The Perfect Pistol

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What makes one pistol better than another?  Is there a formula that could be given to a new gun owner to make sure that the perfect pistol is purchased?  Maybe a checklist to send in with someone looking to purchase their very first pistol, to make sure that they select the right one?  If there were to be a checklist created, who would create it?  The creation of that list would most certainly be an issue of high contention. 

There are as many preferred pistols as there are people carrying them.  Some people have a favorite pistol based primarily on manufacturer.  A good example of that would be the “Glock Guys”.  They love them a Glock, and when asked by a new or potential gun owner what they would recommend first next and last a Glock.  I encountered several “Glock Guys” when I was looking for my first pistol.  I went to a well recommended gun store that had a very impressive rental wall and a reasonable fee for trying out several pistols.  I wasn’t sure what caliber pistol I wanted, so I asked the guy manning the rental wall to give me a variety of guns in a variety of calibers.  The only 2 of the 10 guns I shot that were not Glocks were the Sig Sauer and Kahr that I had asked for specifically.  Your “Glock Guy” would make his number one item on the checklist “Is the pistol a Glock? Yes: buy it. No: don’t buy it” 

Mr. Browning’s masterpiece; The 1911: still going strong!

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Is it the year?  Most definitely!  In fact, it’s the year!  The year in which Mr. Browning unveiled his most prolific weapon ever… the 1911 pistol.

In very long standing (over a hundred years now), the 1911 remains one of the finest handguns ever created and has a real history in American culture.  From World War I, World War II, Korea, as well as Vietnam it has garnered the faith and trust of many American soldiers. 

Developed by the son of a gunsmith, John Moses Browning (as I understand it), got the idea of wanting to harness and use the gases produced from the firing of a weapon to actually cock the gun, thus creating a faster firing rate.  While out hunting with a friend one day, Mr. Browning noticed that every time his friend fired, the long grass around him would bend from the muzzle blast.  The idea was stuck in his head, and working in part with Colt went on to develop what has now become the standard in semi-automatic handguns.