Disclaimer! Unlike everyone at gun shows and shooting
matches, I am not a pistol expert.
To find a handgun expert to advise you on the most accurate semi-automatic
handguns, just go to any gun show. Everyone there will claim to be
a handgun expert.
It's not new, taking a rifle and chopping it down into a high-powered
pistol. Here is an 1856 Tower rifle, chopped-down into a high
The problem is accuracy with the shorter barrel, an issue that has
been overcome in the 21st century.
High-powered single shot pistols
When hunting big game at under 500 yards, you only get one shot, so a
single shot handgun will be more accurate than any semi-automatic
pistol. Also see my notes on the
most accurate semi-automatic
My pick for the most accurate single shot handgun is the Thompson
Center Contender (TC) Armor Alloy Pistol:
It has interchangeable barrels and it can shoot anything from a 22
rimfire bullet up to a 60 caliber elephant load.
Watch this fellow shoot a 60 caliber Thompson
Contender, the most powerful handgun in the world.It’s hilarious!
Watch this fellow shoot a 60 caliber Thompson Contender, the most
powerful handgun in the world. It’s hilarious! The Thompson pistol has
a switch that allow it to shoot rimfire and centerfire cartridges:
Gun accuracy is not always about the length of the
barrel.Packing a pistol
makes sense of you are tracking a mountain lion over hill and dale for
15 miles, with a pistol that has far less weight and just as deadly.
My Thompson Contender has a 30/30 barrel, and in test at 100 yards,
it shot a tighter patters than my Marlin 30/30 rifle with iron sights.
I cannot find a holster for this Thompson dog leg, but you can slip
it under your belt.
Unfortunately, the barrel tickles your nads and it makes you
look like you have a woodie:
Does length matter?
Barrel length does not
always compensate for quality. I tested
the 30/30 rifle (with iron sights) against the
Thompson pistol (with a Leupold pistol scope),
at 100 yards.
While all or our shots were
“kill” shots, the pistol shot a tighter group
than the rifle!
Janet and I tested the 30/30 rifle (with iron
sights) against the Thompson pistol (with a
Leupold pistol scope), at 100 yards. While all
or our shots were “kill” shots, the pistol shot
a tighter group than the rifle!
Here is more proof that the Thompson
centerfire Contender is among the most accurate
pistols in the whole world.
Check out this Thompson
center pistol hitting balloon at 300 yards:
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