DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: What’s YOUR Favorite Pistol?

Colt Competition 1911 Pistol In 9mm (courtesy thetruthaboutguns.com)

“My favorite pistol has always been the 1911. It was the 1st pistol I owned and the one I bought for myself after finishing the Special Forces weapons course in 1989,” retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major Daryl Holland writes for ammoland.com [full press release after the jump]. Sgt. Holland’s  new ballistic bestie is a Colt Competition 1911 in 9mm. Note: I’m not asking you to name your favorite carry piece. What’s your very favorite pistol and why?

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Strasburg, OH -(Ammoland.com)- My favorite pistol has always been the 1911. It was the 1st pistol I owned and the one I bought for myself after finishing the Special Forces weapons course in 1989.

I became even more familiar with the 1911 as an OTC student for 1st SFOD-Delta. In my opinion, if you can shoot a .45 caliber 1911 accurately then you can shoot most pistols with ease.

Lasting Impression

During my Special Forces career, I had the opportunity to work with Federal Agents and Law Enforcement Agents at many levels and in most cases the more experienced agent with real “Shootout” experience would be carrying a .45 or .40 caliber pistol. These guys had the presence like that of an experienced ODA Team Sergeant, so I listened to their stories of having to shoot criminals several times with a 9mm or .38 caliber that were jacked up on amphetamines.

This left a lasting impression on me and I figured that I would carry nothing but a .45 caliber pistol for the rest of my life.

My Sidearm

While spending the summer of 2003 in Iraq, I began to modify and lighten my kit for obvious reasons and I began carrying a Glock 19 since I never had to use my pistol for anything other than using the gun light. During all of my combat missions, my M-4 never failed me. However, if I had to carry a pistol as my primary weapon then I want a .45 caliber 1911…to strut around like a Texas Ranger.

I’ve been using a 1911 .45 caliber in IDPA matches and most of my pistol classes I’m using my Colt Combat Unit pistol, but I recently got my hands on a Colt Competition 1911 pistol in 9mm. Naturally, I should speed up and maybe keep up with these guys in the Minor class shooting “Powder Puff” loads because I wasn’t even close to the fastest while shooting .45 caliber/ 230 grain factory ammo. Dropping the fewest points all day at a match with my .45 caliber 1911 gets you nothing.

While hanging with Ken Hackathorn last week he told me; “If I shoot a .45 caliber in a match, the next morning, I can hardly hold my spoon for breakfast.”

If Yoda chooses to carry a lighter weapon, you don’t question him! I’ll be shooting the 1911 in 9mm more often. If getting older wasn’t good enough, then maybe buying ammo cheaper will work. My hidden agenda for shooting the 1911 in 9mm is that it will feed my ego, so I can compete with these X-BOX era chumps!

Respectfully,
Daryl Holland

About Daryl Holland:

Daryl Holland is a retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major with over 20 years of active duty experience, 17 of those years in Special Operations. Five years with the 1st Special Forces Group (SFG) and 12 years in the 1st SFOD-Delta serving as an Assaulter, Sniper, Team Leader, and OTC Instructor. He has conducted several hundred combat missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Philippines, and the Mexican Border. He has conducted combat missions in Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush Mountains as a Sniper and experienced Mountaineer to the streets of Baghdad as an Assault Team Leader. He has a strong instructor background started as an OTC instructor and since retiring training law abiding civilians, Law Enforcement, U.S. Military, and foreign U.S. allied Special Operations personnel from around the world.

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  1. avatar Hannibal says:

    http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2016/05/robert-farago/dont-favorite-gun-pro-tip/

    “Warriors should not have ‘favorite’ weapons.” ~ Miyamoto Musashi, from his “Book of Five Rings,”

    1. avatar pwrserge says:

      See my response to the original post.

      It’s not about having a particular favorite weapon within a given category. It’s about having a favorite category.

      1. avatar Hannibal says:

        I’m just posting fun at the juxtaposition between titles.

        1. avatar BDub says:

          I think that’s done intentionally. It generates discussion (and clicks/page-views)

      2. avatar Mr. 308 says:

        Even so I still love my Remington R1 in 45. I know it’s plain as far as 1911’s go, but it’s a great design, well built and in my mind still has plenty of character. Being in NY I don’t really get an option as far as number of rounds in the clipazine.

        1. avatar SteveInCO says:

          Given your situation, with limited rounds in the mag, I suggest you compromise in the 9mm and .45cal caliber wars, and start carrying a 45mm. It’s the best of both worlds!

        2. avatar peirsonb says:

          The fabled 45mm requires one helluva good gun belt.

        3. avatar SteveInCO says:

          It’s a bit snappy, too.

        4. avatar Mr. 308 says:

          45mm, I must have missed that one, did I write that somewhere?

        5. avatar SteveInCO says:

          You didn’t. I facetiously suggested it in response to your mag cap limit. If you can only carry seven rounds, might as well make them big ones.

        6. avatar OMGun says:

          I prefer the standard 1.772 to the NATO 45mm.
          The slightly lower pressure helps extend barrel life.

          😉

    2. avatar NineShooter says:

      “During our lifelong journey as Operators and students of the Art, we can’t help but develop preferences. We all like some guns better than others, sometimes for good reasons, but sometimes for no particular reason at all, at least none we can persuasively articulate.

      No matter!

      We must love, and be familiar with, all of them and never look upon the invariable absence of ‘perfect conditions’ as some kind of limitation upon our ability to gain victory.” — John Farnam, the guy who wrote the article you quoted, from near the bottom of that same article.

      I read that as “Fine, everyone has preferences, but have a broad base of knowledge/experience and be good enough to win with ANYTHING (or even nothing at all).”

  2. avatar pwrserge says:

    Sig P220 series with a particular fondness for the P229.

    To me, it’s the perfect model of accuracy, reliability, and sheer utility. There’s a lot to be said for Glocks, but I just don’t like that much polymer in my guns. Especially when it houses your fire control group.

    1. avatar Marc says:

      I will second that vote for the p220. Mine is incredibly accurate and is DAO. The same trigger pull every time; which is very smooth. Being a revolver guy, both my p220 and p239 in 9mm are DAO.

    2. avatar Vitsaus says:

      Good call, 200 series metal frame SIGs are my most trusted, and favorite type.

    3. avatar Keith Mercer says:

      @pwrserge You have very good taste sir!!

    4. avatar Luke Yarasheski says:

      That 229 legion is absolutely gorgeous. A few more years saving and ima get me one

      1. avatar pwrserge says:

        Have one. It’s totally worth it. Definitely a top-shelf handgun worth the cash.

  3. avatar -Peter says:

    My favorite: Smith & Wesson Model 627 R8. Best trigger on any handgun I’ve ever fired, and very accurate.

    My carry piece: HK P2000sk da/sa in 9mm. Well-built, reliable, compact, and the most left-friendly semi-auto design I’ve ever handled.

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      I’ve been looking into getting a 9mm for carry and that one looks good… even though I’m a righty

      1. avatar -Peter says:

        The controls are 100% ambidextrous, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy them as well. I think the slide release and the mag release are both very well positioned and intuitive.

  4. avatar Shwiggie says:

    CZ 75B in 9mm.

    1. avatar Clay-in-UT says:

      Yep, but mine is the SP-01, it feels like a gun should feel. To heavy to carry on a daily basis, but when I do it is one of those comforting not comfortable things.

      1. avatar Anner says:

        I’ve owned and/or shot dozens of revolvers over the years, and none fit my hand to the point that I would choose any of them over a semi-auto for carry.

        Then I handled the SP101, and wow I had to have it. The 3″ model still fits in 5.11 front pockets, or it glides along in a leather OWB holster. The SA trigger is damn fine, and I smoothed out the DA pull with some flitz and spring work. I don’t throw the L-word around much on firearms, but I’d marry this revolver if my wife was cool with it. A fantastic revolver, a wonderfully versatile cartridge, and I pair it with a Ruger 77/357 for deer and hogs.

        1. avatar SteveInCO says:

          Although I enjoyed reading this, you probably didn’t realize the guy you were replying to wasn’t talking about an SP-101, but rather a CZ-75 SP01.

  5. avatar Azrael McKay says:

    Luger P-08 (the OG 9mm)

  6. avatar Dr. Vinnie Boombotz says:

    FN Five Seven. Many, many rounds and never a problem. Killed plenty of varmints and critters and blown up a lot of tannerite. Very good gun for novice shooters too. Always on my hip at our ranch.

  7. avatar James in AZ says:

    “I listened to their stories of having to shoot criminals several times with a 9mm or .38 caliber that were jacked up on amphetamines.”

    Just wait for the interweb doctors telling you they cannot *see* any difference in the wound track

    1. avatar Vhyrus says:

      Bullets from 30 years ago cannot be compared to modern hollowpoints. A 147 hst will beat any bullet from the 80s.

      1. avatar Anner says:

        We’re in a golden era of quality defensive ammo options. HST all the way.

      2. avatar James in AZ says:

        I know

        I just take problem to the line of thinking such as “a 9 makes the same hole as a 45, but there’s no way i’d run a 32 even if it goes 12″”

  8. avatar ActionPhysicalMan says:

    I don’t know what it’s called. I just know the sound it makes when it takes a man’s life.

    1. avatar Anner says:

      I don’t know what it’s called. I just know the sound it makes when it liiiiees!!

      Great movie

    2. avatar ActionPhysicalMan says:

      A bit more seriously, I have only fired a dozen different pistols and practiced much with five. I probably liked the P7 best. It seemed to be the easiest not to AD and I imagine that I’d probably never fail to squeeze the cocker even under much stress. The hot trigger guard thing was a bit of negative though. Too expensive now.

  9. avatar Vanbulance says:

    https://www.policeone.com/police-heroes/articles/6199620-Why-one-cop-carries-145-rounds-of-ammo-on-the-job/

    Now, the 33rd sticks may be a bit much. (I don’t think anyone who hasn’t been in a one on one shootout gets to ding him for it, though- so I won’t) But this demostrates why more, is more. And it’s a good read in general.

    To answer the question, most anything with DA/SA, or at minimum a hammer. I have a P226 in .40, and will reacquire a 9mm CZ P-07 (the CZs in general fit me well). TCP disappears well, though.

  10. avatar HandyDan says:

    Wait, two posts ago I was told I’m not supposed to have a favorite pistol.
    In all actuality, my favorite is the Walther PPQ. It does happen to be my carry gun but it is actually one of my favorite guns to take to the range and shoot. I am very accurate with it, and find it to be a joy to shoot.
    If not the PPQ, I do enjoy the CZ 75B. It comes with me to the range every time because it is a lot of fun to shoot.

  11. avatar Ken says:

    My first: Browning Challenger .22 long rifle, 1968 16th birthday present. Still have it. Still shoot it.

  12. avatar anaxis says:

    I’m rather torn by the question; favorite pistol that I actually own (Tokarev or Makarov depending on the day), have owned (Webley Mk. IV), or wish to own (Steyr M9).

  13. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

    The first 1911 I ever fired was a great condition WWII Remmy.

    That was my favorite which I’ve ever laid hands on. And it was cool as f*ck.

    But MY favorite, as in which I own, is my boring a$$ G19 because it’s my trusty companion.

    I am not a big fan of flashy guns – I’m a simple man with simple tastes.

  14. avatar Greg says:

    I have no favorite firearm.
    I was told long ago well in the military any weapon will do as long as it functions and has ammunition.
    WFM

    1. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

      Having a fav and being able and willing to use anything are not void of one another…

      I preferred grappling and BJJ, but learned and knew how to kick box.

      And fighting is fighting.

      1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

        I’m opposite, I prefer kickboxing, but know that most street fights go to the ground, I learned additional to avoid losing if it went to the ground. I would prefer a nice rattan stick or 6+” blade, but a gun is even more useful my favorite being a Browning hi-power clone.

        1. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

          The ground is the last place I would want to be in a no rules, street fight…

          I prefer grappling, but its not one size fits all.

        2. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

          yes, the hungarian hi- power might be it.

  15. avatar Mikele says:

    It’s not just for women! S&W 3913LS Ladysmith 9mm. Best CC gun I have ever owned! Smooth double and short crisp single action, the gun is a dream to shoot and looks very rouge-ish with its raked dust cover. ???

  16. avatar NineShooter says:

    Glock 34 in 9mm, gen3 flavor. I shoot it fast, I shoot it VERY accurately, and occasionally, I even find myself shooting it fast AND accurately. 😀

    20 years ago, the answer would have been a S&W K-frame .38 or .357, and even today, that’s not a bad answer. I still have a few K-frames, but they only come out of the safe for special occasions or to be used in teaching new shooters how to shoot a DA revolver.

  17. avatar Amfivena says:

    Enfield No. 2 Mk. 1 Revolver

    Something about top break and six flying shell cases that appeals to my inner ten year old self…

    1. avatar anaxis says:

      That’s definitely one of the reasons I loved my old Webley. Every time I picked it up, I felt like blowing a whistle and going over the top.

  18. avatar Wilson says:

    1st Gen Full Size 941 Jericho “Baby Eagle” in .40.

    1. avatar Will from Oregon says:

      Amen brother. My Baby eagle II has a special place in my heart.

  19. avatar CRF says:

    My Ruger Security Six .357 Magnum with 4″ barrel. A sweet shooting, and not unattractive piece of blue steel.

    1. avatar NineShooter says:

      A fine choice, and one of the few revolvers that can be stripped in the field without tools, just like most autoloaders (assuming the takedown pin is still in place under the grips, and you have at least one round of ammo or a fired case).

      1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

        doesn’t the fired case then become a tool?

        1. avatar NineShooter says:

          I would say no. It is not magically transformed into something new; it is simply pressed into (temporary) service in place of a dedicated/separate object that would otherwise have to be transported and kept at hand to facilitate disassembly.

  20. avatar Wreckerman says:

    Commander sized 1911 in .45 ACP. Steel or alloy frame, dosen’t really matter. Because it is thin, it can be concealed and the 0.75″ reduction in length versus a Government size makes it faster from the holster and they feel better balanced in my hand. I find the reduction in sight radius to be inconsequential at typical defensive pistol ranges.

    I love my SR1911 CMD. I can conceal it easier than any double stack gun and when it comes out of the holster it handles and shoots like a full size gun. While I completely understand that modern ammunition makes the gap between 9mm and .45 narrow to nonexistent, if my ammo fails to perform a .45 is still a .45. Given that and the fact that a 1911 in 9mm provides me with only 2 more rounds, I’ll take my in .45.

  21. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Colt lightweight commander in .45 acp.

  22. avatar BDub says:

    Does it have to be a pistol I own? 😉

    1. avatar NineShooter says:

      No, you may discuss any of the handguns that may have been lost in boating accidents, as well. 😀

      1. avatar S.CROCK says:

        That boating accident trick will not work for us Californians anymore. We have to report the lost firearms in a certain amount of time or we will be labeled felons.

        1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

          Just pull a Hillary. The oar hit you in the head. Wear some super thick-multi lens glasses to your court appearance and claim you don’t remember anything.

  23. avatar Milsurp Collector says:

    Sig P226, bonus points to the Mk.25

  24. avatar Libertarian says:

    Boberg XR45 but i hate single stacks ……..

  25. avatar Winterborne says:

    Tough call for me.

    Favorite pistol? Of current residents in my safe, either my FNP45 or my RIA 1911A1 Tactical.

    The FNP45 because of capacity and being 100% ambi, given that I’m a lefty.

    My RIA because it was cheap, dead accurate, fun to shoot and runs great with any ammo except 185 gr Speer Gold Dots. It hates those things. 100% with anything else, clean or dirty. Ran 800+ rounds through it with no cleaning and 1 quick spray of Hornady One Shot. Finally started being a bit slow going into battery.

    The ones that got away? Oi vey. A S&W Model 57 and a Dan Wesson 44 Magnum pistol pak. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

    1. avatar OMGun says:

      There, there, now…
      Take your medication and lay down for a bit.
      It will pass soon enough.

  26. avatar Joe R. says:

    Beretta 96

  27. avatar AnarchoCatholic says:

    Browning hi-power in 9mm.

    1. avatar ESKeith says:

      Just bought one. Arrived at my FFL yesterday. Looking forward to using this JMB classic.

  28. avatar Mark says:

    Glock 34 Gen 4. My go to war pistol.

    1. avatar Keith Mercer says:

      What war are you referring to?

  29. avatar Rusty Chains says:

    My favorite pistol is the one I am currently carrying, which ever one I happen to decide on that day. I have had a few that I decided were unfavorites and they got traded off when I realized that they just didn’t cut it for me. From all steel 1911 pistols to a couple of HK pistols and a couple of Glocks that were really too big or too heavy for what I wanted. To me the pistols that work best are the small to mid-size light weight carry size guns that are easy to conceal when I need.

    If I need more power or range, that is the domain of a rifle or shotgun.

    1. avatar NineShooter says:

      Glocks that were too heavy?

      Cite, please. Include the handgun in the same size class you are comparing with the Glock that makes the Glock seem heavy.

  30. avatar Chris Mallory says:

    I learned to shoot handguns with .44’s and .45’s.
    For the longest time, I was a big bore revolver fan.

    Now, due to a neuro condition that has cost me much of the strength in my hands and arms, my favorite is the 1911 in 9mm and .38 Super.

  31. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

    Ruger GP100 with an honorable mention for the Ruger Blackhawk.

  32. avatar Wiregrass says:

    Springfield Loaded 1911. New hasn’t worn off it yet and it’s a pretty sweet shooter.

  33. avatar Rokurota says:

    My two favorite guns are ones I sold: SIG P229R (.40) and M1 Carbine. Sold both to consolidate calibers. Bad decision.

    1. avatar Keith Mercer says:

      SMH.. I wish you would have consulted with me beforehand. I would have not let you get rid of the p229.

      1. avatar Rokurota says:

        Where were you three years ago?

        There’s always Gunbroker.

  34. avatar Anonymous says:

    I hate polymer pistols.

    I love older ruger pistols. P85, P89, P94, etc. Especially in stainless. However I hate their triggers.

    I love CZ 75 pistols and clones.

    I like the ATI CS9 for its 19rd of 9mm, it’s ported barrel, it’s excellent accuracy, and hammered dog sXXX appearance.

    Never was fond of revolvers, 1911s, or GLOCK PERFECTION.

    I like Beretta’s last generation of pistols. 92, 96, M9, etc.

    I like Bersa. I don’t know why. I don’t own any, but I like the feel of them. I don’t like the price of their magazines which is ridiculously high. Probably why I don’t own any. I don’t like polygonal rifling either.

    I don’t like striker fired pistols, I don’t like double action only. I don’t like single action only. I only like SA/DA.

    I like the reliability of the SIG 226, but I don’t like their trigger, their brick like appearance, or their ridiculous price tag. Just because you are Swiss, doesn’t mean you deserve “extra.”

    I like adjustable rear sights.

    I like an accessory rail, even though I don’t put anything on it.

    I like double stack mags and enjoy 16 or more shots before reloading.

    The end.

    1. avatar OMGun says:

      But,
      How do you REALLY feel…?

  35. avatar Jon in CO says:

    Overall, favorite just to like, would be the 5.7. Something to be said about a gun with 20+1 rounds, energy of 9mm, recoil of .22LR. Too expensive for my blood currently.

    So I’ll be lame and say it’s my Gen 4 G19.

    1. avatar ActionPhysicalMan says:

      I EDC and experiment with a 5.7 a lot. I also reload for it and use EA ammo. Mine has never fired a bullet with more than 410 or so foot pounds of energy (as determined by by my chrono). At those energy levels it feels like the slide is really hammering the frame (that may be my imagination though, I don’t know, I suppose EA knows better). My pet load delivers 342 ft lbs at the muzzle. 9mm often deliver over 400 ft lbs and +Ps go over 450 ft lbs.

      1. avatar ActionPhysicalMan says:

        Oh, and the recoil moment is significantly larger than any .22lr pistol. Felt recoil is noticeably less than a 9mm but not a whole lot less, IMO.

      2. avatar Jon in CO says:

        Problem with it, is getting one shipped to Colorado. 20 Rd mags and all. And then having to go through the pain in the ass process to get rebuilds or otherwise after the fact.

        The one and only time I shot one, I fell in love. I think a part of it is that it’s just different and it’s kind of a bragging thing, but I really do want one at some point. I didn’t have any issues with felt recoil at all. I didn’t even feel it cycle. Is it the best SD round? Probably not, but it’ll definitely get the job done, and if not, there’s 19 more rounds haha. I’m running 115gr Corbon in the Glock, according to the box, 455 ft lbs.

        1. avatar ActionPhysicalMan says:

          Unless your assailant is wearing soft armor, you are probably better off with the Glock. I carry the 5.7 because I like the action (which I still don’t fully understand), weight, it fits my hand and I am not entirely rational. I kind of think of it as an overpriced, oversized, soft armor piercing, .380 (damage wise) that fires expensive ammo and is hard to get accessories for.

  36. avatar Priest of the center mass says:

    1911…… .45 acp
    FN .45 15 +1 what’s not to love?

  37. avatar Ralph says:

    My favorite(s) would comprise a looooong list, but if I had to place one at the top, it would be the Colt Python.

    1. avatar kenneth says:

      Pythons are awesome, but for me its the 686 6 inch all the way. I sold off my pythons years ago when I discovered that I could not get used to both Smith’s and Pythons. The stack at the end of the trigger pull would screw me over every time. I could never remember which technique to use with which gun. So I decided on the Smiths. I won’t claim it was the correct choice, but its the one I made, and I don’t regret it…

  38. avatar preston says:

    as always, the p226

  39. avatar A A Ron says:

    I love my Beretta 92 but it wants to be a 93R when it grows up.

  40. avatar Mykque says:

    My H&K p7 psp. I love the action, the trigger. Small enough to conceal but all metal.

  41. avatar Tile floor says:

    Single unique gun? My single doc my grandfather gave me.

    Favorite model? Glock 17 Gen 4 with factory night sights. Mine has been 100 percent reliable and dead nuts accurate.

  42. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    Well, you limited the response universe when you said “pistol,” so you excluded revolvers.

    1911 Commander, followed by a P-08 Luger.

    1. avatar ActionPhysicalMan says:

      That depends on which dictionary you are using, no?

      1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

        Well, no. Gunsmiths tend to use pretty specific lingo. “Pistol” means one thing, “revolver” means another, “derringer” means a third.

        They’re all handguns, but one of these things doesn’t look like, nor functions like, the other two.

        This specificity of nomenclature breaks down along manufacturer lines as well. A particular part in a Colt revolver might be called by a different name in a S&W revolver – even tho they have the same function and the same general shape.

      2. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

        http://www.dictionary.com/browse/pistol?s=t

        pistol
        noun
        1. a short firearm intended to be held and fired with one hand.

        I’ve always considered it to be, depending on context, either synonymous with handgun or to distinguish semi-auto pistols from revolvers and derringers. And of course, the term predates the invention of the semi-auto pistol, so it can’t mean semi-autos exclusively. RF’s context was vague here though.

        1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

          You have the luxury of choosing your dictionary. I, as a FFL, do not always share that luxury.

          27 CFR § 478.11 states:

          Pistol. A weapon originally designed, made, and intended to fire a projectile (bullet) from one or more barrels when held in one hand, and having (a) a chamber(s) as an integral part(s) of, or permanently aligned with, the bore(s); and (b) a short stock designed to be gripped by one hand and at an angle to and extending below the line of the bore(s).”

          The nut of the issue is “chamber as an integral part of… the bore…”

          They then muddy that definition somewhat with this verbiage:

          Revolver. A projectile weapon, of the pistol type, having a breechloading chambered cylinder so arranged that the cocking of the hammer or movement of the trigger rotates it and brings the next cartridge in line with the barrel for firing.”

          It’s the federal government. It doesn’t need to make sense, and most of the time it does not.

        2. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

          Ah… well, at least they defined ‘pistol’ in the law. To be honest, I find the dictionary.com definition to be lacking as it should have two definitions as the term is often used as defined, to refer to any handgun and also to specify a certain type of handgun.

        3. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

          Also, by the legal definition a derringer is a pistol but a revolver is not. Interesting.

  43. avatar jwtaylor says:

    My turn of the century (18th) .54 caliber flintlock saddle pistol. I have some nice guns. They are all tools. Just tools. This is history, art, a tool and a story.

  44. avatar Tom in Georgia says:

    Clearly a lot of folks’ definition of “pistol” includes revolvers, but I’m with Dyspeptic – mine doesn’t. To me it’s either revolvers or pistols. Anyways, I’ve owned a fair number of pistols over the years and shot more. Sadly, I wish I could say I still owned all of them but like most of us, I’ve sold some in a moment of foolishness. I don’t believe in boating accidents either. Try to take my guns and you’ll end up dead, simple as that.

    The single best-shooting pistol I ever had was a two-tone Sig P229 I purchased around the turn of the century. It had an excellent, very smooth DA trigger with a pleasing reset and an equally clean, light SA trigger. The i-dot sights are by far my favorite, and finally, it all fit my hands just right. I could hit a Coke can at 50 yards offhand with it almost every single time. Alas, it was one of the foolishly sold. I got another P229 a couple years ago but it had been thrashed pretty hard and was nowhere nearly as good a shooter, so I sold that one. Consider a Legion very near the top of my bucket list.

    Honorable mentions:
    Some old coot’s Browning Hi-Power in .40S&W – felt like original sin in hand, super pleasant to shoot, very accurate. (I think he had light handloads. Didn’t ask.).
    Walther PPX: great trigger, accurate as hell, dirt cheap affordable. Fits just right (a good thing too, since it has a face only a mother could love.)
    Springfield 1911 Range Officer: Only 1911 I’ve ever owned or shot. Makes me completely understand why JMB is considered a god in firearms design.
    Glock 20: Had an early one, shot great, loved it. Sold it, regretted that, finally got a Gen4. For some odd reason, having one again didn’t quite turn out to be as fun as wanting one, but I’ve kept it anyway. If I can lighten up that trigger to where it doesn’t make my finger so damned sore that would be just awesome.

    Want: The aforementioned P229 Legion. A mid-to-late 90’s two-tone Sig 220. FNX-45, Five-Seven. G19 with 3.5# trigger job. A Commander sized alloy framed 1911 in 9mm just to see what the fuss is all about. (My EDC gun at the moment is a S&W M&P40C, very happy with it although I would really like a 9mm for cheaper practice.)

    There are a lot of great revolvers out there and I’ve actually owned a couple and fired a couple more, but like I said….to my way of thinking revolvers and pistols are two different things. 🙂

    Tom

    1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane- says:

      The problem with defining pistol as exclusively referring to semi-auto handguns is that the term had existed for well over 3 centuries before semi-auto pistols were invented. Many words have multiple meanings depending on context.

      BTW that’s some pretty good shooting from a Sig. Should have been a keeper.

      1. avatar SteveInCO says:

        “Clearly a lot of folks’ definition of “pistol” includes revolvers, but I’m with Dyspeptic – mine doesn’t. To me it’s either revolvers or pistols.”

        And the Guvnah’s point is good too.

        Tricky issue. Certainly when NOT dealing with the government, I don’t feel bound by its definition, which appears to have been a break with prior usage (maybe that government definition is the only reason it changed…I’ll leave that for historians).

        I realize “pistol” has two common meanings (I know the range I shoot at has pistol lanes, not handgun lanes, and I know they allow revolvers), so I try to avoid ambiguity in casual conversation by not using the term pistol. There are handguns, some of which are semiauto, others are revolvers.

  45. avatar jwm says:

    I prefer a revolver. Do I have to wait til you specify favorite revolvers?

    1. avatar TXGungal says:

      Here you go; WC version Ruger GP100 3″ barrel, 357 caliber, Colt Detective 38special early 70’s vintage w/full shroud, Rock Island clone 38 special of the Colt Detective, S&W 65-5 8 round 22lr, Ruger LCRs 22lr, 9mm & 38 special P+, Ruger SP 101 SS (out of production) 9 mm revolver. Dan Wesson 15 revolver with 6, 4 & 2″ barrels, w/change wench & spacer
      Have a number of semi-auto pistols I like. Ruger SR 22lr, Pavona Sapphire Blue embedded sparkles w/13 rounds of 9mm luger a couple of Bersa, Favorite handgun should be the you shoot best, most comfortable for every day carry, so it will be the one you have on you if needed. Based on that criteria, my favorite is either LCR (w/after market grips) or Ruger SR22lr.
      I know 22lr is not usually considered good caliber for SD but that is the caliber I shoot very accurately, comfortable in a pocket holster. It’s as much a habit to drop holstered Ruger handgun into my pocket in the house as it is to make sure I have lipstick and tissues in my purse before going out, A favorite gun will, ideally, be one carried and doesn’t mean there be only one favorite. I’m as comfortable with standard size Pavona pistol as the Ruger SP 101 SS (out of production) 9 mm revolver

  46. avatar Tom in Pa says:

    My favorite is a US Army issued Colt M1911A1 built in 1942 given to me by my uncle.

  47. avatar Matt N. says:

    My full size Colt 1991 1911. All steel, very heavy and accurate as I’ll ever need to be. Wish l had Ralph’s python though…

  48. avatar Another Robert says:

    Still don’t like anything better than I do Makarov.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      I’m a revolver man thru and thru. But I do own 2 semi’s. 1 is a mak. I can’t say enough good things about it.

  49. avatar Specialist38 says:

    Favorite Pistol – Ruger SR9c – they made it for me and my hand.

    Favorite Revolver – PreWar Smith and Wesson 22 Outdoorsman – Most accurate handgun I own.

  50. avatar tdiinva (Now in Wisconsin) says:

    Most of you would think I would say 1911 but it is my runner up. My favorite is the smooth shooting, extremely accurate Browning Hi Power. It is the only gun that I have shot 100% on a qual course. I have given up carrying it in a regular basis because of its lack of a grip safety. However, if a seer told me I was going to have a DGU today that is what I would carry.

  51. avatar Bohucka says:

    Phased plasma rifle in the 40-watt range.

  52. avatar Keith in Ohio says:

    My favorite, and current EDC is my Colt Combat Commander. Yes it’s heavy, hard to conceal and requires a good belt and solid holster but there is something about it that allows me to shoot it well and it looks great.

  53. avatar Larry says:

    Favorite pistol Colt Commander or Browning Hi Power.
    Most trusted because have used it since I was 14 SW mod 19 with 4 inch barrel

  54. avatar Dan Pallett says:

    CAN’T believe I don’t see more fn 45 being used Great Gun is it That is so new.

  55. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

    a p210. i’ve never fired one. i’ve never held one. i’ve never even seen one aside from photo’s.
    i hope i won’t be disappointed.

  56. avatar ikocher says:

    Right now it’s my “first gen” CZ 75 P-01 in 9.

  57. avatar DetroitMan says:

    SIG P226 in .357 SIG. Shoots flat, hits hard, zero stoppages in thousands of rounds that weren’t caused by user error. It’s my first line home defense gun and one of two that will go with me in a bugout scenario.

  58. avatar jimmy james says:

    There’s just something about ole slab sides. Add a beaver tail grip safety with a memory bump and a Bomar adjustable rear sight and it’s damn near perfection. I still wont carry one but I like them a lot.

  59. avatar Kevin Lowe says:

    The Beretta 92 Compact. And if I could get one of the single-stack compacts, that’d become my new favorite. More than any other gun I own, it’s the one that I feel most comfortable with – it’s not going to go off when I don’t want it to (I leave it hammer down/DA), it’s going to go off every time I need it to, the safeties are very simple and substantial pieces of metal (not a fan of hinged triggers on my striker-fired guns, and I flat-out refuse to buy anything with a magazine disconnect), and I know how to take it apart to the last pin (this makes a big difference in how confident I am in the gun).

  60. avatar bontai Joe says:

    I my 1911…… and my Glock, and several other handguns I own, but if I have to pick one favorite to shoot. It would be my Dan Wesson .357 revolver. It has a fantastic trigger, is accurate, easy on the hands and wallet when shooting .38’s and I just like the way it looks, feels, and works.

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