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Changing Tastes In Firearms- How Have Your Tastes For Pistols Changed?

As a child, there were several foods and dishes that loathed, and getting me to eat said food usually took the threat of a spanking if I didn’t. Since then, however, I’ve grown to love some of those foods which, now I can’t imagine not being part of my diet. I’ve found the same phenomenon is true when it comes to firearms. This will be a short series on how our changing tastes in firearms have influenced our gun collections. We’ll focus this article on our changing tastes in pistols, so make sure you join in on the comment section and tell us how your pistol collection started, and where it’s going.


I don’t really feel that old, but I’ve been collecting guns for a hair over 25 years now, which makes me sound old. By the time I bought my first semi-automatic pistol, I had shot all of the transitional era autos; Beretta 92s, Smith & Wesson 5906s, Ruger P89s, HK USPs, and Glocks. Having the experience with those, I actually settled on a new Beretta 92FS Brigadier (as seen in the title image). My thought process was that I wanted to master the Double and Single Actions, and the Brigadier model looks great too. However, after starting my law enforcement career, I replaced my issued S&W 410 pistol with a new Glock 22. I would still take the Beretta to the range on occasion, but for quite some time, I championed the use of Glocks and striker-fired pistols in general. The trigger pull is the same each and every time, compared to DA/SA pistols, and I felt that the consistency was comforting in a way.

Changing Tastes In Firearms - Pistols

Although, as time has worn on, I’ve been gravitating back toward hammer-fired and metal-framed pistols. The first pistol I reviewed for TFB was the CZ SP-01 Phantom, which struck an old chord that I wanted to play more of. I’ve since taken that and the Beretta 92 to the range more and more, along with the FB Radom VIS 100 M1 I recently reviewed.

Changing Tastes In Firearms - Pistols

Changing Tastes In Firearms - Pistols

Last year I also switched my daily carry gun from the polymer framed Glock to the metal framed S&W CSX, which of all things is a Single Action Only. Even though I was quick to ditch my issued S&W 410, I have begun the hunt for a decently priced 3rd Generation Smith & Wesson pistol, and even (*lowering my voice) 1911’s.

Changing Tastes In Firearms - Pistols

TFB’s Matt E’s 5906 he found for a steal in a pawn shop.

Changing Tastes in Firearms - Pistols



I’m not sure if I could label my journey of pistol ownership as a roller coaster, or just a long, gentle circling back to where I first started. Either way, my changing tastes in pistols have certainly brought me back to where I first started. Have you had changing tastes in pistols? Have you streamlined your pistol collections to one type of action or all of them? Is there a certain model or type of pistol you once hated but have come to love it?

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