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View Poll Results: If you had only ONE handgun, it would be for...
Plinking, recreational shooting 17 14.29%
Competition, shooting sport of any kind 3 2.52%
Hunting 3 2.52%
Home defense, insurance for bad days to come 27 22.69%
CCW, self defense 66 55.46%
Survival, outdoor companion 3 2.52%
Collecting 0 0%
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Old September 26, 2013, 03:13 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by simonrichter
Yes, I'm well aware that most of you own more than one and you can cover more than one purpose with one handgun, still...
My primary purpose for any handgun is self defense-whether it is out on the town or tucked quietly in my bed.
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Old September 26, 2013, 05:54 AM   #27
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My choice is the Colt Combat Commander Self defense

I have carried this every day since 1974 and at night it is in my night stand drawer. It is throated, the frame nickeled and the slide blued. I have used it shooting hunter pistol matches and at 50 yards it is dead on. This pistol is a part of me and points as if it were one of my fingers.

The best handgun for anyone is the one you practice the most with.
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Old September 26, 2013, 08:23 AM   #28
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Ruger Blackhawk .357 mag convertible, covers almost all the above very well.
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Old September 26, 2013, 08:29 AM   #29
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Old September 26, 2013, 08:45 AM   #30
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CCW, because it is the most important. The same gun can fit the bill for HD, but not all HD guns can be a CCW.

I loved my Sig P226 far more than my Glock 26, but when it came time to sell one, it was the P226 that I sold. Had to keep my EDC gun.

For one gun, a 3" or 4" 357 magnum is as good of an all around gun as you can get to fill the most needs.
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Old September 26, 2013, 08:46 AM   #31
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If you had just one handgun, for what main purpose would it be?

Glock 19, 23, or 30.
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Old September 26, 2013, 09:04 AM   #32
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I buy guns for enjoying their mechanics and/or their history.
If shortened to one only it would be the one I use for action shooting (which is what I mainly do with handguns).
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Old September 26, 2013, 09:34 AM   #33
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If I could only have one handgun due to financial circumstances it would be a 22 revolver, cheap to shoot.
If it was simply a personal decision then it would be a 357 revolver, covers most uses.
If the choice of one handgun was forced on me through government regulation it would be a high capacity 9mm with tons of ammo on hand.
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Old September 26, 2013, 10:00 AM   #34
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Why is collecting even an option for owning a single gun? Lol
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Old September 26, 2013, 03:28 PM   #35
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Defend the Castle

The main purpose would be to defend our home, but it would also have to be used for target practice, concealed carry, survival/hunting (if we had to vacate the premises), etc.
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Old September 26, 2013, 09:46 PM   #36
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It would be a S&W .357 Mag. Main purpose would depend on the circumstances at any given time. It fills the bill and will cover all your needs.
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Old September 27, 2013, 09:26 AM   #37
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Too old to hunt in comfort .
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Old September 27, 2013, 06:02 PM   #38
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I think it's a hard question to narrow down. For me, it would be a "general purpose" handgun. My choice would be a .357 - gives the option of more than one ammo. Probably a 3 inch barrel - easy to CCW but still accurate enough to plink, shoot critters on the farm, HD, etc. Sort of an all purpose gun. Of the top of my head - probably a 3" 357 Ruger SP101 or a 3" Smith & Wesson Model 60.

I really don't think that any one handgun fits all of a person's needs though. Otherwise, there would only be "one in the herd" . . . I'd wager that most here have more than one in their "herd"?
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Old September 27, 2013, 06:26 PM   #39
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In the spirit of the question, if I could only keep one gun for one purpose, it would be for CCW. If I could have anything it would probably be a commander sized 1911 in 9mm.
If I was limited to keeping one I own it would probably be my XDS because it's the easiest to carry everywhere.

If I were keeping one gun for all purposes it would be a 4" gp100. I have one, and if I ever had to sell off the rest that's the one I'd keep.
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Old September 28, 2013, 04:49 PM   #40
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What is My Handgun's Purpose?

CCW, self-defense, home defense, and for possible bad times that may come.
Was I allowed to pick two?
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Old September 28, 2013, 04:59 PM   #41
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I'm torn between my 6" 686 and my G19. But then, so long as I'm proficient with either, no one's going to take either of them from I don't actually have to choose!
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Old September 28, 2013, 05:29 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by lee n. field

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+1! I had to pick "plinking and recreational shooting." To me competition shooting IS recreation, so having the two is kind of redundant. But the primary purpose of any of my firearms is to turn money into noise, because it is fun!
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Old September 30, 2013, 12:55 AM   #43
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I answered CCW but I immediately though of one gun I have that can be used in all categories. For a long list of reasons, I would select a Glock model 23 over all others and is the gun that can be used under the widest set of circumstances.
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Old September 30, 2013, 06:25 AM   #44
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That's a bit of a problem with your poll. One gun can in many cases server many functions. If I were limited to only one gun it would serve as my range gun, self defense gun and hunting gun. A S&W 686 could handle those functions very well.
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Old September 30, 2013, 07:51 AM   #45
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Drive tacks.

Then I can tell everyone I have a tack driver.
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