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Most influential Handguns in history?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by jerman1964, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. jerman1964

    jerman1964 Sherwood, OR Member

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    A friend recently asked me about my fascination with the SAA, specifically the colt single action army of 1873. I replied that it was one of the most influential handguns in history, which sparked a conversation that asked, what others would make your top 3? I had to struggle for the top 3, top ten, easy, top 5 not too bad, but top 3 is much harder for me. I would say the SAA, the 1911 and the glock. The SAA because it was the first really mass produced cartrige firing hand gun that spawned the revolvers into the modern age. The 1911 and its variations for similar reasons, and the glock as the first really modern striker fire. What are your top 3?
     
  2. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Smith and Wesson Model 1, First Cartridge Revolver
    M1911
    Glock
     
  3. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    1) The 1st successful Wheel-lock pistol.

    2) Philadelphia Deringer that slew Abraham Lincoln

    3) FN Browning M1910 that slew Arch-Duke Ferdinand precipitating WW1.
     
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    jonn5335 Longview Active Member

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    SAA
    1911
    mauser
    luger
    makarov
    desert eagle
    walther
     
  5. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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  6. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    1911 Been around for over 100 years and still going strong. Tough, reliable, powerful and accurate.

    P38 First double action semi-automatic. Spawned so many others.

    Glock I am not a fan but you have to admit they really started the polymer frame thingie and have become more than popular. Plus the "safe action" trigger with no safeties is ground breaking.
     
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    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    Really, the HK VP70 was before Glock, but it was not seen much here in the US so it was no where near as popular as the Glocks were and are.
     
  8. jerman1964

    jerman1964 Sherwood, OR Member

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    Ogre, intersting take on the question, I have to agree. Diesel, That pistol was a big influence on the people who held it I am sure! Ever fired one? John, why the desert eagle?
     
  9. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Ruger LCP
    Springfield Armory XDM
    Kriss Vector


    Because I am looking for major sponsorship money.:)

    Seriously, Colt SAA, Luger, Glock...
     
  10. jerman1964

    jerman1964 Sherwood, OR Member

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    I like the luger, too, but didnt think it was as influential as john brownings design. I agree with orygun, glocks not my personal taste, but cant argue with their influence on the market. Good luck with that sponsorship ;)
     
  11. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    The model T wasn't the first car, but it is by FAR the most influential of any of the early cars,because of it's affordability and popularity. It made cars mainstream, just like Glock made polymer guns main stream.
     
  12. jonn5335

    jonn5335 Longview Active Member

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    The most powerful semi auto handgun mass produced. Odds are you could walk down the street and ask people that know little to nothing about firearms and they would know what a desert eagle is :twocents:
     
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    rick Close to Corvallis, Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Smith & Wesson Hand Ejector First Model of 1896: Not the first S&W, but the first "modern" revolver.

    Pic found on another forum:
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  14. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    #1 Single action Army, sure (maybe the Lematt or the Colt Walker would be in contention but niether was produced in any significant quantity)

    #2 1911a1, sure

    But, the glock, really:huh:? other than being produced in mass quantities like donuts(another cop favorite) there is nothing all that endearing about them:laugh:.

    Actually the first Modern striker fired pistol was the HK VP70Z, do your homework.

    My #3 would be a tossup between the P38, the browning hipower, and the luger P08, all with more historical significance than the glock.



    More info: I now it's Wiki, but there is more out there.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heckler_&_Koch_VP70
     
  15. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    I maybe missing it, but I don't recall anyone saying the Glock was the first striker fired pistol. It was the first with no external safety and a safe action trigger. The HK VP70Z had an external safety.

    Also, the qualifications for this thread was "influential" not endearing. Many MANY thing are endearing because they are NOT influential. Take a look at my favorite SUV, the International Scout II. It's not influential, but it is sure as hell endearing. (So if you don't get it from the auto reference I've been a car guy for much longer then a gun guy....but I am working on it!)
     
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    sealine Oregon Well-Known Member

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    SAA
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    Greenbug Bend Well-Known Member

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    They influenced us all on what a gun shouldn't be.:rolleyes:
     
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    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Ravens are really cool, but, Mauser M-1896 broom handle! Coolest handgun ever and some were schnellfeuer's (select fire)! Some historical significance too. I have read arguments in favor of it being the first sucessful military self loading pistol! That is first to be adopted by a national army. I want one!
     
  19. jerman1964

    jerman1964 Sherwood, OR Member

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    I agree with you coop on the glocks lack of endearing qualities, I do not own one, but I have carried them in the past. Not ever going to see an engraved glock on my mantle piece, but influential in my mind because they lead the polymer, striker fired hi capacity pistol into the mainstream. I look at the hi power really as one of brownings designs influenced by the 1911. The 08 and p38 are interesting, not sure if their influence has continued much, the togle lock action never really caught on, although the 9mm ammo certainly has some staying power. I like theat broomhandle, too, maybe it would make the top five if i were to pick 5 instead of 3. I fired one back in the 90's, was surprisingly accurate and easy to shoot to me, pointed well too.
     
  20. Mohawk13

    Mohawk13 Home on The Range Active Member

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    1895 Nagant Revolver. First Gas seal,only silencer capable revolver. Invented 16 years before the 1911. Has been in More wars and Military actions, built better, still found around the world. Cheaper and more affordable, so has more mass appeal. Never has it been built on a CNC machine, and will be around when the 1911 is but a fleeting memory. It can also be used with different .32 cal ammo in a pinch...Take that 1911 guys....LOL( I do own a 1911A1 and have for 30 years. Just like to rattle the cage)...