A lot of people don't like to admit it, but sometimes handguns drop and take rough falls. Or aren't cleaned ritually after days at the range. Or are generally abused at competitions or training. Those folks are exactly the ones I would love to comment here!
As the name of the thread implies, I’m looking for some tough guns. Why? Age 21 (carrying age in Florida) is right around the corner, and I’ll be the only one in my family who will actually carry; simply put, that means that what I carry has the weight of my family’s safety on my waist and my prospective handgun's frame. Hoping for the best but planning for the worst, I need something that will not only be reliable, but be durable. I should be able to count on it going "bang" when it's supposed to, not going "bang" when it's not, even if in less-than-ideal circumstances.
With the help of a friend, I’ve put together a list of handguns I’m interested for the concealed-carry role, all of them known to be generally tough s.o.b.’s, by brand and model of personal interest in parentheses. My question to you all: which would you consider the toughest?
- Glock (all medium and small framed models)
- Heckler & Koch (USP/USP Compact)
- Kahr (K9 or K9 Elite)
- Sig Sauer (P220/P226/P229)
- Springfield Armory (XD/XD Compact)
If you can think of others, please post what and why; I'm open to other opinions, but have little frame of reference since I was brought upon Glock and only recently had the chance to try out other handguns. My only stipulation is that the handguns be auto-loaders and be of a fairly common caliber.
Thanks in advance, let the learning begin.