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Offline jurek

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Re: Your Top 5 Most Influential Handguns
« Reply #30 on: March 25, 2020, 08:08:49 PM »
I grew up in Europe so all the guns were on TV screen only:

1. Walther PPK (James Bond)
2. Luger P08 (saw it on every WWII Russian movie)
3. Wildey Survivor Magnum (Death Wish, Robocop)
4. Smith & Wesson Model 29 (Dirty Harry)
And this one after I came you USA:
5. 1911 [no specific model] (every man has to have it)

What was the influence for future purchases? I bought:
Walther PPQ
RIA 1911
few others not related to this list
however I don't like revolvers

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Re: Your Top 5 Most Influential Handguns
« Reply #31 on: March 25, 2020, 08:42:11 PM »
Not much of a revolver fan so mine would be...

1- Colt 1911 A1
2- Ruger Mark I
3- HK VP70Z
4- 44 Automag
5- Desert Eagle 50AE

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Re: Your Top 5 Most Influential Handguns
« Reply #32 on: March 25, 2020, 08:45:27 PM »
Part II - 5 most influential revolvers

1. Colt Walker Dragoon - big, heavy and designed to drop a horse at 100 yards
2. any of the many pepperbox designs to get around the Colt patents
3. S&W Model 1 revolver - first to use a bored-through cylinder for rimfire metallic cartridges
4. Colt Python - who thought 15 years ago how much $$$$ people would be spending on these now?
5. The Korth - ultra-fine craftsmanship, smoothest trigger on any DA revolver, about the cost of a good used car.
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Re: Your Top 5 Most Influential Handguns
« Reply #33 on: March 25, 2020, 11:26:25 PM »
This is a good thread for those of us having to shelter in place. IMHO, as a baby boomer, the top five are:

1. 1911 - longevity, versatility, multiple calibers, and still mass-produced by many manufacturers. Imitation is the sincerest form of flatery.
2.  Smith and Wesson K-frame - same longevity, multiple calibers, and still going strong, despite some QC issues lately.
3.  Colt Python - the original runs were flawless for many decades, best barrels, and trigger got better with age.  They're much more expensive than other revolvers for a reason. The jury is still out on the new version, but there seems to be a lot of hope for the new design.
4.  Glock - Not sure which model because I am not a fan and don't own one. However, a lot of them are sold, carried, and favored, so I have to give Glock it's due respect. It was the first plastic gun which has been copied by others.
5.  Smith and Wessonmodel 29, 6.5 inch barrel.  Everyone knows who carried it on the silver screen and made it famous.  At the time, it WAS the most powerful handgun and would blow your head clean off.

If I might add a potential sixth choice, I recently bought my first CZ. I am a big fan for many reasons, but it hasn't been massed produced in the U.S. for very long. Time will tell.

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Re: Your Top 5 Most Influential Handguns
« Reply #34 on: March 26, 2020, 09:21:06 AM »
I'm not as steeped in handgun lore as some here. Amazing lists. And something to look up and dream about. For me, my list would be:

1. Beretta PX4 Storm
2. HK VP9 and it's baby brother the VP9sk
3. CZ75, 75b, PCR, and now the P-01. Had an original release P07 Doody Duty. Not a good pistol for me.
4. Sig P320. I really like this platform. Fits my hand well.
5. Sig P365. Mostly because it fits the pocket well for summer carry.

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Re: Your Top 5 Most Influential Handguns
« Reply #35 on: March 26, 2020, 09:58:22 AM »
I'm not sure if you mean influential to me or influential to handguns
I'm going to go with to influential to hand gun evolution

1. Colt SAA …..cause Jesse James and there were a lot of them and they are a part of history
2. Berretta 92 …… Cause soldiers and did they change things
3. 1911....John Browning, still making them in 2020, simplicity and longevity in one tool
4. Glock lets say 19/17 replaced the revolver in 1000's of police forces and almost became synonymous with polymer hand guns made a semi auto pistole available to a lot of folks at an affordable price.
5.was going to say Jenning .25 cal because who didn't own one of them at one time? POS that they were but I m goona go with Walther P38....because its a Walther p38

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Re: Your Top 5 Most Influential Handguns
« Reply #36 on: March 26, 2020, 10:17:22 AM »
1 PCR
2 75b SAO
3 SP01 tactical
4 P226 legion SAO
5 Beretta 92 LTT

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Re: Your Top 5 Most Influential Handguns
« Reply #37 on: March 26, 2020, 11:16:49 AM »
Just to clarify, the list is for the most influential handguns to you as a shooter, not to the world at large. That said, it's your list so you can pretty much put whatever you want on it.

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Re: Your Top 5 Most Influential Handguns
« Reply #38 on: March 26, 2020, 12:24:10 PM »
for me:
1. 75B - my first pistol
2. TT-33 - first pistol I shot
3. Springfield XD - it is made in my country
4. CZ 75 "short rail" - where all started, would like to have one
S. Shadow2 - for competition purpose

for world:
1. Mauser C96 - first real "pistol"
2. Colt SAA - when you think on revolver
3. 1911 - hasn't improved much in 100 years, got to be good
4. Luger - value, craftmanship, caliber, history, recognition
5. CZ 75 - wonder 9 era, grip, simplicity, reliability, accuracy and good value AIO

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Re: Your Top 5 Most Influential Handguns
« Reply #39 on: March 26, 2020, 12:42:46 PM »
In that case:

Sig 226 My first Duty pistol - and I still have it.

CZ75b My first pistol purchase, because I couldn't afford the BHP I wanted. I will never sell it.

Ruger GP100 .357 Mag, 4" barrel. I didn't shoot it very well, but it led to #5 because I still wanted a revolver

Glock 17/19 They just work and I shoot them well

Ruger Blackhawk in .44Mag. What can I say, I still want to be a cowboy.
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Re: Your Top 5 Most Influential Handguns
« Reply #40 on: March 26, 2020, 03:22:38 PM »
if its to me then I go

1. S&W 422 .22.....second handgun ever I owned I still have it, 30 years now.
2. CZ SP-01 It is my favorite gun has been for years, over 50K rounds and still pounding them out. I bought many other CZ's simply because of this gun......
3. Tanfoglio Elite Limited......My competition gun last year, I can shoot now like I only wished I could before.
4. Ruger Red Hawk .44 mag......cause its a Ruger Red Hawk .44 mag and its mine Shinny big and loud!!!!
5. SR9 …. Bought one for each of my kids and they all love them

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Re: Your Top 5 Most Influential Handguns
« Reply #41 on: March 26, 2020, 04:11:37 PM »
Most influential to me:

1- Replica colt 1860 cap and ball. First hand gun I had chance to shoot

2- Browning HP- first modern handgun t of weakness I traded it away.

3- HK P7M8. I have this gun and am amazed at its inherent accuracy and safety. Besides it’s cool

4. SKB 505 O/U shotgun. My first non entry level shotgun. Taught me a lot about shotgun fit to the shooter.

5. M16/ M4/ AR 15. Learned the M16 when in the service and have seen it evolve over the years. Have a S&W 15T. Good gun for the money, very few carbines have the ergos of the AR chassis

6. M1 garand. Actually got a Ruger mini 30 then later a M1. Someone wanted the M1 more than me, but the action the Ruger mimicked is one of the classics and I shoot it more often.


Erm...Most Influential HANDguns

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Re: Your Top 5 Most Influential Handguns
« Reply #42 on: March 26, 2020, 04:14:50 PM »
My five are:
1. Browning high power. First semi auto pistol I owned. Very accurate (for the 70's).
2. Ruger mk 1
3. 1911 45 acp
4. Cz 75. Bought in 1980.
5. Desert eagle 50 ae. Fun to shoot.

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Re: Your Top 5 Most Influential Handguns
« Reply #43 on: March 26, 2020, 07:28:44 PM »
My five are:
1. Browning high power. First semi auto pistol I owned. Very accurate (for the 70's).
2. Ruger mk 1
3. 1911 45 acp
4. Cz 75. Bought in 1980.
5. Desert eagle 50 ae. Fun to shoot.

A DE 50AE is on my list to purchase.