Which Should We Buy Next ?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by JW357, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. S&W 627 / 327 / 327 TRR8 / M&P R8

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  2. S&W 360pd / 360

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  3. S&W 317 / 617 / 63 / 43c

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  4. a 1911 in .45 ACP

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  5. Recommendations ?

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  1. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    **NOTE** Please do not discuss the merits of revolvers vs. semi-autos, capacity vs. less capacity, caliber vs. caliber, open carry vs. concealed carry in THIS thread. I am well aware of most of the common arguments on both sides of all of these issues. I just want to hear opinions on the guns. Thanks.

    Ok everyone here's the deal. My wife and I will probably be selling two handguns in the next couple months. A Bersa Thunder .22 LR and a Taurus Millenium PT140 in .40 S&W. Those two guns have given us nothing but problems. All we're waiting on is to get them fixed up so they're sellable.

    We're washing our hands, so to speak, of junk guns (no offense to anyone who likes those brands - these two particular guns just didn't work out for us).

    So we will sell them and put the money towards a different gun. The money we get from the two will not be our full budget, but it will be the start.

    Here's what I, personally, had in mind (if we can find them at the LGS' in NC):

    1) S&W 627 / 327 / 327 TRR8 / M&P R8 (an 8 shot .357 Magnum from S&W)

    2) S&W 360pd / 360 (5 shot .357 Magnum by S&W)

    3) S&W 317 / 617 / 63 / 43c (a .22 LR by S&W)

    4) A 1911 of some sort (haven't narrowed down ANY specifics yet, except I would probably want a .45 ACP)

    Or something else? The point of these guns would be as follows:

    Option 1 - This would be primarily an Open Carry gun if it is legal in the locality we will be living in in NC, but when not used in that regard it would be in a wall safe in use as a HD gun.

    Option 2 - This would serve as my primary concealed carry weapon (would replace the S&W M&P9c), possibly a pocket carry gun. My wife owns one and I love the feel of it, so this would be MINE. ha.

    Option 3 - Plinking and general range fun. Since the Bersa would be sold, we would be without a .22 pistol. We have a couple rifles, but no pistol.

    Option 4 - Range fun, possibly HD safe gun, but mostly just range fun (note: I do not own any .45s right now, so I would have to buy dies to reload for it to maximize our fun. I already reload for 9mm and .357 Magnum / .38 Special. I don't mind buying dies, but just thought I'd throw that in there).
     
  2. R1D2

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    I have a bersa thunder 380 works well.. Have a LCP it works well. Don't know if I could get one at any time soon or in the next few years.. but I want a Colt 1911A1 an a Beretta M9 .. And a desert eagle ..... be nice to own..
     

  3. JonM

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    Personally I can't stand any smith and wesson handguns.

    Some neat guns in the revolver world are pretty much rugers. The gp100 is a fantastic 357. Then the is their redhawk series. For carry I would go lcr 357 over a sw any day. This model is particularly interesting http://www.ruger.com/products/gp100MatchChampion/models.html


    Semi autos I would recommend a xdm in 45acp or 9mm over a 1911 as a carry/range gun.

    For 1911's I'm pretty fond of colts and springfield is turning out some realllllllly nice guns lately.

    For 22lr the ruger 22/45 is the hands down best there is.
     
  4. FernandoTheCommando

    FernandoTheCommando New Member

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    +1 on the gp100 in .357 magnum. I own one and it's smooth as butter. 4 inch barrel would be good for open carry and full house magnum loads are a sure man stopper for hd.

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  5. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    I picked "recommendations?", because I'm not real familiar with any of the ones listed. So, here's my recommendation; Sig P938. It'd cover both Options 1 & 2. I have one, it's not even that bad to shoot for range fun. And I don't have the extended mag yet.
     
  6. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    I picked the 617:
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    The only reason why I haven't sold off my Browning Buckmark is because my little sister likes to shoot that one when she comes up here for the summer.
     
  7. Jagermeister

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    I would love to have a high quality 1911 again.
     
  8. 1911_Marine

    1911_Marine New Member

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    Look at the "Wiley Clap GP100"... Ruger revolvers are great and the Wiley has smoothed edges and Novak sights. Really nice in stainless and blued. I do like Smith Revolvers too an any of those you mentioned are good choices. Ultimately I would suggest the revolver or pistol that fits best in your hand and you shoot well. The only additional suggestion I have is something I think you have learned the hard way ... stay away from junk because your life may depend on that $200 (+ or -) difference. Good luck.


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  9. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    Sorry you had/Have issues with two of my Favorite Brands. But since your moving "Forward" and not "Sideways" or "Back," I would also suggest the Ruger GP100. I know You said Prior that You & GG&C had both shot the LCR, and were not totally comfortable. The Grips, to me, are as important as the Caliber & Action of the Gun. I know you both Currently Also shoot S&W 's(M&P's If i remember) so I Understand your Desire for another S&W. Good Luck Whatever You Decide!


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  10. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Ruger makes a fine revolver. The GP100 is a heck of a gun, and the Wiley Clap is beautiful. GGaC and I also shot an SP101 in a 4" bbl. That was a wonderful gun to shoot.

    I will say, if I'm going for a large frame revolver, Smith has models that give +2 rounds over the GP100. I'm not much of a capacity guy, but I figure the guns are basically the same size, are the same caliber, probably just as good of quality, so the round count is about the biggest difference.

    I am not ruling out the GP100. Its a fine gun, and if I find one for the right price, when we're in the market, and can't find a Smith for the right price... Well, who knows?
     
  11. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    You pick what fits you and your other half the best. Totally unlike your work situation JW, where you have to take what they hand you..


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  12. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Amen to that brother.

    We're never going to "settle" on a gun again. We're too informed now, and actually have opinions. When we bought the Taurus and Bersa, we were like "oooh, inexpensive." Yeah. Well. Again, those two particular guns just didn't work out for us.

    Live and learn, right?
     
  13. big_blue79

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    We're more than happy with our RIA 1911 in 9x19mm, haven't gotten the .45ACP yet but I'm sure like this 9x19mm it'll be just peachy as well.

    Have you considered a S&W CS40 or 45 or a 3906 or 5906 I know the 3906 and 5906 are 9x19mm? Maybe a 4006? I love my 469, if it wasn't as fat as it is it'd be a perfect pocket carry handgun for everyday.
     
  14. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    RIA seems to have a dedicated following. I have no experience with them, but I know they offer a good warranty and an attractive price. I would like to shoot one before I made my decision.

    Regarding the Smiths you recommend. No, I haven't really considered any of them. I'm sure they're great guns, but the thought just hasn't come to me. I've never even held any of them (don't know if I've seen any in LGS' either), so I don't have an opinion of them. I would like to run into some and hold them.

    The 469 has a manual safety, right? For a range gun I'm ok with that, but would prefer my carry gun not have a safety. Just my preference. Besides, I'm not really trying to get a semi-auto for carry purposes. I have my M&P9c for that, which I will be keeping. I love that gun.

    If I get another carry gun, it would be either a small frame .357 Magnum revolver for CC or a large frame .357 for OC.
     
  15. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I own 5 S&W revolvers. Every one is top notch. I also own a Ruger 22/45. That is also a great gun. I have several Ruger single action revolvers. They are top quality guns as well. I can not imagine you buying any revolver that has Ruger or S&W on it that you would not be happy with. When it comes to name brands you definitely get what you pay for. I bought 2 Taurus hand guns. I do not own either of them anymore.
     
  16. big_blue79

    big_blue79 New Member

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    It has a Manual Safety that automatically decocks it. So basically it's a DA semi auto.
     
  17. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    For a great range/fun gun the S&W 617 is hard to beat. One of my first handguns was an old K22. It was one of the best training tools for new shooters. A good frame size, good sight radius, easy to understand, could teach double and single action trigger use. It was a good backpacking gun for snakes, and good for running a trap line to dispatch critters.

    I've had good luck with Springfield Armory, Rock Island Armory, Colt, old pre series II Kimbers, in the 1911 category.
     
  18. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    Hey I saw a real pretty 617 in 22LR with an 8" barrel. The Guy wanted $750.


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  19. JW357

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    Not a terrible price. I'd prefer a shorter barrel. Maybe 4"
     
  20. string1946

    string1946 New Member

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    I don't believe you can go wrong with any quality 1911. I already have several in my collection and intend to add more in the future. I have a Kimber that is a really nice handgun. Btw I have a place in eastern N.C. and love it.
     

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