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Old 07-06-2013, 15:04   #1
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1 Handgun - Any & All Purposes

If you were limited to just one handgun and you HAD to pick from the following firearms, which would you go with? This would be for home defense, carry, ....any and all defense purposes.

1. S&W 1911SC E Series .45
2. Ruger SR1911 Commander .45
3. S&W M&P 9c 9mm
4. S&W M&P 40c .40
5. Sig Sauer P229 .40
6. Ruger SR9c 9mm
7. Ruger SR40c .40

Just those, no other choices. What would you go with?

I list just these because I live in a state that restricts what firearms you can purchase.

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Old 07-06-2013, 15:07   #2
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The 229. Concealable, reliable, high capacity, and durable.
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Old 07-06-2013, 15:09   #3
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Why just those?
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Old 07-06-2013, 15:11   #4
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No revolvers and no 10mm, Yawn.

Well, there is only one model there that I would have on my "list of ten" to consider and that would be a full sized 1911. A Commander sized would probably be just off the list.
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Old 07-06-2013, 15:15   #5
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Sig P229.

Hands down...
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Old 07-06-2013, 15:15   #6
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Why just those?
because the state i live in is communist. no colt, wilson, les baer, springfield, glock, xd, etc...
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Old 07-06-2013, 15:19   #7
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Off the list but should be allowed in MA is the Sig P239, my favorite handgun of my collection.
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No revolvers and no 10mm, Yawn.

Well, there is only one model there that I would have on my "list of ten" to consider and that would be a full sized 1911. A Commander sized would probably be just off the list.
sorry man, no interest in full size guns. don't like to carry them. both 1911's on my list do have full size grips (1 with a round butt) but have 4.25 inch barrels instead of 5 inch. the SC 1911 is obviously the lighter of the 2 but costs about $500 more.

i do have an interest in that 627 revolver from S&W with the 2 inch barrel. 8 shots of 357mag goodness but $1,000+ retail is tough to get over.
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Old 07-06-2013, 15:20   #9
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because the state i live in is communist. no colt, wilson, les baer, springfield, glock, xd, etc...
that just sucks
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Old 07-06-2013, 15:22   #10
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Sub Compact

I don't personally own any of those.
Daily concealed carry for me often requires pocket or ankle carry.
These sub compact guns are not my favorites.
Nor do I shoot them the best.
But If I could only own one...

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Old 07-06-2013, 15:24   #11
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because the state i live in is communist. no colt, wilson, les baer, springfield, glock, xd, etc...
Ahhh, so.

Now that the circumstances are a bit more clear, and it isn't a "what if???/TEOTWAWKI" I have to ask if it is for CCW (highly unlikely I will bet) or all around/nightstand?

IMO a primarily HD handgun should have a rail for a light. That narrows it down quite a bit on that list. Also I hate to start a debate BUT if I were in a "gun hostile" State I would shy away from a SA design and given all (M*******), I would probably go with the M&P in 9mm.

Wow the censor feature edited "the abbreviation" for the State + "Hole"

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Old 07-06-2013, 15:31   #12
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Off the list but should be allowed in MA is the Sig P239, my favorite handgun of my collection.
P239M is allowed in all 3 calibers. 9/40/357
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It's a no brainer. The Sig for sure.
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Ahhh, so.

Now that the circumstances are a bit more clear, and it isn't a "what if???/TEOTWAWKI" I have to ask if it is for CCW (highly unlikely I will bet) or all around/nightstand?

IMO a primarily HD handgun should have a rail for a light. That narrows it down quite a bit on that list. Also I hate to start a debate BUT if I were in a "gun hostile" State I would shy away from a SA design and given all (M*******), I would probably go with the M&P in 9mm.

Wow the censor feature edited "the abbreviation" for the State + "Hole"
not a bad idea since the town cops carry the M&P also. i do have a class a permit unrestricted so I can carry. small towns here are much better about the gun thing than the cities are.
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I do own the Sig P229 right now and since I have owned it for a long time (it is pre rail) I do have pre ban mags for it. I will never get rid of it, just wondering if I should get something else in addition to it or continue to be the man with 1 handgun. I did have an LC9 for a year that I just got rid of 1 month ago. I loved to carry it but it seemed cheap to me. I didn't trust my life with it. I even got the one with the crimson trace but still, I was weary of it.
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The P229, with a 12 round mag works well and would be my pick also.
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Old 07-06-2013, 16:24   #17
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It has to be a pocket pistol. That is the most common NEED of a gun, so that is what you are stuck with. The other stuff is just "wants", and can therefore safely be "done without". If you want to hunt plink, then get a Keltec Pf9 and the Twisted Industries .22 conversion unit for same. I prefer the Kahr CM9. It's quite the superior gun, especially if you load it properly. Since the choices presented are not pocket pistols, you are not thinking clearly about what is needed.

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I agree with the Sig. Others have thrown in capacity.

Keep in mind the Wessons and Rugers can handle full size mags as nightstand and extra for carry.

So in theory they would have higher capacity than the 229.
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I do own the Sig P229 right now and since I have owned it for a long time (it is pre rail) I do have pre ban mags for it. I will never get rid of it, just wondering if I should get something else in addition to it or continue to be the man with 1 handgun. I did have an LC9 for a year that I just got rid of 1 month ago. I loved to carry it but it seemed cheap to me. I didn't trust my life with it. I even got the one with the crimson trace but still, I was weary of it.
My sub-compact is a HK P2000Sk 357 Sig Light LEM.
9+1 125 gr ~1300 fps, deadly accurate and 100% reliable.
I carry it with confidence.

My twin P2000 357s are even better.
But too large for ankle or pocket carry.

HK45C is my belt gun.

Of yours, for belt carry, I'd take the P229 without hesitation.
Although I'd get a 357 barrel for it - LOL!

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2. Ruger SR1911 Commander .45

^^^^^This, and I've never been a Ruger fan.


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out of this very limited selection, id pick #3... M&P 9c

I used to have the full size M&P 9 and it shot very well so I would expect the compact shoots well too.

If had the Sig p229 been in 9mm I may go with that one instead.
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That big magazine bs only matters if you miss a lot, and who says that the enemy is going to let you get away with that, hmm? Is your home a good place for lots of bullets to be bouncing around? Do you really want to point your gun at everything at which you point a light? I don't.

If you will get a AA light that doesnt stupidly have its on/off switch on the butt cap, and has the switch where it SHOULD be,(ie, as a side button, not a sliding switch) your weak hand thumb can both hold the light and work the switch, and you wont have to alter your normal 2-handed grip at all. Much, much better deal than the contorted, weak firing position necessary with the buttcap type of light and switch.

Don't just blunder around your home with a light (attached to gun or not), asking to be shot or jumped, man. If you have the option, remove loud-hard soled or heeled footwear, turn on your HOUSE lights(preferably from cover) clear all the area you can, move to another point of cover, and continue clearing. If you hear or see anything that really does indicate enemy presence, then remain under cover, call the cops and WAIT for their arrival.

The only thing that justifies your leaving a barricaded safe position, is the need to go gather up loved ones and bring them to the safe room. If the issue is outside, let it STAY outside, and you stay inside. The odds for you are very bad if you go out there, and losses to property are what insurance and tax writeoffs are FOR.

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