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View Poll Results: You have to "investigate a situation" at night. Which pistol do you pick up?
22lr 4 2.23%
25ACP 1 0.56%
9mm 51 28.49%
40 Auto 20 11.17%
45 Auto 103 57.54%
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Old May 10, 2007, 10:38 PM   #26
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To best match the bullet diameters you give...

.45 Long Colt
.38-40
.38 Special

I prefer the larger calibers for less muzzle blast in effective loading. That said I wouldn't feel bad about a .32H&R either.

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Old May 10, 2007, 10:58 PM   #27
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Colt Trooper MKV.
Have used it many of time for bumps in the night inspection.
Course 4 BIG dogs help,the secret word for them is "MONSTERS",they jump up and prowl with me,may seem kinda funny but it works.
The dogs are the ones that alert me to anything strange,if the hackles are up i say monsters and the prowl is on.
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Old May 10, 2007, 11:26 PM   #28
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Wolfman's got an "extra dog" but my doggies are also my 1st line of defense, they're not really vicious but they're all big doggies and get excited and noisy when strangers show up.

After the dogs, BGs would have to navigate the house up to the 2nd floor, past the cats, the shoes on the steps and (usually) stuff on the floor before they get to the stairwell. We're empty nesters, so at the final breach if they break down the bedroom door I'd use the Mossberg Persueder. If I run out of shotshells I'll finally reach for a handgun since my wife will have emptied her 642. by then

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Old May 11, 2007, 01:00 AM   #29
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Well, let's not begin a discussion about the UN - lol
How about NATO then?
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Old May 11, 2007, 05:57 AM   #30
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It's either going to be my Colt 1911 Govt. MKIV with CTC laser grips or my PT145Pro. Most of the time my Colt 1911 is always at the ready loaded with 9 rounds Golden Sabers and either the G27 or PT140 MilPro as back up.
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Old May 11, 2007, 08:45 AM   #31
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Buy a cheap pump action shotgun and rack it. If that doesn't send a message, you still have way more fire power than any of the handguns you listed. Shorter shotguns with pistol grips and tactical lights work best for close quarters

+1 And a big plus for thinking outside the box. Remember, "never take a handgun to a gun fight" (or a potential one).
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Old May 11, 2007, 03:26 PM   #32
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Which pistol would I pick...

My first reflex was to vote for the .45... but I've changed my mind. To me, the correct gun to pick is the one that you're the best with, regardless of caliber.

Example, if I bring my .45 to the range and I shoot it so poorly that my shots land everywhere except where they need to be, but I can shoot my stubby little 9mm so well that I'm making 2-3" groups @ 25 yards... that tells me that maybe I should stick to my 9mm for now and then use my .45 for defense once I'm good with it.

Being able to bring a big, nasty, badass .45 into the fight is a more comforting thought to me than bringing a 9mm... but it doesn't matter squat if I can't hit anything with it.
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Old May 11, 2007, 06:11 PM   #33
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Glock 22 in .40 with high capacity mags. On occasion it's a Smith 637 with
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Old May 11, 2007, 08:19 PM   #34
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For night stand duty its my trusty Glock model 17.So I voted 9x19mm.
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Old May 11, 2007, 09:43 PM   #35
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45ACP on the nightstand with Ruger GP100 as backup.
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Old May 11, 2007, 10:41 PM   #36
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Hey, it's not a CCW matter, and I have that nice choice, so yeah, the .45...even if it doesn't put him down, there's the "pants-crapping" boom of the thing, the pleasant flash, and all that. Then Maynard the wonder cat will claw his eyes out. Or ask him for a treat. Could go either way with Maynard.

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no .45 here, so still standing guard with a couple of 9mm and a .38 spcl.

and Maynard.
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Old May 11, 2007, 10:56 PM   #37
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25 Acp

Although there are other choices, the 25 ACP will get the job done; that and nobody else picked it.
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Old May 12, 2007, 08:32 PM   #38
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I keep my H&K USP 45 in the nightstand with Hydraskoks. It also has an M3 utility light mounted on the rail
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Old May 12, 2007, 08:39 PM   #39
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Old May 12, 2007, 08:46 PM   #40
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I voted for the 45 auto Put I keep a 2 inch Tarus 357 in my night stamd
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Old May 14, 2007, 01:23 AM   #41
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We hear all this talk about "shot placement," etc. Now as important as it is, why is it that all but 3 or 4 percent of the voters went for something OTHER THAN the 22 or 25? All the handguns were similar with the only difference being the caliber. Apart from the natural accuracy certain rounds may/may not have, the key factor here is the caliber. Assuming [I bring this assumption in here for the first time] that all the pistols were full size 1911's where the recoil of larger calibers is compensated by the weight of the gun, why would anyone pick up a 22, 25 or even a 9mm when you can bring something more to the fight? After all, shot placement is more important than caliber, right?
Lets see where this goes...
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Old May 14, 2007, 10:26 AM   #42
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Sig 229 .45 Golden Sabres..... Night Night
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Old May 14, 2007, 12:06 PM   #43
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Those aren't pistols, they're calibers. (Yes, I know you know that). My point is that the caliber is far less relevant than the pistol itself. I shoot equally well with a .45 (Kimber Ultra Carry II) and a 9mm (Browning Hi-Power). Given the equality of accuracy, I'd choose the BHP. Why? Better sights.

The Kimber's sights are black on black. Not very useful in the dead of night The BHP at least has white dot sights. They don't exactly glow in the dark, but they're more visible.

But the caliber itself is the last consideration, not the first.

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Old May 14, 2007, 01:02 PM   #44
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When that happened last week, I got up and got the shotgun (870 Police)from under the bed.

The HK P2000/9mm and Ruger GP100/357 are for concealed carry and always a second choice when my first is available.

My neighbor went to investigate some noise in her yard... her dogs had treed a small cougar. She "shot" it w her garden hose, and it left pronto.
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Old May 15, 2007, 09:21 AM   #45
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None of the above...........

I have a Ruger, SS, GP100, loaded with six .357 magnum,
145 gr. Win. Silvertips on my night stand.
I prefer Revolvers to Autoloaders, especially at Night.

DSW has a Remington 870 Express loaded with 7 rounds
of 00 buckshot, on her side of the bed.
Y'ur poll's okay, but not for me..........
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Old May 15, 2007, 06:41 PM   #46
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A "No Brainer"

.45 ACP

In the form of a-

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Old May 15, 2007, 06:57 PM   #47
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John, I am a revolver man too. I wonder what specifically makes your preference for the wheel gun more so at night.

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Old May 15, 2007, 07:13 PM   #48
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Originally Posted by Ala Dan
.45 ACP

In the form of a-

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Old May 15, 2007, 11:09 PM   #49
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To investigate those "bumps in the night" I'd prefer something in 45 acp
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Old May 16, 2007, 09:57 AM   #50
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Well...

...since my SP 101 stuffed with the FBI loads is my bedside table gun, I guess I can't vote.
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