American Handgunner May/June 2013 Digital Edition - Page 44

9mm Gems Dave aNDersoN WINNINGEDGE soliD aDvice to keep you aheaD of the competitioN T here are serious aspects of handguns and shooting, from firearm safety to personal defense to gun rights issues. You can bet all of us at Handgunner take those issues seriously. But we still enjoy the hobby side of handguns and handgunning, plinking with .22s, spirited debates over action types and cartridges, admiring classic handguns and studying handgun history. So, it seems, do many of our readers. Here’s part of a message His Editorial Majesty received recently, and asked me to comment on: “Roy, I have what I consider to be my gems . a Python for the revolvers, an Ed Brown for the 1911s, a Beretta EELL for sporting clays … Now I’m looking for my ‘gem’ of 9mm autos, and having a little trouble identifying one.” -Herb Underwood Recognizing this is entirely subjective, here’s a list of what I consider “classic” 9mm pistols. The first group of five are those I’m confident should be included. I’ve listed them chronologically. The second group is more subject to debate, but ones I want on my list. Just for fun I’ve also listed what I consider the “RE” (revolver equivalent) on the “classic” scale. And my personal “classic” favorite? Why, the Browning Hi-Power, by a mile! 1 2 3 4 44 5 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • MAY/JUNE2013

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