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What is the best all around handgun?

PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2006 7:18 pm
I am new to the handgun world. I am a hunter and am very familiar with shotguns and riffles but am trying to get educated on handguns. I would like to purchase a handgun for conceal and cary purposes but would also like to use the gun in the feild while hunting. I beleive that in the state of Minnesota the only leagal auto is a 10mm. Currently I am intrigued by the Glock G29 and the Ruger GP100 357 revolver. Are there any other handguns that would fit the bill better? I would love to hear oppinions from those who know. Thanks.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2006 6:15 pm
by qncy_blw
Either gun would serve you well. Most of the time I go hunting for wild boar or deer I bring my 6 inch S&W 686 or my Glock 35 as a back up. I havent taken anything yet with the Glock but have taken alot of small game/varmints with my S&W 686. An advantage to the Smith is that it chambers the 38 special which is excellent on ground squirrels and rabbits. Although these handguns are large in size concealibility should not be an issue out in the field. There are a number of concealment holsters you might consider; fanny packs, IWB hip holsters but I think a shoulder holster may fit the bill.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 2:53 pm
by g4l
Id go with the 10mm glock for hunting but I think its to powerful for defense around town or home, grab a 40 or 45 for carry, we all need different shirts for different occasions.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:42 am
by CONT2
how much more powerful is 10mm compared to .40 or .45? almost bought a wyoming arms 10mm a few months ago for $189. the slide was so loose, opened and closed, i decided to let someone else have it. is the power of the caliber the reason why it was so loose??? it was still in the case a few days ago...

PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 12:20 pm
by g4l
I think the 10mm was suppose to take over the 45 slot, but has a tendency to pass threw the human body wasting power and creating danger for bystanders, thats where the 40 was born, a 10mm bullet in a shorter case, Ive read about the 10mm wreaking guns over time, and was swayed away from getting one from the bad rep.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 2:04 pm
by CONT2
What you;ve just said confirms my belief about the 10mm caliber.I saw a Wyoming Arms 10mm at Petersons gun shop. The slide was so loose it felt like it was gonna fall off. The salesman said it may be because it had been fired a lot.

I love the power of the .45 and was intrigued when a friend told me that the 10mm might even be more powerful than .45.

They wanted $209.00 for that Wyoming. the price was perfect but not if the gun is gonna fall apart. In fact, they had their annual sale in Sept.. Thats when I first saw it. It was still there in late Dec.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 2:09 pm
by CONT2
glocks4life, so in other words, 10mm is to .40 cal. only shorter. the same way 9mm is to .380.. I noticed on my boxes of ammo, that the 9mm is 105grain, and the .380 is 95 grain.Practically the same power, only shorter for compact like my AMT .380.

I think Im getting it.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 3:55 pm
by g4l
CONT2; this website has good info on different ammo in diff calibers and their stopping power %. I find it useful, here it is- [] Under Ammunition:self defense click on Handgun. Theres a ton of other good info on the site too.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:07 pm
by Casino_Manager
The best handgun I ever owned was a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum 8 shot revolver. The gun has plenty of firepower with the 8 rounds and has the reliability of a revolver in tough situations. An extremely accurate gun, I have enjoyed outshooting buddies with automatics and other revolvers.

PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:52 pm
by TManns
I dont think there is such a thing as the best all around handgun. There are a lot of good ones on the market. It just depends on what you feel comfortable shooting. For example, Ive owned a number of handguns in various caliburs. I got rid of my hog legs (44 & 357 mags) simply because I didnt enjoy shooting them. I kept the 9 and 40 mils and Im about to purchase a 45. Like I said, it depends on what YOU feel comfortable with. I will make this suggestion. You might consider purchasing a membership to an indoor shooting range. I say that because some have handguns that you can rent in various calibers. This will give you the opportunity to check a few of them out before you make a purchase.