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Old 07-27-2013, 12:43 AM   #1
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If I am to get a 9mm I'm getting a ruger p95 but I don't know any .40s&w under $400 that are good. Suggestions for which caliber and gun with reasons please.I'm on a budget with ammo so ill be buying boxes of 50 under $20

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Old 07-27-2013, 12:50 AM   #2
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If I am to get a 9mm I'm getting a ruger p95 but I don't know any .40s&w under $400 that are good. Suggestions for which caliber and gun with reasons please.I'm on a budget with ammo so ill be buying boxes of 50 under $20
For any SD purpose I'd recommend the .40 over the 9mm.
A S&W SD40VE is a great gun, for under your budget, and it works great in general
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If I am to get a 9mm I'm getting a ruger p95 but I don't know any .40s&w under $400 that are good. Suggestions for which caliber and gun with reasons please.I'm on a budget with ammo so ill be buying boxes of 50 under $20
A couple of weeks ago I picked up a Baretta PX4 Storm .40s&w for about $350 - but it was on sale. I don't remember the regular price but it was around $400. I haven't put many rounds through it (just under 100 yet) but so far I've liked it. I'd suggest at least taking a look.
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I just wish you luck on buying any ammo in boxes of 50 under $20

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I had a client packing a gun I didn't recognize, SAR B6P. Admittedly I haven't shot it, but I did hold it and felt solid. They also go for about $375 so they're cheap. Actually I'm just jacking your thread because I've been curious to know if anyone knows anything about them!

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40 S&W was around 18.50 for FMJ pre-mania in my area. Now i only see it for 25+....don't see it ever going below 20 again. 9mm will work just fine for creatues of the two legged variety.

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If I am to get a 9mm I'm getting a ruger p95 but I don't know any .40s&w under $400 that are good. Suggestions for which caliber and gun with reasons please.I'm on a budget with ammo so ill be buying boxes of 50 under $20
.40 S&W has slightly snappier felt recoil, IMO. 9mm is extremely pleasant to shoot.

When (if) prices return to normal, 9mm ammo will be quite a bit cheaper than .40. For shooters on a budget, 9mm (in normal times) can only be beat by rimfire calibers, which are usually not adequate for defensive purposes.

I personally believe ammo prices WILL return to normal (ish) at some point. That said, .40 S&W is a good caliber, but 9mm might be better suited for you because of the budget concerns.

For what it's worth, current prices at my local range for a box of 50 of target ammo is $18 for 9mm and (I believe) $25 for .40 S&W.
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I just picked up 100 Rnd boxes of 9mm last night for 22.97 and got lucky again this morning and got 50 Rnd boxes for 13.97 per.

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This my 9mm vs .40 story. It helped me make my decision and it might help you.

My local range had a "Cop Public Relations Day". One shooting game was each Civilian shot against a randomy selected Cop. The game was five bowling pins on a table at 15 feet. The first to clear the table won. I hit the five pins with five shots where the Cop took 7 shots. I would have won if it was an accuracy game but my 9mm only tipped the pins over and I had to go back and hit each one again to spin it off the table. The Cops .40 threw the pins off the table when he hit them so he won on time. After this happened, I watched the rest of the day and all the 9mm's had the same trouble. The next day I sold my Beretta 92FS 9mm and bought a Beretta 96 .40.

As for your idea of a Ruger P series, I realize its a personal preference, but I really like them. A lot of guys say they are to heavy, but they are tough, accurate pistols that I think are under appreciated. I watched a guy accidentally discharge his .40S&W when his thumb was sweaty at the range one day. At a distance of about a foot and a half, the .40 bullet hit his Ruger P-90 on the left hand side of the slide. We had to pound the slide off the frame because it cracked the slide rail and put a small dent in the slide that was binding up in the frame rail. I ended up getting him a new slide and the gun was fine.

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9mm for protection. Blowback and recovery for followup shots is less than the 40. You can squeeze them off quicker. If you and your hand can adapt to the glock 17, I don't know how you can beat it.

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