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
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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... More
Answered By: Sandra K - 1/17/2010
Additional Answers (11)
Are you asking for trick shots or combat? Trick Shots I have no idea. Combat I would say a double action auto.
Answered By: Milkman - 1/16/2010
S&W J Frame... More
Answered By: Butch C - 1/16/2010
the lightest, shortest gun will be the fastest for drawing, but for killing it's a bigger, heavier one to cause more damage, you usually have to look for a compromise between these two, my personal pick would be a 6" barrel, .38 special revolver, light enough to be drawn quick but powerful enough to cause one shot... More
Answered By: stormgale89 - 1/16/2010
sergically insert a handgun to ur hand so that u can be quick
Answered By: Dood (7th account) - 1/16/2010
A Springfield XD 45 Tactical in a Serpa or Crossbreed IWB holster. Get the tritium and fiber optic sights. That's a darn good set-up. Currently I am running a H&K USP 45 out of a crossbreed holster. The 12lb trigger pull is a little bit to get used to, but hits well. I train for quick target analysis and hits out to 30... More
Answered By: MAD MARDEN - 1/16/2010
Im into cowboy action fast draw revolver and have been for some time. Its lots of fun if you don’t rush things and take your time to learn... More
Answered By: Bear Crap - 1/16/2010
Holy d**n you wrote a lot. However, I will say that some of it makes sense. My favorite for fast draw is my Pietta 1851 Colt Navy .36 reproduction. Light, Slim, and the best grip frame for twirlin' and shootin'. Points like a laser. The ultimate point shooting gun.
Answered By: Mr. Gregg Andrews - 1/16/2010
I started shooting handguns at age 8, and I am so much faster on quick draw, and quick draw and fire, from a normal concealed carrying position, with a 1911-style single action auto, that using anything else seems like a bad idea, at least for me. Personally, I prefer the 5" barreled versions, because the 5" barrel... More
Answered By: John - 1/18/2010
I am 5'-0", 95 lbs. Issei (native-born Japanese) girl age 18, at Japan is illegal citizens own guns, at USA my Nissei (USA-born Japanese) uncle and cousins own many however, I belong "CombatPistols2009" Yahoo Group, owner advise me, I have small hands, need small handgun. Good single-action revolver is Colt "Wells... More
Answered By: Kobayashi - 1/19/2010
I am a Soviet girl, and our Makarov "T-51" or "PM" in 9X18 mm Makarov is good for quick draw. It resembles the Walther "PP Super" and uses a similar cartridge that is between the .380 ACP (9X17) and the 9mm Luger (9X19) in length and power. Our older Tokarev "T-33" has a frame simailar to Colt-Browning pistols, so it... More
Answered By: Olga - 1/19/2010
I am from Italy, and I can use Italian Berettas for two categories you list. In single-action revolvers, the Beretta "Stampede" is a copy of the Colt "Peacemaker", and it is a high-quality revolver that costs less than the Colt original, so I'd use it for sure. For single-action semi-autos, I see no current Berettas... More
Answered By: Venus 1485AD - 1/22/2010
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