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10 Favorite Handguns - American Handgunner
« on: August 25, 2009, 07:17:25 PM »
So apparently American Rifleman listed their top 10 Favorite Handguns, seems some folks are disappointed about their favorite's NOT showing up in that top 10 list!  So here's your chance to voice it out. List down your top ten handguns of all time and let us know your absolute favorites.  These do not have to be guns you've owned but let us know WHY these are your favorites. 

HARM's TOP 10
1 - Remington Rand 1911 - my dad carried his in WW2 still my favorite handgun

2 - SigP226 40S&W - sold my 226 in 9mm bought this to replace it. I'll never get rid of it. It does not fail.

3 - SigP239 40S&W - never should have sold this. Need to replace is POST HASTE!

4 - Ruger GP100 - 357Mag - BEST .357 Wheelgun IMVHO!

5 - Thompson Center Contender (thats the pistol right?) in .35 Rem - Mountain Lion Killer in a BAD A PACKAGE!

6 - Webley .455 - again too many WW2 Movies as a kid!  Accompanied the British Empire all over the world!

7 - Beretta Px4 Storm 9mm - never traded it w DA/SA with a Decocking lever only, not a safety. But that weird butterfly thing bugged me.

8 - Luger - always wanted one just say I had one! Saw to many WW2 movies as a kid

9 - Browning BDA - Classy Double Stack .380

10 - Sig P226 9mm - traded it for a better gun, the same gun, in 40. Doesn't make this less of a great gun.  Never failed me, feels great, points great, accurate, what more can I say?
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Re: 10 Favorite Handguns - American Handgunner
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2009, 07:58:17 PM »
1. Les Baer Concept VIII.  I got a screaming deal on this gun used and it got me hooked on professional grade 1911's.  It goes with me a lot of places and after several thousand rounds through it, I feel confident that it has the accuracy and reliability to do it's job.

2. Kimber Custom Target.  The pre-series II version from way back when Kimber was building good stuff.  I won my first pistol match with one.

3. This is a tie between the S&W 422, which was my first handgun, and a S&W 2206TGT.  The 2206TGT is a 422 on steriods.  Accurate and easy to shoot.

4. Sig P226.  What more can you say?  A good quality gun that is amazingly accurate for a service pistol.

5. Colt series 70 Gold Cup.  Just a beautiful target pistol.  Built back when they were serious about turning out a good products.

6. Kahr E9.  This has to be the most abused gun I ever owned.  It has taken dirt bike rides in my fanny pack, ridden under the seat of whatever I am driving, fired a couple thousand rounds, and the only issue has been a broken front site.

7. S&W M&P 40.  The first "plastic" gun that I like and so far I like it a lot.  I will give it a while before I move it up the list but I have a feeling that it will climb.

8.  Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special.  A friend gave me a good deal on this one last year.  Even though it is built to run like a fighting pistol should, the finish is so nice that I cringe when putting it in a holster. 

9. S&W 745.  Another beautiful gun.  Awesome single action trigger.

10. S&W 686 357 Mag.  I am not a big revolver fan but this model does the trick.
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Re: 10 Favorite Handguns - American Handgunner
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2009, 08:06:00 PM »
I'll throw mine out there...

#10 - The Colt SSA.  I like old cowboy movies.  Combine that with being a gun guy, and you have no choice but to love this gun.  I used to own a Ruger Vaquero (an SSA knock-off), but I gifted it away.  One day, I'll get the real thing.

#9 - The Glock 23 (or other compact models).  Say what you will, but Glock is a proven platform.  For self-defense, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better alternative.

#8 - The Sig P232.  I'm a big fan of .380 (although I can't explain why).  And the P232 is the grand mack daddy of the .380s.  Love this gun.

#7 - The Ruger MKII.  Cheap to shoot.  Accurate.  What's not to love?  Fun for the whole family.

#6 - The venerable 1911.  And I don't mean no stupid race guns.  I mean a mil-spec WWII Singer or Remington Rand.  These guns are classic and bring to mind images of the soldiers of a times past.  You just can't not love them.

#5 - Smith & Wesson J-frames.  I love these little guns.  Admittedly, they aren't as much fun to shoot as some others due to their size.  But they conceal well and shoot well non-the-less.  Not to mention the history.  I just love the history that goes with them too.

#4 - The H&K USPc.  I have two of these, one in .40S&W and the other in .45ACP and I am a fan regardless of what H&K thinks of me.  Good guns.

#3 - The FNP.  I have an FNP-40 and I think it's amazing.  I've also looked at other FNP models and I gotta say, FN got this one right.

#2 - The Sig P220.  The 1911's heir-apparent.  What is there NOT to love?

And finally, #1 with a bullet...

#1 - The Sig P6.  I just can't love this gun enough.  Not too big, fits my hand, made from steel while not being too heavy.  I just love 'em to death.  In my opinion they are a PERFECT CCW.

Whew!  So there's that.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

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Re: 10 Favorite Handguns - American Handgunner
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2009, 08:27:50 PM »
Gonna start at the bottom. But these are my top 10 favorites. Not necessarily what I think are the best of all time.

10. A. Uberti Model #3 repro in .44 Russian: I don't know what it is about these revolvers but I must have one. And I will.

9. CZ 83 .380: Sure it's big but it also gives you 12+1 on tap. DA pull is nice too. And mad accurate.

8. S&W 1066 10mm: How I wish S&W would do a run of "classic" pistols. I'd buy one of these tomorrow.
 
7. Colt Cobra/Agent/Detective Special: The ONLY .38's that I would ever carry

6. 3" 629 "Trail Boss" .44 mag: My favorite carry revolver!

5. Springfield Armory XD .45 w/thumb safety: Doublestack .45 that feels like a 9. Will be converting to .400 Cor Bon

4. Browning High Power (tie) 9mm/.357 SIG: I've owned both. Classy and "all business" in one design.

3. Colt Delta Elite: My favorite 1911 variant

2. HK P7 M8: This is the sickest single stack 9 in existence. The M13 is grip heavy but the M8 is mind numbingly perfect

1. SIG 229 SCT 9mm: I am a Jedi with this pistol. I refer to it as "my 9mm Porsche"
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Re: 10 Favorite Handguns - American Handgunner
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2009, 10:43:06 PM »
1. Springfield TRP - I believe it's the best balance between cost and quality.

2. Springfield GI - I always loved the look, I never wanted to spend the money on something I wouldn't shoot.  Springfield solved the problem.

3. Kimber Pro Carry - Say what you will about Kimber and MIM.  My Pro Carry has been utterly reliable.

4. Colt Commander - Don't own one, but it's on the short list, so I can quit practicing with the aluminum framed Kimber

5. Detonics Combat Master - Didn't know what they were 'til George wrote that article a few years back.  Thought they were the coolest compact pistol ever since.  Got the opportunity to buy one of the original Washington guns about a year ago and snatched it up.

6. Ed Brown Executive Elite - Don't own one, and probably never will, but I think they're the most attractive 1911s around.  All the features I like, none of the ones I don't.

7. High Standard DuraMatic - First pistol I ever shot

8. Ruger MkII - Where the Ruger .22 pistols peaked, and my favorite .22 to shoot.

9. Colt Mustang - cool little gun.  Not sure how useful they are though.  Just found out Sig is making a version.  Depending on price maybe I'll get one just because.

10.  BHP - Always wanted one.  Someday I'll get one.

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Re: 10 Favorite Handguns - American Handgunner
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2009, 12:02:41 AM »
Kimber Custom II
Glock 19
SIG P229 .40 S&W
CZ-75
Colt Series 80 Cmmdr.
Colt 1903 Hammerless
Ruger Mk. III
Colt Python .357
Browning HP
Dan Wesson CBOB Classic.

Some of these I have shot, if not, they interest me.  But I really couldn't tell something about each one.
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Re: 10 Favorite Handguns - American Handgunner
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2009, 12:08:19 AM »
6. Ed Brown Executive Elite - Don't own one, and probably never will, but I think they're the most attractive 1911s around.  All the features I like, none of the ones I don't.
I have shot one and it was a good experience but didn't have enough time with it to justify the list.

They shoot like no other 1911 I have ever shot and I don't know why.
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Re: 10 Favorite Handguns - American Handgunner
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2009, 12:19:58 AM »
They shoot like no other 1911 I have ever shot and I don't know why.

How so, and is it good or bad?

Anyway, here's my list. I've never actually touched, much less shot, a real gun, so these are just the top ten that interest me.

In no particular order.

S&W Model 29. Clint Eastwood carried one. Need I say more?
Bren Ten. Ten millimeter automatic. Col. Cooper invented it, Sonny Crockett carried it.
M1911A1. 98 years of non-stop production, and just as popular as it was when they introduced it. The world's first fighting handgun.
SIG P220. Don't know why, I just like it.
SIG P225/P6. Might, might be my first gun. Assuming my friend doesn't sell it before I get back from Europe in December.
FNP-45. 15 rounds of .45 ACP, and the grip isn't so big that you need to be Sasquatch to hold onto it.
Luger. Looks... exotic. And I've seen way too many "Ve haff veys to maik you tokk." WWII movies
Smith & Wesson Model 3 Russian. It's a top-break. I like top breaks for some reason.
CZ-75. The first real Wondernine. With a grip that fits just about anyone.
Colt Single-Action Army in .44-40. The Gun that Won the West. And Clint Eastwood carried one. Need I say more?

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Re: 10 Favorite Handguns - American Handgunner
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2009, 12:40:53 AM »
10.    Browning Hi Power / FN Hi Power.
9.  SIG P210.
8.  Browning Buckmark.
7.  FNH P series.
6.  Ruger Single Six .22LR / .22 Mag.
5.  SIG P200 series... 220, 226, 229, 228, 225, etc.
4.  Springfield XD.
3.  S&W M&P series
2.  CZ P-06
1.  1911's in .45 ACP.
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Re: 10 Favorite Handguns - American Handgunner
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2009, 01:02:22 AM »
Wow, coming up with 10 pistols is gonna be tough. I haven't even owned 10 pistols.

#1. Sig P6. Best, most comfortable pistol I've owned and shot. I hesitated buying one since I had never heard of them before I saw one at a gun show. I'm so glad I decided to buy one.

#2. Sig P226 Elite. Second Sig I bought, and I've been shooting IPSC with it. The trigger is just plain sweet, for a production gun. Great, and beautiful gun.

#3. CZ-75. Ran into a co-worker at the range one day and he let me shoot it. Almost as comfy as my P6, but I never saw the target, so I don't know how I shot it.

#4. Beretta 1934. It's not the greatest shooter, not the most ergonomic pistol, between the oddball safety/slide catch and the euro mag release, but I have one, it's a family heirloom, and nobody said this list had to be objective. The last pistol I'll ever even think about selling.

#5. Browning Hi-Power. My buddy has one and it's a pleasure to shoot. Full size 9mm is real easy on the recoil, 1911 style ergonomics and accurate enough.

#6. Walther P22. Just bought one and it's good cheap fun. It's also built to accept a can, which it will eventually get, so that earns it some points.

#7. Ruger Mark X. Meaning Mark I, II, or III. I don't know them well, but they are just fun and enjoyable. The only points they lose on the Walther P22 is that they don't look like real guns.

#8. Beretta 92. Say what you want, but it's what they give me and I'm not totally dissatisfied. With JHP (which aircrew gets to carry) it can actually do some damage. I've seen guys shoot very well with them (I'm not one of those guys, yet) and it's not bad looking.

#9. M1911. I've shot Kimber's, Springfields, Colts, etc, and while I don't know the difference, really, the single stack, single action .45 is probably the basis, or at least the inspiration for all the guns listed above. I'll get one eventually. It's on the list of required guns.

#10. Sig P220. I've shot them and they're just as good as my other two Sig's, but they're basically the same as a 1911 (capacity and caliber) but without the iconic image and history of the old GI gun. It's on my list (along with the rest of the Sig catalog) but not in the near future.
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Re: 10 Favorite Handguns - American Handgunner
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2009, 01:10:14 AM »
Outbreak you are completely correct this list is not objective, this is based upon YOUR individual preferences! 
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« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2009, 10:40:35 AM »
Wait, aircrews get to carry hollowpoints? Why, and doesn't that violate some international treaty or another?
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« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2009, 10:58:29 AM »
Wait, aircrews get to carry hollowpoints? Why, and doesn't that violate some international treaty or another?

The Hague Accords, I think?

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« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2009, 12:10:06 PM »
Maybe because they are not considered combat troops it's not a violation?
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Re: 10 Favorite Handguns - American Handgunner
« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2009, 12:30:30 PM »
Wait, aircrews get to carry hollowpoints? Why, and doesn't that violate some international treaty or another?

Don't know about in combat, but whenever we pack in the states, we get hollowpoints.
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« Reply #15 on: August 26, 2009, 02:39:51 PM »
So do I read that to imply the outside the country you're issued different non-HP ammo?  Or do you not carry outside the country (which would be scary)?

Maybe the AF is unofficially giving the finger to the UN.

I mean really... a guy gets capped with a hollowpoint during a war, I don't think he's going to stop and shout foul.  More like just stop.  ;)


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« Reply #16 on: August 26, 2009, 02:45:27 PM »
I remember reading a while back that MP's are issued hollowpoints when they're posted stateside, and FMJ when posted overseas. ISTR that Hague only applies to personnel in a theater of war or something. I could be misremembering that, though.
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« Reply #17 on: August 26, 2009, 02:53:49 PM »
I have shot one and it was a good experience but didn't have enough time with it to justify the list.

They shoot like no other 1911 I have ever shot and I don't know why.

How so, and is it good or bad?

All good.  Everything about it was smooth.
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« Reply #18 on: August 27, 2009, 03:46:33 PM »
1) SIG P220

2) SIG P220 Carry

3) SIG P220 Elite

4) SIG P220 Match

5) SIG P220 Equinox

6) SIG P220 Carry Elite

7) SIG P220 Carry Elite Stainless

8) SIG P220 Combat

9) SIG P220 in 9mm

10) SIG P220 Classic 22

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« Reply #19 on: August 27, 2009, 03:58:27 PM »
Hmm... I'm sensing a theme there...
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« Reply #20 on: August 27, 2009, 04:12:48 PM »
Heh, I thought I was narrow minded.

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« Reply #21 on: August 27, 2009, 04:39:13 PM »
Heh, I thought I was narrow minded.

Agreed. I don't even think a Glock fanatic would list all Glocks.

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« Reply #22 on: August 27, 2009, 04:40:55 PM »
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I don't even think a Glock fanatic would list all Glocks.

Well, I guess we'll find out if LL decides to post his top 10.

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« Reply #23 on: August 27, 2009, 04:45:45 PM »
Well, I guess we'll find out if LL decides to post his top 10.

 :devillol

Nah, LL is somewhat reasonable. He'll throw the M&P .45 on there. It might be #10 tho.  ;)

(and we all know what #1 is!) *psst!* g19!
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« Reply #24 on: August 27, 2009, 04:54:21 PM »
Agreed. I don't even think a Glock fanatic would list all Glocks.

Me thinks you don't know us Sig fanatics very well.  ;D


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