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Old 03-17-2009, 12:43 PM   #1
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Hello. I am not sure if this is in the right place in the forum, but I'll give it a shot. I am sure there are many, many different schools of thought on this one, but I was in the market to purchase a gun. Not a hunter, but just for home protection and maybe some range shooting.

When I was young I used to fire my stepdad's .22, shotgun and .44 handgun (if I remember right).

I have a lady in the house that is interested in one too. What do you think would be the best gun? Not a lot of money for one either.

I saw some .9mm online for around $200. I am sure it's you get what you pay for, but that would be my budget. What is the best quality handgun for around that ($200-$300).

Be nice, I am new to all of this.

Thanks for your help!

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Old 03-17-2009, 12:50 PM   #2
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Ruger P series (9mm) are the best for your buck at around 300 dollars, IMO.

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Look to the Taurus or Ruger for a quality handgun on a budget. Quality for the money, that is.

Stay away from cobra, hi-point, and any other "off brands" you might encounter.

Let us know what you decide.

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I'll take a look at those and let you know what I purchase.

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Ruger P series (9mm) are the best for your buck at around 300 dollars, IMO.
Hey Miller. What is the process for buying a gun. I see some online. What type of permits, etc. Any help would be great. Thanks

Also, is a 9mm good for home protection or should I go with something else?
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Look to the Taurus or Ruger for a quality handgun on a budget. Quality for the money, that is.

Stay away from cobra, hi-point, and any other "off brands" you might encounter.

Let us know what you decide.
What is the process for buying a gun. I see some online. What type of permits, etc. Any help would be great. Thanks

Also, is a 9mm good for home protection or should I go with something else?
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Hey Miller. What is the process for buying a gun. I see some online. What type of permits, etc. Any help would be great. Thanks

Also, is a 9mm good for home protection or should I go with something else?
As far as buying a gun it varies from state to state. Here in Va I go in tell them what I want pick it out check it out. Then fill out the paperwork and once it comes back pay the man his money and bang I walk out the door with my rifle or pistol. Some stated like Kalifornia and USRNJ (United socialist rebulik of New Jersey) you have waiting periods or firearms purchasers id cards. You should really talk to the man behind the counter in your local gun shop to find out what your requirments are.

I will seconds a Ruger or Taraus for a low budget hd pistol. They are not cheap guns, they are guns priced for normal people and not rich people. Not everyone needs a $2000 1911 to protect themselves (Like Dillinger).

as far as the 9mm goes many don't like it but if you buy a good self defence load like winchester Ranger, Speer Gold dots, Federal hydroshocks, Hornady TAP rounds it will put a serious hurtin on anyone short of Brock Lesner or Andra the Gaint.
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As far as buying a gun it varies from state to state. Here in Va I go in tell them what I want pick it out check it out. Then fill out the paperwork and once it comes back pay the man his money and bang I walk out the door with my rifle or pistol. Some stated like Kalifornia and USRNJ (United socialist rebulik of New Jersey) you have waiting periods or firearms purchasers id cards. You should really talk to the man behind the counter in your local gun shop to find out what your requirments are.

I will seconds a Ruger or Taraus for a low budget hd pistol. They are not cheap guns, they are guns priced for normal people and not rich people. Not everyone needs a $2000 1911 to protect themselves (Like Dillinger).

as far as the 9mm goes many don't like it but if you buy a good self defence load like winchester Ranger, Speer Gold dots, Federal hydroshocks, Hornady TAP rounds it will put a serious hurtin on anyone short of Brock Lesner or Andra the Gaint.
Oh ok cool. Never thought of the ammo, lol. Sorry new to this. How much do those type of rounds cost?

I live in Ohio and their is no waiting period.

I think a 9mm should be fine. Why don't people like it? I am sure after I get some experience, I can move up.

Also. Say I want to take the gun to the range, do you just bring it in a case, how does that work.
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I will seconds a Ruger or Taraus for a low budget hd pistol. They are not cheap guns, they are guns priced for normal people and not rich people. Not everyone needs a $2000 1911 to protect themselves (Like Dillinger).

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Always under the bus - What's the deal with that?

I have always said that I thought the PT1911 by TAURUS is the best overall product for the money spent in the 1911 marketplace.

Sgt-Miller also has a great point in the Ruger series is a well made, and yet affordable, pistol.

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I think a 9mm should be fine. Why don't people like it? I am sure after I get some experience, I can move up.
The 9mm is typically a supersonic round and the bullets tend to pass right through people and cause less damage then a big slow round like a 45 ACP. That being said, if you get the rights bullets for a 9mm it should work fine. Make sure to buy self defense rounds and not full metal jackets. Or better yet just get a shotgun.
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