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Posted: 6/24/2005 7:13:01 PM EDT
Well I want to buy a handgun soon but I wanted to do a little research first. I want the handgun for shooting at the range...bowling pin matches and other fun comps, I want the gun to be accurate. I've shot a couple different handguns, Glock 30 in .45, Sig pro in .45 and a Sig P226 in .40. I've also shot a couple different .44 magnums and .357. I like shooting revolvers but I prefer magazines. My favorite so far has been the Glock.

I'd like to hear what your favorite handgun is, in what caliber, maybe even your favorite handgun company. Also if you could put a general price tag on each handgun mentioned I'd appreciate it.

Link Posted: 6/24/2005 8:12:40 PM EDT
My favorite handgun is hands down, my HK Mk. 23 SOCOM, in 45 ACP.  A close second would be its little brother, my USP45 Tactical.

As you can probably tell, my favorite handgun company is HK.

The price I paid for the Mk. 23 was around $1800, and the USP 45 Tactical (my first HK), was around $980.

My favorite non-HK handgun is my Freedom Arms .454 Casull Premier Grade with a 10" barrel.  I paid about $2000 for that one.
Link Posted: 6/24/2005 8:44:22 PM EDT
I like my XD-40 Tactical.

More accurate than I am and deadnuts reliable.

Link Posted: 6/24/2005 8:48:43 PM EDT
right now I mavorite to shoot is my Colt Anaconda in .44 Mag.  If you can find someone who wants to sell it my guess is that it would be between $700- $800

I really like shooting my new Colt Commander.  But that is probably because I just got it today.  I got it used for $630

I have owned a Glock Hk SW and Kimer.  I keep going back to Colt.
Link Posted: 6/24/2005 9:08:29 PM EDT
My favorite handgun is a Cold Woodsman Match Target that was passed down in the family.  A good accurate .22 auto is hard to beat and it's a LOT of fun.  (Ruger MkII, Browning Buckmark, etc.)

I like the accuracy potential of a 1911.  I've got a Kimber Golt Match II that's been flawless (price tag right around a grand).  One of the greatest things about the 1911 is the potential for a good trigger.  

For IDPA, I use a Glock 34.  Reasonable accuracy, easy on the wallet, cheap to feed, and excellent reliability.  The 34 seems to handle a little differently than the other Glocks too.
Link Posted: 6/24/2005 9:10:33 PM EDT
Hard to say, I'm fond of my Glock 19, Browning HP, Beretta 92's.  Love my SW 686 and 629 as well.

ETA: PIC and thread I started on my 686 thread
Link Posted: 6/24/2005 9:14:26 PM EDT
still undecided
Link Posted: 6/24/2005 9:53:20 PM EDT
I dont know, I love them all

my Glock 23C does everything I want it to and is amazingly accurate for a combat piece
my CZ52 is cool due to the massive muzzle flash and loud report
then there's the bone crushing goodness of my Raging Bull in .454 Casull

Link Posted: 6/24/2005 10:17:22 PM EDT
SIG 220


GI M1911A1
Link Posted: 6/24/2005 10:25:18 PM EDT
Colt XSE 1911
Link Posted: 6/24/2005 10:59:23 PM EDT
Ok cool..alot of good suggestions and things.

I will have to keep the price of the gun below 1,000...preferably in the 600-800 dollar range if at all possible.

Any suggestons in that price range?

Thanks again
Link Posted: 6/24/2005 11:53:04 PM EDT
Oh also who makes the better 1911..springfield or colt?
Link Posted: 6/24/2005 11:58:50 PM EDT
My old tried and true Springfield Armory govt model 1911.   Paid $300ish back in 92 wouldnt sell it for $10,000.   For new guns, my favorite is my SA GI model.  I've shot about 1K through it without a hiccup of any sort $399 very well spent.  
Link Posted: 6/25/2005 1:12:57 AM EDT
Colt Commander.   My wife got it for me for an engagment presant.  God LOVE HER!
Link Posted: 6/25/2005 1:39:24 AM EDT
A good quality 1911.  
Link Posted: 6/25/2005 2:45:27 AM EDT
mine is my S&W 5906 in 9mm but sadly thats my only handgun right now
Link Posted: 6/25/2005 4:45:36 AM EDT
1911's, Browning HP's and Ruger Auto 22's.

Link Posted: 6/25/2005 5:30:49 AM EDT
S&W 686+ 6"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 6/25/2005 5:47:46 AM EDT

CZ 75B
CZ 2075 RAMI
Para Ordnance Warthog P-10
Link Posted: 6/25/2005 6:12:52 AM EDT
There are all KINDS of cool guns out there. My favorite is my Glock 34. Very accurate and reliable.
Link Posted: 6/25/2005 6:30:59 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/25/2005 7:34:56 AM EDT
First would be my hard chromed BHP in .40 S&W, accurate, low recoil (with Sprinco +p recoil reducer) with Ranger ammo, ergonomic, concealable, great trigger (thanks to Tripp Research).

Second, my HK P7M8 9mm, safe, very accurate, very concealable, great trigger, squeeze cocking, very controllable with 9mm Ranger ammo.

Third would be my Series 80 SS Gold Cup National Match, awesome trigger, awesome trigger, awesome trigger, very accurate, totally reliable (1 Colt mag failure since 1985!), my old but now retired carry gun.
Link Posted: 6/25/2005 7:36:24 AM EDT
In no particular order my favorites are:

1. Glock 17
2. Glock 19
3. Kimber 25th Anniversary

My favorite caliber is the mighty 45 ACP
Link Posted: 6/25/2005 8:50:39 AM EDT

Oh also who makes the better 1911..springfield or colt?

A question like that is likely to start a bit of an argument.  Most people like one or the other for one main reason.  Truth be told both are good manufactures.  Each has is selling points.  Colt has its history and the fact that having the pony on your gun gives it a higher resale value.  Springfield has generally good quality guns at a lower price.  They also have their down sides.  For instance Colts tend to be more expensive and some Springfields are made over seas.

In the end it is up to the end user.
Link Posted: 6/25/2005 8:58:05 AM EDT
In order of fun to shoot:

1.  HK USP Match  -  $1000
2.  S&W 686+        -   $450
3.  Kimber TLE-II  -   $850
Link Posted: 6/25/2005 9:01:11 AM EDT
.45acp 1911s are the best shooters out there

Link Posted: 6/25/2005 10:03:55 AM EDT
Either Kimber TLE at around $800  or  Dan Wesson Pointman at around $650.
Link Posted: 6/25/2005 10:22:44 AM EDT
Glock wins hands down.
Link Posted: 6/25/2005 1:08:45 PM EDT
I have too many favorite handguns but here is my short list.

1. Most accurate HK P9S 9mm
2. Most dependable Glock 19
3. Favorite overall HK P7M8

Link Posted: 6/25/2005 1:23:55 PM EDT

My favorite handgun is hands down, my HK Mk. 23 SOCOM, in 45 ACP.  A close second would be its little brother, my USP45 Tactical.

As you can probably tell, my favorite handgun company is HK.

The price I paid for the Mk. 23 was around $1800, and the USP 45 Tactical (my first HK), was around $980.

I agree 100%.
(except I paid exactly 50 less per firearm mentioned)
Link Posted: 6/25/2005 1:27:58 PM EDT
Glock 20 and 29 in 10mm, you can't go wrong if it fits your hand.  You can get a 40 barrel for practice.
Link Posted: 6/25/2005 2:10:03 PM EDT
My Sprinfield Armory 1911A1 "Fully Loaded" S/S  ....  Hell, it's a tie.  My Browning HP Silver Chrome!
Both are Excellent firearms and accurate as hell!  
I can knock a mite off a ticks ass with both....
Link Posted: 6/25/2005 4:38:40 PM EDT
Kimber TLE
Link Posted: 6/25/2005 4:55:06 PM EDT
I have a favorite.  Colt 1911.
Link Posted: 6/25/2005 5:02:50 PM EDT

Link Posted: 6/25/2005 9:54:05 PM EDT
Wow the 1911 is popular. Honestly the only thing I knew about the gun was it was the legedary WWII sidearm. I went on Springfields site and checked it out...wow that's a nice pistol.

Thanks for all the replies I've been looking into each of the guns mentioned.

What pistol would you guys recommend I buy? I'm kinda leaning towards the 1911 but I haven't ruled out a couple glocks, usps and kimbers.  
Link Posted: 6/25/2005 10:52:22 PM EDT
My favorite handgun. WOW! That would be like asking my wife to pick one pair of shoes! LOL. From what you described I would get a CZ-97B. Mine is accurate, Reliable, Double/single action and its got 10rounds in a proper fitting mag. It looks cool and handles good for me. A good quality 1911 would also be good (Spring Field, Kimber, Colt ect.) would also be great. My real favorites are all to expensive or illegal to own. LOL. I would love to have that full auto Glock or George Pattons revolvers. I am a .45 guy though but hey I lovem all.
Link Posted: 6/26/2005 4:12:44 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/26/2005 4:19:33 AM EDT
It isn't the most accurate (doesn't even have sights), not a lot of fun to shoot, probably not the most durable, but it is very dependable.  Mainly, it is always, always with me every day and has been for years: a Seecamp .32 ACP.  By this definition, its my favorite pistol.
Link Posted: 6/26/2005 11:14:16 AM EDT
HK USP .45 full size is my favorite. Glock 17 is nice too. Good range gun 4 me is my Colt Gold Cup Trophy.
Link Posted: 6/26/2005 11:28:33 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/26/2005 12:16:17 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/26/2005 3:58:21 PM EDT
Haha Homeland I like your pic...cool gun.
Link Posted: 6/26/2005 4:06:53 PM EDT
My favorite has to be my Para-Ordnance Tac Four (stainless).  The LDA trigger is a sweet set-up.  It's a very accurate weapon and get good, tight groupings out to 25 yards.

Most reliable I'd have to say is Glock 22.  Have carried one for over 8 years in law enforcement now.  Only failures/malfunctions I've had are ammo-related (my PD likes to use cheap ammo).  Keep it stocked with Hydra-Shoks while on duty.
Link Posted: 6/26/2005 4:28:44 PM EDT
My favorite is my Kimber Warrior .45 cal.  I use it as a carry weapon and home defense. It just feels like part of my hand.
Link Posted: 6/26/2005 6:14:06 PM EDT
My favorite:
Kimber Stainless II
Glock 21 a close second
Link Posted: 6/26/2005 7:05:33 PM EDT
My Favorite is a long-sought S&W M-65 three-inch, I did my best action job ever on it and the DA trigger is scary-light, about seven pounds.  SA is a careful whisper, about 2 lbs.  I only shoot it DA.  My duty gun, due to local ordinance, is a S&W M-10 4 inch with the tapered barrel.  It's not bad, but after 46K through it, we understand each other.  But my favorite auto is a (gasp....blasphemy!) EAA Witness in 40 I've had since 1990 or 91.  It will feed anything, never bobbles, and is all-steel, and handled just like a good 1911.  You can also carry it cocked and locked, which I prefer.  But I tend to shoot revolvers better, I have small hands but long fingers, and you can choose from about a zillion different grips on revolvers.  Not so with autos!hinking.gif

Link Posted: 6/26/2005 7:25:41 PM EDT
Ya know I have big hands...and fingers, and I kept tripping the magazine release on the Sig pro with my thumb. For that reason I think I better go hold whatever gun I buy before I buy it just to make sure my big hands don't get in the way.
Link Posted: 6/26/2005 7:36:52 PM EDT
Toss-up between my Glock G34 and my Beretta 92FS.
Link Posted: 7/8/2005 4:08:51 PM EDT
Glock 19 $398 new if LEO or MIL...
Link Posted: 7/8/2005 5:25:02 PM EDT
Sig 228 9mm.
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