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Posted - July 31 2018 :  07:36:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nothing quite feels as good in my hand as my slightly customized 1911. That being said, I don't carry it because it is too heavy and hard on my back. Of the Polymer guns the Glock 32/19 with the finger grooves ground off fits and points great for me, as does the 1.0 M&P full size with Medium grip insert, mine is in 40. Personal favorite, a 4" N-frame with the right grips.

"Somebody Tries to kill you, you try to kill 'em right back." Malcolm Reynolds
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Posted - July 31 2018 :  09:43:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
depends on the mission I think

the reason I have a hard time getting the gun safe door shut, the thing is stuffed with different guns for different jobs.

as a CCW day to day fighting gun, it's hard to beat the high capacity 9mm polymere guns, that means Glock to me but there are many like it.

I don't handgun hunt much anymore, when I did a long barreled wheel gun seemed ideal, usually a .44 magnum. I still got a few in the safe, all are S&W N- frames but there used to be a bunch of Ruger single actions. If I was doing it over they'd have all been .45 Colts

lately I spend time in black bear country, areas that have had several bear attacks over the years. I've tried a few, but keep coming back to a large bore S&W N frame 4 inch belt gun. a little heavy for my old back, but a good compromise of power vs weight.

I guess I've never found the perfect handgun after all.......

"Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..."
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Posted - August 08 2018 :  03:16:09 AM  Show Profile  Send Mjolnir an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
Jim mentioned the Colt Woodsman. I was almost a teenager (12) when I fired my first gun ever - a Colt Woodsman. Just the mention of that sweet pistol is deeply moving to me.

"None who have always been free can understand the
terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom
to those who are not free."
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Ten Driver
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Posted - August 08 2018 :  1:52:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Haven't found the perfect handgun yet. Even the ones I like a lot have some kind of imperfection or weakness that keep them from making me 100% satisfied. The search continues . . . and I enjoy it!
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Chris Christian
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Posted - August 08 2018 :  2:33:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
IMHO, the 'perfect handgun' is the one that suits the endeavor that you're using it for... or need it for... at the moment.

My first (at age 16) was a Ruger Single Six Convertible. I could afford the gun with my paper route and car washing money... and even some .22LR... although the .22 Magnums required some 'saving up'.

It was the 'perfect handgun' for me at the time because it taught me the basics of shooting a handgun... much to the dismay of the local ground squirrel and jackrabbit population that infested my rural Northern California stomping ground.

Living in FL now, we don't have any of those critters, so the Single Six... although remembered fondly from a half-century ago... doesn't take a current place in my collection.

Circumstances change... and so does the perfect handgun.

I think it comes under the heading of "What have you done for me lately?"

Chris Christian
There are those who make things happen. There are those who watch things happen. There are those who wonder What The Heck happened! Pick one.
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