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Old September 26th, 2013, 05:18 PM   #16
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My favorite pistol is a style more than a brand, I really love the 1911 more than any other pistol. But I decided to venture into the higher capacity pistol market and I like the M&P9 the best thus far. But if loyality was based on the number of pistols of the same brand in the safe then S&W would be number one, Kimber number two and third would be tied between Sig, Ruger, Taruas, Glock.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 06:01 PM   #17
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Every handgun I currently own is a S&W. j frame, 5906, 9c, 9 Pro.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 06:08 PM   #18
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I also believe in Brand Loyalty. I steer clear of the Hi Points, Jennings, Jeminez, Taurus, Charles Daly, and a few others. While many think Taurus is a good deal, their customer service sucks and if you own one, you will get to know it.

Otherwise, anything goes.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 07:22 PM   #19
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Brand plays a part but I also go with looks, ergonomics, reliability, and reputation.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 07:42 PM   #20
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That is a good question!
Looking around me,I find I have more Rugers than anything else
I happen to like Ruger wheel-guns alot,and a Ruger LCR lives by my bedside.
This little gun has a GREAT trigger-best I have encountered out of the box! M&P 9 is right there,too.
I admit I was never really a Smith and Wesson fan,but the M&P line is outstanding,far better in my hands than a Glock,and I like my M&Ps better than my 1911s now for simplicity,capacity,sights( excecpt for my 1911 semi-race-gun).I am now a passionate fan of the M&P.
Just for fun,here is my 1911...
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Old September 27th, 2013, 02:35 AM   #21
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My first handguns were revolvers. Rugers and S&Ws. All very good guns. No issues with them.

I got the opportunity to shoot for the Battalion Combat Pistol Team for our post back in 1978 and we used 1911's. I liked them. I bought one. A Colt. For some reason, every time I bought a 1911 over the next few years it was a Colt. The price was right at the time I had the money (all but one were used guns but even the new one was a real deal). For over 30 years the Colt 1911 was my handgun of choice.

Lately I've "tried to like" the new plastic pistols. Sort of like Goldilocks. Nothing fits (Glock, XDM, M&P - though the M&Ps are the best of the bunch fit/feel wise) or shoots as well as the 1911s. When I go to the range I take a 1911 just so I can prove to myself after looking at the plastic gun groups its not me. Its the trigger, its the sloppy slide to frame support, the inconsistent barrel lock up, or whatever else it may be.

The gun fitting your hand is very important. The Glocks don't sit right in my hand. If my trigger finger is extended it is up on the slide, not parallel to the trigger guard. Very uncomfortable to get my trigger finger bent downwards far enough to get it on the trigger (I could actually use my middle finger to fit on the trigger better).

The XDMs fit way better and I shot them way better. Problem was those nagging issues with no thumb safety (sorry, the gun I carry will have ambidextrous thumb safeties, like my 1911s, I don't care what anyone else fills comfortable with/without - its my pistol, not theirs) and the reports of broken roll pins here and there in the slides on some guns.

The M&Ps felt great in my hand. I liked them the first time I picked one up at the gun show. I'd sworn I'd never have a S&W semi auto due to all the issues with them over the years (think back about all the "new" models S&W has come out with over the last 25/30 years due to the reliability issues with them). However, after being disappointed in the Glocks/XDMs relative to the 1911's, I bought a 9MM M&P. Bad trigger problems on the first range trip (took two fingers to make it go bang). Next day while cleaning it the trigger stopped working altogether. Bought an APEX kit and installed it and everything was "better". It worked great for several months and I was so happy with it I got a .40 S&W M&P FS. Another good gun (stock trigger didn't match the APEX unit but it was still pretty decent). Then the 9MM went south again. Light strikes, as many as 3 in one magazine scared me away from carrying it. I may have finally figured out the cause of that (at least the last couple of range sessions have had no failures) and after a few more months I may feel good enough about it to start carrying it again.

Meanwhile, the 1911 sits next to my bed, no other handgun. Why? Because the 1911 has never failed. None of them. Not the one made in 1917 (my first), or the Combat Commander, or the 80 series stainless steel gun I bought last.

I want to buy a compact 9MM M&P but will not till I convince myself the FS gun is "fixed". PS. Might not have been the gun - might have been the primers, but I've got to shoot enough ammo with different primers to be sure.

Right now. This instant. If I had to grab a handgun it would be a 1911.
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Old September 27th, 2013, 03:43 AM   #22
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I am sort of brand loyal as you can tell by my signature.

I am however on the hunt for an used affordable .308 Remington 700.
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Old September 27th, 2013, 06:56 AM   #23
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I have less of a "brand" loyalty and more of a design loyalty. I had a full size M&P and when I wanted a compact it only made sense to get a compact M&P. Controls are the same, I can share mags, holsters & other accessories...

Same would have gone if I owned a Glock.
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