Anyone following my other post on TIME TO GET A HAND GUN knows I'm studying the nearly indestructible $125 Hi-Point to the most decked out Sig Sauers and everything in between.
An evolution of sort has happened, let's call it since you are still likely months from a firearms ID and handgun permits - the is a whole world of beauty and functionality in handgun (sorry not done much with long guns) but to see the amazing feats of John Moses Browning to the simplicity of Glocks, my eyes have opened to the incredible and often subtle differences.
I can really see how people can relate to the weapons of choice, what sparks their interest and why people collect guns for so many reasons. I've never been a collector of anything really, never had interest in sports and bubblegum cards was just an expensive way to buy gum - lol.
But I have watch many videos of complete strip-down of many different guns and amazed at how each resolved the needs of design to accomplish what they meant to achieve in the final product. Seeing gun-smiths doing repairs and modifications is fascinating to me, seeing how complicated a tear-down can be on one gun and how simple it is on another makes me want to see what the thinking process was that created the differences in design.
I just know (without ever touching one) I could field-strip a Glock in about 10 seconds blind-folded. I don't think I can say that about any other gun I have seen. Doesn't make it better, but it sure makes sense what the popularity in much of law enforcement is.
I just was wondering what you look for in a handgun? If you had a short list what are the most important features of a handgun to you. I don't believe accuracy is a real issue (people debate this all over the internet) but any gun can shoot well in the hands of a good shooter. Good shooter of course are people who learn quickly to compensate for any sight setting issues, windage, trigger pull, reset from recoil, inconsistencies in ammo - all those things that I'm sure come pretty natural with practice - my manufacturers find out pretty quick if there is a flaw in design, and good manufacturers attend to the issues quickly and free of charge. So taking out clunkers, guns are pretty accurate critters.
So what are the things that really selling points to you, and what are real deal-breakers in options or designs?
I'll throw my TOTALLY Internet learned thinking out there, I'll say I'm over 1000 hours of videos by respected Youtubers who are educators on weapons and not just fans of particular models showing off their toys.
1) weight - there is a huge difference between a 19.5oz handgun and a 32oz one - then throw in a full magazine and that all stainless and aluminum pistol isn't as function as it is pretty. When shooting 50-100 rounds at the range seems like work and not training, weight becomes an issue.
2) capacity - I have been all over the spectrum here while studying handguns. First thinking a CCW is a nice home defense weapon (and likely is) but having a 6+1 limit when you can have a double stack holding 15 rounds, I'll take the 15 round gun any-time if only for saving on reloading at the range. Better said, in home defense or range shooting, more ammo is a good thing.
3) Action - whether SA, DA, DA-SA or 1.5 as I've heard Glock referred to many times due to the half cocking of their striker fire - to me means what feels right to the owner. Most (many) DA pistols don't have a trigger safety, is that is real concern, do you prefer carrying locked and loaded? I'm not weighing on on what I think makes the most sense, but I will say that early on in my research, a trigger safety was mandatory - it now seems like just something else in the way of firing if you are comfortable with your gun.
Sights and lights - I love several of the tru-glo type sights available and think I'd have installed a set on whatever I get. But there are internal lasers that replace the recoil spring and guide rod (smart idea as long as it mimics the original spring and rod) flashlights on your Picatinny rails, all kind of add-on that I don't think would be a deal breaker, but worth considering.
Hammer or Striker fired - again, something I though that was a given was an external hammer, not so much any more. If a gun you liked had one or the other of these would it be a deal breaker?
Does SIZE REALLY MATTER - big handed people fumbling with a sub-mini compact pistol sound torturous to me. No less so that a handgun that seems like it should have tripod drop down legs. I'll chime in on this, I don't want a full sized gun - mid-size seems ideal since I've shied away from the minis a bit, but understand the need for conceal carry, etc..
Is there a perfect gun out the for you? Do you have it already. And are manufacturers missing the boat completely on some feature you would love to have stock on a gun - even after market, I mean do we really need a blue-tooth enabled pistol/cellphone - are we that addicted to technology that if a gun had 4G service, we'd want it?
Just carrying on here, just finished 16 hour shift and a bit loopy, but I'm interested, what make your favorite gun, your favorite gun. And if it isn't, what would make it so.