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Old Today, 08:44 AM   #1
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Question Which handgun to get my USAF son as grad gift

My son graduates from USAF pilot school in a couple weeks. He'll be flying a SpecOps AC130 gunship. If he ever goes down and I pray to God he doesn't, I want him to have the best fighting chance I can give him.

As a graduation gift I 'm thinking an H&K USP full-sized in .40. He's a big guy - 6'4" with big hands and the compacts are like - well you know that scene in M.I.B. where Will Smith picks up that silver peashooter?

With absolute reliability, stopping power, maximum capacity, but something that isn't too big to hinder him in the cockpit (or so big he'll leave it at home), what do ya think?

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Old Today, 08:52 AM   #2
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My military friends tell me that in recent years, there have been restrictions or prohibitions on personally-owned weapons in theater, and it can depend on the theater or squadron commander.

This is not to say that it does not happen, though. One of my friends who was an O-5 in a Prowler squadron kept a stainless S&W j-frame in a pocket of his flight suit when he flew, even though it was forbidden.
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Old Today, 09:11 AM   #3
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Why not a good old 1911 in .45?
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Old Today, 09:15 AM   #4
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Well congrats and thank you to your son!
As far as a handgun, what calibers does the military use these days? I would try and stick with something that he could find in an emergency situation. 1911 45acp?


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Well congrats and thank you to your son!
As far as a handgun, what calibers does the military use these days? I would try and stick with something that he could find in an emergency situation. 1911 45acp?


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Good advice. When I was in the USAF in the 90's, they were switching some pistols over to 9mm Beretta. I am not sure what they use now.

The policy is just for this type of situation. I understand the OP wants to ensure his son has protection, but I would also want to have access to more ammo that what is in my gun and spare mag if I am left in an unfriendly area. The USAF agrees, so they limit personal weapons.
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