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      What's the most recognizable handgun in the world?

      Read some time back about a poll taken Worldwide, by whom, I don't know, nor do I know the particulars. But, anyway:

      THE most recognized handgun in the world - the Luger P-08.

      Second was the Colt SAA. (Western movie fame)

      Third was the M1911 (WW II fame)

      A poster used during the forties to train bank tellers in observing features of robbers usually had the robber brandishing a Luger. And, of course, war movies added to the popularity.

      Supposedly this was conducted with non-gun oriented subjects.

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      I also think in America, one of those most recognized (besides the 1911) would probably be the Beretta 92. Heck, U see them everywhere for those "no guns" signs :P

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      But how many folks would recognize it as a Berretta?

      Not everyone recognized the gun as to what it actually was. Answers were such as "German Army pistol" or "American cowboy gun", "Colt .45", "Luger" etc.

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      My first thought's were the same as Bob's...

      The Peacemaker/Colt .45, the 1911, and the Luger...

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      I hate to say it but I am sure the most recognizable handgun in the USA is the Glock. More LEOs carry Glocks than any other brand and the TV shows also feature a lot of Glocks. Regards, Richard

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      Quote Originally Posted by Richard
      I hate to say it but I am sure the most recognizable handgun in the USA is the Glock. More LEOs carry Glocks than any other brand and the TV shows also feature a lot of Glocks. Regards, Richard
      ya know, I agree w/ that too

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      What's a Glock?

      :-D

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      Gotta say Luger.

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      I think it's generational. Baby Boomers can probably more readily identify SAAs and Lugers, because those were the dominant guns in movies when Boomers were growing up.

      Gen Xers can probably ID Berettas more readily than SAAs and Lugers, because we grew up on "Die Hard" and "Lethal Weapon." In fact, in the latter movie, Mel Gibson's Beretta 92F is identified by name as a "Beretta 9mm."

      Gen Y and younger can probably only readily ID Glocks, by far the dominant pistol in movies today, whether involving cops or "gangstas." And no one is shy about calling a Glock a Glock.

      Few people have enough experience with handguns outside of pop entertainment to readily recognize different handguns. Lots of gun forums have threads about identifying the "guns of Pulp Fiction" or the "guns of Firefly." Even among enthusiasts, it can be difficult to recognize guns at a glance.
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      Mike, at present, what handgun does Galco make the most holsters for? This should be a good guage. Regards, Richard :-D

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      1. Glock.
      2. 1911 and variants.
      3. J-frame revolvers.
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      I disagree on the Glock - 2 reasons.

      1. While police officers carry it, they carry it holstered. Few people see it out of the holster.

      2. The Glock is an aesthetically neutral device - hardly anything about it for the casual observer to notice. To them, it's a gun, not a particular gun.

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      Quote Originally Posted by kansas_plainsman
      To them, it's a gun, not a particular gun.

      Clint
      I think that most people feel that way about just about ANY gun. Hell, most people can't tell a shotgun from a rifle.

      Still, Glocks are identified by name in all sorts of movies and video games, so I think they are pretty identifiable for younger people.

      You know, it might be that the Desert Eagle is also very recognizable for younger people (even if they call it a "Deagle" ).
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      Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham at Galco

      You know, it might be that the Desert Eagle is also very recognizable for younger people (even if they call it a "Deagle" ).
      New one on me. Hadn't heard that before :P :P

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      I'd go with 1911, Beretta 92/96 and Glock, for the old guys Colt SAA, Luger, 1911.

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      Is have to say the 1911.....

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      Quote Originally Posted by 2400
      I'd go with 1911, Beretta 92/96 and Glock, for the old guys Colt SAA, Luger, 1911.
      Hey! I resemble that remark!

      :-D

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      I think Glock is generally the most mis identified, to a llot of people, every expensive black gun is a Glock. I think most people can properly identify an M-16. But for handguns, I'd say what most people can identify is a 1911. The Beretta 92/96s also have a distinct, easy to identify look. . .

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      old guys huh take that youngester out back of the woodpile

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      Either the Colt SAA or 1911.

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