GUN Help me choose a handgun.

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  1. COMplex

    COMplex New Member

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    I'm looking for a fun & reliable handgun.

    My budget is about $500~ (give or take $100 if needed)

    Caliber? 9mm, .357, .40?

    I want something I can have fun with at the range while bettering my skills, yet has enough stopping power to be used for defense in the event my life is at stake. I don't want a wal-mart special, nor do I want a $1000 collectors item.

    I've fired several guns in my lifetime, but not enough to know the reliability or other pros and cons of certain handguns.

    I'd prefer something from one of these companies: Glock, HK, SIG, and Smith & Wesson. Based on looks really.

    Please give your honest opinion and/or experience with models of the above listed pistols.
     
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    Bigsnake OT Supporter

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    Glock 17 or 19

    9mm will be the cheapest to be able to get the most practice out of it for your money. Won't have to deal with the recoil of a .45 as you learn.
     
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    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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    XD-9 or 40

    I love my XD-40 more everytime I shoot it :bigthumb:
     
  4. shohan

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    A used Sig will run around the $500 range and even used are great pistols. If you could find a Sig Certified Used pistol that would be best as it's been refurbed by Sig. My P220 is a great gun and I am quite happy with it. If your not looking for a .45 then perhaps a P226, 9mm .357 Sig and .40SW, or a smaller P229, same calibres as P226.

    I've handled, not fire unfortunatley, pistols from the brands you posted and out them all the Sig pointed the best for me. Their design is comfortable and reliable.

    The P226 was a contender in the US Army Pistol trials when we were replacing the 1911.

     
  5. COMplex

    COMplex New Member

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    Thanks guys. Great suggestions so far.
     
  6. Otsego Hive

    Otsego Hive Wait, what? We're being swapped?

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    the sig suggestions are great, and i'll also vouch for the sigpro 2009 or 2340. It's Sigarms' composite frame gun (like the glock and XD, the frame's a polymer material). It's cheaper than the all steel sigs and just as reliable. I have a 2340 and it's an excellent gun, right around $450-$500.

    The 2009 is in 9mm, and the 2340 comes in both .357 or .40
     
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    Platinum_Thunder Reliability for life and liberty

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    which is what? twice now?
     
  8. Y2kAccord

    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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    :wtf: are you talking about.. please advise?
     
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    I'm odd..
    new steyr, springfield xd, cz, taurus springfield bieng #1 recomendation

    Some might shy from the cz or taurus but for the price and design they're good. but not an elitest gun or anything.

    used Glock, berretta, hk

    i like the baby eagle 9mm and bersa thunder 380 if you're looking for something even smaller.

    Just stay away from Smith and wesson semi auto's I don't car for rugers either.


    Personally I learned on a VERY used berretta 92 still love that gun
    Latest purchase was a very lightly used glock 34.

    Not thinking about prices gun i'd pick up for every day fun not counting a .22 target pistol would be a glock, HK USP, or berretta
     
  10. ryanbum

    ryanbum Its the one that says Bad Mother Fucker on it

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    Gunshow deal on a Glock 19. Best gun you'll ever own.
     
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    Uhhh....The "Classic" model Sigs, P220, P226, P228, etc, have anodized alloy frames with carbon steel slides. (Unless of course they are the ST models.)
     
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    Vermincelli Banned

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    ask 100 people get 100 answers :)
    for that price range, you have literally over 30 gun brands with even more models that are decent. It comes down to what feels right to you.
    Sig, Glock, 1911s, Ruger, XD, Steyr, Browning, S&W, HK, Beretta, Taurus to name the big names. I have carried and shot them all and they all do the job.

    Best thing to do is, find a range that rents guns, then go down and start trying them out to find the ones that feel the best to you.

    As for caliber, 9mm sounds like the one that would fit the bill for what you want. cheap to practice with and also a reliable stopper.
     
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    Best advice here.

    Not everyone likes the grip angle or the feel of certain handguns. Have to go try them out.
     
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    I prefer a Glock and I prefer .40 caliber. If you want a pistol that you can shoot a lot, I'd get a Model 22.....If you're looking for a gun to carry, I'd recommend a Model 23. Definately get one of the .40 Cal models if you plan to ever use it for self defense.
     
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    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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    dont get a Glock 23 unless you have little bitch hands :mamoru:
     
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    Otsego Hive Wait, what? We're being swapped?

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    my point was to show the differencebetween the metal/alloy and composite frames. Just to help him differentiate since he sounds like a handgun novice.

    but still, my mistake they're alloy framed guns
     
  17. GlocksRock

    GlocksRock Glock > You

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    Glock 19 or 17
     
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    Vermincelli Banned

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    It's not the gun, it's the shooter :)
     
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    Vermincelli Banned

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    I like the XD in .40 because you can then buy the 9mm and .357 replacement barrel and just drop it in and go.
     
  20. Y2kAccord

    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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    Its awesome gun to begin with.. the barrels are only $140 and the magazines are pretty much interchangable.
     
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    No problem. :wavey: I just didn't the guy getting wrong info.
     
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    First gun and value for the money? Springfield XD or SIG Pro, with my preference running toward the latter.
     
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    Vermincelli Banned

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    For a first gun I usually recommend a sturdy DA/SA to start out with and learn such as a Sig, Beretta/Taurus, S&W or Ruger. A good revolver is also great to start out with.

    1911s and Hi Powers take a bit more experience to carry due to the cocked and locked nature and Glocks/XDs I rate up there as well since the trigger safeties can be set off if not trained to keep your finger off the trigger, or by holstering and catching it.
     
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    i paid 410, but :bigthumb: good suggestion!
     
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    Wow! Only a single mention of a revolver here. Interesting.

    A Ruger GP-100 in .357 is a great handgun. They're not expensive at all...hell, with your $500 budget, you could get the gun, some Pachmayr grips, a gun rug, a cleaning kit, and several boxes of ammo. They're built very well and are actually designed to accept +p+ ammo with no problem. Plus, you can plink and practice with .38s, which are dirt cheap. I love mine.
     

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