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Posted on 03/22/2010 8:36:33 PM PDT by tatown
If someone were looking to purchase a revolver (.357 or .41 Mag) or a semi (9mm or 45) what would you recommend? Budget < $700.00.
Revolver/Semi: that needs to be settled first.
And feel free to post gun porn pics!
More information is needed. Is it strictly for target practice or are you looking for a carry weapon? Do you have small hands or large?
Please be more specific about the intended use.
Also, unless you’re made of cash and/or an expert reloader, avoid the .41. It’s an actual cartridge, but rather obscure. (I’m still not sure it wasn’t a typo.)
Check out the Ruger GP-100 .357 mag. revolver.
There is no right answer for everyone. It depends on the individuals physical capability, actual needs and experience.
I always recommend a revolver for those with little or no weapons experience. If you are comfortable, then an automatic might be good for you. If you have a lot of experience you might choose a weapon without an external safety.
Find a gunsmith with a range willing to let you try various weapons. You might also check the multitude FR threads on the same subject.
Depends on your needs. I have a nice S&W .357 N-frame, it’s kinda huge, but if I bought another one right now I would go for the Ruger LCR. It’s only a .38 but very small and easy to hide.
There’s some nice ammo around for that revolver.
In 9mm or thereabouts I’d prolly go for a KelTec, or a Sig if I could afford it. ‘Course I have no experience with either of those, just what I’ve read.
Might be a little out of the $700 price range he mentioned.
I have lots of experience with firearms. The gun will be for self protection but it won’t be concealed. I have always liked semi’s but am a bit leery of their reliability... Is this even a valid concern?
Thanks for the replies everyone!
Hi-Point Model C9 9mm, about $140
I had a Smith & Wesson Model 686 Revolver (8 3/8” barrel) that was accurate enough to shoot the nuts off a gnat at 50 yards.
Dan Wesson (Pistol Pack) or S&W for the revolver. Springfield for a 1911 45 ACP in that price range.
Any of the S&W revolver models in .38 special will do. You can always take anything else from the UN troops...
Go to a gun store that lets you try different models. Find what works for you as far as feel, firepower and price. Then practice like hell. I chose a Berreta mini cougar in .40 because it is a 3/4 version of the cougar and I like the .40 calibur. I have small hands and it works well for me and I like the feel and handling of the firearm. I also have a Ruger .357 Blackhawk for real fun. Take your time and discover what works for you. Then practice.
At that price range, for a 9mm auto(or .40) you can’t go wrong with Beretta, HK, Glock, or Sig. All are great. I own a Beretta 9mm & HK USP .45 Tactical(out of your price range), and both have been super handguns, years without a jam or malfunction from both. I’ve never owned a revolver, so I can’t say much about them.
You might be able to get a revolver and an auto with that budget, especially if you go used. In revolver, go with the 357. It is more versatile in that it also fires 38. Auto, personally I like Glocks, they are very tough and simple and are available in either caliber. Forty fives have the record for stopping power, 9mm is a little cheaper to shoot. I would go for the 45. A colt 1911 or clone is awesome and can be accessorised like nothing else, but is out of your budget as you cant find them under a grand any more.
Oh wait, I forgot to mention that all my firearms were stolen last night in a late night raid by maurading jackalopes. Poop happens.
My advice is to go to a local shooting range that rents handguns and try out a variety of them.
There are a lot of variables. What is the use of the gun, how much time are you willing to spend practicing, etc.
Heck, you might even be able to find a gun that suits your needs and tickles your fancy and have enough left over for a bunch of ammo.
I wish I had an extra 700 bucks to buy another gun.
I dont leave home without my trusty .357mag S&W
I must concur. My Kimber .45 is my favorite by FAR.
MM (in TX)
Maybe he can find one that’s beat up a little? I may be wrong, but I thought $700 should buy a fairly decent 1911.
You’d have to be Andre’ the Giant to ‘conceal’ that one!
There are a few of mine on my FR home page.
Not a new one. The least expensive I’ve seen was between $900 to $1100, and with current events in this country, that may be old news.
for personal carry, I recommend the Bersa Thunder 9mm. It’s smooth and efficient. I bought mine used (1 yr old) from a local gun store last year for $350. Kickback is minimal and easy to use. I have another one from Kahr, it’s also a 9mm and a nice carry weapon. The Kahr is lighter than my Bersa, but has more kick to it.
I have a Taurus .357 magnum 7-shot revolver that I dearly love and my wife shoots very well, too. Also, you can practice with .38 special rounds, which will save you money at the range.
Damn nice piece.
Was that concealed?
Isn’t a Taurus similar to a S&W?
If it is for defense/carry, something which you can manage recoil-wise is the most important. If it makes you flinch, and you can’t hit your target, it won’t do you much good.
For defense, I prefer double-action revolvers. If a round doesn’t fire, you go onto the next. With a semi-auto, you have to manually re-chamber the round.
Keep an eye out for used guns too. People find incredible deals on them from time to time, especially with people being hard for $$ these days.
Hope this helps.
check out the Sig Sauer P239 in 9MM or .40S&W
Single stack, very concealable and Sig makes weapons of the highest quality.
U.S. Navy Seals carry the Sig 226. but that’s a little bulky for carry purposes.
Just my 2 cents.
I still think it’s funny that Glocks stovepipe and Hi Points don’t. LOL
BTW - I have the same gun, but when I wanted to add the .40 to my collection I couldn’t get one because they’re not “approved” for sale in Kaliforny. I called Hi Point and they told me Kaliforny is crazy and it wasn’t worth their trouble trying to get it approved. You can only get the 9mm and .380 here.
You too? What are the odds?
Yes. Very Similar to S&W.
I’m no expert. I only own one. I like the Springfield XDm 9mm semiauto.
If automatic, and you want a 1911 A-1 type .45ACP, go with the Taurus. If you want a double action semi auto, a Springfield XD, or XD(M)[depending on state] in either .45 ACP, 9mm, or 40 S&W should do ‘er.
The above comes with two provisos. If the handgun is to be used by a woman, consider a .38 special on the revolver, and go with the 9mm on the semi. If the shooter[s] lacks experience in shooting, you're better off with a revolver.
Around $400.00 - $450.00 last info I have.
You too? Man, I thought I was the only one!
You looking for a CCW handgun? Target? Hunting?
For semi-auto CCW...Glocks, XDs, M&Ps, Rugers, Sigs, H&K, Berettas, etc, etc. A lot of good guns out there. Glocks, XDs and Rugers are likely best on the price.
I carried the C9 for several years as security and personal protection officer (aka bodyguard) and never had problem #1. Made in the USA, inexpensive, reliable, albeit a bit bulky. I hear the carbines are nice, too.
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