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Zor 11-12-2009 05:43 PM

Best Gun Under $300 - 1st Gun
 
Hello,

I am new to guns so please excuse my lack of knowledge. I live in new jersey and I would like to get my first gun. I feel that it is important to be able to protect myself and my family. Plus with the way things are going the country could collapse and we'll have to live off the land again, meaning hunting and surviving on our own. Basically some "end of the world insurance" :p I was wondering what the best hand gun might be under $300. I have been looking around but I truly know nothing about guns and would like to get the best one possible for my money. Any help or input would be greatly appreciated.

NGIB 11-12-2009 05:52 PM

Almost nothing new is available for that price that would be a good all-purpose gun. Perhaps a good used .38 Special revolver would be your best bet for that price.

I gave you a handgun response as that's where you posted this (and even though you posted in semi-auto, I recommended a revolver). If I had $300 to spend on a single general purpose gun - it would be a 12 gauge pump shotgun...

DrJason 11-12-2009 05:57 PM

I would 1st suggest going over to the introductions section.

I'm sure some more experienced guys will chime in but I just spent the last 3 months searching out my 1st gun. $300 and under is going to be a tough price range, you basically will have 2 options, used or a basic/entry level gun. IMHO, I would bump up to the $500 range which will open you up to a number of high quality guns from a number of manufactures.

Find a gun shop that rents guns and try everything that you can, then come back here and do search's on those guns.

Kain 11-12-2009 06:42 PM

For a first gun don't rule out something in .22lr. A great caliber for a first gun as lots of range time can be had for very little financial outlay. And there are several .22 pistols to be had for under $300. My HP22 is a fine example. A used Ruger MkII would also be a decent choice.

Jusselin 11-12-2009 07:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Zor (Post 185288)
Hello,

I am new to guns so please excuse my lack of knowledge. I live in new jersey and I would like to get my first gun. I feel that it is important to be able to protect myself and my family. Plus with the way things are going the country could collapse and we'll have to live off the land again, meaning hunting and surviving on our own. Basically some "end of the world insurance" :p I was wondering what the best hand gun might be under $300. I have been looking around but I truly know nothing about guns and would like to get the best one possible for my money. Any help or input would be greatly appreciated.

the noisey cricket

canebrake 11-12-2009 07:19 PM

First, go over to the Introductions section and let us know a little about yourself.

orangello 11-12-2009 08:22 PM

If i could only have one gun & it had to be under $300, i would go with my mossberg 500 shotgun with the 28" hunting barrel & the 18.5" home defense barrel. I bought mine very used some years ago, but i'd bet you could find one in your price range. Further, i would think shotgun ammo would be least likely to be restricted by any future government regulations as it has such a history with hunting (what did Cheney shoot his hunting buddy with, yep :D ). Additionally, many areas require lots of paperwork or permits for handguns while they cut shotguns a bit of a break (so i'm told). A pump shotgun is also very simple, almost instinctive to operate. You can get a lot better shotty for $300 than you can get in a handgun.

If i had $300 for a handgun, i'd look for a good used revolver. I have seen some nice-looking, used ruger .357's for not too much more online. edit* J&G Sales has what looks like some police trade-in revolvers in your price range http://www.jgsales.com/index.php/smith-wesson/revolver/cPath/16_211_431 , but i've not bought from them myself. I have heard some good comments from other buyers.

Welcome!

Jusselin 11-12-2009 08:43 PM

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Zor 11-12-2009 09:02 PM

I apologize for not reading the introduction section before posting. I guess I should have included a little about myself. I am 22 years old and an average sized person. I am not looking for a revolver but some type of other pistol. While searching I found this gun for about $320, is it a decent gun? What time of specs should I be looking at to judge the gun? WaltherPrecision.com: Walther P22-CA Military Green - California Legal 22LR S

Something kind of like that I'm thinking unless it terrible since I truly have no idea.

Thanks for the help guys.

Oh also I really like this quote Jusselin ""A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have." -Thomas Jefferson"

matt g 11-12-2009 09:47 PM

Look for a well loved Sig 226. In this economy, a lot of people are selling off guns to feed the family.


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