Which handguns do you find are good for quick draw?
"Quick draw" involves having one's hands in some normal position and a handgun in a holster that one might wear commonly. He draws the handgun as quickly as possible and hits a target with it at closer range. "Fast draw" was developed for movies in the 1940's for drawing and firing a handgun loaded with blanks, so no target is used. To be good for quick draw, a handgun must be the proper size, both in the grips and overall. A 104 oz. Century Arms .45-70 revolver is hardly one's best choice, and neither is a Little Ace .22 Short derringer. The handgun must be properly-balanced, so that it points naturally at the target. I personally find all-steel models are best for this purpose. Aluminum and plastic-framed models seem to lack the wonderful weight distribution needed. I have never tried quick draw with any single-shot handgun. I have used various single-action revolvers and semi-autos and various double-action revolvers and semi-autos. I own some antique watches and guns, and I even did quick draw with my Mauser "Military" nicknamed "Broomhandle" from its small grips. This gun debuted in 1896, and mine is a 1912 commercial version according to the NRA whom I consulted about it. I have tried the classic Luger "P-08" as well. The grip feels excellent in my hand, but the pistol shoots high in quick draw, due to poor weight distribution. One with a longer and heavier barrel would be better, but too long a barrel is not so good for quick draw, so the Luger is out. The classic Colt "Peacemaker" (Single-Action Army Metallic Cartridge Revolver) that appeared on the frontier in 1873 is great for quick draw if one uses the "Artillery" version with 5.5" barrel. It seems to practically jump into my hand and fire into the target of its own volition with astonishing speed. I did the "Poker Chip Draw" with it, i.e holding a chip with my arm parallel to the ground and drawing with the same hand when I released the chip (or coin). I regularly shot a playing card 36 feet way before the chip hit the ground. The "Peacemaker" is not recommended for novice, I warn everyone. It is a bit slow on the second shot. Its high hammer is easy to pull back in the draw but hard to reach when the gun is in one's hand. The "Bisley" version is slower on the first shot but faster on the second shot, due to its lowered hammer. I began shooting handguns at age 11, and my first one was a Colt "1911A1" .45 ACP semi-auto. It was good for quick draw. I think two later pistols are a bit better, since they have slightly better balance, and one has a better trigger. Oh well, which models of the basic types of repeaters do you find are good for quick draw: 1.) single-action revolver, 2.) single-action semi-auto, 3.) double-action revolver and 4.) double-action semi-auto?
Such people as Milkman quibble. I must write a book to forestall such evasions. READ THE FIRST FEW SENTENCES AND SEE! I think I made it rather plain without writing a book.
Thank you to Butch C for a comprehensive answer and some good choices with which I agree.
Mr. Gregg Andrews says I wrote a lot, but I did not write enough for Milkman. That is the dilemna one faces in asking questions on YA. MrGA says some of my words make sense. I write books, so this is just a small sample of what I write in books, and I try to make sense.
Sandra could write a book too, and she makes sense in what she says and knows history of guns. I agree with her in most cases. It is so refreshing to see a beautiful woman with a good brain who knows guns so well.
Kaye B must be a PeTA fanatic. She in quite insulting and does not answer the question, so I reported her, as all gun aficianados should do. We are not "idiots", as she says.
John is wise to like the 1911 Colt for quick draw, and I began with it at age 11, as I said. I beat my father and two uncles the first time I shot it. I was a big and strong boy.
Young Miss Kobayashi has an important point. I do consider small girls with small hands in my writings. Some girls must use Pocket Handguns as Defense handguns, since they have small hands and are small overall as she is. Sandra and Miss Kobayashi show us that ladies can know much about guns and like them, while Kaye shows us mindless and insulting Ingrid Newkirk and Sarah Brady- inspired "Kuso".
"Kuma no Kuso" (Japanese for "Bear Crap"), I do quick draw with a pair of S&W "M-29" .44 Mags. I set 6 one gallon jugs 80 feet away and draw and shoot them all in just under 4 seconds. My most powerful revolver is a custom Ruger "Bisley" in .500 Linebaugh Magnum. With my light load for it, it has 1.76 times the recoil of my S&W "M-29" with a load I often use that is a bit hot. With maximum loads with heavy bullets, it has nearly 3 times the recoil of the S&W "M-29".
Asked By: miyuki & kyojin - 1/16/2010
SINGLE-ACTION REVOLVERS- The 1851 Colt "Navy" .36 percussion revolver was the first handgun really good for quick draw. The previous Colt "Walker" of 1847 weighed 73 oz., and then Colt Second and Third "Dragoons" weighed 66 oz. One sheriff carried no gun. He could rush in to punch a man before he drew one of those huge revolvers. The 1860 Colt "Army" was the same size revolver as the "Navy" but in .44 percussion. Colt's first cartridge revolver was the "Single-Action Army" or "Peacemaker" that the U.S. Army had in 1871 in .45 Colt. In 1873, some civilian versions in .44-40 were made. As you said, the "Artillery" version with 5.5" barrel is great for quick draw. One with 4.75" barrel is good too, but it doesn't point quite as well. The "Cavalry" version with 7.5" barrel is slightly slower on the draw. The "Buntline Special" with 12"-16" barrel is useless for any sane purpose. Now, a Colt "Peacemaker" costs $1380, but there are many copies of it made by 14 firms from Beretta to U.S. Firearms (alphabetically). I might go for the $659 Ruger "New Vaquero", if I bought one.
SINGLE-ACTION SEMI-AUTOMATICS- My top choice is my customized Browning "Hi-Power" ("Grande Puissance de 1935" or "GP-35"). I had a gunsmith install an extended thumb safety, do a trigger job, remove the magazine disconnector, polish the feed ramp and throat the chamber. The factory safety is much too tiny for use in quick draw. The trigger can stand improvement. The magazine disconnector's removal helps the trigger, and it's bad anyhow. Without it, I can shoot the gun single shot, but with it, I can't shoot at all if I lose the magazine. Who needs it? Close to the Browning is my Czech Model 1975 or CZ-75 that copies the Browning, including its marvelous balance. The CZ-75's standard safety is much better than the factory Browning one, but it's slightly inferior to the custom safety. The CZ-75's great trigger needs no work. The Heckler & Koch "P7" had some potential. It has a great grip like the Luger, but regrettably also like the Luger, it lacks proper balance. The cocking lever on the front of the grip is better than the trigger-on-the-trigger of Glocks and Springfield "XD" copies of Glocks. That's all too much like the Chinese T-77 that combines the safety and disassembly lever. Too many functions on one part is a bad design. It makes control of such a part too hard.
DOUBLE-ACTION REVOLVERS- Snubbies are slightly quicker to draw, but I like the balance and power of some models with 4" barrels. Of the snubbies, I like two .38 Special S&W's: "M-637" with standard spur hammer and "M-638" with integral hammer shroud. The foremer is good in holsters, and the latter in purses or pockets. I want no hammerless "Double-Action Only" revolvers, e.g. S&W "M-642" or Ruger "LCR". Why remove the option of single-action when you're likely to need it? Of 4" barrel models, the classic .38 Special S&W "M-10" has a good record in quick draw, but I prefer the power of a .357 Magnum, so I use an S&W "M-686". If I didn't own it, I'd consider the Ruger "SP101" but not the "DAO" (DOA?) version, as I said before. I don't see any Colt revolvers now, but they made good ones in the past.
DOUBLE-ACTION SEMI-AUTOMATICS- My CZ-75 is in a class by itself in this category with its superb balance and wonderful trigger. It points well from the hip, and the smooth trigger is more like that of a good revolver than the usual semi-automatic. It's one of the two or three best combat semi-autos in accuracy, but that isn't noticed as much in quick draw as in slow fire. Again, I have no use for "DAO (Double-Action Only)" pistols, revolvers of semi-autos. The Heckler & Koch "VP70Z" was one of the earliest about the time I was born. Now, there are many. What does that tell us? Nothing good I fear.
Answered By: Sandra K - 1/17/2010