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Posted: 4/28/2003 5:09:04 PM EST
Just one! All around purpose sidearm. C'mon guys and gals, which model, and caliber would you take? Me? My 1911-A1 Springfield OD Green 45 Service Model.
Link Posted: 4/28/2003 5:17:02 PM EST
My Kimber ProTac 4" 1911. Mid-size and leightweight, while still accurate and plenty of power.
Link Posted: 4/28/2003 6:27:35 PM EST
my STI Ranger .45 ACP
Link Posted: 4/28/2003 6:38:19 PM EST
any true custom 1911.

(more specifically) my SA TRP OPERATOR in about 6 months when I get it back from my gunsmith.
Link Posted: 4/28/2003 9:30:31 PM EST
Since I only have 1 handgun, it's an EAA steel-framed Witness compact, in 9mm parabellum, with an LPA adjustable rear sight.
Link Posted: 4/28/2003 9:59:44 PM EST
My Desert Eagle, MK XIX.

Yeah yeah, I know it's a bit complicated, and not the most reliable gun you can have...
But I can have potentially 4 different calibers:
.357 mag,.44 mag,.50 Action Express and .440 Cor Bon (if I can find the barrel...)
I can handle damn near anything that walks the Earth with that.
And with proper maintenance and technique, works just fine. And the accuracy is just amazing.

Plus I just like it.
Link Posted: 4/28/2003 10:07:34 PM EST
My Glock 23-
Large capacity, will work no matter what the condition, very good stopping power.

Now, if it were "What SHTF Pistol"
I would say my Beretta 9mm-
Large capacity, ammo is plentiful, mags are easy to find and is still very reliable.
Link Posted: 4/29/2003 9:58:48 AM EST
Link Posted: 4/29/2003 10:22:01 AM EST
It would be my Springfield TRP 1911.
Link Posted: 4/29/2003 10:25:36 AM EST
Like Zardoz, I only have one. A G30. Accurate gun, with 10+1 rounds of .45. I'd like to get a Sig 226 in 9mm for some cheaper shooting though.
Link Posted: 4/29/2003 1:17:39 PM EST
My USP 9 F.
Link Posted: 4/29/2003 1:32:49 PM EST
Tough question, easy answer.

Glock 29, 10mm Auto.

Link Posted: 4/29/2003 1:32:50 PM EST
H&K USP 45.
Link Posted: 4/29/2003 1:52:38 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/29/2003 1:53:48 PM EST by anothergene]
Choose one or have one?
If given a choice of one...S&W 500 revolver.
If I can only have one..one of my Colts, .45 auto in SS, will do nicely.
Link Posted: 4/29/2003 2:12:27 PM EST
1911 hands down!!!!
Link Posted: 4/29/2003 2:17:36 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/14/2003 12:07:29 PM EST by Lumpy196]
My 3 year old Wilson Service Grade Protector.

Its been TOTALLY reliable, controlable, its thin and conceals well, and fits my hand like a glove. Ammo is available anywhere. And no one ever had to argue that .45ACP was as good as 9mm/.40 et al

Link Posted: 4/29/2003 4:29:11 PM EST
Glock 22[40 cal
Link Posted: 4/29/2003 8:33:09 PM EST
Springfield Armory lightly customized 1911 with Wilso Combat magazines. Thats what i carry.
Link Posted: 4/30/2003 9:22:25 AM EST

Originally Posted By Hawkeye:
H&K USP 45.

This man speaks the truth !!
Same here.
Link Posted: 4/30/2003 9:26:39 AM EST
Don't have one at the moment but , I'll have to say-

Browning Hi-Power 9mm

just love those things

Link Posted: 4/30/2003 9:39:14 AM EST
My customized "combat" 1911A1 in .400 corbon, and if I had to switch it'd only take me 30 seconds to put the .45 a.c.p. barrel back in.


Even my wife has an AR
Link Posted: 4/30/2003 10:10:59 AM EST
Link Posted: 4/30/2003 4:39:04 PM EST
Man, this crew is packing some nice stuff.

45 ACP H&K in the SOCOM is proven to 30,000+P rds. Civilian versions of SOCOM are two. H&K USP Expert and the more affordable USP Tactical model.

Try one you will like it.

1911's...damn right but the goods start around a $1000, Wilson, Les Baer, and such are x 2 in $. They are high performance weapons and worth the cost.

Also runs are Sig and Glock chambered in 45 ACP...equal to off the shelf H&K USP and others.

I have a copy of all the above listed handguns in my gun room today, between my brother and myself, I will list the number one weapon as the Wilson. Les Bear offers a handgun that is a close to perfect as humanly possible. Kimber is so close to Wilson and Les Baer that I conclude the difference is too small to measure.

If I could have only one...only one...only one... it is the H&K Expert. The reasons are ease of cleaning and the proven robust design of the H&K USP weapons system...bad to the bone.
Link Posted: 4/30/2003 6:37:35 PM EST
Heckler & Koch Mark 23 "SOCOM" (.45ACP)


Springfield Armory XD Tactical (.40S&W)


Springfield Armory 1911-a1 Champion with Cocobolo grips and an extended mag (.45ACP)
Link Posted: 4/30/2003 6:48:06 PM EST
SIG P220
Link Posted: 5/1/2003 3:13:38 PM EST
No question, My Baer Super Tac.

.45, Night Sights, Great finish, Shoots like a champ.

Link Posted: 5/1/2003 6:35:38 PM EST
Without hesitation...
Glock 21/.45ACP.
Finest and most reliable combat/defense handgun ever made:)
Link Posted: 5/1/2003 6:57:48 PM EST
Glock 19.
Link Posted: 5/2/2003 7:05:54 AM EST
My 1911 I've had since 86 in 45acp with a Colt 22lr conversion.

Had to make that choice 3 years ago when I only brought one handgun to Europe.

De Oppresso Liber
Link Posted: 5/5/2003 9:33:54 PM EST
Glock 17 with a Facory Hicaps and the current Glock Factory +3 mag extension.

21 shot service pistol that weighs less than an unloaded 1911.
Link Posted: 5/14/2003 12:37:11 AM EST
damn all these guys and there .45s. Don't get me wrong, I trust my life with my .45 everyday...but if I could own only one handgun...and I didn't need one for work. Hands down....s&w k-22. Yeah I know it's a .22....but think of it....you wan't to be shot by it? I've been shot with a .22 got 40grns of lead in my knee to prove it.....not fun at all. and if TSHTF guess what, you can find ammo for it EVERYWHERE. Just my opinion though.
Link Posted: 5/14/2003 4:20:21 AM EST
[Last Edit: 5/14/2003 4:20:49 AM EST by Matthew_Q]
This one crops up every once in a while... but I'd go with my 1911 Parkerized Milspec, or a comparable pistol.

Cheap, plentiful mags, and I'm set up to reload .45 out the wazoo.

Ain't she purty

Link Posted: 5/14/2003 11:22:51 AM EST
Wilson Combat CQB
Link Posted: 5/14/2003 11:27:56 AM EST
I'd stick with my Sig 229 in .40 (with an order of .357 Sig on the side).
Link Posted: 5/14/2003 11:43:47 AM EST

Originally Posted By Vermilion:
Wilson Combat CQB

Ditto. My HK Tac would be second since I have a can for it, but if I had to choose, my Wilson. It's never failed and it's more accurate in my hands than any of the other handguns I have. It is the 1st out of the safe in a a SHTF siuation.
Link Posted: 5/14/2003 11:54:59 AM EST
[Last Edit: 5/14/2003 11:58:42 AM EST by dudewithahk]
I will stick with my HK Mark 23 with LE
high cap mags.

Link Posted: 5/14/2003 7:58:26 PM EST
Something in a medium-compact, hi-cap 9mm. GLOCK 19, Sig 229, or chopped down HiPower. Small enough to conceal, big enough to shoot well, good ammo availability.
Link Posted: 5/14/2003 8:32:14 PM EST
The one on the left or maybe the one on the right. Was that pick one for each hand?

Link Posted: 5/14/2003 9:16:56 PM EST
Link Posted: 5/14/2003 9:58:47 PM EST
You all saying you really only want 8 damn shots with your 1911's in a SHTF action!?

Come on. At least get something with 10+ rounds to bang out. In a tactical environment is not like shooting some damn paper targets. You will not get off clean head shots when your heart is beating out of your chest and adrenaline is taking over your fine motor skills.

I love 1911;s too but I think there is a better .45cal tool for the job.

Just my opinion is all.
Link Posted: 5/14/2003 11:16:16 PM EST
My SIG P220ST or P228. I love them so. Picking just one is like trying to pick one of your children that you love more.
Link Posted: 5/14/2003 11:22:35 PM EST
A silenced 22lr pistol is the most important. With that you can get any other gun you might need.
Link Posted: 5/15/2003 4:21:56 AM EST
[Last Edit: 5/15/2003 4:47:08 AM EST by RAMBOSKY]

Originally Posted By M4_Aiming_at_U:
"You all saying you really only want 8 damn shots with your 1911's in a SHTF action!?

Come on. At least get something with 10+ rounds to bang out. In a tactical environment is not like shooting some damn paper targets. You will not get off clean head shots when your heart is beating out of your chest and adrenaline is taking over your fine motor skills."

I got 10 round mags for my 1911-A1's and keep one in the chamber 10+1=11. I always carry two extra mags.

I have been in SHTF situations. I don't try head shots.

I had a department issue SW Model 10, six shot .38 special that I had to use a few times. I think if I used it as a club it would of had more knockdown power than the .38 fmj rounds we had to use. But it saved my ass.

I'm hoping with a 230gr. JHP .45 ACP, I wouldn't need 10+ rounds to take someone out, or at least help me fight my way to my AR15.

Link Posted: 5/15/2003 11:19:28 AM EST
Model 2111 .50 ACP. 4 1/2 or 5 1/2 inch barrel 7 shot magazine. 275gr-325gr HP. Ambi safety & mag release. Nightsights. Fully bevelled. @1000 fps.

Link Posted: 5/15/2003 11:31:17 AM EST
[Last Edit: 5/15/2003 11:31:56 AM EST by MAHABALI]
This baby right here, with high caps.

Link Posted: 5/16/2003 7:21:01 AM EST
if "all around purpose" means what i think it does, i'll have to go with my SnW 657.
a stainless .41 mag with 6" bbl. this is pretty much all purpose in my mind.

having passed down a few 19ll's to close family members, i have only 5 remaining. you can see that i have a close afinity to ole slabsides and would bawl and squall at having to give them up for a wheelgun. my oldest purchase dates from the late 50's.

but, facts is facts, and the .45acp won't stand up to the range and power of my .357/41/44 mags.

Lord, please don't make me give up my 1911's tho.

Link Posted: 5/16/2003 9:25:28 AM EST
SiG P-210.

Link Posted: 5/16/2003 6:05:18 PM EST

Talk about a hard decision!

I LOVE my Kimbers, but if I could only choose one handgun it would have to be my Glock 23.
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 6:30:17 PM EST
another fan of the "John Moses Browning" man. Make mine a 1911 Colt.
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 7:31:42 PM EST
4 inch 686.
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 8:11:49 PM EST
4" Model 66 Smith & Wesson.

That is, as long as they remain an American owned, pro-gun business. If they go back to their old ways I'll have to go with a Ruger Security-Six, 4", Hogue grips.
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