I'll check out Thomsons as well.
I never know there were so many firearms manufacturers!
I'm really just looking for general input as to a good quality unit for each of those items in the list.... and maybe a little about why it would be a good choice.
Does a Glock come close to the reliability of a revolver?
-Seems like their claim to fame is reliability - or would a springfield XD be a better choice?
What's the most common rifle caliber of all the choices?
-Mainly just for ammo availability. I wanted the 223 over the 22 for a little more distance but, what would be my best caliber for the buck with good all around usage? - I may hunt with it someday too (I can't see anything bigger than deer tho)
-lots to lean here and thanks to anyone who can offer some insight.
No semi-auto pistol, comes close to the reliability of a revolver...Revolvers have way less moving parts. I have both semi-auto pistols and revolvers, and love each of them for different reasons.
I own a Springfield XD in .45 Auto. I personally like the XD better than the Glock, I have shot many Glocks, because alot of my friends are in Law Enforcement. The XD IMHO has a better trigger and fits my hand better, but a Glock is also a great proven pistol, but for me the XD is just a more polished weapon.
As for the High-powered rifle, I own an AR-15 or M4 as some call it, which is chambered in .223, while the .223 is a great round and is affordable to shoot, for a high powered round. If you plan to hunt with it I would not get the .223.
I am also pretty sure that it is not legal to hunt deer with a .223 in many states, becuase it is a very light round. I know that up until a few years ago it was not legal to hunt deer with a .223 here in TN.
If I were you I would look at a .308 also called the 7.62x54 round it is a U.S. Military round so there is plenty of ammo available for a good price, and it is a near perfect deer round. The 30-06 is another very popular rifle cartridge, it is an old Military round, that was abandonned some years back, Pre-vietnam. It is still a very popular round.
If I could only have one high-powered rifle it would be chambered in .308, because ammo is available in bulk due to it being a Military round used by many of our a allied countries and the U.S., and Match and/or hunting grade ammo is widely available, it is very accurate, and has great ballistics.
Just my $.02, I hope this helps you make a decision.
If there is anything else you would like to know, please ask away