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Old April 19, 2013, 12:19 PM   #1
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Iconic pistols of "the Glock-era"

Thinking about the most iconic pistols of the, lets put it "world wars & cold war"-era, I guess there are some candidates most will agree on:

Luger 08
Colt M1911A1
Walther PPK

maybe also...
FN High Power
Beretta 92 / M9

Now how would this list look like if we'd only consider pistols of the "post-Glock-era", from somewhat the 90ies onward... I reckon the Glock itself would get a secure ticket, but at the moment I couldn't think of other offsprings of these say 30 years that could be called "iconic"...

Suggestions, anyone?
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Old April 19, 2013, 12:46 PM   #2
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Old April 19, 2013, 12:56 PM   #3
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I don't think the 1911 is ever going away.
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Old April 19, 2013, 01:48 PM   #4
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While I am not a fan of Glocks for various reasons, they do get the job done, and are still probably used by many if not most police departments and gov't agencies. We all know what "low bidder" means.
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Old April 19, 2013, 01:50 PM   #5
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Smith M39
CZ-75
Makarov 9X18
Mauser C-96
Walther PP
Colt Model 1903
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Old April 19, 2013, 01:50 PM   #6
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Now how would this list look like if we'd only consider pistols of the "post-Glock-era", from somewhat the 90ies onward... I reckon the Glock itself would get a secure ticket, but at the moment I couldn't think of other offsprings of these say 30 years that could be called "iconic"...

Suggestions, anyone?
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Old April 19, 2013, 02:06 PM   #7
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^^^^^ lol I'm confused. Isn't the OP asking for the iconic "Glock's" ?


Iconic guns in general is a whole different story.....
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Old April 19, 2013, 02:25 PM   #8
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Now how would this list look like if we'd only consider pistols of the "post-Glock-era", from somewhat the 90ies onward...
Basically he's asking what spots the Glock pistols would take in that original list.
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Old April 19, 2013, 03:49 PM   #9
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Isn't the OP asking for the iconic "Glock's"
no, just asking for iconic guns of newer making, and epitomizing those last, say 30 years as "Glock-era". Still, the Glock (and its versions) are for sure not the only "iconic" pistol of this era.

Agree, the SIG Sauer 226 / 228 as THE "Fed gun" of at least the 1990ies should definitely be comprised in the list.
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Old April 19, 2013, 04:34 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by simonrichter
Thinking about the most iconic pistols of the, lets put it "world wars & cold war"-era, I guess there are some candidates most will agree on:

Luger 08
Colt M1911A1
Walther PPK

maybe also...
FN High Power
Beretta 92 / M9
I'm afraid I don't even agree on your starting point. I would move the Browning Hi-Power up to the primary list, and I don't in any way associate the Beretta 92/M9 with the World war & cold war era. The U.S. Army continued to use and issue the M1911A1 well beyond Korea, until 1985. The Berlin wall came down in November, 1989, an event that more or less symbolized the end of the cold war. Given that the Beretta was almost universally reviled by U.S. forces after it was adopted, I hardly think a turkey of a pistol that was issued for only the last four years of a 73-year period qualifies as "iconic."

The CZ-75 was introduced in (duh!) 1975, so for the World Wars & cold war period I would consider the CZ-75 to be far more iconic that the Beretta.
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Old April 19, 2013, 04:35 PM   #11
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Given that the Beretta was almost universally reviled by U.S. forces after it was adopted, I hardly think a turkey of a pistol
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Old April 19, 2013, 04:36 PM   #12
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No classic guns of the Glock era. In fifty years, when all the plastic guns have been eroded to dust by ultraviolet rays, we'll still look to the old classics.
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Old April 19, 2013, 04:38 PM   #13
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Well in the last say 30 years... in no particular order. I would not define these as iconic but I would say they they all represent some of the best offerings between 1980 to today....

-Sig P220/P226/P228/P229 The classic P series pistols which set the standard for DA/SA guns. Oh the old days of real German Sigs.... I miss the carbon steel slides...

-HK USP these really set the bar for the refinement of the polymer pistol. Glocks are utilitarian the HK was and is all German....

-HK P7 PSP/P7 etc.... Interesting design which ended up being too costly to produce in mass quantity but still a unique quality pistol.

-Keltec P-3AT the first of the mini 380 autos. Really ahead of its time when you look around today at all the pocket guns this is where it started in the semi-auto world IMHO.

-Glock 17/19 These are the workhorse and helped to define the concept of the wonder 9mm. Almost impossible to beat for their utilitarian design and function.

-S&W Gen 3s These guns were the Glocks of the LEO world before anyone trusted Glocks. They are great DA/SA guns with very short resets and even the DAO configs are solid. Which they were still produced today.

-Beretta 92 FS for all the hate this is a great gun with beautiful Italian lines... The gun runs and most of the issues in the Military come from crappy mags. IMHO

-Kimber off the self production 1911 with bells and whistles. These guns were game changers. The first off the shelf 1911s with things like beavertails, flared ejection ports, extended & ambi safeties that ran right out of the box without having to go to a gunsmith....
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Old April 19, 2013, 04:45 PM   #14
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Now how would this list look like if we'd only consider pistols of the "post-Glock-era", from somewhat the 90ies onward... I reckon the Glock itself would get a secure ticket, but at the moment I couldn't think of other offsprings of these say 30 years that could be called "iconic"...
Smith & Wesson 3rd generation, particularly the 1006/1046, etc.
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Old April 19, 2013, 05:25 PM   #15
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Iconic pistols of "the Glock-era"

Oh! Got it.

Well I'll say the SIG P220 and P226 then.
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Old April 19, 2013, 05:26 PM   #16
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-Sig P220/P226/P228/P229
-HK USP
-HK P7 PSP/P7 etc
-Keltec P-3AT
-Glock 17/19
-S&W Gen 3s
-Beretta 92 FS
-Kimber
That is quite a nice and reasonable compilation.

@ Aguila Blanca: Making a point as far as the Beretta 92 / M9 is concerned. I just mentioned it because it used to be (and still is) shown in so many movies and kind of helped shaping the image of the wonder nines (more than others, with its distinctive look). But all considered, it is more a gun of the post-cold-war era, right.
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Old April 19, 2013, 05:38 PM   #17
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Beretta 92F/92FS...

The Beretta 92F line started in the mid-1980s, so it's not a pistol in the post 1990s era.

In the post 1990 era I'd say some "iconic" pistols include the Smith & Wesson M&P pistol, the HK USP series & Mk 23 SOCOM .45acp, the HK P2000, the Walther P99 & PPQ, the Kahr line, the S-A XD/XDm, Beretta PX4 Storm, the Ruger SR line.

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Old April 19, 2013, 06:04 PM   #18
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Glock iconic? It shouldn't even be mentioned in the same room with the other guns listed,

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Old April 19, 2013, 06:06 PM   #19
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Iconic pistols of "the Glock-era"

I think post glock, I think Sig Line, pocket pistols and polymers.

Glock (given) (and subsequently XD and M&P)
Sig 226/9 series
Ruger LCP and the like
And lastly The hi-point
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Old April 19, 2013, 06:09 PM   #20
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Iconic pistols of "the Glock-era"

You could also include high dollar (>$2000) 1911/2011 competition guns with scopes, magwells, etc
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Old April 19, 2013, 06:43 PM   #21
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The 1911, again - still. It has enjoyed an incredible resurgence in popularity during the "Glock Era".

When the Glock was introduced around '82 only a handfull of companies were making 1911s and if you wanted a "compact" for carry your choices were a Commander, a Detonics ComatMaster, or a custom chop job - the Colt Officers ACP didn't come out until '85. AMT was the only company making a stainless 1911. Clark, King, Pachamyr, and Swenson were big names in 1911 parts/accessories.

Since then, dozens of 1911 manufacturers have surfaced, some from as far away as the Phillipines, Israel, and Turkey. The design is available in a staggering array of calibers, barrel lengths, and frame sizes. It's popularity has spawned an entire industry of it's own - parts and accessories manufacturers, holster and grip makers, sights, gunsmiths, training facilities, books and magazines, and more - all dedicated to that most well known of American pistols, the "1911". If that isn't iconic, I don't know what is.
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Old April 19, 2013, 07:11 PM   #22
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I don't think anyone is saying the 1911 or similar pistol aren't iconic. More of what from recent decades will also go on to become iconic.
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Old April 20, 2013, 06:45 AM   #23
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Re: Iconic pistols of "the Glock-era"

How about the Desert Eagle?
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Old April 20, 2013, 07:48 PM   #24
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Cold War - bazillions of ppk and hi power clones
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Old April 20, 2013, 09:07 PM   #25
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How about the iconic Circle of Fire guns?

Sundance Industries,
Arcadia Machine & Tool (AMT)
Phoenix Arms
Davis Industries
Lorcin Engineering
Bryco Arms
Raven Arms

Well, at least they made the headline news a time or two!
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