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Old 08-15-2011, 11:42 PM
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Ok, im looking to get a nice pistol to take with me when i go on out to the ranch or whatever, so it doesnt need to be small for concealed carry. I dont have too much money to blow so im looking for the best handgun to get for around $300 (the most being about $400). Im considering Glock, due to their reputation for reliability, the only problem is that most cost around $500.

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Used Ruger. The older P-series are a little heavy, but good guns and no problem for holster carry.
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Old 08-16-2011, 07:09 AM
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Any used Glock or Springfield XD will work. If you watch around there are usually sales on old police issue Glocks for around $350, Cabelas has them from time to time.
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That price range will be tough to stick with for a new gun, but like Mike said, there are good quality used guns available. I have a Ruger P85 that would meet all of your needs and I've seen them listed for $250 to $300.
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:32 AM
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Do not fall victim to NEW GUN mentality and settle for a lesser gun instead of a higher quality used gun. A used HK, Glock, Ruger, S&W (non Sigma series-they are junk from my experience), Springfield are much better values than a NIB cheap pistol such as a High Point.
Even a heavily used Taurus is better than a new HP. I cannot tell you the number of Taurus pistols we sold in our shop and the fairly large number we had to return shortly for repairs, so from my personal experience they will not hold up long to a lot of shooting especially if you run +P or +P+ loads, but Taurus will fix or replace it NO QUESTIONS ASKED and do it quickly. If from the number of pistols we had to return were any indication I would not suggest them, but IF you do shoot them enough to loosen them up Taurus sure makes it right and does so quickly. With their kind of customer service I would be a fool not to recommend them. They are good pistols but keep in mind that if you do shoot them enough and start having problems, Taurus will fix or replace the pistol quickly so do not suffer in silence.
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:46 AM
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lots of suggestions for autos.
how about a revolver?
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:46 AM
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ok thanks guys, all of this sounds really good and ill surely be looking for a nice used handgun instead of a cheap new one.

just one more question though, what is a good Taurus model for the uses i listed above?
and if anyone else has anything to say about Taurus please do so, i would like more opinions from owners.
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:47 AM
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i wouldnt mind a revolver, any suggestions?
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:52 AM
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It's probably difficult to go wrong with any .357 revolver from any of the major name brands.
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Old 08-16-2011, 02:09 PM
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It's probably difficult to go wrong with any .357 revolver from any of the major name brands.
I agree with MikeG. With a major manufacturer .357, you have a very wide choice of ammo loads, from .38 special snake-shot, to full blown .357 magnum loads.
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:29 PM
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I think it may depend on what you shoot well, if you have previous experience with autos or revolvers. If an auto, the advice for a good used one, NOT A TAURUS, is pretty good. However, IMHO, a good single action revolver is very hard to beat, very versatile, dependable, etc. The Ruger Blackhawk is a good one, Bisley or Vaquero, whatever you shoot well with. .357 is very versatile as mentioned above as to loads and things it can be effective on. If you anticipate two legged predators, I wouldn't suggest a single action revolver, back to the auto discussion. Start with what you need to accomplish with a pistol and go from there.
Good luck with finding one that works for you.
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:58 AM
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Since you're likely shooting snakes and varmints, what about a good .22 Ruger auto or Single Six? Work forever and you get more practice for the money.
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:37 AM
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Don't forget the Ruger GP100 357. My 6" is a little heavy but a 4" would work well. These guns are nearly indistructable and they are accurate. If you want a DA revolver they are great if you can find a used one. I think new ones are over $400 now. Check it out.
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Old 08-19-2011, 08:43 AM
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Thanks to everyone for all the input, it will definitely help me find what im looking for!
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Old 08-20-2011, 05:15 AM
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I'd consider a Charter arms revolver. Meets your price, american made and I've had nothing but good luck with them. There are various levels, colors and styles. I purchased a "Pink Lady" for my wife and it's a 12 ounce snubbie, that I can hit the disks on my shooting tree with at 20 yards using federal leads from Walmart. I intend to do my own reloading for 38, but with all my other calibers it's on the back burner, because it's cheap and common. Since you probably don't want pink, I posted a link here to the std. blue:

Charter Arms Undercover .38spl 2" Blue, Full Rubber Grip $289.00 SHIPS FREE

If you would like to bump up the power some and get more versatility, however, I'd suggest the .327 Federal, .357 Mag Pug or .44 special Bulldog - links below:

Charter Arms Stainless 6 Round 327 Fed./2.2" Barrel/Kershaw $323.00 SHIPS FREE

Charter Arms 5 Round 357 Remington Mag w/2" Ported Barrel & $322.00 SHIPS FREE

Charter Arms 5 Round 44 Special Revolver w/Blue Finish $335.00 SHIPS FREE

If it were me, I'd go .44 personally, as I like slinging larger leads. .357 would be a great choice too, especially if you want to do a lot of plinking. And you notice the price variance is about 40 bucks from the least to the most. I am picking my next Charter up at the end of this year, but with a life time warranty also, it's nice peace of mind for the price. There is also a good review of the .44, .327 & .38's at Gunblast.com if your interested.

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Sorry one additional thought would be the Hi-Point series of pistols. They have .380, 9mm, .40s&w and .45 acp. The .45 acp is one I've heard much and mostly good things about, although I decided to go for a steel firearm this year and bought an EAA Tanfoglio Match grade in .45acp, I've held these, but they are definitely in your price range and they are making a .45acp carbine too now which uses the same clips. Albeit a very inexpensive gun, read all the reviews at Bud's before passing too harsh a judgement. I intend to get one of these for a truck gun, since I won't have to worry about finish etc. Just another option in your price range. And I've had good luck with my online purchases through Bud's or Davidson's during the last 2 years.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...ducts_id=48342

and the matching carbine:
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...ducts_id/69684

Good luck on your hunt for the right pistola!

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Old 08-20-2011, 09:31 AM
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I have an Older Model 92 Taurus...9MM...I've shot 1000's of rounds through it....Almost zero malfunctions...Even with the 115 Gr. LRN Bullets I shoot!..
I paid 300. used sometime ago..I don't think they are much more now new..
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Do not fall victim to NEW GUN mentality and settle for a lesser gun instead of a higher quality used gun. A used HK, Glock, Ruger, S&W (non Sigma series-they are junk from my experience), Springfield are much better values than a NIB cheap pistol such as a High Point.
Even a heavily used Taurus is better than a new HP. I cannot tell you the number of Taurus pistols we sold in our shop and the fairly large number we had to return shortly for repairs, so from my personal experience they will not hold up long to a lot of shooting especially if you run +P or +P+ loads, but Taurus will fix or replace it NO QUESTIONS ASKED and do it quickly. If from the number of pistols we had to return were any indication I would not suggest them, but IF you do shoot them enough to loosen them up Taurus sure makes it right and does so quickly. With their kind of customer service I would be a fool not to recommend them. They are good pistols but keep in mind that if you do shoot them enough and start having problems, Taurus will fix or replace the pistol quickly so do not suffer in silence.

well the sigma i have 2 of them all the new models and they are great i dont know if you used the new sigma or the older ones the older ones from a few years ago are garbage butthe new ones are great almost a exact copy of a glock IMO just thought i whould throw my .02 cents in not bashing or anything thanks guys
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Old 08-20-2011, 09:21 PM
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Don't know why I didn't think of them in my earlier post, but I should add that the Standard non-match versions of the EAA Witness pistol line are right at the top end of your range and come in 9mm, 40S&W, 45acp, 10mm and 38 super also. These are rated pretty well also and I almost went for the std. .45 acp, but bumped it up 100 bucks give or take to get the match version. For my needs I am glad I did, but for a plinker/carry the std. ones are rated well. I'm doing some local matches, so wanted to tighten up the accuracy a bit. Here's a link to the steel and poly versions, with the poly being 400 and steel 422.

EAA Witness Fullsize Steel-Wonder .45acp, 10 round (EA45WON) $422.00 SHIPS FREE

European American Armory 8 + 1 Round 45 ACP w/Polymer Frame $400.00 SHIPS FREE

They also have compact versions:

European American Armory 8 + 1 Round 45 ACP w/Polymer Frame $400.00 SHIPS FREE

EAA Witness Compact Steel-Wonder .45acp, 8 round (EA45LWND) **SP $422.00 SHIPS FREE

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Old 08-21-2011, 12:05 AM
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Check out GunBroker, GunsAmerica, and Auction Arms. They should have plenty of quality used handguns to look at. Check your local Pawn Shops as well, good luck.
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well the sigma i have 2 of them all the new models and they are great i dont know if you used the new sigma or the older ones the older ones from a few years ago are garbage butthe new ones are great almost a exact copy of a glock IMO just thought i whould throw my .02 cents in not bashing or anything thanks guys
The ones I am familiar with were the 2005 and earlier pistols made out of some zinc alloy or similar cheap metal. We got used ones in the shop fairly often (police buys) worn completely out after just a few years of use (unknown round count) which were only fit to be scrapped for parts. I have no knowledge of how new series of Sigmas are made or how they hold up, but based on my past experience and prejudice with them if the name Sigma is attached I stay away from them. If they are made better now then good for S&W for ditching a terrible design and making then a good firearm.
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