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Default What is you favorite "Service" type sidearm?

Reason I ask is that over the summer a group of us decided we would get together once a month specifically for handgun practice. The ulterior motive was to let our wives shoot as many different styles and calibers of handguns as possible. We thought that in a group setting it would be less intimidating and would open up the opportunity to try different firearms. For the most part we stayed mainstream in our selections but everything from 22LR to 45 ACP was tried in both revolver and semi-auto format. Pistols in sizes ranging from pocket pistols to N-Frames and 1911s were included. One of the pistols I brought every month was an old NYPD 10-6 that Ive had for several years. In the past week two couples have mentioned they bought new house guns, one a 10-6 and the other a 10-8.

I have to admit that for me its a toss-up between a 1911A1 and this 10-6 when it comes to service style handguns. Just made me curious what your favorites are.
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Model 28/Highway Patrolman. I know for some an N frame may be too large for their hand size, and I understand that. But for me, with proper grips it's just about perfect.
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4" 66-2. Everything I need and nothing I don't. Regards 18DAI
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Model 13 or 65. Personally, I prefer the 3" version.
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Colt's Official Police .38, 4".
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Since the mid '70s I've carried several "Service" type sidearms 40+ hours a week. Favorite semi-auto was my stainless Series '80 Colt Government Model. Favorite revolver was the S&W Model 686. Along the way, also carried S&W models 10,64,66,586, Performance Center CQB, SIG P226, Glock and probably others I've forgotten. All good, but the Colt Govt. and S&W 686 remain my favorites... ymmv
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The one I carry daily, a SIG P226R in 9mm or .357 SIG.
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My hands down favorite was the round butt 3" Model 13
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70 series 1911, cocked & locked, ideally.
357 mag J frame practically.
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Without hesitation, a 1911A1. From my Navy days, 36 years ago, till today, It is the most comforting inanimate object there is.
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My favorite has always been the blue 4" model 25-5.
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S&W 1917 45acp, what can i say i'm old school.....
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In the field, this one:



In the home, this one:



On the street, this one:



I think these three will cover most eventualities.

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Anything Smith and Wesson with the caliber starting with a "4".
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Old 10-18-2011, 04:59 PM
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Over the last half century of packing weapons professionally I look back and determine that the following were carried the most (in order from the top).
Colt 1911*
S&W M10*
Browning HP
S&W 940
Colt Python (4")
Colt Diamondback (2.5")

* The gubbimint made me carry these-but I loved them.
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Old 10-18-2011, 05:18 PM
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For my service handgun I like the size and balance of a 4" tapered barrel SB M&P/M10/M64 or Colt Official Police with 158 grain HPSWC aka "The FBI load".
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Old 10-18-2011, 05:30 PM
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Issued: S&W M15 4 inch, Beretta M9, Glock 21
Personal: Colt Python 4 inch w/Armoloy finish, S&W M4566
BUG/off-duty: S&W M37, M642, M340PD

Favorite: Colt Python
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Old 10-18-2011, 06:16 PM
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The first one issued to me on the first PD I was on...S&W M10 HB. Those were exciting days being a new officer and the M10 seemed all business to me. I later bought a Colt Combat Commander in satin nickel that I carried in a shoulder holster under my uniform coat in cold weather and in a Bianchi Pistol Pocket when off duty. That M10 had some substantial wear on the finish but was in perfect mechanical condition and the trigger was wonderful. Using that revolver and department practice ammo I learned to shoot a DA revolver with some good effect. Some of the detectives were issued 2" M10's and some 2" M15's. I left for another dept before getting to that stage in my career and never carried one but I have a nice M15 snub now.
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Old 10-18-2011, 06:47 PM
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That's easy!

P7-M series.

Nary a doubt in my mind.

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Old 10-18-2011, 07:05 PM
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1911 4", either a Springfield Champion or a Kimber Pro CDP. Comnfort in a small package.
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:24 PM
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10mm Razorback, Colt Commander, Kimber Pro HD Series1, Kimber Compact Stainless Series 1. All reworked by Chuck Rogers and Nelson Ford.
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:42 PM
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4 inch .38 Special Colt Official Police would be my choice if I had one service gun to choose from.

BUT, since this is a S&W forum....I'd say pencil barrel M-10 4 or 5 inch with magna grips or M-15 with target grips.


If one automatic to choose from it would be my Springfield Armory G.I. 45 1911A1

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Old 10-18-2011, 09:02 PM
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SIG P220, .45 ACP
Glock 19 EXO, or 17. Sometimes a 31, 20, or 29 for woods.
Springfield EMP 9mm

New favorite for light duty is the 8-shot SP-101 .22 lr I just bought
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USAF issued me an S&W Model 15 way back when; I now have a Model 10 that I really like but I'm also looking at buying a Model 15 for old time's sake. They shoot really well.
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:35 PM
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Gonna have to say the 4506 for an automatic and a 686/681 for a revolver. I have a Ohio Highway Patrol 681 and it is the cat's pajamas!
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Gents,

It depends what mood I'm in. They are (in no particular order):

-Beretta M92DS (My custom-built Pizza Gun)
-My Les Baer TR Special
-My 4566s
-My Model 19-5
-My Model 28-2
-My Model 58

I enjoy the revolving handgun more than the sem-auto, but I'm NOT averse to them either. I carried the DSS Model 19-4 for almost 3-years on Embassy Duty. The K-Frame Combat Magnum, as 18DAI explains has everything you need and nothing you don't.

Just my $.02
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SIG P226 in .40 S&W with pretty blue grips by Hogue.

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Lightly tweaked Colt Series 70, 45 ACP. That's the one that goes on the road with me a lot. BUG: S&W 638.
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Well, the one I carry every day, S&W M&P 45 ACP qualifies as my favorite.

Revolver - 686 hands down.
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Sir, 1911. No contest.

Hope this helps, and Semper Fi.

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1911, Glock 21 or Sig P220 in .45acp.

Carried each one at one time or another for about 20 years.

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For more years than I really care to remember it was a M-19 either a 4" or 2 1/2". I'm almost ashamed to admit that my newly acquired M-586 4 is starting to replace the 4 M-19.
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1911.....but for the past 9 months its been an M9
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These days, 1911 Tactical Elite for duty work, have religated the 25-5 and its companion rifle to domestic defense....
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When I think "service sidearm" the only thing that leaps to mind is a 1911, but then I was a squid, not a cop.

I guess the M9 is OK if you sit to... well... you know.
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That's a lotta gun for meal protection of a few gourds.

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Here is a stainless 92FS with a seasonal garnish.

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I cut my teeth on revolvers and while I like my 1911's and other autos, the one I have the most experience and time in service with is the K-Frame Smith. A couple 686's have kept me company over the years but lately I've re-discovered the joys of the Models 10 and 64. My latest assignment finds me with an issued M-64 in four-inch trim, and I liked it so much I bought two more just like it. I shoot one or more every time I go to the range, and yesterday saw me chewing through a couple hundred rounds of Plus-P 38 ammo. I don't know if I like it more because I shoot it so much, or if I shoot it so much because I like it!



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My winter carry gun is what i like to shoot! Sig 226 in 40 S&W !
I have been taking My girlfreind and a daughter to therange with me and they both enjoy shooting my Smith model 48 (1st owner sent it back to smith and had a 22lr cyl. fitted) and they both shoot my 226 in 9mm !
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3 inch Model 65.
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My favorites from my days in "The mud the blood and the beer" have not changed too much. They are ,in no particular order, a 4in. Model 19,a snub Model 40, a Swenson tuned Model 1911, a Remington 18in. 870 12 Bore and a{then M2 Carbine} now M1 Carbine. Forty years later, the Model 686 7-shot mt. gun is replacing the Model 19 as my favorite revolver as a service gun and I must confess to having both a Colt M4 AR and a stubby barrel M1A close at hand.
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In a revolver my 624 and my M&P .40 in an auto.
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Stainless Colt Combat Commander Series 80, tuned and reworked by a retired Florida HP officer who was a wizard with any 1911 style auto. When it came out of the box it had a horrible trigger pull....now breaks at 3.5 pounds and is a dream to shoot.

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In my day the service sidearm was the M10, 38 special. Then when the switch to auto's happened, it was the 5906, 9mm. So, my choice for a service sidearm today would be a big 45 caliber, high capacity auto.
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In my day the service sidearm was the M10, 38 special. Then when the switch to auto's happened, it was the 5906, 9mm. So, my choice for a service sidearm today would be a big 45 caliber, high capacity auto.
I was in SAC from 1962/66, 8th AF Headquarters just outside of Springfield. Massachusets. We were issued the 1911A1 in .45ACP. Sometime about 1963/64 we were issued Smith & Wesson Model 15, Combat Masterpieces, adjustable sights and a nice blue finish, but in .38 Special. Never in all my days have I come accross a logical reason why we went to the lessor caliber and a revolver at that.

Regardless, like you JamesArthur60, my choice would be that in 45 caliber, most likely the 1911A1, very possibly the S&W MP45.

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An Accurized Colt 1911 Govt. Model, a S&W 44 Mag, a S&W 45 ACP revolver.

I have used all 3 of these as Duty guns, and they all served me well.
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Without hesitation, a 1911A1. From my Navy days, 36 years ago, till today, It is the most comforting inanimate object there is.
+1 I would bet my life on it and did
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Mostly, over the 25 years that I carried a badge and gun here in the States, I carried a 5" 1911 that I built on an aluminum frame. Match barrel and bushing, long trigger, flat mainspring housing, and fixed higher profile sights. Otherwise, it was an assortment of .44 Special, .45 ACP, and .45 Colt revolvers. I finished with my last year and a half with a 3" M625 .45 ACP.

During five years overseas, in Kosovo and Afghanistan, I was issued a Beretta M9. I shot good scores with it, but never could warm up to it. Now, I'm working security and the issue gun is a Glock M17.

If I had my druthers, I'd be toting my M625 Mountain Gun in .45 ACP. To me, it's the perfect fighting revolver.
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If I had my druthers, I'd be toting my M625 Mountain Gun in .45 ACP. To me, it's the perfect fighting revolver.
We had a lot of guys who carried 25-2's in .45 ACP, but the half moon clips wouldn't work for qualification so they had to qualify with auto rim brass, which even back then almost 30 years ago was kind of hard to get locally.
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