Favorite brand? It’s personal choice. I’ve been shooting for 50 years. The old Colts (Python, Cobra, etc) were almost works of art. Glock is like a Chevy: runs well, easy to get parts and mods, etc. but not a work of art. Todays guns, because of modern manufacturing techniques, are well made. That said over the years I have seen, out of the box, Glocks, Berettas, Taurus, Ruger, Kimber, S&W and others that malfunctioned and had to be sent back for warrantee. Anyone who says their choice is the absolute best has not shot enough to make their case. I have Colts Walthers Rugers, Springfields, Tarus’s, Sigs, FN and Brownings. Each has its qualities. All are my favorites for the features they have.
Are you kidding? 1911s versus almost anything else (especially Glocks) are practically a religious debate! Colt versus S&W used to be that way, but Rugers seem to have largely supplanted Colts in that one… So yes, there are lots of fan-boyz (and Gurllz) for differing gun brands and styles. Striker versus hammer, autoloader versus revolver, Hi-point versus the universe…
I was a M&P fan boy for awhile, then I branched out and found out Glock is the GOAT .
I like the idea of staying in the same platform. M&Ps all have the same grip angle for example, and many of the accessories are interchangeable, BUT when I started carrying appendix I went for a Glock because I simply like it’s inner workings more (more of my own silly preferences which have developed over time).
I always love getting my hands on a new gun and learning it’s inner workings. I’ve found my own preferences by getting to handle different guns as well. When you first start carrying, it’s hard to really know exactly what the best set up is for you.
I like Rugers. I bought my first one a 9c and liked it so I bought a 9E,American and a 22 Revolver for my Granddaughter to shoot and she loves it.
I’m a fan of SA single stacks w a 4" barrel. Less than 1" wide, trigger & grip safety, and a longer sight radius than the concealed carry guns w 3-3.4" barrels. I’ve fed over 1500 rnds thru two of them w/o a jamb. Onle defect is that the pins are carbon steel & rust w everyday carry in hot climates… a SS pin set will fix that issue
Welcome to the family brother @Jeff146 and you are in the right place at the right time.
When I decide I have a new need to fill or scratch to itch I usually look for the tool that provides the best combination of durability, reliability, functionality and value. Whatever brand has the item I need that ticks off those boxes the best is what I go for.
Years ago I start shooting the DA/SA Sig pistols and I’ve stuck with them ever since. Some of the guns I have 20 to 30 thousand rounds through at this point and they’ve yet to let me down. As I carry a pistol for the worst fight of my life, I always carry a service size pistol such as a P229 or P226. I realized early on that I was able to conceal a larger pistol than I originally thought I could…I think most people can. With as many as 1/3 of robberies involving more than one shitbird, I don’t want to sell myself short by carrying a sub compact firearm. Larger guns hold more ammunition and I think the longer barrels make them easier to shoot accurately, instinctively.
Whatever you carry don’t sell yourself short. It is an investment in the lives of you and your loved ones. It absolutely positively has to go bang every time you pull the trigger.
Always carry your firearm and continually train
Happy holidays …
I use a Walther for work and have a couple others as well. Love the triggers…A few years ago when buying a M&P shield for my daughter there was a Kimber in the case that kept saying “buy me, buy me”. Very nice, with the crimson…but…not a die hard fan of any of them…
I can be one of the 200 to start things
2 G26, 4 G19, 2 G17
3 carbines and 12 AR pistol that take Glock mags
Also a KelTec Sub200 in 9mm takes Glock mags
The cross platform sharing of the mags is the great part.
I do have a few Rugers and S&Ws and 5 wheel guns just to round out diversity.
I never get emotions about the Glocks. I do get emotional about getting robbed, attacked, or shot. That’s probably why the diversity. I switch up training every few weeks so never get bored.
What I’d really like to find locally is a self-defense class with the shock vests I keep reading about.
Seems Tennessee is a little behind in that respect.
Glocks, Kimber and CZ are like darn cults. A lot of them will defend their choice with religious zeal. I love my Berettas but thats just me.
You familiar with Mcarbo? They make a ton of stuff for the sub 2k. Good group of folks as well…
I own numerous handguns, and there is something I like about them all. But the first time I held an H&K VP9, it just felt right in my hand. I bought it, then bought a VP9SK. They just feel right and shoot great. I use the SK for my church Security Team service.
But I also have a Sig P365 for EDC. It’s size makes it easy to conceal, it has a great bullet capacity (12+1), shoots great, and it’s a quality made handgun.
Well I’m not one of the boys, just one of the girls. For years I saw the Kimber as the cream of the crop. Just couldn’t afford one, I’ve been an NRA certified instructor for beginners to advanced for 12 years and have shot hundreds of different guns. The Kimber is a micro, Bel-Air edition (color configuration reminded me of my first car, 1956 Chevy Bel Air). I was really excited about finally being able to afford one. $750.00 with an extra mag (yeah they charged for the second mag!)
Took the brand new Kimber to the indoor range, loaded it up, took the shot…crickets. Pulled the mag and cleared the chamber. The slide ramp looked like a horizontal ski run. Sent it back. They polished the ramp “pretty well”…it functioned. About a year later practicing at the range the “fixed” front sight walked sideways and fell off the barrel. I also told them to finish putting the expected mirror finish on the slide ramp as well…they did.
They informed me they were "doing me a favor by fixing the gun as it was "out of warranty.
The slide is a mirror shine…as long as I shoot off the reflection of the front sight it’s dead on.
Can we say something ain’t right here? Indeed it sounds really crazy … I’ve shown it to other gun handlers and I’m not crazy. Shoot per the front sight…it’s low. Reflection sight, dead on.
All that to say; a good friend and long time dealer informed me that Kimber quality started taking a dip about 2010.
I’ll keep it, would lose big time on a resale. It’s doing fine now.
I still have two class guns that have taken a beating, dropped etc. by students. Still the most accurate, dependable firearms I’ve ever owned. Ruger SR 22’s, wouldn’t trade either one of them for a case of Kimbers.
Kimber also needs to take some lessons from Henry on quality and customer service! To bad Henry doesn’t make hand guns…yet?
I’m not really into specific brands of guns, the same with cars. I prefer buying a gun that fits a need. I have Sig Sauers, FNs, Taurus, Daniel Defense, Diamond, Mossberg, Remington, etc. I prefer my Sigs because I carried Sigs for over 20 years at work.