Which pistol to shoot whilst visiting Uncle Sam

#1
I've recently taken on a new project at work which has meant spending a month or so with Uncle Sam in Washington State. I've been chained to the desk for the past few weeks but feel I've earned the brownie points to slope off to the range and take full advantage of the second amendment.

Last time I worked out here, I borrowed a colleague's 1911 .45 and was a big fan, even though it’s got more bang than the browning, the weight keeps it in check, plus if it goes click not bang you can still use it as a club.

I'd appreciate suggestions of what "not to miss" on my all to brief trip to the range since I really don't have my finger on the pulse of the handgun scene for obvious reasons.

P_T
 
#4
The Desert Eagle in .50! :?

I know, I know, as a gun, it is FuCking useless, but I do believe that it is something that has to be tried, just for the comedy value of how pointless it is.

Most range shops have one to hire.
 
#5
I yielded to the same childish insticts last time and hired the S+W 500 Magnum for $30, inc 5rds.

I was thinking of something not just ridiculously huge but more of a pistol that feels like shaking hands with an old friend but also puts a sledge hammer in the bull everytime?
 

jrwlynch

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#7
pull_through said:
I'd appreciate suggestions of what "not to miss" on my all to brief trip to the range since I really don't have my finger on the pulse of the handgun scene for obvious reasons.

P_T
If you're after something mainstream...

I'm fifteen years out of practice, but back in the day I found my Glock 21 worked very well indeed. Glocks feel like horrible plastic when you handle them empty, but load and fire them and they just seem to work.
 
#8
As many as you can or cant afford youll probably never get the chance again.Spend Spend Spend I miss my S&W Mod 29 44Mag 4" Revolver.Now thats a shooter. :x
 
#9
plugbore295 said:
As many as you can or cant afford youll probably never get the chance again.Spend Spend Spend I miss my S&W Mod 29 44Mag 4" Revolver.Now thats a shooter. :x
I cried when I got rid of my 629 8" cannon
 
#11
Why not go for broke and stay there? Then you can shoot all you like when you like.

If I was in your position and if it is legal in that State, I would hire an AK (full auto version) and hose off a mag or 2, just for the hell of it.
 

Fronty

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#13
Ruger GP100 revolver in .357 Magnum - I shot the 4" barreled version and it's a wonderful gun. Predictable, if fierce, recoil, but accurate. I seriously think I could have shot it single handed.

Failing that, go for a Kimber 1911. If you like the .45ACP thing, shoot a Kimber; it improves on a classic. Or maybe a Sig P2340... .40 cal fun, although I did find it quite whippy on the recoil compared to the Kimber.
 
#15
pull_through said:
I was thinking of something not just ridiculously huge but more of a pistol that feels like shaking hands with an old friend but also puts a sledge hammer in the bull everytime?
:idea: try a Freedom Arms 454 Casull - up to 2100 ft lbs muzzle energy from a 7.5 inch barrel, and if I remember shooting mine correctly, you'd swear that you'd shot crap, but then find a great group at 25 metres.

And, when you're not shooting it, you can marvel at the quality of the piece, especially if it's the Premier grade (£932 in 1992, and that was the cheapest you could get it back then).
 
#17
pull_through said:
I was thinking of something not just ridiculously huge but more of a pistol that feels like shaking hands with an old friend but also puts a sledge hammer in the bull everytime?
Hello pull_through,

would a Smith and Wesson Model 327 M&P fit the bill?:

http://www.handgunsmag.com/featured_handguns/HG_0208_03/

Personally,I have always wanted to try a Dan Wesson in .357 Supermag/Maximum.


tangosix.
 

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#18
At the range last week, I tried out the club's S&W Model 28. I'm a fan!

It was by far the nicest .357 I've tried yet, though admittedly I've not tried that many (686, Model 19, and a Ruger GP100).
 
#19
Ha, just watching 'Dirty Harry' and wondering about what it would be like to

fire 'The biggest handgun in the whole world'.

Good luck with your trip.
:)
 
#20
Drlligaf said:
Why not go for broke and stay there? Then you can shoot all you like when you like.

If I was in your position and if it is legal in that State, I would hire an AK (full auto version) and hose off a mag or 2, just for the hell of it.
Miss P_T might object to me claiming asylum but sadly WA State doesn't allow full auto and I don't really have time to sneak off to Nevada.

Interesting that most replies lean towards revolvers rather than an automatic?
 

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