Most Underrated Handgun.

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by tcon67, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. Blurr

    Blurr Former Guest

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2012
    Messages:
    35
    Location:
    Mountains
    +1 a Taurus .38 hammerless snubby has been one of my constant companions for nearly 20 years now.

    I also will give props to the Bersa .380, shockingly pleasant pistol to shoot and I also have a firestorm .45 which has been a decent gun.
  2. ozo

    ozo Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2011
    Messages:
    3,307
    Location:
    Nashville TN
    Jack, maybe you would have seen this along your way.....
    although the publication may not have been common in you area.....
    About 30 or more years ago, Popular Mechanics or Popular Science magazines
    [a monthly like Readers Digest] had an article on the .22lr and was phenominal at it's least.
    I can't remember the author but the title was just too easy to remember.....
    "From Mice To Moose"

    I have searched to no avail and find reference nowhere.
    I too am a huge fan of 22lr
  3. Ledslnger

    Ledslnger New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2011
    Messages:
    555
    Location:
    IA/IL
    I can't understand why anyone would own a .380. A 9mm is better in every way with the advent of the new lightweight carry 9s. They cost more to reload than a 9mm and can't get as much done as a 9mm.
  4. K75RT

    K75RT New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2003
    Messages:
    321
    Location:
    Litchfield County, CT
    Ledslinger,
    The key thing here is to have the gun that fits you when you need it. I have a few .380s, I carry the Hellcat that fits in my front pocket nicely when I am wearing shorts on a hot day. I can carry my PF-9 as well but not in a pocket it has to be on my belt. Cooler weather allows me to carry my G-36, G-27 in a kydex holster... I am not one to say that one caliber is better than another, I carry what I want and do not feel under-"gunned" when I carry a .380 or for that matter on occasion my P-32 Keltec in .32ACP. I practice and make certain that I put all my shots in the K5 zone on the thug silhouette. A hit in a vital with a .380 is better than a superficial with any caliber.. You are correct that the 9x19 is ballistically superior to the .380 but ballistics are a science and there is no such thing as a "scientific fact".
  5. Ledslnger

    Ledslnger New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2011
    Messages:
    555
    Location:
    IA/IL
    I guess if you already have a .380 it makes sense or get one handed down to you. But, I can't see anyone buying one today. I have seen at least a half dozen articles on CCW 9mm handguns that are the same size as the .380 handguns now in the last 2 months I bet. The CCW 9s are becoming commonplace.
    Buying a .380 today is like asking me if I want to take a smoothbore out and shoot in competition against someone with a TC Precision Icon at 200 yards. It just doesn't make sense. I reload so it makes even less sense to own a .380 to me. There is a MUCH wider variety of ammo over the counter for the 9mm prior to even thinking of the reload and milsurplus options. I just can't fathom someone buying a .380 today.
  6. Blurr

    Blurr Former Guest

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2012
    Messages:
    35
    Location:
    Mountains
    I'm fairly certain the bad guy is not gonna care what lead is flying at him, he's going home one way or another.
  7. hjsmith00843

    hjsmith00843 New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2012
    Messages:
    123
    Location:
    Myrtle Beach SC.
    How about the High Point 9mm. I saw some torturer testing videos and the gun still fired. I would never do that to any of my weapons.
  8. 3/2 STA SS

    3/2 STA SS Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2010
    Messages:
    1,578
    Location:
    Tampa Bay Area, FL
    They go bang when you pull the trigger...very heavy pistols and cheap to purchase. I fired a buddies in 9mm and I swear it weighed three pounds. It was accurate too.
  9. JohnnyFlake

    JohnnyFlake New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2011
    Messages:
    152
    Location:
    Henderson, Nevada
    Vintage Star .45acps, were strong and 100% reliable. You could feed them any type of .45acp round and they would gobble them up. One of the many mistakes I made in my younger years was to sell off the two I had. The modern Star is also a great weapon but the older models were stellar!

    Charter Arms Bull Dogs in .44spl & .38spl were and still are very much under rated.

    Now days, basically any snub nose .38 spl. Great reliable weapons!
  10. Max Donovan

    Max Donovan New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2010
    Messages:
    101
    Try the 1910 Glisenti. I have about ten boxes (50-round boxes) of ammo through mine and I find it deadly accurate, completely reliable, easy to maintain, and very ergonomic. Plus, the safety is either-hand and dunce-proof.
  11. cpttango30

    cpttango30 Guest

    I agree that the high point is very under rated
  12. MadScotsMan

    MadScotsMan Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2012
    Messages:
    195
    Have to agree with CJ_56 about the Taurus PT-145. Highly underrated and all around terrific pistol, especially with such a low price point.
    Tokarevs as well. 7.62x25 is a surprisingly stout round.
    Hi-Points, big, ugly, inexpensive and utterly reliable. You can't kill them.
  13. skullfr

    skullfr New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2012
    Messages:
    902
    Location:
    Beaumont,Texas
    The cz-82 in 9x18 is my choice.This was used by military and police for over 20 years.The 9x18 is a potent small round.especially using hornady critical defense rounds.I paid 150 for it used and has a 12+1 capacity.A surplus one in excellent condition can be bought for 229.95 and it is C&R eligible.
  14. aa1911

    aa1911 Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,192
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    yup! CZ makes great stuff for sure, they shoot reliable and accurate.

    NAA .22 mag or variants, tons of different ones but for a 1" barrel in a gun that fits in the palm of your hand, it's pretty potent in the mag. Got the PUG as my BUG; not accurate but it is loud as hell and .22 mag ain't no slouch.

    The ones with longer barrels would deliver an even better punch!

    http://northamericanarms.com/

    I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality and finish on mine, nice little firecracker. you can also shoot .22LR/.22mag from the mag frames if you get a cylinder for each.
  15. 3/2 STA SS

    3/2 STA SS Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2010
    Messages:
    1,578
    Location:
    Tampa Bay Area, FL
    I carried a NAA mini Mag. in my vest as a back up weapon as a deputy sheriff. fun little gun that eventually became part of a trade.
  16. ozo

    ozo Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2011
    Messages:
    3,307
    Location:
    Nashville TN
  17. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2008
    Messages:
    3,774
    Location:
    Harriman, Tn
    I've got 2 nominees, Hi-Points and the CZs52.
Similar Threads
Forum Title Date
Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers Charter Arms Pathfinder Revolver. New purchase. Underrated .22WMR revolvers.. Nov 4, 2004
Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers No more semi-auto centerfire handguns in California! Mar 15, 2014
Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers My favorite holsters for modern handguns Feb 1, 2014
Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers No more S&W semi-auto handguns for California! Feb 1, 2014
Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers Handgun ID help Jan 28, 2014