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Old 03-17-2013, 06:30 PM   #11
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Check out the pistols on e-sarco.com, Hi Power clones under $300.
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Thanks for all the advice. Yes I do know how to handle guns. I have shotguns because I like to hunt, and I was looking for a handgun for carry. While I do agree that my life is worth more than 300 this would be a first handgun so I want something I can learn with before I get a pricier one.

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Old 03-17-2013, 10:26 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the advice. Yes I do know how to handle guns. I have shotguns because I like to hunt, and I was looking for a handgun for carry. While I do agree that my life is worth more than 300 this would be a first handgun so I want something I can learn with before I get a pricier one.
I might suggest, as someone who is fairly new to handguns...up your limit by about 100 bucks our so...it will open up some addirional doors. I recently purchased a S& W SD40 VE and love it. I shot several other models from friend s that were 500-600 models and found this one to be similar in stature and ability...for a novice that its. Good luck
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You can pick up a wheel gun for about that. I saw the new charter arms snubbies for $275-$350. They had a used air weight for $300 and new for $365.

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Under $300 you will be limited.

Used is your best bet, but this is a bad time to try and find something. There are a few revolvers available for that price and you may be able to find a Smith & Wesson Model 10 used for that budget. It's a good starter handgun.

If you're looking more for training than defense, a .22 might be a good choice as well. The Browning Buckmark, Ruger 22/45, Beretta Neos, and Ruger SR22 are all good .22 autos.

I wouldn't recommend a Hi-Point unless you're just broke. I think they have an unfair reputation, but my main gripe is they are just too unusual for a semi-auto. The manual of arms will not lend itself well to other handguns. Then again, some of my above recommendations for a .22 will have a similar problem.

For a little more, Taurus makes some decent handguns that I can usually get at Academy for about $350. They make a decent semi-auto but I have heard a lot of bad reports with the .45 versions so you may want to keep it to 9mm and .40 S&W. I recommend 9mm for newbies anyway.

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I just picked up my first handgun. Beretta 92fs used for $450. The gun shop I went to only had a few new and used guns. I went in looking to buy a glock 26 but was talked into buying the beretta due to being a novice and the fact the person behind the counter fealty the beretta was a better choice for a novice.

I am glad I took his advice. Went to the range today and shot my beretta and my friends glock 26 and I was much more comfortable when shooting the beretta.

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S&W Sigma or HiPoint

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Ruger p series from a pawn shop

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Duh. Forget my advice on the Taurus, for $350 you can get a Ruger P95 brand new that will be as reliable as a SIG. Not an exaggeration. Used might be a little cheaper but difficult to come by.
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I just picked up my first handgun. Beretta 92fs used for $450. The gun shop I went to only had a few new and used guns. I went in looking to buy a glock 26 but was talked into buying the beretta due to being a novice and the fact the person behind the counter fealty the beretta was a better choice for a novice.

I am glad I took his advice. Went to the range today and shot my beretta and my friends glock 26 and I was much more comfortable when shooting the beretta.
Good choice you will love it
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