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Old 03-21-2014, 02:10 AM   #1
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I am in need of a handgun, I have a 12 gauge home defense shotgun but need something to carry around while at my home and taking walks in the woods or just down the road. I don't need to conceal it, even tho I can while on my property without a permit, I'll be open carrying most times. the gun has to be $300 or less, I don't have anymore to put with it. saving is done for a while so please just let me know of anything that is decent for that price. i prefer a revolver but can't be picky at this point on an auto or derringer. any caliber from 22 and up, thanks for any help
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Old 03-21-2014, 02:13 AM   #2
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Check out the ruger LCR (LCP?) line of pistols. Stay away from the smith and wesson .380 bodyguard, the gun is a piece of crap. Ketlec is a bit furry, some people like them and others sell them as soon as they shoot them. Really your price range should go to at least $600 for a GOOD firearm that will go boom but the ruger LCP line of handguns is a good place to get started. You can score a good firearm from them for $200-$350

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Hi Old fart. I've been carrying the CZ82 for a little better than 2 years. I am very pleased with it. They can still be had for under $300.
Ya might find a used Bersa Thunder for under $300
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Hi Old fart. I've been carrying the CZ82 for a little better than 2 years. I am very pleased with it. They can still be had for under $300.
Ya might find a used Bersa Thunder for under $300
I highly recommend the Bersa thunder series and their sub compact 9mm, although that gun is around $600!
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Don't own either but Taurus and Rossi both build revolvers in that price range. And Hi Points are around 150 bucks. I own one and have never had any trouble with it. They are heavy and ugly but when you point it and pull the trigger it goes bang. And it is pretty accurate.
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Rock Island Armory makes an inexpensive 38 spl revolver with a 4" barrel. If you look for police trade ins you can find a S&W model 10 for under $300. Last but not least there is the under appreciated Hi Point semi auto pistols.
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Hmmm. You prefer revolvers and are on a tight budget.

My preference is .357 Magnum. That caliber will give you plenty of versatility. You can also shoot .38 Specials out of it.

In terms of brand. In that price range you're looking at Charter Arms, EAA, Rexio, Rossi, Taurus.

I have no experience with any of those brands for revolvers.

I can tell you what I've heard but I tend to not put much stock in what people have "heard," so I'll spare you.

Not talking about their customer service as I can't quantify any of that, but here's how their warranties stack up. To me, with a gun in this price range, the warranty would largely be the deciding factor:

Charter - lifetime
http://www.charterfirearms.com/pages/warranty_reg.asp

EAA - Warranty only valid for original purchaser
http://eaacorp.com/faq/

Rexio - ???
http://www.rexioarms.com.ar/

Rossi (under contract with Taurus) - lifetime
http://www.rossiusa.com/repair-policy.cfm

Taurus - lifetime, follows GUN, not purchaser.
http://www.taurususa.com/repair-policy.cfm
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S&W SD9ve or the SD40ve. Very vanilla gun, but it's one you can trust with your life. You can probably get it for $350 otd, but is your life worth $50??


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i thank everyone for ya'lls advice, and i would spend more on one if i could. on a fixed income and with bills there is no way i can go over $300, i do have an extra $50 but i was gonna get ammo with it. thanks
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look for a used Ruger P series...it can be had for that kind of money, and they are rock solid
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