Your Top 5 Most Influential Handguns
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March 24th, 2020 09:40 AM
Great lists all! Remember, the premise is not the 5 most influential handguns to the world, but the 5 that influenced YOU the most as a shooter.
March 24th, 2020 09:46 AM
I have two non-firearm honorable mentions, the first is a Crossman pistol similar to yours, but mine was a .177 pellet version. The other is a Nel-Spot 007 paintball gun, the original gun used in paintball, before there were purpose built paintball guns. The Nel Spot was made for forestry operations to mark trees. It was a bolt action pistol. Playing paintball with a bolt action really made you concentrate on shot timing and placement in a simulated force-on-force situation.
- Colt Official Police: When I was 12, my Dad set up a wax bullet range for me in the basement. I would take used .38 brass, replace the spent primer with a primer tool, shove a wax bullet in the end. The target was a huge cardboard box a refrigerator had come in, with a target drawn on the side. I really learned how to shoot a revolver extremely well in that basement and it transferred to shooting live ammo later on in life. I always qual'ed expert on any course of fire with a revolver, even if I had not shot one in a while.
- S&W Model 36: The first gun I bought when I turned 21 and the first gun I CC'ed as a plainclothes store detective in a large department store. When CC permits came to my state, it was my EDC for years and I still have it.
- 1911, custom modded for target shooting by Navy gunsmiths. I used that to compete on a National Match team.
- Colt Woodsman Match Target: Also Navy issue and used to shoot smallbore pistol on the National Match team.
- Ruger LCR: I have tried other EDCs, but for the last few years, I keep coming back to the the LCR. It is just so darn handy!
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March 24th, 2020 09:51 AM
I enjoy seeing the stories about why the various selections are on the list as much as I enjoy seeing the selections themselves!
March 24th, 2020 10:41 AM
Guns that are the most influential in my shooting life?
Ruger P90- my first gun
Ruger LCP- first dedicated carry gun
SP101/LCR- first forays into snubbies
Remington 870- taught me I'm not a fan of shotguns for SD- yes they're effective, I'm just not familiar enough with them to wield effectively
S&W Mod 67- illustrated what a finely gunsmith tuned wheelgun can accomplish. I'll always keep a few semi autos in my collection, but this gun taught me that I really have no interest in accumulating more semi autos. Wheelguns rule!
March 24th, 2020 11:11 AM
High Standard Victor - 22LR tack driver that pushed me over the top in a number of matches.
Colt 1911 Clark Custom Longslide that allowed me to compete, more or less, with some of the best Bullseye shooters in the country (or my current Kimber Custom TLE RL II for self defense)
Colt SAA - It just feels and points sooooo good!
Glock - any flavor, any color. IMHO the Swiss Army Knife of the gun world, plus they are actually fun to completely disassemble and reassemble!
S&W Shield 45 and Bodyguard 380 which make the best matched pair of defensive carry pistols, for me, aside from two Glocks
There are quite a few others I could add.
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March 24th, 2020 11:14 AM
Man oh, man! I remember that Nel-Spot bolt action paint gun. I got into a local group and joined the original Paint Ball org. Firing a paint ball of .68 caliber that was kinda accurate out to about 30 yards. A little more accuracy if you kept the pellets in a cooler so that the paint inside the pellet wouldn’t move around too much when in flight. We didn’t play it in an open field either, we had several acres of woods to run around in! Close hits would raise a welt. Hits at super close range would break the skin. And, that was with the “new” water based paints. You DID NOT want to be hit by the original oil based paint that was used by the foresters for marking trees!!
Originally Posted by jmf552
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March 24th, 2020 11:20 AM
S&W Model 10
S&W Model 36
Colt Govt. 1911
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March 24th, 2020 12:15 PM
My side of the family was not at all into handguns! We had long guns of all kinds, but not many handguns. So I had not even fired one till about high school age. I did not learn to shoot one till I was an adult, And never learned to shoot one well till about 10 years ago. I had owned a few, and even carried them but never got serious about them. They were a tool to get you to your long gun.
So here's my list.
My first was an Iver Johnson 9 shot 22 revolver. It was ear piercingly loud. Later I found that the cylinder gap was about 4 times what it should have been. It was not pleasant to shoot.
2nd was S&W model 66. Stainless steel, adjustable sights, 357 mag...Still one of my favorite handguns!
3rd was a S&W model 59. I couldn't hit squat with it! I got it in 1980 or 81. Everyone had to have a high cap wonder 9!
It was influential because I never wanted another 9mm or a double stack again! Some years later I did buy a couple of Browning High Powers.
4th are the Walther PP and PPK. They were very influential because they introduced me to pocket carry!
5th Once I learned about pocket carry I got started on J frame size revolvers. My EDC today is a S&W 642. Its the right size to always have on me, not be in the way. I have owned several brands but revolvers of this size are what I prefer to carry.
March 24th, 2020 12:21 PM
Colt single action army
Ruger .22 auto
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March 24th, 2020 12:26 PM
My family was the same way, only handguns I shot in my youth were an old cheap 22lr revolver my dad had, and an old snubby in 22 short at my grandpa's one time. Nowadays I have a mess of handguns, and my dad even owns a few modern handguns. He still has that 22lr revolver, but I'm working on him for it.
Originally Posted by dangerranger
March 24th, 2020 12:30 PM
1..............1911s various sizes and calibers Makes me feel warm and fuzzy
2..............Kimber K6S 357 Magnum. My Companion
3..............Pre Key 686 4" 6 shot. Just a Great Gun
4..............Pre Key M29 6.5". Gotta Love Harry's Magnum
5..............S&W M460. Raw Terror in your hands
March 24th, 2020 12:32 PM
Ruger .41 Magnum Blackhawk. Loved everything about that gun.
H&R 912. Slick little 9-shot 22 that accompanied me on about every hunting/fishing trip Put a few squirrels and grouse in the pot with it.
Stoeger .22 Lugar. Not mine, but what a hoot to shoot. Very reliable.
Glock 30. Big punch in a little package. My first carry gun.
About any 3rd-Gen S&W. I've got the 6906 and 4566, wouldn't mind picking one up in .40.
Ruger .357 Blackhawk. Decided I didn't like the .357 and haven't shot it since. Too hard on the ears.
Some foreign-made .22 six-shooter. POS. Had to tighten the barrel after every cylinder. Could honestly aim at the sky and miss.
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March 24th, 2020 12:38 PM
1. M1911, .45 ACP (x3, now)
2. Star PD (first concealed-carry gun)
3. AMC .45 Backup (in my pocket for almost 20 years)
4. Walther P.38 (first pistol, but traded for a 1911)
5. Semmerling LM-4 (weird collector's pistol, but it works...most of the time)
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March 24th, 2020 12:49 PM
Now THAT'S inaccurate!
Originally Posted by OldVet
March 24th, 2020 01:06 PM
1. Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 magnum. A 10 1/2" blue model was my first owned handgun purchased when I was nineteen and just back from Viet Nam.
2. Colt Single-Action revolvers. Mine are a 1919 single-action Colt Frontier .44-40, a 1959 Colt SAA .45 Colt, and a 1978 Colt SAA .45 Colt. I grew up in the 1950s watching westerns on television.
3. Colt Anaconda. My 8" nickel plated Colt Anaconda .44 magnum is my favorite handgun to shoot.
4. Colt Python .357 magnum. Mine are a blue 2 1/2", a blue 4", and a blue 6". I couldn't afford them when I was young.
5. Government model 1911s . Seven of mine are Colts in .45 ACP, two are Colt Delta Elites in 10mm, one is a Dan Wesson Valor in .45 ACP, and two are Springfield TRP Operators in .45 ACP and 10mm. I carried a 1911 in Viet Nam. I carry one from the time I get dressed until it goes on the nightstand when I go to bed.
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