Re: What's your carry gun?
In more than four decades, as a shooter, collectionist, trader and gun nut I have owned, carried and fired more than 70 handguns. My favorites are the the belgian Browning highpower 9mm and the S&W 64 stainless 5 inch barrel revolver in 38 Spl. The Browning according to its designer John Moses Browning, was the last improvement on the 1911 Colt, also of his design and that no further improvements were possible. In fact with some practice the gun can be field disassembled and reassembeled with closed eyes. When double action autos invaded the markets, the single action Browning lost some of its popularity although an experienced shooter could tell that the advantage of the double action is almost insignificant compared to the difference between the trigger pull to fire the first round and the followers, when the double action practically behaves like a single action. In my opinion the first shot is the most important and a lot of people, with practice, are able to mount the hammer while leveling the barrel towards the intended target. The 13 round magazine capacity is more than enough; a real life confrontarion that takes more than 3 or 4 shots to conclude means that you're very close to loose it. Forget what you see on the screen. Reliability in functioning comes not only from the pistol's design but also from the shape of the round. This combination of gun and caliber makes the difference and is second only to the best revolver ever designed, the double action S&W. Bullet placement at the range both calibers perform is more important than how much powerful is the 40 or the 45.