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Old February 3rd, 2011, 12:39 AM   #1
 
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If you could have ONLY ONE Handgun what would it be?

I read this article in my friends magazine last year and it got me very interested in Ruger SA Revolvers. Specially that in the Philippines Guns are very strictly Controlled and such a scenario had already happened during the early years of Martial Law in the early 70's where civilians were allowed only one Handgun Period.

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American Handgunner, Jan, 2001 by Mike Cumpston

"During the early '70s, the late Dr. Mel Tappin produced a thought-provoking series of books and articles about survival in the event of short-term or long-term social upheaval. In his book Survival Guns, he explored various common-sense approaches to selecting a battery of basic arms that would be of particular value in the event of societal breakdown, including interruption or loss of gunsmith and factory repair facilities.

Logistics played an important part in his recommendations, which frequently included selecting defensive and utility guns chambered for the same rounds.

Tappin regarded the Colt 1911, complete with selected spare parts, as the ideal defensive sidearm, and recommended the basic Ruger Blackhawk .45 Convertible as an ideal working gun. The Blackhawk would draw from the same ammunition supply as the 1911 and had the added advantage of high performance .45 Colt hand-loads.

A prominent factor in his praise of the Blackhawk was the robust nature of the design. The Blackhawk family closely resembles the hockey puck in freedom from parts breakage. ......."

If I could have ONLY ONE Handgun it would be the Ruger Blackhawk Convertible .45 Cal 5.5". For the reasons stated above.

I'd love to hear what your choices would be and why?

Thanks.

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Interesting.

My "one gun" scenario would probably be a 12 gauge double barrel.
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Well I never felt neked with a 45 Colt SA........
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But the 45 ACP/45 Colt would be the bees knees....................(Very fine)....
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If one were to choose a convertable Blackhawk today for a SHTF scenario, much better that it be a.357 (.38)/9mm....which are way way more available than .45LC/.45ACP. Keep in mind the era that Mr. Tappin and Jeff Cooper types came out of. In those days, bullet design wasn't anywhere nearly as sophisticated as today, so the gospel back then was that it had to be a .45 and nothing else, to get the job done. (I was just a kid back then and I bought into this notion myself, in my early days of shooting....after all, it was what we all read in all the magazines!) With todays far more advanced bullets and loads, this just isn't the case anymore! (The trouble with the internet, is folks read old archaic stuff, and forget it may not represent current wisdom.)

For me, first and foremost this gun needs to be compact and concealable, and easily packable!!! My choices where I currently live (might be different somewhere else), would be an SP101 if I was primarily out in rural areas, or a Glock 26 (maybe 19) in urban areas. Again, here I go with the very very common .357 (.38)/9mm calibers, for easy ammunition resupply.

For any real long term SHTF scenario, the lowly little .22 will quickly rise to the top of the food chain!

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One handgun? Really? Impossible. You have to have at least a .22 and a big bore. I hand load so what ammo available is not a consideration. .45 Colt BH I think is the winner.... Light loads to the hottest. Light gun for carrying. Been doing the job since 1873.... But then my new .44Spec BH is fast becoming a favorite too. Most accurate revolver I own right now with any load I've stuffed in it. Not a picky eater .
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If I were limited to only one it would have to be my SBH in .44 mag. It is a do all gun for me. If I were limited to one rifle it would have to be a Henry lever gun in the same caliber as the SBH just to keep things consolidated. Fortunately I'm not limited to one. Where would the fun be in that?

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If I were limited to only one handgun, it would be a 1911 style pistol is .45ACP. I am a reloader as well..and I like the ballistics of the 45 for a man stopper as well as game taking. Plus the 1911 is easily carried and reloads are fast! And parts are easily available and the weapon is very easy to work on. Just my humble opinion though! And I love Ruger SA revolvers too.
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My "only one" gun would have to be the ruger Sp-101 in .357 mag. If I had a GP-100 it would be that one..

First instinct is for me to grab my 1911 off the shelf and go from there.. However at my last trip to the range, my trigger failed to reset a few times and made me question weather or not I would bet my life on that gun. This was the first time this has happened and it probly just needs a good cleaning...

Now if the trigger reset was a non issue then it WOULD be my 1911 with my advantage arms 22LR conversion along side in its nice little case..
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This is a hard question! I would have to say my .38 SP101, it is the most practical gun for me of the few I own.
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I read this article in my friends magazine last year and it got me very interested in Ruger SA Revolvers. Specially that in the Philippines Guns are very strictly Controlled and such a scenario had already happened during the early years of Martial Law in the early 70's where civilians were allowed only one Handgun Period.

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American Handgunner, Jan, 2001 by Mike Cumpston

"During the early '70s, the late Dr. Mel Tappin produced a thought-provoking series of books and articles about survival in the event of short-term or long-term social upheaval. In his book Survival Guns, he explored various common-sense approaches to selecting a battery of basic arms that would be of particular value in the event of societal breakdown, including interruption or loss of gunsmith and factory repair facilities.

Logistics played an important part in his recommendations, which frequently included selecting defensive and utility guns chambered for the same rounds.

Tappin regarded the Colt 1911, complete with selected spare parts, as the ideal defensive sidearm, and recommended the basic Ruger Blackhawk .45 Convertible as an ideal working gun. The Blackhawk would draw from the same ammunition supply as the 1911 and had the added advantage of high performance .45 Colt hand-loads.

A prominent factor in his praise of the Blackhawk was the robust nature of the design. The Blackhawk family closely resembles the hockey puck in freedom from parts breakage. ......."

If I could have ONLY ONE Handgun it would be the Ruger Blackhawk Convertible .45 Cal 5.5". For the reasons stated above.

I'd love to hear what your choices would be and why?

Thanks.

Nico
Nico,
Don't you just love it when the first two responses to a specific question are off topic and most of the others don't pay attention to what the scenario of the question is?

I've been shooting a long time, and yes I am a big bore fan so it will come as no shock that I'm in agreement with Dr. Mel Tappin in this issue.
But I will qualify my choice as being an Old Model BH convertible .45. The OM has fewer parts, and that equates to fewer things to go wrong.

As for Nico's only one handgun scenario it not only can happen but has. Now what keeps the ammo industry interested in producing all these fancy hi-tech bullets? Consumption by shooters. If the demand slows down the factories will quit making them. And then the govt could also regulate what bullets you can own or shoot. I think New Jersey has all ready banned hollow points so that pushes us right back to making the big bores best.
Also if society has suffered a breakdown the supply chain will be broken. You'll be stuck with what you can get. With a big bore revolver, a bullet mold, a couple thousand primers and some powder you are set for the duration.

I'd pic a 4 5/8" Old Model BH convertible in this scenario. A handgun is at best a short range tool and a short barreled one is easier to carry.

Joe

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I am currently at the cross roads with this…on one hand my .45 Colt convertible and on the other my GP100 as I do not have a .357 Blackhawk convertible yet. The .45 nuff said, this is my go to gun over my Kimber 1911 or S&W MP9. GP100 you can shoot either .357 or .38. A .357 Blackhawk convertible would be great as you can add 9mm to the mix. When we get to ammo in a SHTF time look back to the 2008 election; what ammo was the first to go? 9mm, .38, .357 and .45 ACP; why because they are popular cartridges. Whatever your go-to gun is make sure you have ammo at hand, do not rely on there being any at the store or for trade.
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