Only one Handgun.

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by spack762, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. spack762

    spack762 New Member

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    Sorry if this topic has been beaten to death. But I got to thinking, do to some problems I might be able to afford/own just one handgun. Sad. Then I was thinking what I need said one gun to do.

    Plinker; home def; CCW; hiking/camp; shtf and a duty gun cause Im a "mallninja"
    Now for me to qualify to carry a gun at work I will need to pass the range test. Which is Hit a B-52 target at 7 yards, some where in the black, and reload it in 4 sec or less, and be from 9mm to 45 acp.

    A little about me. Im 6 feet 255lbs, I will carry it in a shoulder rig or a IWB holster for conceled. I got short fat hands. Ive used and shoot a lot of handguns in my time. I really like the 1911 in 45, but was also wondering 1911 in 38 super??

    Price wise. Since this might be my only handgun I dont want to skimp. 2,000 might be pushing it.

    Most input will be great! Lets keep the name calling and the hateraid to a minamum. Thanks!!
     
  2. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    $2000 will buy you just about any production brand of 1911 with all the bells and whistles.
     

  3. jarhead0881

    jarhead0881 New Member

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    That's one of my favorite things about the 1911s. You can fit them to your needs no matter the size and shape. There are 1911s of all sizes out there. If you have smaller hands, the short trigger might fit you better. But, if you can, try both triggers out before you drop the cash on one.
     
  4. hq357

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    If i can only have one gun for the rest of my life it would have to be a glock 23 in 40 cal because it can also use 9mm mags even the 30 round mags in the same frame. you can pay 100$ and get a 9mm conversion barrel and just drop it in and boom you have a reliable glock 9mm. you will have 1 gun available for 2 different calibers. this would be crucial for a shtf situation. there are other conversion kits for other brands of guns but they come in kits and require a gunsmith and arent as popular. Glock parts and accessories for both 9mm and 40 are everywhere.
     
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  5. Alpha1Victor

    Alpha1Victor New Member

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    As much as I love my .45's, my pick would be the glock 19. Its a very versatile handgun and of course the 9mm is the most common handgun round available.
     
  6. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

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    S&W M&P 40 with an extra 9mm barrel. I get a full sized poly framed handgun with Glock reliability and Sig accuracy. Plus, I get to shoot to very common calibers.
     
  7. spack762

    spack762 New Member

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    Awesome. Thanks for the input. How well does the 9mm and 40 do as a hunting load for small to medium game?? Just in case I need to use it as such.
     
  8. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

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    Hot loaded .40's can hit much harder than .45.
     
  9. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    There is a reason the Beretta 92FS is

    so popular. I'd go with the 92.

    The 92A1 has a swept trigger guard,

    1913 rail, and a couple other internal

    upgrades. Check it out.
     
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  10. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Yeah.... it's been pretty well beat to death.

    [​IMG]

    But my answer would be a 357 magnum, either a Ruger or Smith and Wesson.
     
  11. aandabooks

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    S&W 686 that is the one I'd pick for one gun in a take care of everything situation. Minimal parts to break and good rugged reliability.
     
  12. JW357

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    I absolutely 100% agree. My personal choice would be a S&W 686p with a 4" or shorter barrel. I know a guy who conceals the regular 686. The 686p (7 shots instead of 6) isn't that much bigger. You can get speed loaders and definitely will be able to reload faster than four seconds.

    Plus you essentially get two calibers in one gun. .38 Special for plinking and .357 Magnum for on the job, CCW, even hunting.

    Its literally the perfect gun for you.

    Also, regarding your "short, fat hands" - you can change out the grips easily on a revolver. You can basically customize it easier to your hand than you can with most semi-autos. Large grips, small grips, wood, rubber, thick, thin, the sky's the limit.
     
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  13. jjones45

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    You said you might be able to only afford one gun but it can cost up to $2000, I don't get it. Anyways I vote for the m&p R8. 8 shot .357 mag with accesory rail. Just an awesome gun.
     
  14. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Another excellent choice.
     
  15. hq357

    hq357 New Member

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    Yes i agree as well id take a gun that can use 2 calibers either a glock 23 in 40 cal so i can use 40.cal and 9mm at the same time id pay the 100$ for a 9mm barrel so i can run 9mm as well or a smith and wesson 686 so i can shoot either 38 or 357.
     
  16. hq357

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    S&w r8

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    I would love to buy this if i can have one gun! Very sexy!!
     
  17. Chainfire

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    With $2,000 to spend, I would buy a $600.00 1911 and $1,400.00 in ammo to practice with.
     
  18. CaseyChadwell

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    Agreed. If you can spend 2000, why not buy two, or three firearms? Two handguns and a good SD shotgun...? Just another option...
     
  19. blackxpress

    blackxpress New Member

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    OK I'll play. 10mm.
     
  20. hq357

    hq357 New Member

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    Made by who? What kind of 10mm a glock? The the delta 1911 one or what? :D