Dirty Bob wrote:
If a semiauto, I'd be torn between the P89 and the P90.
I agree with him. The P89 is my self defense gun right now....but a p90 or P91 is on my list to get!!
The P89 addresses a perceived need for me these days: accuracy and high capacity in a time when riots are becoming more common where some of my family live in Europe (a type of violence that might be coming here some day), and "flash mobs," that are here already. I listened to an interview of someone who -- with a group of people -- forted up in a pub in Brixton for quite a while, as violent "yoots" rampaged in the streets, looting, robbing, beating and burning. In such a situation, a pistol with 18 rounds, with two 17- or 20-round spare mags, would be very reassuring. I favor retreat, escape and evasion in the face of street violence, but some of them might follow us.
The P90 is a pistol I've lusted after for a while. A big, bad .45 ACP can be used in the field, and the P90 is a great defensive pistol. I absolutely love the low-pressure, heavy-bullet .45 ACP. It's really fun to shoot.
In a revolver, the debate would be between two Rugers again. The first is Ruger's all-time great carry revolver: the 3-1/16" SP101 in .357 Magnum. Easy to carry and surprisingly accurate, it's also easy to shoot well. With Remington .38+P SWCHP ammo, it's a wonderful "packin' pistol." I practice with inexpensive, easy-to-create .38 handloads. The SP101 is on my hip right now, in a Kholster IWB holster.
The other revolver fave is the convertible Blackhawk, in .45 ACP / .45 Colt. Two of the all-time great handgun calibers in one gun! The .45 Colt is a delight to shoot and to reload for. The first load I tried had very mild recoil, but it sent a 250-grain SWC through 42" of water-filled milk jugs (I only had 7 with me!) and kept going. I found the bullet in the backstop, and it was still in one piece.
All my best,