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Top 5 Classic Carry Guns

– [Voiceover] Hey guys,
it’s Alex C. with TFBTV. Today we’re going to be counting down the top five classic carry pistols, based on their total
production, effectiveness, and popularity throughout the years. To qualify as a classic in this case, the pistol has to have been designed in the 1920s or before. First up is the FN Model 1900. A pistol that I once put on a list of historys most significant pistols. The 1900 was the first
pistol ever with a slide, and this alone makes it
incredibly innovative. But it also introduced
the 32 ACP cartridge that is still popular to this day. The 1900 was an incredible
commercial success. And while far from being
the first automatic pistol, it was small, accurate, reliable
and above all affordable. No longer were self-loading
pistols priced out of the hands of the common man. Guns like the Broomhandle
Mauser and the C-93, were hugely expensive and cumbersome. The 1900 changed all of
that, and helped garner widespread acceptance
of self-loading pistols. As per the guns individual merits, it’s a Browning design that can only be described as elegantly simple. The safety is in a place that is easy operate and is intuitive. While the gun is not cocked, a small lever impedes the sight plane. A feature that I wish had stuck around. Chambering a round is second
nature for any modern shooter. And my only real gripe
with the 1900 is that you need a flat-head
screwdriver to take it apart. These guns are not rare in the slightest, and they made over 700,000 of
them in just over a decade. For a time when firearms technology was developing with unparalleled rapidity, that’s simply incredible. I would have no qualms about
carrying one of these today, but as a large, antiquated,
and expensive little gun, I would of course opt
for a more modern option. Next up is the Colt
1903 Pocket Hammerless. The 1903 is probably the best
looking pistol on this list, and one of the most coveted. The smooth contours of
the gun allowed it to be carried comfortably
and drawn from a pocket without snagging on anything. And in fact, this one belonged
to a jeweler in the 1950s. In production from 1903 until
the end of World War II, the 1903 enjoyed a very
long production run. In fact you’ll even find
models with US Property stamped on them, as some were
given to military officers. The 1903s are simple blowback guns that, like the FN 1900, are chambered in 32 ACP. However, as an improvement to the 1900, there are fewer snagpoints, contours, and of course it can be taken
apart without any tools. Any 1911 shooter will
pretty at home on a 1903. The general layout is
similar from the grip and manual safetys, to the sight picture and crisp single action trigger. Some have even argued that the 1903 is the most comfortable
carry pistol of all time. And I would argue that this
may well be true if it weren’t for the modern pocket pistol revolution that started in the 1990s. The 1903’s a fantastic gun, and with half a million made in 40 years, it was a popular option that
is even being reproduced today. I can think of no reason, aside from cost, as to why these would not be
a viable carry pistol today. Next up, we have an overlooked
classic, the Savage 1907. These were available in
32 and later 380 ACP, but they brought something to the table that made them quite coveted in their day. A 10-shot magazine capacity
with a double stack magazine. The marketing slogan for these guns was 10 shots quick, and it worked. Over 200,000 were produced in 13 years. The 1907s look a bit strange, but that is in part due
to the 10-round magazine. The aforementioned FN and Colt held seven and eight rounds respectively, but 10 was truly impressive for the time. The Savage guns employ a strange form of delayed blowback. The barrel does rotate
a bit in a cam track located in the frame. And the rifling is cut so
that the projectile rotates opposite the unlocking direction. While seemingly unnecessary and complex, it certainly wasn’t a bad thing to have. The Savage guns were however pricey. The allure of high-capacity
and a high-gloss blued finish, not to mentioned the
delayed blowback mechanism, resulted in a higher price than a Colt and Browning offerings. So far fewer were ultimately sold. Still were the guns were
a commercial success, and one would really serve you well today. Fourth, we have a true
classic, the Mauser 1914. This little gun is probably one that you are least likely to have heard of, despite the fact that a
million in total were produced. These classic 32 ACP
blowback pistols were cheap, affordable, reliable, ergonomic, and just excellently well made guns that sold well for decades. They’re even highly coveted
by collectors today. You can find examples priced as low as a few hundred dollars, all
the way into several thousand depending on numerous factors. But the one seen here is pretty standard. This specific gun was
made in the early 20s and is marked LG for the
Saxon Land Gendarmerie, essentially a rural constabulary. It’s appropriately kitted
out in a police rig, as a policeman in the Weimar Republic would’ve carried it too,
which I think is pretty neat. These Mauser pocket pistols
are noteworthy as having one of the most unique
safety systems ever. With a lever to engage the safety, and a button to quickly deactivate it. Charging the pistol is easy, and the trigger is quite lovely. The site’s while crude, are very effective and don’t snag easily. And the contours of the pistol make carrying it in a pocket very easy. Realistically the compact
size and friendly shape would allow the Mauser 1914
to easily fit into any pocket. The guns are strange
looking without a doubt. But when you’re choosing a pistol, especially a carry or duty pistol, aesthetics should be
the absolute last thing you take into consideration. While I rather like the unusual
lines of the Mauser 1914, most people would probably agree that the HSc is better looking. However, as it was
designed after the 1920s, it is unfortunately not
eligible for this list. Lastly, we have a true icon. And the pistol on this list
that I would personally opt to carry above all, the Walther PP. This little pistol was certainly not Walthers first foray into pocket pistols. But it was their most famous. Technically it remains in production today by Smith & Wesson, because
it would be unimportable due to US import laws and our
silly pistol point system. These guns are so iconic, that James Bond has been seen using one
in nearly every Bond film. Countless appearances have
led to collectors trying to gobble up every variant possible. And while attractive,
aesthetics are not the only area that the Walthers excel in. These guns are brilliantly simple, blowback operated 32 or 380 ACP pistols. They feature a safety decocker, so they can be carried safely
with the safety disengaged. And they just shoot fantastically well. The Walther PP has been the
basis for many pistols after it, including the Makarov, and more modern designs like the Sig p230. Total production of the
original Walther design is in the millions and still climbing, unlike the other guns on this list. The fact that the pistol
is still in production, is truly a testament to how amazing it is. And I would have no reservations about carrying one to this day. This one, to me, and by the numbers, is the embodiment of a
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100 thoughts on “Top 5 Classic Carry Guns

  1. I prefer my Colt Police
    Positive Special. Small
    & able to hide almost
    anywhere. If you need
    more than 6 shots use
    a couple of speed loaders.

  2. Bond carried a PPK, not a PP. There was no restrictions on PP imports from the 1968 GCA, only the PPK. That is why Walther came up with the PPK/S.

  3. The FN 1900 was the first semi-sutomatic pistol designed by J. M. Browning. He designed the cartridge, too.

    I collect semi-automatic pistols in .32 ACP or 7.65mm (as you prefer). I have several variations of the M1903 Colts and several of the M1907 Savage pistols. I have one FN 1900 but none of the Mauser 1910s or the Walther, either PP or PPk. I also have some others (HSc and Spanish among others). Of all of them I would carry the Colt M1903. Perhaps the Astra 300. However, I find the .32 ACP/7.65mm Browning simply too small for serious defense. But they are fascinating.

    By the way, I find the manual of arms and double action function of the PP and PPk too fussy and counter productive for my tastes.

  4. Crazy thing is most kids from my gen. (1995)..know alot of these gun from videogames if gun ownership wasn't big in the household growing up lol

  5. the 1903 is a common look, rather homely and plain. The 1900 is exceptional and holds a unique edge in styling. Those are the characteristics necessary to call it attractive, cute or beautiful … or ugly, depending on ones taste. I like it. the 1907 also looks exceptionally nice, and not homely. It's rather elegant looking, or even beautiful. I think of the 1903 as more masculine cute, and the 1907 more elegant and beautiful. The 1914 is "cute and handsome" in my book. The Walther PP is more attractive than the 1907, thanks to it's graceful angles at the barrel. Now the POINT I'd like to make is that simply because something is different looking, doesn't make it unattractive. It's a general commercial media propaganda point today to make everything average be exceptional. And to make everything different to be "below par". So, one needs to ask themselves, "do I like the look of this" … the question isn't "what does everyone else think about this [that's pop fashion and largely based on commercial marketing and money spent on promotion. Many supposed pop-culture "successes" actually had far more money spent on Promotion than earned back on Profits. That's because culture and fashion is not strictly "popular appeal" but rather serves an establishment purpose. The likes of Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler utilized those theories of cultural propaganda for their needs, and oligarchs do the same today in Russia, and Big Money even in America. ]". So, I'm just here reiterating to everyone, make your own subjective judgements on matters of virtue and appeal, because rest assured, the powers above are trying to influence you mindset to suit their own special interest needs . . . believe it or not. Granted, this is very minor point with something like taste in what makes an attractive handguns. but rest assured the culture wars are ongoing elsewhere in society, especially in matters of what makes an attractive mate . . . and even more especially matters of basic sexuality (billions are spent on influence) just watch this example here.

  6. Some years back I traded a rifle for a Mauser Pocket pistol. It came in a holster very much like the one you have on your video. The trigger spring broke on it at one time. Had it repaired, and I guess it still shoots. I have no idea what it is worth.

  7. For a classic carry revolver, the short-barrel Colt Single-Action Army 1873 with a bird's head grip is good. Uberti makes them and Ruger makes an affordable bird's head Vaquero. An interesting model is in .45 ACP instead of .45 Colt. You can speed-load it from a Colt M1911 magazine loaded up with five or six cartridges and them them quickly into the cylinder. Use a cross-draw holster under your coat and it's a fine conceal carry.
    Bob Munden Custom Vaquero with Bird's Head Grip
    Gun Review: Uberti " Birdshead" 45 Colt

  8. You failed to mention that the Walter PP is a double action/single action pistol It has a drop hammer safety is safe to carry a round in the chamber ,,safety off ,,and with a double action first shot you can get off a fast shot with out fumbling with a safety or racking the slide Most self defense encounters are close, close enough that you might have to push the attackers' weapon away as you draw your pistol In this case double action first shot will serve you well

  9. I really like that Mauser!
    I think the design is really cool and unique.

    That Walther is just gorgeous, with those wood grips!

  10. You say “the popular 32 ACP” but there is nothing popular about that round. It might have been 100 years ago but not today!

  11. I would have included the Ortiges, even if I had to make it the top 6 guns. The story of this little pistol is worth a video all by itself.

  12. One correction i would like to issue: James Bond never carried the Walther PP, he carried the PPK, a smaller version. The Walther PP is importable due to it's size, but the standard PPK is not. To get around this Walther made the PPK/S, just cutting a PPK slide and barrel on a PP frame

  13. The reason pocket pistols have gotten smaller is because pants pockets themselves have gotten smaller. (More shallow)

  14. It’s kind of sad how weapons haven’t really developed too much for home Defence use… I mean a little but nothing drastic… people are still thinking 1911’s are the best pistols ever made and look how old they are (love 1911’s … love “2011’s”) … just wish we would have a plasma pistol or something by now …

  15. Choose every single time you make a best or most classic guns whatever and Mauser always seems to be making some good guns

  16. James Bond never carried a Walther PP. He did carry a Walther PPK, which is slightly shorter than the Model PP. PPK is the abbreviation for Polizei Pistole Kriminal.

  17. I actually came into owning a Savage 1907 and I didn’t even know what it was but it’s been a good target gun (since I don’t have a concealed carry license)

  18. U wont believe in india we use these guns for self defense and their prices are more than 15000 dollor

  19. I can hear way to much mouth noise. Like sticky tongue and smacking . Need a microphone filter or better audio editing. We shouldn’t have to hear you inner mouth noise!

  20. 32 ACP has a 34% failure rate for stopping attackers, I'd rather use a 9mm, which is affordable, common, controllable, fun, and has only a 13% failure rate.

  21. I consider the FN Browning model 1910 the ultimate Browning designed pocket pistol. It's beautiful looks, sealthy size, reliability and accuracy rules

  22. You forgot the Colt 1911, it was used as a carry gun by civilians and military alike, packed 8 rounds of .45ACP, and is by far the most memorable firearm in American history, and it's still being produced to this day.

    Also note you didn't say anything about it having to be concealed carry.

  23. The Mauser was an insanely common and popular pistol in the 1st half of the 20th century, funny how you never hear of them much.

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