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Old 07-22-2014, 05:34 PM   #1
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Picking a gun to fit your grip..

I was reading this article about picking a gun to fit your grip and it made me wonder how any of you pick a firearm when you go to the lgs.
Is it the caliber that attracts you or the size of the gun?
Do you shop for best price or just the way it feel in your hands??
Give us a hint on how you shop and the final factor of your purchase...

For me the firearm must feel right when I pick it up.
Regardless of the caliber, if it doesn't fit like a glove and have the proper weight balance, it's not for me..

Here's the article...
Like a Glove: Picking a Handgun to Fit Your Grip | Handguns
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:11 PM   #2
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When I shop for a gun I generally have a purpose in mind. Is it for personal protection, hunting or punching paper? Then I decide what caliber is going to be required to do the best job. Once I know that then I look for a gun that meets those requirements and fits me.
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:36 PM   #3
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It depends. For my carry handgun, it is the ergonomics, caliber, reliability and size overall that matter. Some guns just sort of melt into your hand and just fit right.

On the other hand, if I'm buying a gun for fun, I don't really care to much. If ever I get a Desert Eagle, I know there is no way that is a comfortable gun for me to hold. But...it's just cool.
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I usually have a purpose in mind, do some online research & then make several trips to different lgs's to handle several of the contenders. I will also chat with the instructors at our range to see what they would suggest based on what my needs/wants are.

As far as fit - that's always one of my requirements regardless of the intended purpose of the pistol. I have small hands, so the larger the caliber the pickier I am about the fit of the grip to my hand. Took me a couple of months to pick out my Super Carry.

Of course, sometimes someone posts about an online sale & I just pick the one I like the best out of the ones that are 'in stock' .....
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:05 PM   #5
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Wink Hmmmmm.......

Other than for a concealed carry gun, I generally look for a gun that fits my hand. Considering that I have a "meat hook" of large proportion, I usually wind up with a rather good sized pistol or one of the new models with an adjustable palm swell. I have always been in a small minority that finds the large "magnum grips" on an N-frame Smith and Wesson to be quite comfortable. Fit means comfort. Comfort means confidence. Confidence means superior handling. THAT is what we are all looking for!

My Kimber Pro Carry II seems to fit my oversize paw very well. I choose to equip my full size Smith and Wesson M&P.40 with the large palm swell. I find the fixed sized grip on my M&P.22 to be a hair small. However, it is neither a self defense nor a competition gun. It is just plain for fun! My last handgun is a Smith and Wesson M&P.40 Shield that is my usual concealed carry gun. Amazingly, with the 7 round extended magazine, it handles quite well. However, I carry it with the abbreviated 6 shot magazine, for better concealability. My two 7 rounders are reloads. It is just one of the compromises you have to make. Even with the short mag, accuracy is still superior, due to the Apex hard sear and Trijicon Night Sights!!

So, for the most part, yes, I like a gun to just feel good in my nasty large paw!!
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It has to "feel right" in my hand. If it is for conceal carry it has to be thin and lite. If it's a range gun it just as to feel good. Looks don't really matter to me.
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OK, I'm shallow. Looks mean a great deal to me. I adore firearms of classic styling, maybe with some scroll work and/or gold inlay. I really like the visual of craftsmanship. Wish I could afford those. Only one of my shotguns has such detail.

Once that is out of the way, it's all form, function, fit. There's a certain feel to a gun that fits your hand, has the proper weight and balance. If you're shopping around and you pick one up that feels so right that you don't want to put it down, that's the one.
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OK, I'm shallow. Looks mean a great deal to me. I adore firearms of classic styling, maybe with some scroll work and/or gold inlay. I really like the visual of craftsmanship. Wish I could afford those. Only one of my shotguns has such detail.

Once that is out of the way, it's all form, function, fit. There's a certain feel to a gun that fits your hand, has the proper weight and balance. If you're shopping around and you pick one up that feels so right that you don't want to put it down, that's the one.
That's exactly what happened with my Super Carry - had been shopping for a couple weeks, had handled & fired several pistols including some Kimbers. Picked up the Super Carry in a Cabelas & didn't want to put it down, so it came home with me.
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What is it about the Super Carry that makes it feel so good to hold? I have a number of 1911's and will be the first to admit that my Super Carry Pro is the one I'm always picking up. It's not my oldest or newest, it's not the one with the most rounds through it by a long shot. It ranks right up there with my most dependable guns but it's not THE most dependable yet it's always the first one I'm picking up. It really surprises me that more manufactures haven't picked up on the round butt design.
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If I acquire any more 1911s, I believe they will be all steel versions. I don't have a problem with the aluminum frame, we have two, but I like the heft and the center of gravity feel the all steel guns have. YMMV

This comes to mind: http://www.kimberamerica.com/1911/su...arry-custom-hd
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