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Old May 2nd, 2021, 11:40 PM #1
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Handgun recommendations

Hey guys so just started the process of getting my HQL, very confident I'll be approved for it, happy to be able to purchase a handgun again. I've been looking at some pistols and have narrowed it down to a few but I was curious if you guys had some suggestions. I'm looking for something for home defense, doesn't have massive recoil, ammo is inexpensive and easy to get. I was looking at possibly getting an inexpensive model 1911, something in the $500 range, and was curious if anyone had any recommendations for brands that make a good model 1911. I was also consider getting a 22mag, but I'm not sure how well that would go for home defense. I love historical firearms and stuff you don't see very often.

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1.suggestions on inexpensive model 1911's
2. Suggestions on good home defense rounds/pistols
3. Would a 22mag be good for home defense?
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Rock Island Armory 1911's get pretty good reviews though I've never handled one personally
https://gunnewsdaily.com/rock-island...y-1911-review/
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Old May 3rd, 2021, 12:23 AM #3
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Rock Island Armory 1911's get pretty good reviews though I've never handled one personally
https://gunnewsdaily.com/rock-island...y-1911-review/
I have 2 RIA 1911s in 9mm. Well made, reliable and I haven't had issues feeding jhp in mine
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1. Stand by for recommendations for specific Philippine mfg 1911s . My input is to be aware of your personal preferences as to exact configuration preferences . ( ie flat vs arched , long vs short , beaver or no beaver, ambi vs one side , GI vs slightly larger vs large vs freaking redicously oversized ) . It is way more cost effective to purchase out of the box already in your prefered configuration than to replace later .

2. Seems like you answered your own question in #1 , if not the subject is infinite and endless .

3. I'm outspoken in liking .22WMR , and in a full size handgun it is surprisingly potent . ( unstated - in a snubie or mini gun , .22WMR is neutered to the level of .22lr from 4in bbl , but with waaay more muzzle blast and flash )

For home defense , a full size .22WMR is an orthopedic option for those with significant physical limitations of their hands , who truly need zero- ish recoil options . In that context , .22WMR from 4 inch , preferably 6-ish bbl totally spanks .22lr handguns , and on par with Mini Mags from .22lr Rifles .
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I handled a 9mm Rock Island with the improved sights, beavertail, flat housing, etc.. I would shoot it as is with no more than a refined tuning and enjoy it. The 9 in a full size 1911 is a hoot to shoot. The recoil is very managable and 124 grain ammo seems to shoot better than most 115 grain fodder.

My fave is still one in 45 ACP.

Inexpensive and available are oxymorons in the present market but it is improving.
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Sig Sauer P226 maybe
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You could consider getting a revolver. They always work. There are plenty of hollow point nasties for purchase in 38 caliber. In my experience, a used S&W is better than a new el cheapo.
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Dollar for dollar...it's hard to beat a basic S&W Model 10...or Model 64 if you prefer stainless. There are other good choices in that class as well. Regardless of what handgun is choses...practice, tactics and competence makes the difference more than the gun itself. The gun is a tool...whether a good tool or poor one depends on he or she who wields it.
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You could consider getting a revolver. They always work. There are plenty of hollow point nasties for purchase in 38 caliber. In my experience, a used S&W is better than a new el cheapo.
Yeah,, I agree
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You could consider getting a revolver. They always work. There are plenty of hollow point nasties for purchase in 38 caliber. In my experience, a used S&W is better than a new el cheapo.
Revolver with a longer barrel will give you a lot of bang for your buck, very accurate, reliable, simple to clean, and safe to operate (no bite from slide).
As mentioned above current availability is a challenge.
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