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Old 09-18-2016, 05:55 PM
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What is your favorite type of pistol and why?


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Out of boredom and just the desire to know what the guys on this forum like.

What is your favorite type of pistol for self defense? Striker fired, DA/SA, SA only, or DA only?

It's fairly obvious striker fired pistols rule in a lot areas now. Especially in personal defense and law enforcement circles. The striker fire design is very simple with few parts. But there are still a lot of guys and gals who like different pistols.

My favorite is DA/SA pistols from HK. I also like CZ, Sig, and FNH a lot as well.
I have never had a problem with the first pull being DA. With a small amount of practice I got it down pretty good when I switched over from Glocks and M&P's.

I like the DA/SA for the better triggers they give. But that is opinionated I guess. 2nd strike capability was the big reason I switched to them also. Although I've yet to need a 2nd strike ever in over 6,000 rounds through my daily carry HK P30 .40s&w. I've lost count on how many are through it. At least 200 rounds a month for 2 years and some change. Sometimes I'll put 200-300 through it in a range trip. So it has to be in between 6000-7000 rounds. Might be time for a new recoil spring assembly, mainspring, and trigger return spring!


DA Smith&Wesson revolvers will be my number two. But for personal defense I use autoloaders only.

So what do the guys here on the forum like for personal defense?
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Old 09-18-2016, 05:56 PM
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Sorry, posted in wrong section. Please move . I swore I was in the handgun section.
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Old 09-18-2016, 08:06 PM
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Glock 17 pistol, 3rd Gen. 32 ounces fully loaded and I can shoot a 3-inch group 50 feet.
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Old 09-19-2016, 08:45 PM
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For CC it's DA/SA. I like the little margin of safety especially since I prefer to carry AIWB. I can see and feel the hammer position during holstering. I have carried a striker model at times too but, not as near often as DA/SA. I use my HK P-30 V3 9mm most and Walther PPQ M1. I have thought about getting a Sig 290 DAO of CC. It's quite a bit smaller than the other two. For woods open carrier or in a car, it could be the above two plus my Sig 226 (West German), Sphinx SDP, or Steyr L9-A1 all in 9mm.



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Old 09-20-2016, 03:55 AM
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SA/DA revolver with 4" barrel, Smith & Wesson. Feels correct in my hand and shoots lights out. Sights don't move when fired.
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Old 09-20-2016, 04:33 AM
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I don't know...It's all good.

That's tough. My carry gun is a Glock 23 or HK USPC in 45 ACP. My favorite Smith is a 38 Special Clark converted Light revolver. Right now I'm fiddling with a Ransom rest with adaptors for N and K frame Smith plus 1911's. Actually, I don't know which handgun is the favorite . It does matter if it's quality and shoots well.
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Old 09-20-2016, 07:08 AM
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For EDC, I carry a Glock 27 converted to 357 Sig. Bedroom gun is a Glock22 converted as well. Bear & moose defense is a SA in either 45 Colt (max load Ruger) or a custom 454 SBH. I will likely start carrying a 10mm Glock in the near future (now that I have a holster on the way).
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Old 09-20-2016, 09:52 AM
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Kinda like picking a favorite child, huh?
I have recently become a CZ fan so DA/SA is my preferred carry. I also have a couple of Sigs so it wasn't much of a difference. As mentioned, the triggers are a plus in my mind.
And, yes. I really like my S&W 686 revolver but not for carry.
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Old 09-20-2016, 10:18 AM
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Favorite for what?

MY CHOICE would change depending on the intended use. I'm more of a revolver guy which (I) don't consider being a pistol. Definitions vary & can be vague. Like most probly, I have examples of different pistols/revolvers. One definition (Websters?) defines pistol as a gun that can be fired one handed. I witnessed a buddy knock down a dove one handed with a glass of iced tea in the other. That doesn't make his model 12 shotgun a pistol in my book.
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Old 09-20-2016, 10:26 AM
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^^^ Good question, favorite for what. My "nightstand" gun is a 9mm duty pistol with an external hammer and no plastic. I carry all sorts of pistols, depending, but most have plastic parts.
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Old 09-20-2016, 11:27 AM
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MY CHOICE would change depending on the intended use. I'm more of a revolver guy which (I) don't consider being a pistol. Definitions vary & can be vague. Like most probly, I have examples of different pistols/revolvers. One definition (Websters?) defines pistol as a gun that can be fired one handed. I witnessed a buddy knock down a dove one handed with a glass of iced tea in the other. That doesn't make his model 12 shotgun a pistol in my book.
Yeah. Didn't think about that. I classify a revolver a pistol in my mind. I too have seen definitions that don't include them though. I'd classify anything not shoulder fired a pistol pretty much. Like an AR15 pistol being the same thing as a Short Barreled rifle but has no stock on it. It's a very loose definition I guess. I don't include ar15 pistols in it though. I call them "SBR loopholes". But the technical term is pistol so it is legal.

I personaly consider my revolvers as DA only pistols. I don't own any SA revolvers but I'd classify them in SA only. Although I don't think SA revolvers are the ideal self defense firearm.
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Old 09-21-2016, 01:31 PM
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My CCW in warm weather is a Ruger LCR .357 (containing .38 SPL +P) - because it is both readily concealable, CoM accurate to at least 30' and practicable without pain, and potent enough. In cold weather in VT the choices expand, currently to an SR40c carried IWB. That gun is striker-fired.
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Old 09-21-2016, 01:44 PM
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Something concealable that I can fire accurately

My EDC is a S&W M&P Shield in 9mm with no safety, one in the chamber and a MagGuts kit to allow me to carry an extra round. It's odd but I can empty a mag from this little pistol into a smaller group than I get with my bedside Glock 17 (which wears a Streamlight TLR-2 HL G and a SilencerCo Octane 45 suppressor).

The Shield is thin, light and very concealable. I wear it IWB and have practiced drawing and firing until I can do it in my sleep.

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Old 09-21-2016, 03:44 PM
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Detonics CombatMaster VI (45 ACP), Sig P938 (9mm), H&K USP (45 ACP), I am also trying the FN FiveSeven. I always prefer carrying cocked and locked except in deep concealment. The first two Firearms listed are for concealed carry. My gal prefers the Walther PPS classic (9mm).

If you were going to face a close-quarters known danger I prefer a 12 gauge Remington 870 with 12 pellet 00 buckshot
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Commander size 1911 with a round butt, nothing points instinctively and hits as accurately as a 1911, 45acp is......the **** show stopper. Have one gun, learn how to shoot and reload it quickly, get really good with it.
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Old 09-21-2016, 04:23 PM
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Qualifying my favorite handgun starts with the material it's made from and that will be blued real steel (maybe alloy for the right gun) stainless steel if I am forced but NO PLASTIC. I own both semi's and wheelguns but if I had to narrow it down it down to a favorite it would be a DA revolver in .357/.38 Caliber. Personally I believe the .357/.38 combo to be the best round(s) in their category (straight wall pistol/rifle) Reason is the .357 Mag can be loaded up to bear busting performance down to mouse fart level. Relatively economical to load for given it's performance and revolver reliability is nearly unparalleled with anything else. I mentioned SS if forced into it and was last year. I had been looking for a 6" blue GP 100 but stumbled on what appeared to be a late model, unfired SS 4" GP 100 without a turn mark or scratch. Well long story short but $450 cash bought it on a Friday at 5:30 PM!
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Old 09-21-2016, 04:59 PM
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Qualifying my favorite handgun starts with the material it's made from and that will be blued real steel (maybe alloy for the right gun) stainless steel if I am forced but NO PLASTIC. I own both semi's and wheelguns but if I had to narrow it down it down to a favorite it would be a DA revolver in .357/.38 Caliber. Personally I believe the .357/.38 combo to be the best round(s) in their category (straight wall pistol/rifle) Reason is the .357 Mag can be loaded up to bear busting performance down to mouse fart level. Relatively economical to load for given it's performance and revolver reliability is nearly unparalleled with anything else. I mentioned SS if forced into it and was last year. I had been looking for a 6" blue GP 100 but stumbled on what appeared to be a late model, unfired SS 4" GP 100 without a turn mark or scratch. Well long story short but $450 cash bought it on a Friday at 5:30 PM!
You'd be surprised at how reliable some of these newer plastic guns are. HK's frequent close to 100,000 rounds in their service life with minimal parts breaking. Parts on automatics break the same as parts on wheel guns and the "plastic" in them is very durable. Every military in the world is using it... If that says anything, and it's not just a cost thing. It works... A Tavor is more expensive to make than an AR15 or galil which are both metal.

To each his own though, nothing wrong with not wanting s polymer pistol, but it doesn't bother most of us.

The Gp100 is a nice revolver though and .357magnum has a lot of authority. I have a GP100 Wiley clap edition 3" barrel. I've never carried it, but it's a nice truck gun.
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Old 09-21-2016, 05:54 PM
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Just out of curiosity a few weeks ago I bought a LCR chambered in 9mm. Uses moon clips like the military pistols of old. Very smooth double action trigger and I don't have to tool up for a new caliber. Not a wheel gun fan but this is a cool gun. Thought about giving it to my daughter but now she is going to have pry it out of my cold dead hands. LOL
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Old 09-21-2016, 06:14 PM
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Sig 938 Equinox normal carry gun. If I could find a comfortable holster for my Ruger GP100 with custom wood grips would be right up there also. Living in Florida small is important due to light clothing and CCW.
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