Tom New Member

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    top 5

    for tradition, for non-plastic --

    Colt Single Action Army - .45 LC
    Colt 1911 - .45 ACP
    Browning High Power - 9mm
    Smith & Wesson, Model 10 - 38 Special
    Colt Python - 357 Mag
     
  19. powg

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    My 5

    I wouldn't change a thing. These are my purchases starting in 1985 ,as the lower prices reflect . The last purchase (.44 mag) was in 2008 excellent cond. couldn't pass it up . My 5 choices fill my handgun battery completely. My next purchase will be for something that I really dont need ,just want such as a Nighthawk custom .45 or a .44 mag rossi mares leg lever action pistol ,ala Mc queen ...... #1 ruger mk2 ,( new $350.00 )#2 taurus mod 85 .38spl 3 inch,(new $300.00) #3 eaa witness fab 9mm( new $ 375.00 )#4 s&w mod 29 .44 8.5 barrel ( used $350.00)#5 naa 5 shot s/a .22lr/.22mag 1.5 barrel (pocket monster)was a gift $ 0.00
     
  20. pranc2

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    only got two so far...

    1. kimber pro cdp II ($1325 my blow tax return money last year)
    2. buck mark ($400) had to get the extra mag and i have 3 days til pick up.

    the next one i am thinking about hard

    3. 1911 full size steel frame (probably a kimber but maybe a wilson) $1200+++
    4. classic ankle revolver black with wood grip $300-400 ??
    5. open for though (springfield xdm maybe)