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    You buy a gun and BAM!

    Anyone ever think they have it all settled, and then a new gun is introduced, you give it a shot not really knowing what to expect, and then it changes EVERYTHING?

    I was settled on my Glocks (as some of you WELL know), and was going to get the new Glock 41 when my cop cousin (not a Glock fan-but a M&P 45 man) suggested I give the new HK striker fire VP9 a look. Well I did. And broke a MAJOR rule of engagement...excuse me while I digress.

    As a result, after the VP9 trial run over the last couple months, I've decided to shake things up a bit and acquire some of the weapons I consider to be outstanding icons of history. At any rate, with that I am now the owner of a new Springfield Mil Spec 1911 with the stainless barrel and the Sig Sauer P226 MK25.

    I gave the M9 a solid look, and will get one in due time just b/c I think they are a timeless piece and classic icon, but the P226 just fits my hands better, and I am more familiar with that platform. I did, however, identify another Beretta that I think I will have to acquire (the PX4 Storm compact), but my quest to pick up a Browing Hi Power resulted in the 1911. My LGS didn't have any new BHPs or any vintage pieces that caught my eye, and I don't want a clone at this point. Although I know there are many good ones, I'm more interested in owning the real deal at this point. I'm pretty sure my next pistol purchase will be the Browning, but with the current deal on the PX4 Storm ($399 + $75 factory rebate) it may have to work its way in the stable. After that, I'm not sure, but it is fun.

    Of note, in my break in process, I have noticed that I shoot the 1911 as well as I shoot anything and it is hard not to think about it as an EDC gun, but every time I pick up that VP9 it's like I find my place in the world again. Truly surprised to be honest b/c I really have not been a huge HK fan over the years. If you haven't shot one...just sayin.

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    My "favorite" gun has changed so many times over the years it's not even funny. And, when I find my "favorite," I tend to get multiples. Eventually, I move on and then have to sell something to get the next thing. I've been buying handguns since 1993, and I feel like I've probably owned almost everything at one time or another.

    I've got the 1911 bug again, an bought 3 very nice ones since July. But, the Beretta 92 is still my favorite handgun platform for now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
    My "favorite" gun has changed so many times over the years it's not even funny. And, when I find my "favorite," I tend to get multiples. Eventually, I move on and then have to sell something to get the next thing. I've been buying handguns since 1993, and I feel like I've probably owned almost everything at one time or another.

    I've got the 1911 bug again, an bought 3 very nice ones since July. But, the Beretta 92 is still my favorite handgun platform for now.
    I've been known to do this, too but more along the lines of different calibers in the same series (think M&P or Kahr or Glock for example). I began buying handguns in 1968 (April 5th was the first one). A bug that just doesn't stop.
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    To GCBHM;

    Come on, your next purchase has to be one of the fine M&P's out there. You'd love it. Great handling and shooting pistols.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernBoy View Post
    To GCBHM;

    Come on, your next purchase has to be one of the fine M&P's out there. You'd love it. Great handling and shooting pistols.
    Oh, I've already scratched that itch. In fact, the first purchase I made (after a drout) was the M&P 9. Then I got a M&P 45 5", and now I have the Shield 9mm. It's my wife's gun, so she won't let me trade it, but I will definitely be getting more M&Ps. I really like them, but I put them in the category with Glock. They are great guns, but not really "classics" yet, although the Glock 17 could probably fall into the classic box by now.

    I really like the 9mm or 45 for the M&P, but eventually I will endeavor to have my favorite pistol for each caliber. For instance, in .40 I love the Sig P229. I owned one years ago and loved it. Today it is still the smoothest shooting .40 I've found. I don't know what it is, but it is just "it" for me in .40 cal. Not having unlimited funds puts a damper on my procurement habits. LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
    My "favorite" gun has changed so many times over the years it's not even funny. And, when I find my "favorite," I tend to get multiples. Eventually, I move on and then have to sell something to get the next thing. I've been buying handguns since 1993, and I feel like I've probably owned almost everything at one time or another.

    I've got the 1911 bug again, an bought 3 very nice ones since July. But, the Beretta 92 is still my favorite handgun platform for now.
    I really think your "first" favorite gun remains your lifetime favorite gun, although, like you said, others come and go as our temporal favorites. I too have an affinity for the 1911. Although the P226 was my "first" favorite gun, the 1911 certainly made an indelible impression.

    To be honest, the 1911 was the first pistol I qualified with in the Navy, but when I shot for my medals I shot the M9, and I really liked it. I intended to get one when I bought the first P226, but the LGS at that time didn't have one in stock. I'd bought a S&W sv40, and it was just junk, so I took it back looking for the Beretta only to get the P226. I think the P226 will always be my all time favorite, but right now my favorite is that VP9, especially for carry. I actually thought about buying another one when I got the P226 a week ago! LOL

    Once I hit the lotery I'll buy all the guns I want, and probably a few of each!

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    The Beretta 92 I had in the 1990s had the straight dustcover and no backstrap indentation. The gun was really too big for my hands. Somewhere around 2003, Beretta changed the frame of the 92 to have a curved dustcover... But more importantly, the adjusted the backstrap a tiny bit./ When I got the Beretta bug a couple years later again - this made a huge difference. Now the gun feels like a natural extension of my hand.

    So, it wasn't my favorite gun initially.

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    I must have misunderstood or misremembered from another discussion. What was your first favorite gun?

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    Hmmm. My first few guns were Glocks, but I think the 1911 was my first favorite gun. The last one i really got into prior to the Berettas was the Walther P99 A/S, though. I had several of those, and I think I got 19 or 20 of them sold because of my constant recommendations to other people.
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    I like the Walthers. Of course the PPK is the most iconic Walther in my opinion, but the PPQ really looks and feels like a very nice gun. Pretty close to the VP9, and a little less too.

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    I've had the PPQ about a year ago. When I was younger - I liked guns that had the same trigger pull everytime. Now that I am older, I like the added safety of DA/SA.

    A few years ago, I was in a situation where I felt the adrenaline kick in when I narrowly avoided someone trying to make off with my handgun (in a handgun case) as I was walking in the gun store parking lot. I kept my wits and got away, but I got a taste of what it feels like when the adrenaline kicks in. It's easy to say you would do x,y, and z when something happens... But in real life, your thinking changes when you get that adrenaline rush...

    So many cops have accidental discharges (especially more so than gets reported in larger departments - the # of them are not usually made public). When we tense up in such a situation, the finger near the trigger tends to tense up too (I've read articles about this and about how accidental discharges happen in these situations). Anyway, I just feel like there is more "forgiveness" with a DA/SA - with that first, longer and heavier DA shot.

    While I love 1911s - I do not use them for self defense (I did when I was younger). They are just range toys to me. I also don't want to have a gun where I have to remember to deactivate a safety. It's been years since I've owned 1911s previously, and its no longer second nature.

    Anyway - the PPQ was relegated to just a range toy because of the trigger, and then I eventually sold it to help pay for something else I wanted. Since that new HK has a similar trigger, I'm not really interested in it.

    I did rent the Glock 41 -- the long slide 45 ACP Glock. It shot great and had low recoil. But with three 1911s that cost me about $6100 total, I don't see the need to buy the Glock... Not when I would only use it as another range only gun....

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    I gotcha...I used to be a DA/SA guy staying away from the Glocks b/c I didn't like the constant action, but in recent years I translated over to the striker fire b/c I find now that I do prefer the constant action. I know what you mean about the rush. It changes things, and there really is no way of knowing how you'll react until you're in that situation, and then, most of us will have to reflect about how we should have done something other than what we did. I guess as long as you get out of it alive, and preferrably unhurt, there is no shame in it.

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