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Old 08-02-2009, 03:43 AM   #11
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No offense but $200 doesn't buy a firearm you need. Use the money and buy some pepper spray and self defense lessons. Those will serve you better for the money.
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Old 08-02-2009, 01:57 PM   #12
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Hard to do on $200. I do a lot of hiking and I settled on a 3" Ruger SP101. I love the vaquero or blackhawk but way to heavy and they can't do anything the 101 can't do. I load it with one shotshell and four 180 grain double taps. I carry a leather twenty round loading strip in my pack for extra ammo.

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Old 08-02-2009, 07:37 PM   #13
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for a good handgun under $200 I'd go with a CZ-82
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I have to agree. At $200, you are going to need to be going to a lot of pawn shops and looking at used revolvers.

$200, especially now with everyone buying up cheap guns, isn't going to get a gun that I would personally want to be betting my life on.

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I agree with JD and others. Save up some more money. get a good smith, Ruger, or Taurus used in either 357 amg or 44 mag. Either one will make anyone or anything think twice about how badly you want your hikin stick and pack.
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I would go for a used PPK.
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Old 08-02-2009, 10:30 PM   #17
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Good luck fending off that Mt. Lion, Elk, Moose or Bear with the Walter. Might work on a raccoon, squirrel, bobcat or rabbit, maybe.

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Old 08-02-2009, 11:36 PM   #18
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I simply don't think you can get the gun you want for the price you're suggesting. So here's what you do, sell your body for gun money!

Now let me explain. Find a local plasma donation center. The one in my home town gives $25 the first visit in a week, and $40 on the second visit. For a maximum of $65 a week. That's approximately $260 a month. Save that for a few months, then buy yourself a nice Ruger 357 or 44 mag revolver. That's how I get my extra gun money anyway. Works out nicely.

As for the nagant. It's a fun historical piece, but haven't shot one, I wouldn't expect it to save my life.

I also wouldn't expect ANY gun to save my life unless I was willing to practice with it a fair amount. (at LEAST 100 rds a month) But that's just me.
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Sometimes you can find a Ruger Blackhawk in a pawn shop that looks as if it's been drug down the road behind the truck. It's very hard to screw up a Blackhawk so much that it quits going bang-regardless of how the exterior looks. IF you can find 1 like that you should be able to stay within 175-240$. I recently saw a Super Blackhawk for 250$ like that. Barring that look for a used Ruger P-85 or P-89. There's tons of older S&W K frame model 10s on the market for close to that price also. All these are quality built but used. You're unlikely to ever wear 1 of them out. Bottom line-don't depend with your life with a cheap made gun.
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Old 08-03-2009, 01:08 AM   #20
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While $200 isn't an ideal budget, if that's all you've got it'll have to do. I think Stalkingbear's suggestion of a S&W Model 10 is very good. I'd take one of those over a single action Ruger for self defense.

Bersa pistols might be another good option. I'm not sure about their US prices, but in Argentina (where they are made) their .380s go for around $200. They are very popular here because of their prices and the no questions asked lifetime warranty. However, they do have somewhat spotty QC, so before carrying one I would shoot the hell out of it at the range to make sure everything works properly.

I hope you can set some money apart for practice ammo, otherwise you might want to consider other options besides a handgun.
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