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Posted: 6/13/2009 4:55:47 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/13/2009 4:55:47 PM EST by Lancelot]
What up fellows...hope all are seeing more trigger time than me right now. I'm a diehard AR man, and really most long guns..i got it bad for the new age ARs. Long story short my AR builds keep all the fun money tied up generally but eventually i'd like to get really just one top tier handgun to compliment my ARs. Most nice pieces i see are the 1911's which im starting to think they are the colt of the handguns. I would preferable like a .45 and an acp as well. I like the looks of those kimber matrix camo .45s which i bel. is a 1911 model. Anyway dont know squat on handguns so any compliment to an AR collection and gun collection perhaps in general would be app. Thanks in advance gents.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 1:22:11 PM EST
Depends how much you want to spend. My preference for 1911s is the SA Professional.

Link Posted: 6/13/2009 1:29:53 PM EST
personally, I'm a Glock fan.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 1:31:41 PM EST
Go to a range and rent a bunch of different handguns, shoot them, see what you think.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 1:37:23 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/13/2009 1:38:20 PM EST by lamarbrog]
.45ACP is an old-style cartridge... It will go OK with 7.62NATO or .30-06... Big, heavy...

5.56mm is a modern cartridge... Slim, fast... 9mm Parabellum compliments it well.


Glock, XD, (whatever Beretta is calling the M9 this week), PX4 Storm, etc. would all match up nicely.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 1:43:33 PM EST
I like the Kimber Warrior
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 1:46:32 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/13/2009 4:18:07 PM EST by MSPRet]
the problem with 9 mm's are they are "baby bullets". I often think of the joke phrase,"he is such an idiot he would bring a 9 mm to a gunfight". Get yourself any of the great .45 ACP pistols out there now and have the perfect and effective compliment to your AR....<><....:).
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 1:48:05 PM EST
While 1911's are nice, I just don't care for them. I've got an HK that I'm happy with, and some glocks. I shot a sig the other weekend, kind of made me think about trying out a P220, maybe throw a suppressor on.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 1:48:20 PM EST
Originally Posted By TRIDENT1982:
What up fellows...hope all are seeing more trigger time than me right now. I'm a diehard AR man, and really most long guns..i got it bad for the new age ARs. Long story short my AR builds keep all the fun money tied up generally but eventually i'd like to get really just one top tier handgun to compliment my ARs. Most nice pieces i see are the 1911's which im starting to think they are the colt of the handguns. I would preferable like a .45 and an acp as well. I like the looks of those kimber matrix camo .45s which i bel. is a 1911 model. Anyway dont know squat on handguns so any compliment to an AR collection and gun collection perhaps in general would be app. Thanks in advance gents.





Colt Combat Elite S80
SIG 229 in 40sw

my 2 favorite Handguns that I bought/had
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 1:48:27 PM EST
Originally Posted By TRIDENT1982:
I would preferable like a .45 and an acp as well.


A .45 and an ACP? That is going to be hard to come by.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 1:51:23 PM EST
Originally Posted By MSPRet:
the problem with 9 mm's are they are "baby bullets". I often think of the joke phrase,"he is such an idiot he would take a 9 mm to a gunfight". Get yourself any of the great .45 ACP pistols out there now and have the perfect and effective compliment to your AR....<><....:).




Ive carried a Colt 1911 Combat Elite 45acp for several years

I would carry a 9mm no problems


the 9mm is / HAS more than enough power

all that matters is shot placement
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 1:52:10 PM EST
In actuality a 1911 is the Colt of handguns. :)

Anyhow, as a companion for an AR I would think you are looking at a full size service auto, either .45acp or 9mm.

I personally love the 1911 trigger but (despite probable flamage) would not use one as a transition sidearm.

So, that said, for .45acp:

SIG P220, FN45, HK45, CZ97B

9mm: P229, Beretta 92f, CZ75B (my pref), or Glock

These encompass a set of what I would consider likely and standard.

I prefer a CZ 75 in 9mm. Just my thing.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 1:56:59 PM EST
I prefer the Glock 34.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 2:00:34 PM EST
I'd say a XDm in .40 S&W

I have 3 XD's and love them (5" .45ACP, 4" 9mm, 3" (subcompact) .40 S&W)
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 2:03:13 PM EST
as all the poster above have already said The XD45 .
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 2:04:02 PM EST
Great options for a side arm

or you can get a wheel gun in 45 acp if thats your preference

1911- Kimber, Wilson, Colt series 70 or older, springfield operators

Glock- I don't care for glocks much but try one see if you like it

if you decide to look beyond45 acp to 9mm which I recommend

Beretta 92

Walther-P99 my favorite

Sig

Browning Hi Power- 2nd favorite

all 357 magnum-S&W -19, 66, 686, 586, 620, TRR8
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 2:04:23 PM EST
i love my Colt, but to compliment my AR i went with HK USP in .45acp.
yeah, yeah...
.45 is an outdated cartridge, whatever. who says i'm packing ball?
230 grain +p ranger t series FTW.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 2:08:45 PM EST
Originally Posted By pc299:
I'd say a XDm in .40 S&W

I have 3 XD's and love them (5" .45ACP, 4" 9mm, 3" (subcompact) .40 S&W)


+1 on the XDs. I own two and I love them. Sig also makes a very nice handgun.

Somebody above mentioned renting a few different handguns. I think that is good advice. Try out several and find one that fits you.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 2:10:51 PM EST
Originally Posted By 87GN:
Go to a range and rent a bunch of different handguns, shoot them, see what you think.


Best advice in the thread and the only way to find what is right for you.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 2:11:08 PM EST
Originally Posted By MSPRet:
the problem with 9 mm's are they are "baby bullets". I often think of the joke phrase,"he is such an idiot he would take a 9 mm to a gunfight". Get yourself any of the great .45 ACP pistols out there now and have the perfect and effective compliment to your AR....<><....:).


The 9mm is a serious cartridge. If the OPERATOR of the 9mm firearm is up to it, it is more than enough cartridge.

With that said, I carry a .40S&W, which is "way more than enough cartridge."
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 2:13:29 PM EST
HK USP Tactical (.45acp)

Link Posted: 6/13/2009 2:16:21 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/13/2009 2:18:23 PM EST by s3neo]
after about 300 rounds through my glock 21 i've had no misfires, no FTE, it has 13 round capacity, which is a lot for .45, and lots of accessories. i absolutely trust my life with it. as for accuracy, i outshot people at my permit class using .22's. now i KNOW that that is just pitiful on the part of the people behind them, but still, i had very little practice with it at this point, around 50-60 shots before class. we were only required to get 35 hits overall, so i screwed around on the last 15. out of 50 shots, 35 torso hits inside only the 4 and 5 circles and 13 head shots. i missed 2 of the headshots by an inch each. distance was 15 yd. btw. we were SUPPOSED to do 3,9, and 15, but due to bad weather we only did 15. i swear, some of the people using the .22's looked like they had brought a 10/22 carbine with a norrell trigger kit. scary
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 2:16:57 PM EST
Originally Posted By MSPRet:
the problem with 9 mm's are they are "baby bullets". I often think of the joke phrase,"he is such an idiot he would take a 9 mm to a gunfight". Get yourself any of the great .45 ACP pistols out there now and have the perfect and effective compliment to your AR....<><....:).


This is horseshit.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 2:21:44 PM EST
i got a .45 for my full size, just my preference. i go into the woods a lot, so humans aren't the only thing i worry about having to shoot. as for the 9mm, i am currently looking hard at a glock 26 for a backup. less recoil than the .45 and PLENTY of stopping power should you need it. does a .45 do better, yes, but 9mm have slightly longer range and will still easily do the job when placed correctly. also, 9mm can be had almost anywhere in the world, .45 is mainly a US thing i believe.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 2:23:39 PM EST
well the Beretta 92FS / M9 is the typical sidearm of our military .... how about that? I was checking one out today at Bass Pro.

or ................

















Link Posted: 6/13/2009 2:36:22 PM EST
Originally Posted By rockstar4960:
i love my Colt, but to compliment my AR i went with HK USP in .45acp.
yeah, yeah...
.45 is an outdated cartridge, whatever. who says i'm packing ball?
230 grain +p ranger t series FTW.

I have to agree.

While I feel the 1911 is the traditional compliment to the AR, I just haven't found one yet that feels right in my hand. For this reason the full-size USP45 loaded with 230gr Rangers is my choice as well:


As others have said, the only way to figure out what's right for you is to try several different types/models and see for yourself

Link Posted: 6/13/2009 2:39:23 PM EST
If you want a high end .45 these are very nice.

http://www.edbrown.com/cgi-bin/htmlos.cgi/002566.1.589577258818152560

I have and really like my SiG P220ST .45 .
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 3:02:04 PM EST
Surprisingly, I'm the first to say this:

Wrong forum.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 3:02:22 PM EST
Originally Posted By MSPRet:
the problem with 9 mm's are they are "baby bullets". I often think of the joke phrase,"he is such an idiot he would take a 9 mm to a gunfight". Get yourself any of the great .45 ACP pistols out there now and have the perfect and effective compliment to your AR....<><....:).


This is about one of the dumbest posts I've read here....ever.

I highly doubt that you'd volunteer to be shot with 147 gr Federal HST's or "baby bullets" as you like to call them.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 3:03:47 PM EST
Glock fo-tay... natch!

Link Posted: 6/13/2009 3:34:30 PM EST

As you can see in the above painting, which was believed to be 2000 years old by the most advanced carbon dating methods, Jesus is seen with his 1911 in his hand and AR by his side. Keep in mind, back when Jesus was an "operator", they didnt have all the tacticool accessories they do nowadays which is why he is wearing a robe instead of tactical gear, and note they did not have rails for mounting lights back then, but the best pistol back then is the same as it is now. The one and only 1911.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 3:39:48 PM EST
In my opinion, the Springfield XD-9 Service, preferably with a stainless slide
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 3:42:38 PM EST
Everybodies got their own opinion. I use Glock pistols myself. A G-26 for carry, and a G-17 . I dont intend to get involved in a 1911 VS Glock flame war, use what suits you.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 3:20:50 PM EST
The ideal handgun companion to the AR-15 would be one utilizing polymer, steel and aluminum in it's construction and incorporating innovative action and safety systems along with high capacity in .45ACP. Hence, my personal choice, the Taurus 24/7 Pro. The 1911 is a fine pistol, and I have several, but this is my go-to.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 3:49:11 PM EST
Make sure you rent an HK when you are renting guns. I have an HK compact .40 and really like it.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 3:52:32 PM EST
1911 FTW
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 3:54:17 PM EST
The most important thing in picking your sidearm is how the grip fits your hand, so I agree with others here to try it yourself first at the range.

I use different brands of pistols but my favorite that fits my hand the best are my Sig P226 9mm and Sig P220 .45 ACP.

I actually have more trigger time and competed more with pistols in NRA/ USPSA-IPSC in the '70s and '80s.

My other sidearms that I use are Colt 1911 .45 with Wilson Combat compensator-barrel, Colt 1911 stainless, Colt 1911 Combat Gov't model, HK USP, Colt compact lightweight 1911, Glock 19.


Link Posted: 6/13/2009 3:58:53 PM EST
1911 Springfield TRP
1911 Springfield Operator
1911 Kimber Warrior
XDm
H&K USP
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 4:06:07 PM EST
I say shoot what ever shoots the best for you For me its this,
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 4:10:24 PM EST
Originally Posted By flyboy1788:
and note they did not have rails for mounting lights back then,
1.


Jesus didn't need to mount a light. He IS the light
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 4:11:02 PM EST
Originally Posted By Hebrew_Battle_Rifle:
Originally Posted By flyboy1788:
and note they did not have rails for mounting lights back then,
1.


Jesus didn't need to mount a light. He IS the light


exactly, that is why.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 4:17:08 PM EST
Anything but a glock, even cat shit on a stick.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 4:22:12 PM EST
My pairings
AR and G19, Garand and 1911, FAL and Hi-power
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 4:25:02 PM EST
This wouldn't be too bad.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 4:25:28 PM EST
Originally Posted By MSPRet:
the problem with 9 mm's are they are "baby bullets". I often think of the joke phrase,"he is such an idiot he would bring a 9 mm to a gunfight". Get yourself any of the great .45 ACP pistols out there now and have the perfect and effective compliment to your AR....<><....:).


I would not want to get hit by one of those baby bullets.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 4:41:11 PM EST
If there are two pistols any gun owner/collector needs to have in their collection they are a 1911 style pistol and a 9mm Glock (17 or 19 preferably).

As for this:
Originally Posted By MSPRet:
the problem with 9 mm's are they are "baby bullets". I often think of the joke phrase,"he is such an idiot he would bring a 9 mm to a gunfight". Get yourself any of the great .45 ACP pistols out there now and have the perfect and effective compliment to your AR....<><....:).


I challenge you to find someone who has been shot in the face with a 9mm that can say they were shot with "baby bullets" The fact of the matter is that no matter what anyone says, the proficiency of the shooter behind the gun and shot placement mean more than the caliber you are shooting any day of the week, without question.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 4:45:30 PM EST
Glock of course. simple and always works. much like the AR.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 4:48:32 PM EST
I own a Beretta 92FS and would love a 1911 too. I loved shooting the Springfield XD, fantastic accuracy. Pretty comfy with the S&W M&P too. Prefer metal frames but polys have their place. Would love to try out a PX4 and a 90-Two. Have shot a Sig P225 and liked it but it cost a bit more than I wanted to spend. Loved the 92FS Police trade in at about $400.

Just my opinion on what I've shot. Shoot a lot and develop an opinion.

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Link Posted: 6/13/2009 4:52:19 PM EST
Just bought myself a 92FS yesterday for this very reason. I'm a big fan of .45ACP but a big framed 9mm is faster at re-acquiring and more accurate when "rapid" firing... IMO. True, the 45ACP has more stopping power but I like speed and rapid target acquision. The placement of the shot will take care of the rest.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 5:03:11 PM EST

Link Posted: 6/13/2009 5:06:20 PM EST
This kind of question is a no win situation just like Ford-Chevy debates. The Beretta M92 would appear to be a good choice since it's Uncle Sams' choice, but many in the sand box acquire a 1911 as soon as possible. I personally so not like Glocks, but I would rather my friends be armed with a Glock than not armed at all. As several have said, try out several pisto;ls and find out what fits your needs and budget the best.
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