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Old 01-12-2017, 08:25 AM   #1
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Which single gun, of however many you have, makes you smile the biggest?

Don't consider whatever use it fills, just the gun itself. The one that puts the biggest grin on your face. Does its history, or how you acquired it, have a special meaning for you? Maybe the appearance, or how it functions, makes it "the" gun of them all? Maybe it just "fits" you exactly right?

My pick is for several reasons. It's totally stainless steel. Simple, durable SA revolver design. Sized right for what it is. Fits my hand, every finger just falls into place. The only gun I've ever owned that I have no thought of something I would change, that can't be. Stainless ejector housing is all it needed, easily done, and Ruger finally got that right.

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Old 01-12-2017, 09:18 AM   #2
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My 4" nickle plated S&W Mod 19 in .357 Magnum,

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Old 01-12-2017, 09:43 AM   #3
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Blasphemy! I get an ulcer even thinking about it. Same as asking me my favorite gun. One gun, indeed! Maybe one category of gun or one safe full of guns or ...
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Blasphemy! I get an ulcer even thinking about it. Same as asking me my favorite gun. One gun, indeed! Maybe one category of gun or one safe full of guns or ...
Wow! Okay, I changed the OP. You can keep ALL of your guns, just which ONE gun makes you smile the biggest? Maybe you got it for a special occaision, or maybe Bill surprised you with it? Maybe the one you killed your first bear with?.......

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Old 01-12-2017, 12:42 PM   #5
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Okay, that's better. Maybe I won't get an ulcer, after all. Okay, I'll play. Even though we have quite a collection of 1911s and even though I love shooting them, I am still a revolver gal at heart, and a cowgirl at that, so for the sheer joy of shooting without regards to any category of best for this or best for that, love shooting my Blackhawks and if I had to pick just one, the 45 Convertible. Whew! I did it.

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Mixing the best of both worlds. I know you think very highly of it, and it sure is pretty.

Now, was that so hard?.....
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Old 01-12-2017, 01:24 PM   #7
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Uh, yes. Forgot to mention that it's the Blackhawk on days when it isn't a 1911. On those 1911 days, it's this. Have much fancier 1911s, but tough to beat Old Reliable.


Okay, all better. Now I can rest.

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Old 01-12-2017, 02:12 PM   #8
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Wow, This is tough..I'm with NCG on this one. I actually have a couple that I would never trade or sell. Ok here goes: My favorite one and only is my Ruger Vaquaro Bisley 45lc with Sanbar stag grips that I purchased new back in 1998. I reload so ammo is never a problem. Not much more to say. Rich

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Old 01-12-2017, 02:51 PM   #9
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Yup, great minds like guns in 45.
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my daddy's Sweet Sixteen..........

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Deputy, that just reeks of quality and class.
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Well, if we are taking use and utility out of the picture and just looking at that inner smile, it might be my father's old GI clunker. I first fired this gun 54 years ago when I was 11 years old, shooting at a Chicken-in-a-biscuit box. It protected our family several times from two and four legged varmints. I few years ago I had it worked over and reblued to be a good shooter again. I just love handling it as well as shooting it. It is set up to feed hollow points reliably and is easy to shoot well.



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If I was to carry this I would probably go with an ambidextrous safety but otherwise this is about ideal for me. Extended safety, flat mainspring housing, high visibility fixed sights, new springs, action and reliability work. I prefer the standard grip safety and hammer tang to the newer styles. I learned to cock and uncock with one hand as I picked it up or put it down. I can't do that securely with the new styled set up.
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Mac, love that Ithaca made 1911. Very much my style of 1911. Guess that's why my Mil-spec is still my favorite despite the fact that we have much fancier 1911s with all the bells and whistles. Great that you put the time and effort to refurbish yours. That gun has a lot more life in it.

Me, I don't have a preference as to the arched or flat MSH - shoot both well - but being right-handed, don't care for an ambi at all. Those are very much my preference in sights, too. Novaks are all the rage and great, but I do just as well with a basic blade that offers good visibility and is easy to pick up as per my Mil-spec.
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Mac, love that Ithaca made 1911. Very much my style of 1911. Guess that's why my Mil-spec is still my favorite despite the fact that we have much fancier 1911s with all the bells and whistles. Great that you put the time and effort to refurbish yours. That gun has a lot more life in it.

Me, I don't have a preference as to the arched or flat MSH - shoot both well - but being right-handed, don't care for an ambi at all. Those are very much my preference in sights, too. Novaks are all the rage and great, but I do just as well with a basic blade that offers good visibility and is easy to pick up as per my Mil-spec.
You have a great eye, Ma'am. It is actually a mutt, a Colt frame with an Ithaca slide. I used to prefer a right handed safety but I shoot handguns equally well with either hand and cataracts has made my right eye almost useless, so I either shoot left handed with my left eye, no problem, or right handed but crossed to use the left eye. Either work but of course left handed with the left eye works better. I can't focus with the right eye so sights would be useless. Shooting left handed the ambidextrous safety is better. This is part of why I carry DA or DAO guns as they don't present the problem.

I have had the Novak type sights and much prefer the blade. Adjustable sights would be desirable on a target or hunting pistol but I only use 230 grain standard pressure loads in .45, either ball or Hydro-shoks, so fixed sights are fine. I do love the Mil spec and was going to get one, but I decided for sentimental reasons to go this route. It probably cost almost as much as a new Springfield, but I do like this gun very much because of it's history with my family.

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I have shot 1911s a lot with the arched housing but the first time I handled one with the flat housing it felt so much better and more natural to me. I have tended to switch them ever since. I used to keep an extra flat housing on hand.

I am also right handed but several bad injuries to the right arm caused me to learn to shoot left handed and I do either equally well. I broke my right shoulder in 2007 and just shifted my IWB holster to the left side. It worked so well I kept wearing it there after the shoulder healed. I switched back when I went to an automatic instead of the revolver. I have purchased several left handed holsters. Unfortunately I never bothered to work with a rifle left handed so I can hardly hold it that way, much less shoot it.
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My Glock 23C is in 40 SW will do it all for me . I can convert it to 9MM or 357 sig with only a barrel change and at a cost of only $ 109 for each barrel . The guns NEVER breaks or jams . It is a dry gun and it will shoot over 10,000 rds without a drop oil or cleaning . There is only 34 parts total and not 1 of them needs hand fitting to gun .

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So far we've got bright nickel, basic black, color case, and a classy shotgun. No rifle yet is a surprise. Good stories, too. I've often wished I had a gun with a nice memory or history connected to it, and I enjoy other's that do.
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mac, that's impressive that you were able to make the switch to shooting with the left hand. I am cross eyed dominant - right handed, but left eye is dominant - so I can and often do use either eye for my pistol shooting. Shooting rifle and shotgun, right-handed, the way I do both has been much more of a compromise for me with my left eye bing dominant. May be why handgun shooting has always seemed so much more natural to me.

TGR, I figured you'd be along with your Glock at some point. Have to say, that really is an amazingly versatile and durable platform. Just makes so much sense. Try as I might because of the polymer, I still can't rule out the possibility of trying a Glock at some point.
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My Glock 23C is in 40 SW will do it all for me . I can convert it to 9MM or 357 sig with only a barrel change and at a cost of only $ 109 for each barrel . The guns NEVER breaks or jams . It is a dry gun and it will shoot over 10,000 rds without a drop oil or cleaning . There is only 34 parts total and not 1 of them needs hand fitting to gun .

Yes, but Glocks are ugly and their breath stinks!

Oh wait, that's me.

Never mind. Getting old.
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