The Shooter's Thread!
Posted 15 October 2011 - 05:28 PM
As long as you keep an eye on the locking block (the weakest point in the Beretta-style design), it's a solid handgun. BUT I would personally suggest looking around for a used Beretta. You can find them at that price or better pretty easilly (in my area at least) and I'd trust Beretta's parts and heat treat just a bit more than Taurus.
That said, my old man's model is almost as old as I am, and all it needs right now is a little adjustment on the extractor. He used to shoot 300-500 rounds a weekend through it (back when ammo was cheap, and he hit a gun show every couple of months), so it took quite a beating.
Posted 15 October 2011 - 05:45 PM
Posted 15 October 2011 - 06:42 PM
I'd also prefer the Beretta of the two, but there are plenty of designs I'd take before either of them. Mostly personal preference though - I really like consistent trigger pull from first shot to last, so I like guns you can carry like the 1911 as well as the hammerless semis (Glock and XD being the best immediate examples).
Posted 15 October 2011 - 08:37 PM
Taurus revolvers do not have these issues though. Just thought I'd mention that.
Posted 15 October 2011 - 08:43 PM
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Posted 16 October 2011 - 10:32 AM
Posted 16 October 2011 - 01:13 PM
Suggestions for a carry piece? I think I want an auto loader...Cost effective is important.
Posted 16 October 2011 - 02:54 PM
If you're going into more of a combination, I'd suggest looking into a solid double stack. You can periodically find police trade in Glocks, and while they may not look pretty from years of holster wear, they haven't been shot much and are solid shooters.
Right now, my local area is seeing the St Paul police department offloading their .40 caliber Glocks in favor of their 9mm counterparts - while they're buying the Glock 17s and 19s they're selling their old 22s and 23s.
Posted 17 October 2011 - 06:18 PM
Posted 17 October 2011 - 07:14 PM
Posted 17 October 2011 - 07:53 PM
If you're planning on carrying a full size gun anyway, I'd direct you more towards one of the double stack polymer guns. More ammunition is always better, and for any real defensive work any accuracy benefits from the 1911 will be irrelevant: you're either going to hit your target or you're not, depending upon mostly your level of practice and your mindset. Nobody cares who had the smallest group in a gunfight: dead is dead, alive is alive.