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Book giveaway: What’s the greatest handgun? Your vote is your entry

Handguns are a favorite category for many of us here at Gun Digest. We even went so far as to publish a book, by Massad Ayoob, devoted to the greatest handguns of the world.

Now, we’d like to know what you think. What’s your pick for the greatest handgun? Just let us know in the Comments section below, and you’ll automatically be entered in a giveaway for a copy of Massad’s book, Greatest Handguns of the World.

One lucky reader will win a copy of the book and find out if their choice made Massad’s list. We’ll announce the winner next Thursday.

If you can’t wait until next week to find out, get your copy of the book today in the Gun Digest Book Store.

Good luck!

THE RULES
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 12:00 noon Pacific Time Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011.
Winner will be selected at random and announced Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011.

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42 thoughts on “Book giveaway: What’s the greatest handgun? Your vote is your entry

  1. H

    I bought this book already and am reading it now. Love it! I would really like to win a copy to give as a gift to a close friend.
    -H
    PS – I would love to own a 6 in blue Python someday!

  2. dadpyle7

    I love the Springfield XD40. I love the timeless design, the easy draw from my Blackhawk quick release holster, and the flawless reliability make it hard to beat at a price point almost anyone can afford.

  3. STW

    Greatest, best, or most significant?
    Significant would be the Colt Paterson.
    Greatest would have to be the 1911.
    There are undoubtedly better guns than either one of these but influence on what came after has to be a consideration.

  4. Paul.Bartomioli@gmail.com

    Ruger Model 1 and its progeny. Affordable fun for all, and after 50 years, the Model 1 I own still shoots better than I will ever be able.

  5. ronwolf

    No room for anything but a Glock. It’s been around only since 1985, but is now the #1 handgun… Outselling everything in history. May not be the most beautiful mechanical creation, but it has revolutionized the industry. 1911 and others are a fantastic look at history… great collectors item.

  6. pepe680

    Although I thoroughly enjoy shooting 1911s, my heart belongs to a good old fashioned revolver. I absolutely love my S&W Model 24 chambered in 44 special. This blued wheel gun with 6 1/2 inch barrel is stunning.

  7. GDfan

    The Glock. While the 1911 does come close in several aspects, but mainly as an ‘industry standard’. Glock is perfect, and the proof is, how many new guns have copied the glock and how many have copied the 1911 (other than grip safety alone)? Ya huh. Starting with the Sigma, it’s endless. Honorable mention to the Smith&Wessons, our American original, but long superceded by polymer.
    Took awhile to get used to the then new da concept, having preferred the traditional SW da/sa, but there are so many unequaled options for glock: you can end up with no original parts if you replaced all with aftermarket parts..only 1911 can claim that also.

  8. m1garand1943

    It is the Colt 1911 .45 ACP. I got my first 1911, a Colt made in 1915, from the DCM through the NRA in 1966. Would you believe for $20.00 including shipping by railway express.

    1. An Old Cattleman

      Hi There: I am an old cattleman–80 years old. I read your post with a degree of nostalgia. My choice for this award would certainly be the Colt 1911 .45ACP, too.

      My first 1911 was purchased in 1952 when I was a member of the Key West Naval Base pistol team. I never could hit a “bull in the butt” with any type handgun–but as a member of the pistol team I could obtain a goodly amount of ammunition free each week.

      But to cut to the chase I too purchased a 1911 through the Pistol Team. As I recall the team ordered 12 of them and and they came from a wharehouse in Canada-we paid-as I recall-a total of $27.00 apiece for them They were, of course, brand new still with the cosmoline wrapping–I mean totally new.

      So whats the big deal eh? Well my particuliar gun was manufactured by the Singer Sewing Machine company. As you are probably aware Singer only made 500 of these guns and they are now valued at several thousand dollars each.

      The sad part of this story is that being a bit underfunded when I went to college I sold this gun (in 1954) for $50.00 and thought I had “cut a fat hog in the ass” with that $23.00 profit. I had no idea of the scaricty of that gun till years later.

  9. Hogleg

    I started my love of the 1911 as a young boy; I read Mickey Spillane, and the hero Mike Hammer always had his 1911. Then as a young Marine in the 70′s I got to shoot some, which reinforced my high opinion of them. After I finally owned a few 1911′s, I tried a Glock 21. Yes, the 1911 is the greatest handgun ever invented but my G21 holds 13 + 1. 1911. No, G21. 1911.
    G21, final answer.

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