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Old 06-07-2009, 06:03 PM   #1
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One Gun ONLY.... Which One??

What gun would you have, if you could only have one?

I'm looking for a pistol in $1k range, accuracy and reliability are most important. Use for occasional targeting and sidearm protection during wilderness camping trips. Kimber's seem to feel the best to me but I think with the above two requirements i'm better off with a 9mm, no?

What would you suggest? ONE ONLY!! BEST VALUE FOR $1K!!
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Old 06-07-2009, 07:18 PM   #2
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Folks either prefer "iron guns" (e.g. 1911 and clones) or "composite guns" (e.g. glock).

If you're into heavier variety, I recommend checking out the Sig Sauer. Depending on what size you want, the P239 or P226/P220.

I have a P220 and it's a bit bulky for frequent carry but it's accurate and reliable as ever. The P226 is basically the 9mm/.40S&W version in the same frame. P220 is single-stack .45ACP and P226 is double-stack 9mm/.40S&W.

If you want a lighter firearm, lots of folks swear by their Glocks but the Springfield XD 40 seems to be the most recent favorite.

All-in-all, build a list of ones you are interested in and then find a range that will let you rent'n'shoot

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Old 06-07-2009, 07:23 PM   #3
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One last thing about the 1911 clones.. The proper way to carry those is "cocked and locked". This means: a round in the chamber, hammer back, safety on.

Most M1911s (especially those that are accurized for target shooting) don't have firing pin safety-block so you cannot leave the hammer down with a round in the chamber. Of course, not having a round in the chamber converts your carry gun into a weight.

I wasn't comfortable with cocked'n'locked concealed carry, so I bought the Sig P220.
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Old 06-07-2009, 07:25 PM   #4
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I have liked the Hk handguns, ive only shot a few and i don't know the models sorry.
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Old 06-07-2009, 07:29 PM   #5
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If it is to be a pistola, then I prefer an HK usp .45 or a glock in 20 in 10mm. I'm not into micro-carry guns and I don't care if I 'print'. Give me full size +p tupperware power with hi cap mags. 12 +1 for the USP and 15+1 for the G20.

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Old 06-07-2009, 07:33 PM   #6
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Old 06-07-2009, 07:38 PM   #7
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haha, nuke photoshop. nice.
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Old 06-07-2009, 07:39 PM   #8
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IMO anything 9mm and up will "do the job".

Wish to argue the point? Which would you rather get shot with? (none? I thought so.)
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Old 06-08-2009, 04:43 AM   #9
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in alaska and other places for wildlife attacks people carry larger caliber handguns, things that way a ton and the ammo is as long as your finger.

i would go with this cause i have the blessings:
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The holy hand grenade. Brilliant!

ARTHUR: Consult the Book of Armaments!
MAYNARD: Armaments, Chapter Two, Verses Nine to Twenty-One.
BROTHER: "And Saint Atila raised the hand grenade up on high, saying,
'Oh, Lord, bless this thy hand grenade that with it thou mayest blow
thy enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy.' And the Lord did grin, and
people did feast upon the lambs, and sloths, and carp, and anchovies,
and orangutans, and breakfast cereals, and fruit bats, and large --"
MAYNARD: Skip a bit, Brother.
BROTHER: "And the Lord spake, saying, 'First shalt thou take out the
Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three
shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting
shalt be three. Four shalt thou not count, nor either count thou two,
excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once
the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou
thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thou foe, who being naughty
in my sight, shall snuff it.'"
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mmm, vorpal bunny.
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Old 06-08-2009, 05:48 AM   #12
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go with a colt 9/11,,,,,,,,ps m1 carbine with para stock , best house gun ever
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I have both a Glock .40 and a Beretta 9mm and think either would suit you well if they're going to be used for midrange protection/ targeting. The glock packs quite a punch and I'm sure if you make contact it would take most targets down with ease. The Beretta is not as powerful as the .40, but it is much easier to shoot and a more sleek and stylish choice than the Glock. In the end it's another one of those personal choices. That's my .02
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I'm looking for: accuracy and reliability, occasional targeting, sidearm protection during wilderness camping trips
Ok my questions are as follows:
what type of camping do you do and where are you camping the most time?
Are you going to a day of for long stretches of time?
Are you the weight saving type of a person in you camping pack?

I would suggest a synthetic, or one that can take abuse such as rain, mud, and sand. You want a round that has power but not jump out of your hands if you have to use it. I agree with fuster about the 10mm it has the power and the foot per pounds needed.

I usually carry the .300 or 12ga when im hiking camping, but im hunting most of the time.

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be cool and get a dirty harry.
or get a semi auto 9mm. fun to mess with.
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For concealed carry/personal protection, Glock 19 9mm for me. Long chat with an ex-SWAT guy. He said he would choose a 9mm over anything else, because he can shoot more accrately with it vs. a 40 or 45. Self-defense wise, he says it doesn't matter if you are shooting a 9mm or 45 when you hit them 2 in the chest and one in the head. And he said it in a way that wasn't said to be funny at all.... chilling....

But for an all-purpose gun, like if something I'd rather have if I were stranded on a desert island or home defense, etc. would be my shot gun. Only drawback would be the big, heavy shells.

For survival-only gun, my trusty lever-action Browning .22 LR.
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Our department issue is a GLOCK 40 and it's a very nice gun with all the stopping power you will require.
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.45 ACP or .357--you can usually find that ammo in any store that sells ammo--that is if anybody any gets any inventory

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ps m1 carbine with para stock , best house gun ever
a cool gun and fun to shoot, however balistically the 'best house gun ever' part could be debated...unless it is an M2 carbine

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GLOCK 18???

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Old 06-08-2009, 10:20 AM   #20
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Oops, never mind i see the OP is in commyfornia.

So, act like i never even suggested the glock 18.

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