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This is a discussion on Brand Loyalty within the Autoloaders forums, part of the Armory category; So, I started out my pistol quest right before the Newtown incident happened (what terrible timing) and began with a Beretta Neo .22 pistol. I ...


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Old September 25th, 2013, 06:04 AM   #1
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So, I started out my pistol quest right before the Newtown incident happened (what terrible timing) and began with a Beretta Neo .22 pistol. I didn't realize how addicting they are! Since that time, I have bought and sold so many pistols and ended up with the following:

M&P40F
Shield 9
XDs9
Glock 19
Ruger LCP

I was curious as to how many here have a great loyalty to one particular brand? Do you only own S&W or do you like having a few different brands/platforms to choose from? Not a brand war, just really curious. Thanks.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 06:39 AM   #2
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I go for the gun that piques my interest not the brand.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 11:34 AM   #3
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I have been buying guns for a few decades and am far from being a firearms expert. In my opinion, buying firearms is much more than which brand or the newest toy on the block. My all-time favorite pistol is my Browning Hi-Power in 9mm. That was the first semi auto that I ever bought and I carried it for years. When I got it, it was brand new and shiny! It now has very little bluing left on it and is, with exception of my Glocks, probably the ugliest gun that I own lol! As long as the firearms that you buy are from a semi-reputable manufacturer, is known as reliable, is known for relatively good accuracy and makes financial sense (does not break the bank), I see no problems buying a gun if I like it no matter the brand name. I carried either a 1911 or my Browning Hi-Power for years before I discovered Glocks. I liked Glocks because of the weight factor involved in carrying a weapon. I now carry either my full size M&P 40 or Shield 40. I guess that means that I am not a very loyal guy lol!

I own numerous pistols which include S&W's (4 Shields, and 8 FS M&P's in various calibers) as well as a couple of S&W Revolvers, a Sig, a couple of Springfields, a Colt, a couple of Glocks, a couple of Rugers, a couple of Walthers, a couple of Brownings, a Charter Arms bulldog, a couple of Taurus's etc.

I also own rifles of different brands, models, styles, etc. including bolt guns, lever guns, semi autos, those evil black rifles, etc. I am fortunate to have a great lady. Back during the election, Obama stated in one of the debates that “Nobody needs and AK 47”. I have never really desired to own an AK 47 as I have several AR’s in various calibers, a Ruger Mini 14, and several semi auto 22’s. Be that as it may, I loudly retorted that “I am goin’ to have one of those SOB’s just because he says that I don’t need one!” lol! My birthday was the next weekend, and lo and behold, much to my surprise, the wife showed up with a brand spanking new AK 47 and a thousand rounds of ammo lol! Can’t beat that!

And then there is my shotgun fetish lol! Again, not all one brand, not all one style (pumps, semi autos, tactical, over & unders, side by sides, etc.). Most of my shotguns are hunting guns and look like it. I have one shotgun set up as a tactical/self defense gun. That would be my 12 gauge Mossberg 590 A-1 complete with red dot Eotech XPS 3-0 mounted atop it. For years I shot a full choke Winchester Model 12, 12 gauge at everything that I hunted including rabbits, dove, quail, ducks, geese, etc. I gave $50.00 for it used back in the 60’s. Before that I had a Sears “Ted Williams” bolt action .410.

I also buy guns for the kids and grand kids with the exception of the oldest son as a he is real savvy about weapons and I generally just kick in some cash at Christmas and on birthdays and he buys what he wants. He has some stuff like night vision optics that did not exist when I was growing up. I have another 8 AR's that I bought for the other kids and grand kids a couple of years ago. 5 are still in the box and will remain so until their future owners are old enough to both appreciate them and handle them safely and responsibly. The other 2 have been given to the youngest daughter and the oldest daughter. The oldest grand kid gets to shoot his when he visits, but none will take actual possession of their AR’s until it is legal for them to do so. The other 5 are still in their original boxes. I gave the oldest daughter a full size M&P 9 and I have another full size M&P 9 earmarked for the youngest daughter. The last (3rd) Grandchild, Wyatt, (they name them well when they grow up with firearms lol!) hit the ground 2 weeks ago and was already a proud owner of an AR a couple of years before he was even conceived lol!. That leaves 3 AR's for future grand kid expansion lol! The reason for the long ramble is to address your comments about guns being addicting lol! I agree...yes they are lol!

I bought some of my guns as collector items like my M-1 Garand, or for investment purposes like my Colt SAA built in 1874, but most have been bought to shoot either at the range, used for hunting or for SD use. Some I buy just because they are too good of a deal to pass up. For example, I picked up another Shield 9 yesterday through Gunbroker.com for $398.00. It was auctioned by a shop which is close to my home and one that I have bought several other guns from, so I got it out the door for a little over $420.00 including taxes for a brand spanking new Shield 9. I needed another Shield like a chicken needs shoes lol! It will probably wind up being a graduation gift to my youngest daughter when she graduates from college next spring. She shoots well and is really into the shooting sports. She loves her AR which in Texas she is already legal to own at the ripe old age of 20, so she has taken possession of that one. I have even sent her to a couple of tactical rifle courses which she thoroughly enjoyed. She also shoots pistols with her mom and I a lot. Many of their friends have gotten into the shooting sports simply because they always want to hang around with us when we are shooting.

I have sold very few of my guns over the years. I have never lost money on anything that I have sold. I can count the ones that I have sold on one hand. Guns in my mind, however, are not about just being fun to own and great financial investments. Firearms have brought our family closer together as it gives us all one sport that we love to participate in. It teaches us all, young and old about personal responsibility and the love of freedom and liberty to the young ones. Our experiences when shooting, cleaning, fixing, shopping for a just talking about guns have made memories that none of us will likely ever forget. Most of my cousins are like I am and have raised their kids accordingly. When we get together for a family reunion, a friendly shooting competition never fails to evolve if we are anywhere near where we all grew up and where some still own a lot of land. Then we sit around in the evening and swap lies, but every now and then a truth or two about the old days about who shot what and who outshot who, etc.…..

These are the reasons that I buy guns. Loyalty to brand has little to do with my firearms purchasing decisions. I apologize in advance to the other Forum users for my long winded rambling.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 11:52 AM   #4
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I buy pistols based on what I need and buy the best one that I can afford that will get the job done. Whether or not it is a S&W, Ruger, or anything else. Right now I have my M&P .45, Bersa 380, and a Ruger LCP. As long as the gun is made by a reputable manufacturer, I don't have a problem going away from a single brand. Although I may end up with more M&Ps as time goes on!
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I apologize in advance to the other Forum users for my long winded rambling.
No apology needed. I enjoyed the read and your participation in the thread. Thanks.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 01:00 PM   #6
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I buy pistols based on what I need
That's why I "consolidated" my pistols to the ones I have. I think each fills a unique roll. Good point!
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As of this moment, I have only 4 pistols. For years, I was a confirmed revolver man, but have recently joined the modern era and shifted over to auto pistols. I have a Kimber Custom Stainless II with a Crimson Trace Laser Grip in .45 ACP. It is extremely dependable and accurate. I have a full size Smith & Wesson M&P 40 and an M&P 40 Shield. I installed an Apex hard sear and Trijicon night sights on both. The Shield is my EDC concealed carry pistol. Finally, I have a Smith & Wesson M&P 22 that is for practice, fun and varmint shooting around the hunting camp.

I guess you could say that for the most part, I am a Smith and Wesson man. I am fond of pistols that are .40 caliber and up. However, my all time favorite pistol is the Kimber.


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I seem to be in the minority but all handguns I have currently are M&Ps. Oil hope it stays that way. I like all the guns to feel the same. Just personal performance though.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 07:24 PM   #9
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I'm not particularly 'loyal' to a brand, but I do tend to stick to the familiar. Currently I have my M&Ps [3...maybe a 4th soon] S&W revolvers [plus a Ruger Redhawk] and several 1911 variants. I'm not interested in Glocks or Berettas or CZs, although I'm sure they are all fine pieces...
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5 M&P 9mms

Been wanting to swap my Sig Mosquito 22LR for a M&P22
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Old September 25th, 2013, 07:54 PM   #11
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I have a bad habit of requiring all of my guns to be of the same manufacturer. I just came over to all M&Ps from all Glocks of various calibers.
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I switched from being an XD shooter to an M&P shooter, for the M&P 9 Pro platform for USPSA. I liked my XDs just fine, and they are great guns.

Since the switch in my competition gun, I've switched everything else to M&P also. My carry/defensive guns are/have been M&P since I have a HUGE level of familiarity with the platform from competition (tens of thousands of rounds).

I enjoy other guns, but I'm not a collector. I have functions/purposes fro every gun in my collect, except for an old double-barrel 12 I inherited from my dad. But even THAT gun I modified to a "stage coach" short configuration to make it more "practical" for me.

My only deviation from "for every gun a purpose, for every purpose a gun" will be a 1911... just because I want to own one. It's the grandfather of all modern semi-autos, and art as much as practical to me.

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Old September 26th, 2013, 10:47 AM   #13
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Not a brand loyalist.

I am a function loyalist.

Jean Rasczak: "I need a corporal. You're it, until you're dead or I find someone better."

That's my attitude towards my weapons.

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Old September 26th, 2013, 03:54 PM   #14
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I've had a variety of guns...favoring the MPs right now. getting my 3rd to finish the set. I'm guessing when you get use to one style, its just easier to stay with that and shoot well with how the firearm is set up. Trigger usage and all. Never thought I'd own a SW, let alone a Semi-auto...but after I handled the Compact a year or two ago...then shot it, I was impressed. much improved over that Sigma (my brother-in-law had one) I have a Colt python, a couple of beretas, a taurus 92 (my first gun from 1993) and Ruger SR22...which was a very pleasant shot. It shoots excellent/accurate and reliable.
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Narrowed it down, and started with M&P, 40 in particular, now have 2, am well satisfied with S&W and plan on staying with them. Of course being southpaw does limit my options.

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So, I started out my pistol quest right before the Newtown incident happened (what terrible timing) and began with a Beretta Neo .22 pistol. I didn't realize how addicting they are! Since that time, I have bought and sold so many pistols and ended up with the following:

M&P40F
Shield 9
XDs9
Glock 19
Ruger LCP

I was curious as to how many here have a great loyalty to one particular brand? Do you only own S&W or do you like having a few different brands/platforms to choose from? Not a brand war, just really curious. Thanks.
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