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If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?

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If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« on: November 05, 2016, 10:00:02 PM »
If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2016, 12:27:23 AM »
My M&P 40.

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2016, 01:14:55 AM »
First choice, Springfield 1911 in .45
2nd choice, Springfieldo xdm in .40
Why?  Same reason I like ice cream.
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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2016, 01:38:15 AM »
As an abstract?  A 4 inch S&W 629 is incredibly versatile.  You could load it with everything from range fodder to game loads.  Perhaps in its lighter barrel versions like the mountain gun. Has back country potential, it is moderately concealable if one is willing to make compromises to carry.

Practically though, a Glock 19.  I have a lot of time on it and I know how to maintain it better than any other handgun (more due to how simple it is than anything).  Additionally, at the moment I have no particular need for a back country gun.

1911s, no.  I don't have an extensive background with it and have known and known of too many trainers who started out as 1911 die hards who have changed their opinion to consider it something special without personal experience on my own part. 

XDs, I have very limited experience with them.  I have no complaints about my limited time on them, no one has given me a compelling reason to consider changing to it either.  The XDm line seems pretty nice but the price point is now so close to Glock it doesn't figure for me (as a person of my particular economic situation and willingness to spend on firearms).  Same on M&P, nothing wrong with them that I know of (their 9mm accuracy problem was fixed a long time ago from my understanding), just see no need to get into it.

A thought for those getting into pistols from a survival standpoint.  The Glock is the most popular LE gun in the US.  All of USSOCOM is going to them and it is possible the DoD might adopt it as the US Service Pistol.  If that is the case it would be far the most ubiquitous pistol in the world.  Even if you go with other firearms, it would not be a bad idea to own a common size and caliber Glock (perhaps a 17 or 19) and have a knowledge of their use.  Parts, accessories and maintenance knowledge will be a very common thing.

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2016, 02:04:55 AM »
What Chem said.

Except for the Mountain Gun part.  Mine has been problematic with magnum loads and may need to go back to S&W again. 

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2016, 05:29:17 AM »
S&W 686+ 4". It's the one gun that does everything. I'm sure a similar Ruger or Colt would do just as well.

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2016, 06:44:14 AM »
I went with Glock love mine anything in in .400 and above(but even like my G17).
And Ruger Revolver when it talks at the range everyone listens (.44 mag)

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2016, 07:34:41 AM »
Either a S&W 27/28 or a S&W 19/66. As much as I like the versatility of the .45 Colt and .44 mag in the proper guns, there is very little need for them outside grizzly country. Even so, the .357 mag with the right load is capable of taking anything in North America, even if it doesn't have as much margin for error as the larger revolvers.

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2016, 09:25:15 AM »
Though I never owned one maybe a 357 Sig. because it would work for self defense and hunting.

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2016, 09:30:32 AM »
A RUGER single action 5 inch stainless 357 magnum, or a 1911 in 45 grizzly

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2016, 03:14:43 PM »
Ruger Redhawk in .44 mag. Mostly because I have an insane amount of appropriate powders, primers and brass for it. Not to mention buckets and buckets of wheel weights 

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2016, 03:22:23 PM »
I have and XD and an M&P Shield.  If I could have only one, I'd opt for the M&P for the simple reason that it's enough firepower for my purposes, but very comfortably and easily concealed.

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2016, 08:33:24 PM »
What do you want to do with it? Hunt? Target? Self Defense? "Survival"? If the latter, I suggest the S&W Military and Police revolver in .357 Mag - Model 13, IIRC. Utterly simple, long lived and reliable with enough power to take almost any animal on the continent. Being a revolver, it has no magazine to loose or bugger up. Fixed sights mean there is nothing to get knocked out of alignment, and if the shooter does his part, can place shots accurately at any handgun distance. The K Frame Smith also has many accessories available from target hammers and triggers to natural wood or rubber oversized grips, which greatly increase shootability and recoil control.

Regarding self defense, the key element in any defensive firearm is reliability. Being strictly mechanical, a quality revolver such as the M-10 / 13 cannot help but be more reliable than any autoloader which is dependent on magazine condition, tightness of hold, spring condition, etc. I have seen some pretty beat up K frames in my shooting days, but I have never seen one which failed to function when needed. Power? Even the .38 Special in its mildest loading is nothing you'd want to stand in front of. In .357 Mag., if the bullet didn't get you, the report and muzzle flash will.  ;D

For hunting and target work, the M&P is limited by a 4" barrel - it may not be legal to hunt with in some states, and most target revolvers have at least 6" barrels. If this is an issue, look at the Combat Magnum (M-19) in a 6" barrel, but be prepared to deal with the disadvantages of adjustable sights.

Plus, it's hard to argue with success. This revolver has been in constant production in one form or another for almost 120 years. Despite what the experts  ::) say, no organization or agency will arm its people with a firearm that does not do its job. At least in the USA.

If I could have only one centerfire handgun, it would be an M-10/13.

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2016, 09:29:14 PM »
The M10 and it's named, pre 1955ish, predecessors were made with 2", 4" and 6" barrels. The M13 was made in at least 3" and 4" barrel lengths...and it wouldn't be surprising if a few slipped out with longer barrels. Also entirely possible to have a gunsmith fit a longer barrel.

Another option would be the Ruger Security Six/Speed Six/Service Six. IIRC, they were made in both blue and stainless.

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2016, 01:22:55 AM »
My first deer fell to a Ruger Speed Six ,round butt 357 magnum with fixed sights and TWO INCH BARREL.
And yes,you felt like the hair on your hands would burn off in the muzzle flash.

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #16 on: November 07, 2016, 10:29:58 AM »
For post-apocalyptic duty, a revolver has many redeeming qualities, some already mentioned.
It's also considerably simpler to handload and thus improvise home made ammunition for a revolver.

1) pressure/velocity of the cartridge have no mechanical impact on the action.  You could scrape dozens of match heads and make a very weak .38spl charge.  Likewise with primers
2) cartridge dimensions don't matter much - as long as the length doesn't exceed the cylinder, seat depth, projectile shape and case length don't matter.

But we could probably make an argument for flint lock muzzle loaders using this logic too.  :P

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #17 on: November 07, 2016, 11:03:50 AM »
I voted revolver.  High quality .357 with about a 4" barrel.  If you get into reloading you can make a round that suits just about any purpose.  Simple, reliable, somewhat concealable if needed. 

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #18 on: November 07, 2016, 11:18:50 PM »
That's Awesone everybody glad this is a popular thread👍😀✝🇺🇸
My thinking was if you could only have one handgun. Not only gun period.
You guys make some great points.
A lot more revolvers than I would have thought no problem there I enjoy revolvers.

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #19 on: November 08, 2016, 02:25:38 AM »
I am glad you approve.

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #20 on: November 13, 2016, 05:49:48 PM »
No Berettas Guys 😑

Well mine would be my Wilson Combat Beretta 92G
Great handgun. Reliable, Super Accurate what else do I need to say?

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #21 on: November 14, 2016, 01:41:44 AM »
No Berettas Guys 😑

Well mine would be my Wilson Combat Beretta 92G
Great handgun. Reliable, Super Accurate what else do I need to say?

We could only have ONE.

The Browning Hi Power would be #2 and Beretta 92 would be #3 for me
just behind the 44 revolver.

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #22 on: November 14, 2016, 05:55:25 AM »
No Berettas Guys 😑

Well mine would be my Wilson Combat Beretta 92G
Great handgun. Reliable, Super Accurate what else do I need to say?

It's on my wish list if I get to another 9mm. I think Chem and I have waxed poetic the G series before and it seems Wilson is the cure for Italian design.

That said, if I had to pick a 9 it would be H&K. I love my USP despite its German foibles ($50 plastic mags? Es tut weh [it hurts]).

But you said one gun. And whether I'm carrying for mountain lions at the archery range, packing a backup for a hunting trip, or putting something in the nightstand it's a wheelgun.

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #23 on: November 14, 2016, 09:34:30 AM »
It's on my wish list if I get to another 9mm. I think Chem and I have waxed poetic the G series before and it seems Wilson is the cure for Italian design.


As I sit here on deployment, I do so with an M9.  I have pimped it slightly with Wilson Combat slimline grips and Beretta Factory M9A3 magazines (17 rounders).  One of my comrades is running around with 93R mags (20 rounders) in his.

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #24 on: November 16, 2016, 12:23:41 AM »
I think a medium .357 3-5" barrel would be a great choice for anything on the eastern side of the US
Not that a .357 wouldn't take an elk big bear or moose but if your on the Wilderside of the country a .41 / 44 would be a good choice.

But if you take hunting out of the mix and you had a rifle or shotgun for that I'd say a Glock 19 would be a safe bet for most people.

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #25 on: November 20, 2016, 12:44:14 PM »
Smith & Wesson
M-19
357 magnum
Versatility.

Small enough to carry all the time if need be.
(This means that if I really needed it, I would probably have it on me)
I prefer a shoulder holster, but inside the waistband works in warm weather.
It can shoot everything from primer powered wax bullets up to full magnum loads.
Wax is great for indoor practice and can take a squirrel off a low hanging branch in a survival situation if I need to be quiet.
38 Wad cutters are great, very accurate, small game loads.
The Jacketed SP can take a deer at reasonable ranges. (<75 Yards)
The 357 has a great reputation as a self defense round.
I also reload Snake Shot loads.
For survival, I have 357 Magnum flares too.

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #26 on: December 15, 2016, 02:41:38 PM »
How much does it really matter, when the real purpose of a handgun is to use it to get to your rifle?  ;D

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #27 on: December 15, 2016, 03:25:27 PM »
How much does it really matter, when the real purpose of a handgun is to use it to get to your rifle?  ;D

That was Cooper who said that right? 

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #28 on: December 15, 2016, 03:41:21 PM »
That was Cooper who said that right?

Not sure, but love it.

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Re: If you could only have one Centerfire Handgun what would it be?
« Reply #29 on: December 15, 2016, 11:22:37 PM »
I'd have a reliable wheelgun. Never shot one I didn't like.

And, unlike with tactical tupperware, I can actually hit the broad side of a barn with a revolver.