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Old 02-20-2012, 14:50   #1
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Sleeper Handguns

Was thinking about handguns that some may not know about and other great guns that never caught on or had low sales. They can be copies of other well known designs or imported guns from less known manufactures. Here are two I thought of. What are some more.

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Old 02-20-2012, 14:55   #2
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S&W 4040PD. Short lived Gen3 .40 S&W cousin to the 3913 that had a Scandium frame to save weight.

I have one, and it's a great little shooter. It just never caught on, and S&W discontinued it after only a few years.

I never heard of any problems with it, other than some criticism of the magazine well. You had to punch the mag in pretty firmly or the first round could fail to feed.
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Old 02-20-2012, 15:11   #3
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Bersa/Firestorms... Walther clones, for the most part.
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Old 02-20-2012, 15:13   #4
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FNXs and FNPs. Great guns made by one of the largest firearms companies around FNH, yet gets little attention it seems.
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Old 02-20-2012, 16:09   #5
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Forgot about the FNP ans FNX. For sure great guns.
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Old 02-20-2012, 16:16   #6
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Walther P99 - great pistol, just got priced out of the market , $700 . at least walther did not make the same mistake with the PPQ


Caracal F- designed by the legendary designer Wilhelm Bubits of glock and steyr fame and really got a bad rap because of importer issues and it being built in the UAE
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Old 02-20-2012, 17:23   #7
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Stoeger Couger 9mm's were going for $389 a couple of years ago. All the people I talked to who bought one was highly impressed with the bang for the buck.
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Old 02-20-2012, 17:30   #8
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Armalite AR-24. I have one that I picked up about three years ago. I have been very happy with it, but I don't see much talk about them and I never met anyone else who owned one.
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Old 02-20-2012, 18:47   #9
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I have a stainless steel .45ACP 1911 that I have never seen another like it. It was made by SHADOW USA in Riverside, CA sometime back in the '80s. If you notice, even the rear sight is stainless. This pistol is a pure work of art.

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Old 02-20-2012, 18:51   #10
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Although I've never owned one.
I've heard lots of good things about various Taurus guns.
They sometimes buy old designs from Beretta.
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Old 02-20-2012, 18:54   #11
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Detonics. Probably too well known a couple decades ago to make the list, but I will offer it anyway.
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Old 02-20-2012, 18:56   #12
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Although I've never owned one.
I've heard lots of good things about various Taurus guns.
They sometimes buy old designs from Beretta.
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I've heard the Taurus revolvers are excellent but have heard mixed reviews of their autos.
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Old 02-20-2012, 19:09   #13
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FNP9m. It's an awesome all around gun. 15 rounds of fun, concealable, great ergos, great trigger, and superb reliability.
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Old 02-20-2012, 19:17   #14
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Ruger P95, affordable, 9mm tackdriver only sold mine because I went to all DOA or striker with pistols. It's big - if you run out of ammo, use it as a hammer - you won't damage the gun!General Firearms Forum
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Old 02-20-2012, 19:19   #15
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+1 on the Bersas. I think they are priced to low. Everyone assumes that they are crap. For a DA/SA they are hard to beat for accuracy and reliability...especially for the price point.
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Old 02-20-2012, 19:29   #16
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The biggest sleeper of them all to me would be the 3rd Gen S&W 457 45acp single stack. I wish they still made them.
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Old 02-20-2012, 19:50   #17
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Arcus 94. I think I paid around $230 for it new. Everyone that shoots it comments on it's excellent accuracy.

It's been dehorned and refinished in this pic.

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Old 02-20-2012, 20:19   #18
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Zastava M88.
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Old 02-20-2012, 20:27   #19
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http://www.stoegerindustries.com/fir...le-defense.php

Interesting stuff, like a side-by-side HD 12 gauge with rails. . .
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Old 02-20-2012, 20:28   #20
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I have a stainless steel .45ACP 1911 that I have never seen another like it. It was made by SHADOW USA in Riverside, CA sometime back in the '80s. If you notice, even the rear sight is stainless. This pistol is a pure work of art.

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Looks great, James
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