What's the best...

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by NGIB, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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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
     
  2. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    I'm John Dillinger and I approve of the above post! :p

    JD
     

  3. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    I approve of the new avatar JD...
     
  4. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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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. :D
     
  5. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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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.
     
  6. ad5zt

    ad5zt New Member

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    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.
     
  7. SGT-MILLER

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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 :D
     
  8. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Blasphemy!

    *cough* NIGHTHAWK!

    JD
     
  9. SGT-MILLER

    SGT-MILLER New Member

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    Nighthawk = *cough* overpriced


    :D
     
  10. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    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!! :rolleyes:

    JD
     
  11. SGT-MILLER

    SGT-MILLER New Member

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    The original 1911 was/is the best 1911 out there (I want an original, not a "new" Colt). I'm not worried about the price. Canebrake has no power over me, BTW. :D

    In the end, the Nighthawk is just another copy (albeit a very, very good, and sharp looking copy) of the original.

    Honestly I don't want to get any 1911s right now. No funds, and they are all a little over priced, IMO. The only decent quality ones that may soon be within my price range is the Springfield GI, and the Taurus PT1911.

    My opinion still stands: The original Colt 1911 is still the best variant of 1911s out there.
     
  12. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    What about the disconnect and the spur hammer?? :D

    Even the lightbulb got a little better with age....

    But, to each his own.

    I'll take the Nighthawks and you guys can collect the originals. But, ah, don't go messing them up by firing them. :p

    JD
     
  13. yazul42

    yazul42 Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Best?

    I would have to agree with NGIB, the best is a firearm you can shoot well and handle comfortably. For a new shooter, I would recommend starting with a good .22lr, be it a revolver or semi-auto. Ammunition is readily available and though going up, not too expensive. Good quality handguns in .22 are still available for folks on a budget.Look for sales and many times guns can be found very reasonably priced. In my opinion, the best, is what works best for the individual, weighing experience, economics, and ones personal comfort zone.

    Good shooting,
    Jeff
     
  14. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    About 6 months ago I sold a few safe queens and had a wad of cash in my pocket. I went up to the "upscale" store in Savannah and looked over their selection of high-end 1911s. I handled an Ed Brown, Wilson, Nighthawk, and a Les Baer.

    In the end I walked out without one even though I had the cash available. While these were beautiful guns, I realized that I can't even outshoot the Kimber Gold Match I already had. I invested in some other toys, carry gear, and lots of ammo...
     
  15. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    The best $700 1911 in the WORLD, and it's MINE!!!!!

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    The best $400 DA wheel gun in the WORLD, and it's MINE!!!!!

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    ............^ Elsie Ahrrr

    If I had $3K to spend on a new gun it would be a Yost rubbed Browning HP. The second $3K would go for a NightHawk! Or I could sink the additional $2,300 into the above Colt and kick *** on the fit and finish of any NH! [​IMG]
     
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