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People who can buy only one should get a second job.
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It's a silly exercise I suppose, but I'd go with the M&P 45c. I find I'm very fast and accurate with it, it's actually compact enough to comfortably carry under all circumstances, yet is large enough to control and shoot quickly. The 45 Auto is a good cartridge readily available almost anywhere, and the capacity of the weapon is...well, what it is. It's the only handgun I own that I would say feels like it was custom made for my hands, feels like "an extension of my arm" so to speak. When loaded with +P gold dots or Hornady XTPs, I feel confident I have as good a chance as possible.
ďIf I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.Ē T Bankhead
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I like seeing people say the M&P 2.0 9c because I really can afford only one gun, and thatís the one I have.
Yes, I know we can shoot all guns and shoot them well and yes being more than one dimensional can be an advantage as well but, it is not the same level of skill as dedication to one, not even close.
That was me at one time. I think I had about 50-60 rifles, around two dozen pistols and about 6-7 shotguns. For pistols I had several 1911's. I shot the 1911's most often back then. Just off of the top of my head three Springfields, two of them the GI's, BUL M5 Gvt, Bul M5 Commander...they all shot about the same for me. But I could tell the difference between my favorite and the others.
BUT....BUT....BUT I had fallen in love with the Rainbow model P238 several years before when I saw one at a gun show and I really did want one. After I found that the only way I can "off" the safety of the Scorpion is with the trigger finger of my shooting hand....at the very beginning of the draw....(my crooked arthritic thumbs do not go in that direction on either side!) I started looking for a Rainbow at a price I was willing to pay. It took several months, but one evening I logged on to gunbroker and THERE WAS MY GUN at the right price.
And that is why I have two of the same gun. Saves some money on buying extra magazines.
Now I'm thinking about buying a second Shield EZ and a second M&P .22 compact because they are both such great guns to shoot for me now and they have the changeable mag release buttons which makes mag changes "like they used to be" when I shot right handed. (Not saying I will.....just thinking about it....)
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If I could only afford to buy one handgun it would have to be a small pocket pistol simply because it would be the only type I could comfortably carry all year round in any climate. It would also be the least expensive option.