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    Quote Originally Posted by bandrich View Post
    I am not sure about some of the names mentioned, however, it would be hard for me to justify spending $3,000. or more on a hand gun. My most expensive carry gun was $550. JMHO however.
    I ordrede a $3k hard chromed 9mm Springfield Custom Shop Full Rail Operator. Waited 1 year for it to be built. Most accurate handgun I have ever shot. With the weight being over 50 oz with the bull barrel, the felt recoil was about 1/2 way inbetween a 9mm and a 22.

    I sold it last year, as I moved away from the 1911 platform....

    In the 1911 world, its easy to spend $3k-$5k.

    (it had front strap, hand checkering, but I liked these wrap around grips at the time)



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    Shhhh!!! There are Glock people on this forum! Enough with the hate speech!


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    My list is:

    Glock
    Springfield
    S&W
    Ruger
    Colt
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    The top 5 gun manufacturers for handguns, in order:

    Glock (Best value for self defense)
    Springfield (Nice variety excellent quality)
    SIG (Excellent but very expensive)
    S&W (Excellent variety in revolvers and Semi-Autos)
    Ruger (Really rugged reliable DA and SA revolvers at reasonable cost - GP100 is the best 4" .357 on the market).

    Notably absent: Colt, a company long past it's prime.

    Top 5 manufacturers for rifles in order:

    Savage (Best value if you like hitting what you aim at.)
    Winchester Classics made by FN (Best rifles).
    Remington (Big variety, so-so quality)
    CZ (Really good hunting rifles for game of any size. You want to see a good factory bore, look here.)
    Ruger (Quirky. When they are good, they are very very good. When they aren't, they are awful.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by shipwreck View Post
    ...as I moved away from the 1911 platform.
    Can you let us know Why? Thanks.

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    [QUOTE=.XX;2366484]
    Quote Originally Posted by shipwreck View Post
    ...as I moved away from the 1911 platform.

    Can you let us know Why? Thanks.
    I'm not shipwreck but I'll let you know why I moved away....

    1. Capacity is less than many modern subcompacts.

    2. Reliability is not so great unless you have $2000+ to fork out for a custom or custom work.

    3. Parts wear out WAY quicker than every other decent modern pistol. Replacements at about 4-6k rounds if you are lucky.

    4. Too heavy for its size for CC.

    5. The only plus these have is the trigger, and any trigger can be learned given a little time and ammo.


    A combination of all these is NOT what I need.
    Last edited by Wiggity; August 24th, 2012 at 01:35 PM. Reason: clarification
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    [QUOTE=Wiggity;2366500]
    Quote Originally Posted by .XX View Post

    I'm not shipwreck but I'll let you know why I moved away....

    1. Capacity is less than many modern subcompacts.

    2. Reliability is not so great unless you have $2000+ to fork out for a custom or custom work.

    3. Parts wear out WAY quicker than every other decent modern pistol. It starts at about 4-6k rounds if you are lucky.

    4. Too heavy for its size for CC.

    5. The only plus these have is the trigger, and any trigger can be learned given a little time and ammo.


    A combination of all these is NOT what I need.
    I agree.

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    What do you mean by top 5?

    top 5 best selling?
    top 5 best reputation?
    top 5 best value?
    top 5 most produced

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    As quality:
    HK
    Sig Sauer
    Glock
    SW and Springfield
    CZ
    Beretta

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    [QUOTE=Wiggity;2366500]
    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggity View Post

    I'm not shipwreck but I'll let you know why I moved away....

    1. Capacity is less than many modern subcompacts.

    2. Reliability is not so great unless you have $2000+ to fork out for a custom or custom work.

    3. Parts wear out WAY quicker than every other decent modern pistol. It starts at about 4-6k rounds if you are lucky.

    4. Too heavy for its size for CC.

    5. The only plus these have is the trigger, and any trigger can be learned given a little time and ammo.


    A combination of all these is NOT what I need.
    I disagree.

    If capacity is deemed very important then the 1911 should be passed over and a gun holding "lotsa bullets" should be obtained.

    It must be said that perfectly reliable 1911 type guns may be had for well under $2000. Less than half that actually. It's nonsense to claim otherwise.

    When any firearm is put to use, parts actually begin wearing out when the first round fired rather than starting at 4-6K. Parts do not wear out "way quicker" with the 1911 or even significantly quicker. This is more nonsense.



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    Weight is subjective. Some folks would consider the 39 oz 1911 to be a medium weight handgun and don't consider it to be either too heavy or too large for concealed carry use. Some people even like weight and dislike shrunken compact models.

    Triggers are subjective and discernment plays its part. Some folks feel a trigger is more important than others do and for those people, a single-action trigger answers. Any trigger may be learned but some just aren't interested in inferior triggers.
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    I have a very narrow experience so far so I would say IN order;

    Sig Sauer
    H&K
    Glock
    S&W
    Springfeild

    Disclaimer! This is pretty the extent of my handgun shooting experience so anything left out is due to no experience.
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