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Old July 21, 2007, 09:12 PM   #1
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best semi auto ever made

what is in your guys opinion the best semi auto ever made? could it be the Sig 226, Glock 17 , Springfield xd, Beretta 92fs or px4storm eventhough the storm in new on the market. just want your guys opinion
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Old July 21, 2007, 09:16 PM   #2
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Old July 21, 2007, 09:17 PM   #3
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Otherwise impossible to answer as none of the current factory pistols could be called "The Best." You would end up with a pretty big tie. Consensus is impossible.

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Old July 21, 2007, 09:31 PM   #4
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No BEST semiauto exists.
There exist many kind of pistols to choose from which is up to your task.
Any quality manufactured, properly maintained and fed semiauto will hold up to the tasks beyond the most shooters demands.
1911,BHP,CZ75,P226,Glock,HK, etc, all have pros and cons changing according to the individual shooting characteristics and demands.
Since there is not a perfect or BEST semiautomatic, the manufacturers are trying to come up with newer and more sophisticated designs, while many people are so much satisfied with the current designs and ignoring the newcomers.
We are lucky haveing so much quality options, with various kinds of calibers, actions, and construction methods to choose from today.
Best.

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Old July 21, 2007, 10:02 PM   #5
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There is 2 answers to your question;
1 There is only 1 greatest semi-automatic and that was designed by the Saint John M. Browning the 1911.

2. The best pistol is the one you can shoot the best.
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Old July 21, 2007, 10:27 PM   #6
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Best .22 rimfire= Smith and Wesson model 41, High Standard Victor, Ruger MII in that order

Best 32auto I don't know, but the little Kel-tec makes a pretty good deep cover gun.

Best .380 might be a Browning DA, And the little Kel-tec again seems to be pretty good for deep cover

Best 9mm, now that is a hard one. Some guns that are among the best are the Browning Hi-Power, Sig, Glock, Beretta 92, Tarus 92, and maybe the CZ. I am sure there are some others, but those are the ones that I would put at the top of the list.

40 cal. Glock is pretty close to the top, but I have a FN Hi-power that I really like, but it has been customized by Cylinder and Slide.

.45 ACP My favorites are all on the 1911 platform, Actual brands are a little harder to nail down. Colt, Springfield, Kimber, are normally pretty good but individual weapons may require some customization or reliability work up front, and often better aftermarket mags before I might really trust them, but once set up, and proven reliable, they would be my choice. Of course some of the custom gun makers, like Wilson Combat, and a few others turn out great 1911's.

Other brands worth noting are Glocks, Sigs, and Smith and Wesson, STI, and that is not the end of the list. OH, I forgot Para-Ordance for one.

I am sure I missed some people's favorites, and maybe darn good choices but the one's I metioned are pretty good, normally. But individual guns might require reliability work, before they can be fully trusted.
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Old July 21, 2007, 10:40 PM   #7
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I don't think that pistol has been made yet.

What I want is a pistol that weighs about 10 ounces, fires at .44 magnum power levels, and recoils like a .22 long rifle in a three pound revolver. I've heard you can get these made in Unobtanium, but have never seen one.
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Old July 21, 2007, 11:01 PM   #8
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John Moses Browning

The best was designed by Browning in your favorite caliber.
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Old July 21, 2007, 11:13 PM   #9
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Old July 22, 2007, 01:42 AM   #10
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A $3000 custom 1911

or..

A handgun that is reliable, accurate and will dang near last forever..

I dunno... H&K P2000 ???
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Old July 22, 2007, 02:08 AM   #11
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1911 or as some smart famous guy once said:

"The best gun in a gunfight is the one you have"-smart famous guy.

Another good one is this classic old line:

"First rule of gunfighting bring a gun"
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Old July 22, 2007, 03:49 AM   #12
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Old July 22, 2007, 07:06 AM   #13
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Old July 22, 2007, 07:35 AM   #14
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Based on current sales, longevity and "copycat" brands, I'd say the 1911 and the full size Glock.

Maybe the CZ, not sure. It's not popular in the USA which is, I think, one of or the largest handgun markets.
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Old July 22, 2007, 07:42 AM   #15
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Old July 22, 2007, 08:50 AM   #16
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What I like best is the Ruger P90 and P97 Decockers.
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Old July 22, 2007, 09:01 AM   #17
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Old July 22, 2007, 09:30 AM   #18
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Old July 22, 2007, 09:36 AM   #19
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I'll be nice...CZ.
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Old July 22, 2007, 09:40 AM   #20
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1911 Greatest Pistol Ever Made

This thread is called best semi auto ever made.

That would be the 1911.

Someone should start a thread called "the second best semi auto pistol ever made" because thats the best you guys who like something besides the 1911 are going to do.

In fact second place should go to the BHP.

So you will have to fight it out for third.
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Old July 22, 2007, 09:43 AM   #21
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Most of the answers you get will be based upon what people may own...

Most of what people may own will be limited by their budget...

Not an invalid question, but when you get answers like Ruger and CZ, you know that the respondent pool is hobbled by budget constraints...

Perhaps fun for discussion, but far from a proper discussion of the great designs...
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Old July 22, 2007, 10:13 AM   #22
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Aw, heck, varoadking, you ort to know that CZ is the best, regardless of cost.
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Old July 22, 2007, 10:50 AM   #23
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P7's

All the pistols listed in this thread are great pistols... Hell I own most of them too.. but the P7's with their Gas piston system / Polygon barrel / fluted chamber makes it in a class by themselves... Its like a assult rifle in your hands... It will function in the worst conditions.. and eat any type of rounds... All the pistols listed above will function factory rounds but if you grab a handfull of loose rounds and its mixed with reloads and maybe some that are sub-powered.. it will stove pipe or will not function the slide completly.. ( Your Dead Meat !!!! )
The P7 will not only shoot that sub-powered round but will cycle the action and eject that shell clear from the shooters face like it was a factory round...

This is no BS... I field tested this with all of the guns and this is what the outcome was...

Now... if you use fresh ammo and Factory specs.. any gun will be a nice choice depends on the shooter ... but when you have to shoot a handfull of rounds that is mixed and your in a firefight... The choice is clear...

Like the Motto of HK sez... ( In a World of Compromise / Some Men Don't )
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Old July 22, 2007, 11:09 AM   #24
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You are going to be responsible for making me buy another semi with that sales pitch. I'm real gullible and really vulnerable when it comes to pistols.
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Old July 22, 2007, 12:42 PM   #25
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AKR

Just letting you know of my experience with these pistol and what I tested ..
All of them shoot just fine.. Alot likes the lightness ... Alot likes the Plastic idea.. ect... but when we did that sub-powered test and saw with our own eyes how it ejected the round and loaded the next round without any problems... Case Closed... Not one stove pipe... not one Jam... after 20 years of shooting this puppy...

Also.. Once you de-cock the P7... or just let it go.. Its 100% safe.. You can pull the trigger .. Drop it.. do anything with it and it will not go off... A Child can pick up all the other guns and either fiddle with it and it will go off.. but a P7 is abt child proof... You really have to squeeze the cocking mech. to make the weapon hot.. But this is not abt the thread... but its a point of intrest that is good to know... You just have to get used to picking up the P7.. Squeezing it and fire a round off... then you can release the squeeze cocker and put the gun down... 110% safe..... When you want to shoot it again.. Just pick it up .. Squeeze the de-cocker and shoot... its all 1 step..

Too Easy.... Very Safe...

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