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Those times when you were Right
« on: June 11, 2017, 03:14:07 AM »
We have several thread around here about times when we were surprised by a gun - when we hated one that we thought we would love, or vice versa.  This one is different.  This thread is for the guns that you thought you would love... And did!   Bonus points for pictures.

Mine would be the Makarov.  (picture reused from another thread)




Before buying one, sight unseen, I had never handled a Makarov.  The purchase was based on the reputation of simplicity and reliability common to all Soviet weapons.  Plus they just have a certain look about them that appealed to me. 

So I bought one.

I did not have terribly high expectations for the ergonomics, and I was right - this is not a target pistol - but for a concealed carry piece it is more than adequate.  Accurate, too, and the sights' POA/POI alignment is dead on. 

If there was one thing that did surprise me, it would be how smooth everything is.  From the slide operation, to the trigger pull, to the fitment of the firing mechanism, the attention to detail is apparent.  A 1962 East German model, it was made in Suhl, and quite likely by some of the same craftsmen who built the PP series (on which the Makarov is based) in that town's Walther factory before and during the war.  I did consider buying a Bulgarian Mak, but for a slight increase in price, this was the right route to go.  Even under the rule of communism, Germans are still Germans. :cool

10/10  I love it. :D
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    Re: Those times when you were Right
    « Reply #1 on: June 11, 2017, 08:24:34 AM »
    Maks are amazing little guns.    I own two, 9X18 and .380.   Sweet little shooters picked up for next to nothing.  I'd like to get an East German someday.

        I've had guns I've always wanted and were disappointed by, AR-180B, Saiga-12, to name a few.

       There's other times when I've had a gun that I've known would turn out good.  Ruger redhawk, Ruger Security Six, AK,etc.

       On a gun I've never had experience with, that turned out to be an amazing gun?

     Swiss K31.    For being a surplus rifle they feel like a fine-tuned custom gun.  Mine shoots true 1MOA groups with GP11 surplus.  It balances perfectly, it's fast-firing and just "hits" whatever I shoot at.  I was truly not expecting that when I purchased it.      It's definitely one of my "if I could only have 10 guns" list.
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    Re: Those times when you were Right
    « Reply #2 on: June 11, 2017, 08:56:11 AM »
    EAA Witness.
    Pretty much any gun I've purchased since 2004 has been without the opportunity to put my hands on it or an example of the model and I've needed to cross my fingers and hope for the best.
    In the case of the Witness I was thrilled, it was a better fit for my hand than I could have hoped for. In fact it is absolutely the best fitting handgun for my hand that I have ever tried.   
    Better still, it felt so comfortable in my wife's tiny paws that she confiscated mine and I had to order another for myself.   
    It shoots very nicely, and with upgraded springs standard 180g 10mm feels like shooting a mild 9mm.

    Really love this gun.

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    Re: Those times when you were Right
    « Reply #3 on: June 11, 2017, 02:41:59 PM »
    My GP-100 is everything I wanted and more. I absolutely love it.

    Then there's my KSG. I'd read and heard some good but mostly evil about them. I soon came across one a fellow officer had for $600. He had never shot it and it appeared flawless. I told him I felt like I was ripping him off but he said he was making $200 as he had traded a $400 Remington 700 for it. I went for it despite the negative press and I love it. I topped it with a Vortex Spitfire and its dead nuts on with a slug at 50yds.
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    « Reply #4 on: June 11, 2017, 05:51:58 PM »
    My GP-100 is everything I wanted and more. I absolutely love it.

    Then there's my KSG. I'd read and heard some good but mostly evil about them. I soon came across one a fellow officer had for $600. He had never shot it and it appeared flawless. I told him I felt like I was ripping him off but he said he was making $200 as he had traded a $400 Remington 700 for it. I went for it despite the negative press and I love it. I topped it with a Vortex Spitfire and its dead nuts on with a slug at 50yds.

    I still have yet to get a Ruger GP100. I might have to someday  :hmm.
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    Re: Those times when you were Right
    « Reply #5 on: June 11, 2017, 08:48:22 PM »
    Oddly enough, the best firearm purchase I ever made was for The Boss.  She'd decided that she didn't like her Colt Trooper Mk III, because it wouldn't fit in the glove box or center console of her car, she wanted something smaller than a 6-inch .357.  Okay. 

    So I sold it, and traded for the first of SEVERAL 9mm autoloaders for her.  The only thing that they all had in common was that she couldn't hit the ground with one, unless she dropped it, and she'd probably have had to drop it twice.  Didn't matter what make, model or version. 

    Wound up taking the last one, and trading it for a 4-inch, stainless GP-100.  She absolutely loves it, can hit with it, and honestly, I don't think she could break it with a hammer.  It will handle the really hot cast bullet handloads, the warmish 125 gr. JHPs, or .38 wadcutters with equal aplomb.  It currently resides in the night stand drawer, on her side of the bed, with two speedloaders full of the above mentioned 125 gr. JHPs.

    Considering that neither of us had ever fired a GP-100 before I got this one, I'm pretty impressed with what a smart fellow I am!
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    « Reply #6 on: June 11, 2017, 09:01:28 PM »
    Oddly enough, the best firearm purchase I ever made was for The Boss.  She'd decided that she didn't like her Colt Trooper Mk III, because it wouldn't fit in the glove box or center console of her car, she wanted something smaller than a 6-inch .357.  Okay. 

    So I sold it, and traded for the first of SEVERAL 9mm autoloaders for her.  The only thing that they all had in common was that she couldn't hit the ground with one, unless she dropped it, and she'd probably have had to drop it twice.  Didn't matter what make, model or version. 

    Wound up taking the last one, and trading it for a 4-inch, stainless GP-100.  She absolutely loves it, can hit with it, and honestly, I don't think she could break it with a hammer.  It will handle the really hot cast bullet handloads, the warmish 125 gr. JHPs, or .38 wadcutters with equal aplomb.  It currently resides in the night stand drawer, on her side of the bed, with two speedloaders full of the above mentioned 125 gr. JHPs.

    Considering that neither of us had ever fired a GP-100 before I got this one, I'm pretty impressed with what a smart fellow I am!

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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

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    Re: Those times when you were Right
    « Reply #7 on: June 11, 2017, 09:03:08 PM »
    Honestly, even though I got rid of it, my SIG P228. I knew just barely enough about guns to be dangerous when I bought it. I knew I'd love it, and against all the odds I did. Recoil wasn't too bad and the trigger was phenomenal. Great gun for a first time shooter who had no clue what the heck he was doing. If I hadn't been a cheapskate and taken care of it like I should have and maybe put on a different set of grips so it fit my hand better, I probably would never have traded it for my CZ 75b.
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    « Reply #8 on: June 11, 2017, 09:42:52 PM »
    I've had a number of guns that I really liked. A couple that I will point out though.

    CZ P-07. I had read reviews and watched a lot of videos. I had rarely seen this brand around, and kind of tossed it aside since it didn't seem like a big name brand. I was wrong to do so.

    After a few months of viewing online stuff about them I decided that I would try to get one. I was on the fence with either the P-07 or P-09. I went around to some local shops, and they didn't have any in stock, or didn't carry them all. I was looking for the Urban Grey suppressor ready model so I could use my Osprey with it.

    One store about 30 miles away had a P-09, but it was on layaway for another customer. They let me check it out, and I was pretty pleased with how it felt and handled. Smooth and short single action trigger, and a longer stiff double action.  I figured the DA wouldn't be perfect, since most guns that are DA/SA have a the same thing. At least that's what I've noticed. It's a touch gritty, but not bad for a DA. I'm sure with time it will smooth out.

    The sights are tritium suppressor height sights, and it comes with a threaded barrel. I think the P-09 is around $550 and the P-07 $499 with this setup.

    We almost had the guy talked into letting us buy it, but he didn't know for sure if he was getting another before they guy would be back to pay it off. If he was going to, I would have bought it.

    We went further down the road to another shop, and they had BOTH in stock. :D Trying both at the same time, I had a bigger smile on my face with the P-07. That's the one that went home with us.

    It's become my favorite handgun. At some point I want to buy one without the suppressor setup for carry and range time.





    My wife loved it so much she wanted one of her own. She wanted a Star Wars theme, so I had this done for her:




    Another gun that I had been looking at for a long time was the Lionheart LH9. I was intrigued by the double action plus mode, and how so many people liked it. These are nearly impossible to find locally.

    I liked the MKII a little better since it has a rail, but I didn't really need that. My wife ended up buying that one for me, and I told her if she bought it for me, she could choose the color. She did good. 



    This is by far the smoothest gun I've ever had come from the factory. Even with no lube, the slide is crazy slick. The single action trigger is really nice. No creep, no grit, just great. The DA trigger is pretty good too. Still long, but fairly smooth. It will be better with some more range time. The DA+ action is basically the weight of a SA trigger, with the length of pull of a DA. I'll let you watch some videos on that if you don't know what it is.

    I had to sand the edges of the grips a bit since they were kind of sharp. That didn't take long though. I think the only thing I would change about it now is a talker front sight. I'm not big on the six o'clock hold, so I need to find a different front sight. Other than that, it's a great shooter.
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    Re: Those times when you were Right
    « Reply #9 on: June 12, 2017, 04:57:17 AM »
    I have liked the S&W K frame revolvers from the moment I picked one up for the first time.  I ended up buying one as my first center fire handgun.  I now own five of them and they have all put a big ole' grin on my face as soon as I put rounds down range.  Two target models, a service model and two "combat" models with three inch barrels and round butt grip frames.  Color me happy.   :thumbup1
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    Re: Those times when you were Right
    « Reply #10 on: June 13, 2017, 03:16:40 PM »
    I'm with sarge here my gp100 just is right shoots natural my reloads are far quicker then i imagined and i honestly love the double action trigger on the thing. I'm actually planing on shooting a mag40 with it in September.
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    Re: Those times when you were Right
    « Reply #11 on: June 21, 2017, 01:05:30 PM »
    Ruger Mk II, bull barrel stainless, 5.5" .22LR target pistol. 

    Everything about it is absolutely perfect for its intended purpose -- except the steep learning curve on disassembly and reassembly for thorough cleaning.  But, once that was learned, it has never disappointed.

    The new Mk III should be equally superb and now has the disassembly and reassembly issue resolved.
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