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Old May 6, 2021, 11:30 AM   #1
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If you could make your perfect handgun what would it be?

For me a alloy frame 4" at least 10+ round striker fired varied caliber .
32,380, 9mm 40 sw
Revolver 8 round 3" 9mm ,357 single cylinder .
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Old May 6, 2021, 11:49 AM   #2
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My Ruger Single Six goes to Hamilton Bowen to be converted to a 7 shot .327 Fed Mag. with .32-20 conversion cylinder. Not that I would shoot above subsonic but it’s nice to know you can load as hot as you would ever want.

Barrel markings removed. Custom deep bluing, blue nitred screws, Roy Fishpaw grips (something beautiful), Bowen adj. sights, tuned, trigger job, line bored... did I forget anything?.?
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Old May 6, 2021, 12:10 PM   #3
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Sounds like a plan 327 federal mag is a great cartridge .32-20 just as good old school .
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Old May 6, 2021, 01:29 PM   #4
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For what purpose?
For a carry gun, I'd like the SIG P938 extended 1/2"-5/8" in both barrel length and butt length.
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Old May 6, 2021, 02:00 PM   #5
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Just give me a couple of cases of ammo and a play date on bac1023's rug and I bet I could find something to suit me.
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Old May 6, 2021, 05:49 PM   #6
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I want a Ruger MkII 5.5 inch heavy barreled target chambered in .32acp that will reliably shoot "bunny fart" loads. I even e-mailed Ruger about it years ago. Their reply was basically thanks, but no.
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Old May 7, 2021, 03:20 PM   #7
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Ruger MKIV aluminum lower with Volquartsen upgrade kit along with their extended bolt stop and magazine release. Keep the cheap black plastic grips.
A Tactical Solutions 6” PacLite barrel having a green fiber optic front sight, white
outline Ruger rear sight blade and a picitinney rail. OOP’s I already built this. Guess I’m done. Never mind.
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Old May 7, 2021, 04:01 PM   #8
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I already have it. 4" nickel N-frame S&W in calibers that start with 4.
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Old May 7, 2021, 04:45 PM   #9
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An interesting question.

I can't think of what a "perfect" handgun would be because I want different handguns to do different things.

I think the best I could do would be to suggest a few changes to handguns that I think are already pretty good.

For example: Changing the CZ-75 barrel lockup to a SIG style instead of the Browning barrel lug/machined slide arrangement.
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Old May 7, 2021, 04:45 PM   #10
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High capacity 9X23 Winch. Already done.
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Old May 7, 2021, 06:01 PM   #11
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For example: Changing the CZ-75 barrel lockup to a SIG style instead of the Browning barrel lug/machined slide arrangement.
What would that do? Better lockup? easier production?


For pocket carry, my perfect pocket pistol would be:
Same size barrel and slide as a Kahr CM9, but wider grip with an oval cross-section, and higher capacity mag rather than the current single stack. Change the double action to striker fired (may or may not be a good idea).

I currently have a rubber grip on it so that the palm of my support hand can actually make contact with the grip. Otherwise with such a thin grip it's effectively 1 hand on the gun, and the support hand is squeezing on the firing hand which makes for mushier recoil control rather than both hands directly on the gun.
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Old May 7, 2021, 07:13 PM   #12
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Easier/less expensive production, likely more consistent lockup and therefore potentially better accuracy, probably more tolerant of dirt/fouling.

Lots of likely/potential/possible benefits, but obviously CZ is doing it right as there aren't really complaints about any of the things mentioned. Mostly it's just a simpler system.
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Old May 7, 2021, 07:22 PM   #13
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A Ruger Security Six with a Smith and Wesson smooth trigger would be pretty close to ideal for me.
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Old May 7, 2021, 08:51 PM   #14
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3 inch .44 Special stainless revolver with fixed sights and wood grips.
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Old May 7, 2021, 09:26 PM   #15
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If you could make your perfect handgun what would it be?
An Auto Mag that kept its accuracy with the reliability and durability of the GI 1911A1,
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Old May 8, 2021, 01:17 AM   #16
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An M1911 with a ramped barrel and a titanium frame... Since I can't afford that, I'll stick with the steel framed one I have.

Wen it comes to revolvers, I think the Ruger Super Blackhawk and the S&W Model 28 I have are pretty close to perfect as is...

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Old May 8, 2021, 06:01 PM   #17
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I already have it. 4" nickel N-frame S&W in calibers that start with 4.
I have mine too. Smith and Wesson Model 29, 6 1/2 inch barrel, very slick action job.
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Old May 8, 2021, 06:26 PM   #18
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Basically a Dan Wesson Vigil CCO 9mm, but:
-frame shortened line emp frame
-frame made from titanium
- FR cocking serrations
- flat top serrated
- 10rd mags and 8rd mags
- 9mm 4.25” bull barrel ramped.
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Old May 8, 2021, 09:10 PM   #19
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Sig 226 with thought guided projectiles.
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Old May 8, 2021, 11:48 PM   #20
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Plastic double stack wonder gun in 7.62x25.
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Old May 9, 2021, 07:56 AM   #21
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For a carry gun - a scandium, 6 shot, 3” barreled, < 13 oz, 327 magnum, j-frame.
I own the perfect 9mm - CZ Shadow 2 w optic.
My perfect 45 - make the above CZ in 45.
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Old May 9, 2021, 07:58 AM   #22
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The OP says you MAKE it, and it’s Perfect. Great Fun!

If I can already buy it, bleh. It’s not special or it’s an antique. What would you have a pistolsmith MAKE for you?

The .32 acp mentioned above appeals to me, too! Something between a “inexpensive” pocket pistol and “full out” Olympic target gun.. a nice .32 acp field gun.
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Old May 9, 2021, 08:33 AM   #23
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A Ruger Security Six with a Smith and Wesson smooth trigger would be pretty close to ideal for me.
This is easy. Polish the internals, put in lighter springs, and put in a shim kit. I did this to my GP100 and DA is better than any of my Smith’s, and SA is almost as good as my best Smith. Just go to Triggershims.com and get their kit. If you have any questions just call and they are literally the most helpful company you’ll ever deal with. Also plenty of videos on YouTube to help. The nice thing is compared to a S&W Rugers are so easy to work on.
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Old May 9, 2021, 01:01 PM   #24
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Civilian carry...a 9mm Browning Hi Power, and yep, I get that I'd have to dress around the gun and too, I understand the limits of any 9mm for the above purposes. Capacity, the superb grip that many try to emulate, but none succeed, and a weight to power ratio that's optimum.

For hunting, back up in bear country, or dispatching sick/ crippled stock...a .44 Magnum in a gun that's light enough to carry all day...currently that's a Smith model 69.

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I already have the best .32 revolver I’ve ever wanted..
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