On a lighter note…two of my favorite Guntubers, Honest Outlaw and Mrgunsngear, did a video together looking at Mrgunsngear’s Top 5 Most Reliable Handguns of All Time.
The question didn’t really look at which gun is the best concealed carry option or best gun for those on a budget (aren’t we all?), but just most reliable, period. Mrgunsngear knows what he is talking about as he explains early in the video so his opinion carries a lot of weight with me and he has done the research to back it up.
Two on the list, the Smith & Wesson 686 .357 magnum revolver and the HK Mark 23, really are kind of outliers. The first is a revolver and even the 686 Plus only holds 7 rounds and the Mark 23 is super expensive, my dealer cost on them is still over two grand. That leaves the other three, and I didn’t find any surprises on the list….
- Full size Glock 9mm, the sample they used was the 19X
- HK USP
- Beretta M9/92
That isn’t a surprising list at all.
I am on record as not being a Glock fan, never have been. My first job out of college was working as a manager in a farm & ranch store in Cheyenne, Wyoming and we sold guns. I handled a number of Glocks back then (1995) and didn’t like the way they felt in my hand and my opinion hasn’t changed since. Even still, I freely admit that they are reliable and accurate, especially when you take into account the nearly endless upgrades, and function still counts although I maintain life is too short to shoot ugly guns.
The HK is one I would like to get my hands on, but all HK products carry a premium price. An HK USP9 Expert like the one in the video will set you back at least $1,600. The Glock 19X is available for under $600. The USP9 Expert also has a 5.19″ barrel so it is definitely a full sized pistol.
The second place gun is the Beretta M9/92 series and that is my choice as well. The M9 sometimes gets a bad rap from former military types but as Mrgunsngear points out, many of those M9s are just flat worn out or have been used as a hammer or both. Especially the modern iterations of the 92 are great guns, reliable and accurate, and I personally like a hammer fired, metal frame pistol and I like the decocker only model that will drop the hammer but not be on “safe”. I tell customers that if I had to pick up one of my pistols if the lives of my family were on the line, it would be the Beretta 92X.
What say you? Agree with the list, if not what would you subtract and what would you add?