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Old 02-20-2012, 01:17 AM   #11
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I second the 1911 route, you can pick up a Springfield for around $500.

That leaves a little to play with, I'm partial to the Ruger Mk IIs myself. They can be found reasonably, but are no longer in production as far as I know.

MK IIIs are very similar but won't fire without the mag in it. Might not bother some, but I don't care for it.

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I would suggest something like a glock 9mm or ruger sr9c for carry and fun range time. The second firearm should def be a 22 such a ruger mark series or browning buckmark super cheap to practice with and great fun

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As everyone pointed out, when using $800 to purchase 2 handguns, neither will be the best quality.

I would buy 1 of good quality and use it for all. Any leftover cash could be used for ammo to become proficient with it.

And as you stated that you have a limit of $800, then trying to find cash for ammo may be a little tight, also.
(and without ammo, your new firearms are no more than paperweights)

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Best option: Buy a $400-700 gun, extra mags, and a supply of ammo. Can that get you any gun you want? No, but it can land a solid version of any caliber and style that interests you (polymer, revolver, 1911, etc).

But if you're determined to land two...

A decent 22lr and a versatile centerfire. You could make it work for almost any style of gun.

Or a budget friendly carry gun (Kel-Tec PF9, Ruger SR9, Kahr CW) to go along with a larger framed HD/range gun (CZ 75, Glock, XD, Ruger GP100, budget 1911, etc).

Buying used might serve you well if you want 2 quality pistols for $800.

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Buy ONE Glock...and a whole bunch of practice ammo. Just sayin'....

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Buy ONE Glock...and a whole bunch of practice ammo. Just sayin'....
+1. Glock is one hell of a gun!
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So I think I've got it down to a glock 19 and either a small j frame type revolver or something bigger like a gp 100. What's you guys thoughts on this? And thanks for the input so far gentlemen.

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So I think I've got it down to a glock 19 and either a small j frame type revolver or something bigger like a gp 100. What's you guys thoughts on this? And thanks for the input so far gentlemen.
I own a GP100 and an old snubby .38 special revolver about the same size as the J frames. I hope i never, ever shoot that snubby again; it is very uncomfortable unless you have small, very muscular hands with no nerve endings. The GP100 is my FAVORITE range gun, because it is very comfortable to shoot over and over and over, even with the .357mag ammo. I usually use the softer-shooting .38 special bulk packs for high volume plinking.

I picked up my GP100 for right at $400 at a local shop. As for the concealed carry piece, have you considered the very affordable Bersa Thunder .380 in the beautiful flat nickel finish ($300~). The .380 ammo isn't as inexpensive as some of the other popular calibers, but you probably wouldn't be doing the high volume plinking you could with the GP100.

I would keep in mind that there are a lot of good used firearms out there, especially with the economy in the dumps & some people having to pawn/sell some pieces that they don't shoot as often.
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How bout an xdm for 500.00

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Like members before me I will state the obvious. You're within a pretty tight budget, but its do-able. Glock 19 for ccw is a smart pick. Uses or new? Used $4-450 New $5-550 (depending on Gen 3/Gen 4) that's not gonna leave you with a lot left over...I'd invest the rest in a .22 semi-auto. Or just realize you should just get the Glock or 1911 and spend the $ on mags, ammo etc etc....

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