Playing the “if I could have only one” topic is immensely interesting.
After all, there are many times when our funds or opportunity to obtain firearms is somewhat limited.
When working-up research around the gun shop, you seldom find anyone who is interested in owning only one gun.
Most purchase several after getting the bug with the first gun. But then, some are limited to one gun for some time due to budget constraints.
There are some on a tight budget. Others have a huge budget by my standards.
The latter may own a single very good handgun, such as the Nighthawk or Wilson Combat.
If you don’t go through a lot of handguns and waste money switching up too often, you may afford a very good handgun.
Very few people given the choice of owning a single handgun will choose a low-end type. Most will start with the GLOCK and go from there.
If you listen to both the old hands and the young shooters, you will hear interesting stories that have quite a bit of education behind them.
Even among those of us that own many firearms, this intellectual exercise is a learning experience concerning what type of handgun folks like and use.
And of course, we may carry only one handgun at a time, so this is important.
When you look at semi-automatic pistols, there are many more choices than revolvers and the versatility is amazing.
I chose a four-inch barrel revolver as the one revolver.
When it comes to the autoloading pistol, the 9mm is the middle ground and makes a lot of sense for most of us. The cartridge is very versatile.
The 9mm may use inexpensive FMJ ammunition for training. Handloads are especially useful. Personal defense loads are plentiful and effective.
+P loads offer rapid expansion and excellent performance.
With the introduction of the new Hornady Hunter all-copper bullet ammunition, the 9mm Luger may be useful for many types of hunting.
In short, the 9mm is the everyman’s caliber. The 9mm isn’t difficult to control and in the right handgun, offers excellent accuracy potential.
That is the bottom line — the right handgun.
A fairly large 9mm handgun is still thin enough in cross-section that the handgun may be concealed in a proper inside-the-waistband holster.
The Galco Royal Guard is a true wonder holster in this regard.
With excellent fit, good molding, dual belt loops and the FBI tilt, this holster is useful for concealing a serious size fighting handgun under a pulled-out sport shirt.
So, we have chosen the caliber and the carry mode. Next comes the handgun.
If we are only using one gun, it should be a very reliable handgun, one proven in extensive institutional testing.
A double-action first-shot pistol offers a degree of safety when carrying on the person and keeping at home ready simply laying beside the bed.
Among the very best of the type is the CZ 75 B.
This pistol features a proven design, a smooth double-action trigger, excellent accuracy potential, and good combat shooting ability.
Accessories and parts are plentiful.
CZ 75 B Pistol
The CZ 75 B features a lower bore axis than most pistols. The slide actually runs inside the frame, rather outside on frame rails.
The grip fits most hands well.
Once you learn to control the trigger with a smooth, straight-to-the-rear compression, you will be a formidable shot at typical engagement ranges.
Once the first double-action shot is fired, the following shots are fired single-action with a short, crisp trigger press.
The CZ 75 D Police is my favorite variant. This pistol uses a decocker, rather than the original manual safety.
A loaded-chamber indicator allowing both tactile and visual confirmation is part of the design. I have added Hi Viz sights to this pistol.
These sights allow for rapid sight acquisition and real accuracy. I have added a set of Guncrafter Industries grips.
These stocks are thinner than the factory CZ grip and offer a better balance of adhesion and abrasion. This is a very good combat pistol.
I usually carry the pistol loaded with the Hornady 115-grain Critical Defense loading. Expansion and penetration are well-balanced.
A five-shot 25-yard group of 2.15 inches is accurate enough to ensure a trained shooter may be a real problem for an adversary well past 50 yards.
Recoil is modest. This isn’t the smallest pistol, but it isn’t too heavy and rides comfortably in the Galco Royal Guard.
I usually deploy the pistol with the MecGar 18-round magazine. That is a good reserve of firepower.
An advantage with the self-loader, is easy caliber interchangeability.
By changing the slide, barrel, recoil spring and magazine, you may convert the 9mm to .40 and other combinations if desired.
The most useful is the Kadet .22 caliber rimfire conversion for the CZ 75 B 9mm. This is a superbly fitted and finished combination.
The Kadet features fully-adjustable sights.
With this combination, you have a superb personal-defense handgun and an equally well-thought-out .22 caliber pistol.
The CZ 75 is my choice for the one-gun shooter.
What would be your one pistol? Let us know in the comments section below!