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Old January 28, 2014, 11:23 AM   #1
David spargenator
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You like handguns or rifles better?

For me I like handguns better. I know rifles make a better weapon overall. Long range, more power. More rounds. But I could take a handgun anywhere. And there's just something satisfying about a quality handgun. Don't know what it is. So, which do you guys like better?
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Old January 28, 2014, 11:27 AM   #2
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I have a rather odd situation....

I like rifles better in the grand scheme of things, but, I suck - I mean I really, really, really suck with a rifle.

Handgun?
No problem.

As a result, I take a much more active interest in handguns.
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Old January 28, 2014, 11:32 AM   #3
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I like rifles better... Handguns are fun though.
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Old January 28, 2014, 12:35 PM   #4
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Old January 28, 2014, 01:39 PM   #5
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When I was a hunter I liked rifles better. Now that my shooting is strictly on a range I prefer handguns. I do still like the rifles once in awhile, but my farthest target is only 200 yards, which is fine for the 22lr (100yds) and the Mini-14, but not that much for the 270.
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Old January 28, 2014, 01:44 PM   #6
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I would have to say given the choice of only 1 firearm to possess, it would definately be a rifle. I like handguns and feel they have their purpose (and they are fun) but I'm inclined to take the 'Quigley Down Under' approach.
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Old January 28, 2014, 01:47 PM   #7
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I would have to say given the choice of only 1 firearm to possess, it would definately be a rifle.
Only 1, I think I would go with a shotgun. Fortunately, I am not under that restriction.
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Old January 28, 2014, 01:48 PM   #8
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I just like guns. I have more handguns but that's kinda because of storage issue and I shoot handguns more because I have an indoor range close that doesen't allow rifles. That may also have something to do with the quanity as well.
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Old January 28, 2014, 02:26 PM   #9
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KMAX I agree 100% A Rem 870 with a full set of choke tubes
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Old January 28, 2014, 02:37 PM   #10
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"Like" is a tricky question. I'm trying to think what I'd shoot if I could only choose one. I really don't know. I'm sooooo much better with rifles than handguns but it's hard to find a gun that generates more grins and school-girl-like giggles than my Encore Pro Hunter handgun in 7mm-08, way more fun than a 7mm-08 rifle.

I think I like small-caliber, low-recoil rifles better and high-power, big BOOM handguns better.
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Old January 28, 2014, 02:50 PM   #11
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As a tool, I find long guns better

They are capable of so much more than handguns.
I love my handguns, but if I had to give up one or the other, easy choice.
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Old January 28, 2014, 03:19 PM   #12
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Edge to handguns. But I must confess, I really enjoy a day at the range, shooting maybe one round every few minutes with my FAL, or a bolt .22 at 100 yards. Fairly cheap and great for the blood pressure.
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Old January 28, 2014, 03:34 PM   #13
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I've always liked handguns better. Probably due to growing up in Chicago where they were verboten.
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Old January 28, 2014, 04:45 PM   #14
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KMAX I agree 100% A Rem 870 with a full set of choke tubes
Plus 18" barrel for home defense and maybe a rifled slug barrel and you have the best single gun around. Or would that be considered three guns?
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Old January 28, 2014, 05:22 PM   #15
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I prefer handguns. Don't know why - I just enjoy them the most. I used to enjoy dove hunting a lot, but it kind of faded away for me.
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Old January 28, 2014, 05:30 PM   #16
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"Like is a tricky question"
Brian I agree but I would call it a very difficult question.
The only way I could answer that is two ways. Military rifles and N frame S&W revolvers.
I don’t think I could choose between the two.
I still like the question.
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Old January 28, 2014, 05:39 PM   #17
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Depends at what I'm doin'. At the range, I enjoy the handguns the most. Hunting, it depends on the species and the scenario. For upland game and turkeys I prefer my shotguns.



.........and then there's the bow.
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Old January 28, 2014, 05:51 PM   #18
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I like handguns much more, even though I'm pretty subpar at them due to my garbage eyesight.

I'm not stubborn about it though. If I'm in trouble and have time I'll go for the AR.
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Old January 28, 2014, 08:08 PM   #19
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I'm a rifle guy.
One of my favorite things about guns is the mechanics of them and just exactly how they function. With rifles, there is more variety in that respect.

Plus, I shoot rifle a helluvalot better than handguns.

A handgun is merely a tool for fighting your way to a real gun
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Old January 28, 2014, 08:12 PM   #20
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I like handguns, but if I had to choose one or the other I'd choose rifles.
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Old January 28, 2014, 08:17 PM   #21
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I prefer shooting handguns by far, that's not to say I don't like shooting rifles either though. Alot of it might have to do with me not having access to any rifle ranges past 150-200yds. Shooting handguns are more challenging as I can push myself further.
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Old January 28, 2014, 08:31 PM   #22
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If you would have asked me this 2 years ago, it would have been handguns all day. But once I started reloading for my .308 and tweaked on my 10/22, today I enjoy shooting rifles more.

I shoot handguns more often due to the fact I live 5 minutes from a great indoor range but would rathe enjoy a full day at the outdoor range with my rifles.

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Old January 28, 2014, 09:20 PM   #23
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Hand guns for SD & HD & range fun,rifles for hunting.
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Old January 28, 2014, 09:39 PM   #24
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Rifles for sure. Distance and accuracy are a blast. Something about shooting 1000 yards and hitting your target that is just fun. Other than that--I bite the big one with a pistol
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Old January 28, 2014, 09:49 PM   #25
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Rifle -v- Handgun

I love shooting.
Rifles.
But shooting handguns too.
I'd have to say that rifles are more fun for me.
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