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Offline Steve Menegon

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There Can Be Only One
« on: November 20, 2020, 07:42:57 PM »
During one of our "we will not comply double barrel salutes to Gov. Wolf here in Pa.", we were sitting around a campfire, enjoying a few cold ones, and this question came up. If you could only have one handgun out of your particular collection when & if the SHTF, which would you chose? Not to fight your way to your rifle, you get one handgun and that is all.

I chose my bulbous handled (as Wobbly put it) P229/.357 Sig. I chose it because I like the round, it fits my XL hand fine, and I shoot it as well as anything else I own. It was my choice when my neighbor and I went to Gettysburg on July 4th to support warding off the trolls that showed up to desicrate that sacred and hallowed ground.

Since then, I have been going back and forth with my choices. SP01? 75D Compact? Stick with the P229? My reasons are varied from round quantity (I have my P01 with me every day with multiple mags ~ 100 rounds) to the supposed lesser rounds shown to stop a threat by .357 Sig. I ruled out my 97BD due to ammo weight. The 97BD is actually lighter than my SP01, both fully loaded by my scale. My P01 is gaining more and more ground as it takes the SP01 mags. I shoot them equally well. I just love those Underwood .357 Sig 125gr. rounds.

So there you have it. What would you chose in this hypothetical? 

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Re: There Can Be Only One
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2020, 07:44:08 PM »
My Glock 19 or 17, whichever I grabbed first. Preferably both  ;)
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Re: There Can Be Only One
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2020, 07:46:07 PM »
During one of our "we will not comply double barrel salutes to Gov. Wolf here in Pa.", we were sitting around a campfire, enjoying a few cold ones, and this question came up. If you could only have one handgun out of your particular collection when & if the SHTF, which would you chose? Not to fight your way to your rifle, you get one handgun and that is all.

I chose my bulbous handled (as Wobbly put it) P229/.357 Sig. I chose it because I like the round, it fits my XL hand fine, and I shoot it as well as anything else I own. It was my choice when my neighbor and I went to Gettysburg on July 4th to support warding off the trolls that showed up to desicrate that sacred and hallowed ground.

Since then, I have been going back and forth with my choices. SP01? 75D Compact? Stick with the P229? My reasons are varied from round quantity (I have my P01 with me every day with multiple mags ~ 100 rounds) to the supposed lesser rounds shown to stop a threat by .357 Sig. I ruled out my 97BD due to ammo weight. The 97BD is actually lighter than my SP01, both fully loaded by my scale. My P01 is gaining more and more ground as it takes the SP01 mags. I shoot them equally well. I just love those Underwood .357 Sig 125gr. rounds.

So there you have it. What would you chose in this hypothetical?
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Offline Ron M.

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Re: There Can Be Only One
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2020, 07:57:23 PM »
First choice one of my 357 revolvers, most probably my 5 inch S&W 686, followed closely by the 3 inch 686. This would give me a great deal of flexibility. My 4 inch S&W 624 or Ruger Bisley Blackhawk 357/9mm would be high on the list for different reasons.

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Re: There Can Be Only One
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2020, 08:22:17 PM »
SP-01 Tac 9mm, tuned the way i like it. Nice and heavy, to tame the inevitable jitters that i would experience in the event that i was required to defend my self or others with it.

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Re: There Can Be Only One
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2020, 08:30:06 PM »
Easy answer.........  Para-Ordnance P14-45
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Re: There Can Be Only One
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2020, 10:20:33 PM »
My 10mm Longslide
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Re: There Can Be Only One
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2020, 03:18:35 AM »
If an AR pistol counts then the 300 blackout. ;D If not, then my SAR USA CM9 Gen2 stainless. Not a high dollar pistol but it’s reliable, fits my hand perfectly and is easy to shoot well. Also the MecGar 19 round mags fit and I have 15 of them.  8)

Offline SI VIS PACEM PARRABELLUM

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Re: There Can Be Only One
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2020, 05:10:12 AM »
My  PCR or the  Beretta 92 FS that I put an M9A3 slide on with XS F8 sights.

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Re: There Can Be Only One
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2020, 07:44:39 AM »
Regardless of my caliber preference I'd have to pick my P09 9MM.  If I live long enough it'll be easier to find/pick up 9MM ammo vs. the other calibers.
I stopped carrying the SIG 556R.  SIG changed models and couple/three times and stopped supporting it with parts.  So, I stopped supporting SIG.  Back to the tried/true AR15 Carbine.

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Re: There Can Be Only One
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2020, 10:53:16 AM »
I'd say my 75D Compact. It's my favorite and most reliable. I also have more mags for it then anything else I own.
If you listen to the reports out there, our choice may not include any semi-autos, unless you can pay the taxes and fees for NFA stuff. My revolver choices are much more limited.
I've found that growing up in the sixties was a lot more fun than being in my sixties.

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Re: There Can Be Only One
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2020, 04:37:26 PM »
My P-10C to be completely honest.  8) It has been awesome for years.

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Re: There Can Be Only One
« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2020, 09:07:17 PM »
My P10-C, it's taken a long time to work its way into my heart, but it's one heck of a fighting pistol.

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Re: There Can Be Only One
« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2020, 06:57:50 AM »
In Germany there has been a restriction since 1973 that a hunter may only acquire two handguns.
I currently own a CZ P07 and a Walther P5 compact.
Sorry for saying it in a CZ forum, but should ownership ever be limited to just one handgun, I would choose the Walther P5 compact. It's very reliable and has a unique combination of releasing the slide and decocking the hammer. In addition, it's so small that you can even carry it in your trouser pocket, which is not so good with the CZ P07 because it's larger. In my opinion, the 8 rounds of the Walther P5 compact are also sufficient.
Furthermore the Walther P5 compact is a hammer-fired DA / SA pistol. Since a dangerous incident more than 30 years ago I don't like striker-fired pistols at all.
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Re: There Can Be Only One
« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2020, 09:35:09 AM »
In Germany there has been a restriction since 1973 that a hunter may only acquire two handguns.
I currently own a CZ P07 and a Walther P5 compact.
Sorry for saying it in a CZ forum, but should ownership ever be limited to just one handgun, I would choose the Walther P5 compact. It's very reliable and has a unique combination of releasing the slide and decocking the hammer. In addition, it's so small that you can even carry it in your trouser pocket, which is not so good with the CZ P07 because it's larger. In my opinion, the 8 rounds of the Walther P5 compact are also sufficient.

If I'm on the way out and not coming back I'm taking at minimum a full sized pistol with all the mag capacity I can get. To each his own but I would certainly not intentionally limit myself to a pocket pistol with a single stack mag.