posted on Nov, 20 2013 @ 04:21 AM
Nice write up. I agree with a lot of what you're saying here... My personal favorites are the 9mm semi-autos (high mag capacity for those "WTF just
happened" scenarios, common ammo, low recoil), the .38spl (low maintenance, common ammo), and a good 12 gauge pump with an 18" barrel. I really have
no reason to go after a target from any farther than a slug or 9mm would reach, but if I did well that's where a good .22 rifle comes in. People
really underestimate the usefulness of a well placed .22LR round. I need to get around to replacing mine, probably with a bolt action.
To be more specific my handguns of the calibers I mentioned are both Taurus (PT 24/7 Pro DS and M856). Laugh if you want but they've been very
reliable, they're relatively cheap, and I like the look and feel of them compared to similar models by other manufacturers. If I can recall model
numbers properly my dad has a S&W SVE-40 among many others (not a 9mm but I was considering one), and a friend had a Ruger SR-9 at the time -- I hated
them both after firing them a bit. In full disclosure, I actually had an older PT 24/7 Pro (not DS) that had a few issues with jamming, but I liked
it enough overall that I took a chance and traded it in on the newer version, I was not disappointed.
Also there are these awesome little pocket sized 5-shot .22mag revolvers out there, they also come in LR or short but you can cylinder swap for LR on
the mag frame. I have a NAA Mini Mag and I can literally conceal it in the palm of my hand. It's nice to have as a backup because it's about as
heavy as a cell phone at 6.6oz loaded, and no one will ever know you have it. But don't expect to hit anything more than about 10 feet away and if
you use all 5 shots you might as well just throw it at someone and hope you give them a nice shiner. There was a comment on a message board that the
front sight is only good for hooking it into a nostril or ear. That being said, a crappy gun that goes bang when you pull the trigger is better than
no gun at all. Little guys like me have the problem of weight to consider even with "compact" firearms. My M856 is more compact than it is light,
but that's my own fault for being picky and getting the 6 shot version in all stainless instead of an ultralight 5-shot M85.
edit on 20-11-2013
by duke396 because: nit picking