It's a mythical creature that all newbs, myself included hunt for when first getting into handguns. The old sages rebuttal typically follows along the lines of situational dependent recommendations, a tool kit if you will. I think that we all eventually build these tool kits, though some tools are forced or even well suited to filling multiple roles.
As for myself, I have paired down to 2 basic designs in 2 basic iterations of steel and aluminum. I bought the former thinking they would make sense as "training" guns but quickly grew a fondness for the handling of these heavier pistols and so therefore taught myself to enjoy carrying them as well. Now the aluminum pistols sit in the safe waiting for the wisdom of those who have carried longer than I to catch up and make me weight conscious. I don't want this thread to be about my preferences though and instead open up to the observations of others
This is not by design an edc thread. After all a nightstand pistol may well serve in a locked glove box or out on the camping trails. Simply put, which pistol covers the most bases for you and what roles does it fill?
The Glock 19 serves as a do all gun for me. It has been used for: concealed carry/self defense/edc, competition, armed security, and range use. It has been a good performer and actually held its own against Glock 34s and M&P longslides during competition.
Probably the closest thing I have to my definition of a "do all" handgun would be my Walther PPS M2. 7+1 in the gun with a spare 8-rounder gives me 16 rounds of 9mm JHP goodness. Big enough for my paws, but small and light enough for convenient concealed carry. Pretty good trigger. Pretty comfortable to shoot, so fun. Decent sights.
Only fly in the ointment is the possibility of one or both of the issues with these pistols showing up. Were it not for that, I'd about call it "my perfect handgun."
"America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system,,,, but too early to shoot the bastards." -- Claire Wolfe "Whenever somebody uses 'liberal,' when what they really mean is 'leftist,' they immediately lose my attention." -- Me
My CZ P-10C is #1 for me through approx 4000rds, its been perfect. I am also looking forward to picking up one of the CZ P-10S 9mm (sub-compacts) when they become available. I will more than likely also get one of the single stack sub-compact 9's when they become. My Gen 4 G19 is my #2 pistol. Not as accurate as the CZ and still has BTF issues occasionally and I had to put around $300. in it to get it how I wanted it. But overall I am pretty happy with it. The Beretta APX pistol shows some promise but its size is bigger than I care for and the trigger is just so so. I dumped my P320C pistol long ago, it pointed low for me, had to high of a bore axis and to slick of grip frame texture. The VP9, dumped it also, to big in size, finger groves that did not line up with mine, to complicated design with too many parts and I didn't like the trigger guard groove. The PPQ, dumped it also, it was a high bore axis bucking bronco with excessive muzzle flip. The trigger had a too much take up and it broke to light for a street cary pistol *for me*. The 3 S&W M&P 9mm I had, the accuracy was all over the place, S&W M&P pistols ,never again. Also FYI, some current production Glock 9mm pistols still have the BTF issues, it is just the luck of the draw.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Biggy,
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The Glock 26 is pretty close, for me. With the factory plus 2 mags it's almost a G19. It is still small enough to conceal. It is my go to carry gun even though I don't really prefer a 9mm and I shoot my 226 much better. The G26 just works.
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